2022 California Lawn Rebates: Get Money Back for Your Artificial Grass Installation

Today, cities within California are seeking to incentivize homeowners to switch from high-maintenance lawns to water-saving alternatives. These Rebates can provide qualified homeowners with a financial return on their artificial grass investment. This article provides an overview of 2022 California lawn rebates currently being offered. 

How do I qualify for a California lawn rebate?

Most cities and water districts require applicants to be residents of their respective areas. Often, these artificial grass conversion projects require a preexisting lawn that has been well irrigated and is healthy to qualify for rebate programs.

2022 California Lawn Rebates (Northern California)

Monterey Peninsula Water Management District

Monterey Peninsula Water Management District is offering $1.00 per square foot for a maximum of 2,500 square feet per qualifying property. Rebates are only available for regularly maintained lawns that are irrigated and green. It’s also important that residents do not begin artificial turf installations or tamper with the preexisting yard until they have been prequalified. Lastly, a minimum of 250 square feet of lawn must be removed.

For more information regarding this rebate, visit: https://www.mpwmd.net/conservation/rebates/landscape-rebates/

City of Modesto

The city of Modesto is offering $2 per square foot for a maximum of $3,000 per residential water account and $6,000 per commercial water account for the conversion of a preexisting grass area to artificial turf. Remember that funding is limited; therefore, applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Before converting your existing grass area to artificial turf, schedule a pre-inspection and await your rebate approval. The rebate covers only the products used during the conversion. Labor and taxes are not included in this rebate.

For more information regarding this rebate, visit: https://www.modestogov.com/922/Turf-Replacement-Program

Foster City

Foster city is offering $4.00 per square foot for a maximum rebate of $5,000 per residential customer and $10,000 per commercial customer. On-site inspection and city approval are required before undergoing the conversion process. During the pre-installation inspection, the lawn’s condition will be verified. Areas of dead grass, hardscape, sand, and rock are not eligible for this rebate offer.

For more information regarding this rebate, visit: https://www.fostercity.org/publicworks/page/synthetic-turf-rebate-program

City of Madera

The city of Madera is offering $1.00 per square foot for a maximum rebate offer of $1,000. The turf being replaced must also be irrigated. Before renovating your space, it is essential to fill out the application form and receive a pre-inspection. Also, the rebate covers only the products used during the conversion. Labor and taxes are not included. A final project inspection is required after the project is complete. Because funding is limited, applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information regarding this rebate, visit: https://www.madera.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Turf_Replacement_Rebate_Programv3.pdf

2022 California Lawn Rebates (Southern California)

Coachella Valley Water District

The Coachella Valley Water District is offering residential owners $3.00 per square foot for a maximum of $30,000 for new landscape conversion projects. Additional landscape rebates are available for each program year, providing other incentives for up to a maximum of 10,000 square feet. Do not begin your project before receiving pre-approval from the Coachella Valley Water District. Residents must also have a green or golden-brown lawn to qualify for this conversion rebate. Any exposed dirt areas without remnants of grass will not be counted towards the rebate offer. Applicants must also have a preexisting irrigation system and are required to complete and sign an IRS Form W-9.

For more information regarding this rebate, visit: https://cvwd-rebates.droplet.us/residential-landscape-rebate-program-terms-and-conditions

Santa Barbara County

Currently, Santa Barbara County offers specific rebate opportunities for districts and cities within their region as a part of their “Water Wise Landscape Rebate Program.”

  • Carpinteria Valley Water District

Carpinteria Valley Water District is offering $500 for a single-family home and $1,000 for a commercial residence for the renovation costs. This one-time rebate covers pre-approved costs of equipment and material.

  • The City of Buellton

The City of Buellton is offering $1.00 per square foot for a maximum rebate amount of $750 for residential Homeowners. Applicants must be current water customers that are in good standing. Low water use landscapes or dead grass areas are not eligible for the rebate.

