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Is Artificial Grass A Good Choice?

September 20th, 2012

The debate between using natural and artificial grass is ongoing, but I will be the first to admit that I have grown partial to going artificial. Why? Simply put, the benefits with artificial turf are far greater with the natural stuff.

Look at these two photos and then ask yourself, which one is artificial?



 

The answer is, the one on the left is not real grass. So other than the turf looking just as natural as, well the natural grass, what other benefits can we name? We asked the folks over at Jack's Turf a couple of questions on why homeowners should tear out their sod and go with their artificial turf.

 


The first benefit mentioned is water conservation. For those of you in California, then you know that saving the water supply is crucial right now. The average square footage of grass per house is around 750 square feet, and by replacing that space with artificial turf you can save about 56,000 gallons of water per year. Now think about how much money you will save every year by not using that water.

 


Still not quite convinced? Then think about all the time spent on maintenance. Who really likes getting up on Saturday morning to do chores? Not me, thats for sure. By going with artificial turf you cut out all of the work of mowing, re-seeding, and fertilizing your lawn. Instead you can sleep in and enjoy your weekend again.


If your in the Southern California area, contact Jack's Turf for a free estimate on replacing your yard with artificial turf.


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The Benefits on Buying Artificial Grass Over Real

March 16th, 2011

The use of synthetic turf is ever increasing, as more homeowners desire the look and feel of always green, low maintenance grass.  The cost of all the water, equipment, labor and lawn care chemicals that comes along with that is now larger than money alone.  Lush looking artificial grass is much less expensive than the real thing and high quality synthetic turf comes in several price ranges, enabling you to be able to stay within your budget.

Synthetic turf is being installed all over the country, from residential homes to NFL stadiums to horse race tracks to local parks.  As the years go by, they are improving this turf so that it looks and feels much more like natural grass.  It is also very easy to maintain, unlike real grass which needs to be tended to regularly.  By purchasing artificial grass, organizations will save a lot of money—not only from the cost of the grass, but also from the money that they will have for maintenance.

An obvious reason to purchase synthetic turf is because it will save an organization a lot of money, but there are other reasons that it is preferable over natural grass. In certain areas, limited amounts of water can severely damage natural grass, since it needs to be irrigated regularly.  Artificial turf does not require any water, but if it is used in sports, some players may ask that the turf be moist before play.

In sports, athletes are known to do serious damage to the fields.  Synthetic turf takes the cleats and the heavy wear without all the problems live grass gives to playing fields around the world.  Synthetic grass remains suitable for play and television cameras, even after heavy use.  Turf that can withstand any weather with little to no damage done, makes fake grass the perfect playing field for athletes, children and dogs. It doesn’t matter if it is installed in the playground or in an NFL stadium, with the non-toxic infill materials synthetic turf is safe and suitable for any application… including your home landscape.

Different Types of Synthetic Turf

When choosing the artificial turf for your home, you will always want to take into consideration the quality and the pile density.  The heavier the face weight, the more abuse the fake grass lawn can withstand and the longer it will last.  Be careful when choosing which type of synthetic grass to install on your property, as some brands look very cheap.  Yes, we know it’s artificial grass, but it doesn’t have to look like shreds of green construction paper glued to a board.

You should know that there are three types of artificial turf:

- Polypropylene
- Polyethylene
- Nylon

Polypropylene turf is the least expensive, which makes it the artificial grass the majority of deal-shopping homeowners will choose.  Unfortunately this is a poor purchasing decision, as polypropylene turf has a low melting point, and always wears out easier than the other materials you have to choose.  This material is used most often on golf courses.

Polyethylene artificial grass is known for its soft texture, life-like looks in a home landscaping installation and is widely used on soccer fields, football fields and landscape design. High quality polyethylene turf is just right for beautifying your yard with the look and feel of that high cost, high maintenance and water guzzling live grass lawn.  You can’t go wrong with this fake grass installation, we guarantee it for 15 years of beauty and use.

