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Acrylic-Coated Infill or Crumb Rubber: What Your Artificial Grass Needs

First-time purchasers of artificial grass need to determine three important details before they install their lawn:

1. The turf’s appearance
2. The turf’s purpose
3. The type of infill to use

Of these three details, choosing the right infill is often dismissed in favor of the other two. That’s because many people are more concerned with what’s on the surface rather than what’s below it — but we all know how it’s what’s on the inside that counts! Don’t underestimate its importance — let’s go over some crucial aspects to consider when choosing an infill for your new artificial grass.

Artificial Grass and Acrylic-Coated Infill

Infill — or, more specifically, the kind of acrylic-coated sand infill sold by Artificial Turf Supply — is the ideal material for many kinds of artificial grass lawns. Acrylic-coated infill recreates the feel of real grass when walked upon. It also makes the grass “blades” perk up, so your lawn not only feels responsive but looks real, too; that sense of realism is perfect for turf lawns that get a lot of heavy foot traffic such as front lawns.

Acrylic-coated infill has the added advantage over other types of infill due to its resistance to mold and mildew. Envirofill, Artificial Turf Supply’s recommended infill, is treated with antimicrobial properties that defend the turf from bacteria and pet-caused odors, making it a long-lasting choice for any lawn.

Artificial Grass and Crumb Rubber

Crumb rubber has been the standard choice of infill for many projects, especially for those on a budget. Although crumb rubber is technically a type of infill, it is worth distinguishing it in order to highlight its differences.

Crumb rubber is made from post-industrial scrap rubber. It is also the preferred choice for athletics-based turf applications such as sports turf, as well as turf where fall-height is a factor such as playgrounds. This hardy yet bouncy material lends a sense of realism for sports such as football, soccer, and baseball, providing cushion for hard-playing athletes that run, leap, and slide across its surface.

Artificial Grass and No Infill

If you’re a first-time synthetic turf buyer, you should know that you can choose a no-infill option for your synthetic grass lawn. Unlike your other infill options, the circumstances where you do not need infill are limited — please contact us to find out whether this would be a viable option for your artificial grass lawn!

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Sunlight, Ultraviolet Rays, and Artificial Grass Lawns

How does ultraviolet sunlight affect a grass lawn? That’s a common concern for homeowners who live in areas that have very hot, dry climates. Although an artificial grass lawn can help solve some of the issues related to extra-dry conditions, many synthetic solutions can’t entirely overcome the problem of ultraviolet radiation. What can you do? It all comes down to the artificial turf product you choose.

Artificial grass from Artificial Turf Supply is especially suited to resist UV and stand up to the elements. Read on to find out what separates our turf from the rest.

Artificial Grass Materials

Even if you spend a lot of time maintaining and caring for your lawn, the elements may still be against you. Dry conditions may make it inefficient for you to provide your lawn with enough water to look and feel vibrant and green. Installing an artificial grass lawn to replace your real grass can help, however, you can go further by choosing the right kind of artificial grass material that thwarts the effects of UV rays.

Many artificial turf companies use polypropylene and/or nylon to recreate the feel and look of real grass. However, this choice comes at a cost — both materials are subject to damage from overexposure of UV rays. (Not to mention other disadvantages — especially nylon, which is a poor lawn material due to its hard and stiff feeling!) Polyethylene is the preferred material of choice for homeowners concerned with UV-ray degradation. All of Artificial Turf Supply’s products use polyethylene offering exceptional UV-ray resistance.

The Melting Point

One common criticism from those who don’t fully realize the potential of artificial grass is that a synthetic lawn can melt under super-hot conditions. This is only partly true, as the issue has less to do with the material itself and more to do with the placement of your lawn. For example, a patch of lawn that is placed in an area that gets hit with a super-reflective surface (such as a window or glass door) will become damaged whether it is real OR artificial. Homeowners must be conscious of where their lawns will be located relative to the rest of their home to avoid instances of lawn-melting.

Artificial Turf Supply has the synthetic grass solution you’re looking for to resist UV-ray degradation and stand up to any and all inclement weather. Contact us today and find out what you need, where to install it, and how to solve your lawn problems.

