Maximize Your Artificial Grass Installation


Although often seen as a “Do it yourself” task, installing synthetic turf is no easy process. To maximize your synthetic turf potential, it is always best to find an installer in your local area. At Synthetic Grass Warehouse, we offer a large range of installers who tailor to your needs and are located in your area.

 

Here are the top four reasons to leave it to the pros:

1.) Removing Current Landscape: The professional installer will understand the right amount of grass to excavate from your property. Grass can grow through your synthetic turf; however, the installer will understand the right way to take care of this so the only thing on your lawn is SGW turf.

2.) Proper Measurements: Your professional installer will know the exact measurements that are needed for your lawn. When installing synthetic turf, your installer can eliminate waste and unnecessary products and will save you money in the long run. Count on your installer to understand the mechanics of measuring for your turf and infill needs.

3.) The Infill Process: The proper amount of infill is just as important as picking out the turf. Your installer will understand how much and what kind of infill is needed for your particular application. Any of our infill products, such as Envirofill, ATD and sand, will protect your grass from creasing and/or flattening out. When installed by a professional, infill will give your yard the ultimate recovery needed and will protect your investment.

4.) Equipment: An installer will have the equipment needed to transport the turf and infill products to your home and will have access to tools such as carpet kickers, power brooms and viber plates that can be potential safety hazards. It may look easy, but leave it to the professionals!

Racking Your Synthetic Grass

Synthetic Grass Warehouse makes it easier to be a part of the rapidly growing artificial turf industry! Our turf rack system holds between nine and twelve 5×10 cut rolls with turf that can be customized for any order. This durable light-weight display system is an excellent way to showcase turf in an organized fashion inside any store and features competitive prices.

For information about our cut roll turf racks as well as pricing, give us a call today!

Do You Need Infill for Your Artificial Grass?

The definition of contemporary infilled synthetic grass lies in the very name – infill, as in to fill the void between the blades of the turf with “filler,” usually with granular materials such as SGW’s Envirofill, sand or rubber.

All infill serves multiple purposes, namely: It replicates the feeling of soil in natural grass when walked on for added realism; it provides ballast for the turf system; and its density gives the long turf fibers something to lean against, helping to keep the grass blades standing tall. Depending on the height and density or turf, you may need as much as 2 pounds of infill per square foot or more. Most residential lawns will need just enough infill installed at a depth just below the thatch fiber.

Silica sand is a popular infill product for many landscape turf applications, owing to its low cost. If your lawn is used as a playground, you’ll definitely want to install a granular rubber infill for shock absorbency, often 2 pounds or more per square foot. For a designated pet-turf area, a non-absorbent infill such as Envirofill is probably a must; unlike sand, it won’t retain pet urine bacteria or smell and won’t compact.

When does a synthetic lawn NOT require infill?

Low traffic areas If no feet will be walking on the synthetic grass, it’s going to stand tall after an initial brushing.

Extra-dense or short turf Depending on the type and profile of the grass fiber, synthetic turf tufted densely (exceeding 80 ounces per square foot face weight) may not need infill; its long blades will lean on each other for support to resist matting, and there is minimal space between the blades to distribute infill. A short (such as 1-inch pile) turf will have greater tensile strength in a compact height and can also stand tall without infill.

Indoor or patio installations Infill is not desirable for indoor use – there will inevitably be some dislodgement of granules that will scatter out of the turf where you don’t want them. See also patios, decks and balcony installations. For these applications, choosing the densest possible turf is recommended.

Steep hills or slopes Gravity and rain runoff can contribute to infill loss.

DID YOU KNOW?

Most varieties of natural grass go dormant – and brown — at a constant temperature of about 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Modern Artificial Grass Doesn’t Fade. Here’s Why –

Competitors’ first-generation artificial turfs earned a reputation for losing its color — after prolonged exposure to sun, the bright green Nylon fiber began to fade with alarming speed, and within a few years the fake grass actually looked fake. Because this was typically the public’s initial impression of synthetic grass, people might fear that today’s turf will suffer the same fate.

What if your lawn is already turfed with Synthetic Grass Warehouse products? Don’t worry; be happy.

