Artificial Grass Information & Blog

The Purchase Green Blog shares our artificial grass information such as artificial grass installation, what is the best artificial grass, where to buy artificial grass, DIY artificial grass projects, events & more!

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Posted on March 17, 2020

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.

Posted on March 12, 2020

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.

Posted on March 5, 2020

How to Install Artificial Grass on Concrete

Want to Install Artificial Grass on Your Concrete Patio?

Not all artificial grass installations have to be in your yard. It can make a fantastic patio rug, permanent or temporary. In fact, that’s what artificial grass really is: a specialized outdoor rug!

While most of our advice is geared towards helping our customers make the most of their grass in their yard, here, we’re going to show you how to install artificial grass on your concrete patio.

Basic Installation Prep

The first step to any installation is to figure out how many square feet of turf you’ll need. Once you know that, you can select your artificial grass. This process is best accomplished with the help of our turf experts, but, if you’re looking to start the process for yourself, take a look at our blog post about it.

Now comes the tricky part of determining how to secure the grass.

How to Install on a Concrete Patio

In a permanent installation, concrete would be less-than-ideal. For temporary artificial grass, though, concrete is perfect – easy, even.

Step 1: Unroll and Rough Cut

If you’re working with a square or rectangular patio, you’re in luck! Grass comes in 13′ and 15′ wide rolls, so you won’t have to do much more than roll it out and cut off the overhang.

If your patio isn’t so geometrically simple, you might need to do some careful cutting and seaming. To get started with seaming, first lay your grass out on the patio. Then, trace an outline of your patio with chalk (or something that will wash off) on the grass.

Now, it’s time to rough cut. Using a box cutter or a specialized tool called a turf cutter, make a rough cut around the area you traced, leaving 1-2 inches of safety outside the line.

Now, make your final cut. Cut slowly and steadily along the chalk line you drew.

Step one complete!

Step 2: The Glue Down

Now that you’ve got your grass cut to the exact size and shape of your patio, you can begin securing it. There are two methods we recommend for this, depending on how long you want to keep your grass-patio. First is double-sided seaming tape, and the other is seaming tape and seaming glue.

Double-sided Seaming Tape

Double-sided seaming tape is exactly what it sounds like. This method is best for those who want the ability to remove their grass with relative ease. It doesn’t leave a gooey mess and can be removed easily while still binding well. Seaming tape and glue, however, is more permanent.

To install with double-sided tape, apply strips of tape to your patio every 1-2 feet, and around the outer perimeter of your patio. Easy!

Seaming Tape and Glue

The seaming tape and glue method will keep your grass anchored for longer but requires a little more up-front work and different materials: single-sided seaming tape and glue. You’ll proceed the same you would for the first method, applying strips of tape face-down every 1-2 feet and around the perimeter. Next, apply seaming glue on all exposed tape. You need to put down only as much as it will take to cover the whole face of the glue when you spread it. You can spread the glue with a 2×4 or anything else you don’t mind getting gluey.

After you’ve laid your foundation of choice, the process of applying the grass is simple.

Get a friend to help you stretch the artificial grass in all dimensions. With the help of your friend, line up one side of the grass with the edge of your patio and apply it to the tape. Now, proceed to the other side of the patio. Give the grass another stretch so you can be sure there is no slack, and apply the opposite edge to the tape.

You’re done! Congrats! Now, get to enjoying your grass!

Posted on February 27, 2020

4 Ways to Inexpensively Install Artificial Grass | DIY Guide

Installing Artificial Grass on a Budget

affordable artificial grass

So, you’re interested in artificial grass for your home, but not really feelin’ the up-front cost of installation? Today, we’re going to show you how to install artificial grass inexpensively, making modifications along the way to bring your project’s price tag down.

Make no mistake, though. In order for this to work, you’ll need to be prepared to get your hands dirty, put in a substantial amount of time and energy, and problem-solve as you go.

Further, while all of the techniques discussed below will reduce your price point, they will also increase the amount of labor you’ll have to do yourself. You’ll be using hand tools, like a shovel, and carrying up to 50 pounds repeatedly, even if you have help. 

Sound like the kind of challenge you’re up for? Let’s get to it!

