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Turf Infill: What is it and why is it important.

Q. What is infill and why is it important?

A. Infill is used to ensure grass blades stand up and maintain their real-grass like appearance. There are three types of infill that are generally used with synthetic grass installation – round premium silica sand, silica sand, and small rubber particles. The infill emulates the impact absorption qualities of real soil, so the turf not only looks real but also feels real when you’re on it. The infill is placed between the grass blades, which helps weigh down the synthetic grass and prevents it from wrinkling due to movement.

Q. Which infill should I choose?

A. We recommend choosing our premium round silica sand infill, which is made up of naturally occurring monocrystalline quartz. Unlike angular infill, which has rough edges that cause turf breakdown, the premium round infill helps turf installation last longer and maintains the turf’s appearance with less wear and tear. While premium round infill is more expensive, it is the best option for turf installation because of its cooler surface temperature, natural color tones, and ability to withstand weathering. This round granular infill is also double washed to ensure size uniformity and to prevent dust.

Q. Do you have any other recommendations?

A. If you have pets, our organic and environmentally safe Eco Green with TurfZap product is your best solution. It is the ideal choice for thousands of landscape installations that require a clean, safe, and long-lasting synthetic lawn infill for children and pets. Its antimicrobial technology helps prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew that can cause stains, odors, and product deterioration. Learn more about the entire Pet Turf System here.

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Synthetic Grass: Why Blade Shapes Matter

There is more than meets the eye with synthetic grass! Turf comes in not only different color combinations and grass blade lengths, but also different grass blade shapes. Blade shape can actually determine how well a fiber responds to solar glare, heat retention, and how well it resists fraying. TurfHub has a variety of blade shapes and options that are specifically designed to withstand foot traffic, pet traffic, and a variety of different climates. Each blade type creates an entirely different look and serves a different purpose. Once you understand what different types of artificial grass options are offered, you’ll be better equipped to make a decision on which turf will best meet your needs at the lowest costs. Not sure which blade type is ideal for your project? Continue reading below to find out!

 

W-Shaped Blade: Bermuda, Bermuda Pro, Coastal Blend, Coastal Blend Pro

TurfHub_W_BladeSynthetic grass with “W” shaped fibers takes turf to a whole other level. The super intelligently designed W-shaped fiber is highly durable and is optimal for all geographic regions. Due to the shape of these kinds of blades and the fact that they have no flat surface to collect or reflect heat off of, these fibers do not retain as much heat energy as other types and therefore keep the surface temperature at an average of 15 degrees cooler in hot weather climates. These fibers are perfect for homes, playgrounds, and commercial properties.

 

 

Double W-Shaped Blade: Products Coming Soon…

TurfHub_3d_Curvy_WSynthetic grass with double “W” shaped fibers is a realistic option for any landscape that has medium to high amounts of foot traffic! Double W-shaped yarn contains three veins that create a very realistic look, so much so that most people cannot tell the difference between natural grass and this artificial grass. The wavy surface of each blade reduces the possibility of an unnatural, white-plastic appearance by diffusing sunlight. Another advantage of the double W-shaped blade is that it is highly durable under constant pressure and foot traffic. Turf with this type of blade has a life expectancy of up to twenty years.

 

Diamond-Shaped Blade: Products Coming Soon… 

TurfHub_Diamond_BladeSynthetic grass with “diamond” shaped blades makes one of the most popular types of turf in the industry because it is designed to have a soft luxurious feel, while still emulating a natural grass blade appearance. Turf manufactured with diamond-shaped blades is perfect for both commercial and residential landscape projects and yards or playgrounds with medium to high foot traffic.

 

V-Shaped Blade: Glacier, Glacier Pro

TurfHub_V_BladeSynthetic grass with “V” shaped fibers is ideal for customers looking for a high-performing product at a great price.  These V-shaped fibers assist in lowering grass surface temperatures and are also perfect for high traffic applications because the blade structure allows the grass to stand up straighter and spring back more quickly. These fibers are perfect for playgrounds and pet areas.

 

S-Shaped Blade: Mohave Blend, Mohave Blend Pro

TurfHub_S_BladeSynthetic grass with “S” shaped fibers has an exceptionally soft feel while also providing great performance. This type of fiber replicates natural grass because the shape prevents shine and solar glare. It does this by distorting the surface area available to direct sunlight at any given point in time. These fibers are perfect for any landscape application such as parks, homes, and commercial properties.

 

Oval-Shaped Blade: FescueFescue ProLagunaLaguna Pro

TurfHub_Oval_BladeSynthetic grass with “oval” shaped fibers is typically found in landscape installations. The oval-shaped blade provides a soft-fiber technology and is perfect for those looking for a soft, yet durable product. The oval-shaped blade also allows multi-directional movement and improves resilience and is ideal for landscaping designs, playgrounds, and pet areas.

 

TurfHub’s new three dimensional turf products have revolutionized the synthetic grass industry. The ability to make artificial turf look more natural while maintaining its performance & durability and lowering the surface temperature has been a game changer in the turf industry.

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Severe Droughts Conditions, Rebates and Artificial Turf Options

Driven by the concern over severe drought conditions, consumers have made the artificial turf industry boom in the last few years. Individuals living in record hot and dry areas of the country, like in the Southwestern part of the States, would love to have healthy-looking green lawns all year round, but are faced with penalties and fines if they continue using drinkable water to do so. Thus, consumers are turning to professional artificial turf companies, like TurfHub, to keep their lawns, golf courses, and commercial properties looking beautiful whilst living and working in a severe drought.

Things are so serious in California, that Governor Jerry Brown has ordered a historic restriction for residents to reduce their water use by 25 percent through 2016. These restrictions affect water use for farming, golf course upkeep, landscaping, and more. Measures have also been taken to prevent homeowners’ associations in California from banning the installation of artificial turf.

“Across the state, Californians are making great strides to reduce their water use and hit aggressive benchmarks for conservation, and this new common sense law will give homeowners one more way to save as this drought continues. The grass may be fake, but the amount of water a homeowner can save by installing it is very real,” said Assembly woman Lorena Gonzalez.

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Is this the end of “Turf” wars with HOAs?

Turf industry sales have recently surpassed $500 million a year, according to the Synthetic Turf Council. Sales for artificial lawns actually make up the fastest growing segment, increasing nearly 80 percent annually, according to the trade association. However, one untapped market has largely been HOA communities. Now, that is all about to change.

Bill AB 349, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, is a drought-driven bill that prevents homeowners’ associations in California from banning the installation of artificial turf or any other synthetic surface that resembles grass. This bill will also prevent HOAs from requiring homeowners to remove or reverse water-efficient landscaping measures once the drought is declared to be over. The bill expands on existing protections from HOAs after AB 2104, which was also authored by Gonzalez. The previous bill eliminated loopholes that HOAs used to prevent homeowners from using low water-using and drought-resistant plants when replacing their lawns. Homeowners were interested in lowering their water usage for economical and environmental reasons, but were unable to do with the HOA loopholes.

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