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 $6 - 10 per sq.ft. fully installed depending which product you choose. There are options for
even cheaper artificial turf here at AGI, 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 $7.50/sf.
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 damaging 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 6 different reputable manufacturers: Imperial Turf, Tiger Turf, Shaw Inc, Purchase Green, &
ProGreen. The manufacturers' warranties range from 8 years to a whopping 18 years. Actual life
expectancy of Artificial Grass ranges from 15-25 years and is recyclable.
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 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?
AGI offers a new and 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?
The drainage is very similar, if not better, than natural grass. The turf backing has many perforated holes allowing for water to drain through the synthetic turf. Our Turf has a rainfall capacity of up to 75 gallons per hour per square yard; way more than ever necessary here in Southern California.
Is Artificial Grass Safe?
Many companies import their turf from overseas, namely China. Why? Because it's so cheap. Unfortunately, artificial grass manufactured overseas has little to no company oversight or government mandates and their products contain a high Lead content. AGI only installs turf that contain No Lead or other Heavy Metals!
Some companies use rubber infill for their installation. a few years back, it was industry standard. AGI stopped using rubber infill because of it's loose link to cancer. I mean, why risk it, right? To make a few extra bucks? AGI is constantly adapting and trying to do things the right way. AGI's currently uses eco-friendly, non-toxic acrylic coated sand.
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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