Unlike early artificial turfs, in which color was directly applied to the fiber’s surface like paint, the natural color pigments in today’s synthetic lawns by SGW are embedded in the polyethylene grass blades. The color is locked into the plastic,w on’t leach or bleed over time, and won’t fade away like the “paint” on old-fashioned synthetics.

And, to battle against the sun’s ultra-violet rays that can bleach or degrade some materials, modern synthetic grass is also treated with UV inhibitors. As a result, SGW synthetic grass retains its supple texture and green appearance year after year in all conditions – even the desert sun.

Because our artificial turf boasts superior design and manufacturing processes to keep it green, we can back it better. SGW synthetic grass is warrantied against fading and degradation, so our customers’ artificial lawn is guaranteed to stay satisfyingly green.

P.S.: The synthetic grass fiber in our lawns is “green” in every sense – 100% recyclable, contains no lead or other heavy metals, toxin-free, conserving resources and environmentally responsible.

DID YOU KNOW?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the 54 million Americans who maintain their lawns with gas-powered mowers burn 800,000,000 gallons of gasoline weekly.

Another Reason to Install Artificial Grass – Rebates

Imagine replacing a costly grass lawn with beautiful, carefree and water-wise synthetic turf. Now imagine getting a cash bonus for making the switch.

It’s not a dream. It’s an H2O-saving rebate for replacing natural grass with waterless landscaping, such as synthetic grass, with continued availability from many water agencies and municipalities.

Areas where water shortages or droughts have become a way of life – namely Southern California, Nevada and Arizona – are where water-saving rebates for replacing natural grass are most prevalent … and most rewarding.

Conserving water and $$$

Las Vegas residents who install artificial grass receive a $1.50 per square foot rebate from the city’s provider, with a limit of 5,000 square feet. Multiple Orange County providers are scheduled a $1.00/square foot rebate through April 2013. In Arizona, where rebates for artificial turf have been commonplace for years, Scottsdale homeowners get a minimum of 25 cents per square foot.

One of the most generous rebate programs is offered by the Moulton Niguel Water District of Laguna Niguel, CA. Their users can receive $1.50 per square foot of natural grass removed, PLUS $1.50 for each square foot of synthetic grass installed. This “double rebate” is funded in part from current excessive usage fees by residential customers who exceed monthly allotments set by MNWD.

Rebates are used as an incentive because water supplies are being outstripped by demand; in desert areas, 80% of residential water consumption is directly attributable to outdoor use. To stay green and healthy, a 500 square-foot natural grass lawn needs as much as 185 gallons per day. A single square foot of sod can drink 135 gallons of H2O annually. Water-smart landscaping, such as synthetic grass, guarantees conservation; a synthetic lawn needs no water to stay green, drought or not.

Since the Southern Nevada Water Authority began offering rebates to Las Vegas residents in 2002, an estimated 10 billion gallons of water that would have gone to irrigate lawns have been saved by its replace-natural-grass-with-artificial-turf program.

Water-saving rebates also conserve money for synthetic grass customers. The long-term affordability of an artificial turf lawn is enhanced by rebates that are typically issued by check within 90 days of installation; a rebate of $1.00 per square foot, for example, could mean an extra savings of 10% to 20% for the project.

Your rebate may vary

To learn if synthetic grass rebates are available in your area – and other qualifying details that might make the difference between getting a bonus and not getting a bonus — it’s essential to contact your water provider.

For participation, some agencies require pre-approval; often submitting a plan for the area to be turfed is sufficient, but some agencies mandate a site visit before and after synthetic grass installation. Most rebates are subject to minimum and maximum areas, or limits to the amount of the rebate. In some locales, such as Las Vegas, guidelines include the stipulation of planting water-tolerant live plants along with artificial turf in as much as 50% of the landscape space. In Scottsdale, one homeowner received a $275.00 rebate for installing a synthetic lawn throughout his backyard; only afterward did he learn he would have been eligible for a $550.00 rebate if he had also planted water-smart live plants.

Worst of all, some programs are often discontinued without warning, i.e. when the money budgeted for artificial turf rebates runs out. In 2006, the city of Palm Springs sponsored a $4.00 per square foot rebate for residential synthetic grass swaps; today there is no incentive. Incentives of up to $1.50 per square foot abruptly ended for most San Diego customers; as the San Diego County Water Authority’s website states on its Artificial Turf Rebates link: “Funding for this program has been exhausted.”