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5 Assumptions About Your First Artificial Grass Installation You Shouldn’t Make

If you’ve never attempted an artificial grass installation before, you most likely have a lot of thoughts spinning in your head. You might worry that it won’t look like your old lawn, or you might be hesitant to begin without finding hired help. Whatever you’re expecting from your first artificial grass installation, here are 5 assumptions you should be careful of making.

Assumption #1: You’ll need a professional team to do the job.

An artificial grass installation is actually easy to perform without professional help. Although the pros will likely have the experience to get it done quickly and efficiently, you shouldn’t dismiss how simple (and rewarding) doing it yourself might be. Be sure to follow all the instructions and have the right gear for the job, and have faith in yourself and your abilities! You’ll end up with a synthetic lawn that looks just the way you imagined.

Assumption #2: You need to wait for dry weather to begin.

Landscaping projects aren’t easy to do in the pouring rain. Mistakes can be made more easily when it’s slippery — and not to mention the mud. But you can install artificial turf all year round. In fact, the only requirement you need is to perform your artificial grass installation at 50 degrees Fahrenheit or above. However, if your installation space is wet, you may need to place crushed stone and Geotextiles over the area before starting your project.

Assumption #3: You just roll out your lawn and you’re done.

Artificial grass may arrive on your doorstep in large rolls, but installing it is a bit more involved. For starters, you’ll need to cut your grass to fit the unique shape of your lawn. You’ll also need to fasten it to the dirt, so it doesn’t get bunched up around high-traffic areas. Lastly, you’ll want to cover it with infill to add cushioning and enhance the appearance of your fake grass. The installation process isn’t quite as simple as unrolling the grass, but with the right tools you can still complete it in a few days.

Assumption #4: An artificial grass installation is as easy as it looks.

You’d be forgiven for thinking your first artificial grass installation will end up looking like the ones you’ve seen — flat, smooth, and perfect. But the truth is that while it’s relatively easy to lay out your own fake grass lawn, you need to be careful. You want to approach the job with the same care you’d attribute to any landscaping job.

Of course, the final product will look as authentic and healthy as the most perfect real-grass lawn, but it takes careful work to get there. Perform your installation with patience and preparedness, and you’ll receive a lawn that’ll last for years and years.

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Synthetic Grass Cost: DIY vs. Professional Installation

The benefits of synthetic grass are obvious — lower water usage, excellent drainage, and lower maintenance costs to name a few — but only if the job’s done right. Although installing synthetic grass is simple enough to do on your own, it can still be a complicated process. Similarly, hiring a professional artificial turf company does not always guarantee a perfect installation — there are qualities you should look for to ensure the best job done.

We outline the pros and cons of DIY and professional synthetic turf installation to help you decide what’s right for you.

DIY Synthetic Grass Installation: Fast, Easy, and Satisfying

The do-it-yourself mentality is one that’s steadily been gaining quite a lot of ground. Homeowners looking to improve the appearance of their homes have taken it upon themselves to do the work for a number of landscaping projects. Luckily, installing a synthetic turf lawn is relatively easy for the average homeowner.

It’s quick. Most projects that cover a 1500 ft. space won’t take more than a few days to complete. Depending on how much help you have, it can even be done faster.

Renting the right tools won’t cost a lot. Some landscaping projects require the use of large construction equipment, however, a synthetic grass installation only needs tools that can be operated by a single person. Sod cutter, compactor, carpet kickers, tampers — all can be rented from local companies.

It’s personal. An added bonus of the DIY route is the satisfaction you get from completing your own project. Hiring contractors might be an easier method for some, but if you’re the type who isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty then DIY is for you.

Professional Synthetic Grass Installation: Convenient and Quick

Finding time for family and friends between work and other priorities is difficult when you also have a home to maintain. That’s why hiring contractors and professionals has always remained a steady solution to most landscaping projects. A number of advantages offer busy homeowners a smart, time-saving solution to their landscaping needs.

It’s convenient. Hiring artificial turf installers means you can devote your time to other priorities or hobbies. All you need on your part is to know what your lawn or yard needs, and then you can leave it up to the pros.

It’s fast. Hiring professional synthetic turf installers takes the work away from you and places it into their capable hands. If they have enough experience, you’ll get a beautiful fake grass lawn without ripples, uneven edges, or other unwanted qualities. Just be sure to do your research to ensure that who you’re hiring knows what they’re doing and can handle the job.

