Artificial Grass Information & Blog

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Artificial Grass Do’s and Don’ts

We get a lot of questions about how artificial grass should be treated. So we’ve compiled a list of things that you definitely should and should not do with your artificial grass. Concise and convenient, just for you.

DON’T

  • Leave or use plastic pools on the grass
  • Cover grass with tarps
  • Use barbeques or grills on your grass
  • Use firepits on your grass
  • Leave metal tools on your grass
  • Place recently used power tools or tools with engines on your grass
  • Place glass tables on your grass
  • Place hot pans or dishes on your grass
  • Use metal rakes on your grass
  • Set off fireworks on your grass

DO

  • Check for highly reflective surfaces, including metal flashing and Low-E windows, before you install your grass. Such surfaces can bounce intense heat back onto your grass and can cause localized melting.
  • Give your grass a quick rinse at least once a month to take care of smaller debris and dust
  • Use a flexible lawn rake to clean larger debris off of your grass
  • Give your grass periodic deep cleaning to reduce bacteria and odor build-up on your grass. We recommend using Turf Bomb to sanitize and target odors.
  • Enjoy your artificial grass!

Following these quick and easy do’s and don’ts will keep your grass from getting damaged and will have it lasting for years to come.

If you have questions about why you should or shouldn’t do these things, feel free to reach out to one of our artificial grass experts! We’re always happy to help!

 

Posted on November 19, 2020

Low, Medium, or High Traffic: Artificial grass traffic explained

When choosing the right artificial grass, we often ask how much traffic the area will get. But what does this mean exactly? Where are the lines drawn?

Today, we’re breaking down what exactly low, medium, and high traffic entails for your artificial grass and giving you some examples of grasses for each level. 

Low Traffic

Low-traffic grasses are those that are intended to be installed largely for aesthetic purposes. These grasses can be walked on but, in general, any activity more substantial than walking should be avoided.

An important note is that while you could, in theory, install any grass for any application, we do not recommend certain grasses for certain applications. For example, we obviously wouldn’t recommend a low-traffic, aesthetic grass for a football field. The grass wouldn’t last as long or perform as well as a grass designed specifically for sport applications. All of our grasses are of high quality, but some are more suited to certain applications.

If you’re looking at getting artificial grass for a yard that people will look at rather than play on, Zoysia, Bluegrass Light, and Spring Rye 65 are beautiful options. 

 

 

 

            Zoysia                    Bluegrass Light putting green fringe               Spring Rye 65

Medium Traffic

Medium-traffic grasses represent the majority of the grasses we sell. These are grasses designed for everyday use.

Many lawn applications will require at least medium traffic grasses for kids and pets to play.

Some great medium traffic options are Eco Olive 80, Vista Natural 65, and Nature’s Sod Plush.

 

 

 

                 Eco Olive 80                                 Nature’s Sod Plush                             Vista Natural 65

High Traffic

High-traffic grasses can stand up to just about anything – dogs, kids, sports, and playground activities. If you’re looking for the heaviest duty grasses for sport fields, playgrounds, pet areas, and the like, here are some of our high-traffic grasses that can do the job well: Vista Natural 80, Vista Sport, and Arizona Platinum. You can also browse our selection of playground turfs and sport turfs.

 

 

 

  Arizona Platinum – Olive              Vista Natural 80                                    Vista Sport

 

We hope that helped you understand how important traffic is when deciding on artificial grass. If you have any questions about your project’s traffic level, reach out to your local Purchase Green or contact us here. We’re happy to help!

Posted on November 12, 2020

Happy Veterans Day!

From all of us at Purchase Green, we want to give a huge, heartfelt thank you to all who have served in the armed forces. We owe so much to the men and women who have made sacrifices for our country. So not just today, but every day, we are so grateful for military service personnel and the families who support them.

Posted on November 11, 2020

We’re Having a Clearance Sale on Artificial Grass!

You heard it right, folks! It’s sale time! If you’ve been looking for a time to buy some of our artificial grass, perhaps the time is now.

Here’s a breakdown of all the grasses that are on sale right now:

Vista 70: 20% discount!

Vista 70 is an exceptional balance of aesthetics & performance – an excellent, thick & full, very natural-looking product specifically designed aesthetically for climates that receive more rainfall or for the customer who likes a lush, dark green look. The Vista 70 is designed for the customer that wants an exceptionally natural look and is purchasing it for its durability over its texture.

$2.65 $2.12 / sq.ft.

Nature’s Sod 90: 10% discount!

