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Three NEW Play Series Grasses! | Playscape Launch

The past few weeks have been challenging for all. We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to be operational. But more than just being operational, we’re moving forward with launching an entire new line of playground grasses. (We have a feeling that a brand-new playground in the backyard may be just the ticket to cure some of that cabin fever we’re all dealing with).  

The Play Series 

All the grasses in the Play series feature our non-directional Willow yarn which eliminates traditional wear patterns and any worry about seam direction. When working with a directional yarn, you must be careful to ensure that all the grass is facing the same direction, or you’ll end up with a variance in color between the separate rolls of grass. If you’re dealing with an odd shaped area, this can quickly become a headache. With Playscape’s non-directional yarn, the entire surface will look uniform no matter which way its facing. Whether you’re doing a large playground installation or DIYing your backyard, that’s one less thing to worry about! 

Playscape 

Playscape Playground Grass

We’re proud to introduce our Playscape grass. Innovative and original, it is a grass designed for 21st century play spaces. By combining both rigid and softer yarns, we’ve created a grass that is durable as well as flexible, meaning it will stand up to years of high traffic play, while also being a comfortable surface for children to run, jump, and even fall on. A newly developed anti-static additive to the grass will keep kids safe from any pesky shocks, even when contacting metal playground equipment. Weighing in with a 55oz face weight, and standing 40mm (1.6in) tall, Playscape offers superior fiber strength and a strong tuft bind which will reduce the amount of degradation that occurs over the product’s life.  

Playscape Playground grass

Is this a grass that’s only meant for children? Certainly not! While being a perfect surface for playgrounds and competitive sports fields, we also kept our four-legged friends in mind when designing Playscape. It’s anti-microbial, which will eliminate any odors left by pets, and features a fully permeable, proprietary, acrylic backing. This results in Playscape draining much faster than grasses with traditional SBR or PU backings and allows for it to be completely recycled.  

Easy to install? You bet. The non-directional willow yarn makes worrying about seam direction a thing of the past.  

Playscape PRO 

Playscape Pro Playground Grass

Playscape Pro retains all the technological advancements of Playscape in a heftier package. With a 78oz face weight, Playscape Pro can handle truly anything you throw it at, while still being flexible, totally permeable, and recyclable. You’ll still find all the features that mark a Playscape grass: it’s anti-microbial, anti-static, and includes superior fiber strength with a strong-tuft bind. Playscape Pro is specifically designed for the customer that wants superior performance in a non-directional fiber. 

Perennial Green 

Perennial Green Grass

Perennial Green is another new member of our Play series that is a tremendous option for your playground needs. Slightly taller than the Playscapes, its non-directional willow fibers stand 60mm (2.4inches) tall. Like the other Playscape grasses, its fully permeable and anti-microbial, making it perfect for use by kids, athletes, and pets! 

Playground PRO 

Playground Pro Grass

 

Playground PRO is a mainstay in the Purchase Green stable, and long been the standard bearer for Playground grasses. As always, it is still available in traditional green, as well as brick-red and white coloring.  

Please contact your local Purchase Green store for questions about how we’re handling social distancing guidelines and on best practices for ordering, picking up, or having your product delivered. 

Posted on April 3, 2020

What We CAN Do | COVID Protocols Update

To our valued customers and associates:

Purchase Green’s highest priority is the health and safety of our team, our customers, and the communities we serve during this difficult time. Purchase Green operates two dozen locations in 5 states under differing health orders and government restrictions. In an effort to ensure the safety of our employees while serving our customers and communities, working in compliance with local restrictions and striving to be good citizens, we are adjusting a few in-store and on-site protocols.

Payment Processing and Receiving Materials

We are processing orders and taking payment either over the phone or via our website. For customers that would like to pay via cash or check – funds can be deposited directly into our bank account at a local Wells Fargo or City National Bank branch. Unfortunately we are not able to take cash or check payments at the store. For specific guidance on cash and check payments, reach out to your local Purchase Green store.

