We recently finished installing artificial turf around a pool! The couple renovates houses to resell them. He is the contractor and she is an architectural designer. When we met them they had just finished doing a fantastic job renovating a small stucco cottage in a soon to be transitional neighborhood. The plan was to landscape with very low water need plants and use re-purposed industrial materials. You can find a picture of their veggie bed in my post about watering troughs http://wp.me/p1Tpj1-P
They were just finishing up a screen porch when they hired me to do a design. A month or so later we chatted and they had decided to stay in this house and put in a pool. Around the pool they wanted to have artificial grass. We had been exploring using it just this last year when we came across samples and saw how much more realistic it looked than it used to.
To install the grass we must have a sturdy level surface. First we excavated the area and added a base of crushed concrete, which is compacted. Next it is leveled with sand or decomposed granite. Then a weed barrier cloth is installed before the grass goes in to place.
Then the grass which comes in a 15 foot wide roll is cut to fit and stapled into place.
Once it has been secured it is brushed and tidied, voilà a no mow evergreen lawn!
Here is a great article about another persons experience with a synthetic lawn. http://www.sunset.com/garden/landscaping-design/synthetic-grass-lawn-00400000046917/page2.html