For more information regarding this rebate, visit: https://www.waterwisesb.org/2187/Water-Wise-Landscape-Rebate-Program

City of San Bernardino

The city of San Bernadino is offering $2 per square foot for a maximum of $400 to replace irrigated grass with artificial grass. Residents must first submit their application with supporting documentation. Documentation includes photos of the project area and a receipt showing the project’s cost per square foot, separate from any labor and installation fees. After receiving pre-approval, residents may begin their conversion process. Be sure to reach out to the city if any changes to the originally planned materials change.

For more information regarding this rebate, visit: https://www.sbmwd.org/259/Outdoor-Rebates-Incentives

Why Choose Artificial Grass over your preexisting lawn?

Artificial grass is an investment; it provides a means of saving money on landscaping and is a drought-conscious alternative to traditional lawns. For the average Californian, outdoor irrigation is the most prominent use of water, and artificial grass possesses a viable option for minimizing a home’s water use and irrigation costs. Artificial turf also helps reduce the need for pesticides and fertilizers. Concerns regarding the potential toxicity of artificial turf and its properties have led to various studies. To date, no evidence has been reported that surface materials, yarns, infill, and backing are harmful to humans and pets under normal use conditions. Lastly, artificial grass can transform your landscape in a matter of days.

Once you’re ready, you can request your full material estimate or schedule your free on-site consultation here: Request a Quote

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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!

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AirDrain: The Best Artificial Grass Drainage System

If you happen to be asking yourself why an artificial grass drainage system is useful or even necessary, great question! Proper drainage is a crucial component of all turf installations. Poor water flow could easily result in flooding, creating a surface with a plethora of complications – such as mold and rotting – and simply causes the area to be unusable. In instances where sufficient drainage cannot be achieved by subbase installation and compaction alone, or if the installation surface is a rooftop or hardscape, then an added drainage solution will often be required.

AirDrain Subsurface Drainage System

In the fall of 2020, Purchase Green added the AirDrain artificial grass drainage system to the installation accessory lineup. AirDrain is a subsurface grid that is installed beneath the turf to collect and redirect water to a predetermined exit drain. Due to its 1 inch depth and a 92% air void – elevating the turf from the compacted or nonpermeable surface – AirDrain allows air to circulate and water to pass through rapidly, which can be a contributor to helping keep turf cooler, preventing bacteria and odor buildup, as well as reinforce injury prevention by improving HIC and GMax ratings.

Most notably, AirDrain assists in increasing the overall drainage rate of the application site. Although, the rate at which liquids are able to drain through the surface material – such as shock pads, turf, or landscape fabric – will impact how quickly those liquids can then channel through the AirDrain grid underneath. But even still, AirDrain can: 1) hold a half-gallon of water per square foot if needed until it can evacuate to the exit drains, 2) only needs a .25% slope for effective drainage, and 3) drains at a rate of 171 inches per hour.

AirDrain’s performance is most meaningful for rooftop and pet applications – as rooftops are nonpermeable surfaces that necessitate steady water flow off of and away from the building, and pet areas or dog kennels need continuous movement to prevent substantial odor and bacteria buildup from pet waste.

Installations over hardscape, such as a patio deck or paving stones, will also often require collection and redirection of water, should the surface’s slope be inefficient in diverting liquids on its own; and even projects over an aggregate base may experience disruption in water flow if the aggregate mixture isn’t permeable enough, and could see significant improvements with the use of AirDrain.

Furthermore, one pallet of AirDrain weighs 390 pounds, carries 114 sheets that weigh 3 pounds each, and covers about 798 square feet – a critical benefit for rooftops in particular. Because of the ability to easily pack, ship, and move these pallets, installations with limited site access or those that require elevator access can receive product shipments with much less difficulty.

AirDrain also supports greater shock attenuation. While being certified using the ASTM F355 test method and safety requirements, it was shown that AirDrain achieves an 18.9% improvement for applications over a gravel subbase, and a 14.7% improvement for applications over a concrete subbase – another meaningful solution for those installing on a sports field or playground.

