Invest in a Synthetic Grass Lawn Today!

Investing in conservation efforts have led us in the right direction to help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and clean up our carbon emissions. Thousands of cities across the nation offer rebates to those who invest in synthetic grass, as water efficient upgrades for your residence.

It’s never too late to upgrade your home landscape with synthetic grass! The planet and your wallet will thank you later! A natural grass lawn means spending an average of $11,500 a year on maintenance alone. Almost $2,300 of your hard earned money goes to paying water bills and maintaining your lawn! A synthetic grass lawn means no water, mowing, pesticides or fertilizer.

But why listen to us? Make the call yourself.

We have created a cost comparison chart- natural grass vs. artificial grass so you can see just how much money you could save by trading in your thirsty turf for synthetic grass. All of our synthetic grass products are non-toxic and eco-friendly, making it perfectly safe for pets and animals.

Now is the time to ditch that natural grass and invest in a beautiful, eco-friendly and low-maintenance artificial grass lawn.

Check out our chart here!

Congratulations, Texas Custom Turf!

Congratulations to Texas Custom Turf, our September 2016 Install of the Month!

The Austin based installer has over 20 years of combined experience in home construction, landscaping, and award winning customer service.

The company specializes in everything ‘turf’ – xeriscaping, putting greens, residential landscapes – but owner Chris Neighbors said that he has noticed a new trend when it comes to artificial grass. “We have mostly dealt with residential installations, but our last few installs have been commercial properties.”

The most recent commercial artificial grass project was an 11,500 sq ft install of Diamond Light Fescue at the Westwood Country Club in downtown Austin, TX. “This install took a little extra TLC and attention to detail,” Neighbors said. “The club has large oak trees all over the property which required a different drainer layer underneath the turf.”

Neighbors said that the end result was everything the owners wanted. “We always try to go the extra mile for all of our clients,” he said. “It’s really important to us because a large amount of our business is based on referrals from our jobs.”

Neighbors believes that more businesses are looking to artificial grass due to the large amount of residential installs. “We’ll install for a home and then that person will be the owner of a small business or go into work and talk about how great their lawn looks,” he said. “Artificial grass really has some great benefits other than just saving water, it cuts back on the time and money spent maintaining a traditional lawn.”

For more information about this company, click here.

 

Congratulations, Anchor Turf!

Congratulations to our August 2016 Install of the Month, Anchor Turf! Don’t let the two-year old company fool you, what they lack in age, they make up for in knowledge and experience!

The Orange County based installer recently placed a 700 sq. ft. installation of Synthetic Grass Warehouse Diamond Pro Spring turf in Dana Point. The installation required raising the yard to make it appear larger. They also replaced the driveway, which was heavily damaged and cracked due to tree roots, with concrete and blackstone to give the entire landscape a whole different dimension and purpose. The added feature was a putting green for their oldest child, who started to show an interest in golf.

“This installation is the perfect example of why difficult jobs require an experienced team,” Hesley said. “The family is very happy with the results.”

Customer satisfaction is a top priority for the two-year-old company. “It only takes one bad job to ruin your reputation,” Hesley said. “We put our best into each installation, and we will continue to put in our due diligence as we grow and need to find new crew members.”

For more information about this company, 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!

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.

Ask JW: Cold Weather Artificial Grass Installation

Cold weather synthetic turf installation can be more challenging than warmer install conditions. In this months “ASK JW” Column, you will be provided installation tips that will make your cold weather installations efficient and less stressful.

Lets Begin

Always store your rolls of synthetic grass so the freezing temperatures will not leave flat spots in the turf roll. If you have to store the turf outside, rotate the roll occasionally to prevent flat spots from occurring.

Cold weather “Flat Spots” in rolls of synthetic turf

To be a successful synthetic turf contractor, I recommend SGW Superseam Pro Adhesive for all of your seaming needs as it has been tested against the leading competition. SGW Superseam Pro Adhesive has been physically tested and approved in below freezing temperatures. If you happen to purchase your seaming adhesive at a hardware store, understand a majority of hardware store adhesives are water based and contain high percentages of fillers. These inexpensive water-based adhesives may freeze under cold weather conditions and subsequently cause seam failure when ambient temperatures arise causing seam rupture due to thermal expansion and contraction. Store SGW Superseam Pro Adhesive in a warm environment prior to use, it will maintain the glue’s viscosity (thickness) and provide a more pliable adhesive to work with.