Choose Your Ideal Installation Method

Whether you choose to install it yourself or hire professionals, both are viable options. Synthetic grass offers your home a natural look while saving water and time, so choose the method that’s right for your needs and get your lawn installed today!

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Which States Benefit Most from Artificial Turf?

For all of the varied uses of artificial turf, not all homeowners may understand the full breadth of its capabilities. The reason for this is that artificial turf is especially advantageous to homeowners located in certain states. Although most homes may benefit from artificial turf, a home in one of the states listed below has so much more to gain.

California

Although one side of it is entirely comprised of coast, California is known as a desert state. It is also in the midst of a severe drought, which has caused a multitude of water conservation laws to be put in place as an effort to save that most precious resource. Artificial turf lawns allow California homeowners to follow these laws, as they don’t require water to serve their purpose of providing a pleasant home appearance.

Arizona

The Grand Canyon State sees very little rainfall. Combined with Arizona’s very hot summers, you get lawns that for much of the year don’t look anything like the vision of vibrant green beauty you want. But homeowners have found a solution in artificial turf, which stays green no matter how dry it gets.

Nevada

The state of Nevada is more than just Las Vegas, the city of lights. Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and the Colorado River make up some of its notable geographical features, but despite all that natural charm, the state still only gets about 7 inches of rainfall a year. That can be damaging to the long-term enjoyment of your lawn — luckily, artificial turf is a popular means of retaining a lawn’s healthy, natural grass appearance. And it’s great for putting greens, too!

Colorado

Colorado is famous for its outdoor activities. Environmentalism is also a rising movement among much of the state’s population, which has led to a public shift away from the use of pesticides. As such, artificial grass has seen a surge of popularity in Colorado, as it removes the need to use pesticides to keep a lawn healthy. Instead, its tough synthetic fibers are resistant to insect damage, leading to a lasting, eco-friendly lawn.

New Mexico

The high desert regions of the Rockies is responsible for a number of landscaping headaches. For northern New Mexico property owners in particular, a year-round healthy green grass lawn can be difficult to come by — that’s why many have begun turning to artificial turf. Different grass styles and colors can capture a specific grassy look for a uniform, consistent appearance.

Are you a homeowner in one of the states mentioned above? What color is YOUR lawn? Consider artificial turf and get the green lawn you deserve!

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3 Easy and Beautiful DIY Artificial Turf Projects

Today’s housing market is quite different than it was in the past, but one thing that hasn’t changed is homeowners’ desire to have a beautiful home. As homeowners have begun taking it upon themselves to improve their home’s appearance, one of the more popular improvements has been a DIY artificial turf project. The process of laying out an artificial turf lawn is easier than you might imagine, and it can apply to a variety of different home projects!

Here are a few of the ways that homeowners have used artificial turf to beautify their home:

Landscape Artificial Turf – A Vibrant Accent

Although many homeowners choose artificial turf to replace their front lawns for practical reasons such as water conservation, others find it suits a more artistic purpose. This home features a small oval patch of turf that adds a vibrant green splash of color among the yard’s dry stepping stone path and natural rock hues. Different seasons may change the surrounding trees and plants to a different color, but the artificial turf will retain its green all year round.

You can easily set a small turf lawn in an ideal location in your yard. Because you aren’t replacing an entire lawn, you’ll save time and money while adding an appealing landscaping feature for all to enjoy!

Playground Artificial Turf – Safe, Fun, and Affordable!

Backyard playgrounds are a fun option for kids and parents to get outside, and artificial turf enables year-round fun with durability and excellent drainage. This enclosed backyard facilitates frequent fun by providing a soft, forgiving surface for kids hard at play! Sliding down onto a spongy artificial turf lawn keeps the tears away while the well-draining infill below the turf eliminates puddle build-up, ensuring a reliable area to practice kicking goals or playing tag.

Artificial turf can be cut to fit any shape of yard. Wherever children play, you can provide them with a delightful backyard fun zone using synthetic turf!

Putting Green Artificial Turf – Practice and Practicality in One

A backyard putting green is a dream for many homeowners, and artificial turf can help make that dream a reality. Specially designed synthetic golf turf functions perfectly as a putting green for your own recreational use – just take a look at how this homeowner laid it on a raised part of their backyard. Incorporating “hazards” such as a dry creek bed and gentle curves, this putting green allows for hours of entertainment and practice improving one’s golf game.

