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Synthetic Turf Council Releases Guidelines for Testing Infill in Synthetic Turf Fields

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The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) today announced environmental guidelines for testing crumb rubber and other infills used in synthetic turf sports and recreation fields.  The STC Suggested Environmental Guidelines for Infill are designed to add another level of information for parents, players, owners and operators of synthetic turf fields.

Late in 2014, the use of crumb rubber infill in synthetic turf fields was called into question by media reports alleging a possible causal link to illnesses in soccer players who played extensively on these fields.  “One of STC’s missions is to serve as a public repository of independent and commissioned studies that have been done on synthetic turf and turf infill.  The STC has numerous studies available on its website, and in every case, when scientifically studied and scrutinized, each has shown there is no elevated risk to human health or environmental safety,” said Al Garver, President of the Synthetic Turf Council.  The STC believes reliable scientific data should be the foundation of any discussion regarding the safety of synthetic turf.

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The Effect of a Dead or Dying Lawn on Your Home’s Value

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Location, location, location. According to real estate experts, the number one price point of your home’s value is the location. And once you get potential buyers to your home, the second biggest selling point of your home is the curb appeal.

According to a recent report by the internet site, HouseLogic, “Landscaping is the first thing that potential buyers see, and it reflects well — or poorly — on other homes in the neighborhood.” Let’s face it, if a home’s landscape is kept up, that is a good indication that rest of the home is kept up. Pride of ownership is important for the sale of your home, and you can’t go wrong by investing some money to increase the curb appeal and chance that someone may want to purchase your home.

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Fullerton Hotel Replaces Lawn With Artificial Turf

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The Hotel Fullerton will be saving 1.3 million gallons of water per year after removing all of their grass lawns and replacing it with artificial turf.

“We’re just so excited to make this change for the better. Not only are we elevating the guest experience for our guests, but, at the same time, we’re doing our part to save and conserve the environment,” said Yogini Geria of Hotel Fullerton.

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Lawn Becomes Putting Green, with Fake Turf, to Save Water

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Since water conservation became the new California imperative, local nurseries and landscapers have had to adapt along with gardeners.

Napa local Mimi Glavin recently converted her front yard from simple turf to a more dramatic landscape with a dry creek made of rocks, strategically placed boulders and drought-friendly plants.

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Los Angeles Is Replacing Grass Soccer Fields With Artificial Turf

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For soccer players in Los Angeles, now is the summer of our discontent. We’ve seen the grass turn from green to brown to dirt to sand.

But L.A. is in the midst of a dramatic move that would save a ton of water and improve the quality of soccer games for generations: replacing its 100-odd grass fields with synthetic grass, or artificial turf.

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USA Women’s Soccer Team Wins FIFA World Cup

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In a 5-2 victory over Japan, the United States Women’s Soccer Team took home the prestigious FIFA World Cup trophy. The team scored a phenomenal four goals in the first 16 minutes of play, led by elite player, Carli Lloyd, who scored the first three goals. This is the third win for the United State’s Women’s Team, with the last win being 16 years ago. The United States is the only team to win the World Cup three times.

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Turf Protection for HOA Members Advances

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A bill allowing residents of homeowners associations to install artificial turf without fear of fines was approved unanimously this week by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The measure by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, was overwhelmingly approved in the Assembly in May and subsequently had been endorsed by another Senate panel. Assembly Bill 349 is now headed to the full Senate for a vote.

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Artificial Turf approved by Simi Valley Council

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The Simi Valley City Council Monday night expanded the allowed uses of artificial turf throughout the city to conserve water during the state’s severe drought.
The council adopted an ordinance allowing use of synthetic grass, which does not require as much watering as real grass, in up to 50 percent of the landscape area of multifamily residential and nonresidential properties. The ordinance would not trump homeowners associations rules that forbid synthetic grass, but proposed legislation in Sacramento would.

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Synthetic Turf is Becoming a Popular Choice for Marketing Strategies

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Synthetic turf technology has developed at an outstanding rate over the past few years. We’re now at a point where we can get creative with turf. We’ve seen artificial grass on rooftops, on walls, in campsites and even in indoor office spaces. At Artificial Turf Express, we are proud to have helped design artificial turf logos and designs for some high profile clients and events. We love working with business, organizations and local authorities to create a product that is unique and tailored to perfection.

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Homeowners in East Bay Allowed Rebate for Installing Artificial Turf

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It’s a win for synthetic turf! At least 12 of the 45 Bay Area water districts are giving homeowners an incentive to replace their lawns with artificial grass. With California’s severe water drought, homeowners are conserving water by restricting the amount of water used to keep their lawn thriving. Dead and dying lawns are unattractive, and homeowners are looking for an attractive alternative that saves water.

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