Product Spotlight: The Sierras

Synthetic Grass Warehouse welcomes our new line of Sierras! Our Sierra 55 and Sierra 74 are the newest edition to our extensive inventory. These turf products feature combinations of field and lime green grass blades creating a vibrant and realistic looking lawn. Perfect for any landscape area, our “S” blade allows for medium to high levels of durability, making it ideal for active households or commercial properties that desire a uniform landscape. This line will have you guessing whether it is a real or synthetic grass lawn!

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Product Spotlight: Riviera Pro

The beautiful and durable Everlast Riviera Pro is among the most versatile turfs in our inventory. Riviera Pro features an impressive extruded “M” fiber that allows for medium to high levels of foot traffic, perfect for any active household! With an approximate 75 ounce face weight, Riviera Pro is an ideal choice for any backyard, front yard, play area, dog run, or commercial property.

Sold exclusively through Synthetic Grass Warehouse, this turf will exceed all expectations. Each grass blade is equipped with U.V. inhibitors and triple reinforced into the backing through tuft bind technology. A 1.75” pile height also adds a plush appearance to any landscape emulating a natural grass lawn.

For more information on our Everlast Riviera Pro series, click here!

Congratulations, LawnPop!

Congratulations to our July 2016 Install of the Month, LawnPop! The Austin, Texas based installer recently placed 2,500 sq/ft of our TigerTurf Diamond Light Spring for LawnPop has been a client of Synthetic Grass Warehouse for almost five years! LawnPop has been devoted to creating a safe and sustainable synthetic grass landscape for all their clients.

They pride themselves in delivering a quality and professional service to each of their clients, as well as impressionable synthetic grass installations. Whether you want artificial turf in our front yard, backyard, playground, rooftop, or putting green, LawnPop has you covered!

For more information about this company, click here!

Product Spotlight: Tiger Pet Turf

Our TigerTurf Pet Turf is one of the highest quality pet system products in North America. TigerTurf Pet features a 1” inch blade height with a sturdy 60 ounce face weight. These features allow for high durability levels and like our other products, Pet Turf is non-toxic and lead free, which makes this the perfect option for your pets and kids.

With our top of the line Pet Turf, your worries about brown spots on your lawn and muddy paws in your house are over! Our synthetic grass is equipped with U.V. inhibitors, which will ensure your turf will not fade for years to come. In addition, our Pet Turf features a perforated backing so all liquids can easily drain through, which allows for easily clean up after your pets.

Congratulations, SmartGrass!

Congratulations to our June 2016 install of the month, SmartGrass USA! SmartGrass installed 980 square feet of our TigerTurf Diamond Pro Spring in Studio City, CA.

SmartGrass is based in Hermosa Beach, CA and has been a client of SGW for over 6 years. Over the years, SmartGrass has dedicated themselves to delivering a beautiful synthetic grass installation to every one of their clients. With their hard work and extremely knowledgeable employees, Smart Grass will provide you with the best service and a quality installation. For more information about this company, check out their website here!

Congratulations, Turf Concepts Unlimited!

Congratulations to our May 2016 Install of the Month winner, Turf Concepts Unlimited! Turf Concepts installed about 1,500 square feet of our TigerTurf Everglade Spring Pro artificial turf in Jupiter, FL.

Turf Concepts is based in Boca Raton, FL and has been a client of Synthetic Grass Warehouse for almost six years! They have done exceptional work over the years and continue to aid in water conservation efforts. Turf Concepts will provide you with a guaranteed beautiful synthetic grass installation every time.

To learn more about Turf Concepts Unlimited, check out their website here.

Product Spotlight: Ultimate Pad

Our newest safety accessory has arrived: the Ultimate Pad. It is a thin (7/16”) cushioning pad placed underneath any synthetic grass install. One of the main safety benefits of the Ultimate Pad is that it reduces the GMAX and Head Injury Criterion (HIC) numbers, which makes it ideal for kids of all ages. Safety is the Ultimate Pad’s ultimate goal!

The Ultimate Pad has superior drainage, which allows the water to drain both vertically and horizontally with up to 80 inches per hour. If you have pets or live in an area where rain is prominent, the Ultimate Pad would be a great choice for you. The Ultimate Pad is easy to install and lightweight, which makes the installation process a breeze.