There are four components to almost every installation that can be modified to reduce the cost of installing artificial grass without posing a significant threat to the performance and longevity of it. They are:

  1. Subbase material
  2. Material waste
  3. Seaming system
  4. Tools used

1. The Secret to Low-cost Subbase

Subbase. What is it? Who needs it? Well, if you’re installing artificial grass, you do, my friend. 

Subbase goes where your natural grass was once you’ve excavated down a few inches and before you install the grass. It’s primary job is to prevent the natural expansion and contraction of your yard’s native soil from affecting the turf, thus preventing wrinkles from popping up.

In most professional installations, it’s one of three things:

  1. crushed miscellaneous base – CMB,
  2. class II road base, or
  3. decomposed granite.

Decomposed granite is considered the best of the three due to its superior drainage and ability to render a consistently flat surface. Certain types of installations, like putting greens, need decomposed granite subbase more in order to perform and last. 

The problem with decomposed granite is it’s expensive. 

Is there a workaround?

In most cases, you can get good performance and longevity out of artificial grass with the use of only a small amount of decomposed granite. In fact, only the top few inches of subbase need to be decomposed granite in order to get good drainage and overall performance. This means you can fill most of your excavated area with inexpensive class II or CMB, then just spread a few inches of decomposed granite on the surface. This will bring down the cost considerably and produce fair results.

That being said, there are some installations for which we never recommend skimping on decomposed granite subbase. If you receive lots of rainfall, or already have drainage issues in your yard, this strategy isn’t likely to work out. Be sure to discuss your project’s particulars with our turf experts for more guidance.

2. Saving Money by Reducing Material Waste

It’s virtually impossible that all the grass you use will be used up in your installation, unless your installation area is the exact shape and size of a roll of turf. Most likely, you’ll have to do some cutting and seaming together of multiple pieces, and some turf will be discarded. The trick here is to figure out how to make the most of a 13′ or 15′ wide roll of turf. One way to do that is to ignore grain direction.

Artificial grass grain direction is one of the main culprits behind wasted grass. Grain direction is the direction in which the grass blades are predominantly pointing. Crews typically install artificial grass pieces so that the grain is facing the same direction, creating the most aesthetically-pleasing lawn.

For irregularly-shaped installation sites, though, maintaining a consistent grain direction often means wasting a lot of grass.

If perfect aesthetics aren’t terribly important to you, there’s a good chance you can save money by installing the pieces of grass you’ve purchased however they best fit the installation site, regardless of their grain direction.

3. The Seaming Method Hack

As mentioned above, you’ll probably have to cut and seam together multiple pieces of turf when you install artificial grass. Most of the time, this is accomplished using seaming tape, seaming glue, and nails. This method is considered the most secure and reliable, but also the most expensive. While the cost of seaming tape and glue might be negligible for a small installation, it can become substantial for larger ones.

The cheap alternative? Just use nails – a lot of them. This is a perfectly viable seaming method for some installations, though not quite as secure. Nails can and often do work loose over time and with enough foot traffic, so we only recommend this method if your grass isn’t going to get a lot of that.

If you’ve got a large installation area that won’t see much foot traffic, a box or two of inexpensive 5-inch nails might just do it.

4. Cost-cutting Tools

When it comes to specialized tools for installing artificial grass, the options are endless. Professional install crews have a myriad of gizmos and gadgets at their disposal to make the work go faster, including tools like the sod cutter, plate compactor, power broom, turf cutter, turf gripper, puller, kicker, and the list goes on. If you wanted to do it by the book, you could rent all these tools to automate your installation project and impress your neighbors.

We’re guessing you’re not doing this by the book, though. If not, our recommendation to you is to ditch the fancy gear and get back to basics with hand tools. It turns out, just about everything those power tools do can be done with low-tech hand tools. Switch out the sod cutter for a pick-ax, the plate compactor for a hand compactor, the power broom for a push broom, and the turf cutter for a box knife. Just get ready to apply some serious elbow grease and work up a sweat! 

Posted on February 20, 2020

How to Find the Best Artificial Grass | The Buyer’s Guide

How to Find the Best Artificial Grass for YOU.

