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Everything You Need for a Before Starting Your DIY Artificial Grass Installation

An artificial grass installation could be the best decision you make this summer. It replaces your highly water-dependent grass with an attractive synthetic lawn that’s practically maintenance-free. And the best part? You can install it all by yourself.

From finding the right tools to advanced artificial grass installation tips, here’s everything you need before you tear up your current lawn.

The Tools for the Job

You’ll need more than just your hands for an artificial turf installation. You’ll actually need quite a few tools to get the job done. The good news is you can usually find them at your local home improvement store to either buy or rent.

Sod Cutter – Use this to remove your current sod or any unwanted vegetation in the area. You can opt to use a shovel or hoe instead, but the cutter allows you to roll up sod in neat piles rather than messy chunks, making turf removal easier and cleaner.

Tamper – You’ll need to use a hand tamper several times to compact layers of dirt, infill, and turf. This will make everything nice and flat for a smooth installation of the various necessary materials.

Carpet Cutter – Trims the edges of your turf straight, so they fit together seamlessly.

Staples – Bigger than the kind you see in an office, artificial turf staples are 6” long and anchor the turf to the ground.

There are many more tools you’ll need (please consult our installation guide), but the ones mentioned are absolutely essential to the artificial turf installation process. Don’t start your project without them!

High Quality Artificial Grass Turf

Artificial grass comes in many shapes and forms. You’ll need to choose the type that fits your needs best, whether that’s fulfilling the function of your old lawn or for a whole new purpose. For example, you can use residential turf to enhance your home’s appearance, or you can use pet turf to add protection against pet messes.

Most types of artificial turf have unique fiber sizes and styles. Residential turf will often be more vibrant to look exceptionally beautiful on your front lawn, while sports turf will incorporate softer materials to cushion players when they slide across it.

Proper Guidance and Plenty of Patience

An artificial turf installation can be a real challenge; you’ll need to flex your handyman skills to their limits to see the job through to the end. Luckily, most advice from any construction project applies here—“measure twice, cut once,” that sort of thing. But a fake grass installation is also a good practice in patience. Between waiting for dry conditions to begin, waiting for the turf to bond together, and a number of other options, the entire process takes time—but the wait will be worth it.

A lot goes into installing artificial grass. Be sure to follow all the necessary steps, and you’ll have a lawn that lasts for years and years. Be sure to visit our installation guide so you don’t miss anything critical!

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Stadiums with Fixed or Retractable Roofs: Artificial Turf or Real Grass?

Sports stadiums with fixed or retractable roofs are a modern convenience. They have two main purposes: 1) to protect the field and audience from harsh weather; and 2) to keep attendance up at big sporting events during bad weather. So even if it’s snowing, a stadium with one of these roofs can still host the Big Game—everyone wins!

Like fixed and retractable roofs, artificial turf adds longevity to modern stadium fields. Brand new fixed roof stadiums like the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN incorporate artificial turf to provide year-round entertainment.

The combination of artificial turf and fixed/retractable roof stadiums is becoming more popular, and we think this is a trend that will continue into the future.

Artificial Turf is a Time-Tested Sports Surface

It’s been over 60 years since the first artificial turf surface debuted at the Houston Astrodome. Since then, synthetic field turf can be found on a significant number of professional sports stadiums, both with fixed/retractable roofs and without.

In the NFL, a good number of full-time stadiums have artificial turf and retractable or fixed roofs. Same goes for the MLB, with fields located in Florida, Texas, and other states using artificial field turf. These as well have fixed or retractable roofs to combat the uncooperative weather in these regions.

But even stadiums located in more temperate regions like California are using artificial field turf. The City of Champions Stadium, future home of the LA Rams, is located in Inglewood, CA and is expected to open in August 2019. And you guessed it—it will have both a closed roof and artificial field turf.

Look at it this way—the more stadiums that can hold big, crowd-drawing championship games during harsh weather, the better.

Fixed Roofs Offer Flexibility for Non-Sports Events

Another advantage of stadiums with fixed or retractable roofs is they can host other kinds of events. Stadiums are a major expense for the cities they are built in. Although retractable roofs ensure big sporting events can still have good turnouts, pairing it with artificial athletic turf means the stadium can remain in use year-round.

Concerts, conventions, and other events can be held by putting hard floor covers right on top of the field turf. A real grass turf would die with such a cover, which would limit the kinds of events—not to mention revenue—the stadium could bring in. A retractable roof and artificial turf surface maximizes the value of the investment.

