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How Contractors Can Leverage Purchase Green’s Distribution Network to Offset Landscape Material Shortages

Logistical pain points have existed in the artificial grass industry for several years now. Expensive shipping container fees and backups at the port are challenges familiar to industry professionals – but supply chain disruptions are now impacting us globally. Big and small businesses alike are experiencing increased material shortages and delivery delays. And despite best efforts to remain competitive and continue to meet consumer demands, many are struggling. Building and landscape materials, for instance, are one of the most heavily impacted segments of the nation’s economy.

Fortunately, Purchase Green’s business model focuses heavily on local market distribution, and we have built our operations around that central point of our value proposition. But what exactly does this mean for our customers and other businesses we support?

Let’s dive in…

More Landscape Materials, Delivered Faster

The success of a retail business is often reliant on proper inventory management and efficient warehouse operations. But in the current economic environment, materials are limited, and distribution operations have been disrupted.

However, automated inventory management tools and custom sales forecasting reports enable Purchase Green to stay ahead of the game. Along with support from the organization’s four Market Distribution Centers – located in Northern and Southern California, Texas, and Florida – Purchase Green maintains an inventory of 4 million square feet of turf at all times.

These distribution centers stock all 35+ of our retail storefronts so that we can continue to deliver much-needed landscape materials to local residents, contractors, and business owners.

Better Landscape Materials at a Lower Cost

With the use of Purchase Green’s two U.S. manufacturing facilities in Dalton, Georgia – totaling over 672,000 square feet of factory space – the company has significantly increased labor and production efficiency. The latest product batches are then subject to robust testing through our in-house performance lab, ensuring that our proprietary formulations and systems deliver as promised.

As a result of our position in the industry as one of the largest importers of artificial grass goods in the nation and the largest landscape materials distributor in the U.S., Purchase Green is able to take our competitive margins and pass on those savings to our customers.  This means that you will always get the best products at the best prices, delivered with the best customer service.

Why Choose Purchase Green? 

The global pandemic and issues abroad have impacted much of our nation’s supply chain issues. Now more than ever Purchase Green has been able to showcase its robust infrastructure and commitment to serving its stakeholders. Utilizing assets such as automated inventory tools, readily available stock of material, custom sales forecasting reports, and four market distribution centers, Purchase delivers the highest quality landscaping materials at the industry’s best pricing.  

Find out more about how Purchase Green can alleviate your supply chain issues at: https://www.purchasegreen.com/ 

 

Press Release: Purchase Green – Fort Worth is Now Open!

Major moves were made in the sport and leisure surfacing industry early this year. Announced in January 2022, The Recreational Group (RG) and its subsidiaries – including Synthetic Turf Depot – merged with artificial grass industry pioneer, Controlled Products (CP), a development from Sentinel Capital Partners’ acquisition of RG. This unification of manufacturing titans “creates a superb one-stop-shop platform for delivering high-quality recreational surfacing products,” says Eric Bommer, a partner from Sentinel Capital Partners.  

As a part of this merger, Synthetic Turf Depot Haltom City and Purchase Green have combined to become Purchase Green Fort Worth – leveraging the best of both brands. Leaders from both sides of the merger are enthusiastic about the new combined power and what it entails for their customer base. Adam Van Buren, former Synthetic Turf Depot leader and newly appointed Purchase Green Texas Regional Manager, states, “[Purchase Green is] very unique because they have great manufacturing and distribution capabilities – while Synthetic Turf Depot has been a strong player in the TX market for the last few years – and we’re combining forces to give our customers the most competitive rates on the highest quality products.” Now, consumers in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth market will soon have four different locations to work with: 

The merger has also highlighted intersecting brand values, such as the significance of quality customer care, the availability of a diverse product line, market-leading prices, and multiple distribution points to give customers the best possible experience.  

With the South making up nearly a third of the North American residential synthetic turf market, the quality, availability, and affordability of artificial grass products are paramount. The Recreational Group, in partnership with Purchase Green and other affiliate brands, is eager to deliver such service. For more information on landscape and recreational surfacing products, retail locations, and franchise opportunities, visit purchasegreen.com or recreationalgroup.com 

About the Recreational Group: 

The Recreational Group is a leading designer, manufacturer, and installer of premium recreational surfacing products, including synthetic turf and recreational tile. The company’s vertically integrated manufacturing capabilities include a diversified product and services offering that is supported by a best-in-class customer experience. To learn more, visit www.RecreationalGroup.com 

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Our Most Popular Turf for Dogs (and why)

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Not all artificial grasses are made equal. Some products are built for performance, while others are designed mainly for looks. These are important distinctions to make clear when shopping for pet turf, and to make your product research easier, we’ve listed Purchase Green’s current most popular artificial turf for dogs – as well as what makes them so special! Read the list below to learn more about our best pet turf, ranked by price.

 

Zoysia: Most Cost-Effective Pet Turf

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When the project budget is limited, Zoysia is a great consideration for pet applications. Retailing at only $2.27 per square foot, Zoysia is a mid-height (1.5 inches) and mid-weight (48 ounces) grass that features a Mini-W blade shape. The durable structure of the Mini-W blade shape will help to lessen the appearance of traffic patterns – an important feature for pet turf – while also producing a softer finished texture.

