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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.

Posted on December 19, 2019

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.

Posted on December 17, 2019

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. Zeolite/ Zeo-N-Fill

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. Zeolite 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!

 

 

Posted on December 12, 2019

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…

Posted on November 28, 2019

Artificial Turf for Dogs | Critical Components to Consider

Choosing artificial turf that both you and your dog will enjoy can seem overwhelming at first, especially with so many options and opinions out there. Luckily, there are only two main components to consider.

If you’re thinking about installing artificial turf for your dog, the two most important components to consider are the artificial turf characteristics and the infill.

1. The Turf.

Yep, It’s Safe

Many pet owners are concerned about the risk of lead-related health issues to their pets. So, first things first: Purchase Green products are tested in the U.S. and are verified lead-safe. If this is a major concern of yours

Keep it Short, Keep it Dense

In general, we find that short high-density grasses are preferred by dog owners. This makes for easy cleanup. To that end, stay away from plush grasses, since they’re tall, and grasses like groundcover that are low in density.

Right, short and dense narrows it down a little. Now, let’s consider what your dog will be doing out there on the grass.

Traffic Level and Durability

For example, if you’re installing turf where your two large rambunctious dogs play, you’ll probably want grass with good memory, meaning it always returns to its original shape, and high durability, which is a combination of several factors, including blade thickness, blade material, and backing system.

On the other hand, if you’ve got one small dog who mostly lies around, a softer more natural-feeling grass might be the better choice.

The Cool Factor

Many pet owners have legitimate concerns about the temperature of artificial turf. Yes, it can get pretty warm, but don’t worry. We’ve got work-arounds.

First, artificial grass only warms up when exposed to direct sunlight. Air temperature has no effect on grass. This means, if your grass won’t get direct sunlight, there’s nothing to worry about.

Second, it takes direct, intense sunlight – the kind which only occurs between 11AM and 2PM – to heat up turf. So, if your doggo isn’t going to be on the grass during that time, once again: not a problem.

Third, we incorporate CoolYarn technology into many of our grasses. This reduces the temperature by 15% and is usually enough to make it comfortable at all times and in all seasons.

With this information, you have been equipped with everything you need to choose the right grass for your pet or pets. But what about the infill?

2. The Infill

Oh good! This section is short! Even so, infill can make or break an artificial turf installation. If you’re not familiar with it, infill is a sand-like substance that supports grass blades and prevents matting. In pet applications, however, it also has to deodorize and sanitize, both of which our MellowFill, and HeroFill infills do. In a pet application, we recommend steering clear of silica sand, as it’s not designed with the above features.

Next steps

There you have it! We hope this breakdown has given you some clarity as you seek the best turf for your pet. Of course, there’s a lot more that goes into deciding exactly which turf is for you  than we could ever fit in a simple blog post, so we highly encourage you to visit one of our stores, talk with our experts, and get a feel for the solutions available to you. We’ll happily provide a free estimate too! We look forward to working with you, and have a great day!

P.S. And remember, “What would S’mores choose?”

Got questions? Give us a ring at 844-877-3444 and we’ll be happy to help!

Posted on November 26, 2019

Localized Heating: The #1 Way to Melt Artificial Turf | Purchase Green

What is Localized Heating?

Localized heating occurs when light from the sun is focused onto a small area. For artificial turf, that’s bad news. It can melt the blades, the backing material, and leave obvious discoloration, pictured here.

melted artificial grass

Localized heating striations.

Not pretty!

If you’re thinking about purchasing artificial turf, don’t worry. By taking a few simple precautions before installing your grass, you can easily avoid localized heating damage.

How to Prevent Localized Heating

The Cause

Reflective surfaces, such as windows, are usually responsible for localized heating damage. We have found low-e windows to be particularly troublesome. So, before installing your grass, look for reflections on the ground where you want to install between the hours of 11AM and 2PM, when the sun is most direct. If you see any, determine where the reflection is coming from.

The Remedy

If it’s coming from one of your windows, then installing an awning, an outdoor solar screen, or tinting the glass will help eliminate the reflection. If it’s coming from an object in the yard, like a glass table, try moving it to another spot in the yard, or covering it with something non-reflective.

Additionally, while ambient air temperature doesn’t effect the temperature of artificial turf, direct sunlight does. In fact, aside from contact with hot objects, like frying pans (yes, we’ve seen that happen), sunlight is the only thing that significantly affects the temperature of artificial grass. For this reason, it’s important to take precautions against localized heating.

In Conclusion…

Yes, localized heating can be a problem for artificial turf owners, but if you know what to look for, you – and your turf – have nothing to fear!

Got questions? Feel free to give us a call or stop by one of our stores, and one of our artificial grass experts will be happy to help.

Posted on November 21, 2019

Artificial Grass Remnant Ideas

When you install artificial grass, there is a very high chance you’ll have some leftover pieces. Very few projects, after all, have dimensions that mesh perfectly with the length and width of a roll of grass. So what should you do with that excess grass, better known as remnants? Get creative! Here are a few examples of what you can do with remnants.
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Posted on August 13, 2019

Artificial Grass Playground Basics

What is a playground grass? Well, the answer is…nothing. When it comes to artificial grass playgrounds, we’re talking about a system consisting of three key components – the artificial grass, something called a shock pad and infill.
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Posted on August 6, 2019

Artificial Grass: What Not to Do

Most of the time we enjoy telling you about all the amazing things you can do with our artificial grass. But we thought it prudent to also tell you about some things, all of which we’ve seen happen, that you definitely should NOT do.
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Posted on July 25, 2019

Artificial Grass and HOAs

Love them or hate them, when it comes to home improvement projects, many people who are part of a Homeowners Association – or HOA – find themselves at odds with their neighborhood governing body.
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Posted on July 17, 2019
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