1Does turf get hot?
On a hot day, in direct sunlight, yes, turf gets hot. Hotter than natural grass, but not as hot as a beach or asphalt in direct sunlight. Many providers like to tout their heat reducing innovations - ask them for scientific data to back it up. Turf can get hot, no doubt about it, and the best way to reduce the heat is to simply spray the turf with a hose before usage, which will temporarily reduce surface temperature.
2Does turf require regular maintenance?
Little, if any, maintenance is required and that’s the main driver for many potential clients. The turf surface can be cleaned with a hose or a blower (gas or electric) and how often is completely up to you. Turf fibers can be “fluffed” using a standard push broom, if desired.
3What about long term maintenance?
A high quality turf installation should last 15-20 years, depending on usage. Over time, significant foot traffic or other impact (heavy objects) will cause turf fibers to matt. Additionally, depending on grading and usage, areas of infill (see below for more info) may become displaced. While no long term maintenance is necessary, clients may have their turf professionally brushed with additional infill, as needed, by scheduling a reasonably priced site visit.
4Is it safe for my Kids and/or Dogs?
Yes. More than 50 independent and credible studies from groups such as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and statewide governmental agencies such as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Department of Health and the California Environmental Protection Agency, have validated the safety of synthetic turf (request Position Statements to learn more). Many clients come to us because they are tired of their kids and/or pets tracking mud into the house and not having a reliable place to play. Turf drains extremely well, provides a uniform surface for recreation and pet waste clean up is easier than on real grass.
5Is it expensive?
Let’s be honest, replacing a lawn with turf is an investment and while it will provide immediate benefits, return on the investment will take some time (but probably less than you think). Here’s a case study:
It takes about .623 gallons of water to irrigate a square foot of real grass lawn. With the average lawn being about 700 square feet, it would take around 436 gallons of water each time you water your lawn – that’s over 150,000 gallons a year! When calculating the number of gallons wasted on irrigating a real grass lawn, the results are shocking. In Los Angeles, about 68% of water consumption is used at the residential level. On top of that, it is estimated that homeowners spend about $175-$325 monthly on lawn maintenance and services. This includes cutting, weeding, trimming and pesticide treatments. Let’s break it down:
  • It costs about $.008 (and up) in Los Angeles for a gallon of water. So, it would cost you about $3.49 a day to water your 700 sq/ft lawn with 436 gallons.
  • Multiply that cost by 365 days and the total comes out to about $1,270 a year that you spend just on watering your lawn.
  • Add in the maintenance and service costs, at a baseline of $175 a month, and you’re looking at at about $3,370 total, per year.

The industry average rate to install an artificial turf lawn is about $9 per square foot. Let’s say you want to install a 700 square foot lawn, total cost would be about $6,300. Therefore, it would take you less than 2 years to get a return on your artificial grass investment.
6How long does an installation typically take?
Nearly all installations under 1000sf can be completed in one day. How is this possible? Planning, expertise and experience. We provide enough manpower, supplies and equipment to get it done right, on time.
7Do I need borders around my turf installation?
Yes. An effective turf installation requires that the base preparation (beneath the turf) be completely encompassed by a firm, permanent border. The reason for this is that without it, the base materials will eventually shift, and the turf on top will become displaced. We provide multiple options for borders, and existing hardscape (curbs, patios, pool coping) are perfectly suitable borders.
8What is infill?
Infill literally means filling in spaces or gaps. Infill is a very important component of turf installations. It is spread out and brushed into the turf fibers after the turf itself has been installed, and it performs multiple functions: Infill acts as a ballast to keep the turf laying flat. It provides a uniform surface that feels extremely similar to walking on natural grass. And some infills are designed to accomplish specific goals, such as anti-microbial properties to help prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew; compression properties to help prevent injuries; and odor absorbing properties to combat the smell of pet urine. We provide many infill options, utilizing the most trusted and lab-tested brand names in the industry.
9Does turf drain well?
Yes, a proper turf installation drains extremely well, up to 20” per hour, however important factors must be taken into consideration, such as grading of the sub surface and use of existing drainage. In rare circumstances, some drainage capability may need to be built into the installation plan.