Product can be will-called by appointment and deliveries are available via 3rd party carrier. Select locations will continue to offer local curbside delivery, though this will vary from store to store so as to adhere to local regulations. Please feel free to call your local Purchase Green store for location specific delivery options. At locations where local delivery is still an available option please note our team members will diligently maintain required social distancing and we ask that you work with us to do the same. For will-calls we ask customers to remain in their vehicle to the maximum extent possible and again, help us to maintain appropriate social distancing.

Estimates and Installations

As a result of differing local regulations, specific options will vary by location; although, in general, on-site measurements/estimates can still be scheduled. To the maximum extent possible, we will utilize various digital platforms to remotely capture approximate dimensions for the size and scope of your project and provide an approximate price range on material and labor. If, based upon this information, you would like a precise site measurement and proposal, we will schedule your on-site estimate.

You are not required to be present during our on-site visit; feel free to remain in your home or off-site. We simply ask that you leave necessary access points open for our team members and work with us to diligently maintain appropriate social distancing. We also always have the option to review the measure and proposal with you via video conference. Product samples can be left in designated areas and final proposals will be emailed within 1 business day.

In general, construction work is being completed as scheduled; and where allowed, new construction work continues to be added to our job calendar. To ensure your health & safety along with the health and safety of our team members, we ask that all necessary access points are open and staging areas left clear for tools and material. We ask that every reasonable effort is made to maintain appropriate social distancing. Additionally, if you have a question or comment at any point during the installation process, please feel free to communicate with our job supervisor via phone or email. An in-person chat is also acceptable under the assumption that we continue to exercise good social distancing habits.

Please do not hesitate to contact any of our locations if you have questions on how to proceed with a purchase or appointment. We’re happy to help! And our deepest thanks and appreciation for your understanding during these uncertain times. We’re grateful to continue to be a part of such supportive communities.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and be kind to others. We’ll get through this together.

Posted on March 26, 2020

Silica Sand | What You Should Know

Silica Sand is a form of infill used in many artificial grass installations and is often one of the most inexpensive options on the market. However, it comes with some major tradeoffs. If you’re considering using silica sand infill for your artificial turf project, there are a few things you need to know regarding silica sand’s potential health impacts and overall effectiveness. Let’s get into it.

What is Silica Sand?

Artificial grass almost always needs infill – a sand-like material that goes between the blades, helping the blades stand upright and preventing wrinkling over time. Silica sand is one of the most ubiquitous forms of infill for the simple reason that it’s inexpensive. How much less expensive? Compared to our premium infill, Herofill, selling at $22 per bag, our silica sand sells at just $8.50 per bag. Despite this, silica sand is not always a smart or healthy choice for your artificial grass. Let’s get into the question of health first.

Silica Sand Health Considerations

Silica sand is made out of – yep, you guessed it – silica. Silica, as you might know, is a carcinogen, meaning it has been shown to increase cancer risk in those exposed to it. That’s why products containing it often must display a California Proposition 65 warning label.

Silica Sand Proposition 65

For details on the presence of silica in infill see our Proposition 65 blog post.

In the case of silica sand, it’s only considered hazardous when it is stirred up to form dust and inhaled; something which most often occurs while it’s being installed. To minimize risk while installing silica sand, it’s best to wear a mask and periodically to spray down the sand with water as you go.

Proper Use of Silica Sand Infill

If all that seems pretty bad, you might be asking, “Is there any upside to silica sand?” It turns out it’s actually quite effective and safe in certain applications. Here’s what you should consider before determining whether to choose silica sand for your artificial grass project.

The two most important factors when it comes to silica sand infill is traffic level and traffic type. Silica sand performs best when paired with aesthetic-only applications, or applications with low frequency and intensity of foot traffic. Doing so results in:

  1. Reduced potential for dust formation
  2. Little or no matting from infill compaction

Silica sand is only known to create dust when disturbed. Thus, if your artificial grass won’t get walked on frequently, silica sand might work just fine. We see silica sand used in no-traffic aesthetic-only applications quite often and with great results.

