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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Putting Green Lucas Texas

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

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

First of three putting greens at Lucas, Texas home

The Specs

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

Backstory

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

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

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

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

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

What’s the Best Fake Grass for Patios?

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

1. Backing strength.

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

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

2. Blade Memory and Height

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

 

2. The Cool Factor

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Localized Heating Problems

 

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

 

Next Step

 

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

Puppy pads

Puppy Pads | The Perfect Patch for Urban Pets

Among the many new uses artificial grass has found, some of the most popular are found in pet areas, including puppy pads. These squares of grass are perfect for apartments, offices, pet spas, kennels, and anywhere outdoor pet relief space is limited or unavailable. They’re also a popular aid in housebreaking puppies. If you’re considering getting a puppy pad, here’s a quick breakdown of their benefits and maintenance considerations you should be aware of.

Puppy pads

How Puppy Pads Work

Puppy pads consist of two major components: the grass and the absorption pad. The grass you apply to the pad can be any you choose, but we always recommend choosing a short pile height and high density to ensure ease of clean-up.

Our absorption pads come in two varieties: the standard pad and the Enviropad. Both are designed to prevent odors and the build-up of microbes, while also sporting a high absorption capacity. However, standard puppy pads aren’t reusable, whereas Enviropads can be washed and reused up to 300 times. For this reason, we typically recommend Enviropads as the most cost-effective solution for long-term puppy pad use.

How to Maintain Puppy Pads

Puppy pads are easy to maintain. The disposable pad version requires only the grass component to be regularly washed, while the Enviropad option requires both the pad and the grass to be regularly washed. In both cases, the frequency of washing can be as few as two or three times per month. We recommend using vinegar or soap on the Enviropads and a specially-designed turf cleaner, like Turf Bomb, on the turf.

That About Covers It!

As always, if you have any questions, give us a call or visit one of our stores and our turf experts will be happy to help!

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How to Avoid Visible Seams in Artificial Grass

If you’re thinking about installing artificial grass yourself, you’ve probably taken note of other peoples’ artificial lawns. If you have, chances are you’ve noted a few of them that demonstrate a worrying defect: lines or ridges running through the grass. In this post, we’ll explore what these lines are and how you can avoid them altogether.

Visible Seams in Artificial Grass: A Symptom of Imprecise Seaming

Lines in artificial grass are caused by seams. A seam is a place where two pieces of artificial turf are joined together. This might sound like a simple procedure. “Just grab the two pieces, line them up, give them a pat or two, and presto! A perfect seam.” Unfortunately, it’s more complex than that. In fact, it’s one of the most difficult aspects of installing artificial turf and takes quite a bit of practice to become proficient at it. If the two pieces of turf overlap or are too far apart by even a little, the result will be a visible line or lines in the grass.

You might think, “Can’t I just get one big piece of turf to cover the whole area and not have to do any seaming at all?” Well, that depends. How big is your installation area? Is it a rectangle or are there lots of curves and corners to fill? Artificial grass comes in big rolls, so, unless your yard is the exact shape and size of a roll of turf, some cutting and seaming will almost certainly be necessary. 

There’s a lot to pay attention to if you want to avoid visible seams in artificial turf. You need to observe the turf’s gauge and grain direction while also considering how best to secure the seam. 

Seaming Consideration: Gauge

Gauge is just another word for the distance between stitch rows in a given piece of turf.

“Aaaaaand what’s a stitch row?”

Grass blades are stitched into the backing material in rows, like a cornfield.

A row of stitches.

A stitch row.

So the gauge is the distance between them. This distance is important to take into account when seaming two pieces of grass with parallel stitch rows because you want the gauge to be visually uninterrupted by your seam as if it were all one big piece of turf.

With this in mind, take special care to match the gauge when cutting turf for seaming.

Seaming Consideration: Grain Direction

This is pretty straight-forward. Grain direction is the general direction in which the blades of grass point. Unless you are installing a playground or sports turf, your grass will have an obvious grain. When seaming, you want to make sure both pieces of turf are situated so that their grain is in the same direction. That might be the easiest part of the whole seaming process.

Seaming Consideration: Securing Method

There are generally two ways to secure seams in artificial grass. Method 1: Seaming tape and glue. Method 2: Nails.

Method 1 involves applying glue to a strip of specialized tape that runs the length of the seam below both pieces of turf. Then, both sides are pressed to the glue. Allow the seam to set for about 24 hours before putting a lot of foot traffic on it, as this may undo your careful alignment.

