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Is Artificial Turf suitable for dogs?

JADE CHILD

Owner, Tassie Artificial Turf

Jade Child has been selling and installing artificial turf in Tasmania since 2010. Jade became interested in the varying turf products after finding difficulty sourcing quality turf in 2009. After spending a year learning about the different products and installation techniques, Jade launch Tassie Artificial Turf. Check out his company at www.taturf.com.au and feel free to email Jade at jade@taturf.com.au

This is probably the most frequently asked question that I get as an artificial turf technician. I have
had hundreds of clients ask me this question over the past 10 years in the industry. The answer is a
big YES!!!

But please read on to understand the different techniques used to install the artificial turf so that the turf is long lasting and can handle the dogs, also some really important maintenance tips to increase the longevity of the artificial turf.

INSTALLATION

The installation of the gravel base is super important when building an area for dogs to live on. The base should be minimum 100mm thick.

Drainage is a key component to the installation of artificial turf for dogs. The drainage should be thought through quite carefully so that no water has any chance of laying or building up in one area of the yard or lawn.

Double the amount of 150mm galvanised nails to prevent dogs from lifting the turf or consider a treated pine timber nailing board for the turf to roll over and be screwed or nailed off to the timber edge.

KEY BENEFITS

No mud or dust
Easy to maintain
Durable and clean
No pesticides

Increasing the rate of infill by 1-2kg per m2 to add a little more weight to the turf which will lessen the chance of the dogs moving or lifting the turf. Ensuring that the backing of the artificial turf used for the dog area has got drainage holes at no less than 100mm apart.

MAINTENANCE

Ensuring all dog excretion are collected often enough so that it doesn’t start to break down into the grass. A plastic doggy bag or scoop is a good option to pick it up. Setting up a bin in the backyard and some nice convenient tools are a good way to ensure it’s done often and doesn’t get on top of the owner.

Using ‘Wee Off’ to neutralise the smell of urine. This should be used as often as needed. Hose and broom down the artificial turf area to remove any debris. General inspection of the area to ensure that no edges are being dug up or tuffs of grass removed from any area.

 

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Will turf get too hot for my pet in the warmer months?

If you are considering installing artificial turf it’s an investment. And, whether it is for your home or your business, you are going to have some questions.

One of the most commonly asked questions that we receive is concerning synthetic grass and heat. And there’s a good reason for those questions.

The problem

 Many of us are familiar with how cement, blacktop, and concrete work. We also know how hot sand or grass can get during the summer months. Not so many people know the answer to the question, “Will synthetic turf gets too hot for my pet’s feet?”.

Well, honestly, that depends. When it comes to taking your pet out on any surface while it’s hot outside, you need to use plain common sense.

While artificial grass doesn’t get as hot as things like pavement (blacktop and cement) it’s still not quite as cool as natural grass. For that reason, you may need to consider a few things during the summertime while with your pet outside on your synthetic turf.

artificial grass eliminates weeds

The Solution

Spray it down with some water. If you are bringing your pet out of doors and the heat is extreme a good idea may be to take a hose and just spray down part of the lawn. This way your pup can roam about in comfort and the ground will be cool.

Always provide your pet with shade. As with any outdoor location, your pet should always be provided with some sort of shade. This gives them not only a spot to lay down and relax, but ensures that they are not exposed to constant sunlight and heat.

Consider using a SYNLawn product with exclusive DualChill™ IR Reflectivilty. What is that? DualChill Technology lowers grass temperatures by reflecting the sun’s rays away with the use of infrared reflective pigments that help to dissipate heat build-up and reduce fiber emissivity. This means, that when applied to synthetic turf it can make it up to 20% cooler than similar artificial grass.

In conclusion

Just as you would with any flooring or ground surface, you always want to ensure that your pet is comfortable. If the temps are abnormally high you will want to check the ground heat before letting them outdoors. If you find that the grass seems very warm, consider any of the above as an option to cool it down a bit.