Another benefit of pairing silica sand with aesthetic-only grass is avoiding compaction – a phenomena to which silica sand is particularly prone. Compaction is the compressing of the infill due to weight from above. If infill becomes tightly compressed it will no longer be able to perform its essential duties of supporting the grass blades, resulting in matting. While compaction can be easily reversed by giving your grass a brisk brooming, we think you’ll agree, it’s better to avoid this problem alltogether.

In summary, if your grass will get little or not foot traffic, silica sand might be the infill for you! Otherwise, we recommend checking out our line of non-toxic anti-odor and anti-microbial infills designed to suit a whole host of needs. As always, feel free to direct any questions you might have to our turf experts by giving us a call at 844-TURF-444 or by stopping by your local store!

 

Posted on March 26, 2020

How to Maintain Artificial Grass

 

Contents:
1. Preventative Measures for Easy Turf Maintenance
2. How to Get Rid of Weeds
3. How to Remove Pet-related Odors
4. Brushing to Remove Wear Patterns and Matting

Artificial grass is a great solution for those looking to reduce their time and money spent on landscape maintenance, and while turf is even sometimes marketed as “maintenance free”, the truth is that there are actually a few tips to keep in mind if you want your lawn in top condition for years to come.

1. Preventative Measures for Easy Turf Maintenance

Maintaining your artificial lawn is an easy task made even simpler when you’re sure to follow essential preventive measures, such as installing a weed barrier or applying a pre-emergent product before installing sub base to help prevent weed growth, as well as using sufficient amounts of an antifungal and anti-bacterial infill for areas with pets to prevent odor build-up – infills such as Purchase Green’s Mellowfill and Herofill.

2. How to Get Rid of Protruding Weedsweeds in artificial grass

However, if weeds do protrude, we recommend using safe topical solutions that have a pH balance between five and nine, as required for the product warranty. Products such as Natria and BioAdvanced have solutions listed with pH balances between 6 and 8, but we advise reviewing their Safety Data Sheets (SDS) before purchasing. Nevertheless, the hard truth is that, given the right conditions or if your yard is prone to weeds, there’s a possibility that they will still grow. This won’t be the case for most, but for some it will.

3. How to Remove Pet-related Odors

If your yard happens to develop an odor from pet urine, Purchase Green’s Turf Bomb, an enzymatic deodorizer and disinfectant, is a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic topical solution made to remove odor build-up from turf. Turf Bomb comes in two sizes – a 32 oz bottle with a spray nozzle, and a one gallon replacement jug. 32 oz will cover approximately 1,500 square feet, and one gallon covers approximately 6,000 square feet. We recommend using Turf Bomb at least once every two weeks, but depending on the number of pets in the area or their size, you may need to apply Turf Bomb more frequently; and you will only need to spray the affected area, rather than the entire yard. Check out the above-linked product page for pricing, a comprehensive how-to and product FAQs.

4. Brushing to Remove Wear Patterns and Matting

Lastly, the most common maintenance need is brushing, which helps prevent matting patterns from forming over time due to heavy usage. Purchase Green’s Turf Broom has long nylon tines that can reach deep into artificial grass fibers, helping you to “freshen up” your lawn, or even as an installation tool to help apply infill between the grass blades. These nylon tines are important to distinguish because metal tines, very common in landscape rakes, are abrasive and will damage the turf. Moreover, certain fiber shapes will have a lower “memory” performance and can show matting patterns quicker than others, so we recommend brushing as often as you feel it’s necessary; though, for larger applications or areas with extra stubborn matted fibers, we suggest using a power broom to get the job done thoroughly and much faster. Purchase Green locations will have power brooms available for either purchasing or renting. If you’d like to learn more about artificial turf memory and the steps you can take to prevent matting, check out our informative video on the topic.

As you can see, artificial lawn maintenance is substantially less demanding than maintaining natural sod, and adhering to these preventative and proactive care tips will ensure a beautiful and long-lasting installation.

Posted on March 19, 2020

Statement on COVID-19

Dear Friends of Purchase Green,

We are monitoring the ever-changing situation due to the COVID-19 virus. We’re committed to the health and safety of our employees and our customers, and so we’ve made some temporary changes to how we do business at Purchase Green.

