Four Layouts For Artificial Turf

If you’ve read some of the past blog posts, you probably became convinced that artificial turf is the way to go in the age of water scarcity and ecological peril.

Or you just decided that you didn’t want to mow your grass anymore, because it takes too much time and it’s too stressful! That’s a big reason to go the artificial turf route – and this option becomes really valuable to people who just don’t have the bandwidth to push a mower around. 

Either way, here are some cool layouts that you can choose from in order to install artificial turf on your property.

The Patio

One of the simplest layouts that you can choose is to craft a single piece of round or rectangular turf, and set your table and chairs in the middle. It’s simple, but it’s effective and often looks neat in a courtyard or other exterior space. The patio is one of the more conventional ways to install – but that’s not your only choice!

Runners and Paths

You can also outfit decks and other conveying areas with artificial turf runners, long thin pieces that stretch out to direct people around the property. That’s a way to decorate a property in a functional manner, and a way to protect underlying materials, too. 

Versaille Gardens Design

This is a cool one, and it goes by many names. Some people call it an “Elizabethan” design – and some just draw it up and call it modernist. 

Essentially, what you’re doing is taking a larger space and outfitting it with multiple modular turf designs.

The simplest way to think of it is with rectangular turf split up into carefully parceled areas that are delineated by concrete or stone or some other impervious material.

However, you can use round shapes, too. The sky’s the limit when it comes to putting in “turf gardens” that, unlike natural gardens, will stay neat and manicured for a long time!

Golf Course Design

If you’re already putting artificial turf on your property’s exterior, it’s easy to create your own backyard or deck golf area.

If you’re handy with the clubs, you’ll enjoy whacking balls around on your own property.

Just add your hole for the ball, and the flag, and you’re done.

Think about these attractive layout options for innovative artificial turf that can lower the maintenance burden on your property. We can help to provide these innovative solutions for a “lawn 2.0” or other outdoor space. 

 

Edging Options for Artificial Turf

When you consider the installation process for artificial turf, you must also consider edging. Edging serves as a restraint for the aggregates used for the groundwork and provides an anchoring point for the perimeter of the grass. 

There are several factors to consider when installing an edging system for your artificial turf, such as the environment, the use of your artificial lawn, and your budget. If you have reached this step in the installation process for artificial grass, continue reading to learn about the available edging options. 

Paving Stones

One of the lowest maintenance options for edging artificial turf is paving stones. These also offer a high level of aesthetic appeal. 

Along with that, paving stones are attractive and durable, and you can use them in several ways. 

Bark and Wood Chips

Do you want a more natural look for your landscape? If so, consider wood chips and bark. While some people don’t like this material because they are concerned it will get on the turf itself, you can take steps to prevent this from happening. One is to create a solid line of edging in between the bark, wood chips, and grass. 

Steel

Steel is a fast, long-lasting, and easy to install edging option that can be catered to your specific needs. While this option is more expensive, many people prefer it to others. 

Bendable Borders 

Do you want a long-lasting, affordable option to edge your artificial turf? If so, bendable borders may be the best option. Along with being affordable, you can find them in most locations. Even better, the installation process for bendable borders is simple, which means you can do it without professional help. 

Wood or Logs

This type of edging is recommended for artificial turf with a straight edge design. While this is true, it can be used for other designs and situations, too. 

Curbing 

Considered one of the most popular edging options, curbing is very visually appealing. However, you need to make sure that this is the option you want to use. Curbing is a permanent option that won’t let you redesign your landscape or lawn shape. 

Railroad Ties 

For years, railroad ties have been used for landscaping and edging purposes. It is possible to cut railroad ties to fit any space or area that is needed. Some people use these for building up their lawn and setting the perimeter before installing the artificial turf. 

Selecting the Right Edging Option for Your Artificial Turf

As you can see, there are more than a few options to consider when it comes to edging for your artificial turf. If you aren’t sure what option is right for you, work with the professionals. They can help guide your decisions and ensure you love the outcome that is achieved. 

There is no question that artificial turf provides more than a few benefits. Be sure to keep the options in mind to see what one will best suit your needs and preferences. Being informed is the best way to get the beautiful landscape you want and need.

Signs You Need to Replace Your Existing Artificial Turf

A recent survey found that over 93% of the homeowners in America have paid for professional landscaping services in the past year. Most homeowners view keeping their yard in pristine shape as a priority. If you live in an area that doesn’t receive a lot of rainfall, growing actual grass around your home will be challenging. Rather than trying in vain to grow grass, you need to think about investing in artificial turf. 

