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Water, water everywhere….

Remember that one of the most effective conservation-related things you can do with your new home or office is to install efficient, proven landscape materials.

Artificial turf should be one of those elements.

Using ariticial turf as a part of your landscape plan:

  • Reduces water use significantly.
  • Eliminates runoff of excess water and chemicals into groundwater.
  • Minimizes the rainwater runoff.

Some simple considerations–artificial turf is a ggreat way to go.

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Think About the Dog….

….do you really want them to have a yard that is muddy and messy?  Can it get any worse than having a wet, muddy dog after they have been out in your yard?

This is yet another reason to choose artificial turf as a part of your landscape plan.  Go for it: get the fake stuff to:

  • Reduce mud in your yard.
  • Always have a green stuff of the dog to play and “go” on.
  • Help with drainage.

See your artificial turf professional for help in choosing the right turf for your pets and yard.

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An Ideal Dog Run

When Linne and George Fitzgerald wanted to get a dog, they knew they needed a special place for him adjacent to the house.

The side yard was a mess, but was an ideal place to turn into a dog run. Their first call was to a synthetic grass provider.

“The space had been a muddy catch-all of junk,” Linne Fitzgerald said. “With the help of Tim from Synthetic Grass Pros we were able to reclaim 300 square feet of my home.”

Now Parker, their Chocolate Lab, has a clean space to call his own.

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Seven Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Contractor

Before you go out and hire someone to do work for you on your home or at your business, there are seven critical questions you need to ask of them (or yourself) first:

  1. Do they have a permanent place of business?
  2. Do they have proper and adequate insurance?
  3. Are they a member of a trade association in good standing?
  4. How long have they been in business?
  5. What is their track record for handling complaints?
  6. What is their workmanship warranty?
  7. Can they meet your project-specific needs?

Having a permanent place of business gives them credibility.  It shows they ahve substance and are serious about doing business with you or any other client.

They should be able to produce proof of insurance or certification of insurance.  If they can’t you and they are not protected in case of injury, loss or death.

Being a member of a trade association shows they comply with ethical and accepted industry guidelines.  They are recognized by their peers to be professional.

Being in business for a significant amount of time is a judgment of stability.

How they handle complaints and deal with customers will mirror how you may have to deal with them.  Ask for references and check with the Better Business Bureau.

Warranties and support after the sale or installation is critical for your happiness and their success. What do they offer in terms of replacement parts or materials or rework?

Your project may have specific requirements:

  • Do they comply with local ordinances?  That is, do they know permitting processes for your locality?
  • Do they have a good selection of products?
  • Can they share manufacturer’s specifications with you?
  • What is their clean up policy?
  • What are their payment terms?
  • Do they conduct preliminary and periodic inspections?
  • Lots to think about but ultimately will result in your satisfaction and safety.

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Types of Artificial Turf

Synthetic turf and grass products come in almost as many varieties as natural grass. For purposes of this post, we are going to put them in three categories:

• Landscape turf
• Putting greens
• Sport turf

Each of these types have specialized “varieties”. Landscape turf is most like “real lawns” and are typically broken out into these types. There are multiple types, including courtyards, lawns, pet areas and playgrounds.
• Spring
• Fescue
• Lawn
• Envirograss

Putting greens are also split into different categories, based on pile and blade length as well as color. There are over 50 styles of golf greens with the various types to match your golf skill level. The two most popular types are.:
• Perfect Putt
• Pro Putt

Sport turf products are usually categorized as either:
• Sport turf (used in football, baseball and soccer applications)
• Fastgrass (for indoor facilities)
• Colored turf (for logos on the field or in an end zone)

Depending on the location and need, these are starting places for choosing the right product for the right application.

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