All About Turf

What is Artificial Grass?

A synthetic surface that resembles real sod grass. It can be made to resemble many varieties of real grass out there like: St. Augustine, Bermuda, Marathon, Kentucky Blue Grass, and many others. It is primarily used on sports fields, playgrounds, residential lawns and commercial applications.
Artificial Grass is also commonly called: Fake Grass, Synthetic Turf, and occasionally AstroTurf. It is most commonly installed in areas where grass cannot grow, or in areas where grass maintenance is impossible or undesired.

How is Artificial Turf Made?

Artificial Turf manufacturing first began in the early 1960's. It's manufacturing processes are almost identical to those used in the carpet industry.
There are two main sections of turf: the backing & the fibers. The material most commonly used for the backing is Urethane. Polyethylene, Polypropylene and Nylon are the most widely used materials for the fibers, or the blades of grass.
The polymer is blended together in a hopper, with dyes and chemicals, to give it the look of natural grass as well as protect it from UV rays, and then poured into a mixer to produce a thick consistency. Then, the substance is fed into an extruder, from where it emerges in long strands that are spun into a rope, further woven into yarn and then wound on enormous spools. The yarn is heated to set it in shape, and passed on to a tufting machine. Hundreds of tufting needles stitching as many rows in a minute pierce the backing repeatedly, weaving the yarn in and out of it, turning it into a carpet of synthetic turf. Urethane is spread on the backside of the turf and pressed into a roller with another backing as the separate layers are sealed together. The carpet of artificial grass is cured under heat lamps and passed through a machine that makes its surface even.

Artificial Grass Cost

Prices range generally from $7.00 - 10.00 per sq.ft. fully installed depending which product you choose. There are options for even cheaper artificial turf here at Elite, it all depends on the grass type and/or if you want a do-it-yourself home project. Full Installation includes: Excavation, the Turf, and the Installation of the Turf. In most cases, customers are spending on average $8.00/sf.

What is Infill for Synthetic Grass?

Infill is spread down into the turf fibers to help the blades of grass stand up. It also protects the grass backing from ultraviolet rays which could eventually cause damage. Types of infill for synthetic grass include: silica sand, zeolite, and durafill.

What is Zeolite?

A top synthetic grass infill for pets, zeolite is a natural organic infill product that significantly reduces pet urine odors. It is specifically designed for pet applications and can be used in artificial turf, playgrounds and pet areas. This product is a natural way to provide pet odor removal from artificial grass. It's federally classified as safe.
Zeolite captures the ammonia thus preventing the ammonia from turning into a gas which creates the unpleasant urine odor smell. Zeolite is a negatively charged honey-combed molecular structure which absorbs liquids and gases like a magnet which prevents ammonia from forming a gas. (The ammonia buildup in pet urine is what you typically associate with the smell.) This molecular structure holds the ammonia until the sodium ions (Na+) in rain water releases the magnetic ability which forces the odor causing bacteria into the ground ultimately "flushing out" the ammonia smell. The purity rate is the key component in the ability of the Zeolite turf infill to perform its intended function as an artificial grass infill.

Is Synthetic Grass Flammable?

Fire and hot objects should be kept away from artificial lawns. Our turf is made of a high-quality synthetic material that does not burn, but will melt when it comes into contact with fire and hot objects. With sand-filled artificial turf, the sand has an extinguishing effect and is fireproof.
Open fire is dangerous when the artificial grass is exposed to it for a longer time. As long as the grass is filled in with a layer of sand, the sand infill will prevent the fire from spreading and it actually will extinguish a fire. Only artificial grass with sand infill is tested to be fireproof.

fake grass lawns Do you service my area?
A bulk of our professional landscaping occurs in Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and Ventura County, but many jobs have taken us to many other parts of California, as well as, to other states across the U.S.
Our artificial grass lawns are most especially desired in dry, arid areas where growing and maintaining grass is costly. Replacing real grass lawns with artificial grass decreases water bills by about 70% no matter if you're in a dry area or not, while also eliminating the need for a gardener, fertilizers, and other maintenance costs.
Try out our artificial grass cost calculator to see for yourself!