Another noteworthy benefit of AirDrain is that it is exceptionally durable and long-lasting. Because it is made up of a recycled copolymer that has an added compound called “metallocene” that qualifies the material as a “No Break” plastic, it is able to withstand extreme heat and cold yet still maintains performance – and can even be reused multiple times while synthetic turf must eventually be replaced. Additionally, AirDrain has patented expansion and contraction connectors built-in and can add valuable LEED points to any green project.

For more info about AirDrain, check out the video below! And let us know if we can answer any questions you have. You can click that live chat bar on the side of the screen to talk to a real Purchase Green artificial grass expert or contact us here. We’re always happy, helpful, and happy to help!

Backyard Putting Green Cost

Backyard Putting Green Cost Compared to Practicing at the Driving Range

Backyard Putting Green Cost

Backyard Putting Green Cost is lower with artificial grass.

Updated July 2021:

Like any sport, getting good at golf requires a lot of practice. For those who’ve always dreamed of having their own personal putting green, or simply don’t have three or four hours a day to devote to going to a driving range or a lot of money to spend on green fees, installing a backyard putting green can be a cost-effective and convenient solution.

The Cost of Playing at a Golf Course

The cost of a round of golf in the U.S. varies depending on the tee time, the day of the week and season, the golf course (whether it’s public or private), where the golf course is located, etc. However, in general, the cost at daily-fee courses ranges from $25 per round (for 18 holes) to hundreds of dollars at a resort. This means the average golfer typically spends several thousand dollars to play golf each year, not counting the cost to rent a golf cart, buy golf equipment, and so on. Multiply that amount by several years and the costs can really add up!

The Cost of Having a Backyard Putting Green

Fortunately, putting in a backyard putting green costs a lot less than regularly going to a golf course, depending on the size and type of putting green. And, residential golfers can currently choose between two options: installing natural grass or artificial grass.

Natural Grass (FYI: Most experts don’t recommend this option for residential golfers.)

Natural turf putting greens (e.g., bent grass or Bermuda grass) can be great under the right conditions (such as when a golfer has a lot of money or also happens to be a professional gardner), but this option does require a lot of time, expertise, money, equipment, and extensive labor to keep green. The groundskeeper has to water every day and mow four to six times a week.

Cost: (For an approximately 1,000 square foot backyard putting green, according to the University of Arkansas)

  • Greens mower: $1,000-$5,000
  • Mower sharpening: $100 per year
  • Rootzone: $500-$1,500
  • Cup (hole) cutter, cups, and flagsticks: $300
  • Fertilizer: $75 per year
  • Fungicide: $150 per year
  • Insecticide: $50 per year
  • Creeping bentgrass seed: $50
  • Tifdwarf, TifEagle, or Miniverde sprigs: $150 to $300

Plus all the time required to mow, water, and maintain it.

Artificial Grass

In contrast, experts typically recommend installing synthetic putting greens due to greater manageability, as well as the improvements to artificial grass’ manufacturing technology. Artificial putting greens available in today’s market look and respond like real putting-green grass. More importantly, this type of grass can be quickly and easily installed in a backyard and is virtually maintenance-free.

Cost:

Installing a backyard putting green can cost as little as $4 to $6 per square foot if completed as a DIY project, and can last more than a decade. What’s more, laying artificial grass is much more straightforward than you might expect.

If you’re concerned with the cost of a full artificial grass installation, then check out our guide to DIY installing artificial grass. That can certainly help reduce the project cost.

To see a few examples of backyard putting greens, visit the Purchase Green website or the Houzz website.

Download our step-by-step guide to installing your backyard putting green.

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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.

Watch these How-To Videos

Our media library is filled with great videos that demonstrate how to use and install our products – check ’em out!

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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!

How to Prepare for Artificial Grass Installations

Whether you’re a landscape professional or a handy DIYer, the general guidelines for how to prepare for an artificial grass installation are the same. Below we’re diving into exactly what it takes to expertly plan for your project – such as how to thoroughly evaluate a job site, identify risk factors, and how to achieve a successful and lasting installation.

Step 1: Examine and Identify Risk Factors

First, observe the streets and path leading up to the install site and take notes if you see potential obstacles for either the crew, the tools, or delivery trucks. Narrow streets can be difficult or even impossible to maneuver with a large trailer, and narrow gates or steps can make it much more difficult to move material.