Nature’s Sod 90 provides the aesthetic of the Premier but at a lower cost. This is designed for the customer that wants the appearance of a very full, thick premium fiber but at a lower cost because the intended use is for a light to medium traffic application. It is an olive bi-color grass with olive green and brown thatch to provide a very realistic look.

$2.99 $2.69 / sq.ft.

Marathon – Olive: 20% discount!

Marathon Olive has a “U” shaped fiber and the polymer additives, similar to our Vista fiber, that helps to reduce the surface temperature of the synthetic lawn grass by diverting UV rays from the shorter curled fibers where heat can be trapped resulting in 10% to 20% temperature improvements relative to grasses with the highest heat-retention rate.

Marathon Olive is an excellent, high quality, light to medium traffic artificial lawn product. It is designed for the customer that wants a durable, natural-looking artificial grass lawn that emphasizes temperature-controlled fibers.

$2.99 $2.39 / sq.ft.

Field Spring: 10% discount!

Field Spring blends the Mini Wave temperature-controlled fiber from our AZ Platinum Spring with a tan rectangular fiber to deliver a superior, natural color blend and texture. It is a durable, delustered, temperature-controlled artificial grass. The shape allows for the durability of a W shaped fiber but with a different aesthetic – more similar in appearance to a winter rye than a fescue. The mini-w also has reduced surface area resulting in a no-shine finish.

$2.75 $2.48 / sq.ft.

Spring Fescue Pet Pro: 20% discount!

Spring Fescue Pet Pro represents the leading-edge of artificial grass technology. It combines the best of all components; delivering industry-leading tuft bind, drainage rates, fiber durability, and temperature performance. It uses PG Cool Yarn technology offering improved temperature performance. It is produced with a fully permeable PET (PolyLock, Encore & Total Surface Drainage) backing system.

Spring Fescue Pet Pro is one of the only grasses on the market that comes with Purchase Green’s 360 rating. The 360 rating means that grass is an all-around exceptional product.

$2.55 $2.04 / sq.ft.

Spring Fescue Premier: 20% discount!

Spring Fescue Premier is made with a premium Wave-shaped fiber – offering the performance of the Vista with texture improvements (i.e. it is not as stiff!). This fiber has outstanding memory and, with the proper amount of artificial grass infill to suit your expected foot traffic, it is a highly durable artificial lawn. The grass is made with a delustered, monofilament tall fiber in a spring bicolor (a field green & apple green color blend). Spring Fescue comes with a green and brown thatch. It also comes with PG’s 360 rating.

$2.99 $2.39 / sq.ft.

 

Browse our shop to see if any of those products suit your project! If you’re not sure what would work best for you, feel free to reach out to your local Purchase Green store or contact us! We’d be happy to help you find what you’re looking for.

 

Sale on Artificial Grass –

While supplies last.  If a store does not have this product in stock it can be shipped to the store but customer will be charged a $.20 per sq ft shipping fee ($.30 for shipping to Purchase Green stores in Colorado). Curbside delivery will be extra.**

**Supplies are limited**

Posted on November 7, 2020

Our Top 8 Landscaping Ideas for Small Backyards

Have a small backyard, but want to give it a big upgrade? Here are our ideas for making those tiny spaces beautiful!

Colorful Patio Cover

Kicking it off with this Vista Natural 65 DIY out of Dallas! A small patio space is instantly elevated with this beautiful emerald bicolor.

L-Shaped Love

This small and shady backyard is the perfect candidate for some Field Spring artificial grass. The natural look ties in the whole backyard! Good work, Purchase Green Denver!

The Cute Patch

Even with a nice-sized backyard, a smaller patch of grass can tie together the whole landscape. This Fescue Supreme is perfect for kids to play!

Pretty in Pavers

If you have a pool taking up most of the backyard, don’t think there’s no room for turf! We love the use of artificial grass in between the various pavers in this yard.

Short Game Side Yard

Have a long, narrow space in between the house and the fence? A putting green could be what you’re missing! This Phoenix install uses Vista Sport fringe and Emerald Putting Green to fill the space.

Dressing up the Tree

This Spring Fescue San Diego install is the perfect pairing with a beautiful fruit tree. So simple, so sweet.

A Little Turf for a Little Dog

A backyard consisting of mostly patio or rock is still an AWESOME option for a little artificial grass. PG Stockton installed this Nature’s Sod Platinum patch.

Run Dog Run

A dog run is a great way to exercise those pups while making the yard look beautiful all year long. PG Phoenix installed this Spring Fescue Pet Pro run, and you can too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there are our top 8 landscaping ideas for small backyards and outdoor spaces! For even more great ideas, check out this blog post.