Product Spotlight: Nature’s Blend

One of the most realistic and natural appearing products in our inventory is Nature’s Blend. This turf features triple color grass blades: field green, lime green and brown colors tones. This makes Nature’s Blend fit perfectly with any outdoor setting. Nature’s Blend also features a 2 inch pile height with varying blade lengths to add to its unprecedented realism.

With face weight of approximately 60 ounces, Nature’s Blend is ideal for light to moderate traffic areas, making it perfect for most front lawns and landscape areas. Nature’s Blend is a truly beautiful synthetic grass product that can completely replace any natural grass lawn.

Nature’s Blend is also safe for kids and pets! All of our products here at Synthetic Grass Warehouse are certified non-toxic, lead free, and comes with our industry leading 15 year warranty.

Ask JW: Premature Matting

How Do I Prevent My Turf From Premature Matting?

Synthetic turf is maintenance free when it comes to watering, mowing and fertilizing but allowing premature matting will add additional maintenance and will have you on a rake and broom more often to keep the fibers in an upright position.

This month ASK JW will teach you why fiber structure and type of infill is important in keeping your synthetic turf fibers looking good for years to come.

Every year SGW and its research and development team are producing advanced synthetic turf fibers in different shapes to give stability to its synthetic turf systems.

The fiber structure is very important to its longevity as well, especially when it comes to keeping the fibers vertical. Getting to know your turf and type of infill will keep your customers happy without complaining of excessive matting or lying flat.

Terms to remember in the synthetic turf industry;

  • Fibers- a slender filament
  • Matting of fibers – entangled in a thick mass, depressed, lying flat
  • Foot traffic-the wear and tear caused to a surface by people walking on it
  • Egress-a means or place of going out; an exit.
  • Fiber Memory loss- the loss of retaining impression
  • Fibrillation – to undergo brushing or manipulation to synthetic turf fibers
  • Power broom- a mechanical broom consisting of a brush of stiff strands of synthetic material that when in use spins in a brushing motion.
  • Infill -sand, rubber or zeolite
  • Angular- having an angle or angles (not smooth)

Prior to your installation I recommend you research the use for the area that you are placing the synthetic turf.

These are some questions that I recommend answering to assist you in choosing your synthetic turf product.

  • Is it a high traffic area?
  • Is the area made for multiple child play?
  • Is there constant egress?
  • Is it an area where sporting activities will be played on?
  • Will there be furniture placed in the area?

These factors need to be acknowledged prior to your installation, otherwise you will be driving back and forth having unwanted trips raking and booming to no end.

High traffic areas may require a fiber that is either “textured or grooved”. Some fibers may feel and look durable but may not actually be aggressive enough to withstand heavy foot traffic.

Take a magnifying glass and inspect the face of the fiber. If the fiber has no texture or grooves then this fiber may be insufficient for aggressive wear and will create constant maintenance keeping the fibers upright.

SGW has “U” shaped, “S” shaped, “W” shaped and texturized fibers that prevent premature matting. SGW also carries synthetic turf that has smooth fibers for that softer touch and feel on the feet. See your representative for names and specifications for these products.

Choosing a winning combination of Granule Infill

A properly ballast synthetic turf system is important when it comes to wear and tear prevention. The type of infill must match the proposed surface wear. Understanding granule infill that is used to ballast synthetic turf could add life to your synthetic turf system. The methods that I recommend are either “Blending Infill prior to placement” or “Various Infill Placement”.

If the correct combination is achieved it will support wear and tear of its fibers.

Blending Infill

Blending infill is when you blend infill types prior to placing within the fibers. Ratios of crumb rubber, Silica sand, Durafil or Zeolite. Blending types of infill with crumb rubber allows the infill to constantly be moving when extensive foot traffic is present.

Various Infill Placement

Various infill placement is required to achieve stability and play for areas that are used for sporting activities. Depending on the sport, the ratios of infill and its elevation placement is very important. Email askjw@sgwcorp.com with any questions regarding the area to be used and Ask JW will assist you in the correct ratios and infill type for your installation.