Next, seek out and take note of all risk factors, including irrigation or electrical systems, large rocks, trees, roots, and nearby reflective surfaces.

Job sites with irrigation systems often have their sprinklers capped at the pipe level. Although, some elect to leave sprinklers as they are and simply install the turf around them. The latter is usually recommended for DIYers, but it’s completely optional and up to personal preference.

To cap a sprinkler head, ensure that the new cap is compatible with the system. In most cases, a threaded half-inch cap will suffice, and in fewer cases, you may need a three-quarter-inch cap. To begin, turn off the water line and remove the dirt surrounding the head, creating a hole roughly two to three inches in diameter. Remove the pre-existing sprinkler head and lightly coat both the new cap and the opening of the sprinkler line with a primer and sealer. Once primed, screw on the new flat cap and refill the hole.

Then, turn the water line back on and observe the capped sprinklers, making sure there are no leaks. If the sprinkler system for the lawn is an isolated system – meaning, all the sprinkler heads on that valve are located in only the installation area – you may cut and cap the line right at the valve; this is typically a one-inch non-threaded cap, which you would prime and seal in the same way.

Alternatively, drip lines can also be installed for more precise and conservative watering. However, if more complex solutions are needed, Purchase Green recommends seeking instruction from irrigation professionals before you install artificial turf.

Electrical systems and underground wiring may exist in landscapes to power lights, water features, and other elements. Electrical wiring is even a factor for some putting green projects that include our lighted cups. Unless the contractor or DIYer is familiar with handling these types of systems, again, Purchase Green recommends consulting with a professional before installing turf.

Identifying underground systems is critical in the estimation stage. Their exact location must be known and/or avoided during installation to prevent punctures.

As for trees, they can either be removed or installed around. Though, as you can imagine, installing around root systems can present certain challenges. The task is possible, just tedious. To be safe, Purchase Green suggests conferring with an arborist to ensure that the installation process will not harm the trees and their roots.

Installing artificial turf around tree trunks and roots takes careful planning and an eye for detail.

Beware Localized Heating

Another common risk factor is reflective surfaces, often from south or west-facing windows, resulting in localized heating – which is not covered by Purchase Green’s product warranty.

Localized heating occurs when reflective surfaces catch sunlight at a particular angle, then redirect and focus that light onto a surface below. In many cases, the reflected light creates temperatures that the surface material cannot withstand, so the material deforms.

Common culprits of localized heating are nearby metal objects, such as cars or barbeques, and even everyday objects like plastic pools, tarps, fire pits, white fences, or glass tables – even neighboring windows. Purchase Green recommends using turf samples to test potential areas of concern by placing them in the path of nearby reflective surfaces and observing. If it is recognized that there is potential for melting, you can opt to install window tints, awnings, solar screens, or not install turf in zones where there is a risk.

The presence of critters such as gophers or moles can be challenging, and while the process of excavating three to four inches typically deters them, it is still possible that they will return. To help curb this problem, you have the option of installing one or multiple layers of weed barrier, and in some instances even gopher wire; though it’s important to note that this is not a guaranteed solution, unfortunately.

Additionally, weeds can be just as stubborn. Like gophers, if weeds are preexisting in or around the installation site, it may be challenging to keep them away. However, there are proactive actions you can take to mitigate their invasion, such as applying a pre-emergent product to help prevent weeds from protruding and using non-toxic weed killers to eliminate those that do without damaging the turf. If the weeds are particularly invasive, installing a layer of weed barrier is recommended both below and above the subbase.

Step 2: Measuring Square Footage

Now it’s time to measure. You can begin with measuring the total linear footage of the perimeter – most easily achieved using a measuring wheel. Walking the perimeter line with your measuring wheel will allow you an opportunity to determine where a perimeter product should be installed and how much of it you need. Remember that steeply graded areas or areas without a constructed restraint, such as a retaining wall or sidewalk, will likely require a perimeter board – such as Bend-a-Board.

preparing for artificial grass perimeters

This 1.5″x1.5″x12′ Bend-a-Board acts as a perimeter for the artificial turf being installed against a fence.