 

What’s the best artificial grass? Is there even such a thing? Yes! And… no. There’s no such thing as the best artificial grass ever, but there is such a thing as the best artificial grass for you. In this post, we’ll give you a simple, direct system that you can use to select your perfect grass – the same system we’ve used for 11 years to match our customers with their grass. It’s simple, it’s free, and it really works! Behold… the MENU BOARD. 

The Perfect Artificial Grass

Here’s how to use it.

Step 1: Choose your Application

Application simply refers to how you intend to use your grass. This is important because many grasses are manufactured for highly-specific uses. A putting green grass typically isn’t a good fit for an aesthetic-only landscape application. Likewise, a purely aesthetic landscape grass wouldn’t last a second on the football field. The right grass for the right application is a stress-free and financially-sound investment.

Let’s say a homeowner is looking to install artificial grass in her back yard where she expect to host large gatherings regularly.  She determine that aesthetics is most important to her. That narrows down her search to just the grasses designed specifically for landscape applications.

Step 2: Choose Your Traffic Level

Traffic level simply refers to how much foot traffic you expect the grass to receive. This step goes hand-in-hand (or foot-in-foot?) with Step One, as your application will often help determine your traffic level. Artificial grass in a football stadium can be expected to receive regular, heavy foot traffic; a back yard putting green might receive medium-level traffic and a purely aesthetic front yard isn’t likely to receive much at all. Simple enough. But wait! It gets more complicated.

Back to our hypothetical back yard grass project. We had determined that this would be considered a landscape application, but because it will receive high traffic at regular intervals, it must also have outstanding blade memory and a resistance to matting, or the flattening of the blades. This application and traffic level demands a grass with highly-specific features. Good for our homeowner to know as she shop for grass!

Step 3: Choose Your Blade Profile

Blade profiles determine a wide array of grass characteristics, from blade memory to temperature control to shine level. We offer grasses in 14 different blade shapes, from Willow to Mini-W to Stem. Instead of telling you about what each of these shapes do, we’ll let you take a look for yourself here. This step is best completed with the help of one of our turf experts. Once you’ve narrowed your options down to a handful of candidates for the best artificial grass for you, blade shape will likely be the tiebreaker!

Let’s say our homeowner has found two grasses that will work for her back yard project, but one of them feels so much softer! Lo, and behold! It’s Diamond-Cool 50, a grass with a blade type known for softness yet outstanding performance under high traffic.

Looks like we’ve got a winner!

But wait, isn’t there a step four?

Step 4: Choose Your Accessories

And by “accessories” we don’t mean plastic flamingos or garden gnomes secretly containing your spare house keys.

Accessories in the artificial grass world are often highly critical to the performance and longevity of the grass. Take infill, for example. Infill comes in many forms but is most often a sand-like substance whose primary job is to support the grass blades and prevent matting.

The most basic form of infill we offer is silica sand. Because it’s raw silica and can be stirred up to form an unhealthy dust, we only advise it for installations that will get little or no foot traffic.

In the middle is Zeolite, an infill that incorporates odor-eliminating technology, but isn’t designed to sanitize or prevent fungus from growing.

Our advanced infills Mellowfill and Herofill are designed to work with most applications, incorporating anti microbial and antifungal agents for added health and safety benefits. We often recommend these advanced infills for those who have pets, kids, or plan to spend a lot of time on and around their grass.

Let’s take one final look at our homeowner’s hypothetical back yard project, applying our infill knowledge. Since this artificial grass will receive a lot of foot traffic, silica sand would be a decidedly poor match. Zeolite could be a cost-effective option, especially if our homeowner doesn’t have kids or pets. However, food and drink are likely to be a part of her regular social gatherings, so, assuming some of that is likely to make its way to the grass, we’d recommend Herofill or Mellowfill. This ensures an artificial lawn that is easy to clean and low maintenance.

Infill isn’t the only accessory you’ll want to consider. We carry a slew of others to fit our customers’ unique needs and installation specifications, so be sure to discuss your project with one of our turf experts for accessory recommendations.

Next Steps

And there you have it! You’ve found the best artificial grass and accessories in the whole wide world for YOU! Of course, there are always additional considerations unique to everyone’s artificial grass project. Next we encourage you to come talk with one of our turf experts about your project. We’re here to make the process go smoothly and to help you achieve your dream landscape. As always, we’re happy, we’re helpful, we’re happy to help!

