Frequently Asked Questions
Are artificial grass and turf the same?
Yep! Artificial grass, artificial turf, synthetic turf, synthetic grass, artificial lawns, fake grass, etc. are all interchangeable terms we use to describe the same family of artificial grass products. In certain contexts, such as sports, it might be more common to use “artificial turf”, while at home you might say “artificial lawn” instead.
What is artificial grass made of?
Artificial grass can include a range of materials, the blades are made from polyethylene fibers, and silica-coated sand or rubber crumb are used as infill to stabilize the grass and give the blades a more natural look. All of our products are non-toxic and safe to use around kids and pets.
Is it dog and pet friendly?
Yes! Most of our customers are dog-owners. Our turf and infill non-toxic and safe for use around pets. Liquids drain right through the turf just like with natural grass, and solid waste can be picked up or washed away with your hose. Best of all, fleas don’t like living in artificial grass – so your pup can roll around and be a goofball pest and itch-free!
How long does artificial grass last?
The lifespan of your artificial turf depends on a few variables, such as product selection, weather exposure, and the amount of wear and tear. Turf used for daily practice in a sports field will likely wear out more quickly than a seldom walked artificial lawn. However, for most residential applications you can expect your artificial turf to last 20 years or more.
What sort of maintenance is required?
Compared to natural grass, artificial grass and turf require very little maintenance. In fact, it may be more useful to think of it as cleaning rather than maintaining. You’ll want to periodically remove any organic materials such as fallen leaves, which is usually easy enough to do with a leaf blower. If you have any high traffic areas that begin to flatten you can use a stiff broom to fluff up the blades. Other than that, just water it to rinse off dust and other particles and give it a good “combing” with a rake once every 3-4 months.
How much will an artificial lawn cost?
Again, this is a difficult question to answer because each home and project is unique, with a different set of factors that affect the final price. Instead, we’d like to encourage you to see your artificial lawn as an investment that pays for itself over time. Your artificial grass won’t need to be watered every day, and will never need to be mowed, trimmed, or weeded. Let’s say this saves you $100 per month in water, and $100 per month on landscaping costs, that’s around $2,400 per year in savings. Most artificial lawn or grass installations will pay for themselves in 5 years or less, and after that you’ll literally be saving thousands of dollars every year!
What’s the price per square foot?
It’s difficult to give a general price per square foot, as this number depends on many factors such as product selection, ground preparation requirements, access to the project site, size of the area, and more. However, for most applications, you can expect a price somewhere in the $8-$25 per foot range.
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Does it come with a warranty?
The short answer is, yes! All of our products and installations include warranties that typically cover discoloration, fading, and any defects in materials or workmanship. Contact our team for full details.
Is the sand or rubber infill safe for children and pets?
Our sand and rubber infill is completely non-toxic, and won’t cause any harm to children or pets if accidentally ingested. This one of the reasons artificial turf is so popular in pet and day care facilities.
Do I have to worry about mildew?
Usually not. Mold and mildew are very rare as artificial turf is very porous and does not trap moisture. However, under the right conditions, mold and mildew can develop if there is a drainage issue and standing water. Typically, these problem areas can be treated with common household cleaners, or vinegar if you prefer a natural approach.
Can weeds grow through it?
It’s more likely that you’d see an occasional weed sprouting up around the perimeter of your artificial grass. It’s incredibly rare, but it is possible in the right circumstances, for a weed to sprout from the sandy infill in the middle of your artificial lawn. In either case, you can simply pull the weed or apply any household weed killer, which will not damage your turf.
What about stains and spills?
Artificial grass and turf are incredibly stain-resistant. If you or your guests spill a beverage, it will simply drain through without staining. You can always use a hose to rinse off your artificial turf. This is a good idea as drinks can leave a sticky sugary residue that traps dirt and attracts insects.
Will it mat down?
Yes, it’s possible that in high-traffic areas, over time artificial turf can begin to flatten or mat down. This can happen with any artificial turf product. You can use a stiff broom to fluff up any areas that you see are beginning to flatten.
Does it get hot in the sun?
Natural grass tends to keep a bit cooler, as there is water inside the grass blades. However, artificial grass and turf are generally still pretty cool to the touch and don’t store and radiate heat in the same way as thermal masses like concrete, brick, or rubber. In general, your lawn will be perfectly comfortable to use, even on warm days, and if it ever gets too hot, you can cool it down easily by watering it down with your garden hose.
Will it catch on fire?
The short answer is, no. Artificial turf does not have a flash point, but that doesn’t mean that it’s fire-retardant or fire-proof. When exposed to flames it will just melt.
What about pests like bugs or gophers?
The good news is that common pest species have no interest in your artificial lawn. Gophers aren’t able to surface through the turf. Herbivores like rabbits and snails don’t want to eat it. And pesky insects like aphids and fleas can’t survive in your artificial turf for very long. You won’t need to use pesticides, keeping your lawn clean and safe for your children or pets.