Our online store continues to be open 24/7, and our support center will remain open during our normal hours of 7am-6pm Mon-Fri and 8am-2pm on Saturday. We will still tentatively be able to fulfill and deliver any product orders, at most of our stores, as well as answer any questions you have. Most of our showrooms and stores remain open, and we have made some changes to help ensure everyone’s safety.

Our Showrooms and Offices

First, anyone who can work from home is doing so. We have dropped our store staffing at most locations to a 2-person team and are cleaning and disinfecting three times a day. You may notice some caution tape or partitions set up to help maintain social distancing between you and our employees. We’re not trying to be rude, but we want to ensure the safety and health of both you and Purchase Green staff.

We are following all recommendations from states and counties that are home to PG stores. In some instances, this means that our stores have closed their doors or altered their hours.

View information about specific store closures or schedule changes

Installations

The primary method of communication during installations will be over phone, email, or text. Our employees will not be coming to your door and asking to speak with you. If you have questions or concerns, please call your local store and they will be able to help. If in-person communication is required, we will always make sure to remain 6 feet away from you and we ask that you do the same. Our crews are mostly young and fit, but we feel that “social distancing” is the best recommended practice. We will certainly miss shaking hands with all our customers, but we realize that everyone’s health is most important.

In some instances, local requirements mean that we will have to delay installations.

More information about store installation policies

Estimates

Most of our stores are currently still able to run job site estimates. If you have an estimate scheduled, we will come to your door and knock to let you know that we’ve arrived. Please don’t feel obligated to answer the door or come outside and speak to us. We’ll complete your estimate and email you your proposal. We can leave samples outside your front door and answer questions you have on the phone later. If you are comfortable, you can feel free to come outside. We’ll lay the samples on the ground and can have discussions, but we will maintain the recommended 6′ of separation per the social distancing guidelines. Please don’t be offended that we don’t shake hands or hand you our business card, we will email you all our contact information.

Again, some store locations will not be running estimates

 

We are confident that these simple practices will allow our crews to continue to be Happy, Helpful, and Happy to help while keeping both you and them safe.

We thank you for your business and we are committed to delivery of your services as efficiently and safely as possible.

Please feel free to reach out to us if you still have any questions or concerns! We’d love to hear from you.

-Your friends at Purchase Green Artificial Grass

Further Information on COVID-19

Center For Disease Control’s website on Covid19

 

Posted on March 17, 2020

Purchase Green Affected Stores

In an effort to ensure the safety of our employees and customers, some store locations have closed or altered their hours.

The following showrooms are closed. These stores are still available to answer questions over the phone.

San Jose, CA

Petaluma, CA

Concord, CA

Palm Desert, CA

North Las Vegas, NV (The showroom is closed to walk-ins but we are taking phone calls and can arrange for transactions by appointment only. Preferred payment is over the phone).

Rancho Cordova, CA

Phoenix, AZ

Yuba City, CA

Encinitas, CA

Escondido, CA

Los Alamitos, CA

Murrieta, CA

San Bernadino, CA

San Diego, CA

San Dimas, CA

San Fernando Valley, CA

South Orange County, CA

The following locations will not be doing installations until further notice.

San Jose, CA

North Las Vegas, NV

Palm Desert, CA

The following locations will not be running estimate appointments until further notice.

San Jose, CA

North Las Vegas, NV

Palm Desert, CA

If you have questions, please call our support center at 844-TURF-444

 

Posted on March 17, 2020

Project Highlight: New Putting Greens, New Loyal Customers in Lucas, Texas

Purchase Green’s value proposition is truly unique. Because we’re wholesale and have control over our own manufacturing process, we’re able to offer an exceptional product at an exceptional price. That’s precisely what the proud new owner and manager of today’s highlighted project in Lucas, Texas discovered.