Some homeowners think that artificial turf lasts forever, but this is far from the truth. There will come a time when your existing turf has to be replaced. Here are some signs you may notice when it is time to invest in new artificial turf. 

Issues With Loose Inlays

If you are new to the world of artificial turf, you are probably unsure how this material is installed. Professionals use specialized machines and inlays to completely secure the new turf. Keeping the inlays and the seams in place requires the use of a high-grade adhesive. Over the years, your turf will be exposed to drastic temperature changes. These changes can wear out the adhesive over time. If you start to notice your turf is loose, you need to take action. 

This looseness generally occurs as a result of damaged adhesives or seams. While a professional can patch this problem, it is best to completely replace the turf. Allowing professionals to take a look at your existing turf can provide you with information regarding how to address the issues it has. 

The Turf is Visibly Damaged

Taking the time to inspect your turf on a regular basis is a good idea. As you look at your turf, take note of any rips or tears that are currently in place. While this type of damage is fairly common, it does not need to be ignored. The best way to ensure the same rips and tears don’t resurface is by completely replacing the turf. 

If you are in the market for new artificial turf, you need to schedule a few onsite estimates. These estimates can provide you with all the information you need to choose the right company to perform this work. Ideally, you want to choose a turf installer that is both reputable and experienced. 

Replace Your Faded Turf

Having green lush grass is something most homeowners view as a priority. If you have artificial turf, making sure it stays green and appealing is crucial. The older your turf gets, the more faded it will start to look. Allowing this faded turf to remain in place can significantly reduce the amount of curb appeal your residence has. With the addition of new turf, you can solve this common problem once and for all. 

Contact Texas Custom Turf Today!

Does your existing turf need to be replaced? If so, it is time to contact the team at Texas Custom Turf. With our help, you can get new turf installed quickly and correctly.

Benefits of Artificial Turf for Event Venues

Benefits of Artificial Turf for Event Venues

If you have an event venue that is just short of being picture perfect, the events that go on there can’t be picture perfect either. Event hosts, and their guests are going to leave feeling underwhelmed and disappointed.

If you are a venue manager or owner, an event that isn’t perfect is not only going to reflect badly on the venue, but on you, too.

There’s a smart solution – artificial grass. With turf, you can create visual perfection without any guesswork or worry. You can also rely on your grassy area to perform as needed, regardless of the event being held. That’s why artificial grass is such a smart option for event venues.

Keep reading to learn about some of the specific benefits of using artificial grass for your venue here.

The “Wow” Factor

Maintaining natural grass is a huge undertaking. Factors like wear and tear, weather, and pests are all going to take their toll, robbing a lawn of its beauty. This is particularly dangerous for event venues, because in these situations, perception is everything.

With artificial grass, you have a surface that looks perfect all the time. It remains uniform, fluffy, and creates that emerald green expanse that is welcoming to visitors and helping them see they are in for a great experience.

Also, unlike real grass, artificial turf doesn’t give off any clippings or other debris that may cling to people’s trousers or shoes. It can drain quickly after it rains, meaning it’s never soggy or damp, and visitors are safe from issues such as broken high heels, wet feet, slipping, and more.

Grass for All Occasions

Artificial is the smart option for lawns. This is true regardless of if the grass is going to be used in an open space or as footing under a tented area. However, thanks to all the options of realistic fake grass available today, it can also be used for kids’ play areas, bocce ball courts, putting greens, and more.

Artificial grass can be used indoors, creating that “outdoorsy” feeling, while making your venue much more functional and versatile.

Great for the Environment and Sustainable

With artificial grass, there’s no noxious emissions produced by maintenance equipment, or wasteful use of water. No fertilizers, pesticides, or other chemicals are necessary, which often wind up in streams, the soil, and even an aquifer.

Venue even visitors and clients are going to appreciate your efforts to create a world that is healthier and more sustainable. In fact, sometimes, knowing your venue is eco-friendly may encourage more people to come to you for their event rather than going to the competition.

Is Artificial Grass Right for Your Event Venue?

This is a question that each event venue manager or owner has to figure out for themselves. Usually, whether or not artificial grass is a good option is dependent on unique factors.