Nylon is the strongest artificial turf available. It can withstand high temperatures and weight, and still retain its original shape.  This type of sports turf is also used for putting greens because it is durable and creates a perfect environment for practicing your putt as if you were on the greens. It is not used often for landscaping because of the cost and the stiffness of the pile.

The products that we offer are top of the line replications of the finest natural grasses out there. You can barely call our turf “artificial”. Here you will always get fake grass with all the class of your decadent, luxurious living grass lawn.

How to Choose Your No Mow Lawn Grass

March 16th, 2011

Year after year, it can become tiresome to keep your lawn and garden in the perfect condition. If you are sick of maintaining your grass, then it’s high time you consider artificial turf.  Step into the future with your no mow – no water artificial grass installation!  Not only can artificial grass save you money, but offers you several other benefits in one home improvement.  Maintenance of your lawn can be expensive, and it just never end… with artificial grass, there is no maintenance!  Bid your lawnmower and other maintenance supplies farewell.  Fake grass lets you kick back and enjoy your lawn.

Recover your Relaxing Weekend with Money Saving Artificial Grass

Artificial turf is easy to install!  Begin by receiving free estimates and layout advice from your local artificial grass turf installer.  Getting estimates and quotes are an important part of installation, so you can get a better understanding of the right artificial grass for your family and also your budget.  Experts at installing the no mow lawn can help you understand the different types of artificial grass, the best solution for your budget proper layout and design techniques, and any other questions you might have about the entire process.

Determine your Budget and Work Within It

The cost of Installing artificial grass depending on the size of your yard. Because of this you will want to predetermine the budget of your project prior to phoning a team of installers to your home. Although you have an initial cost, over a few years fake grass will have paid for itself.  Without the need to water the grass, your water consumption will greatly reduce.  You will no longer have the gardner expense or the gas expense for the lawnmower. You will still need to figure out the total budget for this project before you begin.

Request Full Estimates

When you are speaking with the installation company, confirm the final price is what you will have to pay for your fake grass.  Many times the quoted price may not include tax, installation or other hidden fee’s.  Find out whether the price also includes a warranty on the product as well as the installation (if a corner pulls up, for example).  Confirm the prices of installation or special fee’s for difficult areas (around a playground, for example) to be sure there are no hidden surprises.  Get complete cost estimates and check for a guarantee on the artificial grass installation.

Determine the Type of Turf Needed

Just like any product, there are many different types of artificial grass available on the market. Every type has its own specific application, benefits to use and in rare instances some disadvantages. Research the various types of turf and understand the different usage recommendations prior to installation. Some fake grass is ideal for playing fields and others are perfect for your home landscaping.

 

Putting the “Q” Back Into Quality Lawns

March 10th, 2011

The options are endless with artificial grass turf. No matter what shape your lawn is, it will fit the area. Sun or shade, thick beautiful evergreen grass is perfect and a selection of fake grass colors to suit your taste. Perhaps you would like your lawn to look like one of a baseball field or the lawn that the neighbor four houses down has. Having the ability to choose the color, blade thickness and look makes artificial grass lawn right for you!

A lot of people just don’t have the time for the upkeep on a lawn. Just as many jobs may take you out of the city for a certain amount of time. Depending on the weather, and what nature has in the plan while you are gone, you could come home and find a very brown lawn. If you are the type that may forget to water the lawn or perhaps the weather plays havoc in your local area, grass turf is maintenance friendly. Whether you need artificial grass to endure walking on or not, knowing what the turf will be used for will be beneficial before purchasing.

Putting the "Q" Back Into Quality Lawns

Not sure where to start in the purchase of artificial turf? Having a lawn that suits the appropriate area of your property is one place to start. You may want your grass to look similar to the neighbors. It is the color blend and the blade of the turf that determines which product is right for you. You might have an idea for an outdoor living space or want to have a landscape design created which incorporates artificial turf in it.

Just as eye appeal is important, so is durability. Factors like people and pets walking on the synthetic grass, will make your decision incredibly crucial. Whether you have children that enjoy playing ball, or a dog that loves to run in circles, no grass mowing is the right option. Not all artificial grass lawn materials have the durability for heavily traveled areas, so this factor should be mentioned when purchasing such a lawn. Having not only the look of grass, but the feel of the grass turf is just as important.