Roll out your synthetic turf and allow it to lay flat on the prepped surface to remove any wrinkles. In freezing temperatures you may need to have an external heater available to expedite this process. This will make your installation more efficient and prevent aggressively stretching the turf to reach its flatness on the compacted subgrade.

With the rise in temperature throughout the day, the synthetic turf will expand and/or contract. Make sure you secure each side of the connecting seams with nails, spikes or staples to prevent the seam from moving prior to placing the SGW Superseam Pro adhesive.

When seaming in cold weather, the two edges that are to be seamed may be stiff/hard and achieving a successful seam will be more difficult. After adhesive placement and adjoining the two sections of turf together, place SGW infill bags on the center of the seam to ensure the cold edges don’t lift. Make sure that a 1/8 inch of SGW Superseam Pro Adhesive is placed. Excessive amounts of adhesive may seep up and through the seam and drainage holes due to the placement of bag weight.

When the seams are cures you may need to use a wire brush and fibrillate the fibers back to their original state prior to placing the infill.

When placing the infill the surface must be dry in order for the infill to reach the base of the fibers. If the surface has any moisture the infill will stick to the top and will have to dry out or be removed to complete this process. Make sure all infill is stored in a dry controlled area at all times.

When the temperatures warm up and the snow or ice has melted, most of the melted snow and ice will drain through the drainage holes. Use a leaf blower and clean the top surface. After cleaning, I recommend using a power broom to rejuvenate the fibers to bring back the esthetics of the synthetic turf.

Stay tuned for next month’s “Ask JW” column for synthetic grass install tips and tricks! For more information or to contact J.W.: askjw@sgwcorp.com or call 888 846 3598.

Ask JW: Incorporating Tree Wells Into Your Install (Part 2)

I forgot to place irrigation to a tree under my newly placed turf, what do I do?

As I stated in my November 2015 column, trees, plants and shrubs require carbon, hydrogen and oxygen from the air and water to survive. There is little turf installers can do to control how much of these necessary elements plants will receive. Enclosing and placing synthetic turf directly up against a tree, plant or shrub will decrease the tree’s chance of survival. Without a supply of water, it is a definite that the plant will die.

This month I will explain how to place irrigation around a tree after the synthetic turf system has been installed.

Terms to Remember:

Crown/Flair– The root flare area (also called the crown or root collar) is the area where the main stem tissue transitions to root tissue.

Roots– anchors the tree to the ground and gathers water and nutrients to transfer to all parts of the tree. They are also used for reproduction, defense, survival, energy storage and many other purposes.

Canopy – The above-ground portion and collection of individual plant crowns.

Carpet Kicker – A tool that assists in stretching synthetic turf.

Push Cutter – A tool used to cut synthetic turf from the bottom backing without harming the turf fibers.

STEP 1:


Measure the distance from the base/crown/flair of tree that aligns with the canopy of the tree. Use chalk or white silica sand and mark the perimeter line around the tree to establish the “cut line” of the synthetic turf. Keep this measurement written down for the next steps until synthetic turf is cut open.

STEP 2:


Take a shop vacuum and remove infill from the turf approximately two feet on each side of marked line. This will allow the synthetic turf to be cut efficiently and will also prevent a ridge or bump to be left after the replacement is done.

*Remember: If the infill is not removed past your working area, this ridge/bump is very hard to remove after the turf is placed back in its original state.

STEP 3:


After the infill is removed, re-mark the perimeter line around the tree just as you did in Step 1. Take a push cutter tool and cut the marked line to open up the synthetic turf. The push cutter tool will cut the synthetic turf from the bottom of backing and will not jeopardize cutting the turf fibers.

STEP 4:


Take both sections and fold them open to allow the subgrade to be exposed for the next steps.

STEP 5:


When the turf is folded and open to the subgrade, re-mark the canopy measurement as in the previous steps. Excavate approximately 10 inches and carefully place the excavated soils to the side.