Method 2 entails simply nailing in non-galvanized nails on either side of the seam in a staggered formation. This is also a very viable method, but only for grass that will receive low or medium levels of traffic. If you expect your traffic level will be fairly low, this might be the best option for you.

Method 1 is the most secure and the most expensive. Method 2 is inexpensive, but sacrifices a bit in the security of the seam. For this reason, we typically recommend method 1 as the best way to avoid visible seams in artificial grass, but a combination of the two methods might also work for your application. Be sure to get in touch with our turf experts for additional guidance selecting the best method for you. 

In Conclusion…

That’s about it! Don’t want seams in your yard? Just take some extra precautions while installing and you’ll never see them. Of course, we always recommend having your artificial lawn installed professionally in order to mitigate the risk of defects like visible seams. Our install teams are highly experienced in creating beautiful landscapes. Come talk to us about your project and our artificial turf experts will be happy to provide guidance!

THE AFTER BLOG BLOG

Hello, friend! Thank you for joining us. Have you taken a look at our knowledge base? If you’ve got a question about artificial grass, it has the answer!

Purchase Green Knowledge Base

We are continually updating this collection of videos, articles, and e-books with the most up-to-date artificial grass information on the interwebs. Whether you’re a homeowner just investigating artificial grass, or a do-it-yourselfer looking to install your own grass, or a landscape professional seeking best practices, we’re confident you won’t be disappointed. The best part: it’s free!

How Long Does Artificial Grass Last

How Long Does Artificial Grass Last?

How Long Does Artificial Grass LastVery frequently our customers ask us, “how long does artificial grass last?” If you’re asking that question yourself, we have good news and bad news for you.

The good news is, there’s a short answer: “About 15-20 years.”

The bad news is, there’s also a very annoying long answer that begins with the dreadful, “It depends…”

Both answers are true, and both need some explaining. So let’s break it down. Just how long does artificial grass last? It depends…

  1. on your grass and infill selection for your application and
  2. on your installation.

If you’re a regular reader of ours, you’re probably saying, “Hold on, I’ve definitely read this before. You guys sound like a broken record!” Yes, we definitely do, but it’s because this stuff is all true and it all needs to be said! For new readers, stick with us and you’ll see what we mean. (Also, welcome!)

Impact of Grass and Infill Selection for Your Application on How Long Artificial Turf Lasts

Application is everything in maximizing your grass’s lifespan.

We offer thirty-seven varieties of artificial grass. That’s thirty-seven. Varieties. Of GRASS. And we’re adding new ones all the time! Why so many different types? Because there are as many applications. If there’s one thing you take away from this blog post, let it be that application is everything.

Application – how you intend to use your turf.

The Grass

Different types of turf are designed for different applications. Our sports turfs, for example, are designed with super strong backing systems and stiff blades so that they can stand up to the daily pounding of cleats, tackles, and other stuff that happens during a football game. For an elderly grandmother’s back yard, however, this grass would be total overkill. Likewise, our grandmother’s lovely-looking grass wouldn’t last a second if she decided to host high school football practice. Thus, matching your application to the right kind of grass will go a very long way towards maximizing your grass’s lifespan.

For more on application, see our knowledge base.

The InfillTiers of Infill

Infill is another important factor in this equation. You need the right kind for your application in the right amount. We usually recommend our Herofill/Mellowfill as the all-around best choice, but you’ll definitely want to discuss your options with one of our experts.

For more on infill, check out our blog post on Infill Options.

If you choose the right grass and infill for your application – pending no natural disasters or acts of God – artificial grass lasts to its full life expectancy.

Installation Factors that Affect How Long Artificial Grass Lasts

We mentioned in a recent blog post that a big factor in keeping your artificial lawn ultra-low maintenance is a proper installation. The same applies to maximize how long your artificial turf lasts.

For example, artificial lawns must have a well-prepared subbase. Subbase is the material that goes below the turf, providing a stable foundation that won’t contract and expand like regular soil. If the subbase isn’t installed or is installed incorrectly and the turf is exposed to your yard’s native soil, it will be forced to expand and contract as the soil does. Over time this will result in ridges, bubbles, and wrinkles in the grass – an ugly defect that can only be fixed by pulling up the turf and re-installing it.

We typically recommend a professional installation so you get it right the first time, saving money and grief down the road.