If any of those ideas seem like a good fit for your yard, let us know! Our artificial grass experts would be happy to help you create the perfect outdoor space for your needs.

 

Posted on November 4, 2020

Grooming Artificial Grass: DIY Explained

When first installing artificial grass, grooming that turf to perfection is super important. Because our artificial grass is cut from large rolls, it is compressed down and requires some quick beautification when laid out.

Grooming

The fastest and easiest way to perk that grass back up is to use a power broom. Though they may look intimidating, if you can use a vacuum, you can use a power broom. Power brooms will stand up those grass blades and reduce the look of matting. And it’s not just right after install! You can use a power broom to perk up those blades any time they’re looking a little sad. Typically, with normal residential use and the regular cleaning mentioned later in this article, this type of process will need to be performed about once a year.

Purchase Green offers power brooms for rent or for sale. Depending on how much traffic your grass gets, you’ll be able to gauge if renting or buying is a better option for you.

Or if you want a simpler option, larger debris such as leaves or blooms can be easily removed with a rake or brush, while a hose will take care of smaller debris or dust. Grass surfaces that are used less frequently don’t have to be cleaned as often, but we’d still recommend giving it a quick rinse twice a month or so. 

Cleaning

When developing a comprehensive cleaning plan for your turf, consider how it’s being used. The specific use of the grass will have an effect on the ways it should be maintained. 

When using artificial turf at a personal residence, priorities may include the cleaning of dog waste and ensuring a safe surface for kids to play. Another important factor is how much dust is in your area. For a dry, desert climate, in particular, regular cleaning is important.

It’s critical to note that, no matter your turf’s use, periodic deep cleaning is essential to maintaining the look and feel of the surface.

Maintenance of artificial turf fits into two categories: regular cleaning and more thorough deep cleaning or rejuvenation. In order to make sure your turf remains in the best shape, it’s essential that you clean it regularly, in addition to occasional deep cleaning.

Best practice is to clean artificial turf each week if it gets heavy use or experiences significant dust or debris accumulation, such as leaves or blooms. If your artificial turf gets less use or dust is less of a factor, this cleaning can be less frequent, but rinsing at least twice a month is still recommended.

In addition to weekly maintenance, it’s best to also do a more comprehensive cleaning either monthly or every three to four months if the turf gets infrequent use. Use a flexible lawn rake, or a stiff-bristled broom or brush (be sure to avoid metal bristles, since these can damage the artificial grass), to remove debris from the turf.

Deep Cleaning

You’ll want to watch out for bacteria/odor build-up on your grass. Noticing any persisting odors? Try doing a turf-deodorizing using our Turf Bomb or another non-toxic cleaner. Turf Bomb is non-toxic, biodegradable, and hypo-allergenic so it’s safe for kids and pets, and it is specially designed for synthetic turf use. Turf Bomb will sanitize your artificial turf AND target any odors.

And hopefully, you now have a better idea of how to groom your artificial grass and keep it looking spick-and-span! Some regular upkeep with rinsing and raking, a monthly Turf Bomb-ing, and a power brooming once a year will have your grass lasting for years and years to come.

For more info on grooming artificial grass, feel free to reach out to your local Purchase Green expert. Or check out this video below!

Posted on October 27, 2020

What’s the Deal with Tuft Bind?

Tuft bind is one of the most important factors in the longevity and durability of your artificial grass. Consider the traffic levels of your application site. If there is high traffic, or even moderate traffic, a good tuft bind is going to be your best friend. 

So, what is tuft bind?

Tuft bind is a measure of the force required to pull a stitch of blades through the backing system.

In sport field applications, tuft bind is what will keep the grass in place when an outfielder is diving to make a catch, when linemen are blocking each other, and when a goalie slides to stop a goal. Good tuft bind is a result of a great backing system.

Artificial grass backings are the least-often seen part of artificial grass but, one could argue, the most important. An artificial grass’ backing system is responsible for supporting the dimensional stability, tuft bind, and longevity of the finished product, but the exact combination of the various types of primary and secondary components greatly impact the durability of a given grass. 

At Purchase Green we use a triple-layer, woven mesh of fabric for our primary backing. 

It is through the primary backing that the yarn is sewn. The secondary backing is applied after the yarn has been woven into the primary backing. Secondary backings are typically made of latex or polyurethane, though there are some specialized exceptions. This coating acts as an adhesive. It dries around the stitches to hold them in place. The amount and type of secondary backing used will vary and contribute to the life of the grass. Thicker, stronger backings have greater tuft bind.

