Turf 101 Facts
If you’re curious about artificial turf, take a look at some frequently asked questions and fun facts that our Austin turf experts have compiled.
How is turf made at Go Green?
At Go Green, turf products are researched, developed, engineered, and manufactured in house, offering distributors a wide variety of low-range, mid-range, and premium-range products. This product creation is a continuous process, so product changes can be made rapidly to adapt to market changes and to make sure that the quality of turf products are consistent.
What Is The Turf Made Of?
When it comes to artificial turf materials, many homeowners and business owners prefer to use turf made from polyethylene monofilament because of its numerous benefits. The most common fiber in field products, polyethylene isn’t abrasive, and it’s designed to resemble the appearance and texture of real grass. When you choose monofilament turf, you can choose from various blade shapes that possess fiber memory, allowing the blades to remain upright. This turf can also be designed to limit solar glare, heat retention, and fraying.
If you decide to purchase and install turf made from monofilament fibers, you’ll be able to use it in a variety of applications, such as residential and commercial lawns, playgrounds, poolscapes, and putting greens. Unlike low-quality artificial turf, your monofilament turf can maintain a pristine finish for up to 8 years. Your monofilament turf lawn will be able to resist wear and tear caused by pests, pets, and children while preserving its even, smooth surface.
What Is The Backing Made Of?
Smarturf uses artificial turf with backing made of high performance polyurethane created by bio-based technologies. Made from soybeans grown in the United States, this environmentally friendly backing adds value to your property while providing cost savings, and using it in your artificial turf project might qualify you for extra LEED points.
The backing is available in multiple colors, including black and green. For putting greens, Smarturf offers white natural rubber backing so that the turf can expand and contract easily.
Does The Turf Get Really Hot?
Artificial turf placed in direct sunlight is known to retain solar heat, making it too hot to walk on while barefoot. However, Go Green designs artificial turf with advanced cooling technology and uniquely shaped blades with a non-glossy finish so that the surface temperatures of turf lawns are lowered as moisture held in the turf is released when heated by solar radiation.
With this technology, the temperature of your artificial turf lawn has the potential to decrease by 50 degrees, and the temperature can be lowered further when a sprinkler system is present.
Is Artificial Turf Safe For Children?
Lawns made from artificial turf are completely safe for children, and turf is often used in parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities. Go Green artificial turf doesn’t contain lead or toxic chemicals, and Smarturf ensures that homeowners and business owners are provided with turf products that are soft, antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic.
Artificial turf addresses the concerns of parents and caregivers of children by meeting Head Injury Criteria (HIC) safety standards for critical fall heights. Additionally, you can install artificial turf that is considered to be wheelchair accessible according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Is Artificial Turf Pet Friendly?
Your pets will be able to play and run around freely on your artificial turf lawn because the turf will offer adequate drainage so that puddles and mud don’t form. The installation of artificial turf eliminates the need for harsh chemicals that natural lawns might require, protecting your pets from harmful substances.
How Do I Clean Up After My Dog?
Just like a natural lawn, a lawn made from artificial turf should be cleaned up after you spend some time outdoors. Removing solid waste regularly is essential because the longer it remains on the turf, the more contaminants will penetrate the turf system. Solid waste should be removed using the appropriate materials, and loose waste can be removed with gloves, cleaned with spot treaters, and rinsed with water. Solid waste should be removed immediately in wet weather, but it can be left alone for a longer period of time in dry weather. Your lawn should also be sanitized and deodorized for urine occasionally.
Pet owners should also spray spots with disinfectant if their pets are sick to keep the illness from spreading, and they should irrigate their artificial turf lawns at least once a week to wash cleaning treatments into the turf systems during dry weather. Loose turf pieces on wood, concrete, and other hard surfaces should be cleaned regularly, and organic debris such as leaves and twigs should be kept off of turf so that solid waste can be identified easily.
How Do You Install Artificial Turf?