In Conclusion…

So how long does artificial turf last? Assuming you’ve installed the right turf with the right infill and the proper installation procedures, your artificial grass lasts to its full life expectancy.

If this all seems overwhelming, fear not!  Our experienced turf experts are ready to answer any questions you have and provide AWESOME guidance. Give us a call or stop by your local Purchase Green store!

For the nitty-gritty on all things artificial turf, see our knowledge base. 

THE AFTER-BLOG BLOG:

Hey friend! Thanks for reading today’s blog post, and congrats on reaching the very end. We just wanted to add this postscript announcement about changes to our blog schedule. We’re now posting every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 AM. We’ll see you then!

Is Artificial Turf Safe? | Answers to Your Questions

Frequently, our customers ask us, “Is artificial turf safe?” Although this concern may be widespread, it is certainly unfounded. Rumors that artificial turf contains dangerous chemicals and can lead to cancer are simply untrue. The adoption of new technology throughout the industry has made grass and associated products healthy and safe. We’re definitely confident in the safety and quality of our product, so, in this post, we’re answering common questions about what is and isn’t in our turf.

Is artificial turf safe? Is there lead in it?

Lead

PG turf is tested in the U.S. and verified LEAD SAFE.

Lead Element

 

 

 

 

During the early years of artificial grass, the unhealthy effects of lead were not fully understood, and regulations to control lead content in artificial turf products hadn’t yet been enacted. So, quite a bit of lead was used to help the grass retain its color. However, as the effects of lead became better understood and laws were put in place to protect consumers, healthier, superior technologies were developed. Over time, they’ve improved, and today, the lead content of all artificial turf sold in the U.S. is typically well below the maximum legal content. Our turf has undergone extensive testing here in the U.S. and is verified lead safe. We’re pretty proud of that! We have a full breakdown of our product lead test results available for download.

Chemical Allergens

PG Turf is hypo-allergenic.

Because most artificial turf is hypoallergenic, it’s commonly preferred by people who have allergies to grass. Turf contains no chemicals that are known to cause allergic reactions on contact and, under normal conditions, doesn’t break down into airborne particles that can be inhaled. If you or someone in your household has allergies or a sensitive respiratory system, artificial turf is a safe bet.

Aren’t there toxic chemicals in infill?

is crumb rubber toxic

Crumb rubber infill

Infill technology has come a very long way since the days of crumb rubber (pictured above). Of course, you can still find crumb rubber in some installations, but at Purchase Green, we avoid it altogether. It gets too hot and contains too many dangerous chemicals we’re not comfortable offering to our customers. Why, then, do several of our infills carry a Proposition 65 warning? Here’s why they’re still safe.

Silica

Crystalline Silica is a known carcinogen. In raw sand form, it can produce dust, which can be inhaled. However, our silica sand is thoroughly encapsulated in a coating that prevents any of the silica from escaping or coming into contact with the outside world. So, although we legally have to carry a Prop 65 warning, our silica sand is a safe, cost-effective and popular solution for many types of turf applications. See this product’s MSDS for more a complete report.

Are turf cleaning agents safe?

turf bomb antimicrobial & scent-masking

Turf Bomb antimicrobial & scent-masking turf cleaner

Antimicrobial Spores

The spores in Turf Bomb have been shown to pose no health threat whatsoever.

Turf Bomb is our top turf cleaning agent, featuring active antimicrobial spores that break down unwanted bacteria and emit tiny amounts of water and CO2. There is no need for chemicals like chlorine, bleach, and heavy metals, thanks to the action of the spores. You might ask, “It kills bacteria with bacteria? Isn’t that kind of like fighting fire with fire?” 

Well, the spores don’t actually kill other bacteria directly. Instead, they consume the food source, be that animal waste or other organics, leaving nothing for the harmful bacteria to eat. Then, they simply “shut off” when their job is done, going into a hibernation state. Because they pose no health threat to humans or animals, they can simply stay where they are and await reactivation. We have a full article on the science behind Turf Bomb here. It’s more like fighting fire with… well, cold fire, maybe? Hmm. The analogy needs some work.

In Conclusion

We hope this has cleared up some of your concerns and answered some of your questions surrounding the health and safety of artificial turf and related products. If you have any questions, give us a call or stop by your local store and one of our turf experts will be happy to help.