Next, calculate the actual square footage. To do so, simply multiply the length and width of the install area, but don’t forget to subtract planters, trees, and other areas within the perimeter that would not be replaced with turf, as the goal is to establish the true square footage so that we know the minimum amount of artificial grass required. If needed, here is a handy square footage calculator.

After you’ve established the length of the perimeter and calculated the true square footage, you will have enough information to determine the linear footage of grass required for the project. Though, factors such as the grass’ roll width, the desired grain orientation, as well as the shape and size of the installation area will impact this number. For example, if a job site is odd-shaped and orienting the grass grain in the standard direction increases the material cost, then you may elect to install in a different direction. Alternatively, you could consider a 13-foot-wide product rather than a 15-foot-wide to reduce material waste.

Step 3: Illustrations and Visualization

Now to illustrate your estimate and calculations with drawings of the job site. These drawings should be to scale and as accurate as possible, seeing as they will be used as references when quoting and planning the job – such as indicating the placement of a perimeter product, seams, and the grain of the turf. Though there is no perfect plan, in the end, there are a variety of ways to approach every project; simply do your best to be smart and creative.

Below are some examples of project illustrations from our install managers:

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Notice how the estimator draws arrows to indicate the main vantage point of the job site – where the majority of spectators will be when viewing the lawn. For the most aesthetic outcome, it is recommended to install turf in such a way that the grain or direction of the grass is pointing toward the main vantage point. As previously mentioned, installing turf in this way is not a hard and fast rule, and is often disregarded if orienting the turf in a different direction could conserve material.

Illustrations will also greatly assist in calculating the material and labor required for seams, if applicable. The estimator will draw dotted lines of the grass’ roll width to indicate where individual pieces would meet and be seamed. This visualization helps to accurately place and measure seam lengths so that you know exactly how many nails or how much seam tape your project requires.

Be Prepared

We believe that it’s incredibly important for DIYers and homeowners looking for a turnkey installation to have every bit of knowledge they can get – and for landscape professionals to go into every job prepared.

Our goal is to educate our customers to make the best decisions for their projects, not sell them products that they don’t need. With this guide, you can be assured that you have the knowledge to start planning your artificial grass project, and the understanding of what our installation crews and team members do to help you get the lawn of your dreams.

 

Preparing Nevada Business Owners for 2027’s Nonfunctional Sod Ban

In 6 years, a Nevada sod ban will block certain uses and installation locations for natural sod. However, the advantages of this law will not just impact the environment, but local business owners, too. Here is how they can best prepare. 

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How will the Nevada sod ban change the Las Vegas landscape? Photo by Cameron Rainey from Pexels

What’s the Scoop, Nevada? 

Since 2000, Nevada’s drought has limited the Las Vegas region’s opportunity for economic growth, indicating an unstable future. With the most intense drought period occurring just earlier this year, the need for lasting water conservation must be met soon.  

On June 4th, Nevada State Governor Steve Sisolak signed a law that will restrict many public and commercial sites within the Southern Nevada Water Authority jurisdiction from using ‘nonfunctional’ natural sod. The Vegas area is expecting to replace roughly 31%, or approximately 6 square miles, of commercial landscape space.

The Nevada sod ban restrictions will apply to sites that receive little to no daily foot traffic. Affected locations include commercial courtyards, street medians, and entrances to housing developments. Single-family homes, parks, and golf courses do not meet the requirements for the sod ban. 

What’s the Impact of Nevada’s Sod Ban? 

With bipartisan support, as well as backings from various groups and associations, Nevada lawmakers are taking major strides to “allow for more sustainable and efficient use of resources, build resiliency to climate change, and help ensure the community’s current and future water needs continue to be met,” as stated by Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager, John Entsminger. 

Replacing 6 square miles of sod will result in saving around 11 gallons of water per person per day. This equals about a 10% reduction in water consumption from the region’s primary source – the Colorado River. Although, with clear environmental benefits, how might this ban impact Nevada locals on an individual level?  

