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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.

Purchase Green grasses with an ArmorLoc 3L backing material are:

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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Purchase Green Opens 28th Location, 3rd Distribution Center

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Purchase Green Artificial Grass, a local-market distributor of turf goods and services, announces a September 1st opening of their 3rd market distribution center – strengthening their already substantial nationwide distribution network.

As the demand for synthetic turf steadily increases and the challenges with overseas shipping and logistics continue, keeping a step ahead has been critical to Purchase Green’s success. The NorCal center will support ongoing improvements to logistical operations, shrinking the gap between the company’s Master Distribution Center in Southern California and 27 retail locations across 8 states, as well as dozens of dealers and installers nationwide.

 

Anthony Vena, CEO and Co-Founder of Purchase Green Artificial Grass, states:

As the adoption of turf continues to grow and to better support our existing customer base and store network in Northern California, we are pleased to announce the opening of another local sales office and market distribution center. This addition will help us to better serve our contractor base in West Sacramento, and expedite restocks for our 2 existing company stores and 5 franchises in the market, as well as support future store growth in the Northwest.”

The opening of the West Sacramento Center marks a major milestone for the organization, having begun as a startup with only one small warehouse in La Verne, CA. Now, there are over two dozen Purchase Green locations – plus a mix of showrooms, business offices, and one call center.

After being acquired by Controlled Products in 2019, Purchase Green outlined some big goals for expansion. In the 12 months ending in July 2021, 7 new locations were launched, a combination of corporate-owned and franchised. The second half of  2021 looks equally promising with 2 more stores and a 4th distribution center planned to open. This will not be the last time we hear from Purchase Green.

For more information on business opportunities with Purchase Green, check out our Partner Solutions page here.

Patio Turf: Advantages, Average Cost, and Application Tips

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Patios, balconies, and decks are often awkwardly shaped spaces with limited surface area to work with. Maximizing these spaces can be challenging, eventually leaving some (even myself) to end up neglecting them, not recognizing the missed opportunity. But, for those who are tired of the dirty concrete and lacking appeal, patio turf is an easy first step to elevating your outdoor space.

Why Patio Turf Works

Drains Quickly

All Purchase Green artificial grasses drain at a rate of at least 27 (cubic) inches per square yard per hour, with some product types draining even faster than that. In short, artificial turf for the patio will not worsen the pooling of water and other liquids. In fact, adding a drainage mat beneath the turf – such as AirDrain – can improve how well your balcony or deck keeps dry.

Great for Kids and Pets

Small apartment living with kids and pets is not easy. Providing them adequate room for exercise, play, and personal space is important for their home life. Open up and maximize your small outdoor living area with patio turf to instantly increase the space’s functionality and comfort. You can even give the surface some extra cushion by adding a Shockpad beneath the turf.

Easy, Temporary, and Inexpensive

Did you know that the easiest installations are patio turf projects because they require the least amount of product and prep work? Lucky you! They’re also durable and functional, but still a temporary solution that you can remove later on. Double yay! And, to top it off, they’re super inexpensive, with most Purchase Green locations offering discounted remnant pieces – the perfect sized artificial turf for patios!

Versatility

Whether your goal is to create a space for outdoor recreation, such as yoga, aerobics, bocce ball or golf, or if you want to compliment your balcony garden with ground cover, or even if you want to simply enhance the appearance of your home – artificial grass gives the DIY homeowner versatility.

Your Material Cost

The average cost of a DIY artificial turf installation is between $3 – $6 per square foot. This range encompasses the cost of all tools and materials needed for the job. However, because patio applications require the least amount of material and prep, these projects average closer to $3 per square foot.

Your Material Checklist

Double-Sided Seaming Tape: This seam tape is specially made for temporary applications, ideal over hardscapes, such as asphalt and cement. Double-sided seam tape is used to secure the perimeter line and interior sections of the turf directly to the hardscape surface.

