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General Questions

How Much Does it Cost to Install Artificial Turf?

When it comes to artificial turf installation, you have a lot of options and different factors to consider. The average price for artificial turf installation is about $8-11 per sq. ft. Many installers will charge based on multiple factors including parking, elevation, accessibility, the condition of the soil, and availability of irrigation. And of course, the type and system of turf. Request a custom estimate and fill out a short form to get pricing within 24 hours! 

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Why Do Homeowners Install Artificial Grass in Los Angeles, California?
We'll let you hear from our clients about why they made the switch: 
  •  "We had to use so much water to keep our lawn alive." 

  • "Our pets constantly track dirt and mud into the house, we're always cleaning the floors and we're tired of it."

  • "We don't receive enough sunlight to have a natural lawn"

  • "We rent out the property and the tenants don't take care of the lawn. Turf has made maintenance needs obsolete."

  • "Our lawn was very bumpy and uneven and made it impossible to entertain guests." 

  • "I'm tired of dealing with the (explicit) gardener"

Most people simply state that their natural grass doesn't survive foot traffic and dry heat.

Save the Environment

With climates changing and temperatures rising worldwide, the need for water conservation is at an all-time high. Help us save water! 

Save Money

With increased water restrictions, your lawn becomes a hard-to-maintain expense. Install artificial turf to cut down on wasted water and reduce the physical upkeep of your lawn. It’s actually a good financial decision.

Enjoy Nature

Who needs to spend so much time caring for a lawn when you can just cover it with artificial grass? It even provides a cleaner space for you to take a break in and enjoy.

Is Artificial Turf Safe for Children and Babies?

We choose lead-free and low maintenance products that are safe for kids. But we also use antibacterial sand and Microban technology to extend the life of our artificial turf. In fact, we install commercial playgrounds all the time! Artificial turf is a good alternative for kids with allergies to grass.

Does Artificial Grass Get Hot?

Synthetic turf does heat up more than a natural lawn in the direct sunlight of midday. On the flip side, artificial turf doesn’t retain heat in the shade. Black silica sand or colored infills can get as hot as two times the ambient temperature, so be warned that they are not suitable for barefoot walks. For this reason, we don’t carry those infills.

There are grasses that will become more hot than others. We use grasses that offer luster reducing or cooling technologies. We also use lighter infills to keep the surface cool. 

How Do You Clean Artificial Grass?

For light duty, you can use a leaf blower or stiff-bristled broom and then rinse with water. For slightly soiled areas or areas that are pet-friendly, we recommend using a sanitizer on those areas.

For best results, use a pressure washer to remove dirt and stains on your artificial grass. Keep the wand at least a foot away from the surface, as it’s a best practice to apply sanitizer before cleaning. Pet-friendly areas require specific cleaning practices. To learn more about cleaning artificial turf used by pets, check out our knowledge base. 

While most clients maintain their artificial lawn themselves, we can help with the trickier maintenance! 

Will Installing Turf Reduce Bugs and Pests?

Absolutely! When sod is removed from the surface the remaining soil is heavily compacted with road base. The lack of dirt removes the food source for bugs and pests. This leads them to migrate elsewhere for food.

How Long Will Artificial Grass Last?

As you may know, most artificial grasses last about 15 years. The life cycle of any turf is dependent on the amount of traffic it endures and how often it is cleaned. Shorter, more substantial blades of fake grass are meant to endure more traffic and wear-and-tear, while soft and plush grass might not be the best idea for a common area with heavy traffic. We can classify materials based on your needs so you can choose the material that will work best for your situation.

Will Installing Artificial Grass Raise My Property Value?

Of course! The look alone will become more appealing to home buyers. Alongside the environmental benefits and little maintenance requirements you have ideal selling points! Artificial grass also increases the possibility for recreation which is a largely sought out benefit for families.

How Fast Can I Return My Investment With Artificial Grass?

Artificial turf takes about three to five years on average to pay off. Cutting back or eliminating water bills can shorten this period. Artificial turf also has tax benefits, which means your lawn can pay for itself.

