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Spring Cleaning with Artificial Grass

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Weather starting to get nice? Dreading the annual cleaning and maintenance of your yard?  Spring cleaning with artificial grass can eliminate all your hardships of cleaning natural turf in the wet spring.  In the valley, spring is wet and sunny so your grass is constantly growing.  But, along with that comes mowing wet grass, finding a good day to fertilize, filling in the patches from muddy spots, killing the moss and filling patches. All the hard work!!  So, with artificial turf there is none of that! All it takes is a little blowing off of debris, a few minutes of grooming and your ready!  No mud, no filling blank spots!!

We even offer Spruce Up!‘s all year, just give us a call to schedule one!! Here is an article to convince you more…..

 

ARTIFICIAL TURF ARTICLES

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For some people, working in the yard is a labor of love. Even when it’s time for arduous spring cleanup. It’s a chance to play in the dirt, adult style, and you get to enjoy the beautiful fruits of your labor all year long. But even the most ardent gardener cringes when it comes to dealing with their lawn, especially when it’s time to renew it in the spring. The clever ones switch to artificial grass

Homeowners with artificial grass enjoy their yard more.

Artificial grass doesn’t totally eliminate the need for spring cleaning around your yard, but it sure eliminates the most time-consuming and frustrating part. Trying to resuscitate your lawn in the spring is a lot of work, and it’s a losing battle.

If you mowed little or not at all over the winter, that first spring mow is a doubly difficult chore. Then you have to apply fertilizer, weed killers and pesticides to deal with the insects that emerge in the spring. You have to clean up, prepare and reseed the bare patches created by kids and dogs at play – and then somehow protect those areas while the new grass is trying to grow.

Worst of all, you will have to repeat most of this work over and over again throughout the spring and summer and into the fall. Wouldn’t you rather be doing something else?

You could go au naturel.

Maybe you’re considering eliminating spring yard cleaning by replacing your lawn with a “rock garden” composed of anything from small boulders to pea gravel. But here’s the problem: your yard will look like a roadside ditch, it will radiate heat horribly in the summer, your kids and dog will have nowhere to play and you’ll still have to clean up in the spring. It’s not easy removing blown-in leaves and built-up dirt from rocks.

The truth is, going green without the “green” is ugly.

Isn’t your goal to have a beautiful landscape? That includes a lush, vibrant lawn – the kind you can achieve only with artificial turf. You can even “plant” artificial grass in shady locations and under conifers where real grass refuses to grow. Install it on sloping sections where it’s difficult to mow.

Sustainability and water conservation are all the rage these days, and for very good reason. But being a better steward of the environment doesn’t mean you have to watch your quality of life take a nosedive. The reason you purchased a home with a yard is because you want to use that yard. For play, for parties, for relaxation. Go green by installing artificial turf.

With artificial grass, you can do all that and do more of it, because you not only eliminate spring cleaning, you eliminate ongoing maintenance. You’ll have more time to play games with the kids, entertain or kick back, savoring the fact that you aren’t doing yardwork.

You can still garden, if you love to do that. Spend time tending your shrubs and flower beds. Instead of cleaning up the yard in the spring, you can plant some seeds.  Teach your kids to love veggies by showing them how to grow their own.

With artificial grass, you can have more than a stunning, no-work lawn.

Creating a permanently lovely, natural looking and fully functional green expanse with virtually no maintenance is a major step in the right direction, but why stop there? Fake grass is the perfect “flooring” for your children’s play equipment (learn about the benefits of playground turf) and your dog’s run. You can use it to create your own personal bocce ball court, croquet court, tennis court or putting green.  Right in your own back yard.

With artificial grass, eliminating spring cleanup is just the beginning.

 

 

http://www.heavenlygreens.com/blog/eliminate-yard-spring-cleaning-with-artificial-grass

Article on Artificial Turf New Designs for Improved Safety

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This a great article on artificial turf that talks about improved safety and color options when it comes to artificial turf.  Key points to focus on are the availability of specific shades of color and texture that are specific to what type of grass grows in your area as well as padding that is available for safety under playgrounds and sports fields.

