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What types of yarn are in our artificial grass rolls?

Believe it or not, there are ten kinds of yarn we use in our different artificial grass rolls. Each yarn has its own blade shape and set of attributes that contribute to our wide variety of grasses.

The yarn types are differentiated by their shape. You may be asking, “Alright, just how many shapes are we talking about here? There can’t be THAT many.” But, in fact, there are ten!

Flat

Kicking it off with the ol’ tried-and-true. The classic. 

If you simply want a lawn that looks amazing and is an environmentally-friendly, water-savings option that isn’t going to endure tremendous foot traffic, the Flat yarn is perfect. Find it in our Southwestern Sod Light artificial grass rolls.

 

Willow

Our ground-breaking, next-generation Willow yarn is the first truly non-directional yarn. Wear patterns? Willow has never heard of those.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better all-around performer than the Willow yarn. It was created to replicate baseball fields–so it’s got great toughness, durability and feel. What that means for you in a landscape or playground setting is that the Willow yarn will stand up to whatever you throw at it. Willow works hard, so you can play hard.

Stem

A Stem yarn is similar to a Flat yarn with one key difference–a stem running the length of the blade which enhances memory and performance.

Our Stem grasses are made with Thiolon yarns. Thiolon is a brand of stem yarn that has been around for decades–and has long been recognized as the best yarn in the world when it comes to performance and memory. Thiolon yarns have a fibrous stem that responds to heat by stiffening. Unroll any artificial grass rolls of Southwestern Sod or Nature’s Sod 90, and you can literally watch the blades begin to stand up as the fibers absorb heat from the sun and stiffen.

Double-Diamond

You know what they say about diamonds. Well, our Double-Diamond yarn is everybody’s best friend. And it’s exclusively found in our Fescue Supreme artificial grass rolls.

The Double-Diamond shape is the result of the very latest in yarn extrusion technology. This creates a very durable grass that boasts an extremely soft and pleasant feel. Because of these features, grasses with Double-Diamond shaped yarn are truly multipurpose and will perform great just about anywhere.

V-Shape

The V-shape yarn found in our Vista line is one of our most popular and successful yet. The V-shape is undoubtedly one of the best performers on the market due to its strength in memory and durability. 

Not only does it hold up under traffic, it looks natural doing it! The Vista grasses have a beautiful vibrant lime green bi-color quality and look freshly mowed and healthy.

S-Shape

The ‘S’ in S-shape stands for soft. Not really, but it is known for its exceptionally soft feel, great performance, and virtually no shine.

Purchase Green’s S-fiber is unique in two regards. First, our S fiber has virtually zero shine whatsoever because it receives an anti-luster treatment at the factory prior to being tufted. Second, our S fiber is softer than the competition. We achieved this by improving the denier. We even named our Nature’s Sod Plush grass after the amazing feel. A thicker blade means better performance. In fact, the only thing left in common between our S and the competitions is the shape.

C-Shape

If we’re still talking abbreviations, I guess you could say ‘C’ stands for cool. That doesn’t just mean that our C-shape grass is really awesome (which it is), but it actually stays cooler than other blade types. 10-20% cooler to be exact.

How does it do this? Well, the C-shaped fiber helps to reduce the surface temperature of the grass by diverting ultraviolet rays from the shorter curled fibers where heat can be trapped–that’s what we call Cool Yarn technology, baby!

C-Shape grasses in our Eco line such as Eco Olive 80 are a good choice for those looking for a grass that looks real, stays cooler and offers admirable durability.

U-Shape

On the topic of Cool Yarn, our U-Shape yarn is the best-performing Cool Yarn technology, available in our Marathon grasses.

Interestingly, the same curvaceous property that keeps the U-shape from getting as warm as other grasses also helps its resiliency. Nature knows best and the U-shape, when you think about it, is really an arch. In Utah, nature’s own arches have been standing for millions of years – a testament to the power of the U-Shape!

With U-shaped yarns, you’ll get a tall, cool grass ideal for low traffic landscape applications and pet areas. The U-shape is simply terrific at reflecting away heat while also offering a very realistic aesthetic.

Mini-W

Have you ever met someone who was just so naturally good at everything it just wasn’t fair? Well, that’s Mini-W yarn. A jack of all trades. A Renaissance yarn.

As in the look and feel departments, the Mini-W was engineered to blend together the most desirable attributes of other yarns. It may not be the best yarn in any one particular category, but in all categories it is very, very good.