Where you want your fake grass installed in the yard is an important part of the decision when purchasing. Whether the artificial turf is being set on a front lawn, back lawn or side lawn will determine the choice you make. Perhaps it is a place that is known for its moisture and not having the ability to drain. The size, slope and other factors need to be taken into consideration as well before purchasing.

Do your research on synthetic grass turf. Ask a lot of questions and be prepared to be asked questions. Being educated on the subject will help in the end selection of the artificial turf and save a lot of turmoil in the end. Not only do you have to be knowledgeable about the turf itself, you need to learn about the installation. Perhaps you are a ‘do-it-yourself’ kind of person. If you would prefer a professional installation, that is another option. Ask a professional that is knowledgeable in quality artificial grass products. You can never know enough about a home improvement material that you expect to last many years.

 

What to Expect from Your Artificial Grass Lawn

March 10th, 2011

There are a lot of benefits in replacing your existing lawn with artificial turf. How does the thought of not having to water or mow the lawn sound?  You will not have any more high water bills from those hot blistery days!  No more gasoline or sore arms from pulling the lawnmower cord to get it to start!  Day after day, and year after year, your lawn of synthetic turf will look impeccable with little maintenance.

Depending on where you live, the new artificial grass lawn will need little or no washing. It is kind of like a car with the weather elements. If you have a lot of dust and little rain fall, then you will be washing it more often.  The collection of dust, mud and dirt will have to be removed.  Regular cycles of rain through the season may do this job for you.

If you happen to live in a dry area, then washing or rinsing needs to be done every month.  With a hose, you can rinse the debris, leaving the synthetic turf lawn looking like the day you purchased it.  After rinsing off the synthetic turf make sure that no one walks on it until it is completely dried out.  Perhaps doing the rinsing in the morning will allow the lawn to be fully dry with the sun on it through the day.

What to Expect from Your Artificial Grass Lawn

Having pets on your grass will mean immediate cleaning.  Just like a normal lawn it is typical for a dog to urinate and defecate on it.  Hopefully, you will see when this happens for prompt cleaning. If the lawn is not cleaned promptly, then the waste may adhere to the artificial grass fibers of the lawn.  Once, this happens bacteria will set in and the cleaning process will be over bearing.  After the removal of the waste, sanitize the area with disinfectant.

Any trees that bare their leaves can also call for cleaning.  The leaves, depending on their color, may stain the blades of grass if they are left on it for a long period of time.  The best way of removing them is with a leaf blower so no damage is done to the synthetic turf lawn.

Stains can come from anywhere such as; oil, blood, chewing gum, soot, ink and a lot more.  As with pets, it is better if you do the cleaning right away.  Using a cleaning agent that will not discolor the lawn is the best. Test out a small piece from the synthetic turf lawn you have left over after the installation.  Doing this before the stain occurs will cause less stress down the road.  Using pressure and the proper cleaning agent will return your lawn of artificial grass back to its glorious state.

With any stain, try using warm water and detergent first.  Rubbing the synthetic grass with a semi rough cloth will also help with the removal of unwanted stains.  With blood stains, you can use warm water, detergent and salt.  Try all of these mixtures out on a piece of synthetic grass ahead of time.

With periodic cleaning of your artificial grass, it will last you for years and years.

 

Artificial Turf Helps Save 640 Million Gallons of Water

March 9th, 2011

Water Savings with Artificial Turf

California’s savvy consumers, negotiating the challenges of water shortages, low rainfall and increased concerns over pollution are turning more and more to artificial grass materials to answer their landscape needs.

Over 20 million square feet of artificial turf and synthetic grass were installed as lawns, landscaping solutions for slopes, leisure sports areas, putting greens, and small play areas – not at schools and parks – but in California front and backyards!

State and local water districts see the advantages – their use studies show findings that report an average family of 4, with approximately 1000 square feet of irrigated lawn, will probably consume between 32,000 and 56,000 gallons of water on the lawn per year.

