Caring for Your Artificial Grass Putting Green

From avid golfers to hobby golf enthusiasts, nothing is more exciting than having a personalized artificial turf putting green. With a backyard synthetic grass putting green, golfers of all ages can practice their short game from the comfort of their own homes. However, like most things in life, synthetic grass putting greens aren’t all fun and games. 

While it’s true that artificial turf is easier to maintain, you must remember that low maintenance does not equal no maintenance. By following these quick and easy steps, you’ll keep a fresh, evergreen artificial grass putting green that meets even the most stringent golfers’ expectations.

Brush Your Synthetic Turf

Start by removing any branches, leaves or other debris from your artificial grass putting green. Next, brush your synthetic grass blades to keep them upright. By keeping your blades standing as they should, you’re ensuring the same quality of ball roll as the day you had your artificial turf putting green installed. 

When brushing your synthetic grass putting green, always remember to use a brush made specifically for artificial grass or a soft rake. Brushes and rakes with metal bristles will damage your synthetic turf.

Rinse Away Debris

Say goodbye to harmful chemicals – rinse down your artificial turf putting green with your standard garden hose. Monthly turf rinsing will help clear out debris, pollen and dust and prevent future buildup.

Artificial Turf Brooming – with More Power

If your synthetic grass putting green is in high demand with heavy foot traffic, consider using a power broom to keep your artificial turf blades upright. Power brooms help fluff synthetic turf, improving the quality of play for everyone!

 

Clean up After Your Pets

Artificial turf is a dog’s best friend – as such, it is extremely common for your furry friend to relieve themselves on your synthetic grass putting green. While it is tempting to put off doggy waste cleanup, it is crucial that you clean up the mess right away. 

Pick up solid waste with a turf-friendly rake and a dustpan; urine can be hosed off and rinsed as you would any other debris. 

Address Minor Stains

Like pet waste, minor stains should be cleaned up as soon as you notice them. Because synthetic grass is stain-resistant, cleaning up spills should be a very minimal task – just use eco-friendly soap and a small amount of vinegar to clean up any small stains and mildew!

Pull out Weeds

Although a rare occurrence, weeds can still grow out of your artificial grass. Weeds can come through cracks, small holes and your turf’s edges. 

For these reasons, it’s essential to pull weeds out as soon as possible to prevent future growth.

Leave It to the Pros

If maintaining your artificial turf putting green seems like too daunting of a task for you to take on, we completely understand – thankfully, you can always let professional turf maintenance experts handle it!

By hiring a professional turf maintenance service, you’re ensuring that your synthetic grass putting green stays greener for longer. Experienced turf cleaning professionals will use state-of-the-art technology and turf deodorizers and disinfectants to give your artificial grass putting green the clean look and feel you deserve!

What to Know about Drainage

One of the most significant benefits of installing artificial grass has got to be the elimination of puddles and wet spots. Unlike natural grass, synthetic turf won’t leave behind puddles and create safety hazards in the process.

But how does synthetic grass make this happen?

The answer lies in one critical factor: drainage. Drainage allows liquids – including water and pet urine – to penetrate an artificial grass surface, keeping your landscaping dry and healthy. At Grizzly Turf, we want to make sure you make an educated decision when purchasing artificial turf – and it begins with knowing all the facts about drainage.

How Does Drainage Work?

When artificial grass is manufactured, special backings are sewn into the synthetic turf material. These backings are perforated in several distinct ways to create drainage. 

Once your artificial grass installation is complete, any water will percolate through your synthetic turf and drain into your lawn’s sub-base and foundation. Natural grass drainage can be unpredictable; its drainage level is only as good as the quality of the grass itself.

With artificial grass drainage, you get improved, consistent drainage every time. Generally, the perforations found in synthetic grass backings measure approximately ½ centimeter in diameter, with a drainage depth of more than 30 inches per hour per square yard. The result is a dry artificial turf landscape that is safe to use year-round!

Causes of Poor Synthetic Grass Drainage

Although artificial grass drainage outperforms natural grass, it doesn’t mean synthetic turf doesn’t have its own drainage issues. A secure, well-installed artificial turf surface will guarantee effective drainage every time – however, some factors could affect the drainage of even the best artificial grass:

  • Installation errors – Even the slightest miscalculation by an artificial grass installer can result in misplaced turf and blocked drainage. 
  • Geology – Uneven surfaces can cause natural puddles that affect the efficiency of your synthetic turf drainage system. Additionally, any clay-based soil will also adversely affect your drainage.
  • Infill – Too much infill can lead to clogged drainage holes; conversely, inadequate amounts of infill can result in an improper base installation.