How Artificial Turf is Priced | The Buyer’s Guide

Whether you’re knee-deep into the process of planning your artificial turf project or evaluating whether to opt for artificial turf in the first place, understanding how artificial turf is priced will be critical to making informed decisions along the way. In this post, we’ll examine the factors that drive the price of artificial turf and give you tools to find the best turf for you at the best value.

Face Weight and Total Weight

The amount of material in a given area of turf is usually the most significant factor in determining how it is priced. There are three components in artificial turf that can vary significantly in the amount of material used to manufacture them and, therefore, have the most impact on the price: yarn, primary backing and secondary backing. The amount of material present in these two components is measured by face weight and total weight. 

  • Face weight is a measure of the weight (in ounces) of the yarn within 1 square yard.
  • Total weight is a combined measure of the weight (in ounces) of the yarn and the primary/secondary backings within 1 square yard

artificial grass face weight, total weight

It’s important to note that neither measurement is really an indicator of quality. This is because artificial turf is manufactured in a variety of ways in order to serve specific customer needs. For instance, two turfs might have wildly different blade density and height but the same amount of yarn and, therefore, the same face weight. Likewise, the amount of material present in the primary and secondary backing can influence how artificial turf is priced.

Keep face weight and total weight in mind while you compare turf prices, as some companies will only advertise their grass’ total weight, making it appear as though their grass is significantly less expensive than competition. If, for example, you see two grasses marked as “100 oz”, one selling at $2.89/square foot and the other at $3.89/square foot, be sure to inquire whether the weight advertised is total weight or face weight. To avoid this confusion, at Purchase Green, we only advertise face weight.

For more guidance on determining which artificial turf is best for you, start by taking a look at our knowledge base guide on “application.” 

Turf Tech and “Premium” Prices

The second-most influential factor in determining how artificial turf is priced is the kinds of materials used to manufacture it. There is a wide array of new high-tech materials that improve turf performance by extending its lifespan, making it cooler, expediting rainwater drainage, increasing durability, etc. Luckily, these high-tech materials usually don’t significantly drive up the cost of manufacturing and, therefore, the cost to the customer.  As you shop around, however, you may find hefty price tags on these turfs that incorporate high-tech materials. This often has little to do with the cost of these new materials. Many merchants will mark them up as “premium” turfs simply because they feature a new technology. At Purchase Green, we believe in offering the broadest array of turf at the most competitive prices. Because of this, our turf is priced by material weight, be it high-tech or not.

Foreign Import Tariffs and the Middle Man

Perhaps the biggest change in artificial turf prices came last year from tariffs on goods imported from China. The roughly 25% increase in cost to U.S. merchants who import from China has been transferred largely to the customer, resulting in hiked retail prices. However, not all turf importers have been equally affected by the tariffs. Our strategic maneuvering has allowed us to maintain a wholesale supply channel, keeping our cost down and offering the lowest price on the market to our customers. Furthermore, manufacturing our own products means we eliminate the need for a “middle man”, giving us direct control over quality, and allowing us to keep our competitive low prices.

In Conclusion

We hope this post has helped demystify how artificial turf is priced, making your search for turf simpler. If you have any questions or need more guidance, feel free to give us a call or visit one of our stores. Check out our knowledge base for the nitty-gritty on all things artificial turf.

types of infill

Infill Options for Artificial Turf | The Complete Guide

So, you’re interested in artificial turf for your landscape. You may have already checked out some grasses, talked to dealers, and even gotten a few estimates. So far so good, but then, as if you needed one more complication to consider, someone mentions infill.

“Wait, wait, what’s infill?” 

Infill is the hidden hero behind every high-performing and great-looking artificial turf installation. Because it’s such an important component, in this post, we aim to give you the essential info you need to make choosing the right infill simple and straightforward.

Looking for a nitty-gritty breakdown of infill specs and functions? Check out our in-depth article on infill in our knowledge base.

What is Infill?

Infill is basically specially-designed sand. It’s one of the last things added to the grass during the installation process. Infill has many jobs, but primarily it supports the grass blades and keeps them from laying flat and matting. That’s an important job because matted grass is not very pleasing to the eye and prolonged matting will damage the turf. This is why we require every installation to use infill in order to for it to qualify for our lifetime product warranty (which is pretty awesome, by the way). As long as you apply infill – the right kind and quantity – your grass will be beautiful and cost-effective for years to come.

What Are My Infill Options?