Mini-W yarn is one of the best in the industry. It has outstanding memory and, with the proper amount of infill to suit your expected foot traffic, is a highly-durable grass. The Mini-W yields an excellent, high-quality, very natural looking product that is exceptionally hearty. You can find it in our Arizona grasses.

Hollow

Hollow? This grass is hollow? Why? In addition to getting that Cool Yarn technology, the Hollow shape combines durability and performance while simultaneously allowing for transpiration of moisture contained in the hollow spine.

No other yarns at Purchase Green feature anything quite like the Hollow yarn. It’s a remarkable feat, and the results are plainly obvious – a beautifully cheery green grass that looks real, feels great and stays cool. 

The Hollow yarn likes to aim for the sweet spot. It will handle a medium amount of traffic, it will produce a medium shine, and it’s right in the middle on price. Right now, the only grass with the Hollow shape is our Diamond Cool 50, but we’re hoping to add more!

And there you have it! Those were the ten yarn types you can currently find in our artificial grass rolls! Whew. What a ride. Thanks for coming along!

If you want to learn more about all these different grasses, feel free to contact us and ask any questions or tell us about your project. We’re happy to help!

How long does artificial grass last?

One of the most important and frequent questions we are asked is “How long does artificial grass last?” The lifespan of artificial grass is dependent on a lot of factors, but generally, it can last 15-25 years.

Here are a few things you can do to keep your grass fresh and last longer.

Cleaning

This may be a given, but cleaning your turf will help it last longer. Giving your turf a rinse with the hose a couple of times a month and raking away any debris will keep anything from accumulating between the grass blades. If your pets use the turf area, you’ll have to do a bit more frequent cleaning. To get rid of any stains and odors, a Turf Bomb sanitizing clean will do the trick.

We discussed deep cleaning your turf in this blog post from last month if you want to find out more. 

Power Broom

Using a power broom on your turf about once a year will help restore your turf to a like-new appearance. The power broom works to remove traffic wear patterns and fix any flat spots or matting. This will be a great help in increasing your turf’s longevity!

Avoiding Localized Heating

 

Localized heating can occur when focused sunlight scorches and melts artificial grass. Reflections from windows, glass furniture, and machinery can all result in localized heating for your turf. Blocking any reflections by moving, covering, or tinting the culprit will be key to ensuring your turf lives its best life. For more info on localized heating, check out this blog post.

 

Artificial grass can last 15-25 years, depending on the grass itself and the bit of maintenance required to keep it beautiful. But you can bet that you’ll get the best out of your Purchase Green artificial grass and will be equipped with the right tools and accessories to enjoy your turf for years.

Remnants: the way to get cheap artificial grass

If you’re looking to buy artificial grass but have a tighter budget, have no fear! In addition to having low-cost grasses such as Ground Cover or Bluegrass Light, Purchase Green also offers remnants and shorts at steeply discounted prices. This is an effective way to get cheap artificial grass.

What are remnants and shorts?

Artificial grass remnants are pieces of artificial grass left over when a roll is cut to a particular size and/or when artificial grass is trimmed to fit during an installation. Our artificial grass remnants come in all manner of shapes and sizes.

A short is a roll of artificial grass that is shorter than when it left the factory. This happens when a customer orders a certain amount of artificial grass, and what’s left on the roll we sell as a short. Shorts are just like regular rolls of artificial grass, only shorter.

Why are these cheaper? Is there something wrong with them?

No, there’s nothing wrong with these grasses. There are a few reasons why these cuts of grass are cheaper. The Purchase Green Product Warranty does not cover “remnant” sales and such sales are specifically sold “as-is”. Being sold “as-is” means that we won’t cut them at the store for the customer. Each remnant a customer purchases will have to be picked up and taken as it comes. Our remnants come in all shapes and sizes, so choose a remnant that will be manageable to work with for your project. 

In addition to being sold “as-is” and without a warranty, these discounted products  MUST be picked up at the store selling them. You can purchase the remnants online but must collect them from the store. Say you find a 30 sq. ft. remnant of Arizona Pro being sold at our Escondido store. You can purchase that remnant on the website (at less than half the original price in this case) and would have to pick it up in-store and take it as-is.

So, when looking for remnants, be sure to look at locations you can easily get to. And don’t be afraid to ask for more information about the different remnants! Even if your options seem slimmer going the remnant route, our PG team is always happy to help you find the best grass for you! 