More often than not, we install artificial turf over dirt or an open lot. Money alone can't always buy a natural lawn. In these cases, we install artificial grass which can be enjoyed by simply having the use of our backyard.

Can You Help With Design, Pavers, and Retaining Wall Construction?

Artificial grass is our bread and butter. But we also do backyard design and renovation work, including paver installation, retaining wall construction, and woodwork. Simply let us know what you're looking for and we'll be happy to walk you through the process. Or at the very least, we can recommend a product or company that might be able to help you.

Which Suppliers of Artificial Grass Do You Trust?

Shopping for artificial turf can be a daunting task with the abundance of options. There’s a lot to think about, including cost, size, and the material itself. Luckily, we can help you find the best option for your project. We work with a line of trusted artificial turf supply companies that offer you the most advanced materials tailored to your specific project needs. You can request an estimate for a quote and we’ll show you which artificial grass is right for you.

The following are a few of our trusted suppliers: 

Smart Turf

Imperial Synthetic Turf

Artificial Turf Supply

On Deck Sports

Ecore Athletic

Rubber Flooring inc.

Project Initiation and Completion

What Should I Expect On the First Day?

Safety protocol is a top priority before starting any artificial turf project. Crews arrive first to proof the worksite with cones and make sure it's safe for pedestrians and cars. They'll also protect any surfaces, such as concrete, walls, and fences. The crew foreman will go through the details with you before the project starts. As soon as that's done, the work can begin.

How Long Does the Project Take To Complete?

On average, our crews can complete 300-400 sq. ft. a day depending on the scope of work. 

Do I Turn Off the Sprinklers?

Don't worry, we'll test the irrigation before installation. We'll cap off any existing pipes before preparing your base. In most cases, we prefer to cap the entire line. However, we'll make sure all planters have a water source.

Am I Responsible For Hauling Away Debris?

We take care of it all. After we remove the soil, we will load it into a truck and haul it away. Due to the hard-to-reach areas of some properties, there may be added fees. We will disclose these fees in the proposal and they will not change during the project.

 

Will the Crew Be Coming In And Out of My House?

We want to make installing turf as easy and seamless as possible for you from start to finish. That's why we use our own portable restrooms to avoid entering the residence.

When we're installing on rooftops or balconies, however, the only way to access the space is by entering the home. In this case, we ensure your property is protected at all times.

Our installers are experienced and have a strong dedication to quality; they're fully insured and safety-oriented.

 

Rooftops, Patios, and Balconies

How Much Does it Cost to Install Turf On a Rooftop, Balcony, or Patio?

The cost of synthetic grass installation over hard surfaces can vary greatly. They range from $6-15 per sq. ft. 

Two factors will affect pricing:

  • Type of system: frame, drainage layers, type of adhesive used
  • Accessibility: if there's restricted access, prices may rise. Installers may have to cut the grass and then seam it back together just to get it to the area where installation is needed
Check out our cost calculator to get an idea of the price for your specific turf project! 

 

What Do People Say About Turf On Balconies?

We love installing fake grass on rooftops. It makes balconies and patios come alive with color and texture. For many clients, it's the first time the area is being used regularly. Fake grass on patios expands any living space, turning it into a jewel of an outdoor area! Breathe the fresh air, drink some coffee or wine, and enjoy your outside space!

 

Can Turf Damage My Roof?

You should never use nails when installing turf on hard surfaces. When the space is surrounded by walls, we can simply lay the artificial grass directly on the drainage layer and the weight will keep it down. If the space is not enclosed, you'll have to glue a frame to the surface and staple the artificial grass to the frame. 

Glue applications often leave marks and stains on the surface. However, it will not damage the waterproofing. We use commercial adhesives that are proven. We always recommend opting for professional installers as rooftop applications require knowledge of the materials needed.

How Do I Clean Turf On a Balcony?

You can vacuum clean or rinse your turf. Vacuum cleaning is preferred because it's easy to do without causing spill-off. For better results, use a vacuum cleaner with a rotary head. You can also opt for a wet vacuum cleaner when the turf is installed without infill. If you need to use infill for uplift protection or static electricity prevention, you'll no longer be able to vacuum.