Moreover, for your knowledge, shorter pile heights are typically best for dog turf. Purchase Green recommends pile heights that are 1.6 inches or less, in most cases. Taller pile heights tend to make cleanup more challenging and can often trap odors from pet waste.

Summary of Benefits:

  • Cost-Effective
  • Mid-Grade Product That Performs

Vista Sport/Pet: Long-Time Customer Favorite Turf for Dogs

Vista Sport/Pet is a long-standing crowd favorite. The Vista family, in general, is Purchase Green’s most durable line of synthetic grasses, with each turf using a premium commercial grade V-shaped fiber. Vista Sport/Pet also features the user-preferred Cool Yarn additive – meaning this grass stays up to 10-20% cooler in full sun exposure compared to similar non-treated grasses. If you’re a pet parent with a yard that has minimal shade, keep an eye out for Cool Yarn grasses.

With regard to aesthetics, Vista Sport/Pet is made of a ‘spring’ green color combination, which is a variation of lighter and darker green tones with little to no yellow and is composed of an all-green thatch – giving this grass rich color.At only $2.47  per square foot retail, it’s hard to beat Vista Sport/Pet.

Summary of Benefits:

  • Cost-Effective
  • Commercial Grade V-Shaped Fiber
  • Cool Yarn Additive
  • Rich Color

Playscape: High-Performance Dog Turf

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The non-directional blades featured on our Playscape grass, called our Willow yarns, create an incredibly realistic appearance that also camouflages traffic patterns. The willow yarns are manufactured with special resin blends to produce blades that are both comfortable to the touch and durable. With anti-bacterial and anti-microbial additives in the yarn, Playscape is great for active families with pets!

Further contributing to Playscape’s retail cost, which is currently at $3.34 per square foot, is the proprietary Silverback and ArmorLoc 3L backing system. 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 highly active applications. To learn more about the Silverback and AmorLoc 3L system, read our blog.

Summary of Benefits:

  • Non-Directional Blades for Realism
  • Camouflages Traffic Patterns
  • Anti-Bacterial and Antimicrobial
  • Silverback and ArmorLoc 3L Backing System

Pet Heaven: Premium Pet Turf

Sold at $4.31 per square foot, Pet Heaven was designed specifically for pets and is exceptionally durable against high-wear installations, such as pet kennels, dog runs, playgrounds, and various types of sports applications. Made with the superior ArmorLoc 3L and Silverback backing system, Pet Heaven has increased material pliability, reduced material fraying, and better creep resistance – making this product DIY-friendly and installer-preferred. Also note this product’s very short pile height, standing at only 0.875 inches.

Another unique feature of this grass is its roll width. Sold in 12-foot widths, Pet Heaven may also help to reduce your project’s material waste by better conforming to job site dimensions.

Summary of Benefits:

  • Silverback and ArmorLoc 3L Backing System
  • Short and Dense Pile Height
  • Wear-Resistant
  • 12′ Roll Widths

The Best Artificial Turf for Dogs

When shopping for the best turf for dogs, first consider your performance needs. Is your dog, or dogs, regularly active in the backyard? Or are they lazy and sunbathe in the same corner? Is your yard shaded, partly shaded, or does it get full sun exposure? Narrow down your must-haves – such as “my dog is constantly playing outside so I must have a high-performing grass”, or “my backyard doesn’t have any shade but the dog likes to nap out there, so I need turf that stays cool in the heat.

Call, chat with us online, or visit any of our showrooms to speak with a product expert and get matched with the best turf for you!

New State Laws Impacting the Landscape Industry and its Customers

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The US landscaping industry is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 5.1% between 2022 and 2027. The rising demand for landscaping products and services can be attributed to millennial consumers’ increasing health consciousness, leading to the widespread adoption of self-sufficiency in food and vegetable gardening in their yards and compounds. Like any other industry in the USA, the landscaping industry is affected by a range of state and federal laws – most recently is the California gas-powered ban, which includes landscape equipment. This article provides a heads up on all the new laws impacting the landscape industry and its customers.

California: Ban on the Sale of New Gas-Powered Equipment

On October 9th, 2021, the governor accented to a new law prohibiting the sale of new gas-powered equipment using small off-road engines (SORE) in 2024. This includes all lawn and landscape equipment, generators, and pressure washers. This new legislation aligns with the state’s efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The laws drafted by the California Air Resources Board require all newly sold SORE equipment used for landscaping to be zero-emission by the target dates. The assumption is that battery-powered equipment will become more widely available before the target date.

Who is affected?: The restriction applies to homeowners and commercial landscapers alike.

Are there any exemptions: The regulation doesn’t ban existing gas-powered equipment, which can still be used by the target dates.

Mode of implementation: There will be an annual review to determine whether the new regulations are on target. After each review, the state decides on whether the deadline needs to be altered or delayed.

Is there any financial aid provided?: The state has budgeted $30 million to help professional landscapers transition from gas-powered to zero-emission equipment. However, critics argue this amount is too little, and more money is needed to support small landscaping businesses making the transition.

The downside: The California gas-powered ban is likely to hit hard the landscapers recovering from the effects of COVID19. Typically, the cost of zero-emission, commercial-grade equipment is prohibitively high and less efficient than the traditional lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and other machinery widely used in the industry. Critics also argue battery-powered generators may not be adequate in areas where recharging facilities are nonexistent and places experiencing a sustained power outage. There is also a widespread concern that the ban will force Californians to buy their equipment from the neighboring states that still permit gas-powered equipment. This will not only lead to job losses but will also result in sustained air pollution.