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HOW DURABLE IS ARTIFICIAL TURF FOR MY DOGS? WILL THEY RIP IT UP?

If you have a beloved family pet, or own a dog kennel, doggy daycare, or boarding facility and are considering installing artificial turf, then you must be asking yourself one very important question- “Will my dogs destroy artificial turf?”.

And that’s a good question. After all, you don’t want to have your new turf installed only to see it quickly ruined by your canine friends.

Well, we have good news for you! Not only is artificial turf durable and stands up under pet use, but they LOVE it and it is a great choice as an alternative to natural grass, because, let’s face it, pups are hard on their yards.

Four reasons why artificial turf is a good choice for dogs.

 

  • Digging begone! One of the best parts of artificial turf? With the sturdy, mesh backing the turf is extremely resilient to digging and your pup won’t be able to tear through it. No more holes to step unexpectedly in!
  • Easy cleanup. Pet waste? No problem! You will simply have to clean up after your pet (as you normally would with natural grass) and then hose the area down to keep it fresh and clean. Most brands of artificial grass contain anti-bacterial agents that help to control odors and keep contamination at a minimum. Another bonus? You can’t stain artificial turf, so there’s no yellowing from pet urine!
  • No dirt patches. Say goodbye to mud and bare patches of lawn. Synthetic turf has excellent drainage and never molds or mildews, leaving it dry and dirt-free!
    Your grass will remain green and thick under the wear and tear from pets and children. Even if the blades press down a little a quick raking with a soft-tined rake or broom will help them to bounce back and look the same as they did before.
  • Long-lasting. Plainly put, artificial turf lasts. That’s why most grass comes with a 10+ year warranty, Synthetic grass is designed to be kid and pet friendly and last under years of activity and play.
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Natural grass may seem nice, but artificial grass is the smart choice. Natural grass needs regular care and maintenance to stay soft and green and has a tendency to yellow or brown, dry out, or turn into bare, mud patches.

With artificial turf, your pet’s play area will remain fresh and green. Whether it’s their kennel where they eat and sleep, or in their back yard where they run and fetch a ball with the kiddos, artificial turf is sure to provide endless hours of fun.

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Why All Turf Installers Should Be Using Social Media Marketing.

Mackenzie Hesler

Marketing Manager at USGreentech

To Mackenzie, her love for working for USGreentech stems from “the opportunity they provide for their employees to grow and develop personally and professionally.” As Marketing Manager, she loves getting to experience all the different aspects of marketing that make every day new, exciting, and full of learning. Mackenzie can be found in her spare time being involved in Asheville’s Young Professional Organization.
But when there’s nothing going on there, she loves having her head in the clouds hiking the mountains of North Carolina!

Our country—and the world—is in the midst of a difficult time. There’s a great deal of uncertainty as to what happens next when it comes not only to the health of our citizens, but also the health of our economy. As a small business owner, we know things may feel scary for you now. But at USGreentech, we want to encourage all of our partners and distributors to stay positive. We want to remind you that as a landscape turf installer, you bring brightness, color, and joy to people (and pets!) of all ages. Because of you, adults and children are able to spend time outside in the fresh air on a soft, hygienic surface, the perfect place to play. More importantly, you provide the space for people to be carefree and connect with one another. 

Your existing and potential customers are looking forward to either reopening their gathering places or reconnecting themselves—in their yards, with their friends and family and community members. That’s why we also want to assure you that marketing your services still matters. In fact, it’s more important now than ever: Businesses that continue to share who they are and promote their offerings when times are tough are more resilient and more likely to weather the storm. Doubling down on your marketing efforts now is a strategic way to spend your time, as it will carve out your path for economic success once the pandemic has passed.

 

4 Reasons Social Media = Marketing Magic

Your Customers Use it.

