More About Golf and Artificial Turf

We can’t emphasize enough the tie between artificial turf and the game of golf.  From water conservation to lowered maintenance costs, golf has gained a lot from being tied to fake grass–and fake grass owes a lot to the game.

Consider these facts:

  • Backyard putting greens are more popular than ever.
  • More golf courses and country clubs are using artificial turf in their tee box installations, chipping areas and practice putting greens.

And why you suppose this is?

  • Lowered maintenance costs
  • Longer-lived and better looking areas
  • Less water use

So, golf and fake grass are like peanut butter and jelly.  They belong together.

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What is LEED Certification?

LEED Certification means that products have been certified as “green” (environmentally friendly) by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a program developed and implemented by the U.S. Green Building Council.

What does this have to do with artificial turf?

Since artificial turf is a building material rather than a natural product, it falls in a different category than natural turf.  However, it can be certified “green” by the Council and earns the user credits as a LEED Certified user.

For more information about LEED Certification, see this article from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LEED_certified)

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The Color of Turf

Ok, so you won’t want a blue lawn (unless you are a Boise State fan), but it is nice to know that artificial turf has options.

The accompanying photos shows the variety of colors that are typically used on sports fields. The turf is pre-dyed before it is assembled and it comes in rolls just like the natural green stock does.  And while we’re on the subject of the green stuff, there are almost as many varieties (colors) of artificial turf as their are of real turf.

Want to have St Augustine or Bermuda grass? You can have it.  Kentucky Blue Grass? Yes.  And the list goes on.

You really need to see it in person to appreciate the varieties.

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The game of golf and artificial turf

Did you know that some of that green grass you see at your favorite golf course and driving range is artificial?

Really.

For example, the tee boxes at several local North Texas country clubs are fake grass.  Well, let’s be more elegant: artificial turfgrass.  They have helped do the following:

  • Last longer than traditional turf
  • Lower the maintenance time for the boxes
  • Allow more play as the boxes can take more wear and tear
  • Require no water, so are dry most of the time (except for Mother Nature’s watering).

So, the next time you are at your local driving range, take a look at the tee box more carefully.  And the pitching and putting greens, too.

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Reclaiming an area with artificial turf

Have you looked around your home, office or school and seen unused space in the yard or around the outside of the buildings?

Maybe you should consider a reclamation project.

“We recently completed a project that did just that,” Tim Dvorak said. “A local private high school came to us and needed an unused courtyard reworked as a special place for the senior kids.” Our turf was a great solution and it only took a few days to prepared and install the turf in the space, he said.

Tim is co-owner of Synthetic Grass Pros and understands how to best include artificial turf in a landscaping plan.

“Especially in schools, ” Tim continued. “Artificial turf saves on water and maintenance and makes useful an area that might have otherwise gone unused.”

So, whadda got to clear up and reuse?

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Consider a putting green

Really, if you are an avid golfer and your short game is in need of help, why not have a putting green installed in your yard?

It isn’t all that much of an extravagance.  For about the price of a year’s worth of greens fees you could have a crisp, clean, useful putting surface at your disposal.  By using artificial turf and the installation techniques used in larger lawns, most installer can have a virtually maintenance-free putting surface in your yard within a day.  Note these advantages:

  • No watering or mowing
  • Ready within a day
  • No fees for use or having to delay your tee time
  • Usable year around

So, Mr. Golfer, why not?

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I am a rock…..

But not an island.  Among the layers of a good artificial turf installation is crushed granite.  The crushed rock allows for sure footing and a solid base, while also giving good drainage.  The combination of all of those features makes sure your artificial turf installation will be a long-time part of your landscaping.

As we’ve recommended before, ask the contractor you’ve chosen (or are considering) to your work if you can go out on an installation.  Watch how they work and the details of what is going into the installation:

  • How do they remove the old turf?
  • How many layers of what kind of materials are being laid down?
  • Do they pay attnetion to each layer and the detail?

Watch and learn, watch and learn.  It’s the only solid thing to do.

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Drainage and Artificial Turf

Choosing to use artificial turf as a part of your landscape plan has many positive aspects.  Beside the long-term low maintenance, it is also a way to improve drainage.

  • The layers beneath the turf installation are usually configured to allow water to leach down unimpeded.
  • The backing of the turf itself allows for drainage below to the next surface.
  • Using it to follow the contours of your landscape topography, artificial turf allows drainage more easily than natural turf and topsoil.
  • Artificial turf and its underpinnings rarely wash away.

Consider including aritificial turf in your next landscape plan and installation.

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Out with the old….

When installing artificial turf, you have to start somewhere.  As with a general contractor who has to perform demolition on a store space, so we, as turf installers, have to get rid of the old, live turf.

We do this with a combination of tools, starting with a turf cutter.  This oversized, gas-powered “turf knife” allows us to scoop up the old grass right down to the topsoil.

After the turf cutter does its thing, we use wide shovels to scoop up (again) the remaining turf.  We haul it away and begin the installation process.

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Building a Dog Run

Here is a simple recipe for a dog run.  Where it talks about the surfaces to use, consider artificial turf.

http://www.ehow.com/how_2073854_build-dog-run.html

“Fake grass” will survive, it won’t “rut” and it can be cleaned easily without giving Fido muddy paws.  The advantages of Artificial turf are a long list, about as long as the life of the turf itself.

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