STEP 6:


Place newly connected irrigation and secure with staples to ensure the Irrigation heads remain vertical. Test the irrigation for any leaks prior to the next step. Place a collar around the irrigation heads, backfill, and level. The collar will have a cover that will be placed on top after the repair is completed. This will allow for future maintenance and visual inspection of the irrigation heads.

It is important to compact the soils to a minimum of 80 percent–this will ensure the excavated soils will not settle due to foot traffic.

STEP 7:


After the irrigation is complete, fold the synthetic turf back to its original position. Place seam tape at center of seam. Place SGW Superseam Glue and with a carpet kicker join both sections together.

STEP 8:


After the glue is cured, replace the infill and fibrillate the fiber to hide the seam. Place a green cover on top of the collar to allow for an even surface.

Stay tuned for next month’s “Ask JW” column for synthetic grass install tips and tricks! For more information or to contact J.W.: askjw@sgwcorp.com or call 888 846 3598.

Ask JW: Incorporating Tree Wells Into Your Install (Part 1)

Your Turf Installation Will Survive for Years to Come, But Will the Trees, Plants, and Shrubs Within Your Installation?

A basic understanding of a root system’s structure is critical. Trees, plants and shrubs depend on a consistent supply of water, oxygen, and nutrients for survival.

This month I will explain why encapsulating trees, plants and shrubs with synthetic turf will not only put the vegetation in a health risk, but the repairs and replacement can also be costly.

Contractors must understand the liabilities of all surrounding areas within their installation, in addition to the synthetic turf area. Installing synthetic turf against the base (crown/flair) of trees, plants and bushes without regard for the surrounding vegetation will only create unhappy customers.

TERMS TO REMEMBER

Tree– A perennial plant with an elongated stem, or trunk, supporting branches and leaves in most species.

Shrubs– A shrub is a small to medium-sized woody plant.

Plants – Any of various photosynthetic, eukaryotic, multi-cellular organisms characteristically containing chloroplasts, having cell walls made of cellulose, producing embryos, and lacking the power of locomotion. Plants include trees, bushes, herbs, ferns, mosses, and certain green algae.

Tree (Circle) Well– The primary purpose of a diameter(circle)constructed well is to retain moisture for re growth and to prevent the tree from certain causes of death due to the raising and lowering of elevation of soils surrounding the tree.

Encapsulating– To surround or close off on all sides

Crown/Flair– The root flare area (also called the crown or root collar) is that area where the main stem tissue transitions to root tissue.

Roots– The roots of a tree serve to anchor it to the ground and gather water and nutrients to transfer to all parts of the tree. They are also used for reproduction, defense, survival, energy storage and many other purposes

Canopy – Is the aboveground portion and collection of individual plant crowns.

Mulch – Is a layer of material applied to the surface of an area of soil. Its purpose is to conserve moisture, to improve the fertility and health of the soil, to reduce weed growth, to enhance the visual appeal of the area.


Since trees, plants and shrubs require carbon, hydrogen and oxygen from the air and water to survive, there is little turf installers can do to control how much of these plants receive. Installing synthetic turf directly up against a plant will diminish its chance of longevity and survival.

One of the best ways to protect the health of trees is to ensure that there is a constructed “Circle Well” around the base of each plant.

The “well circle” that is constructed around the plant provides a nice contrast to the surrounding synthetic turf, but most importantly, the well circle allows the plant to access vital nutrients for survival.

The additional space between the plant and the turf helps protect the plant, the inner bark, roots and flair near the soil line.

Constructing a raised well will also prevent water runoff and allow for deep penetration of the irrigated area. Mulching tree wells is also important for maintaining healthy vegetation. Mulch retains root moisture for trees, plants and bushes. The diameter of the mulched area surrounding the tree should extend as far as roots are visible.

When natural grass is removed and replaced with synthetic turf, trees, plants and bushes can fall within the “Synthetic Turf Zone.” This vegetation either is receiving water from its own irrigation system or feeding off the natural grass irrigation system. My recommendations are as follows:

1. I strongly recommend to cap all irrigation lines at the valves that connect to the existing natural grass irrigation. DO NOT USE SPRINKLER CAPS! Sprinkler caps only cover the heads of the natural grass sprinklers. If the irrigation valve is not capped, there is a chance that nails, spikes or staples may puncture the underlying irrigation lines which may be buried unseen to the naked eye. I have experienced contractors getting call backs three years later from the client stating there are leaks throughout the synthetic turf zone. Don’t take this chance!