While this is true, it’s clear there are more than a few benefits offered, and that this is a smart option for your event (not to mention the planet!). To find out more about artificial grass for event venues, contact the pros.

Complement a Garden to a Synthetic Lawn

Complement a Garden to a Synthetic Lawn

 

One of the vast benefits of synthetic turf is its ability to blend in with foliage and plants. You could almost say it’s better to complement the two. Even though turf is synthetic in nature, it pairs well with real plants. The reason being is because it’s hard to tell the difference between grass and our synthetic turf. Without the added cost in maintenance and time spent watering your lawn, you can use those extra hours to spruce up the foliage landscape. Luckily, synthetic grass can be adaptable to any type of area as it won’t be affected by landscaping or even yards without the added trimmings.

 

Additionally, it’s nice to know that you can install turf anywhere at anytime of the year. We cut and craft the shape of turf to align to the area in which you would like it placed. Some individuals wish to add stones, sand, rocks, etc. along their turf and it doesn’t matter, because we’ve done it all. The visual array of the artificial grass makes everything else around it look more vibrant and spruced up. Even during harsh winter months or dry summers, the lawn will stay in pristine shape.

 

A further benefit is pest control. Without real grass, less pests will affect your garden area. We will go further into this in next week’s blog. For now, let’s check out different ways in which to blend artificial grass and plant-infused landscapes. The pictures below are all projects done by Texas Custom Turf. To begin, the first image clearly shows a typical garden, which is divided by a stone trim. The synthetic turf easily aligns to the curvy shape in which the garden is formed. The second image is a yard split off by the hilly terrain behind it. Even though these are two completely different landscapes, the foliage still fits well alongside the artificial grass. The last image is a house set on a small lawn decorated by ordinary plants in pots to lighten up the synthetic yard. All three yards are different, yet each provide an impeccable look. 

 

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Let it Snow

Let it Snow

The weather is gradually becoming cooler each day. On the off chance snow comes out to play, what does that mean for your synthetic grass? Well believe it or not we’ve been over this. It should be obvious by now that synthetic turf is almost invincible.  

 

Fun fact: Artificial grass has the capability to drain 30+ gallons of rain per hour, per square yard.

 

So what we’re trying to say here is your grass is not going to freeze up and give your dog frostbite. We should also point out that your grass will look even better than your neighbors because it’ll be green and beautiful every season.  

 

CEO Chris Neighbors points out, “Well it’s not alive so it doesn’t die. And since it’s essentially a plastic, snow or ice won’t hurt it.” It’s called polyurethane/polyethylene yarns and they are skillfully engineered to endure cold, harsh weather. Even the infill helps out as it slows the freezing from occurring.

 

“Well it’s not alive so it doesn’t die. And since it’s essentially a plastic, snow or ice won’t hurt it.” – CEO Chris Neighbors 

 

Fluff up Your Turf with Drought-Tolerant Plants

Turn Your Landscape into a Drought-Tolerant Oasis

So you finally have your perfect synthetic grass landscape. Maybe you’ve noticed there’s something else missing. What goes great with a synthetic yard? Plants. Drought-tolerant plants at that. And we’re not talking about the synthetic plants you buy at your local Hobby Lobby. You can purchase real-life plants that require minimal maintenance and water, just like your synthetic grass.

 

The following list of plants plants bloom beautifully and are perfect for a drought environment.

  1. Evening Primrose: A fragrant plant that grows flat on the ground and blooms into an exquisite pink and white flowery display throughout the spring and fall seasons.
  2. Hummingbird Saga: Perfect for spring as it grows rose-lilac colored flowers and emits a fruity scent. Most importantly, it’s drought and frost tolerant.
  3. Island Bush Poppy: This is an evergreen shrub that blooms in the spring and can handle cold temperatures. It sprouts yellow flowers.
  4. Purple Sage: Another evergreen shrub that attracts butterflies because of its light purple flowers and fuzzy white & green leaves.
  5. Trailing Lantana: This plant blooms lavender flowers in the spring and is also a butterfly magnet. It’s perfect for ground cover and minimal maintenance

 

You might be in the next steps of your landscaping to enter the world of plants or maybe not just yet. Either way, you should still look into some drought-tolerant plants to give your yard that extra “oomph.” Sprucing up your landscape makes it that much more realistic looking!

 

Have any plants you’ve used that requires minimal maintenance and water? Shoot us a note!