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Trade shows and artificial turf: the TNLA show

The best way to see and judge artificial turf is to touch it and talk face-to-face with someone. If you can’t get to a dealer or showroom or warehouse, try and go to a trade show.

“We find that trade shows and expos are the best way for people to understand artificial turf,” Kimberly Van Buren said. Kimberly is the owner of Synthetic Grass Pros and uses trade shows and events extensively.

“Since this is a tangible product that you are going to install in your yard, it always is best to touch it and talk to a rep,” Kimberly continued.

Synthetic Grass Pros will be at the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association (TNLA) Show August 19-22 in San Antonio. for more information take a look at www.nurserylandscapeexpo.org.

Come join us and talk some grass. SGP is in booth number 2713.

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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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How to Measure Turf

Just as you might choose a diamond for color, cut and clarity, artificial turf and grass products are measured and defined by different characteristics. There are four basic measures of the quality and type of turf:

  • Pile height
  • Face weight
  • Color
  • Yarn type

Pile height is the height of the actual blades of “grass” in inches. They vary in size from 0.5 inches to 2.5 inches. The shorter lengths are used for putting greens; the longer versions for pet turf and lawn applications.

Face weight is the weight in ounces of a square yard of the product. Like carpet, the grade varies with application and ranges from 40 ounce to 120 ounce, with 60 ounce being typical.

Colors are as varied as “real” turf. There are many different colors, mostly variations of green, but the most common are:

  • Field green
  • Grass green
  • Olive green
  • Lime green

Some varieties of turf will include more than one color, depending on the natural turf they are mimicking.

Yarn type is the description of the blades. Most are Polyethylene variants that includes types that are labeled monofilament and slit film. Thatch is the textured yarn within the blades.

Consider your application carefully and, as you would in choosing a carpet or floor covering, consider wear patterns, usage and aesthetics.

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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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