Artificial Turf and Stadiums: A Growing Sports Standard

Artificial athletic turf is starting to see major use in the sports industry. Paired with a fixed or retractable roof, it offers players a reliable surface to play on that is unaffected by weather. And, of course, the fans benefit too.

Where will athletic field turf take the sports industry next? Keep an eye on our blog and you’ll be the first to know.

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The Many Uses of Artificial Grass

Artificial grass was first introduced in the sports industry fifty years ago, but football players aren’t the only ones who use it now. Artificial grass has many advantages over real grass such as greater durability and cost-effectiveness. As such, it has a variety of uses in many fields. From athletic fields to landscaping, artificial grass offers everyone a safe space to enjoy.

Here are some of the ways artificial grass can create an inviting lawn that will last for years:

An Ideal Field for Pets

Many people love artificial grass for its long-lasting appeal. Pet owners have more reason to love it than most, as dogs can’t dig holes in it. This grass also maintains a vibrant appearance; it won’t stain when pets go outside to do their business.

Artificial pet grass for dogs like the PetPRO Series uses specially treated polyethylene. This is a tough, non-abrasive fiber—perfect for letting Fido roll around in it. It also uses Envirofill infill, which is non-toxic and will let urine drain through it, which keeps it clean.

Safe Playground Matting

Playgrounds have been the sites of many minor scrapes and bruises while children are at play, but artificial grass changes all that. Better than sod, wood chips, and even sand, artificial turf turns a playground into the go-to place to play!

Parents can appreciate artificial turf playground flooring like the ProPLAY series. Soft, flexible fibers are selected and incorporated in a design made for playing. Artificial turf helps kids have fun and stay safe all year round!

A Tough Sports Surface

No artificial grass blog post would be complete without mentioning the sports industry. As we said, artificial grass has a close history with competitive sports. However, recreational sports like golf have used synthetic grass for years. Artificial putting greens like the ProPUTT series offer a reliable surface to play on that, unlike regular grass, requires little maintenance and has high durability.

Of course, artificial grass meets the needs of more high-contact sports like football and soccer. The SportPro series features a heavy duty, weather-resistant design, making it perfect for indoor or outdoor use. This lets it maintain its toughness and looks all season long.

No More Grass Lawn—Choose Artificial Grass and Enjoy

Artificial turf can be used anywhere, from professional golf courses to front lawns and home gardens. No matter what you use it for, it will be durable, look great, and will last for years. If you’ve found regular grass just doesn’t cut it anymore, synthetic is the way to go.

Click here to get a quote, and you’ll find out just how easily artificial grass meets your needs.

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4 Ways to Save Water During El Niño

El Niño has come to California, and with it comes some relief from the state’s four-year drought. But even with all that rain, you still might be looking for ways to save. Well, we at Artificial Turf Supply have some good news for you! Reducing your water use is as easy as following a few simple steps.

Here are four ways you can make the most of El Niño (and save a few bucks while you’re at it):

Install an Artificial Grass Lawn

Installing artificial grass is a great way to make a long-lasting reduction to your water use. Artificial grass doesn’t have to be watered, trimmed, or maintained the way real grass does. Fake grass also lasts for a long time, so your new lawn can even help you save on the next El Niño several years away.

Plant a Drought-Tolerant Landscape

An artificial grass lawn is a great first step to saving water during El Niño. But to make the most of your efforts, you’ll need to adjust the rest of your yard too. In addition to your artificial turf, you can add California-native plants to your yard to maintain a beautiful home appearance. California’s infrequent rainfall is more than enough to keep your new plants looking great all year round.

Turn Off Your Sprinklers

Turning off your sprinklers during a storm seems like a no-brainer. But how long should you keep them off? You’ll want to turn your sprinklers off two days before any rain starts, and for two days after. Be sure to keep an eye on your favorite weather app to know when a storm is about to start.

Catch Rain and Fight Water Waste

While the increased rainfall from El Niño helps cut down your watering, the real savings will come later. Use rain barrels to catch the rain of today to use later in the dry season. When summer arrives with scorching temperatures, your yard will be looking as healthy as ever thanks to the water you’ve collected. You can even get a rebate for your rain barrel, usually starting at $75 per barrel, up to four rain barrels maximum.