Our top 8 modern landscape design ideas

Modern landscaping, much like modern interior design, favors neatness, clean symmetric lines, and minimalism. Less is more. So, what place does artificial turf have in modern landscaping? A lot of modern outdoor areas focus on creating an easy-to-maintain space. 

And what do we at Purchase Green always say?

Artificial grass is low-maintenance!

Combining artificial grass and modern landscape design is a no-brainer. Let’s look at some of our favorite modern landscape design ideas that use turf.

Lean & Green

 

Choosing one or two different kinds of plants to complement your green lawn keeps it simple and clean. This design absolutely nails it.

 

 

The Driveway of the Future

 

 

You can make any boring driveway look sleek and distinguished by transforming it with pavers and turf! This PG install used Vista Sport grass to get that perfect look.

 

 

Tree-in-a-Box

 

 

White gravel, dark rocks and pavers, and green turf with a statement tree is a special combination that I didn’t know I needed. Until now.

Step Evolution

Turf. Steps. The clean lines and contrast of the vibrant green with the gray. Beautiful!

Paving Symmetry

 

Pavers and turf are a classic combo. The symmetry makes any space look modern. Get this PG-installed look with Vista Natural 80 turf.

 

 

 

The Cozy Yard

 

If I had a backyard that looked like this, I think I would never leave. The wood accents with all that white is green is just so lovely.

 

 

The Hidden Oasis

 

 

Remember what I said earlier about a statement tree? And pavers? That also applies to this space. This feels like a secluded front yard oasis that is just a hidden gem. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Modern Dip in the Pool

 

If you read the blog from a few weeks ago about pool landscaping ideas, then you know that turf goes GREAT with a backyard pool. This modern design combines all of my favorite things: artificial grass, pavers, pools, and wood accents.

 

 

 

Those were our top 8 modern landscape design ideas! Let us know on our socials which one was your favorite, or tag us in any fun ideas you find on Instagram.

If any of those designs sparked a project idea of your own, feel free to contact us and tell our team of experts what you’re looking for! As always, we’re happy, we’re helpful, and we’re happy to help! 

We're Still Operating

COVID Protocols Update

To our valued customers and associates in California and Arizona:

Purchase Green’s highest priority is the health and safety of our team, our customers, and the communities we serve during this time. With the changing restrictions in California and Arizona, in an effort to ensure the safety of our employees while serving our customers and communities, we are adjusting a few in-store and on-site protocols for our California and Arizona locations.

In short, Purchase Green’s California and Arizona locations are operational, but our showrooms are closed. We are still processing orders and can assist customers both over the phone and online. Purchase Green stores in other states will continue to conduct business as they have been.

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 California and Arizona 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.

What makes our playground turf different?

When choosing turf for a playground, you want something that will keep kids safer, withstand heavy play, and look good doing it. Older playground turf can sometimes bring back memories of a hard, green rubber surface that smells funky on hot days.

Luckily, this isn’t the case with Purchase Green’s playground turf. You won’t find any of that stinky–and unsafe–crumb rubber in our grasses, and we have some of the softest, safest turf available. When helping customers pick artificial grass for a playground, we suggest ones that will be durable and safe for years of fun. 

Playground turf comes in a variety of options, so you can be sure you’re picking the one best suited for your project. We have over seven kinds of turf that we recommend for playgrounds, and we even offer systems that include the artificial grass, infill, and shock pads needed for a project. The three grasses in those systems are Vista Sport, Southwestern Sod, and Nature’s Sod.

Diamond Cool artificial grass playground

 

Southwestern Sod Sport artificial grass playground

Arizona Pro artificial grass playground

Grasses like Playscape Pro and Perennial Green are also great choices of playground turf because they are anti-bacterial/microbial, have unmatched fiber strength, and are fully permeable with total surface drainage; Playscape Pro is even anti-static to prevent shocks!

In order to get the best out of your playground turf, pair the grass with protective shock pads and infill that will help you achieve your desired Critical Fall Height (CFH)–the height at which a critical fall injury could occur. If you’re curious to see how our turf holds up, you can read our CFH testing data.

At the end of the day, your playground turf should be safe, durable, and easy on the eyes. When it comes to choosing the best turf for your playground area, our PG experts are always happy to help with whatever your specific project requires!

What is drought resistant grass?

Drought tolerant, drought resistant–what’s the difference? Is there a difference? What if there’s not even in a drought where I live? Should I still care?

The terms “drought resistant” and “drought tolerant” are frequently used interchangeably, but there is a difference. A plant that is drought resistant is able to go without water for a long time. Drought tolerant means that it can grow with a minimal amount of water. 