Nevada: Ban on Non-Functional Grass

The Nevada state legislators passed laws to ban non-functional grass in the Las Vegas metro area in 2027. Non-functional grass generally refers to purely ornamental lawns commonly found in office parks, street medians, and housing developments. These also include grass planted between roads and sidewalks, on the medians and traffic circles, and any decorative plant located outside businesses, housing development, and other similar areas. Although the grass requires irrigation, they offer little in terms of recreational or environmental benefits. The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) argues the ban will help conserve Colorado River water. The law also ensures the Las Vegas Valley communities make more productive use of water in a region that experiences extended drought throughout the year.

Who is affected?: the ban affects properties within the SNWA service area.

Exemptions: lawns on single-family homes, parks, and golf courses are exempt. However, to be exempted, the properties should be subject to other water conservation-minded regulations.

Benefits: the SNWA reveals 2000 hectares of their service area is covered by non-functional grass consuming 10 % of water allocation from the Colorado River each year. The new legislation aims at ensuring 75 % of the non-functional grass is removed to save water. Currently, water levels in Lake Mead, which is Nevada’s primary storage site for water allocations from the Colorado River, have reached historic lows. Experts reveal the water levels will remain low or worsen at least until the end of 2022.

Downside: The ban on non-functional grass will likely reduce demand for lawn equipment and lawn care services. This will likely trigger massive job losses in the state’s landscaping industry. This revelation forced the state to declare the Colorado River water shortage declaration in august.

Alternatives: As an alternative, the agency urges residents to plant drought-resistant plants like cacti, canopy trees, and flowering bushes. Such plants will help conserve water and mitigate the urban heat-island effects while enhancing groundwater recharge.

Colorado: Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act

In 2021, Colorado enacted the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act. The act increases the disclosure and transparency requirements in the operations of unit owners’ associations (HOAs).

What are Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act requirements?

The act mandates an HOA to maintain and make accessible to unit owners the following official records:

A list of HOAs current fees charged when a member sells a home in the community
Functional information is disclosed annually, including meeting minutes, insurance policies, reserve fund balances, and financial statements.
Section 1 includes the inclusion of nonvegetative turf grass among the types of drought-resistant landscaping materials that HOA can regulate but not prohibit in backyard areas.
Section 2 of the act also requires specificity to the requirements that allow HOAs to install renewable energy devices such as solar panels.
If the HOA doesn’t avail the association records within 30 calendar days after a member makes a request, the association is liable for a penalty of $50 per day.

Are there any exemptions?: The act does not apply to HOAs that include time-share units.

Aurora, Colorado: Grass Ban

Aurora’s mayor has proposed massive changes that could alter the city’s look in the future. The proposal, which aims to ban non-functional turf on new development and redevelopment projects after January 2023, applies to residential and commercial properties in the city. Turf means any cool-season species, variety, or blend, including Kentucky bluegrass and fescue. The Aurora Water Agency reveals millions of gallons of water are used each day to irrigate non-functional turf vegetation during summer in areas such as golf courses. The main goal of the regulation is to help conserve water in a city that averages only 15 inches of precipitation annually. Traditional turf grasses such as the Kentucky bluegrasses require up to 28 inches of moisture each year. Generally, the proposal affects plants that require more than 9.3 gallons of water per square foot. The proposal also prohibits the installation of ornamental water features like ponds and fountains in public and private outdoor areas. Additionally, if the proposal comes into effect, it will be illegal to remove water-wise landscaping to replace it with turf.

Who is affected: Under the proposal, no new golf courses will be permitted within the city of Aurora. It will also ban ornamental grasses that only exist for aesthetic purposes in homes. Additionally, residential homes built in 2023 and beyond can now plant some grasses in the backyard. However, the grass coverage is limited to 45% of the backyard area or 500 square feet, whichever is less.

Exemptions: The proposed ordinance doesn’t affect current homeowners or their landscape. The city reveals there are plans to offer incentives to such homeowners to encourage them to replace their lawns with drought-resistant landscaping options.

Implementation: The proposal allows for grass installation in designated recreation and activity areas located in commercial properties, schools, parks, and family developments. The ordinance is expected to be discussed as part of the city council study session on April 18th, 2022. If passed, the regulation comes into force on January 1st, 2-23.

Is there any financial assistance?: If you live in Aurora and are considering getting rid of your grass lawn, the city offers a rebate program that pays up to $3000 in materials. The city also provides free access to design professionals to help you design your lawn.

Benefits: Aurora city water typically travels over 150 miles to get to the city from three different river basins via myriads of tunnels and pipes. Putting the valuable commodity on a lawn doesn’t make sustainable sense in the long run. Experts also reveal local landscapers will have a greater opportunity for business if xeriscaping becomes a mandate.

Drawbacks: Landscaping businesses that specialize in turf will likely see a challenge with the new proposals. Landscaping companies in Aurora need to rethink their business models and specialties to adapt to the changes and remain profitable.

Landscaping Industry: FAQs

Which State Is Best to Start a Landscaping Business in the USA?