In certain cases, rinsing with water is the only option. Check out our knowledge base for more tips! 

Will My Grill Or Fire Pit Catch Turf On Fire?
Artificial grass will not catch fire like wood surfaces, but it does have a melting point. Hot embers from grills or fire pits can potentially cause damage to the surface of artificial grass. We recommend placing your grill on a hard, unyielding surface.
How Do I Prevent Window Reflections From Melting Artificial Turf?

The Achilles heel of artificial turf is its susceptibility to magnifying the sun. The risk factor for burning turf is a westward facing second-floor window.

To prevent magnification damage, you can take the following precautions:

1) Choose a nylon turf. Nylon has a high melting temperature and will survive the reflections. 

2) Create overhead shade on the lawn. 

3) Apply a film to the window. This does not work 100% but will typically help.

It's important to remember that windows are not the only thing that can cause magnification. Grills, bikes, and steel appliances can create reflections on the grass as well. 

Playgrounds

How Much Does Playground Turf Cost?

The cost of playground turf will depend on the materials and systems used. A typical installation will run about $10/sq. ft. The price increase is caused by the need for more traffic-resistant materials and antibacterial infills. 

If the client selects any type of padding system for more shock absorption, this will add about $2.50-5 per sq. ft. 

We'd also recommend a nail-free installation to keep the space safer. This will affect the cost as well adding an additional $2/sq. ft.

Playground turf can be pricy, but you can't put a price tag on safety! 

Does Playground Turf Have High Safety Standards?

Safety standards are very precise and may have limitations. Turf manufacturers design systems tailored to fit these parameters, so that the consumer can be satisfied. We show you the entire process, so that you can pick a suitable solution for your needs and your budget.

Is Artificial Grass Beneficial For Playgrounds?

It can be argued that artificial grass is much safer than natural grass for the following reasons: 

No Mud

Kids are naturally messy — and that's why the idea of installing artificial grass on playgrounds is so appealing. In addition to being easy to maintain and bug-free, it provides a clean surface that kids love.

Easy Cleaning

With children, come spills. Opt for an artificial lawn so you can simply rinse off spills and stains! 

Added Padding

With the addition of a padding layer, shock absorption and cushioning are at an all-time high.

 

 

Can I Place a Swing Set on Artificial Grass?

The weight of the playground equipment can flatten your grass after a while. Our recommendation is to move the swings or playset regularly and/or have the turf professionally brushed on a less frequent, but more regular basis.

 

Is The Turf Used For Playgrounds Padded?

There are most plush and dense options that will provide superior cushioning. If you'd prefer more shock absorption, you can opt for a padding system. There are multiple variations so we can find the best option for your needs! 

How Do You Install Artificial Grass On Playgrounds?

Playgrounds need to be safe and clean. This means they require a nail-free, sustainable approach, as well as certified pads.

We’ve tested a lot of playground systems from different manufacturers and we’re ready to give you the best system for your needs and budget. All in one place.

Can Playground Turf Be Installed In My Backyard?

Absolutely! Playground turf can be installed on an entire lawn or just a sectioned-out play area. Request an estimate or use our cost calculator to get started! 

What's Installed Underneath Playground Turf?

Artificial playground turf includes a base, drainage layer, and padding. Any other add-ons will depend on the specifics of your space and the project requirements.

Pet Turf

How Much Does It Cost To Install a K9 Pet-Friendly Turf System?

Installed properly, pet turf will be a new favorite for your furry friend and you. The installation itself will come with a hefty price tag. You're looking at at least $9.50 per sq. ft. for the installation. This is because pet turf installations require advanced materials and specially made infills, drainage, and safety measures to ensure a quality installation.

If you allow your pet to use the restroom on an artificial lawn without the proper systems and infills, bacteria growth and odor are inevitable and it will cost you even more down the road.

Unless you select a complete pet turf system, we highly recommend sticking to a natural lawn in pet relief areas. We want your business, but we feel your pain.

 

Is Artificial Grass Safe For My Dog?

Actually, it's just as safe for them as natural grass, if not safer. A common misconception is that it contains lead and other harmful chemicals. Many artificial turf manufacturers have eliminated lead from their products.

