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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.