“That doesn’t mean the water companies don’t acknowledge that installing artificial turf saves a lot of water,” said Dave Koller, conservation coordinator for the Coachella Valley Water District. “It does.”

Don’t Forget to Vote this Season! For your Lawn, Choose SGW!

Election season is about making a selection. When you mark your turf ballot, you’ll find a remarkable array of synthetic grass solutions to choose from at SGW – and you’re sure to find the one that’s ideal for your lawn. An unsurpassed inventory of colors, textures, heights and weights for various applications is always stocked in our warehouses.

We’ve got lawn with resilient “W” fiber or extra-dense tufting specifically designed for heavy traffic usage; performance turfs for athletic or playground installation; synthetic grass for pets with superior durability and drainage; turf with ultrathin, supersoft blades to delight bare feet; and putting greens that play like the ones at the country club.

SGW also features multiple combinations of natural green hues, many in concert with brown thatch for added realism. Turfs with highlights of just-sprouted green fibers, and turfs with earthier olive tones. Pile heights range from ½-inch putting greens to 2-inch fescues.

Regardless of the synthetic grass choice you make, all SGW turfs have these features: They’ll look and feel like the real thing, warranted to last, and provide superior value.

DID YOU KNOW?

Synthetic grass has become the norm in major college football: 65% of the FBS schools (82 of 126) are playing on faux grass this season.

SGW Artificial Turf – Never Shiny, Always Realistic

A STAR OF SYNTHETIC GRASS WITHOUT THE SHINE

Top 10 reasons the turf from Synthetic Grass Warehouse is less sparkly, twinkly and fake-looking:

10. The polyethylene grass has pigment embedded in the blades, not shiny green paint applied to the fiber like yesterday’s Nylon turf football fields.
9. Unlike old-fashioned slit-film grass with multiple points of reflectivity, SGW’s monofilament fibers are extruded individually.
8. Like fine wine, SGW turf gets better with age; it doesn’t fade in the literal sense, but gradually acclimates itself to sunlight so there’s less shine on Day 90 than they day it’s installed.
7. Fibers with greater thickness to resist lying over and matting.
6. New manufacture techniques provide lower-luster finishes on each blade of grass.
5. As many as four different colors of fiber per product, blended for a lifelike appearance.
4. Thanks to microscopic variations in the pile height and thatch, the sun (and the naked eye) doesn’t view the lawn as wholly uniform or machine-made.
3. SGW’s introduction of ultrathin fibers that virtually eliminate shine.
2. Two words: UV inhibitors.
1. SGW’s exclusive “W” fiber with the corrugated profile is not only the industry leader in resiliency, but its succession of smaller surface areas reduces reflectivity from all directions.

Turf Fresh – The Best Solution For Pet Odors. Try for free*

Imagine walking onto your dog’s grassy domain, taking a deep breath in the vicinity of where the four-legged friend “does his business,” and smelling … nothing. That’s a liberating pleasure of pet ownership in concert with Synthetic Grass Warehouse.

SGW has developed products dedicated to pet use – unique turf and accessories that keep a dog’s lawn sanitary and pleasant-smelling. There’s Pet Turf, a specially engineered resilient grass for dogs; non-absorbent Envirofill infill; Artificial Turf Deodorizer granules; and Turf Fresh organic spray concentrate that effectively eliminates odor and leaves behind a clean, fresh scent.

Now imagine applying the special formula of Turf Fresh directly to your synthetic lawn, relaxing as billions of active enzymes break down odor-causing bacteria hiding in the turf, and paying … nothing.

Now SGW invites you to experience Turf Fresh — advanced pet protection for synthetic grass, a giant leap beyond mere soap and water – for free. Contact SGW, ask for the Free Turf Fresh Offer, and we’ll send you a 1/4 gallon container, valued at $29, at no charge! You pay only the actual shipping charges to your address.

(The fine print: One free bottle of Turf Fresh per customer and address. This promotion is limited to the first 500 responses and expires June 30, 2012.)