The clients you already know and love plus the customers you don’t even know exist yet. Most importantly, they use it a lot, and they use it to help with their purchasing decisions. We could fill this entire blog with social media statistics, but here are just a few that help illustrate our point:

  • 70% of Americans have a profile on at least one social media site.
  • Users spend an average of 3 hours per day on social networks and messaging.
  • Nearly 80% of consumers say their purchases are impacted by companies’ social media posts, while many users say they specifically use social media to research new products and businesses. 

What’s more, a large percentage of social media users are likely to make a purchasing decision based on social media reviews or referrals. In other words, if your company isn’t on social media, you’re missing a major opportunity to reach and engage with new and existing customerson the chance for visibility and brand recognition—as well as on the opportunity to leverage your current clients as brand ambassadors.

 

Your competition uses it, too.

Businesses are also on social media in high numbers. That means there’s a good chance other nearby turf installers already have a business page or pages. Social media is an excellent way to demonstrate your turf industry knowledge and experience, while also letting clients get to know your business’ particular approach and offerings in an accessible way. It’s the perfect opportunity to distinguish yourself from the competition—and to ensure they don’t get the upper hand online.

Your competition uses it, too.

Businesses are also on social media in high numbers. That means there’s a good chance other nearby turf installers already have a business page or pages. Social media is an excellent way to demonstrate your turf industry knowledge and experience, while also letting clients get to know your business’ particular approach and offerings in an accessible way. It’s the perfect opportunity to distinguish yourself from the competition—and to ensure they don’t get the upper hand online.

 

It’s cost effective.

Building a social media business page, making daily or weekly posts, answering customer questions, asking for and responding to client reviews: All of these social media marketing strategies are completely free and can be done in-house whatever your level of marketing experience, without taking too much of your time. Even if you do decide to go the paid advertising route, your options are affordable. They also allow you to target your ideal customers who are right in your local area.

    It’s all about engagement.

    By its very nature, social media encourages interaction. It offers an unparalleled chance to communicate with your customers; doing so is crucial for small business success. Not to mention, it provides a chance to share your community involvement and highlight the other businesses and industry partners (like USGreentech!) you work with. You can post pictures of recent projects and tag individuals and companies, as well as comment on their posts, and you can ask your clients to tag your business and post pictures, stories, reviews, and so much more. All of this connection only further increases your visibility.

    It’s all about engagement.

    By its very nature, social media encourages interaction. It offers an unparalleled chance to communicate with your customers; doing so is crucial for small business success. Not to mention, it provides a chance to share your community involvement and highlight the other businesses and industry partners (like USGreentech!) you work with. You can post pictures of recent projects and tag individuals and companies, as well as comment on their posts, and you can ask your clients to tag your business and post pictures, stories, reviews, and so much more. All of this connection only further increases your visibility.

     

    Okay, we couldn’t resist one more stat: More than 70% of marketers using social media say it’s either “somewhat effective” or “very effective” for their company. The numbers don’t lie! Social media marketing is a smart way to give your turf installation business a boost.

    Need help marketing Envirofill? Contact USGreentech for a free marketing guide, available to our distribution network.

    Since 2009, USGreentech has focused on one essential part of the synthetic turf system: the infill. Our company thrives because we believe What’s In Your Turf Matters®. We believe it matters more than any other component of the system. We have never lost sight of where we started and are now considered infill experts in the turf industry. Backed by our parent company’s 40 years of experience in the sports field industry, USGreentech understands what it takes to create long-lasting synthetic turf systems with well-vetted components. 

    Download US Greentech’s Marketing & SEO Guide for Landscape Turf Installers 

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    Stay the Course—Advice for Marketing During Uncertain Times.

    Mackenzie Hesler

    Marketing Manager at USGreentech

    To Mackenzie, her love for working for USGreentech stems from “the opportunity they provide for their employees to grow and develop personally and professionally.” As Marketing Manager, she loves getting to experience all the different aspects of marketing that make every day new, exciting, and full of learning. Mackenzie can be found in her spare time being involved in Asheville’s Young Professional Organization.
    But when there’s nothing going on there, she loves having her head in the clouds hiking the mountains of North Carolina!

