NewGrass.com | Synthetic Grass is NewGrass http://www.newgrass.com Synthetic Grass is NewGrass Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:58:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Making Artificial Grass: From Pellets to Perfection http://www.newgrass.com/making-artificial-grass-from-pellets-to-perfection/ http://www.newgrass.com/making-artificial-grass-from-pellets-to-perfection/#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:45:44 +0000 http://www.newgrass.com/?p=449 Do you ever wonder just exactly what goes into making artificial grass? What goes into making your lawn stay green all year long? Sure, you may know the blades are made from products with really long names, but beyond that, what else is needed to create the final product? Quite a bit actually. Let’s explore […]

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Do you ever wonder just exactly what goes into making artificial grass? What goes into making your lawn stay green all year long? Sure, you may know the blades are made from products with really long names, but beyond that, what else is needed to create the final product? Quite a bit actually. Let’s explore the process of creating artificial grass for a few moments. We promise to make it as interesting and fun as possible.

However, understand, these are general guidelines. Each product line may have its own particular nuance during processing, but the following information will yield a good understanding of the overall production technique. It’s kind of like making a cake in some respects. More on that in a few moments.

This Does not Look like Grass at All

In the beginning, your artificial grass does not look like grass at all. The raw ingredients are made of a combination of three materials. They are:

Polypropylene: A long lasting and durable compound that is resilient by nature (it an often look like a plastic pellet). This is one of the main compounds used to make your grass blades.

Polyetheylene: Another long lasting and durable compound, however, one that feels a bit more gentle against your skin than the one previously listed (again, this one can also look like a plastic pellet).

Nylon: Most commonly known as “weed eater coil”, nylon also has a high burn tolerance which makes it great for artificial grass application. It’s use lends variety to the overall look and feel of your artificial lawn (this compound may initially look like a pellet or rope).

So you might be thinking at this point, “Wait a minute, is my lawn made of plastic pellets and weed eater line?” Yes and no, and yes again. That’s the short answer. The raw materials are what they are. What happens next begins the process of transforming them into the lush green space you know as your artificial lawn. Let’s continue.

Making Artificial Grass is a Lot Like Baking a Cake?

The next steps involve loading the raw ingredients into a hopper to be mixed. Coloring and chemicals are added to give the grass its particular shade of green, and UV protection is also added to prevent fading. Once it is mixed, the ingredients are transferred to a nice steel mixer where they are stirred until the product thickens. This is a lot like mixing ingredients for cake batter, but the next step ends the analogy… for a while anyway.

newgrass-extruderThe thickened mixture is then passed through an extruder (like the one in the image to the left) turning it into long strands that resemble blades of grass. Your artificial grass product is beginning to take shape! After this step the material is put through a machine that winds the strands into a loose rope. From there, they are tightened further, and woven into yarn.

Finally, the strands are ready to be heated. This step is crucial because it sets the blade shape. If this step was left out, your lawn would look like very fake.  From there the journey continues. The yarn is sent through a tufting machine where your lawn material is pierced with needles to create the nice grassy surface you will enjoy. The best way to think of this step is a combination between sewing and latch hook. If you did one of those latch hook kits as a child, the tufting process works much like that, only a lot faster. Hundreds of stitching rows are made during this step.

The Finished Product

After your artificial grass is tufted, it is ready to receive a backside application. Most of the time, latex is used. It is the best choice for creating a flexible, durable end product. After this, we can return to the cake analogy, albeit briefly. The final product is passed through an oven to cure the latex backing. After a cool down, your artificial grass product is complete. The only step to be completed is packaging for sale or delivery.

Keep in mind, this is the general method used to produce artificial grass. Variations and slightly different methods may be used for some grass products. Making artificial grass is as much an art as it is a science. However, what we just described to you is the culmination of 50 years of artificial grass production. This general production method represents the third reinvention of the production technique, or third generation artificial grass.

Making Artificial Grass: Third Generation Benefits

So what does that mean? The process is now more efficient, which stabilizes the final cost of artificial grass products for you the consumer. The other benefit? A more realistic looking lawn. Making artificial grass today results in a far different product than what you would find used in early applications like the Houston Astrodome pictured below.

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The Astrodome in it’s final days, circa 1999.

Third generation production also means UV coating and tolerance for wear and abrasion. The use of polypropylene is a huge improvement too. This compound is exclusively used for the extra thatch layer. Cushion and support are direct benefits of this compound being added into the mix. This is really noticeable on big applications like the Dreamforce install performed by Artificial Grass Pros in the fall of last year. It just goes to show there are turf products to suit just about any application you can think of.

NewGrass prides itself in being able to offer a wide assortment of artificial grass to suit your taste. Our product line is current, realistic looking and durable. We only sell products that pass our curation and quality control standards. Anything less does not make the cut. This means you enjoy a product that we can place our full confidence in, so much so that we offer a 15 year warranty.

After all, what good is an efficient production method if you lack confidence in the final product? If you are in the market for a new lawn, we would love for you to consider NewGrass products for your installation. We have the selection, and staff, to help you make the best choice for your lawn. So really that means one more step in the production process. You. Contact us today. We would love to close our production loop with another valued customer.