2. If there are trees, plants or bushes within the synthetic turf zone that were receiving water from the natural grass sprinklers, I recommend drawing out a new irrigation plan and installing new irrigation pipes or drip tubing. This will ensure that all workmen understand where the new irrigation lines are placed as well as prevent any irrigation damage caused by nails, spikes and staples that water the trees, plants and shrubs.

The drawing will also provide the contractor and homeowner future reference of the new irrigation’s location. These simple steps will allow for easy future repairs.

3. Synthetic Grass Warehouse Polyboard is a quick and great solution to create tree wells. When the natural grass is removed and irrigation is completed, prior to the placement of sub base materials, measure the SGW Polyboard at an even radius around the base of the tree. Excavate and bury the SGW Polyboard to proper elevation to complete a tree well. On larger trees, the well must extend to the “canopy”–also called the “drip edge,” which is where the feeder roots gain the most nutrients. The well must be made of good soil that will compact and allow the well to hold water without it breaking its circle.

Please note; if the constructed well is not installed with SGW Polyboard or SGW Wonder Edge, integrity of sub grade soils will erode and will allow the exterior nails, spikes or staples to come loose and the “circle well” will fail.

4. If SGW Polyboard or SGW Wonder Edge is not used, then a “berm” can be constructed to create a “circle well.” Build up the soil higher than the existing turf elevation to keep water and nutrients from running away from the trees, plants or shrubs.

Place the synthetic turf into the well approximately 8 inches. Use a tape measure and chalk and mark an even circle around the well. Trim excess turf off.

Use a claw hammer and excavate the interior of the well approximately 3 inches deep at the perimeter of the synthetic turf edge. Curl and tuck the synthetic turf into the soil with nails, spikes or staples to secure the edge.

Polyboard


Durable plastic material stands the test of time
Pliability makes it ideal for a variety of projects
Strength withstands weather and the human element
Made with recycled plastic
Sold in strips of 1″ x 4″ x 20′
Made in the USA

Polyboard is a remarkable alternative to today’s lawn edging products. It is is quickly becoming the preferred product for landscape applications in both the home and commercial landscaping industries.

Benefits of Polyboard

  • Look of redwood is an attractive feature for any project
  • Lasts longer than other lawn edging products
  • Waterproof
  • Won’t rot, split or crack
  • Thicker and stronger than other lawn edging products
  • Resists damage caused by weed-whackers and lawn mowers
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Simplifies lawn maintenance
  • Can be used multiple times for forming concrete walkways and patios

Pliable plastic material bends and conforms to a variety of shapes. Durability withstands multiple uses; very useful when forming concrete walkways and patios. Lasts longer than similar products made of wood. Polyboard is the most durable in lawn edging.

Tapered ends fit snugly together for a clean fit. Ends are strong and resist chipping and breakage.

Made from recycled materials for strength and environmental awareness. Sheds water and withstands damage caused by weed-whackers and lawn mowers. Material resembles beautiful redwood, but maintains the durability of plastic.

Installation is similar to installing other edging products, requiring tools such as edgers, shovel, spade, trowel, mallet, string, rake, etc.

Wonder Edge


Want to make the install process simple and cut the time by 75 percent? Try Wonder Edge! This product is designed to create a smooth neat appearance for synthetic turf applications. After the installer compacts the base materials, apply the Wonder Edge product and then nail the turf to the product. Wonder Edge allows the installer to tuck the edge of the turf within the Wonder Edge’s borders.

Stay tuned for next month’s “Ask J.W.” installment! For more information or to contact J.W.: askjw@sgwcorp.com or call 888 846 3598.

Ask JW: Zeolite, a Perfect Complement to Your Infill



Photos By: Chemistry World

Many installers ask “Why can’t I use Zeolite as the primary infill”?

That’s a good question.