    Our country—and the world—is in the midst of a difficult time. There’s a great deal of uncertainty as to what happens next when it comes not only to the health of our citizens, but also the health of our economy. As a small business owner, we know things may feel scary for you now. But at USGreentech, we want to encourage all of our partners and distributors to stay positive. We want to remind you that as a landscape turf installer, you bring brightness, color, and joy to people (and pets!) of all ages. Because of you, adults and children are able to spend time outside in the fresh air on a soft, hygienic surface, the perfect place to play. More importantly, you provide the space for people to be carefree and connect with one another. 

    Your existing and potential customers are looking forward to either reopening their gathering places or reconnecting themselves—in their yards, with their friends and family and community members. That’s why we also want to assure you that marketing your services still matters. In fact, it’s more important now than ever: Businesses that continue to share who they are and promote their offerings when times are tough are more resilient and more likely to weather the storm. Doubling down on your marketing efforts now is a strategic way to spend your time, as it will carve out your path for economic success once the pandemic has passed.

    3 Marketing Strategies That Matter Now 

    We hope you’ll take this time to familiarize yourself with or revisit these important marketing strategies.

    Master/Mind your message.

    It starts here; after all, if you don’t know what to say, you won’t be able to tackle numbers two and three below. And now is the perfect chance to hone your marketing message. Of course, you want to answer the obvious questions customers may have: What does your business offer? How do your offerings provide a solution to their problem or problems? For example, you provide high-quality installation of innovative turf systems that are beautiful year-round, low-maintenance, and safe for people, pets, and the environment. But you also want to share your unique value proposition—what sets you apart from other installers. Make sure that your marketing message tells potential customers why they should choose your business, and not a competitor. If you’d like, you may want to include some additional language in your messaging now that takes into account the current state of affairs, such as reminding folks that your services make outdoor spaces safe, hygienic places to relax and play. 

    Win the web.

    Seize the moment to focus on search engine optimization, or SEO, in order to help increase traffic to your website. Your potential customers are cooped up indoors and dreaming of gatherings outside; as they’re researching and planning, ensure your website shows up in their browser. Create content especially for them that includes highly searched words and phrases, known as  keywords, in the text of your site. 

    Some examples of keywords to include in your content are: artificial turf, synthetic lawn, artificial grass landscaping, synthetic lawn turf, artificial turf for home lawns, and envirofill

    Be sure to write the names of the areas you serve (i.e. your city, other local cities, your county, and state) into the content you create for your website. For instance, you might write a headline for your homepage that says “Artificial Turf Landscaping in Cincinnati.” 

    Win the web.

    Seize the moment to focus on search engine optimization, or SEO, in order to help increase traffic to your website. Your potential customers are cooped up indoors and dreaming of gatherings outside; as they’re researching and planning, ensure your website shows up in their browser. Create content especially for them that includes highly searched words and phrases, known as  keywords, in the text of your site. 

    Some examples of keywords to include in your content are: artificial turf, synthetic lawn, artificial grass landscaping, synthetic lawn turf, artificial turf for home lawns, and envirofill

    Be sure to write the names of the areas you serve (i.e. your city, other local cities, your county, and state) into the content you create for your website. For instance, you might write a headline for your homepage that says “Artificial Turf Landscaping in Cincinnati.” 

    Spread the word.

    Use online spaces like your website, social media, and platforms where potential customers digitally congregate (such as Reddit or Nextdoor) to spread your message far and wide. USGreentech leverages Hubspot to strategize and schedule our content. Other excellent software and resources are Hootsuite and SproutSocial.”

    Now’s also the time to simply let commercial and residential customers know that you are in business—that you will happily finish existing work projects (and that you’ll take any necessary safety precautions as you do), as well as consult with them on summer or fall landscape projects.

