Install of the Month: SmartGrass

With today’s synthetic turf products featuring grass blades that contain multiple shades green and brown, we are now able to offer turf products that look just as real as any natural grass lawn. Because of this, more homeowners are making the switch. Even early adopters are upgrading to newer versions of artificial grass to take advantage of the improved realism.

Craig Voyton, owner of SmartGrass, noticed this to be a recurring trend in his 15 years in the turf industry. “Homeowners switch to turf because of the aesthetics. They want the perfect, natural grass look, but don’t want the maintenance responsibilities that go along with it,” he told us. “The best selling products are the ones that are going to hold up, have great color, and work well with pets or kids.”

SmartGrass recently installed 1,200 square feet of Diamond Pro Fescue and 250 square feet of Poly Putt 2-Tone in this Rancho Palos Verdes tiered yard. Diamond Pro Fescue features dual shades of field and olive green tones complimented by a brown thatch for added realism. Poly Putt 2-Tone 15’ is the natural progression of putting green turf which has been tested to closely replicate professional putting greens.

Voyton believes that the progression of grass and its popularity happened simply because of the timing. “First we had the drought in California which was followed closely by the government rebates and benefits for switching,” he says. “After a while, people want their green lawn back and the installers and homeowners are demanding more aesthetically pleasing products.” Voyton saw numbers really start to go up approximately 8 years ago when turf changed and became a more advanced product.

“I get clients from 8-10 years ago calling us and asking for an upgrade and we’re happy to help,” Voyton says. “The switch is done much easier and at a lower cost to the homeowner because the foundation is already done from the previous turf installation.” Business is always growing for SmartGrass and they don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.

SmartGrass has been in business for over 15 years and has installed more than 6,000 artificial grass projects. Their long-standing business has allowed them to do many installs for dog rescues, Veteran groups, and celebrities. With over 100 Yelp reviews and a 5 star rating, Smart grass takes pride in their customer service and their products. SmartGrass is also not limited to the California area. They send crews to a variety of states including Nevada, Arizona, and the east coast.

Smart Grass is our November 2017 “Install of the Month” winner.

Install of the Month: WinterGreen Synthetic Grass

When it comes to artificial grass, many reluctant homeowners worry about only one thing – whether or not it looks artificial. Everyone wants their lawn to look and feel real, but they don’t want the maintenance or irrigation needs that go along with a lawn.    

WinterGreen Synthetic Grass owner, Winter Moore, saw things differently. “When I came across artificial grass for the first time, I thought it was a brilliant idea,” Moore told us. “Homes are popping up with artificial lawns all the time and when one person has it, everyone has to have it.”

WinterGreen Synthetic Grass, an artificial grass installation company based out of Texas, recently converted 3,400 square feet of natural grass with Synthetic Grass Warehouse’s Diamond Light Spring for a home located within the Vaquero Country Club.

This installation within the country club was a great way to further promote the growing popularity of turf. The curiosity of passing residents has made this the third installation by WinterGreen Synthetic Grass inside the community, with two more in queue. “This is the domino effect. We’re just going to see more people making the switch as they realize synthetic grass isn’t as fake as they thought,” Moore says.

Since seeing is believing, Moore has decided to pour additional resources into the photography and videography side of his marketing. WinterGreen Synthetic Grass teamed up with a local drone operator to take aerial photo and video for the company. Moore says, “We know our installations are top quality and we want to make sure our potential customers can see how good and real it looks while they imagine possibilities for their own space.”   

WinterGreen Synthetic Grass has been in business for over 3 years and services the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. They are frequently featured in Fort Worth magazine and recently did work for the Dallas Stars hockey team.

WinterGreen Synthetic Grass is the October 2017 “Install of the Month” winner.

Install of the Month: Tri City Synthetic Turf

Californians often resort to planting drought tolerant foliage for their landscapes. Even though the water restrictions have ended, the installation and planting of desert friendly plants and artificial grass has not subsided.

Tri City Synthetic Turf, an artificial grass installation company based out of San Marcos, recently converted 3,150 square feet of Synthetic Grass Warehouse’s Everlast’s Sequoia and 320 square feet of TigerTurf’s True Putt for a local homeowner.

“This job was about half turf installation, half landscaping. We included drought tolerant plants and giant stepping stones to break it up and make it more interesting,” Fedor Maus, owner of Tri City Synthetic Turf told us. “She was looking to create a luxury backyard that would still be water wise.”