Although opinions vary, Zeolite is NOT considered a primary infill because it is not heavy enough to be used as a primary infill.

Infill provides stability for synthetic turf. Zeolite is primarily used as an added infill, which is placed under the turf as well as at the base of the fibers to manage odor control. Zeolite is the #1 choice for pet turf areas for odor control. Zeolite is not made to withstand heavy traffic to keep fibers in a vertical state. The granular structure resembles a “honeycomb” appearance and does not constitute a stable grain to be installed as a complete infill. Zeolite should be mixed with SGW Envirofill or SGW Round Premium Silica (RPS) infill.

When Zeolite is wet, it absorbs up to 81% of its original weight in water and 55% of its weight in urine. However, once the granule dries out, it returns to its original state and is not heavy enough to keep the synthetic turf ballasted, which may allow wrinkles in the turf.

Under a microscope, Zeolite resembles a “honeycomb” structure. It is much softer infill than Envirofill or Silica sand. Because Zeolite becomes softer after it absorbs liquids, it is not a good candidate to be used as a 100% infill for synthetic turf.

The Mohs scale of mineral hardness characterizes a mineral’s scratch resistance through mineral’s ability to scratch a softer material. Below I have provided you each infill’s measurements on this scale for comparison.

  • Zeolite: 4-5
  • Silica Sand: 6-7
  • Envirofill: 7-9

SGW Envirofill



I recommend to pair Zeolite with Envirofill and let Envirofill serve as the primary infill to ballast synthetic turf. Envirofill is made of a moisture resistant coated silica.

Envirofill is made of an acrylic coated silica sand and repels moistures in addition to unpleasant odors associated with our pets. Because of the anti-microbial coating, Envirofill inhibits the growth of micro-organisms. Envirofill is a colored and sealed silicon dioxide (SiO2) and is free of dust. The rounded, uniformly sized beads reduce abrasiveness to surrounding turf fibers by up to 50 percent while allowing movement within the synthetic turf.

Most silica sand is fractured and angular which causes it to compact easily with heavy rain fall and foot traffic. This may cause premature wear at the fiber’s bending point at infill level. This constant action will create memory loss in your synthetic turf.

Envirofill comes in small and large granules, is available in 50 pound bags and sold exclusively through SGW.

SGW Round Premium Silica (RPS)



SGW Round Premium Silica sand is my second choice for infill. The Round Premium Silica Infill is not a fractured/angular silica and is the latest in silica infill technology.

Product Features:

  • Naturally occurring exceptionally round mono-crystalline quartz (silica) resists abrasion in high traffic/ excessive wear application.
  • Double washed and screened to ensure uniform size distribution (no dust) and consistent grain shape.
  • Dried to less than 0.1% Moisture content before bagging
  • Sold in 50 pound bags
  • Natural Brown Color

Product Benefits:

  • Less compaction than fractured angular silica
  • More volume per pound
  • Cooler to the touch
  • Easy to handle 50 pound bags.

Realistic “soil” look blends nicely with artificial turf thatch–no more white sand drifts.

My recommendations for placing infill in synthetic turf is as follows:

On pet applications, I recommend placing approximately ¼” of Zeolite on your compacted subgrade. Place approximately 1 pound of Zeolite per square foot as the first lift (stages) to the base of fibers, then place 1-1/2 to 2 pounds per square feet of either Envirofill or SGW Silica for ballast.

For synthetic turf that will not experience pet traffic, I recommend placing approximately 1 pound of Envirofill per square foot or 1-1/2 to 2 pounds of RPS sand per square foot. See the turf’s infill requirements on each individual spec sheet. All of SGW’s synthetic turf product spec sheets are available for download on the SGW website, click here to download!

Be sure to broom or rake all infill in steady lifts. If the turf will experience heavy foot traffic, mix SGW Envirofill to allow proper movement of the fibers to prevent premature matting.

By installing infill in lifts (or stages), this will help prevent trapping the turf fibers and ensure a beautiful installation.

When the installation is complete, the infill level should be approximately ½ inch below the fibers.

Stay tuned for next month’s “Ask J.W.” installment! For more information, contact J.W.: askjw@sgwcorp.com or call: 888 846 3598