Regardless of whether there is or isn’t a drought, reducing your overall water usage is not only an environmentally-friendly choice, but it’s also more economical in the long run. Maintaining a perfectly trimmed, green lawn takes a LOT of water, time, and maintenance. 

Some replacements for grass lawns are pavement, gravel and mulch, but–in our humble and completely unbiased opinion–there is a better way to fill that space. One that is more functional, more attractive, and more green.

Replacing natural and–dare I say–needy grass with drought resistant grass turf allows you to free yourself of obtrusively high water bills and long hours of convincing yourself to go mow the lawn. No more!

Using Drought Resistant Grass

Because it requires no water, turf can be considered a huge part of drought resistant landscaping. Artificial grass replaces natural grass in a way that gravel and mulch just can’t. Drought resistant landscaping as a whole can incorporate all of these products in a really beautiful, practical way.

Using artificial grass as an alternative to natural grass doesn’t mean sacrificing all the greenery. This backyard is a smorgasbord of native plants, drought resistant grass, gravel, stone pavers, mulch; it’s interesting. It’s a space that not only conserves water but looks good doing it.

An expansive backyard of natural grass can use 99,000 gallons of water per year. That’s big money. Investing in drought resistant grass can pay for itself in 3-5 years from those water and maintenance savings. No water, no pesticide, no mowing.

Decades ago, it was obvious when you used artificial grass. It was unnatural-looking, stiff, and was made out of some not-so-safe ingredients. But now, one of the only indicators that you have an artificial grass lawn is that it looks so darn good all the time! Either you’re very meticulous and spend a lot of money on upkeep for your natural lawn, or you bought a drought resistant artificial grass lawn a couple years ago and do some regular cleaning to keep it looking fresh. If it’s the latter, how does it feel to save water, time, and money all while having a gorgeous, natural-looking outdoor space? Probably feels pretty good.

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Holiday Status

We hope everyone has a great 4th of July weekend!

Check below for information on each of our locations’ Open/Closed Status:

San Jose: Closed Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th

Rancho Cordova: Closed Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th

San Fernando Valley: Closed Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th

San Dimas: Closed Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th

Redlands/San Bernardino: Closed Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th

South Orange County: Closed Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th

San Diego:  Closed Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th

Escondido:  Closed Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th

Murrieta OPEN Friday July 3rd, Closed Saturday July 4th

Phoenix:  Closed Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th

North Las Vegas: Closed Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th

South Las Vegas: OPEN Friday July 3rd, Closed Saturday July 4th

Dallas: Closed Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th

Yuba City: Closed Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th

Palm Desert: Closed Friday July 3rd and Saturday July 4th

Our top 5 backyard pool landscaping ideas

July 2019 was the hottest month on record, and this year we’re ready for it. In the sweltering heat, what better way to cool down than hopping in the pool? Today, we’re listing our favorite backyard pool landscaping ideas for beating the heat and enjoying our outdoor spaces this summer.

The Desert Oasis

The pool, the pavers, the fire pit–everything about this space is wonderful. And all tied together by our Arizona Platinum – Spring grass! With Independence Day coming up, this backyard is fit to entertain day and night. 

The Pup’s Paradise

This pup loves his Nature’s Sod backyard paradise! Do you think he does little doggy jumps off the rock into the pool when it’s hot outside? I’d like to think so.

The Classic Combo

Simplicity triumphs with this beautiful open backyard. A cool pool + Marathon turf = fun in the sun!

The King of the Court

The only thing better than a pool? A pool and a basketball court! Balling up with this install’s Spring Fescue grass is always a win.

The Asymmetric Fit

Rectangular pools not really your speed? No problem! We can shape our turf to fit your space, like we did with this backyard pool landscape using Marathon – Olive grass.

And there you have it: our favorite PG installs to give you some backyard pool landscaping ideas! This holiday weekend, keep it cool in the pool while our Cool Yarn grasses keep your turf cooler in the summer sun!

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Silverback, Eco Cell, and Armorloc

An artificial grass’ backing system is responsible for supporting the dimensional stability, tuft bind, and longevity of the finished product, but the exact combination of the various types of primary and secondary components greatly impact the durability of a given grass.

We’re discussing some advancements in manufacturing technology and methodology for artificial grass backing systems – the newer and improved primary and secondary components: Silverback, Eco Cell, and Armorloc 3L. Both are of a proprietary design and, as a system, create some of the toughest grasses available on the market.

