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Sacramento is the City of Trees: Landscaping Around Trees with Artificial Grass

Many Sacramento homeowners are turning to artificial grass as an alternative to mulch, plants or other ground covers, to landscape around their trees. Turf is a great option that makes sense to folks in Sacramento, the “City of Trees.”


You’ll understand how Sacramento earned the moniker when driving up I-5 along the Sacramento River. “Overall, there are approximately 1 million trees within Sacramento city limits on both public and private property,” claims Sacramento’s top city arborist, Kevin Hocker (and we think that’s an impressive number of trees).


Some of the most common trees in central California include the California sycamore, Western redbud, California black walnut, Fremont cottonwood, gray pine and several types of oaks. While these mature trees bring color, beauty and shade to a residential landscape, the ground around their trunks can start to look drab and unsightly. Many of Sacramento’s native trees have large root systems with ultra thirsty roots that draw up all the water and big branches that prevent sunlight from reaching the soil. That means real grass can’t soak up what it needs to thrive, and neither can many plants. Never fear! We have a solution!


Planting beds is one solution, but the extra soil around the trunk can cause the bark to rot, leaving trees susceptible to disease or insect infestation. That could be a big bummer, and sadly it gets worse. Although plants offer a pretty border around trees, they require lots of care.


If you don’t have time to water, fertilize, trim and maintain plants, then you may consider mulch or a rock arrangement. Mulch and rocks are especially good for trees that extend above the ground making planting difficult. Downside? Now you’ve lost the pretty green and other colors you were hoping for.


Here comes our master fix. If neither of those float your boat, another option for landscaping

around trees is artificial grass (synthetic turf). Turf can be placed directly over the roots without harming them. Artificial grass actually insulates the roots and helps the soil retain moisture because it’s porous allowing water and oxygen to flow through it so tree roots get what they need to survive and stay healthy. Turf can also be installed close to the tree’s trunk surrounding it with a natural looking landscape that even prevents weed growth.




So here’s your ultimate pros checklist. Artificial turf can:

✅Help keep roots healthy

✅Be installed closer to a tree trunk

✅Help prevent weed growth

✅Stay beautiful with way less maintenance ✅Look green!


Artificial grass is gaining popularity because turf products are engineered to look and feel like real grass. Gone are the green “carpets” from yesterday. Innovation and technology have ushered in a new era of artificial grass that is more appealing, safe and durable. And regardless of tree roots, soil issues or atmospheric conditions, turf can be installed anywhere to give you the landscape you want.


If you’re interested in an artificial grass landscape for your yard, Bella Rosa Pavers and Turf offers the highest quality synthetic turf products and professional installation services in the Sacramento and South Bay area. Get the outdoor space of your dreams. Contact us today to make an appointment to discuss your project.

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