The Basics of Artificial Grass – What Do I Need to Know?
Getting started on a DIY artificial grass project can be overwhelming. There are tons of things to know, and finding the basics of artificial grass is sometimes difficult. There are many resources on the internet about how to install artificial turf, but many of them over look certain fundamentals. For example, it’s not always clear how much time an installation can take. Also, some guides feature more about the actual turf installation process, while leaving the prep work up to the imagination. For a rookie turf installer, that can be confusing. The purpose of this article is to help you understand the basics of artificial grass.
Many customers shop at Artificial Turf Express in search of artificial turf remnants to find smaller, less expensive pieces to use for their various projects or in place of other household material. Whether it be for a doormat, an art project, a floor mat inside your car or for your very own budget do-it-yourself project in your front or back yard – here are the top 5 uses for artificial turf remnants.
Many customers come to us to get the highest quality artificial grass in the San Jose area. Usually, before you make a purchase like this, you want some general information, such as FAQs about artificial grass, best installation techniques, or safety information. The purpose of this article is to give you some useful information about artificial grass.
Looking for more creative uses for synthetic turf? Here are some of our suggestions!
Synthetic lawns are often used for sports, however property owners are uncovering that having a drought-resistant lawn could hold numerous advantages. Also, that there are many creative uses for synthetic turf that aren’t usually considered. Considering that artificial turf needs no mowing, cutting or water, homeowners conserve money and time on landscaping. In addition, having a lavish, environment-friendly landscape is aesthetically beautiful, and also the soft blades are optimal for other uses. Here are some of the ideas we’ve used.
Many turf companies have warranties of several years, but that doesn’t always mean that your synthetic grass installation is entirely maintenance free. Yes, by switching to synthetic grass you avoid watering, seeding, and mowing your lawn. However, over time, you may begin to have turf flattening issues. This usually involves the blades falling over, giving them a matting effect. Some installations require a power broom to keep them looking pristine, and others just require a rake.
In this article, we discuss the differences in turf blades and how infill is essential in assisting your artificial grass installation looking good for years to come.
Artificial Turf Glue: The Most Commonly Asked Questions
At Artificial Turf Express, we’re often asked several questions about artificial turf glue. Turf glue can come in many different thicknesses or quantities. Some types of glue are more appropriate for certain applications, and less effective for others. Here are some of the questions we’re asked most often.
Synthetic Turf LEED Certification: How you can get credits for switching to synthetic turf
Installing synthetic turf can assist business owners receive LEED Certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The U.S. Green Building Council states that, “LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.” For business owners, this means that incorporating synthetic turf into their building or office park can have huge benefits.
People often come into our showroom and ask questions about turf backing. For people unfamiliar with turf lingo, turf backing is the material that holds the blades in place. The backing is made out of several different types of material. Its main function is to filter water through the turf. Naturally, this occurs if it rains, or if your turf is near a sprinkler system, or if you have pets. In the next few paragraphs, we will explore the different types of backing.
Are you tired of ants, mosquitoes, flies ruining a backyard get together? Bugs make it tough to have fun at a summertime house party. People often spend countless dollars on mosquito nets, bug traps, and other things to ward off these pests. What do you need to know about insects and artificial turf; is there solution?
You could resolve this issue by installing synthetic turf. Bugs are drawn to standing water, which can occur when natural grass is covered by shade. This prevents water from evaporating, which saturates the lawn with dampness.
If you are interested in installing a synthetic lawn, it is likely that you have heard several myths about artificial turf. In this age of infinite access to information, we’re bound to hear many things that have the potential to shape our decisions. We intend to clear up some of the mysteries about purchasing turf or installing a synthetic lawn.
The association’s new officers were chosen during the annual membership meeting in Atlanta
ATLANTA, Ga. – During the Synthetic Turf Council 2015 Annual Membership Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on Oct. 5-7, the association elected its new Board of Directors. Amy Brackin of Liberty will serve as the chairman of the board, which provides leadership and direction for the 216 member company organization.