    It’s helpful to proactively communicate any safety and health precautions you and your install crews are implementing to help bring peace of mind to those seeking services from your organization on their residential yards.

     

      Other SEO strategies include blogging and linking to relevant websites throughout your website (like USGreentech, for example).  

      When creating a blog post, make sure that it’s on-topic and keyword-rich. Think about your potential customers’ frequently asked questions, anticipate questions that may arise during this pandemic, and then answer them in your blog posts. Your aim is to alleviate concerns, build trust,  and inspire people to work with you to install turf systems at the places they frequent most.

      Need help marketing Envirofill? Contact USGreentech for a free marketing guide, available to our distribution network.


      Since 2009, USGreentech has focused on one essential part of the synthetic turf system: the infill. Our company thrives because we believe What’s In Your Turf Matters®. We believe it matters more than any other component of the system. We have never lost sight of where we started and are now considered infill experts in the turf industry. Backed by our parent company’s 40 years of experience in the sports field industry, USGreentech understands what it takes to create long-lasting synthetic turf systems with well-vetted components. 

      Download US Greentech’s Marketing & SEO Guide for Landscape Turf Installers 

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      Why is it so important to Infill artificial turf?

      JADE CHILD

      Owner, Tassie Artificial Turf

      Jade Child has been selling and installing artificial turf in Tasmania since 2010. Jade became interested in the varying turf products after finding difficulty sourcing quality turf in 2009. After spending a year learning about the different products and installation techniques, Jade launch Tassie Artificial Turf. Check out his company at www.taturf.com.au and feel free to email Jade at jade@taturf.com.au

      Infilling artificial turf is almost on par with seaming joints as the most crucial aspect to installing artificial turf.

      This is a very common question from both my clients that I install turf for and other contractors that I supply turf to and mentor.

      There are two answers to this question

      1. To add weight to area of turf that has just been installed, to assist with the prevention of the turf area moving away from the position it has been cut into. It also helps minimizing the amount of shrinkage of turf around the edges and on the seams.
      2. To surround the base of each blade of grass to assist with keeping all blades of grass vertical and staying upright whilst turf area is being used by pedestrians.

      The other really important part to infilling artificial turf is to use the correct sand. Artificial turf needs to be infilled with Kiln Dried Sand. This is the only way to truly get the sand to the base of the blades of grass. Any other brickies sand, quartz sand or putty sand will simply not work and you will be unable to get the correct amount of weight into the grass.

      Below is my procedure for infilling turf with kiln dried sand.

      1. Finish all cutting in, gluing of joins, nailing perimeter and cleaning turf area down by removing any off cuts or debris.
      2. Using a motorised bristle brush or stiff bristled broom to stand the blades of grass up to a vertical position. (When the turf comes from the factory and is packed on a roll the blades of grass with lay one way, we need to drag those back upright to a vertical position).
      3. Calculate the quantity of sand required to infill the area. There are many different rates recommended for different types of turf but it will most likely be somewhere between 4-12kg per m2.
      4. Kiln dried sand should be inspected and ensure that it is perfectly dry.
      5. Using a hand sand spreader to evenly spread the sand out over the entire area. A bucket could also be used around the edges to ensure the edges have ample amount of sand.
      6. Last step is to use the motorised bristle brush or hand broom to re brush the area back to vertical and to ensure the sand is spread evenly. After this is done it’s a good option to then blow down the area to also assist with evenly spreading the sand and to clean the edges and surrounding surfaces to prepare to hand the job over to the clients.

      There shouldn’t be any need to re infill the turf with more sand down the track unless some unforeseen flooding of the area removes the sand. This will be something that will need to be monitored as part of the maintenance of the turf area.