That doesn’t sound like much until you start adding up the tens of thousands of homes that make up that consumption in a typical metropolitan water district’s. Using the water district’s average use per year and multiplying that by the amount of installed artificial grass Californians invested into their landscaping, a whopping 640 MILLION gallons of water has been saved, made available to other uses in the community!

Artificial turf has been traditionally installed as synthetic putting greens and now, because the products are so life-like and natural looking, more and more consumers are using synthetic turf as “synthetic sod” for faux lawns, dog kennels, erosion control, dust reduction, grey water management and many other solutions.

Fake Grass Fit for any Breed Pooch

February 26th, 2011

If you’re a dog lover and you’ve been considering an installation of Jack’s Artificial Turf, then you’ve probably wondered just how safe the product is for animals – particularly man’s best friend. The answer is quite simply “yes”. Fake grass is safe for pets of all sizes, species and breeds. While there are a variety of reasons for the installation of fake grass, many pet owners install it specifically because they have a dog.

If you have an energetic dog, then you’ve likely got a pup that likes to run. Energetic breeds, like the Husky or a Dalmatian, can quickly wear down live grass. The result is unsightly bare patches that quickly turn into mud pits when it rains leaving you with standing water that attracts insects. Synthetic grass restores the tranquility of your yard, as it can withstand any breed of animal. Regardless of their energy levels, dogs will have an extremely difficult time dealing damage to quality synthetic turf.

We can’t bear to see our animals left standing in the rain but it’s painful to let a wet animal in the house because you know their little pads are covered in mud and dirt. With the elimination of standing water and mud, you no longer have to worry about muddy prints all over your patio, porch and especially in the house. Artificial grass won’t wear down in the areas where your dog loves to run, and when it does rain, the constant form and texture of fake grass will act like a natural scrubby for your dog’s feet.

Even low-energy breeds like to dig from time to time. Often to pursue odors or bury an odor they have discovered that they disapprove of. Artificial grass is extremely porous, as well as antimicrobial. Any odors that do find their way onto the surface will be rapidly shed from the surface. If your dog does try to dig into the fake grass, he won’t get far. Artificial turf is designed to withstand extreme sports, so it will survive your pooch just fine.

Not only will artificial grass clean up easily when you dog relieves himself, it won’t fade or discolor because of animal urine. Large pieces of waste will have to be removed just like in your natural yard, but smaller bits can be washed down into the grass. Due to the antibacterial/antimicrobial nature of fake grass and the porous design, the excrement will quickly wash away naturally.

There are many benefits to installing synthetic turf for your animals. If you have any concern that your animal won’t take to it – don’t worry. Many pet owners have stated that their dogs treat it as if it were natural grass and either don’t know the difference or simply don’t care.

After all, if your dog can romp, play and sleep on the carpet in your house then he will certainly do so, on the beautiful new artificial turf covering your property.

Keeping Your Synthetic Grass Clean

February 25th, 2011

 

Keeping Your Synthetic Grass Clean

Artificial grass is about as maintenance free as you can get with it comes to your property. Even still, you’re going to find yourself tending to it from time to time if you want to keep it looking sharp and vibrant. When you understand how to properly tend to your new artificial turf, you’ll be able to keep it in pristine shape.

Synthetic grass is intended to be low maintenance. You can make it a no-maintenance lawn, but it simply won’t last as long or look as nice. There’s also a good chance you could end up voiding any warranty that comes with your artificial grass installation. It’s best to take just the few necessary steps to keeping your yard in top shape. Just keep in mind that there are specific ways to tend to fake grass.

The last thing you want to do, for example, is use the wrong cleaning agent on your synthetic grass. Here are some tips on maintaining the yard you shelled out all that money for.

1. Avoid any cleaning agent that utilizes harsh acids or alcohol bases. These will cause the artificial grass to deteriorate. The blades will lose their vibrancy and structure quickly as they break down.