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Choosing Artificial Grass: 7 Things to Know http://www.newgrass.com/choosing-artificial-grass-7-things-know/ Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:55:15 +0000 http://www.newgrass.com/?p=431 Money is not the only consideration when choosing artificial grass. There are several other factors that need to be thought through before you purchase a lawn that will last for years to come. After all, artificial grass is a major investment. Here are a few things to consider before making your decision. 7 “Need to […]

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Money is not the only consideration when choosing artificial grass. There are several other factors that need to be thought through before you purchase a lawn that will last for years to come. After all, artificial grass is a major investment. Here are a few things to consider before making your decision.

7 “Need to Know” Tips for Choosing Artificial Grass

Traffic/Usage

How often will your new artificial grass lawn get used? How many feet or paws will be treading their way across the surface every day? Usage is an important consideration for sure. If you choose a turf that is not designed to stand up to heavy use form people and pets, your investment will wear out rather quickly.

If your kids love playing outdoors, and your pets have to romp in the sunshine a few times each day, choose a durable turf. Something like our NewGrass Premium product would work just fine. It looks natural, feels soft, is non abrasive and very durable.

Product Quality

Good quality artificial grass will be made of polypropylene, polyamide, polyethylene yarns or a mixture of the three. Furthermore, you will find quality turf products are evenly backed, color consistent and contain well stitched tufts. Expect to pay more when choosing artificial grass that is well made. Don’t let that deter you though. In the long run you will save more. Artificial grass is a game where quality products win every time. This is why NewGrass spends most of its effort selecting an inventory that will meet, or exceed, your artificial lawn needs.

Don’t be afraid to ask for samples, either, if you are purchasing online. You want to experienced the product first hand before setting up an installation. This is a product you have to see and touch before making a purchase decision.

Blade Length (Pile Height)

This is simply a measurement of blade length from just above the backing to the end of its tip. And while it might be tempting to select a long blade, be careful. They do create a full and lush look in the beginning. However, over time they will bend over, causing your yard to look flat. To stand it up again you will spend a lot of time sweeping it with a broom. For optimum look and feel, the recommended blade length is 30-37mm. Choosing artificial grass with this pile height will give you a natural lawn that looks fresh, yet manicured. You will still have to stand the blades up with a broom every now and then, but not nearly as often as you would with a larger pile height.

Weight and Density

When choosing artificial grass, density refers to the number of synthetic yarns per square foot of turf. Artificial grass with a higher turf density is more durable. They are more expensive too. Concessions can be made for density if price is a factor. You can compensate with infill to a degree. At NewGrass, we will work with you to make sure your lawn fits both your financial, usage and aesthetic needs.

As for weight, the higher the quality, the more your artificial grass will weigh. Of course, this is of no consequence during a traditional install. However, if you are installing a green space on a patio for a high rise condo, or roof top bar for instance, you will need to check the load bearing of the structure to make sure you can install that particular type of artificial grass.

Backing and Infill

When choosing artificial grass, infill types vary. Most often, sand and gravel are used as part of the install process. There are other types of infill too though. The purpose is to keep your lawn springy and resilient. Talk over options with your installation company to see what works best for you.

As for artificial grass backing, artificial grass is backed with polyurethane or latex. Poly backed artificial grass does not expand and contract; latex does. If you are installing your turf in area known for extreme heat, go with a polyurethane backed product. This will ensure your lawn does not shrink, or expand, causing bubbles, ripples and tears.

Color

This is an important one. It can be tempting to choose a grass that looks really green, however, take caution. Once installed, it will stick out like a sore thumb. Most of those super green grass products are cheap too. You will have durability issues in the long run.

When choosing artificial grass, it is best to choose a product that has varying shades of green. Olive green, dark green and lime green mixed together will offer a more lush and natural look. Also, look for grass that is not completely uniform. This will add to curb appeal. You may want to look for a product that contains a few brown flecks too. This will make your yard look even more natural and full.

Maintenance

The simple rule of thumb is, the more costly the grass, the less you will have to spend to maintain it. Remember that when choosing artificial grass. Also, consider other factors too. If you live in an area where weather could be a factor, that is an important consideration. Also, what does your canopy look like? If you have the potential for limbs and other debris to fall on your lawn often, factor that into your decision. Not only will those items need to be removed, your turf will need to be durable in order to handle it.

Choosing Artificial Grass the NewGrass Way

Factoring in all of these variables can be challenging or overwhelming. At NewGrass, we are here to help. We know choosing artificial grass is easier said than done. All of the considerations, different types, price points, it can be confusing. We can help. At NewGrass, we work with artificial grass products every day. Contact us so we can go over options with you. Together, we will come up with the best solution for you. Your lawn will be durable and look amazing for years to come. The best parts? No more lawn maintenance and a boost to property value!