It can become hot on high-temperature days, so make sure to watch your fur baby closely and provide them with a shaded area if they need it!

 

What are the Benefits of Installing Pet Turf?

There are so many benefits to making the switch! This is what we hear from our clients: 

Keeps Your House Cleaner

Don't worry about constantly cleaning your floors and surfaces. Without the dirty soil and mud, your dog won't be running inside with muddy paws!

Keeps Fleas and Ticks Away

The removal and compaction of soil reduces the probability of bugs latching onto the fur on your pet. Your furry friend will be dry and dirt-free, with no creepy crawlers in sight!

Great For Play

Your four-legged companion will love the soft sponginess under its paws. There will be no bald patches or brown grass to be found, so your pet can play in a clean area all day long. This makes the surface excellent for children too, as they can spend their time without disruption.

Easy Maintenance to Prevent Odor

Eliminate hours of time and physical labor spent on lawn care. Simply spray down your grass with a cleaning agent and water for a fresh, clean look!

 

 

 

 

 

Can My Dog Use the Bathroom on My Pet-Friendly Turf?

The K9 Pet Grass system is designed to prevent odor and accelerate drainage. We install a layer of drain core under the surface so water can flow freely beneath the blades, and we encourage frequent flushing of the lawn, too. I

f you are concerned about odor from your pet turf, be sure to clean and flush it often with water and sanitizer. See our knowledge base for all the best tips for maintaining a pet-friendly lawn, including prevention of odor.

What's the Difference Between Installing Regular Turf and Pet Turf?

The general base prep of the installation steps is similar. We then remove the existing soil and grass and cap and rewire irrigation. 2-3 in. of road base is laid and compacted before proceeding with the pet turf system.

Next is where things vary from regular turf installation. We install a grid for accelerated ventilation and water drainage. We also add deodorizer to the surface prior to laying the grass to help prevent odors. From there, we nail or staple the grass down and apply pet-friendly infills. 

You can find more about various systems offered on our knowledge base page! 

 

Does Installing a Pet Turf System Actually Remove Odors?

We will never be able to remove all traces of pet relief. But there are steps you can take to reduce it. Installing a solution is a great place to start. When installed and maintained, pet systems make a large difference when it comes to odor. The area must be maintained by the homeowner and sanitized and rinsed consistently to remain odor-free.

 

 

How Do You Clean Pet Turf?

We recommend a heavy flow of water paired with a sanitizing agent often- such as 409 cleaner or Wysiwash. This should take care of moderate pet relief and spills. For thorough cleaning, pressure washers are perfect.

With a little commitment, you can keep your lawn like new for years. Teach your pets to relieve themselves in a specific area that you designate. Using simple objects like a fake fire hydrant or a mailbox will help them learn where these places are. No more cleaning up after them! This will help minimize water use.

Tip: Brush the surface a few times before cleaning. This will disturb the compacted infill and allow the cleanser to really get into the base. If there is a smell that you can’t seem to get rid of, mix equal parts vinegar and water and apply to the affected areas. 

For tricky cleanings, we've got you covered. Check out our cleaning service page! 

Can you Install Pet Turf on my Balcony?

We advise against letting your pets urinate directly onto artificial turf on a balcony or rooftop. The urine will accumulate beneath the turf, and it will begin to smell and become unusable. There is a drainage system, but the turf cannot be easily cleaned of the bacteria growth over time. This can even lead to the urine spilling onto other people's property. 

 

Does Pet-Friendly Artificial Grass Get Hot?

The surfaces of artificial turf get hot, so it's important to do whatever we can to keep the temperature at a reasonable level. K9 turf is made of polyethylene, and it absorbs heat. Most manufacturers try to avoid this, some coat the surface of their turf with reflective layers or reduce the density of backing material to help move heat away from the surface.

We believe that there are a few other ways to keep your lawn cool. This is not proven, but just our experience.