Follow These Suggestions and Save

El Niño won’t solve all of California’s water problems. But if you follow the steps above, you could notice a big difference in your own personal water woes. And best of all, your landscaping’s appearance won’t suffer for it.

NOTE: If you haven’t already installed your artificial grass, you may have to wait for a dry spell. After all, it’s better to install artificial grass in mostly dry conditions. Luckily, it’s easy to purchase artificial grass materials at any time of the year.

So get a quote and save before the stormy season is over!

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Modern Contemporary Ideas for Artificial Grass

Artificial grass got its start in the sports industry, replacing the grass field in the Houston Astrodome. Since then, fake grass lawns have sprouted up in modern homes across the nation. As artificial turf comes ever closer to replicating the real thing, we’ve seen all sorts of contemporary applications for artificial turf.

Check out these yards from Artificial Turf Supply clients!

Use Artificial Turf to Enhance Your Social Circle

Small social gatherings on cool, pleasant nights are easier than ever with artificial turf. In this backyard, irregular-shaped patches of synthetic grass are arranged to draw guests toward the warmth of the fire pit. With barbecue grills keeping the food coming, you can be sure parties in this yard last long into the night!

Illuminate Your Home with an Artificial Turf Centerpiece

You can get pretty creative with your turf. This driveway features stone tiles arrayed throughout a synthetic lawn to add attractive variety. Upkeep is easy since you’ll never have to trim the grass between the tiles. The bed of plants and lighted palm in the center creates an appealing centerpiece for this circular driveway.

Artificial Grass is Great for Families

Keeping your kids safe is a high priority, especially at playtime. Many playgrounds are choosing to install artificial grass instead of the usual rough, abrasive sand. ProPLAY artificial grass is soft, which can help avoid skinned knees (and the crying fits that follow). Envirofill infill helps keep synthetic grass blades flexible and straight.

Pet Lovers Love Artificial Turf!

Pets are as much a part of the modern family as any person. PetPro artificial pet grass is made with pets in mind. Artificial turf for dogs is durable and easy to clean, so dogs are free to play and do their business without ruining the lawn. And it still looks like real grass, making it perfect for both backyards and front yards.

Attractive Artificial Art Landscapes

If you have an artistic eye, artificial turf can create colorful accents for any backyard look. This covered pool area features checkerboard-style tiles and tasteful fake grass squares that contrast nicely with the blue of the two pools. Artificial turf drains water effectively, which avoids soggy sections of lawn that could be dangerous or damaging to the pool.

Artificial lawns are such a common sight these days, you might not even recognize they’re fake at first. With so many practical and artistic contemporary uses for artificial grass, you have a lot of options available to you. We hope these have provided you with some ideas for your own artificial turf for homes.

Be sure to check out our photo gallery for more ideas!

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What is Artificial Grass Made Of?

How well do you know your lawn?  For many homeowners, artificial grass is just as good as the real thing. But what is artificial grass actually made of? Your lawn should be every bit as safe and appealing as real grass. So let’s take a closer look and see what artificial grass is really made of.

All About Artificial Grass Fibers

How does fake grass keep that well-maintained look? That’s simple—it’s all in the fibers. Synthetic grass fibers, also called yarns, are made of high quality polyethylene. This non-abrasive plastic contains no toxic substances or heavy metals, which is critically important for a lawn.

Polyethylene synthetic grass is similar to the bags you hold your groceries with. But there are key differences that make it stand out. Synthetic grass fibers are treated with UV inhibitors and stabilizers. These help protect your fake grass lawn from the sun’s rays, heat, foot traffic, as well as mold.

Whether you’re installing artificial turf for dogs, sports, or your front yard, going synthetic gives you a lawn that’s built to last.

What’s in Your Fake Grass Infill?

Most fake grass lawns have a layer called “infill” in them. This is generally used to support the grass fibers and keep them looking their best. You’ll find fake grass lawns with either sand or rubber infill. Both have their distinct uses and advantages over real grass.

Envirofill is a superior sand-type infill made of acrylic-coated, green-colored sand. The sand has antimicrobial properties, which makes these lawns great for pet lovers. Envirofill is also good for high traffic areas like playgrounds because it’s made to feel like real soil.

Crumb rubber is the other common type of infill. You’ll see it used mostly in athletic applications. This metal-free granulated rubber is non-abrasive and made from post-industrial scrap. Crumb rubber offers superior impact resistance for soccer, football, baseball, and other general sports use.