HIGH TRAFFIC AREAS

Synthetic turf that is placed in areas of egress (entrance or exit) will need an aggressive fiber and proper infill placement. I recommend a stiff springy fiber and infill placement consisting

of a mixture of 70% SGW crumb rubber and 30% SGW round silica/Envirofill.  This will give the turf ballast and allow movement of the infill within the fibers during foot traffic. If 100% silica/Envirofill is used it may compact and create an elevation where foot traffic can wear fibers back and forth forcing the fibers to lose its memory and create a maintenance nightmare. I recommend not using “Angular” silica form hardware stores. This abrasive silica is not round in fashion and its geometrical make up allows the granules to interlock and become hard expediting wear on surrounding fibers. It also gets real hard and compacts very easily after rainfall.

EGRESS AREAS

Entrance and Exit areas require continuous maintenance due to the amount of traffic use. One might want to consider installing hardscape in these areas. I recommend incorporating concrete, pavers or stepping stones in these areas instead of synthetic turf. When heavy foot traffic is continuous it causes the fibers to lose their memory. Trying to uplift the fibers on a monthly basis is not only tiresome but creates a breakline at the infill elevation and may cause the fibers to break and detach. If constructing concrete, pavers or stepping stones is not an option, then I recommend placing 100% crumb rubber to allow as much internal movement within the fibers to prevent breakage. If you are using synthetic turf as a walkway you are setting yourself up for continuous maintenance and providing your clients with synthetic turf that will have a short life span.

IS THE AREA FOR MULTPLE CHILD PLAY?

Many clients tend to want a “softer turf” when it comes to their children’s play area. I recommend using a turf that’s fiber that is textured but soft to the touch. SGW has many turf systems that feel soft and simulate natural grass. I would recommend using a 80% crumb rubber and 20% Envirofill.. When impact is represented into this system it creates a wave form. This wave form allows the synthetic turf to accept pressure of the depressed impact which may foot traffic. When impaction is introduced the rubber granules absorb the friction and allow the fibers to return to upright condition. You may need to add infill periodically due to “walk off”. Walk off is where infill gets stuck in shoes, windblown and removed wear and tear.

Areas that have constant foot pressure that causes matting will need to be top dressed often with crumb rubber. I recommend spreading 1/2” of crumb rubber on top of matted area and rake into the fibers.

IS THE AREA USED FOR SPORTING ACTIVITIES?

If the area is to be used for sporting activities it is important to use a synthetic turf that is designed to withstand continuous wear. Most sports turf does not have internal textured “Thatch” (texturized fibers) within the primary fibers and requires crumb rubber and Durafil infill for proper ballast. SGW carries multiple types of sports turf which fibers are designed for sports play. Depending on what type of sport, a combination of crumb rubber and Envirofill will be needed. Baseball turf will need a higher content of sand/Envirofill mixture to simulate the play of the baseball. Email askjw@sgwcorp.com with any questions regarding the area to be used and Ask JW will assist you in choosing the correct sports turf, ratios and infill type for your installation.

MATTING CAUSED BY OBJECTS SITTING ON SYNTHETIC TURF

When weight is produced on top of synthetic turf it will cause the fibers to lose their memory much faster especially if the weight sits for long periods of time. Furniture, toys and equipment that are placed on synthetic turf should be moved often. I recommend placing infill to the top of fibers where furniture will be placed.

Toys that remain on synthetic turf over time may cause flat spots. When the temperature outside is hot, toys absorb heat and may cause the fibers to curl and leave a flat spot. To ensure your synthetic turf installation will remain beautiful and upright, remove all toys from area after play.

Water hose sitting on synthetic turf can cause a depression and is very hard to brush out. When a water hose is turned on and is being used the micro vibrations sends shock waves into the hose. These vibrations quickly depress the fibers in synthetic turf. Keep all water hoses off synthetic turf.

STEPPING STONES

Stepping stones can be used to prevent matting. Prior to installation map out the area of proposed foot traffic and place stepping stones, pavers or concrete. This will save time and money from having to brush/fibrillate the fibers and will also make your installation “worry free”.

Small areas that are matted could be maintained by hand dressing with infill to keep the fibers vertical.

“Protect your investment by choosing the correct turf and infill for your project”

Stay tuned for next month’s ‘Ask J.W.’ installment!
For more information, contact J.W.: askjw@sgwcorp.com or call 888.846.3598