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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

Bend-a-Board Quick Tutorial

Sub-grade Bend-A-Board is a flexible framing material that can be used to simplify the artificial grass installation process while making your installation more robust. Here’s a quick guide on how to use it.
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Posted on June 21, 2019

What is Face Weight?

If you’re new to the amazing world of artificial grass you may find yourself wondering what some of the jargon means. One of the most common terms you’ll hear when researching artificial grass is face weight. (more…)

Posted on June 7, 2019
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