The following things tend to raise temperatures:

  1. The darker the turf the hotter it gets. 
  2. The denser the grass, the more heat it will absorb.
  3. The flatter the blade shape, the faster it will transfer heat.
  4. The more uniform the artificial grass is, the less the wind can cool it.
  5. The more infill added, the warmer the surface gets.
  6. The more matted the turf becomes, the denser and warmer it will be.

A hot pet turf system will feature dark colors, tall and dense grasses, with green silica sand. 

A cooler pet turf system will feature lighter colors, low density and short pile height, and strong thin blades. Antibacterial sand will help keep the surface cooler as well. 

Check out our publication for the coolest grasses for pets and children

 

What Are The Best Artificial Grass Materials For Pet Turf?

It depends on your specific preferences. Some like a more plush option while others prefer durability. Make sure you opt for something with drainage holes built in. 

The turf should be washable to keep the space free from odor and bacteria. Turf materials with Microban technology often help us achieve a cleaner surface. 

The temperature should be top of mind in pet turf systems. We do our best to select artificial grass and sand infill that provides the coolest surface. We also consistently monitor the market for new technologies to improve. 

The surface of the pet turf should also have high performance in regards to traffic resistance and drainage. 

 

 

Putting Greens

How Much Does It Cost to Install Putting Greens?

Putting green projects are unique, and the installation price can vary based on a lot of factors. Factors like access, parking, sq. ft., complexity of features, and soil condition all come into play. On average, they're about $12/sq. ft. Get an Idea of the price with our putting green cost calculator here.

Why Are Artificial Putting Greens Becoming So Popular?

Artificial turf, as a golf course-alternative for home-owners, is a big deal. Before artificial turf, maintaining a putting green surface would be like creating a masterpiece. But with the installation of artificial turf, the greenkeeping bill has decreased significantly. Nowadays, residents can have putting greens in their personal backyard without the hassle of time and equipment.

 

Are Putting Greens Customizable?

Every putting green we install is different. Materials, shape, and fill — we work with you to create the green of your dreams. You have the freedom to customize the field to make it the perfect golfing experience for you. We can even add those beautiful undulations or a pond so you have more water hazards in your line of sight. It's your world, and we're here to make it a better place.

 

What Type of Turf is Best For Putting Greens?

Most golfers prefer a slit-film style. This is something that many different players and course owners are adopting because it has shorter trimmed blades, mimicking the look of freshly mowed lawns.

There is no straight answer for the best turf. For putting greens, we offer a variety of different types of grass. Pure Putt is our most natural-looking one, Tour Putt is perfect if you want to customize a little bit more, and Eagle Putt is good for people who want to use it in multiple contexts. Regardless of what you choose, we’re always learning about new materials and technologies to offer you some of the most advanced products.

 

 

Do Artificial Putting Greens Offer the Same Play Experience As Natural Putting Greens?

In summary, yes. Synthetic golf greens simulate the look and feel of natural green. You can practice on them to improve your game as well, and customize them by selecting what materials you want for the green, what pads you want to put it on, and what infills you want.

Is My Yard Big Enough For A Putting Green?

Absolutely! Artificial putting greens are super customizable. We can build a really fun, entertaining course with just one or two holes. The average artificial putting green surface is only about 300 square feet. If you're looking for a more challenging game, you can purchase sets of obstacles from Amazon. We can also make things more difficult with undulations and hardscape. Or, if you play like I do, you can score targets from a single spot for an epic game of golf-bowling. There's no limit to your creativity!

 

What Kind of Maintenance Do Putting Greens Require?

Artificial green space covers provide a convenient way to keep your space clean. You'll need a little bit of maintenance on the surface, but you can broom away any leaves or brush off dirt and grit in seconds. Depending on how much time you spend playing around on this space, our specialists can arrange a regular brushing service, so you can maintain the quality and presentation of your area and make sure it looks its best!

For highly trafficked areas, we'd recommend choosing commercial grade turf materials that are more durable.

How Do You Speed Up an Artificial Putting Green?

A few ways to keep the speed up on your putting green are: 

  •  Make sure the infill is evenly applied along the surface to keep the blades upright

  • Brush off dirt and debris regularly to make sure there is no grain pattern forming


 

Sports Turf

How Much Does It Cost To Install Sports Turf?