 

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Silverback

 

Scott Lowrie, CEO of Controlled Products, developed Silverback as an alternative to traditional means of secondary application and design. Classic manufacturing methods will use greater amounts of urethane or latex coatings to achieve a stronger backing – depending on what’s referred to as a mechanical bond between the primary and secondary layers. But Scott was able to identify a way in which to save on manufacturing costs yet still produce a superior product – by creating a system that focused on chemical bonds instead. A chemical bond is the inherent attraction between specific components with molecular structures that cohere and bind very well together. The polyester/propylene blend in Armorloc 3L backings and the polyurethane in Silverback coatings are examples of such cohesive combinations.

Additionally, Silverback has a lowered viscosity, which allows it to fit through and fill in gaps between the tufted fibers and primary backing, revealing more surface material to chemically bond to. In contrast, older technology applies an aerated secondary layer that is too frothy to seep through those gaps, causing the product to be more susceptible to loss of tuft bind and mechanical degradation over time. Other manufacturers also often use higher filler counts in their secondary coatings, whereas Silverback uses less filler materials in a higher grade of urethane.

 

The result is a chemically bound backing system that is proven stronger, longer lasting, and more durable than competing products.

 

Eco Cell

 

EcoCell, while not new to the PG product lineup and a primary component in several our grass’s backing systems, is also integrated into the Silverback coating for a more positive impact on the environment. EcoCell derives from a natural vegetable oil pressed from castor beans, an ingredient commonly found in food preservatives, medicine, skin care, and hair care. Making up 25% of Silverback’s solution, EcoCell is a sustainable, bio-based additive that allows us to replace a percentage of nonrenewable petroleum-based oils that would be used otherwise.

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ArmorLoc 3L

 

What’s going to be most distinguishable about Armorloc is it’s construction. With traditional manufacturing, the two to three layers in a primary backing would be held together solely by the sewn fibers, but this resulted in a backing system vulnerable to excess movement over time. Armorloc 3L uses three layers of a polypropylene and polyester blend that are woven and stitched together before the tufting process; and the layers are arranged in such a way that the direction of each’s filaments are intersecting in different directions, producing a non-directional primary backing material. The outcome of this design was three distinct feats – the first being increased dimensional stability.

 

While temperatures rise and lower, the multidirectional layers in Armorloc 3L resist expansion and contraction, also referred to as “creep”. Because each layer in the armorloc 3L expands and contracts only in the direction of their filaments and each layer is woven into one another in opposite directions, the layers work against each other to create significantly less movement and a much more dimensionally stable product. Furthermore, in addition to the multidirectional layers, the Armorloc 3L backing has an increased overall stitch count, which also reinforces the dimensional stability.

 

The second significant achievement of Armorloc is its ability to support a stronger tuft bind. Due to the primary backing layers being woven together, this causes a “self-healing” effect during the tufting process. The nature of woven and weft filaments is to return back together when disjointed, so as needles puncture the backing to tuft a bundle of fiber through, the woven polyester and polypropylene filaments compress back around the fiber to lock it in.

 

And lastly, Armorloc backings greatly improve moisture and rot resistance. On top of Armorloc 3L being fully permeable, the polyester layers are a non-absorbent synthetic material, further reducing the likelihood of moisture soaking and rotting the backing.

 

The Bottom Line

 

Individually, Armorloc 3L and Silverback have forever changed the course of artificial grass manufacturing, but their strength truly shines when brought together. The marriage of Armorloc and Silverback has produced a backing system proven to be the best in dimensional stability, tuft bind, tear strength, and ease of installation.

 

Products utilizing this backing system have greatly reduced their risk of wrinkles, expansion, and shrinking once installed, as well as any potential for “creep”. This system is also fully permeable and achieves an extremely high tear strength – excellent for sport applications.

 

And because the Armorloc backing is woven and stitched and Silverback soaks into the weave and weft of Armorloc then bonds chemically, it creates a more pliable turf to allow for straighter cuts with less fray – making this the preferred backing system by installers. Then, with the addition of EcoCell, this improved system comes full circle, answering to the environmental impacts of manufacturing by substituting a nonrenewable resource with a sustainable one – earning certifications such as LEED and Bio-Preferred.

 

The Purchase Green grasses utilizing this backing system are each of the Eco grasses – in both the Spring and Olive color combinations for all faceweights – as well as some products new to our lineupPlaytime, VMax, Pet Heaven, and Soft Landing.

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