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      Financing your synthetic grass project and the sometimes-unrealized benefits you may not be thinking about

      Mike Wasko

      Sales Manager and Vendor Relations Developer, North Star Leasing

      Mike Wasko is a Sales Manager and Vendor Relations Developer at North Star Leasing.  Mike has been working in the synthetic turf industry for 4 years and is the owner of 2 dogs.  Mike can be reached at mwasko@northstarleasing.com

      Financing your synthetic grass project and the sometimes-unrealized benefits you may not be thinking about

      Did you know you can finance your synthetic grass project and installation?

      It’s true.  When most businesses think of financing equipment, the purchase of synthetic grass is the last thing they would consider to be eligible.  While this is true for banks and some other lending institutions who don’t view synthetic grass as an asset, North Star Leasing not only finances it, but is also a pet friendly business who understands both the realized and unrealized value of artificial turf being implemented in the pet industry.

      Almost any commercial application of synthetic grass acts as an upgrade to your facility, whether you are a doggy daycare, school, childcare facility, sports facility or any other public space. The reduction in maintenance costs are a major reason to consider making the upgrade to synthetic turf, but if you are in the pet services industry, I have found there to be many tangible and intangible benefits. A synthetic grass to upgrade your facility will keep the dogs clean, give them a safe surface to play and move, all the while saving your staff time and energy by not having to clean each pet, which means (most importantly) saving money for you as a business owner.   You can charge more per pet with the addition of a synthetic play surface, there is increased customer awareness of your facility and increased customer/pet retention rates. Facilities with play areas covered in synthetic grass experience a huge reduction of injuries, skin irritations and grass allergies to their pets. This cuts down on the large amount of medical bills and medical liability associated with the care someone’s pet. Add these benefits together with the tax benefits and the ability to finance your synthetic turf upgrade and it’s an opportunity you need to take advantage of.  Consider the sample ‘Doggy Daycare’ financial benefits analysis below:

      DOGGY DAYCARE BENEFITS AFTER SYNTHETIC GRASS INSTALLATION

      Benefits +/- Calculation Revenue
      Justifies 10% price increase + $3/dog $3 x 30 dogs = $90 x 260 days $23,400
      Attracts new customers + 5 dogs 5 x $33 = $165 x 260 days $42,900
      Increased customer retention +2 dogs 2 x $33 = $66 x 260 days $17,160
      Cost savings on maintenance Materials Woodchips, gravel, mowing $5,000
      Reduced injuries, incidents Liability Vet bills, lawsuits $2,000

      TOTAL ANNUAL SAVINGS / ADDITIONAL REVENUE: $90,460

       

      The financial benefits for a doggy daycare or other pet service receive from the installation of artificial grass are clear as outlined above.  With proper planning most new grass projects end up paying for themselves in mere months from the increased revenues.  Bundle this with intangible perks like improved customer experience, limiting your liabilities as a business owner and having a safer place for pets to play and interact with staff and it’s an opportunity not to be missed.

      Listed below are two case studies which demonstrate how both a doggy daycare and a pre-school each benefited from financing their synthetic grass:

      A doggy daycare in Illinois was doing some major renovations to their kennels and 3-acre property. Due to the seasonal weather fluctuations in Illinois they desired a cleaner and lower maintenance solution for their large outdoor play area, of which a portion wasn’t even usable.  8245 square feet of artificial grass was the solution of choice but with so many other big projects already under way, another line of credit or bank loan wasn’t available.  They reached out to North Star Leasing for help in financing their $126,960 project. If not for the dealer proactively offering a financing option to them, this project would not have been possible.  Now actively promoting the new state-of-the-art play area on both social media and their website, the new customer growth has been

      A successful pre-school in Massachusetts needed an artificial grass solution for their outdoor play area to combat mud and maintenance, but unfortunately the direct outlay of $33,000 was too cost prohibitive at first look.  By asking their turf dealer about financing options they soon discovered that financing the grass project was easier and more affordable than they ever knew.  So much so, that after the first project was completed, they immediately made plans to order additional grass to cover the outdoor play yard at their second location.