California is currently the best state to start a landscaping business. California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) reveals the green industry in the state contributes 0.83% of the state’s gross domestic product (GDP). The industry boasts annual sales of $25 billion and nearly 260 000 jobs. Other top states include Florida, Texas, Michigan, and Colorado.

Which State Pays Landscaping Professionals the Most?

The states and districts that pay landscapers and groundskeepers the highest mean salary include:

  • District of Columbia ($41,990)
  • Massachusetts ($41,820)
  • Washington ($39,910)
  • Hawaii ($39,250)
  • Connecticut ($38,930).

Final Thoughts

Undoubtedly, the landscaping industry is going through significant expansion driven by rising demand from younger households. The Bureau of Labour Statistics reveals that the average spending per household on lawn care and gardening activities rose considerably from $ 141.04 in 2016 to $ 170.77 in 2020 in the United States.

As mentioned earlier, several state laws impact the landscaping industry. These laws differ from state to state, and it is vital that you understand the ins and outs of the regulations if your business provides lawn care services or if you are a homeowner thinking of practicing landscaping on your lawns. If you have further questions, contact Purchase Green today. Purchase Green is the largest distributor of artificial grass in the nation, offering the best products at the best prices. Contact us today to learn more.

The Nation’s Leading Artificial Grass Distributor, Purchase Green, Deepens Distribution Roots in Texas

 

Purchase Green Artificial Grass, North America’s largest landscape and leisure supplier – as well as a proud member of the Recreational Group (RG) family – announces the launch of their second Texas franchise, deepening their already well-established distribution roots. The new showroom and warehouse is the fourth Purchase Green location in Texas and will be opening May 1st in North Dallas – servicing areas such as McKinney, Denton, Dorchester, and other surrounding cities. With the state in great demand for reliable artificial grass supplies – and at industry-best pricing – Purchase Green is excited to serve their North Texas customers more readily.

 

By leveraging the organization’s manufacturing facility and performance lab in Georgia, as well as Purchase Green’s global supply chain, PG North Dallas is positioned to offer their customers premium landscape and hardscape products at highly competitive pricing. As part of the RG family, Purchase Green also supplies superior indoor and outdoor modular tiles, specially designed for a variety of uses, such as athletic courts, garages, and commercial spaces. At Purchase Green, end-users, suppliers, and installers alike will find affordable solutions tailored to their needs – including specialized installation services and contractor partnerships. The North Dallas team is particularly eager to partner with local landscapers and installers in order to support demand and fill the supply gap.

 

Joining Purchase Green as multi-unit operators, with their first store in North Dallas, is Alex Carpenter, Pat Williamson, and Steve Dennis – each bringing their own unique experiences and skillsets to the organization. Alex Carpenter, serving as CEO, played pro golf for six years and competed in various professional tours; and, once retired, launched his own artificial grass installation company, specializing in putting greens. Pat Williamson has extensive experience in the restaurant industry and franchise space, having once guided a $700 million business consisting of 5,200 Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC non-traditional locations. Steve Dennis worked passionately in Sports Broadcasting for 40 years, with 28 of those years spent as an anchor and reporter in three local television markets – developing strong relationships with the front offices of professional teams and collegiate athletic departments over the course of his career.

 

With North Texas experiencing increased population growth and greater demand for new home builds, Purchase Green North Dallas is excited and ready to offer residents and business owners affordable, durable, and beautiful landscape solutions. For more information on supplies, locations, and franchise opportunities, visit purchasegreen.com.

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Artificial Grass Ideas That Will Help Enhance Your Garden

Are you considering making improvements to your garden by adding artificial grass to it? It is the best thing you can do to enhance your garden and transform the outdoor space. You will notice that installing artificial grass for small garden spaces helps save your time and money while maintaining its aesthetic appeal.

Fun Artificial Grass Ideas to Transform Your Garden

Have a look at these artificial grass ideas that you can make use of when making the switch to artificial turf.

Open Spaces

 

For small, square-shaped gardens, instead of filling the entire garden with plants and flowers, keep a clean, open garden space with artificial grass. This will help make the area appear bigger. To liven it up, you can introduce edging, planted borders, flowerbeds and paved slabs.

Pathways

Breaking up your artificial garden into segments using pathways is a fun way to enrich your space. Use the pathway to lead to creative sections such as a sitting area and a barbecue or cooking space that will help you create a warm, welcoming environment.

Height Zones

Creating different height zones will help add character to your artificial garden space. Add patios or decking areas that you can use for outdoor dining and hosting fun parties. You can also introduce terraced flower beds with the help of bricks or stones, using artificial grass borders.

Decorative Elements

You can use decorative elements such as sculptures and pots that will give your artificial garden different focal points and keep it interesting. This way, your garden becomes a place unique to your taste and liking and a space you can utilize to express the inner artist in you.

Play Area for Kids

How about turning your garden into a playground for kids? Artificial grass provides a safe surface that kids can play on. It is soft, durable, clean and will provide the cushioning needed to prevent injuries. For added protection, you can install our Shock Pad that provides a great shock absorption rate of 40%.

Why Artificial Grass?

Garden maintenance takes up a lot of time which we don’t have. According to a poll, 41% of Americans say they don’t have time to focus on household chores and yard work.

Meanwhile, the average American family consumes 30% of water in outdoor usage. Think practically: the time, resources and money spent in watering, fertilizing and mowing the garden can be saved when you invest in artificial turf.