For the homeowners, creating a landscape that the entire family could enjoy together was extremely important. “They decided on Sequoia because the color and feel of the product is so natural and beautiful,” Maus said. “We find that many homeowners that switch to synthetic turf are doing it for the low maintenance and realism, rather than just saving water.”

Tri City Synthetic Turf was founded in 2007 and pride themselves on being a smaller, more involved company than their competition. “It’s always my goal to leave a customer satisfied with a smile on their face,” Maus told us. “We are really hands on and we stand behind our work 100%. We’re very proud of the products we use and our work ethic.”

Tri City Synthetic Turf is the September 2017 “Install of the Month” winner. Congratulations!

Install of the Month: Water Wise Grass

After more than five years of drought, California has finally ended their state of emergency. Residents all over the state are celebrating, however water useage is still an ongoing issue for Southern California and homeowners continue to look for solutions. While most would expect demand for artificial grass to decrease with the passing of the drought, it has been exactly the opposite.

Water Wise Grass, an artificial grass installation company based out of San Diego, recently converted 1,200 square feet of Synthetic Grass Warehouse’s TigerTurf Diamond Pro Spring for a local homeowner. Diamond Pro Spring is designed for moderate to heavy traffic, and features TigerCool technology, allowing for a decreased surface temperature of 10 degrees Fahrenheit on sunny days.

“This client reviewed six other turf companies before choosing us,” said Mike Palmer, owner of Water Wise Grass. “They were the most detail oriented clients we’ve worked with, and had a lot of specifics that they wanted to include in their installation. I knew we could deliver on their expectations.” Palmer worked alongside the client to pick the perfect turf product for their needs.

The client was happy with the involvement of Palmer on their project, and mentioned it in their Yelp review of Water Wise Grass. “[Palmer] pointed out several differing products, his pet application processes, and allowed us the details to study up on them. I asked questions and tried to really understand what we were getting in terms of turf product array and pet installation,” they said.

Water Wise Grass was founded in 2014 and is growing steadily. They pride themselves on being a very consultative company, educating consumers about the benefits of turf products. “The selling point for our customers is usually just the knowledge and experience we bring to the table,” Palmer told us. “Homeowners don’t always know what to look for. They might just like the color or how soft it is, but we make certain we provide them with the best product for their needs that will keep them enjoying their lawn for years to come. I treat every client like they’re family.”

Water Wise Grass is our August 2017 “Install of the Month” winner! Congratulations.

Install of the Month: Paradise Greens – Arizona

As the summer heatwave hits the United States, many desert landscape communities are switching to artificial turf. Over the past couple years, the primary driving factors for homeowners was the conservation of water and the aesthetic of a realistic, evergreen lawn. Now, the switch to artificial grass is being propelled by its propensity for being low maintenance, and pet-friendly.

 

Our July 2017 “Install of the Month” winner, Paradise Greens recently installed 13,000 square feet of Synthetic Grass Warehouse’s Everglade Spring Pro for a Phoenix resident, and also 1,800 square feet of True Putt in their backyard. Everglade Spring Pro allows for moderate to heavy traffic, and is pet-friendly with its perforated backing, allowing for urine and liquids to drain. For putting, True Putt features slit film polypropylene grass blades for fast green speeds.

 

“The clients were very focused on getting a turf product that was going to work for their 4 dogs,” Charlie Ferer, owner of Paradise Greens, said. “Since the dogs varied in size, we wanted to accommodate and find a product that was going to withstand that kind of traffic.” While their dogs ran around the yard, the father and son still wanted a place to practice their short game, so Paradise Greens sent out a designer to make it happen. “They wanted their green to have straight putt ability as well as a break, so we worked with them to create the perfect practice space,” Ferer explained.  

 

Paradise Greens was founded in 2005, and pride themselves in their 100% USA manufactured turf and quality customer service. Their installation crew has been together for over eleven years and has received many awards, including “Best Putting Green Designer”, as well as the “Super Service Award”. They are the certified installer for all Costco stores throughout Maricopa, as well as 22 Home Depot locations. The Paradise Greens installation portfolio also includes work with some big resorts throughout Arizona, including the Marriott Camelback Resort and Spa, the Hyatt Gainey Ranch, and The Phoenician.

 

Install of the Month: Arizona Luxury Lawns

The artificial turf industry has been hard at work refining artificial grass products to replicate the look and feel of natural grass. Our efforts have not gone unnoticed by homeowners throughout Paradise Valley, Arizona. In fact, many families continue to swap out their natural lawns for artificial grass to enhance the look of their yards.