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Artificial Grass Lifespan | How Long Will My Lawn Last? http://www.newgrass.com/artificial-grass-lifespan-long-will-lawn-last/ Fri, 29 Dec 2017 20:21:19 +0000 http://www.newgrass.com/?p=436 Asking how long your artificial lawn will last is a loaded question. “It depends” is the first answer that comes to mind, but hardly the best. There are several factors which affect artificial grass lifespan. Understanding what they are, and how they contribute to wear and tear, will give you a better idea of what […]

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Asking how long your artificial lawn will last is a loaded question. “It depends” is the first answer that comes to mind, but hardly the best. There are several factors which affect artificial grass lifespan. Understanding what they are, and how they contribute to wear and tear, will give you a better idea of what to expect in terms of durability. First let’s talk generalities.

Expected Lifespan for Artificial Grass

As a general rule, you can expect your artificial lawn to last an average of 20 years. The grass is designed to be UV resistant, so the color of the blades do not fade. The material, (polypropylene, polyethylene or polyamide yarns) is resistant to damage and eco-friendly. It also happens to be very resilient and flexible. This is why it maintains its shape, springing back to life after each use. proper care and maintenance will ensure long life for many years to come.

However, the industry standard is just an average, albeit a good one. Many artificial grass installation companies guarantee their installs for 10-15 years, but expect the product to last 20-25 years. Plus, new information is always emerging regarding durability, financial sense and safety. In fact, there is a current government study focused on 40 turf fields across the United States in regards to material safety. So far? No red flags. That’s good news for lawn owners, however, it is important to consider two other factors when thinking about artificial grass lifespan.

Before we move on to that though, don’t forget one important issue. Does your product come with a warranty? The installation probably does, but the grass itself should as well. When choosing your product, be sure to look for warranties that cover things like workmanship, fading and material issues. Now let’s talk about traffic and usage.

Wear and Tear

How often your lawn is used has a lot to do with artificial grass lifespan. Indirectly, it is affected by product type as well. Before deciding on your artificial grass type, it is important to understand basic aspects of your lawn beforehand. Asking the following questions will help:

What type of traffic does my lawn take on a regular basis? If you have kids who play sports, or pets that constantly romp through your yard, you will need to make sure you choose an artificial grass product suited for that type of use. Higher quality products lengthen  artificial grass lifespan in regards to your lawn. They are designed for heavier use and hold up really well to wear and tear.

On the contrary, if you seldom use your lawn, a lower quality grass product may last just as long as one with higher quality. The determining factor is wear and tear. The less use your lawn endures over time the longer it will last, no matter which type of product you use.

Maintenance

Keeping your artificial lawn clean can be a double edged sword. Maintenance is necessary to remove debris and keep your lawn looking natural and new. However, if you have pets, be mindful of the impact. More maintenance than necessary is required if you want your artificial lawn to last.

The reason for this? Pet waste can eat away at the backing of your artificial grass. This decreases artificial grass lifespan and could mean repairs in the long run. Understanding the impact your pets have on artificial turf allows you to be proactive.

Usually, this is handled beforehand during the installation. Your installers will go over infill options and other solutions for odor before the install.  Afterward, simply rinse the pet waste away, or pick it up, as needed. Proactive positioning in regard to wear and tear will extend artificial grass lifespan.

On the whole, artificial grass requires very little maintenance. You will need to rake it periodically to stand the blades up, rinse from time to time to remove dirt, debris and pet waste, and repair it occasionally as certain sections wear out.

Do those things and your lawn will last for 20-25 years. No more mowing, or fertilizer maintenance and several years of truly free artificial grass ownership. That might be the best part of all. Let’s break it down by the numbers and see what an artificial grass lawn means for your pocketbook.

Artificial Grass Lifespan | A Healthy Financial Return

Let’s take a 1,200 square foot lawn as an example. Outfitting the space with a traditional lawn will cost about $3,500 (This does not include irrigation costs which could run about $4,000 or so). A synthetic lawn will run right around $10,000 for the initial install.

Yearly maintenance on a traditional lawn will cost a little more than $2,000. Artificial grass lawns will cost less than $200. In 12 years, your artificial lawn will cost a total of just under $13,000 while your traditional grass lawn will cost more then $34k. That is quite a cost difference!

Keep in mind, at this point, the traditional lawn will continue to cost $2,000+ per year while your artificial lawn will cost less than $200. The artificial lawn pays for itself in under 10 years and you enjoy another ten years of minimal lawn maintenance (one power brush per year if needed). You essentially gain ten years of free lawn care while a traditional lawn will cost you another $12k-$13k.

So we can add to our question it seems. With the right amount of care, the artificial grass lifespan of your synthetic lawn should last 20-25 years. However, you will enjoy an additional 10-15 year period of enjoyment virtually cost free. Between the lifespan of the product and the return on investment, switching to artificial grass is a sound investment.

Thinking of switching to artificial grass? Contact us and see what a difference NewGrass makes. We have some of the best artificial grass products in the industry. We can help you create your dream space. Wouldn’t it be nice to ditch the lawnmower for good and enjoy 25 years of lush, green grass? If you are shaking your head “Yes!” we couldn’t agree more. Call us, and let NewGrass introduce you to your next artificial grass landscape.

 

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