At Purchase Green, we transform landscapes for our customers to help put money back in their wallets and time back on their calendars. And along the way, we help save water and energy.

Looking for artificial grass installation? Purchase Green is your best option both in terms of cost and customer satisfaction. Call us today to request a quote!

A Colorado Homeowner’s 800 Square Foot Artificial Grass Installation Cost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim and Morgan Gosselin, lifelong Colorado residents, had an 800 square foot front lawn that struggled to grow grass. They were familiar with artificial turf, as they had some installed in their backyard seven years prior, but their contractor cut corners. The Gosselin’s and their two dogs were left with a backyard that regularly smelled of urine. But, this summer, Jim and Morgan decided it was time to do it the right way – now being much more informed of the product selection and installation processes. Below they kindly share with us their artificial grass installation cost, their return on investment so far, as well as some beautiful before and after photos!

Artificial Grass Installation Process and Materials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a skilled crew, the topsoil was excavated from the Gosselin’s front lawn and replaced with a compacted subbase. Subbase is a non-expansive gravel mixture that creates an unmovable foundation for the turf. It’s a critical step for a lasting installation, as native soil will expand and contract from changing weather – an unstable surface that would create the look of wrinkles in your lawn over time.

But before dropping subbase onto the excavated site, installers secure the perimeter line with Bend-a-Board: a pliable composite board that turf is nailed to. Bend-a-Board creates the look of a realistic lawn edge and ensures a robust hold, as the perimeter is the most vulnerable area of every artificial grass installation. Once the board is secured, the subbase is then installed in 1-2″ layers, with each layer being lightly moistened with a hose and compacted with a vibratory plate compactor.

Following subbase comes weed barrier, an extra layer of defense against plants and critters; then finally, the artificial grass. From 40 variations to choose from, Jim and Morgan narrowed it down to Purchase Green’s Bluegrass Supreme for its comfort and style. Bluegrass Supreme is a plush 2.4″ tall grass with a 108 oz face weight, and its C-shaped grass blades provide better structural support to mitigate the appearance of matting patterns from foot traffic.

Due to the size of the Gosselin’s lawn, their installation required multiple pieces of grass, creating seams. Seaming is another particularly important part of the installation process. Installers must be precise and patient, ensuring that individual pieces are trimmed and lined appropriately to conceal the seam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final step is infill. Infill is a sand-like mixture that helps turf blades bounce back after being compressed, protects the backing material from UV exposure, and adds necessary weight to the application – mitigating excessive movement. The general rule of thumb is for infill to cover all but the top ¾” of the blade, roughly two to four pounds per square foot. Bear in mind that taller grasses do require a fair amount of infill in order to appropriately support blade ballast. For Jim and Morgan, they applied about 3 pounds of infill per square foot, and may still add more.

Another important note about infill is that there are different kinds for different use cases. For instance, the reason the Gosselin’s backyard struggles with odor retention is that their contractor opted for the cheapest infill option – Silica Sand. Silica Sand is a good basic infill, but the contractor either did not know or chose to not inform his customers that Silica Sand absorbs ammonia from urine, trapping odor (the ammonia buildup in pet urine is what you typically associate with the smell).

This time around, the Gosselin’s opted for Zeodorizer infill – an organic infill made to significantly reduce odors from pet waste. Zeodorizer contains zeolite – a natural, inert, non-toxic substance used as an absorbent for spills in food processing facilities and complies with federal and state environmental requirements. The zeolite and the method in which its mined creates a product that traps and neutralizes ammonia from pet urine. This is because Zeolite is a negatively charged honey-combed molecular structure that absorbs liquids and gases like a magnet, preventing the ammonia from forming a gas. This molecular structure holds the ammonia until the sodium ions (Na+) in rainwater release the magnetic ability, which forces the odor-causing bacteria into the ground – ultimately “flushing out” the ammonia smell. Cool stuff, right?

And by the end of the 4th installation day, the Gosselin’s had an entirely new landscape!

How Much Does It Cost to Install Artificial Grass?

Artificial grass installation costs can vary depending on multiple factors. For instance, are you installing yourself or hiring a contractor? Artificial turf installations can absolutely be done as a DIY project, and you’ll save a lot of money that way. However, while the process is pretty straightforward, it is quite labor-intensive, too. So, it’s best to dedicate a few days to the task – and recruit some help if you can.

On average, a Purchase Green DIY artificial grass project will cost between $3 – $6 per square foot, inclusive of turf and all accessories necessary to complete an installation (nails, infill, weed barrier, etc.).

On the other hand, turnkey installation rates have a much broader range that is heavily dependent on the region you’re located and the type of application you’re installing (putting green, playground, pet run, rooftop/patio, landscape). Labor rates can also increase due to the removal of rocks and roots, or installing around them –  or even from limited site accessibility that prolonged the installation. Typically, turnkey installation services for most residential application types fall somewhere between $7 – $14 per square foot.

Moreover, premium products and a premium installation method will also impact the total cost, which was the case for the Gosselins. Jim and Morgan opted for a premium turf (Bluegrass Supreme), a premium infill (Zeodorizer), and a premium installation method with perimeter edging (Bend-a-Board). In the end, the Gosselin’s total investment for their 800 square foot front yard turf installation was just under $11,000.

