HydroTurf hits the news in Bloomfield, New Mexico: Hear the Mayor's thoughts on the product

Original story by: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

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Bloomfield, NM-- It is grass that you only have to water once. Well it looks like grass anyway. Bloomfield is the first in the country to use it to not only save water, but to beautify its landscape, too.

"To me it looks like natural grass," said Bloomfield Mayor Scott Eckstein. 

If all that glitters isn't gold, then it would stand to reason that all that is green is not grass. 

"I think people will think that it is natural grass," Eckstein said. 

During instillation is the first and only watering of new HydroTurf going in medians in Bloomfield. After a multiyear facelift and widening, the US 550/US 64 intersection needed a little landscaping. Instead of sticking with the usual for New Mexico rock and low water plants, Bloomfield opted for simulated grass.

Just like a green carpet, it is rolled out, then filled in with powdered concrete. A quick watering sets the concrete and you have a product that is designed to last at least 50 years.

"We anticipate the savings over the next 50 years of not having upkeep, maintenance, fertilizer and everything else with natural grass is going to be a lot of money in the bank," the Mayor told KOB.

That real grass look...

"Until December when it stays green," he laughed.

Without all the pesky mowing. And so far officials are impressed.

This is the first application in the country of hydro turf in landscaping, putting Bloomfield on the cutting edge of not cutting the grass.