First of three putting greens at Lucas, Texas home

The Specs

Location: Lucas, Texas
Date Installed: February, 2020
Project Size: 2,400 Sq.Ft.
Grass Used: Emerald Putting Green & Bluegrass Light

Backstory

Early in February, Purchase Green Dallas manager Gordon received an inquiry from a project manager who wanted a quote for one of his residential projects: a residential putting green. The two met on the property and discussed the project details, and Gordon provided a concrete estimate on the spot. Relieved, the project manager explained to Gordon that he had used a different artificial grass company for prior installations in the same area. Upon being hired for the putting green project, he had returned to the same company for an estimate but was shocked to receive a dramatically inflated price.

Realizing that this was likely an attempt to take advantage of the project property’s high value, he decided to break from his old turf supplier and shop around. It was then that he stumbled across Purchase Green of Dallas, and was impressed.

“I was very straight-forward in talking about the project with him,” says Gordon. “We had the green light on the project about a week later,” an unusually brief turnaround!

Now that the project is complete, the property owner is so impressed that he’s already drawn up plans for two more greens on the property!

Special thanks to Gordon at PG Dallas for sending over this story.

Posted on March 12, 2020

What’s the Best Fake Grass for Patios?

Last week, we talked about how to install artificial grass on a patio, but what about the kind of grass you should get for your patio in the first place? Today, we’ll discuss the key features and characteristics you should look for when shopping for fake grass for your patio.

1. Backing strength.

As with any type of fake grass installation, you should determine how much foot traffic your grass will be receiving. In the case of patio grass, this question takes on an additional dimension: do you have outdoor furniture? What’s it made of? Will it be moving?

Lightweight outdoor furniture, like plastic chairs, won’t have any effect on the grass, but heavy metal chairs or a metal grill might. If you’ve got heavy outdoor furniture, you’ll want a grass with robust backing and tuft bind – how hard it is to pull the blades out of the backing. Steer clear of aesthetic-only grasses, which, while cost-effective, won’t perform over time.

2. Blade Memory and Height

On a patio where there is heavy furniture, you’ll want a grass that springs back to its original shape after being compressed. Blade memory and height play a big part in determining how well a fake grass does this. In general, you’ll want to look for shorter blades and strong memory. While a plush grass like our Nature’s Sod Platinum might feel great on your bare feet, it likely won’t hold up to furniture and crowds over time. A medium-height grass with excellent memory, such as our Vista grasses, will be a better fit here.

 

2. The Cool Factor

 

One final consideration: heat. Fake grass can get hot. What can you do about this? Here are some work-arounds.

 

Many of our customers are surprised to learn that ambient air temperature has no effect whatsoever on the temperature of artificial grass. The real culprit is direct sunlight. Sunlight is most direct between 11AM and 2PM, so if your patio isn’t in direct sunlight during those times, it’ll stay cool. Additionally, even if your patio is in direct sunlight during those times, it’s really only a problem if it’s being used at that time. So, consider your daily habits to see if this will be an issue for you.

 

What if your patio does get direct sunlight from 11AM to 2PM and you do intend to use it during those times? Is all hope lost? Not at all! Thanks to the rapid evolution of turf technology, there’s a type of turf that doesn’t get as hot – and we carry it! It’s called CoolYarn, a unique combination of UV-deflecting and heat-shedding technology wrapped into the yarn itself, resulting in a 15%-20% decrease in overall temperature. This decrease in temperature is usually enough to make it comfortable at any time of day.

 

Localized Heating Problems

 

Finally, a word of caution in the temperature department. While direct sunlight won’t melt artificial grass directly, focused sunlight might. Focused sunlight can easily scorch and melt fake grass, an effect we call “localized heating”. There are a lot of things that can focus sunlight in this way, including glass furniture and machinery, but the most common culprit by far is reflective windows. Before you proceed any further in your quest for the ultimate grass patio, take a minute to look for focused light reflections on the patio where the grass will be between 11AM and 2PM. If you see any, try to determine where the reflection is coming from. If it’s coming from furniture or machinery, moving or covering the source might be enough. If it’s coming from your window, you might need a solar screen or tinting.