Purchase Green Supports Small Business 

While limitations to the ban are still being defined, business owners and property managers can stay one step ahead. There’s time to determine the important needs regarding synthetic turf’s style, performance, and longevity – as not all are made equal.  

Purchase Green Product Experts can identify the best possible turf from over 30 options, each with varying styles and functions. Grass features can increase usage and comfort by reducing the amount of heat retained from the sun. Or they can kill harmful bacteria and keeps surfaces sanitized. Some have multiple blade shapes and directions for the ultimate realistic look. Additionally, consider a professional installation by starting with a free on-site estimate.  

Contractors are in a special position as well, with the opportunity to advertise themselves to a broader pool of prospects by offering turf as an additional product and/or service – if they are not already taking advantage of the turf market. 

Purchase Green teams in Nevada – which service North Las Vegas, Henderson, and surrounding cities – maintain a reliable inventory of goods. Our warehouses stock up to 160,000 sq. ft. of turf at all times for fast order fulfillment, delivery, and same-day will call. With Purchase Green, contractors can also qualify for discounted material pricing or gain access to leads when they sign up as an Installation Partner.  

Purchase Green is an organization that believes in the power of knowledge and creating genuine, lasting partnerships. Regardless of experience or industry, we’re confident that – with Purchase Green – contractors, landscapers, and business owners alike will find the solution they need! 

Artificial Grass and Pets: What You Need to Know

 Updated June 18, 2021:

We’re proud to announce the publication of our new “Pet Turf Guide”. If you’re looking for more information about pets and artificial grass, including how to choose the right grass and keep it clean and fresh, this is the guide for you. Become the expert on artificial grass and pets.

Artificial grass is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners looking for a drought-friendly alternative to a traditional lawn. Artificial grass demands less upkeep and maintenance, requires no water, and can be enjoyed year-round. However, many people have questions and concerns regarding their pets and how they might be affected by a switch to artificial grass. Continue reading

Purchase Green Houston Breaks $1 Million in First 6 Months

Establishing a new brick and mortar is no small feat, often requiring countless hours of scouting, documenting, training, and marketing. Purchase Green, after opening 30+ locations since its founding in 2008, recognized this burden and has since formulated a Store Opening Procedure to minimize pain points in the onboarding process, for both corporate and franchise operations alike.

Even still, challenges persist no matter how prepared one might be. For this reason, newly opened Purchase Green stores are given a bit of reprieve for their first year, allowing these younger locations the opportunity to generate awareness and revenue – with the understanding that projected earnings will continue to rise over time.

So, it is quite remarkable when a Purchase Green store as young as six months has already breached $1 million in revenue – for the first time in this organization’s history – and with trends indicating there is still much to gain in their market. But how did Purchase Green Houston do it? And how might others mirror their success? We met with our Houston, Texas team for their insight into what they believe has set them apart.

The following interview was conducted by Parris King, our Content Marketing Manager, who spoke with Bob Felix, Regional Manager of Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, and Austin territories, as well as Jose Jimenez, Store Manager of Purchase Green Houston.

Parris: “Bob, you are a Purchase Green veteran. By now you’ve helped establish several of our stores – so, what do you think are Houston’s key strengths and/or advantages that have set it up for success?”

Bob: “We found that the further we are moving into the Southeast, there is less direct competition; and what competition is here, they have a much higher markup. Houston is fairly untapped with a strong middle class, and even though it did take a little bit of time for people to find us, we were still able to make a splash as soon as we got here.”

Parris: “Interesting. Following that, what do you think sets Purchase Green Houston apart from the competition that is there?”

Jose: “We’re focused on building relationships with our contractors; and because of that networking, we’re receiving new contractor customers every week.”

Bob: “Yes, exactly. We have a number of relationships that we heavily nurture – it also helps to not have to rely on our Master Distribution Center in California for materials, but instead grow the Houston warehouse as the next ‘hub’, so we always have stock on hand. But we still have to groom installers out here – there’s just not a big installer culture in Texas like there is in California. We’re trying to educate them, but we’re just barely breaking the first couple of layers on that.”