Installing artificial sports turf will cost you around $12 per square foot. There are many factors that control the price, including pet systems installation, rubber infill, and padding systems.

If you're installing over a hard surface, the glue-down method may suffice. This will result in sports turf costing around $10/sq. ft.

Before opting for sports turf it's important to know the type of drainage system your space offers. If any engineering or excavating is required, this can greatly affect cost. 

Is Sports Turf Today The Same As The Turf I Used To Play Sports on?

The synthetic turf industry has changed a lot in the last few decades, especially in sports turf. Synthetic turf was first introduced back in the Eighties and its evolution has been incredible. Today’s turf is safer and more customizable than ever before.

What Are The Infill Options For Sports Turf?

There are many different infill options for more specific needs. For example, sand infills are commonly used for sports playing areas. Padded exercise areas, on the other hand, don’t need any infills. And sports turf systems require a mixture of infills such as rubber and cork.

Does Rubber Infill Cause Cancer?

This is the biggest debate regarding artificial turf. Most of these claims come from companies that sell sod. Actually, rubber particles can be found in everyday life - they come from highways and city streets. Your typical driving trip will result in the inhalation of these particles. In fact, those particles are more toxic than touching a rubber field or using a rubber toy. We have seen some people express concern about the safety of sports turf and the choice to install it on fields for use. When you’re considering installing turf in a sports area, you can look into alternatives such as cork or antibacterial sand. Combined with a foam padding system, you get comparable performance at a lower cost. Like most technologies, better choices bring a higher price.

Will The Field Get Really Hot When It’s Sunny Out?

It can warm up when in direct sunlight, but it won’t burn or hurt your athletes. You can opt for cooler infills and turf cool-down systems for select areas.

 

Artificial grass does become warmer when under direct sunlight. While it may become warm to the touch, it will not burn or harm athletes playing on it. To keep the surface as cool as possible, you can use cooler infills and cool-down systems in problem areas. 

Does Sports Turf Stay Cleaner Than Natural Grass?

You might not think that turf is as clean as all of these other surfaces, but it can be argued that they’re actually cleaner than natural turf. Sports turf is rinsed off easily, and any fluids and germs are rinsed away under the turf. Request material with Microban technology if you want to ensure a cleaner surface. Also, make sure you clean the turf regularly for a healthier environment.

By removing dirt and soil from the surface, athletes can dive and tackle without any mud stains!

Do Synthetic Sports Fields Require A Lot Of Maintenance?

Sports turf requires much less maintenance in comparison to natural fields. But there is still some maintenance required to keep your turf in good condition. For example, you can water it using a heavy flow of water and then follow up with a natural sanitizing agent for optimal results.

What Technologies Do You Use?

Below are a few of the technologies that we consistently work with: 

Brock pad

Brockfill

Envirofill

Miroban

 

Stripes

How Much Does It Cost To Install Turf Stripes Between Concrete Slabs?

Typically it costs about $14 per linear foot to install artificial grass between concrete slabs. The price will vary depending on the condition of the surface and materials selected. 

If the concrete extends into the installation area it will require removal. Because this adds a significant amount of labor to the project, pricing will be affected. 

If you're installing turf ribbons, give us a call! We'll walk you through how to supervise the process and avoid costly repairs. 

Why Install Turf Instead Of Pebbles?

One of the main reasons people like to have grass between their concrete slabs is because it looks better than pebbles. But, turf also provides better functionality than pebbles. It’s safer to roll a stroller on grass than on pebbles, for example. If you want a safe area for your backyard, it’s best to skip the pebbles!

What Are The Most Common Issues With Stripes?

The following are common mistakes made during stripes installation: 

  • If installers don't maintain the same blade direction for all stripes, the grass will appear very fake. 

  •  It's tricky to compact in small narrow spaces. Make sure the decomposed granite is very compact or the base will wash away in just a few rain showers.

  • Make sure your installer doesn't save money by skimping on the number of nails used. It will take hundreds of nails to keep the installation secure. With fewer nails, sand infill will fall beneath the turf and make it lift on the sides. 

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