∙ Why not Artificial grass?
Artificial grass is great for many applications, such as dog runs and putting greens. When used appropriately, it can be very rewarding.
Unfortunately, it is not beneficial in any way for the soil beneath it. It absorbs heat and becomes scorching hot in direct sunlight, leaving everything underneath even more baked and prone to runoff.
However, if you would like a large swath of green, options are available. I use ground covers as well as exceptionally drought tolerant sods for turf substitutions.