Artificial grass can cost between R150 and R450 per square meter depending on the quality. Photo: Getty Images
  • Suppliers of artificial grass is running out of stock in Cape Town
  • The drought has increased demand.
  • But you still need water to clean fake grass properly.


Owners of artificial grass companies in Cape Town can’t keep up with the demand.  A severe drought in the Western Cape, coupled with scorching summer temperatures have prompted many home owners and even schools to look for alternatives to combat sandy backyards and dust-filled playgrounds. Level 6 water restrictions, limiting consumers to 50 liters water per person per day, has had severe effects on the regions outdoor areas.

Nate Cassiem, owner of Artificial Grass in Goodwood says they ran out of stock in February and spent the whole month waiting for suppliers who import the material from China. He says they have tripled their turn-over in the past year. He says they could have increased their business even more if they had not run out of stock. “We could not keep up with orders.” 

Wilna Mouton of Cape Grass says she ran out of stock in January. Her company also saw a jump in demand for all types of artificial grass.

“People want it, but they get a shock when they find out how much it costs. Normally they wait a while and think about it and then come back to us.”

Synthetic grass is made of petrochemical products like nylon or polypropylene. It is manufactured in much the same way as carpets. It is used to imitate grass and is soft and natural looking.  Costing between R150 and R450 per square meter depending on the quality, it’s a great way to save time and money on garden maintenance and still have the pleasure of a green backyard. Higher cost is associated with better durability and a longer lifespan. 

Artificial grass needs to be professionally installed to secure proper water run-off, something that Capetonians are currently dreaming of.

Leaves and other debris can be raked off, but to clean it properly, you still need water. 

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