(optional) AirDrain Drainage Mat: Proper drainage is crucial to all artificial grass installations, especially those installed over hardscapes like patios and rooftops, and AirDrain will assist in increasing the overall drainage rate of the area. AirDrain is a sub-surface gid that is installed beneath the turf to collect and redirect water away to an exit drain or predetermined point. As a result of AirDrain’s 1-inch depth and 92% air void, air easily circulates and water passes through rapidly – helping keep turf cooler, further preventing odor and bacteria buildup, as well as reinforcing injury prevention by improving the surface’s shock absorbency. Additionally, AirDrain mats can hold up to a ½ gallon of water per square foot, if needed, until it can reach the exit drain – allowing the turf surface to remain dry.

(optional) Shockpad: An optional item, the 8mm shockpad is a great addition to a patio turf project for extra comfort. The shockpad can adhere directly to a hardscape surface or AirDrain mat using the 29 oz Ultrabond glue, which is also used to adhere turf to the surface of the shockpad.

Turf Bomb: Artificial grasses regularly exposed to pets and foot traffic may benefit from periodic cleansing with a deodorizer that’s safe for synthetic turf, such as Turf Bomb – a non-toxic, hypoallergenic, biodegradable disinfectant that is specially made for artificial grass. Attach the Hook and Hose sprayer, included with your purchase of a 32 oz bottle of Turf Bomb, to your garden hose to lightly soak the turf, then leave the mixture to dry. Repeat as desired.

Turf: Of course! But which one is best for your needs? Chat with our product experts online, over the phone, or in person at any of our retail showrooms to find out which grass has the features and specifications you need. And don’t forget to check out the deals at your nearest Purchase Green store! Most locations sell discounted remnant pieces, available for free will call.

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Drought-Tolerant Landscaping: An Environmental Solution

Water conservation is of interest to all: individuals, businesses, and policymakers. Protection of water began in 1948 when the Clean Water Act was signed into law. Since then, water as a resource has been looked at in an entirely new way, as an entity with integrity and intrinsic value, driving the need for more drought-tolerant landscaping.

Concerns over periods of drought and water availability have increased in recent years. More individuals, and businesses, depending on their geographical location, may even be subject to water usage restrictions due to drought conditions. As of July 20, 2021, 40.1% of the U.S. is in drought, affecting 48 states.

Homeowners, landscapers, businesses, municipalities, and many others who wish to maintain their backyards, grounds, and sports fields may feel overwhelmed by water usage restrictions. They also may feel responsible for doing their part to limit water usage and wastage.

Purchase Green offers a creative solution to a large-scale problem; one that affects local and global communities. We have expertise in drought-tolerant landscaping that not only looks fantastic, but provides a sustainable approach to water usage and conservation, recyclability, and more.

Opting for synthetic turf over maintaining a traditional lawn is guaranteed to conserve water over time. According to the STC, “A typical grass sports field requires between 500,000 to a million gallons of water or more each year.” While this does depend on the geographical area and usual rainfall, maintaining a green space without regular watering is not feasible.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that the average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day. In areas, especially desert climates, where rainfall is low, this is simply not sustainable for ensuring water accessibility to all. Choosing a synthetic option for some or all of your green space can help you personally save hundreds of gallons of water per year.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority estimates that every square foot of natural grass replaced saves households between 400 and 750 dollars annually in water usage costs, depending on the size of the yard. Synthetic turfs provided by Purchase Green are low maintenance; they don’t require watering, chemical fertilizers, or pesticides.

Occasionally, debris, leaves, and other particles that have fallen on the turf may need to be removed. A rake or broom are simple and efficient tools for removal. Purchase Green installations look just like real grass, with vibrant green hues, minus the maintenance headaches and unnecessary water usage.

Moreover, synthetic turf options reduce carbon dioxide expenditure. Many lawns require mowing to maintain aesthetic value. One hour of push mowing creates as much pollution as 11 cars, according to EPA studies, and riding mowers create as much pollution as 34 cars. This alone can directly help conserve water, as carbon dioxide accelerates climate change, which worsens drought conditions.

Purchase Green’s priorities lie in education, honesty, precision, and conversation. These are not only important as a business model but also to form a community around preserving natural resources!