How Can You Prevent Poor Drainage?

Preventing poor drainage begins with knowing your landscaping. If your lawn contains soil that naturally drains water, you won’t have to do much to prepare. However, if your yard has historically had issues with drainage, you’ll need to consult with your artificial grass installer to determine the best possible solution. 

What Can Help Improve Drainage?

An experienced artificial grass installer – such as the experts at Grizzly Turf – can assist you by suggesting a more drainage-friendly sub-base for your synthetic grass installation. By installing the proper sub-base, you can effectively eliminate any significant drainage problems.

If you have a surface that is detrimental to your drainage, your artificial grass installer can help remove it and replace it with more suitable sub-base materials. Commonly-used sub-base materials include crushed or decomposed granite, limestone chat, and washed limestone.

For more information, let the experts at Grizzly Turf answer your questions! Our team of artificial grass installers is always ready, willing and able to help make your synthetic grass installation vision a reality.

Return on Investment

It’s no secret that choosing to install artificial grass is a significant investment; vast amounts of time and money have to be spent to ensure that your landscaping looks every bit as immaculate and stunning as you envisioned. While the price tag associated with synthetic grass installation can seem intimidating, we here at Grizzly Turf want to assure you that your investment will see returns that will benefit you and your family for years to come.

How Long Until You See a Return?

In most cases, homeowners see a return on their artificial grass installation investment within five to seven years. When you consider that the average lifespan of synthetic grass is 15 to 25 years, it doesn’t take a math expert to realize that you’ll see your ROI fairly quickly!

Of course, the form of return on investment you’ll see can vary on a few distinct factors. No matter how you look at it, you’ll see guaranteed savings after installation!

Return on Costs and Time

It’s been researched that homeowners spend up to $6,000 per year maintaining a natural grass lawn. Activities such as mowing, fertilizing, seeding and watering can undoubtedly take a toll on your budget, leaving you frustrated and wondering why there’s “more month at the end of your money” instead of the other way around.

In addition to the financial strain of taking care of natural grass, homeowners spend inordinate amounts of time ensuring that their natural grass lawn looks spectacular. It doesn’t matter if you have a green thumb or not – homeowners would rather spend more time doing the things they love most.

With synthetic grass, tasks like watering and mowing are a thing of the past. Cut your water bill significantly by reducing outdoor irrigation and watch the savings pile up! Not to mention, you won’t need to worry about spending hours outside mowing with artificial grass.

Maximize Your Curb Appeal

Let’s say the home you’re in isn’t your “forever home” – artificial grass has something for you too! If you’re planning to sell your home before the average five-to-seven-year period, there is still a way to get a quick ROI. Prospective homeowners are always looking for ways to minimize their maintenance costs when inspecting a new listing – finding a synthetic grass lawn would be one less thing for buyers to worry about. A newly-installed artificial grass lawn can boost your home’s asking price, giving you back your investment sooner than you thought!

Artificial Grass and the California Drought

California is facing its harshest drought in recent history – accordingly, homeowners are being asked to do their part and reduce their water usage. However, this task may be easier said than done when you have a natural grass lawn in your backyard. On average, homeowners have to use up to 40,000 gallons of water to preserve their lawns annually, which begs the question: how can you cut back on your water use and keep your home looking stunning?

The answer is artificial grass.

Synthetic grass is the perfect solution for your home’s drought-ridden woes. By installing a new artificial turf lawn, you’ll benefit from numerous advantages while contributing to the state’s conservation efforts. And the best part? Your home will still look fantastic.

Less Maintenance = Less Water

As previously mentioned, having to withhold from using thousands of gallons of water every year may not be realistic when you’re trying to keep your natural grass lawn looking green. In a perfect world, homeowners would have to water their lawns up to 3-4 times per week just to keep them well-maintained. Thankfully, artificial grass is the perfect alternative to homeowners’ water woes.

Synthetic grass is made of inorganic materials like polyethylene and nylon, meaning that the blades will never grow! Sure, you may still need to occasionally water your artificial turf just to clear it of debris and dirt, but you’ll be using drops compared to the thousands of gallons that natural grass owners use.

Braving the Elements with Artificial Grass

You don’t need to be a meteorologist to know that with drought comes extreme heat – this is especially true if you live in cities with desert climates. The inability to water natural grass, combined with potential triple-digit temperatures, could result in your lawn drying up very quickly.

Thankfully, artificial grass is constructed to withstand harsh climate conditions! If you live in an area that endures high temperatures, there are several options to purchase UV-resistant artificial turf, allowing you to stay cool even as the thermostat rises.