Within hours of applying Turf Fresh with its handy hook-and-hose nozzle, the odor-causing agents and scents disappear into the atmosphere and the polyethylene turf is restored to its original sterile environment. Yet Turf Fresh odor eliminator is an all-natural solution that’s safe for pets, children and the whole family. It’s also biodegradable, toxin- and allergen-free.

And — this month only — Turf Fresh is free, too!

Installing Turf in Desert Environments

It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that synthetic grass is becoming as familiar in desert areas as cactus. Perhaps more than most regions, the sunny locals have embraced artificial turf for many reasons. Water conservation, for instance. Consistent and superior appearance in all weather, too. The pet- and pet owner-friendly aspects of turf is another reason. See also: None of the maintenance associated a grass lawn is required.

The latest developments underline the advantages of synthetic grass in the desert.

Going off the grid: The University of Arizona football program, which has been playing on natural-grass home fields in Tucson since 1999, announced it will switch to artificial turf for the 2013 season.

Factors cited in the decision include enhanced performance (turf is considered a “faster” surface) and playability (sod fields degrade under constant usage), and cost effectiveness (maintenance expenses for synthetic grass fields are substantially less).

An additional reason, according to a department spokesman: “Fake grass just looks better in the stadium.”

Look, ma! No scorpions: Follow the food chain to grasp this one.

Watered lawns – and they do need lots of irrigating in the desert – attract mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love standing water.

Crickets love to eat mosquitoes. Watered lawns attract mosquitoes, which attract crickets. And crickets are delicacy for scorpions.

So … a synthetic grass lawn means fewer scorpions as a household pest. Or: Since turf needs no water, and plastic grass isn’t a food.source, maybe zero scorpions.

Bad news/good news/bad news for water bills: While the Metropolitan Water District serving most of Southern California has passed across-the-board rate increases to its customers for 2012 and 2013, the Southern Nevada Water Authority announced it will hold the line on pricing, citing adequate supplies. However, low water prices in the desert appear to be a mirage.

At a forum of National Federation of Municipal Analysts held in Las Vegas, famous for casinos with waterfalls in 110-degree heat, the unanimous opinion was that rates will only go up, and up. Analysts predict that the volatility of water supplies in Nevada, Arizona and the greater Southwest will lead to steady price increases of 20% or more in the next five years.

In addition, water providers are likely to renew and expand pipelines, and take on additional debt. The Southern Nevada Water Authority plans to issue a $360 million bond in July to upgrade old facilities and build new ones. A 2012 analysis on water scarcity by Standard and Poor’s concludes: “We believe utility managers will likely ask more of their customers, especially in the form of rate adjustments.”

In the War Against Pet Odor, Turf Fresh Takes No Prisoners!

When going to battle against pet smells in artificial lawns, Turf Fresh is the modern superweapon … and a proven winner. Synthetic Grass Warehouse’s organic spray concentrate effectively eliminates odor and leaves behind a clean, fresh scent.

There is strength in the numbers of Turf Fresh’s special formula. As the label on the bottle boldly announces, an army of 250 billion active bacteria are contained within, unleashed when attached to a garden hose and applied directly to synthetic grass.

This is a new, sophisticated approach to removing urine smells and other lingering odors in synthetic grass, especially in pet turf areas – a giant leap beyond mere soap and water, all-purpose cleaners, bleach or other home remedies.

Upon application, Turf Fresh introduces a “tracer scent” that indicates where it’s been sprayed. Turf Fresh’s enzymes are absorbed into the turf pile, then begin to break down odor-causing molecules residing on the fibers and backing. In a matter of hours, the odor-causing agents and scents disappear into the atmosphere and the polyethylene turf is restored to its original germ-free environment.

Yet Turf Fresh odor eliminator is an all-natural application that works on all synthetic grass — safe for pets, children and the whole family. It’s non-toxic, hypo-allergenic and biodegradable, with no harmful or lingering effects.

Turf Fresh’s simple, handy hook-and-hose design facilitates widespread application for large areas and heavier sprays for smaller areas where pets “do their business.” You decide where to use Turf Fresh, how much and how often to apply.

Turf Fresh concentrate is available from SGW in quart- or gallon-sized containers that can renew as much as 2,200 square feet of synthetic grass. Try it and enjoy the sweet smell of success!