You can lay a putting green right in the middle of your existing artificial turf lawn, or have it as its own dedicated area. And it’s just as easy to install as other turf!

Have an idea for your own DIY home project? Choose artificial turf, and enjoy the possibilities!

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The 6 Benefits of Synthetic Turf

One of the most common debates against synthetic grass is simply that it is not natural grass. While there is no disputing this fact, this article will highlight all of the benefits that synthetic grass offers and prove that just because it’s not natural doesn’t mean it’s not better.

1) Saves Water

Unlike natural grass that requires approximately 50,000 gallons of water per week during growing season to look healthy, turf doesn’t need water to survive. While it can can benefit from natural rain as it will assist with washing the grass, it is not critical for the turf.

2) Lower Maintenance Costs

Despite the low maintenance involved with turf, when it does need maintenance it can be quite costly. This is because instead of watering, mowing, or pulling weeds, turf needs to occasionally be refilled, repaired, or vacuumed.

3) Longer Periods of Play

When hosting a sports tournament on a natural grass field, eventually the players would have to stop playing due to the ground becoming uneven and potentially unsafe to play on. The limited use from natural grass is one of the reasons why turf is a better choice. Despite it also needing a break, turf can withstand hours of play for a longer period of time which makes it more ideal for extended periods of use.

4) Effective Drainage

As long as the turf was properly installed, it will drain much faster than natural grass. This is predominantly because of the turf having a drainage layer of fabric that disperses the water. While the turf will not dry instantaneously, it is easily usable after a light rainfall or when washed.

5) Environmentally Conscious

While synthetic turf isn’t naturally occurring like grass, it doesn’t mean that it is not environmentally conscious. In fact, turf exemplifies environmental properties through the fill selected and through its preservation of water.

6) Less Mud Puddles

The last benefit of synthetic grass that we want to highlight is the fact that it reduces the amount of mud puddles in a yard. While playing in mud may be fun for small children, it is not ideal when a sport tournament is taking place. Luckily, the efficient drainage with synthetic grass means that there will be less puddles of water or mud on the field.

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Emily Matlovich is the writer for CADdetails’ blog Design Ideas for the Built World. The blog is an extension of CADdetails.com, the leading provider of manufacturer-specific building product information, high-quality CAD drawings, 3D models, BIM files, specifications, images, projects and related documents from over 500 of North America’s top manufacturers. All of their high quality, digital content is available for download here 100% free of charge.

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Why Artificial Turf is Best for Hot Climates

Spring is in full swing, and all across desert states like California the weather is already beginning to heat up. Summer will bring with it even more heat, making the lawn a hot place to spend time on. Artificial turf lawns of the past have been criticized for conducting heat, making them much too hot to use, but improvements in fake grass technology have made them comparable to real grass — and in terms of how cool they are in heat, perhaps superior.

Read on to learn why you should consider having your lawn made from the best artificial turf.

Appearance and Durability

Hot weather can dry up the yard quickly, and unless you like the look of a dead bed of grass you’d be wise to choose a more long-lasting lawn. Artificial turf can more than suffice for the lack of a real lawn, as you can find all types that emulate not only the look but also the feel of real, authentic grass.

Warping Prevention

Another aspect of hot climates can be the effect the heat has on the artificial turf material itself. Cheap fake grass made with low quality fibers and backing will not only look shabby but may stretch with the heat as well. When your lawn develops large rolls or “wrinkles” in its surface due to changes in temperature, you’ll wish you’d splurged for a higher quality artificial turf!

Envirofill is a recommended artificial grass infill if you live in a hot climate. Proven to lower lawn temperatures by 25 percent, as well as a resistance to all forms of harsh weather, Envirofill ensures year-round use of your lawn.

Summer Water Conservation

The demand for an environmentally sound lawn is especially high during the summer. Restrictions on water usage are felt more prominently, as the daily demands of regular bathing, cooking, and even up-keeping a garden often requires more water during the summer.

Artificial turf lawns remove the need to use precious water — as well as eliminate the risk of going over your regulated amount — by requiring zero water. Advancements in fake grass manufacturing have led to truly waterless lawns, even during extremely hot temperatures. Removing the need to waste water on your lawn conserves it for use in the kitchen sink, the guest bathroom, or wherever else it’s needed.