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      Compacting gravel bases for Synthetic Turf installs

      JADE CHILD

      Owner, Tassie Artificial Turf

      Jade Child has been selling and installing artificial turf in Tasmania since 2010. Jade became interested in the varying turf products after finding difficulty sourcing quality turf in 2009. After spending a year learning about the different products and installation techniques, Jade launch Tassie Artificial Turf. Check out his company at www.taturf.com.au and feel free to email Jade at jade@taturf.com.au

      In all turf projects that are undertaken the single most important thing is to have a nice solid base to lay the turf on. In this article I will explain to you how best to prepare and compact a suitable gravel base for a general landscaping Synthetic Turf install.

       

      The most important thing to do when preparing to lay a gravel base is to ensure that the excavation is done to the correct levels. The recommended depth for a base is between 75mm and 100mm thick. The best way to measure the depth is by using a measuring tape along the edges and then using a straight edge or string line to measure down in the middle areas of the excavated area. It is also very important to ensure that when you do get down to the correct height that the material on the ground is nicely levelled and kept intact so that there is less chance of the material below contaminating the gravel base. 

      The gravel base will need to be compacted in 50mm lifts. I recommend strongly that a base gravel (base b) should be used for the sub base and then compacted with a vibrating plate with water. You may need to build this material up to within 30-40mm of finished height to allow for a top coat of a finer material. In any base the rate of compaction should be 95%. To get to this point the average gravel base area will be vibrated 3-4 times.

      A very important tool that I recommend using is a hand stomper, this is used for areas that are impossible to get to with a vibrating plate. I use a tool that weighs 25kg and is cut into a triangle on one end and a square piece on the other end.

      The next layer of material to be placed on the base will be a finer/cleaner product which is called crusher dust. This material is designed to be used for the final layer of compacting as it will stop any of the bonier pieces of base gravel from coming up and causing any potential lumps in the base. I would recommend spreading a layer of the dust (about 15-20mm) and then watering and vibrating. Then one final layer which can be used to make all levels good. Using a trowel for the edges and a hand smudge for the middle parts of the base. For a standard 35mm landscaping product I recommend a depth of 10-15mm below the finished heights, this allows for the turf backing to be hidden and less likely to be lifted up as well as when the turf is infilled with kiln dried sand the heights should be very close to flush with the edges that you are working to which will them limit the chances of any trip hazards.

      The final step of laying a compacted gravel base is to roll the base with a hand roller, this should weigh between 50-100kg. Water is required to pack down the final layer of the base whilst the roller is being pushed and pulled over the entire base. This helps reducing the chance of the roll of turf making scuff marks in the base when positioning heavy rolls of turf. If it is possible to leave the base for 12-24 hours, that is the ideal amount of time for the base to firm up prior to laying the synthetic turf.

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      10 Benefits of Artificial Grass for Playgrounds https://turfadvisors.co/2019/06/18/10-benefits-of-artificial-grass-for-playgrounds/ Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:46:37 +0000 https://turfadvisors.co/?p=9952 The post 10 Benefits of Artificial Grass for Playgrounds appeared first on TurfAdvisors.

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      10 Benefits of Artificial Grass for Playgrounds
      Artificial grass has many uses, and one place that it is extremely beneficial for is playgrounds. Children need a safe, and clean environment to let loose and be kids in, and that is why artificial grass is so important–because it is all that and more.
      #1
      It is low maintenance

      There is no need to cut or water artificial grass, so the upkeep is minimal.

      artificial grass eliminates weeds
      #2
      It is durable

      Children play hard, and with sturdy artificial turf, you are creating a playing area that won’t have worn patches.

      #3
      Less mud

      After a lot of rain playgrounds get muddy. That is dangerous for active little feet running about, that can easily slip, and it’s also a deterrent to parents, not wanting to deal with the mess after the playground visit. Artificial grass doesn’t get muddy.

      #4
      It gentle

      Wood chips (commonly used for playgrounds) can contain bits of bark that can cut little hands and feet. With artificial grass, you never have to worry; it is gentle as well as durable.

