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The Competition: Artificial Turf

Synthetic lawns are the antidote to lawn-care headaches: no seeding, fertilizing, mowing, or watering required, although occasionally a weed may sprout. The latest products, such as those made by FieldTurf and Smart Grass, actually look like grass. The polyethylene blades, modeled in color and shape after Kentucky bluegrass, shrug off being trampled, won't stain your clothes, and stay green even in deep shade. Pros unroll the turflike carpet over a soft bed of crumb-rubber "soil" made from recycled tires. Adhesive strips hold down seams. The cost runs from $9.50 to $13 per square foot installed and includes a warranty of about 20 years.

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