Artificial Grass is the Answer

With such advantages available to you, it’s clear that hot climate homes can benefit from an artificial grass lawn. Artificial grass is also ideal for commercial or sports use for all the same reasons, making it a versatile, dependable choice all year round.

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When is the Best Time to Choose Fake Grass Over Real Grass?

For many homeowners, making the decision to move from real grass to synthetic fake grass isn’t an easy one. The years of mowing, trimming, and watering the lawn have become so routine that any change can seem disruptive. However, considering the state of today’s landscaping, the current benefits of fake grass are numerous, which have caused many dedicated lawn-lovers to reconsider their stance.

Characteristics such as water conservation, weather resistance, and reduced water cost are all reasons to switch to fake grass from real grass. So when is the best time to make the change?

The Right Weather to Install Fake Grass

Rain has a reputation for ruining grass with large mud puddles, turning even the most vibrant lawn into a wet, marshy mess. Fake grass isn’t affected by rain, as it features a porous backing specially designed to let water drain out. Despite its immunity to the woes of wet weather, artificial grass is best installed during semi-dry conditions. Rain or heavy mist can complicate your installation, drawing it out for days.

Damp conditions may also be ideal to start installation, as it can allow you to remove your grass more easily. Be sure to check the forecast to see how many days of dry weather you’ll have before starting your installation.

Don’t Wait Out the Drought

California is still experiencing severe drought conditions. State mandates have put water conservation lawns into place, meaning California homeowners are forced to find ways to be more conscious of their water use more than ever. By installing fake grass, you can cut down your own water use while adhering to the state’s laws.

The drought is also a good time to install fake grass to cut your own costs. Artificial turf is maintenance-free, meaning you no longer have to water your lawn for it to retain its healthy green hue all year round. You’ll also save time, as the sturdy materials of fake grass do not require any trimming or mowing.

Replacing your lawn with high quality synthetic fake grass is a wise choice, but you might want to do the actual replacing at the optimal time. In California, waiting for the weather won’t be as much of a problem due to the arid desert climate – not to mention the current persisting drought – so be sure to find a convenient time to install it.

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3 Things You Should Know About Artificial Turf Before You Buy

If you’ve done any amount of research on artificial turf, you’ll know it can give you a beautiful lawn with year-round vibrancy. You’ll also know that it can save you time and money, as it is largely maintenance-free and does not need to be watered. But before you put your order in, you should make absolutely sure you know what you’ll be getting.

Here are 3 things you should know as a homeowner about artificial turf:

1. Don’t dismiss UV protection.

We can’t blame you for simply ordering the most appealing-looking artificial turf for your new lawn. After all, you have many different styles to choose from that emulate not only the look but the feel of real grass. However, your artificial turf needs to stay looking and feeling that way long after you install it, and for that you should consider turf with UV protection.

In California and other year-round sunny states, turf that is coated with UV inhibitors and stabilizers can resist the effects of ultraviolet degradation, making for a lawn that will last long after you’ve bought it.

2. Pay close attention to infill.

Everyone knows it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and that’s true even with artificial turf. Although the turf on top may be pretty, you should also consider what kind of infill is used. The last thing you’d want is a type of infill that succumbs to microbial buildup and doesn’t drain water.

See what types of infill you can use with your turf. Is it porous to allow pet urine and water to drain through? Is it made of nontoxic materials? Is it hard, or will it allow the turf to feel like real grass? Envirofill is a type of environmentally friendly infill with antibacterial technology. It’s nontoxic, impact-absorbing, and it does not absorb water. It’s a great choice for any type of artificial lawn, and the sign of a truly high quality lawn.

3. Landscapers may not know how to install artificial turf.

Think twice about having your landscaping company install your new synthetic lawn. Artificial turf is still only just starting to gain massive popularity in the residential space, and even the commercial space to some degree, and some landscapers will not be familiar with the best way to install it.

The solution: either learn how to perform an artificial turf installation yourself or have the company you buy it from send a crew to install it.

Ready to Buy Artificial Turf?

By now you should be armed with even more knowledge about what you’re buying. Be sure to remember these 3 things and then make your informed artificial turf purchase with confidence!

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