It does provide some information on crumb rubber.  We only use crumb rubber on our sports fields, we do not use crumb rubber in our residential installations. Cascade Greens also offers antimicrobial infills for added cleanliness and odor elimination in residential installations.

 

New Artificial Turf Designs Improve Safety

Artificial turf was developed by chemists at Monsanto in the mid-1960s. It was first known as AstroTurf after it was installed as the sports surface at the Houston Astrodome in 1966. Now, 50 years later, more than 11,000 synthetic turf athletic fields are used at schools, colleges, parks, and professional stadiums across the U.S., according to the Synthetic Turf Council.

Synthetic playing fields are often preferred over natural grass because they are easier to maintain, longer-lasting, and can be used in a variety of weather conditions. The padded surface also helps reduce the likelihood of impact injuries. One of the most popular artificial turf fields today is called an “infill” system, where the top layer of artificial fibers overlies a sequence of shock-absorbing pad, leveling layer, drainage layer, and natural compacted subgrade. The fiber layer on top is partially infilled with tiny granules of rubber, sand, or other materials (“crumb”) that settle at the base of the turf fibers. The particles help support the turf pile, keeping the fibers upright. The infill and the underlying shock-absorbing pad also reduce the possibility of injury when players fall.

Improved Fiber Design

Thanks to advances in fiber design, advanced materials, and manufacturing techniques, the newest generation of synthetic blades can be made to match the color, texture, and bounce of the grass that grows naturally in the area.  Not only does the artificial turf look natural, it looks and feels like it was “grown” locally. As a result, “artificial turf is rapidly replacing grass as the surface of choice for many sports facilities due to the many advantages that they bring—both from artificial turfs and hybrid versions, where a hybrid grass pitch features 100 percent natural sport grass reinforced by artificial turf fibers,” writes Randy B. Hecht in a recent blog for Oerlikon, a Swiss-based global technology group.

Better designs enhance grass fibers. Image: Global Syn-Turf

Field safety is also enhanced by better designs of the grass fibers. Different material chemistries and blade shapes can impact temperature, color, bounce, and other performance characteristics. For example, S-shaped blades reflect sunlight evenly, so the turf maintains a uniform color on a sunny day. Temperature of the playing surface is a concern for athletes. In hot weather, artificial turf can reach temperatures as high as 180 degrees F. W-shaped blades diffuse sunlight and heat through the curves of its blades, lowering the overall temperature of the turf up to 15 degrees. Hollow blades can further reduce temperature levels on the field.

“Our [blade] is designed to make turf stand up straighter and taller than other grasses, making it look realistically tall,” states Global Syn-Turf, a major provider of artificial turf, on its website. “As with naturally growing grass, M-shaped blades reflect light at various angles preventing water, or mirror effects, from flat even surfaces.”

Recent concerns have been raised about the health risks of crumb rubber infill, the most common infill material used in artificial turf fields. Some reports indicate the pulverized rubber contains carcinogenic compounds and can be ingested or inhaled into the body. “More healthy” options for crumb rubber include:

  • Particles made from the recycled rubber outsoles of athletic shoes, which purportedly contain fewer hazardous chemicals.
  • Thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) pellets that feel like rubber and can be easily recycled.
  • Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), a synthetic rubber used in roofing and sealing.
  • Acrylic polymer-coated sand particles.
  • Organic infill composed of coconut fibers, cork, or processed nutshells Softer Landings.

The top priority for artificial surfaces is player safety, especially reducing injuries from falling. Synthetic turf systems have been modified to include higher pile heights and deeper granular infill materials in an effort to create a softer surface. Other factors that can improve softness and field performance include type of plastic, blade design, density, and pattern, design parameters that impact bounce and roll resistance, and shock-layer systems.

Impact protective underlayment system. Image: Viconics

Perhaps the most intriguing development in shock absorption technology for artificial fields is coming from the automotive industry. Viconic Sporting, Dearborn, MI, is experimenting with a material that is used by the automotive industry to reduce the impact of crashes. Viconic’s promising new impact-absorbing layer, which looks like sturdy bubble wrap, is made from resilient thermoplastic urethane material that buckles on impact. However, the energy absorbers (“bubbles”) do not pop upon impact. “Instead, they crush down to about 90 percent of their height, absorbing the energy of the player’s fall, and then recover to their natural shape and are ready for the next impact,” says Joel Cormier, Viconic’s director of development engineering. “A low-level impact on a playing surface will likely not engage the energy absorbers. With a high-energy impact, these structures collapse and buckle in a very efficient manner to absorb the impact energy.”

