Ask JW: Is Your Artificial Turf Melting?

Over the decades, synthetic turf has become landscaping’s most popular product to hit the market since the lawnmower. Through research and development, synthetic turf has evolved rapidly, and it’s only getting better. New components that make up the synthetic turf systems have become quality-driven. The backings are produced with a higher quality of textiles and produce strong tuft bind. The coatings that are applied to the backings are more resilient, flexible and can withstand thermal contraction better than before. The yarn that produces the fibers has high tech admixtures that prevent degradation and gives the synthetic turf longer life expectancy.

Window glare, however, and its ability to melt objects and materials has been an ongoing issue for a long time now. Intense heat being transferred through sunlight can cause damage, and sometimes injury. The first step in preventing property from being damaged from Reflective Ultraviolet Rays is to find out if you are a candidate or not. This month ASK JW will help you understand the issues that arise from reflective heat and how you can prevent any future damage to your synthetic turf, furniture, toys and surrounding materials and objects.

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Professional Maintenance Guide

Synthetic turf is as maintenance free as maintenance free gets. There is no doubt Synthetic turf saves money and time, especially when it takes a lot of work to create a plush, ever green lawn. Contractors that maintain commercial projects need to understand the “Do’s and Don’ts” when maintaining synthetic turf. Below are my recommendations when maintaining commercial synthetic turf installations.


Extensive foot traffic over a period of time may cause seam rupture. It is advantageous that all seems be inspected and repaired if needed.

Removal of debris

The easiest and fastest way to remove debris from synthetic turf is using a leaf blower. I recommend blowing all of the debris to one side then removing.

Power Broom

Powerbrooming the synthetic turf fibers removes contaminates and smaller debris such as cigarette butts, pine needles, small rocks etc. on the turf. Do not over fibrillate the fibers. This will reduce its longevity.

Infill replacement

Long periods of wear and tear will cause the infill to “walk off”. This means that the infill either is removed by high winds, foot traffic and excessive maintenance. It is best to keep the depth of the infill maintained as per manufactures recommendations.

Disinfecting / Application of Enzyme Deodorizer (optional)

I recommend using an SGW enzyme deodorizer to clean and rid any bacteria that may be present from spills, pet feces, blood, urine or vomit. Prior to using, wet down the synthetic turf so that the enzyme deodorizer will be able to get to the bottom of the fibers without drying out from hot weather conditions.

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Understanding Dye Lot in Synthetic Turf

Variations in color or texture between dye lots are highly possible in the manufacturing of synthetic turf. A dye lot is a record taken during the dyeing of yarn to identify yarn that received its coloration in the same vat at the same time. Yarn manufacturers assign each lot a unique identification number and stamp it on the label before shipping. When installing multiple sections of synthetic turf, all sections MUST BE OF THE SAME DYE LOT, or you will have non-matching color variations.

Prior to ordering multiple rolls for one installation, it is advantageous to let your supplier know that you will need every connecting roll that is ordered to be made with the same dye lot. Even though manufacturers come very close with every extrusion, it is merely impossible for separate runs to be an exact match.

This month, ASK JW will help you understand the importance of dye lots and how it can affect the appearance of your installation.

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Ask JW: Tucking Synthetic Turf Edges

Tucking synthetic turf edges has become the new trend in synthetic turf installations. When done properly, tucking synthetic turf edges can give beauty to the overall appearance, but you must understand how and when to use tucking before deciding to apply it to your installation.

Some contractors grade and compact the subgrade materials at the same level of the hardscape and then roll and tuck the synthetic turf to the edge which gives it a “pillow top” look. However, when the turf edges are not properly tucked and secured, safety concerns may arise for the home or business owner. If the finished elevation of the synthetic turf is much higher than the hardscape, a “trip hazard” will be present and can cause injury.

This month, Ask JW will explain when and when not to tuck as well as the proper steps in creating a tucked edge.

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Ask JW: The Importance of Synthetic Grass Edging

The most important skill of any professional synthetic turf contractor is the perfection of Seams and Exterior Edges. If the exterior edging of the synthetic turf is not installed and secured properly, the integrity of subgrade soils will erode, allowing the edge of the synthetic turf to sink and leave a depression. This will also allow the exterior nails, spikes or staples to come loose which can be costly to repair. You want to make sure that the details of each installation is done to perfection and your customers will not have to encounter these issues in the future.

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Ask JW: Contouring Synthetic Turf

“When should I go flat and when should I contour?” – a common question when it comes to turf installations. When drainage is not a concern and you are free to be as creative as you’d like with your turf installation, contouring will set your work apart.

When you contour synthetic turf, dynamics of light (sunlight) brings out multiple shades of colors when different angles are created. When the subgrade materials are contoured by grading slopes and small mounds, the beauty of the synthetic turf comes alive allowing the fibers to open and close resulting in a natural looking surface. This month’s Ask JW will talk about why contouring synthetic turf is crucial in creating a “natural look” for your synthetic turf project.

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Ask JW: Evolution Of Play Ground Surfaces

As a father of four, safety is a top priority when it comes to anything that involves my children. I get it – kids like to play and climb all over the playground – I actually encourage it! I was never afraid of them playing, it was the fall that had instilled fear in me. Almost every parent has heard news at one time or another of an innocent child falling from a playground structure, creating serious head trauma – sometimes death.
New standards have been put in place over the years to help reduce the risk of serious injury by fall. I am proud to have been able to travel from state to state to replace existing playground surfaces with artificial turf. Through extensive study of fall patterns, different surfaces, traffic wear and products to help make playgrounds safer for children everywhere. This month’s Ask JW will go over how to install safe, durable, and beautiful synthetic grass playground surfaces.

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Ask JW: Seam Rupture Repair

Sometimes it may feel like repairing your turf is like conducting a surgery. That’s because it is – repairs take skill, patience, and knowledge.
Seam ruptures can be mistaken for poor workmanship. Cutting the seam fibers can cause the seam to be visible and look like a seam rupture. Synthetic turf seams are only as strong as the products used to create them. Having good patience, proper tools and “know how” is the key to any synthetic grass repair.
This month’s Ask JW will teach you how to perform “synthetic grass surgery” for damaged and separated seams.

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Ask JW: Seam Rupture

Are you coming apart at the seams? Well you’re not alone.

What if I told you that your synthetic turf doesn’t need to be replaced when a seam separates or ruptures? I’m here to tell you that this is not true. As long as the seam rupture is minimal, you can repair it in no time – and have your synthetic turf back in service.

Learning how to repair ruptured seams is not only important, but it will make you better at installing seams. This month’s Ask JW is the second installment of my series on “Synthetic Turf Repairs.”

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Making Repairs to Your Synthetic Turf

Synthetic grass has many benefits, including low maintenance. It’s easy to forget that your synthetic grass needs a little care from time to time to ensure it stays looking beautiful. But what if you’ve neglected your lawn for so long that you’re starting to see damaged spots? Lucky for you, autumn is here and the cooler weather makes it the perfect time to fix your damaged spots and do the preventative maintenance necessary to keep your lawn in tip-top shape! Click below to find out how.

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