      #5
      It’s safe

      If you select grass from a company that specializes in artificial playground turf, such as Playground Grass by ForeverLawn®, you are getting grass that exceeds Head Injury Criterion (HIC) recommendations and offers the best fall safety ratings in the industry.

      #6
      An even surface

      Most playgrounds have a common issue. The platform to walk into the playground is often higher than the playground floor. This means that little feet are tripping either getting in or out of the playground area, and that is usually onto hard cement, which is dangerous.

      #7
      It’s customizable

      The grass can be laid out wherever it fits best, and it’s very simple to adjust the size of an area.

      #8
      No unexpected holes

      As children play the natural playground cover, whether it is wood chips, grass, or dirt, wears away in areas. Children running around can easily slip in a hole, fall, and be hurt.

      #9
      It’s pleasant to the eyes as well

      While there are many reasons to love artificial grass for the playground, another one is that it just plain looks good. It’s always going to be green, a nice length, and will remain soft.

      #10
      It’s affordable

      While artificial grass does have to be replaced at some point, the savings to be had are massive as artificial grass eliminates the need for regular maintenance (watering, mowing, filling in holes,) or adding more woodchips, and it is also chemical free!

      Is Artificial Turf suitable for dogs?

      Is Artificial Turf suitable for dogs?

      Is Artificial Turf suitable for dogs?Jade Child has been selling and installing artificial turf in Tasmania since 2010. Jade became interested in the varying turf products after finding difficulty sourcing quality turf in 2009. After spending a year learning about the...

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      Turf can increase your dog daycare business. Find out how https://turfadvisors.co/2019/06/17/turf-can-increase-your-dog-daycare-business/ Mon, 17 Jun 2019 22:01:40 +0000 https://turfadvisors.co/?p=9936 The post Turf can increase your dog daycare business. Find out how appeared first on TurfAdvisors.

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      Turf can increase your dog daycare business. Find out how.

      It’s no secret that pets and artificial grass mix well. Similar to indoor sports areas, indoor pet areas benefit from the way that artificial grass helps to create an outdoor atmosphere. Whether is it a kennel, doggie daycare, or even a rescue shelter, artificial grass is cost efficient, saving you money, and it is better for pets overall.

      Ways that artificial grass is better for your doggie daycare business:

      • The same as people, pets can be allergic to many things, and that goes for different grass and plants. Artificial grass ensures that your doggie daycare is allergy free.
        It’s also easy to maintain and keep clean. No watering, weeding or mowing required.
      • It’s also easier to clean up than grass. A simple hose down on soiled grass can have the turf clean in no time.
        Ditch the chemicals. More and more people are choosing to go the natural route and doing away with chemicals. However, a chemical-free lawn space can be even more work to maintain. With artificial turf, all chemical concerns are gone.
      • With all the paws running here and there, other materials and natural grass can easily be worn down. Artificial turf is sturdy, durable, and made to last.
      • The safety feature is another factor to consider. Curious dogs aren’t going to be finding small foreign objects or chewing on mats.
      • A bonus, that may even allow for a price increase, is that it keeps dogs clean, meaning that they don’t go home dirty to their owners after a long day of play.
      • Lastly, it looks beautiful. It presents a nice, clean, orderly appearance to potential customers walking through.

      “When there is a water shortage, the cost of everything goes up. By conserving water, you are ultimately saving yourself money in the long run.”

      There is a wide variety of durable, long-lasting artificial turf to choose from, and K9Grass by ForeverLawn® is an excellent option. They have specially designed grass that will give you a clean, green, sturdy lawn that fits all your needs. Selecting the right grass for you and your fourlegged friends is simply a matter of deciding where and how it will be used, and what your budget is.
      One thing is for sure, not only your happy doggie visitors will thank you, but also their owners.

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      10 Benefits of Artificial Grass for Playgrounds

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