To create a lawn that is green all year long and virtually maintenance free, you should consider an artificial turf installation. The installation process will begin as your turf experts measure the material by laying the turf in the same direction and allowing 6 inches of extra turf for the edges. They will then excavate the existing soil by removing the asphalt, concrete, and soil for the new base material, determining the finished turf height, and ensuring a smooth and compact surface.
Base installation will involve the installation of geo-textile fabric, 4 inches of course aggregate, and 2 inches of fine aggregate. Alternate base installation will include covering the area with geo-textile fabric, laying out panels, locking them together, and placing screws around the perimeter.
During the turf installation, your turf experts will install geo-textile fabric, unroll the turf, make seams, pull the turf tight to limit wrinkling, and trim the edges. When the infill is installed, the nails will be placed around the perimeter, and the infill will be raked into the turf.
How Long Does The Turf Last?
Artificial turf is usually warrantied for 15 years, but its expected useful life is around 20 years.
Will Turf Help With A Lawn’s Mud Problem?
Installing an artificial turf lawn means that you won’t have to worry about standing water or erosion, and your pets won’t be tracking mud into your home anymore.
Will Turf Eliminate Weeds?
Because the backing of your turf lawn prevents the penetration of vegetation through the turf system, you’ll be able to keep most weeds under control. Only the most aggressive weeds are able to grow through drainage holes in the turf.
Will Artificial Turf Reduce The Presence Of Bugs?
Because artificial turf often resolves drainage problems on lawns, you won’t have to worry about attracting insects with pooling water. With less insects on your property, you’ll reduce the health risk caused by insect bites, and you won’t have to purchase insecticides to limit the presence of bugs.
How Much Does Artificial Turf Cost?
The cost of your turf system will be determined by the square footage of the area you wish to cover with turf as well as key factors such as accessibility, turf type, pre-existing vegetation, slope, and upgraded infills.
Although the up-front cost of your turf system might be high, you’ll begin to accrue cost savings as your water bill declines and the money that you spend on landscaping, fertilizers, and pesticides decreases. If you’re curious about how much your artificial turf project will cost, give Smarturf a call to consult with our turf experts.
What If Something Happens To My Turf?
If anything happens to your turf system, the turf experts at Smarturf can visit your home or business to take a look at the problem. Your satisfaction is important to us, so we’ll make sure that your turf problems are resolved quickly and effectively. To show how serious we are about customer satisfaction, we offer a 5-year workmanship warranty with all of our turf system installations.
Will Installing Artificial Turf Help Increase Property Values?
If you decide to invest in quality landscaping, then you could add significant value to your property that could be double the cost of your investment. Properties with low maintenance and eco-friendly artificial turf lawns are desired by many potential buyers.
Is Turf Environmentally Friendly?
For homeowners and business owners, artificial turf is a great option because it requires less water, pesticides, and fertilizers than natural lawns. The U.S. Green Building Council considers artificial turf to be a sustainable building material because of this decreased water and chemical use.
Rebates and credits are available to some homeowners and business owners who install artificial turf lawns in some cities. Along with these environmental benefits, artificial turf lawns provide convenience because maintenance is minimal. If you install artificial turf, you won’t have to worry about harming the environment or spending countless hours seeding, mowing, and edging your lawn.
Why Should I Choose Artificial Turf?
The reasons to install artificial turf on your lawn are numerous, and they include the cost savings, environmental friendliness, low maintenance, longevity, superior drainage, time savings, visual appeal, and durability associated with turf products. Artificial turf eliminates the need for watering and mowing, saving you money on water bills and lawnmower repairs and reducing air pollution caused by lawnmowers.
With the installation of an artificial turf lawn, you could save up to 660,000 gallons of water over 15 years, and you won’t have to worry about pulling weeds. The infill products that Smarturf uses are non-toxic, so they’re safe for children, pets, and the environment. Artificial turf drains and dries faster than natural grass, and it keeps its vibrant color all year long. It’s designed to resist wear and tear caused by heavy traffic, and you won’t have to schedule an artificial turf replacement for a long time, sometimes up to 15 years.