The shock pad is installed underneath the artificial turf and snaps together for easy assembly. “The goal is to reduce the forces that a player experiences from impact with the playing surface,” says Cormier. “If we can reduce injury in the automotive field, hopefully we can do the same thing for synthetic turf. We see potential for the product to be used everywhere, from youth soccer to the NFL.”

Mark Crawford is an independent writer.

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Happy Dogs like Synthetic Dog Turf!

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Want to get rid of muddy paw tracks and dirt on your carpet? Our complete Dog System with synthetic dog turf is just what you need.

Components of our Dog System with Synthetic Dog Turf

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Subgrade: 

3-4″ of gravel is placed over landscape fabric to stop weeds from growing up through the gravel.  The base of gravel gives the best solution for drainage in normal or heavy rain conditions.  Extra grave can be added in low spots to help with added drainage issues.

Synthetic Dog Turf: 

Dream Turf dog turf is made with antimicrobial backing and blades to help deter any microbial growth from your pets waste.  The backing is also a mesh material for added drainage.  This added drainage helps fluids run through the turf quickly so it helps stop odors from arising.

Infill:

Our residential installations use a green silica sand.  We offer an antimicrobial Durafill sand for our dog system, it is a fully encapsulated granule that has no absorbency properties.  This type of infill helps drainage and deters any microbial growth.  It will help keep your pet and your synthetic dog turf clean!

Low-Maintenance:

There are very few things in life that are no maintenance.  With having dogs on turf there are a few maintenance task that need to be done, but are far less than with natural grass.  In the hot dry months we strongly encourage watering the grass on a daily basis if your dog is going potty on the turf.  Think of it as flushing the toilet.  The water will help the urine get rinsed through the infill and get wash away so there is no odor.  Solid waste should be picked up like normal.  If any spots are left they can just be hosed off.  We also offer our maintenance service, or Spruce Up!, whenever needed so it freshens up your yard!

 

Other Synthetic Turf Options

All of our synthetic turf is a great solution to muddy paws.  Whichever type of grass you prefer, we always highly recommend our antimicrobial Durafill sand.  It will help keep your yard clean for your furry friends.

 

Happy Dog!

Here are a few of our happy dogs loving their new turf….

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Quality Synthetic Turf For a Small Area

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Synthetic turf is a great low-maintenance replacement for any area of ground cover, especially a lawn or putting green.  We have installed synthetic turf in many different applications.  Mrs. D in SE Portland has a very small back patio and wanted the best use out of it for her and her dog.  So, she called Cascade Greens to help her fill what little area she had with our Dream Turf dog turf.

 

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Before

Synthetic Turf Small Area Installation Process

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starting excavation

Every job starts with excavating the existing ground and preparing it for landscape fabric and gravel base.  It is important to excavate deep enough to allow room for 3-4″ of open gravel.  This amount of subgrade allows for excellent drainage in most yards.  Cascade Greens guarantees no pooling water and our crew is capable of adding all types of products for adequate drainage in your area.

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laying landscape fabric

subgrade

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With a level subgrade of open gravel, best for drainage, it is time to lay turf.  Depending on the shape of a yard, there is sometimes a need for a seam where the turf will meet.  Mrs.D was in need of one small seam due to the L shape of her yard area.  This seam allowed us to not waste any turf and keep Mrs.D’s cost down.

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one small seam

After laying turf comes infill.  We use a green sand, no rubber, in our turf as infill for residential applications.  We use a stihl brush to help the sand settle in as it gets spread across the turf..  Having an infill helps keep the blades standing up straight and a soft grass like cushion when you walked on.

Job Well Done!

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job done

Mrs.D was very happy with the finished lawn. So was her dog!  Now Mrs.D has a year round usable yard with no wet or dirty paws tracking in the house.

Dog Turf and Natural Turf for a West Linn Homeowner

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