 

Next Step

 

That’s it! Everything you need to know to select the right fake grass for your patio. We hope this helps you make an informed decision. As always, if you have any questions or would like additional guidance, don’t hesitate to give your local Purchase Green store a ring or drop by in person. Our turf experts will be happy to help you find your perfect patio grass.

Posted on March 5, 2020

How to Install Artificial Grass on Concrete

Want to Install Artificial Grass on Your Concrete Patio?

Not all artificial grass installations have to be in your yard. It can make a fantastic patio rug, permanent or temporary. In fact, that’s what artificial grass really is: a specialized outdoor rug!

While most of our advice is geared towards helping our customers make the most of their grass in their yard, here, we’re going to show you how to install artificial grass on your concrete patio.

Basic Installation Prep

The first step to any installation is to figure out how many square feet of turf you’ll need. Once you know that, you can select your artificial grass. This process is best accomplished with the help of our turf experts, but, if you’re looking to start the process for yourself, take a look at our blog post about it.

Now comes the tricky part of determining how to secure the grass.

How to Install on a Concrete Patio

In a permanent installation, concrete would be less-than-ideal. For temporary artificial grass, though, concrete is perfect – easy, even.

Step 1: Unroll and Rough Cut

If you’re working with a square or rectangular patio, you’re in luck! Grass comes in 13′ and 15′ wide rolls, so you won’t have to do much more than roll it out and cut off the overhang.

If your patio isn’t so geometrically simple, you might need to do some careful cutting and seaming. To get started with seaming, first lay your grass out on the patio. Then, trace an outline of your patio with chalk (or something that will wash off) on the grass.

Now, it’s time to rough cut. Using a box cutter or a specialized tool called a turf cutter, make a rough cut around the area you traced, leaving 1-2 inches of safety outside the line.

Now, make your final cut. Cut slowly and steadily along the chalk line you drew.

Step one complete!

Step 2: The Glue Down

Now that you’ve got your grass cut to the exact size and shape of your patio, you can begin securing it. There are two methods we recommend for this, depending on how long you want to keep your grass-patio. First is double-sided seaming tape, and the other is seaming tape and seaming glue.

Double-sided Seaming Tape

Double-sided seaming tape is exactly what it sounds like. This method is best for those who want the ability to remove their grass with relative ease. It doesn’t leave a gooey mess and can be removed easily while still binding well. Seaming tape and glue, however, is more permanent.

To install with double-sided tape, apply strips of tape to your patio every 1-2 feet, and around the outer perimeter of your patio. Easy!

Seaming Tape and Glue

The seaming tape and glue method will keep your grass anchored for longer but requires a little more up-front work and different materials: single-sided seaming tape and glue. You’ll proceed the same you would for the first method, applying strips of tape face-down every 1-2 feet and around the perimeter. Next, apply seaming glue on all exposed tape. You need to put down only as much as it will take to cover the whole face of the glue when you spread it. You can spread the glue with a 2×4 or anything else you don’t mind getting gluey.

After you’ve laid your foundation of choice, the process of applying the grass is simple.

Get a friend to help you stretch the artificial grass in all dimensions. With the help of your friend, line up one side of the grass with the edge of your patio and apply it to the tape. Now, proceed to the other side of the patio. Give the grass another stretch so you can be sure there is no slack, and apply the opposite edge to the tape.

You’re done! Congrats! Now, get to enjoying your grass!

Posted on February 27, 2020

4 Ways to Inexpensively Install Artificial Grass | DIY Guide

Installing Artificial Grass on a Budget

affordable artificial grass

So, you’re interested in artificial grass for your home, but not really feelin’ the up-front cost of installation? Today, we’re going to show you how to install artificial grass inexpensively, making modifications along the way to bring your project’s price tag down.

Make no mistake, though. In order for this to work, you’ll need to be prepared to get your hands dirty, put in a substantial amount of time and energy, and problem-solve as you go.

Further, while all of the techniques discussed below will reduce your price point, they will also increase the amount of labor you’ll have to do yourself. You’ll be using hand tools, like a shovel, and carrying up to 50 pounds repeatedly, even if you have help. 

Sound like the kind of challenge you’re up for? Let’s get to it!