Why is artificial grass more expensive than natural sod?
Because it is a manufactured product which carries a warranty and lasts for a very long time. Within a matter of a few years your investment is paid off, and you're saving thousands of dollars per year, not to mention, saving thousands of gallons of water per year by switching. On a 600 square foot lawn, you'll save over $10,000 in bills and maintenance in a 10-year span. more info

What are the benefits?

1. Very low maintenance (no mowing, weeding, or watering).

2. Always green, manicured, and beautiful.

3. Great in places where natural sod cannot grow.

4. No allergies.

5. No muddy pet paws.

6. No green stained clothing on your kids.

7. No recurring costs to replace dead, bald, or browning grass.

8. Save thousands of dollars per year by eliminating the need for a gardener & lowering water usage.

Does the long term effect of the sun harm the artificial grass or make it fade in color?
No, our fibers have a UV (ultra-violet) protection coating and can withstand the damEliteng affects of sun, heat, wind, snow and ice. Technically, the color will fade two Pantone colors over a ten-year period, but it's really not visually noticeable to the eye.

What is the life expectancy of a synthetic grass surface?
We proudly carry turf from 7 different reputable manufacturers: Imperial Turf Supply, SGS Turf, Purchase Green, SGW Tiger Turf, Easy Turf, Everlast Turf, & Shaw Grass. The manufacturers' warranties range from 10 years to a lifetime warranty. Actual life expectancy of Artificial Grass ranges from 15-25 years and is recyclable.
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What about pets?
Urine is not a problem. It will just pass through and evaporate or drain into the ground. Or you can wash it out with water.
Pets will not harm the artificial turf. Initially, pets will try to scratch and sniff it but they will love it after only a few minutes. Of course you will still have to pick up after your pets.
How does artificial grass hold up to a digging dog? Dogs rarely dig into turf and it's almost impossible for them, even the largest of dogs, to dig through the turf.

does artificial grass get hot Does Turf Get Hot?
Yes, artificial grass is hotter than natural grass; it just doesn't have the same natural cooling capacity. There are always trade-offs for the benefits, which include no mowing, no watering, no weeding, no chemical applications, easier dog clean up, no mud, etc. The only real trade-off is that the surface of artificial grass will be hotter than natural grass. But, we have never had a complaint that it was so hot that it burned a person or pet.
We have thousands of installations; including the Nevada desert. Complaints about surface temperature are extremely rare, but we understand people have different sensitivity levels. We just want our customers to be aware that there is a slight sacrifice to overcome the increased surface temperature, but it shouldn't stop you from enjoying your lawn for years to come... even on hot days!

Still concerned about surface temperatures? Elite offers new, exciting, & patented Cool Turf Technologies that lowers turf temperatures up to 60°. Learn more about our Cool Turf Technology!

What type of maintenance should I expect?
An occasional brooming is recommended but not necessary. This will help keep the blades healthy. Pick up leaves and twigs and other debris that may have fallen on the surface.
If using a leaf blower just keep nozzle away from being too close to the surface and the infill will not blow away with debris.

Can it be installed over my existing real grass lawn?
The existing sod must first be removed. A fine layer of crushed rock is laid down, smoothed and compacted before the turf is installed.

What about drainage?
An artificial grass lawn drains extremely well, just as quickly as, and in some cases faster than, a natural sod lawn. Our turf drains at an average capacity of 30 inches per square yard, double that amount for Pet Turf, which is way more than necessary here in sunny California. The average rainfall here in Southern California is 20-30 inches per year; in San Bernardino County the average annual precipitation is 16.37 inches. Average precipitation in San Bernardino County in December is at 1.93 inches.

Are there different types of turf?
There are products for light foot traffic, heavy foot traffic, pets, play areas, putting greens and more. We offer the biggest selection here in Southern California with a network of four different manufacturers! Simply put, we give our customers the most options when it comes to selecting a turf that fits their lifestyle. With over 40 different types of turf to choose from, we know that customers don't know which turf to ultimately select, and that's where our specialists help you find the one that works best for you and your loved ones.

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