We’ll see you in the showroom!

Posted on February 13, 2020

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!

Posted on February 6, 2020

How Does Artificial Grass Save Money?

How Can Artificial Grass Save You Money?

Nowadays, it’s no secret that artificial grass saves money – and a lot of it. If you’re looking at artificial grass, there’s a good chance it’s because you’re hoping to save money too. Well, friend, rest assured that artificial grass can and will save money for you. The exact amount it will save, however, depends on your current lawncare expenses. While we can’t tell you exactly how much you’ll save, we can give you the information you need to run your own numbers and make an informed decision.

Irrigation Water

An 80% drop in your water bill? Yes, that’s possible. That’s the power of artificial grass.

The first and most obvious factor that affects how much you’ll save is your current lawn irrigation water usage.

According to this article at todayshomeowner.com, the average American lawn uses about 0.62 gallons of water per square foot every watering cycle, or every time the irrigation system kicks on. That means a 1,000 square-foot yard uses about 620 gallons of water every cycle. Not surprisingly, an estimated 80% of all residential water usage is outdoor and irrigation. As water prices trend upward, then, it’s no stretch of the imagination to see how watering a lawn in any but the rainiest of places in the U.S. could become a financial drain. How Artificial Grass Saves Money

Additionally, the EPA published this informatic document back in October 2006, estimating that about half of all residential irrigation water is wasted due to evaporation, system leaks, or simple overwatering. True, modern irrigation technology has improved since ’06, but this figure is likely to hold true today. That means your lawn could be outright wasting 40% of your bought-and-paid-for water! 

Are you convinced yet? Did we convince you? Maybe? Hmmm. Well, just to make sure, here are a bunch more ways artificial grass saves you money.

Lawn Maintenance

Now, we don’t want stir up any controversy here, but generally speaking, if you water grass, it will grow. (Shocking, we know!) So, if you’re watering your lawn, you’re probably also mowing it. How much gasoline do you need to power your riding lawnmower? How much in maintenance and repairs? What about the retail price of the machine? You may be surprised at just how much mowing your lawn costs.

If you’re watering and mowing your lawn, then we think there’s a good chance you are also weeding your lawn, a process which often includes weed killer. As you probably know, weed killer can be expensive and less-than-healthy for you, your family, and the environment. Evidence for this has grown recently as questions surrounding the chemicals used in several popular weed killers has gained significant media attention.

Other lawn services and products, such as aeration and fertilizer, only add to the ever-growing financial drain of maintaining your natural lawn.

How much will artificial grass maintenance cost you? Virtually nothing. We say “virtually” because artificial grass usually does require occasional sprucing-up. This can mean simply brushing up the turf with a broom. It can also mean deep cleaning your grass on an as-needed basis with a special solution.

See our post about cleaning your artificial turf >> Deep Cleaning Your Artificial Turf

turf bomb

Here’s our 32oz bottle of cleaner, priced at $17.95. It covers 1,500 square-feet of grass. As you can see, the cost of deep cleaning with this solution is negligible compared to natural lawn maintenance costs.

Running the Numbers

Artificial grass is an investment, which means there is an up-front cost, of course. In most regions of the Southwest and Midwestern U.S., artificial grass saves homeowners enough money to pay for itself very quickly. We recommend getting a free quote and running your own numbers to see if an artificial lawn is the right investment for you.

Check out our post on estimating the up-front cost of artificial grass >> How Much Does Artificial Grass Cost?

In Conclusion

By slashing your water bill and lawn maintenance expenses, artificial lawns can provide all the comfort and beauty of a natural lawn at a fraction of the cost. Got questions? Give us a call or stop by one of our stores and talk to one of our artificial turf experts.

Posted on January 30, 2020

How Much Does Artificial Grass Cost?

If you’re thinking about installing artificial grass in your yard, you’ve probably heard about its benefits. Depending on your water usage, an artificial lawn can pay for itself in a few years to a few months. It eliminates mowing, weeding, and the need for expensive weed-killing and grass-growing chemicals. Even so, you may be asking,

“That sounds great, but what about the up-front cost?”  