Our latex and polyurethane backings both produce a tuft bind that requires a force of between 13 pounds and 14 pounds per square-inch. That’s a lot compared to competitors’ standard of 8 pounds per square-inch.

If you’re starting an artificial grass project, it’s important to start thinking about how much traffic your grass will be getting. Your local Purchase Green experts will absolutely be able to help you find that perfect grass for your project, so don’t forget to reach out with any questions!

Posted on October 23, 2020

Infill Varieties: Which one is best for you?

If you’ve already chosen an artificial grass for your project, congratulations! Now onto the next big decision: What kind of infill do you need?

First off, let’s talk about why infill is important. It serves three primary purposes:

  1. To protect the primary backing from UV exposure
  2. To add weight
  3. To add ballast

Depending on the type of project, around 1-2 pounds of infill per square foot should be enough to do the job. But what kind of infill should you use?

At Purchase Green, we offer a few different options for infill. Let’s break them down.

Silica Sand

Silica sand is the 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. It is, however, the most cost-effective option at $8.50 per 50-pound bag.

Zeolite

Zeolite is used as an infill for pet applications, primarily for its odor reducing capabilities.

Zeolite is a negatively charged, honeycomb-shaped molecular structure which absorbs liquids and gases like a magnet to prevent ammonia from forming a gas. (The ammonia buildup in pet urine is what you typically associate with the smell.) This molecular structure holds the ammonia until the sodium ions found in rain water release the magnetic ability which forces the odor causing bacteria down into the ground ultimately “flushing out” the ammonia smell. The purity rate is the key component in the ability of the Zeolite infill to perform its intended function as an artificial grass infill.

A maintenance item to pay attention to when using a Zeolite infill is that it is best NOT to flush your turf from a garden hose when using zeolite for urine odor control because the hose water is usually filtered and will end up being encapsulated in the Zeolite granule in lieu of the urine.

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.

HeroFill & MellowFill

HeroFill and MellowFill are considered premium-grade because of the many functions they pack. They are the most popular for putting greens and pet areas. They’re also the most expensive – around $23 per 50-pound bag.

MellowFill is infused with anti-fungal protection. This fungistatic agent inhibits growth of mildew and algae. This product’s unique biocide chemistry controls odors caused by mildew, mold fungus, and algae and significantly reduces the odor caused by ammonia buildup in pet urine. This is our highest-quality infill option so it is a little pricier than our other options. MellowFill also keeps artificial grass cooler to the touch than other infills such as crumb rubber and silica sand.

MellowFill prevents the ammonia buildup in pet urine while Zeolite simply “captures” the ammonia and then releases it when it rains. Additionally, any impurities in rain or hose water will reduce the effectiveness of Zeolite. So will a lack of rain.

While Zeolite is effective at reducing pet odor, because of its mesh size it tends to be more susceptible to compaction than MellowFill and is not as effective at providing ballast.

There are a lot of infill varieties to choose from, but we believe MellowFill is the best product with its long list of amazing features.

But as always, every project is different. Contact us with any questions or visit your local Purchase Green store to talk to an artificial grass expert.

Posted on October 14, 2020

Sub-base Varieties: Which one is right for you?

Sub-base is the term used to describe the material that lies directly underneath the artificial grass surface. There are a couple of sub-base varieties used in artificial grass installations. Each has its own strength and specialty.

Crushed Miscellaneous Base

This sub-base typically comes from recycled concrete or recycled asphalt. It consists of a sand-gravel mixture of varying-sized particles up to ¾ of an inch in size. 

CMB compacts better and is less expensive than decomposed granite, which is why it is the more common choice for landscaping applications. 

Decomposed Granite

Often referred to as DG, this sub-base is granite rock that has weathered to the point that it readily fractures into smaller particles of gravel, sand, and clay.

DG is more permeable and can be used to achieve a smoother finish than CMB, but it is substantially more expensive. DG is more suited for putting green applications.

So which is best?

Both are great materials for your sub-base. CMB is more easily compacted than DG but doesn’t drain quite as well. DG, meanwhile, yields a smoother finish than CMB but it is quite a bit more expensive. Generally, CMB is the best choice for artificial grass in landscaping while DG is the best choice if you’re installing a putting green.

After you’ve spread the sub-base material over your installation site, your best option for a proper installation is to use a vibratory-plate compactor. You may also opt to use a roller and a hand tamper to get those hard-to-reach areas and tight corners. And be sure to wet down your sub-base as you’re compacting it to help remove any voids or air spaces.

If you’re still unsure which sub-base is best for your project, contact us at your local Purchase Green store, and we’ll be happy to help!

Posted on October 10, 2020