At Artificial Turf Express, we pride ourselves on delivering superior products and services. So when our customers come to us with an idea or design concept to improve their yards or business, we are more than happy to spend some time explaining our products. We understand the process can be overwhelming when you don’t know what you need to create your artificial turf oasis. Believe it or not, not all synthetic turf serves the same purpose. Needs vary greatly between turf used to play on versus turf designed specifically for aesthetic purposes. Please do not hesitate to come in and talk to one of our ATE helpful sales associates.
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.
When it comes to backyard design, it doesn’t always have to be just one option or the other. We love the look of mixing, matching and blending styles, tones and textures to create diverse and versatile outdoor living spaces.
One of our favorite combinations is blending warm-toned decking with the deep greens of artificial grass. This is a great way to create a cosy yet modern space that’s easy to maintain and useable all year round.
Synthetic grass is much easier to care for than natural grass. You don’t have to drag a heavy bag of smelly fertilizer around. There’s no need to use harsh chemicals that could raise allergies and are harmful to mother nature. Let’s not forget the double benefit of conserving water and lowering that water bill. And what may be the biggest bonus of all – you don’t have to waste your weekends trying to start the lawn mower!
Having said that, there’s still some work you need to do to keep your lawn clean and safe. Here are a few artificial grass maintenance tips you can follow to promote the longevity of your lawn:
Spring has sprung, and with summer closing in fast you’ll need that perfect family and friends backyard oasis ready to go for chilling in the sunshine and enjoying a few barbecues.
However, with a great lawn, comes a great amount of time and a solid amount of money. If you want your grass to look perfect, it needs care and attention. You need to cut the lawn, you need to pick the weeds, you need to keep the slugs and the bugs at bay. You need to stop the dogs from burying toys in your slice of paradise, and you need to make sure the neighbor’s cat uses his own litter box instead of appropriating your garden.
Artificial grass is great. It can give you that perfect, rolling green lawn all year around, with having to worry about the usual mud, mess and fuss of a real grass garden. No creepy crawlies, no mowing, no watering, no weeding, artificial grass takes care of it all.
But like a good garden or any good floor, you’ve got to know what you’re doing to get the best results. While installing artificial grass is relatively easy and shouldn’t be a problem for anyone with even the most basic DIY skills – even if you’re the kind of person who is baffled by IKEA furniture – these top tips will help ensure that the grass is always greener for you.
More than just a practical feature, artificial turf has taken on a whole new dimension in the field of design and creativity. Traditionally a replacement for grass or used as a fun feature in the yards of aspiring amateur golfers, synthetic turf has taken on an entirely new element as an accent piece.
Artificial Turf Express has made installing artificial grass so easy, that do-it-yourselfers have made an art out of the fake grass. Placed under boulders, beside ponds, or as a frame around gardens or floral designs, synthetic turf has added a new facet to the beauty of yards. For the decorator in you, cut and piece artificial turf in between pavers to add color and creativity to your walkway. For a bolder appearance, space different sized sections of artificial turf in asymmetrical patterns adjacent to tiles and pavers of different textures and colors. The result is a freeform appearance of a very colorful and artistic design that is sure to have the neighborhood talking.
Everyone wants a green lawn. Whether you’re admiring its lush appearance from afar or enjoying the feel of the blades between your toes, a green lawn is a pleasure. Unfortunately, maintaining that pleasure can be an environmental nightmare, especially with the current drought.
As a business owner attempting to adopt “green” practices, you may be tempted to not water your grass. However, a parched lawn surrounding your building becomes an eyesore, giving onlookers a bad impression of your company. What’s a business owner to do?
The look of a lush green lawn is an enticing aspect of any home. But the severe drought, water restrictions, environmental considerations, and issues with maintaining a picture perfect lawn have more homeowners looking to install artificial turf in place of grass.
Installing artificial turf grass is a simple, yet, deliberate process that when followed properly, leaves the homeowner with a beautiful end product and a feeling of satisfaction for doing it himself. The return on investment will quickly prove itself with a dramatic savings in water, fertilizers, and landscape fees. With the proper supplies, a perfect synthetic lawn can be installed following these measures:
Jessica Calefati recently reported that homeowners associations can no longer fine residents who fail to water their lawns during droughts under legislation sponsored by a San Jose lawmaker.