When shopping for installation quotes, it is to your benefit to be familiar with the basic necessities for a lasting artificial turf installation. When asked if they had any tips or recommendations for other homeowners considering a similar project, Jim responded:

“Take your time, select the right grass for the area, and do the research. Know what goes into a professional installation job and then hold the installer accountable to doing it the right way. We see a lot of corners getting cut to save on the cost of material, so the contractor makes more money. Things like not using proper infill, not doing weed barrier, edging techniques are lacking, and so on.”

Artificial Grass Saves You Money, Time, and Resources

According to their water bill, Jim and Morgan have saved approximately 12,000 gallons of water per month since installing artificial grass and now pay up to 22% less on their monthly bill! At this rate, the Gosselins will have completely paid off their artificial turf installation by 2027 – just under 6 years into the 20-year life expectancy of their turf. On average, artificial turf installations pay for themselves within the first 3-7 years.

A special thank you to Jim and Morgan Gosselin for kindly sharing their landscape journey with us!

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What Types of Artificial Grass are Right for You?

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Synthetic turf manufacturing has come a long way in recent years, bringing to the market a plethora of new artificial grass styles. And some might say too many. But comparing various types of artificial grass and finding the right one for you need not be a guessing game.

When weighing options, shoppers typically prioritize either function or aesthetics. So, in this blog, we’re covering the three synthetic turf specifications that impact function and aesthetics the most: blade shape, blade color, and blade pile height. By the end, you should have a much clearer idea of the types of artificial grass that are right for you.

First, Know Your Needs Before You Buy

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If you were to ask any Purchase Green team member which synthetic turf is the best, 100% of the time the conversation will begin with a series of probing, clarifying questions to better understand your needs first. Because the truth is, there is rarely one product that satisfies every person’s preference.

For example, we’ll begin by asking where you’re installing the turf. Generally, the type of application – such as a playground, pet run, or putting green – will quickly narrow down your initial options. Then, there will be an investigation into how active you plan to be on the turf, how much of the turf will be exposed to full sun, which hue of green is native to your region, or even the number and size of dogs that might be on the turf.

In short, know your needs before you buy. Is your priority performance or style? Those that need high-performing grass might look more closely at the combination of blade shape and pile height. Others that care more about the artificial grass’ appearance may pay closer attention to blade color, as well as pile height.

Blade Shape

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The relevance of blade shape might surprise you. Depending on its structure, an artificial grass’ blade shape can tell you much about that product’s longevity under certain conditions.

There are multiple types of artificial grass blade shapes currently on the market – including, but not limited to V-shaped, U-shaped, W-shaped, C-shaped, Flat, Hollow, Diamond, and Willow (Willow yarns are newer to the industry, we’ll talk more about them in a moment). The blade shape is important to consider for areas that anticipate regular activity, as blade shape directly impacts blade memory – the ability for the turf to return to its original shape after being compressed from foot traffic.

Characteristically, blades with angles and curves (V, W, U, S) provide greater structural support and better memory. Whereas blades that are flat, for example, do not give the same support and are better suited for applications with little to no traffic.

Blade shape will also moderately impact the texture and feel of a finished product, as well as the level of temperature control it gives. For example, V-shaped blades are known for producing some of the most rigid-feeling artificial grasses, but they will also help keep turf cooler to the touch by redirecting UV rays away from the thatch.

Newer to the industry are Willow yarns. These blades have a unique manufacturing process that creates their “non-directional” appearance. The benefits of Willow blades are that they easily camouflage seams and traffic patterns – making these grasses preferred by contractors and excellent for high-traffic areas.

Blade Color

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Artificial grasses come in an array of colors – Olive green, Spring green, Apple green, Field green, and more. Sometimes grasses will even have a combination of up to four colors. Thatch, the short, curled fibers in artificial grass, will also vary in color. Thatch can be a combination of dark brown, tan, and green, or only green. If an artificial grass’ style and aesthetic are the priority, you might choose to focus on the product’s blade color.

If your color preference is not clear to you, you could begin with comparing turf samples to neighboring yards, if you prefer to match with the sod that is native to your region. Additionally, landscape designers have recommended picking a color of grass that contrasts the property. Veer Singh, owner of Steve’s Landscaping, has had great success in pairing Spring or Apple green turf colors with property designs that have darker tones. Conversely, properties with lighter tones have paired nicely with an Olive or Forest green turf.

It is also important to mention that blade color is a factor for heat retention. Darker greens will attract and trap more heat from the sun, whereas lighter greens tend to remain cooler.

Blade Pile Height

An artificial grass’ pile height – the length of the blades – will play an important role in both performance and style. With regard to style, it’s quite simple: some prefer a shorter look, while others don’t. If you are of the opinion that shorter turf styles appear more realistic, you might want to shop for pile heights between 1.2 inches to 1.6 inches. On the other hand, if you like taller styles, look for grasses that are 1.8 inches and taller.

With regard to performance, the types of artificial grass that have taller pile heights tend to show traffic patterns more over time, and are not always best for high-traffic applications. Pile heights 1.6 inches and below are often recommended for active areas.

What Types of Artificial Grass are Right for You?

Walking into a showroom with dozens of grasses in front of you can feel overwhelming if you’re not sure what it is you’re looking for. But by breaking down these key manufacturing specifications, we hope the product selection process has been made simpler.

