Theresa Gallo's yard came with a warranty. That's one of the ways her lawn is unusual. It also requires no mowing and very little maintenance. She waters it once a week, but that's to keep active the odor-eating crystals embedded into the lawn's fibers.
In April, after several years of fighting a literally uphill battle against a challenging yard, Gallo bought a synthetic lawn. It wasn't cheap — she said she paid about $30,000 to have the artificial turf installed — but so far, she couldn't be happier. And if something goes wrong, if her lawn fades or tears at a seam, she's covered by that 10-year warranty. In any case, she doesn't have to worry about her grass dying, because it will never grow.