Get the Right Materials for the Job

When adding artificial turf for homes, playgrounds, or sports use, you need to make sure you’re using high quality products. That goes for both the fake grass blades and the infill. Choosing a synthetic lawn with the right materials is a must before letting your kids and pets run around on it. Hopefully we’ve helped you decide which will work best for you!

If you need help deciding on a type of infill, click here. For all other questions about artificial turf materials or the cost of artificial turf, learn more at our Resources page.

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What Dog Waste Removal is Best for Cleaning Artificial Turf?

Uh oh. Your dog made a big mess on your new artificial grass lawn. But don’t worry—it’s no big deal. Like your old grass lawn, cleaning artificial turf only takes a little time and effort. But your preferred dog waste removal method may have to change now that you’re on fake grass instead of real.

Here are some tips for cleaning artificial turf for dogs (and their messes).

The Most Effective Method for Cleaning Artificial Turf

When it comes to dog waste removal, why change what works? A plastic bag is all you need to clean up doggy doo. There’s no simpler way to keep your artificial grass clean and green. Just grab some from your local department store or reuse the ones from your groceries. Any kind of bag will work—so long as it separates you from the poo.

There’s always the option of using a poop scooper for cleaning artificial turf. If you don’t like getting hands-on with your pet mess, don’t worry. Use the scoop and toss the whole mess in the garbage.

High Fiber Turf Requires (Slightly) Higher Maintenance

Synthetic turf comes in a variety of realistic-looking styles. Some feature a combination of straight and wavy grass blades. Others have taller blades for that slightly overgrown look. Depending on the kind of fake grass you own, you’ll need to approach pet waste removal differently.

Say you have one of those more complex artificial grass types like the LXR Pro 46s. Here’s what you do: Pick up as much of the mess as you can. When the bulk of it is gone, spray down the area with a hose. You can even use a mild cleaning solution on the area if needed. Problem solved!

Of course an artificial lawn designed with pets in mind lets you avoid a lot of extra effort. The PetPRO series of artificial pet grass is designed to withstand pet messes. This pet grass is treated with polyethylene to prevent staining or discoloration. PetPRO grass provides the most convenient solution for cleaning artificial turf for dogs.

However you decide to clean up your dog’s messes should work for you. Whatever gets your synthetic lawn back to its clean, normal state, right? Whatever kind of synthetic turf you install, you may find that cleaning pet messes is easier than cleaning real grass. Just follow these tips and you—and your dog—will enjoy your lawn all year long!

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Don’t Mow these Lawns! The Most Real-Looking Artificial Grass Types

It’s Saturday morning. You go outside to mow the lawn like usual. Except you forget you just installed artificial grass! You might feel silly at first. But then you remember all the advantages artificial grass has over real grass!

Here are some of the most real-looking artificial grass types out there. These provide you with great lawns—and more importantly, more relaxing Saturdays. Check them out!

Get the Greenest Lawn on the Block

The LXR Pro 40s artificial turf features a rich green appearance. If you almost mow this artificial grass by accident, we wouldn’t blame you. It’s great for front lawns or backyards. Thanks to its resistance to UV rays, you’ll have a vibrant lawn all year long. Three different shades of green give this fake grass a natural look. Don’t bother taking the mower to it! Simply keep it raked of leaves and debris to maintain its cleanliness.

Choose a More Natural Look for Your Yard

Real grass isn’t green or straight all the time. Mother Nature likes variety. If you do too, you have many types of artificial grass to choose from. LXR Pro 60st provides your lawn with one of the most natural-looking lawns out there. It features a combination of straight and wavy blade types, as well as “spring green” and “lawn green” colors. This is a great artificial lawn because it adds a bit of color for that overgrown look. Just remember to keep the hedger in the shed!

Your Pets Will Go Wild for This Grass

The PetPro series of artificial turf for dogs is designed to feel just like the real thing. This fake grass might fool your dog, but that’s okay. He can still do his business on it. Just hose the area down and maybe add a simple cleaning solution. Several different blade types provide your dog with a nice surface to roll around and play on. Isn’t spending your Saturday morning playing fetch way better than mowing?

Never Mow Again with a Real-Looking Lawn

Mowing the lawn is a big part of your weekly routine. So it can be easy to forget your artificial turf installation. After a few close calls, you’ll eventually remember you’re making more work for yourself. So go ahead and ditch the mower. Once you just enjoy your real-looking lawn, your Saturdays will be more comfortable.