And of course, never hesitate to learn even more from a Purchase Green product expert – we’re happy to chat online, over the phone, via email, or at any of our retail locations!

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How to Compare Competing Artificial Grass Estimates

At Purchase Green, we always encourage our customers to compare artificial grass estimates from a variety of sources. When collecting and comparing estimates, be sure to consider the cost and value factors listed below, ensuring that you get the best quality for your hard-earned dollar. 

Factor #1: Artificial Grass Quality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The retail price of artificial grass mainly boils down to the amount of material required to make that product. Specifications such as face weight, total weight, and pile height are often the first indicators of cost rationalization. However, the material amount is not all that goes into producing high-quality artificial grass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase Green in particular uses special manufacturing technology to create unique grass yarns that provide different functions and aesthetics. Such as grass yarns that retain less heat, transfer less static electricity, and fight against bacteria. We also use a variety of backing materials to offer better solutions for those with specific performance needs. For example, there are certain backing materials that are easier to install in colder climates, are fully permeable, and backings that are more dimensionally stable for longevity.

Carefully compare your artificial grass estimates by looking at product specifications, as well as their features and benefits, then identify the cost you’re willing to pay for the quality.

Factor #2: Installation Methodology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installing artificial grass does require a fair amount of skill and specific knowledge, so do not be afraid to ask your contractor about their installation methodology. Ask them how they hide seams or how they ensure your turf won’t wrinkle and bunch over time.

Purchase Green employees will often encourage customers to become familiar with the installation process. Knowing what you should expect from your contractor is extremely helpful as you shop around. Download our free DIY Install Guide to learn more about non-negotiable installation basics.

Factor #3: Installation Accessories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Certain landscape projects will require additional accessory items – the most common is a perimeter board. The perimeter line is the most vulnerable part of every artificial grass installation and is the first to show wear and tear. For landscapes that anticipate high foot traffic, contractors should be recommending a perimeter solution to create a more robust installation.

Purchase Green offers Landscape Bend-a-Board, Sub-Grade Bend-a-Board, or Wonder Edge as perimeter solutions, depending on the aesthetic you prefer. Perimeter boards can add between $0.30 to $0.50 per square foot to the total job cost.

Additionally, depending on the pile height of the turf you’re installing or the foot traffic you anticipate having, you may need more infill. Also, different materials are used for different seaming methods, too, which will impact the material cost in artificial grass estimates. 

Factor #4: Labor Obstacles

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Things like trees and roots, fences, large rocks, underground wiring for lights or other landscape fixtures, as well as poor site accessibility can impact your upfront cost. Pay attention to labor rates, as inexperienced teams could charge a premium for installing around obstacles they’re not familiar with. 

Skilled artificial grass installers should be able to install around root systems, fences, and wiring. However, even still, the extra time could potentially increase labor costs. Just make sure you’re hiring the right crew with the experience necessary for the job.

Factor #5: Installation and Product Warranties

Investigate what warranties different brands offer. How long and extensive is their installation warranty? Do they even provide a warranty on installation? What are the terms for their product warranty? For how long does their product warranty apply? 

Purchase Green in-house installation teams will offer standard installation warranties between 2-3 years, and all Purchase Green grasses (except for Ground Cover) will have a Limited Lifetime Product Warranty.

Ask About Payment Plans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a final tip, ask if your contractor or service provider offers financing options. Programs such as Wells Fargo Outdoor Solutions will partner with businesses to provide alternative payment options for their customers. Purchase Green offers two plans through Wells Fargo Outdoor Solutions – plans 1019 and 1193.

In plan 1019, customers have 12 months to pay off their total cost with no interest. However, regular minimum monthly payments are required and a backdated interest rate of 28.99% will be applied if the total cost is not paid within the 12-month term. Plan 1193, on the other hand, charges a fixed 9.9% interest rate and requires a minimum monthly payment of 2% of the total job cost.

In order to qualify for Purchase Green’s payment plans, the total project cost must be a minimum of $1,500. Moreover, Purchase Green financing cannot be applied to commercial installations. To easily and quickly apply online, go here.

Other popular home improvement financing programs that you might want to research are PACE and Ygrene.

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7 Tips for Preventing Wrinkles in Artificial Grass

Wrinkles in artificial grass are a common but treatable outcome of manufacturing – due to the method and duration in which turf is stored. However, while wrinkles in turf can be removed prior to installation and steps can be taken to prevent them from forming in the future, the wrinkles that occur post-install are incredibly difficult (and often costly) to fix. So, today we’re discussing 7 tips to avoid wrinkles in artificial grass.

Why Wrinkles, Creases, and Lines Appear in the First Place

If you’ve ever left your clean clothes in the dryer for too long, or neglected to put them away immediately, then you probably get the gist of what can happen to the turf.

At various stages of manufacturing, artificial grass is exposed to extreme heat, then immediately rolled around a cylinder tube where it remains for weeks until it reaches the final destination. Within that time, the turf has completely cooled and settled into its shape around the cylinder. Sometimes the roll will become loose, and the turf will start to bunch and crinkle in a way it’s not supposed to, and after a while that bunching creates wrinkles.

But fear not, wrinkles can be relaxed! We’ve summarized our recommended precautionary measures into the 7 tips below.