Parris: “I love how focused your team is on your contractor customer base. Purchase Green as an organization really does encourage that for all of our stores because contractors will ultimately be your bread and butter. Jose, you really hit the nail on the head there with emphasizing those relationships – and from your experience, what would you say is necessary to have or do in order to build a strong network of contractors?”

Jose: “Well, I treat them like they’re a part of the Purchase Green family – because they are, really. To me, I talk to them like they’re my friends, and I know they appreciate that.”

Bob: “That’s a big deal, and I try to do the same thing in other stores – you want to make the conversations loose but with the education aspect on point. Maintain that sort of atmosphere in the store if you can because when you think about it from the customer’s perspective, they’re finally away from the job – they’ve been out on the field all day or running estimates, and by the time they get to you they need a place to decompress. I’ve even had people tell me, ‘This place is like my living room’ – especially when you’ve created an inviting showroom space with plants, furniture, and other decorative elements – I mean, I love Purchase Green Houston’s showroom atmosphere.”

Parris: “Absolutely. Customer service at that level truly boosts the potential of a store, in addition to creating a comfortable environment. Although, as we head toward the close of Houston’s first fiscal year and gear up for the 2022 season, what do you see as being possible next steps to advance Houston even further?

Bob: “We’re still trying to rev up our Install Partners. When you land in these markets that are more-or-less un-tapped, it’s tough to manage all of the incoming leads when you have a limited capacity for installations. You know, you have to make all of these relationships with contractors when you’re new to the area and learn who’s who – and you can’t go to the next step without having that reliable pool of quality Install Partners first. So, for Purchase Green Houston, we’re trying to meet as many contractors as we can to build our Partner program, and then we can begin to work on In-House Installation teams.”

Parris: “What is your process for identifying quality artificial grass installers?”

Jose: “One of the things that I like to do, as one example, is after a contractor purchases from us I’ll do a personal follow up call to ask how the job went, if they could send any pictures, or if there’s anything else they needed – and at that time they usually share their learning experiences from that job.”

Bob: “Yes, you should be given, or you should request pictures of their installs, but also try to visit them on-site if you can. And there is a certain level of professionalism that you should expect from your partners, so I like to meet with them in-store to get a sense of how they are in person. Also the simple things, like going out to look at their truck and getting a sense of how they present themselves.”

Parris: “And how do you approach the balance of maintaining an in-house crew with Installation Partners?”

Bob: “You have to get your Install Partners strong before you think about in-house. In-house teams are a whole other type of responsibility; you have to make sure you can be on top of training the crew as well as your estimators. I would say focus on your partners for the first year, at least.”

Parris: “So, it’s getting a handle on who is available to you in the area, nurturing those partnerships, and then building your own in-house team over time – although while still maintaining those contractor relationships even after the fact?”

Bob: “Oh yeah, there’s enough to go around – especially in large markets like Houston.”

Parris: “Got it. Well, that’s all the time we have for this call – thank you guys for sharing your availability with me, I appreciate your time. We’ll talk soon!”

Learning from Purchase Green Houston’s Success

The path to growth and prosperity may present differently to others, but there are key fundamentals conducive to the longevity of a store, such as hiring the right team members for the goals you have in mind and maintaining a positive corporate culture. The discussion with Bob and Jose highlighted the task of hiring individuals with skill sets that complement the needs of your store, developing your team for excellence by emphasizing the value of knowledge, and encouraging them along their process of learning.

Additionally, relationship-building with not only your in-house team but also your clients is essential to their advocacy of your business – and is what ultimately broadens your network. Something simple to employ but also easy to forgo is the personalization of your service. Ask thoughtful questions about their line of work or how their last install went. Try to identify a need and offer value – possibly by way of industry insights, installation tips, and, in some circumstances, maybe a business partnership. Managers that are focused on customer support often find many creative ways to be the most helpful and valuable to their clients, and those are the clients that keep coming back.

The Purchase Green Houston team has been an excellent example of what it means to be ‘Happy, Helpful, and Happy to Help’ – and we’re eager to watch them grow even more!