There are several types of infill, each suited to a different use, or “application”. While there are really only a few types of infill, matching the wrong infill with your turf’s application can have some gnarly repercussions, so it’s important to give the process due thought. There are three tiers of infill that we offer, detailed in this handy infographic:

types of infill

1. Herofill and Mellowfill

Herofill and Mellowfill and considered premium-grade because of the many functions they pack. They are the most popular for putting greens and pet owners whose pets might be doing their business on the turf. It’s also the most expensive – around $23 per 50-pound bag.

2. Zeodorizer/Zeolite

Zeolite is very similar to the above, except that it lacks the biocides that kill microbes and bacteria. It still reduces odors through an absorption process that holds ammonia from pet urine until rain water can carry it away. This option is also popular with pet owners, but requires additional antiseptic treatment from time to time to keep it free of microbes. Zeodorizer runs $15 per 50-pound bag.

3. Silica Sand

Silica sand is most basic option. It’s a high-quality infill, but doesn’t have all the fancy features  the others do. It does what infill is made to do: support the blades and prevent matting. Silica sand is often used for putting greens and aesthetic installations where pets and kids won’t be playing often.  You can see why this infill would be a poor fit for areas where pets will be using the bathroom. It is, however, the most cost-effective option at $8.50 per 50-pound bag.

How Much Should I Get?

Anywhere from 1 to 2 pounds per square foot is the typical range, but more or less than that may be needed depending on your specific application. How much foot traffic is the turf going to get? How hard will it be used? The more the traffic and the harder the use, the more infill will be needed. For a purely aesthetic installation that will get little foot traffic, 1 pound per square foot is sufficient. For a sports field or a playground, 2 or more might be needed.

In Conclusion

Well, that’s it! We hope this has helped you to drill down on your infill options for your artificial turf project.

Of course, if you have any questions or would like further guidance, give us a call or visit one of our stores and our turf experts will be happy to help!

 

 

Thanksgiving at Purchase Green – Why We’re Thankful

It’s hard to believe it’s Thanksgiving again and the end of 2019 is in sight. Today’s festivities are especially meaningful to all of us here at Purchase Green, which is why we’re closed company-wide today and tomorrow. (And don’t worry, this post was pre-scheduled to publish – no one had to stay behind to push the go button.) Why? For the simple reason that we know we have a lot for which to be thankful. Instead of keeping our gratitude to ourselves, we thought we’d share a few of those things here, in no particular order of importance. To all of our friends, family, followers and customers: from all of us at Purchase Green, we wish you a heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving.

The Return of the Rain

“The drought has affected everyone. We are no exception.”

As the weather grows cooler and wetter for much of the Southwest, we’re reminded that it’s been a year since the rains began in California that led to the official end of the record-setting 8-year drought in March of this year. In years past, we’ve received the question, “This drought must be good for business, huh?” While it’s true, we are in the business of saving water for our customers, we are not in the business of profiteering from crisis, nor would we want any of our neighbors to think so. The fact of the matter is we live here, too. Many of us have seen and breathed the smoke from the horrific fires, and our San Fernando Valley store temporarily closed this October due to threat of fire. The drought has affected everyone. We are no exception. So today, we’re giving thanks for the rain and the relief it has brought to the Southwestern U.S. May it continue to bring relief to us all.

Our Team

“Without this incredible team, none of it would be possible.”

If you haven’t gathered it already, we are extremely proud of our team. It might sound sappy, but it’s true: our people are the finest and we know it. Across 20 far-flung locations, from stores to warehouses to dealerships to contractors and corporate offices, our team enthusiastically tackles challenges, works collaboratively, and strives to improve continually, pushing the PG brand forward. Without this incredible team, none of it would be possible. So, we’re taking a moment to be thankful for the privilege of working alongside these amazing people and of being a part of the Purchase Green team.

Our Customers

“We’re so thankful that we get to do the work we love, and for that we have none to thank more than our customers.”

We know it can seem disingenuous to thank our customers, but we really mean it. You see, for us it’s so much more than simply selling a product or service. Our passion is creating beautiful landscapes that improve the lives of our customers, and our customers never fail to inspire us by their ideas and give us a sense of meaning in our work. Seeing a finished installation featuring our handiwork and knowing that it will bring joy and contentment to our customers, their friends and family, and even passers-by is an unparalleled feeling. We’re so thankful that we get to do the work we love, and for that we have none to thank more than our customers.

 

We could go on, but in the interest of getting back to celebrating, we’ll end it here. Thank you for reading, and, once again…