There are four components to almost every installation that can be modified to reduce the cost of installing artificial grass without posing a significant threat to the performance and longevity of it. They are:

  1. Subbase material
  2. Material waste
  3. Seaming system
  4. Tools used

1. The Secret to Low-cost Subbase

Subbase. What is it? Who needs it? Well, if you’re installing artificial grass, you do, my friend. 

Subbase goes where your natural grass was once you’ve excavated down a few inches and before you install the grass. It’s primary job is to prevent the natural expansion and contraction of your yard’s native soil from affecting the turf, thus preventing wrinkles from popping up.

In most professional installations, it’s one of three things:

  1. crushed miscellaneous base – CMB,
  2. class II road base, or
  3. decomposed granite.

Decomposed granite is considered the best of the three due to its superior drainage and ability to render a consistently flat surface. Certain types of installations, like putting greens, need decomposed granite subbase more in order to perform and last. 

The problem with decomposed granite is it’s expensive. 

Is there a workaround?

In most cases, you can get good performance and longevity out of artificial grass with the use of only a small amount of decomposed granite. In fact, only the top few inches of subbase need to be decomposed granite in order to get good drainage and overall performance. This means you can fill most of your excavated area with inexpensive class II or CMB, then just spread a few inches of decomposed granite on the surface. This will bring down the cost considerably and produce fair results.

That being said, there are some installations for which we never recommend skimping on decomposed granite subbase. If you receive lots of rainfall, or already have drainage issues in your yard, this strategy isn’t likely to work out. Be sure to discuss your project’s particulars with our turf experts for more guidance.

2. Saving Money by Reducing Material Waste

It’s virtually impossible that all the grass you use will be used up in your installation, unless your installation area is the exact shape and size of a roll of turf. Most likely, you’ll have to do some cutting and seaming together of multiple pieces, and some turf will be discarded. The trick here is to figure out how to make the most of a 13′ or 15′ wide roll of turf. One way to do that is to ignore grain direction.

Artificial grass grain direction is one of the main culprits behind wasted grass. Grain direction is the direction in which the grass blades are predominantly pointing. Crews typically install artificial grass pieces so that the grain is facing the same direction, creating the most aesthetically-pleasing lawn.

For irregularly-shaped installation sites, though, maintaining a consistent grain direction often means wasting a lot of grass.

If perfect aesthetics aren’t terribly important to you, there’s a good chance you can save money by installing the pieces of grass you’ve purchased however they best fit the installation site, regardless of their grain direction.

3. The Seaming Method Hack

As mentioned above, you’ll probably have to cut and seam together multiple pieces of turf when you install artificial grass. Most of the time, this is accomplished using seaming tape, seaming glue, and nails. This method is considered the most secure and reliable, but also the most expensive. While the cost of seaming tape and glue might be negligible for a small installation, it can become substantial for larger ones.

The cheap alternative? Just use nails – a lot of them. This is a perfectly viable seaming method for some installations, though not quite as secure. Nails can and often do work loose over time and with enough foot traffic, so we only recommend this method if your grass isn’t going to get a lot of that.

If you’ve got a large installation area that won’t see much foot traffic, a box or two of inexpensive 5-inch nails might just do it.

4. Cost-cutting Tools

When it comes to specialized tools for installing artificial grass, the options are endless. Professional install crews have a myriad of gizmos and gadgets at their disposal to make the work go faster, including tools like the sod cutter, plate compactor, power broom, turf cutter, turf gripper, puller, kicker, and the list goes on. If you wanted to do it by the book, you could rent all these tools to automate your installation project and impress your neighbors.

We’re guessing you’re not doing this by the book, though. If not, our recommendation to you is to ditch the fancy gear and get back to basics with hand tools. It turns out, just about everything those power tools do can be done with low-tech hand tools. Switch out the sod cutter for a pick-ax, the plate compactor for a hand compactor, the power broom for a push broom, and the turf cutter for a box knife. Just get ready to apply some serious elbow grease and work up a sweat! 

Posted on February 20, 2020
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