Reports earlier this year that a San Lorenzo association threatened in writing to retaliate against a man with a burned lawn inspired Assembly Bill 2100. But reports of those threats — the focus of at least one television news story — might have been inaccurate.
Synthetic lawns have turned into the newest way to create beautiful green grass landscaping that requires minimal maintenance. It’s even more desirable in hot and humid areas such as Las Vegas and Atlanta. As well as providing a huge water savings solution across drought stricken California. But if you’re not a synthetic turf grass expert, you probably don’t know how to buy artificial grass.
You may like the idea of synthetic grass turf, but have no idea how to use it in your outdoor space. While you can obviously replace your patchy yard with this eco-friendly option, there are also a number of fun uses for this product. Whether you want to enjoy your outdoor space year round or want to enjoy grass in any part of your yard, synthetic grass is a great option. Here are just five cool ways to use synthetic grass to improve your landscaping.
Artificial grass has come a long way since fall of 1966, when The Houston Oilers AFL football season began on more than 125,000 square feet of removable Astroturf. Installed in the Houston Astrodome and used for both football and baseball fields, this marked the first time that synthetic turf was used in pro sports. The use of artificial turf became more mainstream in the 1970s as some baseball and football stadiums in both the United States and Canada began to embrace the cost saving benefits of this new technology. Sports arenas located in the colder climates of the Midwest and Northeast, requiring the all weather capability offered by an indoor facility, utilized these new products extensively during that period.
When you look at your backyard do you see a lush lawn — the kind that your children can romp around on, the cat can graze on and the dog can lie on while basking in the sun? The kind of lawn that’s freshly mowed, that’s ever green and never spotty? Perhaps it’s the kind of lawn that you can only see when you look over the fence into your neighbor’s yard? Of course the grass is always greener but in this case it might indeed be true.
Absolutely! The drainage holes allow the urine to drain through the product to the base. Depending on the amount of rain in your specific area, homeowners may need to hose off these areas to help the drainage process. With dogs, it is also recommended to use something like Simple Green® or a vinegar and water solution to keep the area clean. Please refer to our Care and Maintenance Guide for additional care instructions for pets.
Artificial grass has been used for several landscaping areas because of its many benefits. With its realistic and durable nature, artificial grass can be used not only for backyards, but also for front yards. For many homeowners, their front yards are their pride and joy-something they look forward to maintaining for several years. A front yard can either make or break the appearance of a property. Thus, the significance of its aesthetics is great. Artificial grass is a beautiful front yard surface that is comparable to the healthiest natural grass. Its pigmentation stays throughout the seasons, but never looks overly green or unnatural.
No mowing and saves water, too? Synthetic turf indeed sounds like the perfect lawn for parched landscapes.
Recent technological innovations make today’s fake grass look better than the real thing. Dogs like it. Neighbors can’t tell the difference. And in the grips of prolonged drought, a no-water green space has its appeal.
Synthetic grass is much easier to care for than natural grass. You do not have to drag a heavy bag of smelly fertilizer around. There is no need to use harsh chemicals that could raise allergies. And the biggest bonus of all – you don’t have to waste your weekends trying to start the lawn mower!
Having said that, there is still some work you need to do to keep your lawn clean and safe. Here are a few tips you can follow to promote the longevity of your lawn:
If you are shopping for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) outdoor carpeting for your patio, play area or even apartment rooftop, it can be somewhat of a challenge. Why? You want comfortable and soft artificial grass to make you feel right at home, but some synthetic turf brands are itchy and scratchy to the touch.
Artificial Turf Express synthetic lawns offer landscaping solutions, fixing the pesky problem of uncomfortable artificial turf grass. With Artificial Turf Express, you will have fake grass choices that are comfortable, soft and even plush to the touch. In fact, this artificial turf feels (and looks) like the real thing, natural grass. It’s the perfect, comfy solution so you and your family can sit, lay, slide and play without the itchy-ness or tough landings.
When you’re shopping for synthetic grass there are a lot of terms you may not be so familiar with. To become more familiar with the terms I have written a short explanation for each of them to help you become more knowledgeable and understand what you are purchasing.