Conserve and Impress at the Same Time

The functional benefits of artificial turf can be exhaustive, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t look good! Along with enjoying a reduced water bill and your lawn feeling cool underfoot, you’ll get to boast your lawn’s aesthetics with an evergreen artificial grass surface that stays green while your neighbors try to do the same with their natural grass lawns!

For added visuals, make sure to add drought-friendly and drought-resistant plants to give your new artificial grass lawn some fantastic-looking texture!

Choosing the Right Turf

Every day, more home and business owners throughout Southern California are switching to artificial grass – and it’s no surprise why! Synthetic grass is the ideal way to maximize your property’s landscaping while saving time, money and water during a time when doing these things is essential.

However, we understand that choosing the perfect artificial turf for your needs can be a daunting task – luckily, Grizzly Turf is here to help. If you still need assistance picking out the right artificial grass, contact us, and we’ll be more than happy to lend a hand.

Qualities of Superior Artificial Turf

No matter what style of artificial turf you choose, it’s essential that you pick one that is built to last, optimizes functionality and provides the best possible look for your property’s aesthetics.

Superior quality synthetic grass should include different qualities, including:

  • Realistic look and feel: Gone are the days of neon-green unrealistic-looking artificial grass – Grizzly Turf’s products are manufactured to replicate the best-manicured landscapes. Our artificial turf is soft to the touch and comfortable enough for all skin sensitivities.
  • Excellent drainage: Drainage can make or break any artificial turf product; without it, your landscaping is vulnerable to water buildup and bacteria accumulation. Choose a synthetic grass product that provides effective drainage that can withstand the elements.
  • High blade density: Lower pile heights and blade densities can make your artificial grass look patchy and without aesthetic appeal. The best artificial turf will have a blade density high enough to provide maximum lushness.

What to Consider When You’re Ready to Choose

Aside from quality, there are other factors that you should consider before you make your final decision on your artificial turf, including:

  • Budget: Determine how much you’re willing to spend and which factors are most important to you. Don’t sacrifice quality for affordability – pick a synthetic grass product that will provide a solid return on investment.
  • Usage: Whether you want a casual backyard, a sprawling commercial landscape or a professional-looking artificial grass putting green, find a synthetic turf product manufactured for your exact needs and specifications.
  • Who will use it: If you have fur babies or human babies, you’ll have to consider them when choosing the right synthetic grass. For pets, you’ll need pet turf with efficient drainage; for children, choose artificial turf that is soft and can protect from falls.

How to Read a Spec Sheet

So you’ve decided to finally invest in artificial grass – congratulations! Now that you’ve opted for the most sustainable, money-saving landscaping option on the market today, you may find that choosing the right artificial turf can get a bit…technical. Fear not; Grizzly Turf is here to help you make sense of those complex spec sheets that come with all our state-of-the-art synthetic grass products, helping you make the right choice for your synthetic turf needs.

What is a Spec Sheet?

Spec sheets have all the information you need to know about any artificial turf product – they’re designed to provide you with a wealth of technical knowledge to ensure you’re buying the right synthetic grass for your home or business. However, if you’re not familiar with turf terminology, reading a spec sheet can be as confusing as reading another language; that’s why we’ve compiled a list of terms you need to know to help you make the most informed decision.

Yarn Characteristics

This section gives you all the details on what your artificial turf’s yarn is made of. Yarn characteristics provide information on specifications, such as:

  • Yarn type: Details of the thread used to manufacture the artificial turf’s blades. Monofilament is the most common type of yarn you’ll find in this section.
  • Composition: This is precisely what it sounds like – here, you’ll find details about what the artificial turf is made of. Polyethylene and nylon are the two materials you’ll see in this section the most.
  • Denier: The unit of measurement used to determine the linear mass density of synthetic turf fibers.
  • Colors: In most cases, this section will have a shade of green. You’ll find popular colors such as field green, olive green and lime green.

Turf Characteristics

Here is where you’ll find information on what makes the overall artificial turf look so good! On your spec sheet, you’ll see the following turf characteristics:

  • Pile/Face weight: The weight of the artificial grass fibers, not including the backing underneath – this is weighed in ounces per square yard. As a rule of thumb, the greater the face weight, the denser your product will be.
  • Pile height: How the length of artificial turf fibers is measured, typically in inches. Shorter pile heights are better suited for heavy-traffic landscaping to prevent matting, whereas longer pile heights are for light to moderate traffic.
  • Gauge: The distance between rows of stitching in artificial grass. An ideal gauge is usually ½ inch or less, depending on the synthetic turf’s weight.
  • Thatch: A textured type of yarn placed below the face yarn designed to enhance recovery after use. Thatch colors will come in a shade of brown.