How to Prevent Wrinkles in Artificial Grass

Tip #1: Unroll and Warm

One of the first steps of every artificial grass installation is to completely unroll the turf in full sun exposure for at least one hour – preferably two hours. The warmth will relax the stiff backing material, allowing the blades to stand upright and release any creases. At this point, most – if not all – wrinkles will be gone.

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A new roll of turf that has just been laid out to relax

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After some time, the turf should not show any lines or creases

Tip #2: Excavate Soil and Organic Debris

No matter what, never skip soil excavation. It’s not the corner you want to cut. Removing pre-existing soil from an installation site is critical for a long-lasting application. Organic soil will naturally expand and contract due to changes in climate, creating an unstable foundation for turf and will result in the look of wrinkles over time.

For most installation sites, a minimum excavation depth of 3 inches will suffice. Then, replace the excavated soil with a non-expansive base mixture – common base types are Class 2 Roadbase or Crushed Miscellaneous Base (CMB). Moreover, while excavating, be sure to remove roots and other large chunks or groupings of organic debris that would decompose over time. When this material breaks down, it’s possible for it to create gaps in your base that could concave and create the look of divots in the yard.

Tip #3: Aim for 95-98% Subbase Compaction

Speaking of subbase, it’s really important that it is sufficiently compacted – your goal should be between 95-98% compaction. To achieve this, Purchase Green installation pros recommend installing the base in “lifts,” or layers, that are roughly 1-2 inches thick. After each layer of subbase is dropped, lightly moisten with a hose and walk over with a vibratory plate compactor 2-3 times.

Again, the point of removing the native soil, replacing it with a non-expansive base mixture, and then compacting that base mixture is to create an un-moving foundation for artificial grass. Otherwise, a foundation that continually shifts will eventually cause the turf to look like a carpet that needs to be stretched.

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Installer spreads a 1″ layer of subbase

Installer begins compacting the subbase with a vibratory plate compactor

Tip #4: Use a Carpet Kicker

Carpet kickers are a must-have installation tool for artificial grass. Just like carpet, turf comes in a roll where the material becomes compressed and – once it’s being installed – could use a few extra tugs to ensure it’s pulled nice and taut.

First, appropriately orient and rough cut the turf to fit the general shape of the perimeter. Next, anchor one side of the turf’s perimeter line with a row of 5″ non-galvanized nails spaced 6 inches apart. After the row of anchor nails has been set along the top perimeter, use a carpet kicker to stretch the turf outward. As you kick and stretch, loose turf will begin to bunch; just in from the bunched material, hammer the non-galvanized nail where the turf is now pulled taut, securing the hold. Continue stretching and securing in horizontal rows with nails every 2-3 square feet – or approximately 2 feet between each row and 2 feet between each nail – like a grid.

Tip #5: Secure the Perimeter

Did you know that the perimeter is the most vulnerable part of an artificial grass installation? This is why installing a perimeter board is strongly suggested for areas that expect to receive moderate to heavy amounts of foot traffic – as the perimeter is the most susceptible to visible wear over time. Without a strong perimeter hold, the interior of the application becomes compromised and is susceptible to wrinkles.

Purchase Green recommends using sub-grade Bend-a-Board, which adds about $0.30 per square foot to the total job cost. While the use of a perimeter board mainly serves a structural purpose – providing a sturdy boundary along the outermost edges of your project for a more robust installation – Bend-a-Board also adds an aesthetic bonus by creating realistic curvatures.

For the most realistic appearance, the top of your Bend-A-Board and the top of your subbase should be about 1/2-inch below the grade of any bordering sidewalks, patios, and walkways. This maximizes the amount of pile height that is exposed above the adjacent flatwork. However, this gap between the height of the base and constructed restraint can be greater or less depending on the pile height of the turf being installed and personal aesthetic preferences. If you have any questions, consult with your Purchase Green Install Pro.

Tip #6: Add Weight with Infill

Infill serves three main purposes: 1) protects the backing material from UV exposure, extending the useful life of turf, 2) supports blade ballast, supporting the grass blades against foot traffic and preventing them from matting down permanently, and 3) adds weight to the application.

Most synthetic turf products and the components they’re made of will expand and contract as temperatures rise and cool – just as we discussed with native soil. Infill helps to combat this excess movement by adding weight and holding the turf in place. The amount of infill that is needed depends on the density and pile height of the artificial grass being installed, as well as the expected foot traffic. At a minimum, Purchase Green recommends that infill be added at a rate of 2-3 lbs per square foot.

Tip #7: Purchase Green Products that Fight Against Wrinkles in Artificial Grass

In early 2020, Purchase Green introduced a line of products with a particularly special backing material: ArmorLoc 3L©.

What’s most distinguishable about ArmorLoc 3L is its construction. With traditional manufacturing, the 2-3 layers in a primary backing would be held together solely by individually tufted fibers, but this resulted in a backing system vulnerable to excess movement over time.

In response to this manufacturing flaw, ArmorLoc 3L was designed, which uses three layers of a polypropylene and polyester blend that are woven and stitched together before the tufting process. 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 that increases the finished product’s dimensional stability and significantly reduces movement.

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When it comes to successful artificial grass installations, preparation is key. It’s always worth the time to do the research to know exactly what to expect – whether you’re a handy DIY’er or a seasoned landscape professional!

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