There’s still a mindset amongst many home-owners that artificial turf is used in sports facilities only. We know this to be the case from the many calls and emails we receive here at SmartGrass©, where people express surprise at having found a synthetic product for home use.

So if you’re looking for grass alternatives, it’s time to place SmartGrass© on your radar and take a close look at what we have to offer.

There's no need to water artificial turfWithin our range of products we have several alternatives, each in its own right offering substantial benefits over a natural grass lawn. The most obvious benefit is that artificial grass does not need to be watered, and does not require the extensive maintenance associated with a natural grass lawn!

When looking for grass alternatives one needs to have a clear idea of the intended use for the alternative products. For example, we supply fake grass for putting greens, traditional lawns, pet areas etc, so you’ll need to decide what the primary purpose is. Once you’ve established the main function for your new turfed area, you can begin to look through various styles of grass, each giving you the ability to create a close aesthetic match with any adjacent natural grass.

So what are the options?

SmartGrass© offers a range of styles and finishes for their products. The main styling differences focus on the blade length, color and face weight. By varying these three aspects of the design we are able to create an artificial grass alternative to blend well with just about any location.

Our products are as follows –

 

MANCHESTERartificial turf manchester

Face Weight: 85 ounces
Blade Length: 1.75 inches
Color: Field/Fescue Green with Olive Green/Brown Thatch
Yarn Type: TenCate “W” Blade

 

artificial lawns and lawn turf systemsMONTEREY

Face Weight: 65 ounces
Blade Length: 1.5 inches
Color: Olive Green/Fescue Green/Brown Thatch
Yarn Type: TenCate “C” Blade

 

artificial grassFESCUE PREMIER

Face Weight: 70 ounces
Blade Length: 1.5 inches
Color: Field Green/Fescue Green/Brown Thatch
Yarn Type: Delustered Polyethylene “S” Blade with Spine

 

artificial grassFESCUE ULTIMATE

Face Weight: 85 ounces
Blade Length: 1.75 inches
Color: Fescue Green/Olive Green/Brown Thatch
Yarn Type: Delustered Polyethylene “S”  Blade with Spine

 

You can see from the above that nowadays artificial grass can look every bit as real as natural grass, without the problems of maintenance and repair.

And it’s affordable for home-owners too, with a higher initial cost when compared to natural lawns, but a very rapid payback in as little as 2-3 years.

Aside from artificial turf, there are few other alternatives to real grass. So you have the pretty straightforward task of deciding whether you want to continue to deal with the hassles of managing a natural grass lawn, or move to the superior synthetic option.

Within the synthetic market there are a number of key players, including SmartGrass©. Between the top 5 manufactures we offer:

  • Fake grass for backyard putting greens
  • K9 turf for dogs and pet areas
  • Traditional lawn surfaces
  • Artificial grass for both residential and commercial installation.
  • Trim grass for around pools, decks, patios, balconies and paved areas.
  • Playground grass and turf for football and other sports facilities.

One of the key components of artificial turf that many people overlook when shopping around for cheap turf is the infill product. Infill is a substance which is spread over the grass after installation and brushed into the surface where it settles in between the blades. It helps to provide the blades with height and shape and creates some underfoot cushioning as well as controlling moisture evaporation. It also deals with moisture and the ingress of any contaminants such as pet urine.

Many companies use a rubber infill which is environmentally unfriendly and also retains heat in the lawn, making the surface quite hot in sunny conditions. Rubber-based infills are not a good option for lawns where kids like to run around barefooted. SmartGrass© utilize an organic ash material for their infill product, a material which provides many advantages over rubber-based infills. [learn more about infill]

So you can see that there are various alternatives to natural grass within the artificial turf market itself.

To give you an idea of the thought processes involved in selecting a suitable product, we’ve taken notes from a recent project we undertook with a customer in upstate New York.

We received an initial email contact from the customer who gave us the following parameters with which to work:

  • Lawned area to include front and rear yards.
  • Rear yard to double as a patio area and kids playground.
  • Front area adjacent two other homes each with natural lawns.
  • Front area includes driveway with paved path access to garage, path area to be trimmed to match the front lawn.
  • Front lawn on an incline, approximately 7 degrees elevation from road to property.
  • Rear yard prone to water collection problems particularly after Winter thaw (this property in upstate New York had climactic variations of minus thirty to plus 100 degrees).

On receipt of the above outline specification we requested some follow-up information to help us select a suitable grass alternative. We requested photos of the existing turf so that we could decide on a close aesthetic match, given that this home was one of three homes on a cul-de-sac.

We determined that our FESCUE PREMIER product with its 70 ounce face weight and 1.5 inch blade length gave us the best match, and it’s Field Green/Fescue Green/Brown Thatch color blended well with the natural turf in the area.

It was determined that some basic additional drainage would help alleviate the water collection issues in the rear yard, and that the front area with its elevation did not require additional drainage for the new lawn system. We worked directly with a local Landscape company in designing the drainage system and also the under-surface preparation for laying the new synthetic turf.

The under-surface prep included removal of the old turf, removal of old exposed tree roots and debris, laying of 1/2” thickness crushed stone, compacting, and adding a sand-top surface followed by leveling. This process basically mimicked that required to install a natural lawn, without the top soil element, so it was well within the capabilities of the local contracting company.

From start to completion the installation took only 12 weeks, and the average cost per square foot came in at under $7.00

Using numbers provided by the customer on costs associated with maintaining their old lawn, we determined that their investment would be paid back in 2.5 years.

This was a typical project for us, one we’ve performed for many, many people across the nation. The photos sent back to us from the customer after completion showed a spectacular installation, and the customer was absolutely delighted with the end result.

Whether in New York or California, Florida or Illinois, SmartGrass© can provide a viable alternative to a natural grass lawn at a surprisingly affordable price.

Contact us today!

 

SmartGrass, LLC 3857 Birch street Suite 203, Newport Beach, CA 92660

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