2. Diluted bleach is a good choice for removing any stains that might occur on your fake grass. While rare, it could be necessary on occasion especially if you have outdoor company or eat outside. Aim for a mixture of 1 part household bleach to 10 parts water, no less. Once you’ve used the solution to clean stains, it’s important to rinse your artificial grass long enough to remove any residual bleach.

3. If you opt to use any detergents for taking care of animal poo or oily compounds, try to use a milder agent with minimal suds. Aim for biodegradable compounds that will have a minimal effect on the environment. As with any cleaning agent, rinse the area thoroughly so the solvent is dispersed passed the grass and infill and down into the natural soil.

4. When you need to scrub an area of your fake grass, use only soft rags or very soft bristle brushes like those that are used to carefully clean vehicles. Rough bristles or towels may cause your grass to fray over time if you’re too rough while cleaning.

5. Removing tough and stubborn dirt or stains can sometimes be quite a chore. Don’t give up the ghost yet and dive for the industrial strength cleaners. One of the greatest cleaning agents might be sitting right in your kitchen. Simple cider vinegar is a fantastic method for cleaning around the house and can be safely applied to your synthetic grass. You can spray the vinegar directly onto problem areas with a spray bottle or cover larger areas with a hose sprayer. While there’s less of an issue with leaving a cleaning solvent behind, it pays to rinse your yard – unless you enjoy having your yard smell like a big Vlasic pickle.

The Power of Fake Grass

February 25th, 2011

Artificial grass is the meat of the landscaping world right now, and it’s growing into a powerhouse the likes of which superman wouldn’t be able to stop. It is blanketing the west coast and stretching itself slowly eastward as it envelopes our world in what can only be called the “best looking lawn on the block”.

The Power of Fake Grass

If you’ve never witnessed what fake grass is capable of, you are missing out. People across the great state of California have tethered themselves like slaves to their property. They work the earth under the lashing whip of the hot sun just to get a beautiful lawn that might not even last. Fake grass has the power to free you from your bonds.

A freshly laid lawn of synthetic grass will stay that way for years to come. Once you have installed it, and it has broken your yoke, you will begin to recognize just what it has done for you.

You will no longer be a slave to the gas pump, filling and refilling portable gas cans so you can violently chop your uppity grass down a peg or two. You can now live under the bountiful cease-fire, where you no longer have to dump pollutants into the air from your lawnmower. You have an electric mower you say? Then prepare to drop-kick your electric bill. This artificial grass is no-maintenance.

That means no clipping, no cutting, no trimming, no slaving away – No kidding.

Artificial grass is the meat of the landscaping world right now, and it’s growing into a powerhouse the likes of which superman wouldn’t be able to stop. It is blanketing the west coast and stretching itself slowly eastward as it envelopes our world in what can only be called the “best looking lawn on the block”.

If you’ve ever lost a fight with swarms of bugs on your lawn, you’re not alone. Organic grass breeds vile clouds of gnats, mosquitoes, flies and worse. There’s nothing less appealing then coming home from a long day of work when you step onto your grass and have a horde of insects fly up at you like a volley of arrows. You won’t have that worry when you have a professional install superior artificial turf. It’s the best kind of softscape you could ask for. The fact is, insects won’t live in your grass because it’s not real grass. It’s fake grass. Non-organic.

It doesn’t hang on to moisture like grass does.
It doesn’t die and rot like grass does.
It doesn’t hold organic waste like grass does, because – there is no organic waste.
Fake grass will free you.

You can live in a virtually pest-free environment thanks to the innovation of artificial turf.

The technology of fake grass is truly advancing beyond what it used to be. I hope you’re not picturing a flat putting green or an old tore-up field of artificial turf from the Superdome. The synthetic grass on the market now is built for comfort, and it’s designed to give you the feel of a natural yard – not just the appearance. If you make the investment to get a landscape full of synthetic turf made from Polyethylene, you’ll be installing the #1 choice for grass lawns and play areas.

To get the most value for the investment, explore your needs and consider the overall desire to be free from the servitude of owning an organic lawn. Take back your life and move toward installing artificial grass today.

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