Backing Characteristics

Backing is what gives artificial grass the support it needs to keep its tufts secure. Backing characteristics on your spec sheet include composition, weight, finish coating (usually polyurethane) and tuft bind – the amount of force needed to pull tufted blades out of the backing.

Manufactured Rolls

Possibly the most straightforward specification, here is where you’ll find information regarding the roll of artificial grass you’re buying. Specs include width, length, shipping weight and the diameter of the roll.

Particulate Infill

Infill is the material used between your artificial turf’s fibers to provide ballast and cushion. Infill gives a softer feeling underfoot and minimizes damage upon impact. Your spec sheet will display your infill’s type, weight, height and colors.

Additional Information

Your spec sheet will have some extra facts that are important to know about your artificial turf, including:

  • Recommended maintenance: Instructions on how to keep your synthetic grass looking as good as the day it was installed.
  • Drainage rate: Statistics that tell you how much rain and water your artificial grass can drain per hour per square yard, keeping your synthetic turf dry.
  • Environmental information: This can include the manufacturer’s lead-free certification and proof of non-toxicity.

Protecting Your Artificial Grass Investment

At Grizzly Turf, we aren’t surprised to know that our customers take their new synthetic grass installation seriously. Accordingly, we get asked all the time how property owners can preserve their new investment. We want you to make the most of your new, beautiful artificial grass landscaping – we’ve broken down the basics of synthetic grass and how you can protect your new investment.

How Does Artificial Grass Work?

For the most part, artificial grass is created using three essential materials: nylon, polypropylene and polyethylene. By combining these three materials, we can create a synthetic grass product that can withstand the elements and the toughest of foot traffic. This durability makes artificial grass the perfect choice for homes with large families, commercial complexes and sports fields!

What Makes Synthetic Grass a Good Investment?

More than ever, property owners are seeing the value in artificial grass installation and deciding to make the switch – and it’s no surprise they’re doing so! Artificial grass is non-toxic, non-allergenic, and is the ultimate low-maintenance landscaping solution. People from all walks of life can immediately enjoy spending time on artificial turf and bask in its natural look and feel. And speaking of low-maintenance, artificial grass doesn’t require mowing or excessive watering – your investment will immediately pay for itself!

How to Protect Your Artificial Grass Investment

When you make the choice to invest in artificial grass installation, you’re making the first step toward preserving your new synthetic turf landscaping for years to come. However, if you want to ensure that your synthetic grass performs at optimal levels, consider taking these extra steps:

  • Trim the branches of nearby trees that could fall on your artificial grass. Fallen branches and debris can cause significant damage to your synthetic turf.
  • Use a strong brush to sweep away debris. For artificial grass surfaces, you’ll need to use one with synthetic bristles to prevent damage to your lawn.
  • Stay ahead of cleaning any messes left by pets. Pet waste can be cleaned using a water and vinegar mixture or by contracting a professional artificial grass maintenance service.

 

What Makes Our Artificial Grass Installations the Best?

Grizzly Turf has firmly established itself as the leading artificial grass installer throughout Southern California – and for a good reason. We’re the only artificial grass installer providing a comprehensive process in all our installation services. From consultation to installation, our customers are met with a tailored approach to their synthetic grass needs.

When you choose Grizzly Turf for your artificial grass installation, you’ll experience The Grizzly Difference:

  • Superior-Quality Artificial Grass – We partner with only the leading artificial grass distributors throughout the country to provide the best synthetic grass products for your residential or commercial artificial grass installation projects. Additionally, our artificial turf products come with a 15-year warranty that covers your landscaping in the event of damage or wear and tear.
  • Professional Artificial Grass Installation – Our professional synthetic grass installers pride themselves on their tireless dedication to flawless artificial grass installations. Our installers never cut corners or use inferior tools just to get a job done. We are unfailingly committed to providing lasting artificial grass installations that your entire family can enjoy for a long time.
  • End-to-End Customer Service – Every artificial grass installation is only as good as the team behind them. In addition to our team of experienced synthetic grass installers, our customers are paired with expert customer service and support specialists. Our specialists will never try to upsell you or convince you to get a product you don’t need; we always ensure you’re matched with the best artificial grass products and installations. We keep you informed throughout the installation process, ensuring the utmost transparency every step of the way.
  • Locally Run to Serve You – Imagine a small business with a track record of successful large-scale projects – that’s Grizzly Turf. We help home and business owners throughout Southern California make their most ambitious projects come to life with industry-leading artificial grass installation services, and we can’t wait to help you!