In this post, we’ll show you how to calculate your up-front cost of installing artificial grass and find an artificial grass solution that works for you.

How To Calculate Your Up-Front Artificial Grass Cost

In short: Multiply the total square-footage of your installation area by the price per square-foot of the grass you’ve selected, or by the quoted installation price per square foot. 

Square-footage

The first step in calculating the up-front cost of installing artificial grass in your yard is to determine the area of your installation site in square feet. Artificial grass is almost always priced by the square foot, so you’ll want to have this number handy when planning your project.

For details on turf pricing standards and trends, see our post >> How Artificial Turf Is Priced

Application

This is the fun part! Next, determine your application, or how you intend to use the grass.  Your application will determine how durable or specialized your turf needs to be. Matching the right grass with your application is crucial to ensuring a cost-effective and maintenance-free artificial lawn, so we recommend taking your time and discussing your options with our turf experts.

Our grasses range from $0.99 to $3.89 per square-foot, depending on a number of factors including the durability and features of the grass. Our grasses vary broadly in the amount and type of material used to manufacture them, and are priced by material quantity. You’ll never find us marking up grass just because it’s high-tech or top-tier.

Infill

Though often overlooked, infill is a critical component in any artificial grass installation and has a lot to do with application. It’s a sand-like material that primarily supports the grass blades and weighs down the grass to discourage wrinkle formation. Our premium infill, Herofill, is recommend for any installation where you foresee foot traffic. This is because other infills can become compacted with foot traffic, forming a dust that’s potentially unhealthy to inhale.

Herofill comes in 50-pound bags, at about $22 per bag. The exact amount of infill you’ll need is determined by the amount and type of traffic you foresee, but the typical range is between 1 and 2 pounds per square-foot. That works out to about $0.44 per square-foot.

Installation

When it comes to artificial grass installation, you have options. You can install with our install teams or just do it yourself!

First, our install teams have extensive experience with all types of installations and are experts in their craft. The price of our installation services varies from city to city and can be anywhere from $7-$11 per square foot of grass installed. This includes both the price of grass, infill, and the installation itself. For a more precise figure, we encourage you request a quote. With Purchase Green, it’s free, convenient, and there’s no obligation.

– Or –

Just do it yourself! This installation process costs nothing, aside from the time and effort you put into it, of course. If you’ve got some basic tools, extra time and energy, artificial grass is actually pretty easy to install yourself. We have tons of literature and videos and a staff of experts on the topic standing by to help you make it happen, so take a look and see if you’re up to it!

Puting it Together

Now that you know how many square feet of grass, what type of grass, and whether you want to install professionally or DIY, the process of estimating your up-front cost is simple.

If you’re going with professional installation, this formula can give you an upper and lower range of expense until you’re able to get a more precise estimate:

Lower estimate: feet squared of grass   X   $7/square-foot of grass 

Upper estimate: feet squared of grass   X   $11/square-foot of grass 

If you’re up for the challenge of doing it yourself, the process is even easier.

(feet squared of grass   X   $#.##/square foot of selected grass.)  +  (feet squared of grass   X    $0.44/square-foot of grass)

As an example, a 1,500 square-foot lawn installed professionally would cost $10,500 (1,500  X  $7) at the least and $16,500 (1,500  X  $11) at the most.

As a DIY project, that lawn would cost $1,485 (1,500  X  $0.99) with our most economic grass and $5,835 (1,500  X  $3.89) with our most premium grass.

NOTE: You’ll also want to choose from the many accessories available to ensure your grass performs as intended, but we haven’t included these costs because they vary broadly from project to project and usually aren’t a significant expense. These accessories include seam tape, seam glue, nails, bend-a-board and a turf broom.

In Conclusion…

Yes, there are a lot of variables to consider when calculating your up-front artificial grass cost. We hope that this post has given you the tools you need to make informed decisions and find the best value. If it seems a little overwhelming, fear not! Our trusted turf experts are standing by, ready to provide help and guidance. Give us a call or visit one of our stores to talk to them! We look forward to helping you create an amazing landscape!

 

 

Posted on January 23, 2020

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!

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Posted on January 21, 2020
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