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How Artificial Turf Prices Save Time and Money During Drought

What price are you willing to pay for a vibrant, artificial lawn? Maintaining a real grass lawn during a drought hardly seems worth it. Between water-conserving mandates that strangle your water use and your colossally high water bills, you might be struggling to find a balance between a healthy home appearance and your money.

Artificial Turf could be your answer. Artificial turf prices saves you both time and money. And best of all, artificial turf prices will give you a long-lasting, synthetic lawn you can love.

The Time-Saving Qualities of Artificial Turf

Taking care of your lawn during a drought can seem like a losing battle. You can water your lawn diligently, only to have it turn brown if you miss a single day. But, with the cost of artificial turf residential products being what they are, you won’t have to pour your heart and soul into your lawn to get best results. Artificial turf always looks its best, no matter the weather.

Replacing your lawn with artificial turf means you won’t have to spend your free time watering, mowing, trimming, or hedging to have the perfect lawn. Artificial grass requires minimal regular maintenance to give you a great-looking lawn for less—less time, less effort, and less money.

Artificial Turf Prices Means More Money in Your Pocket

Synthetic lawn prices get you monthly savings with a single purchase. Remember all that time you saved by not having to water anymore? Less watering means lower water bills each and every month. And when you consider how much artificial grass prices per square foot are, an artificial turf installation is a financially sound investment. Even with the drought, you’ll eventually come out ahead after a few short years.

You can find artificial turf quotes to help plan your installation. These will give you a better idea of how much you can expect to save over the years.

Beat the Drought with Synthetic Turf Savings

Your grass may be artificial, but your savings will be real. Over time, all that not having to water or maintain your lawn will add up, which will make the artificial turf prices you pay now a great savings later.

Be sure you’re getting the best artificial turf you can to ensure maximum savings. You need turf with a long-lasting life and an 8-year warranty. Only with that can you all but assure you’ll have a turf grass lawn to last you through the drought. And if the drought happens to last longer than eight years, well—at least you’ll already know what to do! Artificial turf will provide you with a time-tested solution.

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The Eco Benefits of Artificial Grass

Of course installing an artificial grass lawn can help save you money. So why not help the environment while you’re at it?

When you install an eco lawn, both you and the environment will benefit. This is because artificial eco grass overcomes the shortcomings of authentic grass while succeeding in today’s eco-friendly environment. So when you sit back and relax on your eco grass, you’re actually helping the earth.

Less Water Use, Lower Water Bills

One of the most obvious advantages of having an artificial turf lawn is not having to water it. This means you get to save big on your monthly water bills. If you live in California, this is not only a big help for your wallet but for the entire nation.

States across the USA have been experiencing decreasing water levels, so any effort on your part benefits the greater whole. Eco turf grass is just the thing you need to make a positive impact on a nationwide scale!

A Healthy Year-Round Appearance for Your Eco Lawn

Eco turf grass lets you save the earth and look good doing it. Unlike real grass, artificial eco grass will retain its green, healthy appearance in every season. No more withered lawns in winter or dry fire hazards in summer. From the day you install it, eco friendly turf gives you a lawn you can enjoy.

Artificial grass has never looked so much like the real thing as it does now! You can choose a style of grass that looks and feels the way you like—and you’ll get to enjoy it all year long.

No Pesticides or Fertilizers Needed

One of the most significant advantages to using an eco lawn is that it is installed on artificial grass infill instead of dirt. This significantly reduces its need for regular maintenance, meaning you won’t have to use pesticides or fertilizers to have it looking its best.

Traditional grass lawns that use pesticides and fertilizers can send poisonous runoff into water supplies. This can pollute drinking water and destroy habitats. This kind of environmental impact is something we shouldn’t be doing to our planet anymore. Not when there is such a clear alternative in eco grass lawns.

Additionally, an eco grass lawn helps you cut down pollution. Exhaust from gas-powered motors will be a thing of the past, as you’ll never have to cut or trim your eco lawn.

Make an Eco Friendly Difference with an Artificial Lawn Installation

It simply is not eco friendly to maintain an authentic grass lawn anymore. Not if you want to do your part! Install an artificial grass lawn and start making a difference. It’s the smart, modern way to help the environment.

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