Our June 2017 “Install of the Month” winner, Arizona Luxury Lawns & Greens, recently installed 1,100 square feet of Diamond Pro Spring and 500 square feet of True Putt in this Arizona backyard. Diamond Pro Spring is best used for moderate to heavy traffic areas, and uses field and lime green grass blades paired with a brown thatch layer for added realism. True Putt is a high quality putting green product that features high green speeds which allows your golf ball to react at PGA level.

The clients, a couple who entertain guests on a regular basis, wanted a yard to look inviting and alive even in the midst of the desert Arizona climate. “It is very hard to keep your lawn green here and it costs a lot of money,” Chris Harlien, owner of Arizona Luxury Lawns told us. “Most homeowners will give into the climate and just let the grass die, but with the turf products continuously getting more realistic, neighbors see what’s happening next door and want it for themselves.”

Harlien is very familiar with the neighborhood – the street consists of six homes and Arizona Luxury Lawns has installed artificial grass in all of them. “40% of our business comes from referrals, so we work very hard to ensure we’ve exceeded our client’s expectations on every project. We have a strict open door policy with our clients and we have over 300 five star reviews across multiple platforms because of it.”

Arizona Luxury Lawns was founded in 2007 when they saw that turf as a great option for Arizona’s desert environment. They are a 100% family owned and operated business who dedicates all their energy to their customers. “We live and die by our reputation and we know it speaks for itself,” says Harlien. They proudly hold the title of 6 time Angie’s List Super Service Winner, A+ rating in the Better Business Bureau, and the Best of Scottsdale Award for the last 3 years.

 

Congratulations Laguna Turf

Though the California drought may be coming to an end, homeowners have not stopped wanting waterwise landscaping solutions. The promise of having a picturesque green lawn without the maintenance and expensive water bills has been more enticing than ever.

Our May 2017 “Install of the Month” winner, Laguna Turf, recently installed artificial grass for a Rossmoor resident, converting their front yard from natural grass to over 800 square feet of Synthetic Grass Warehouse’s Diamond Light Spring.

The homeowner’s natural lawn suffered significantly because of California’s mandated water restrictions. While searching for a drought-friendly solution, the homeowners specifically wanted something that would allow their pets to continue to play on. Artificial grass seemed to be the perfect solution for the homeowner, especially after learning that it was tough enough to withstand heavy traffic and was safe for kids and pets alike.

Laguna Turf, a southern California turf installer and landscape designer, has been the company to beat in this Rossmoor neighborhood. After bringing artificial grass to over 15 lawns around the area, an increasing number of homeowners see the realism of the turf and can’t seem to resist making the switch. “The neighbors see the turf in other yards on their street and are always amazed at how good it looks. A lot of our projects come from referrals because everyone wants it for themselves,” Enrique Tuccio, Laguna Turf owner, says.

“Every homeowner wants their house to look great from the street and since turf has become so realistic, everyone has the option to switch and enjoy the added benefits.” Tuccio says. “We give people a lawn replacement and landscape option that they can be proud of that will help them save time, money, and water!”

Congratulations Amazing Synthetic Greens

It’s pretty difficult for San Diego to be even more beautiful than it already is, with their great cityscape and sunny beaches. However, our April Install of the Month goes to Amazing Synthetic Greens & Lawns for their artificial grass installation at Bright Horizons preschool.

Using Diamond Pro Spring with TigerCool technology, they brought this San Diego preschool’s play area to life again. Diamond Pro Spring synthetic turf features a beautiful dual shade of field and lime green grass blades paired with a brown thatch layer to replicate the most natural of lawns.

Diamond Pro Spring turf is backed by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association. IPEMA promotes safety and in-depth information on issues regarding playground equipment and surfacing issues. Through rigorous third party testing, Diamond Pro Spring is one of the seven TigerTurf products that meets the requirements of the American Society for Testing Materials F1292 certification.

These preschoolers can now play free of the allergies and pesticides that natural lawns can carry. It even allows for extra padding to protect the children from falls and the turf backing is perforated so liquids can easily pass through with no added mess to the lawn! Diamond Pro Spring was a great choice for the heavy foot traffic this playground is likely to endure and it will look great for years to come.

We look forward to seeing more great installations from Amazing Synthetic Greens & Lawns in the future!

Congratulations EcoLawn

While 83% of California has finally lifted their drought status, Santa Barbara is still clinging to conservation efforts. Residents have been turning to the passionate people at EcoLawn to make sure their grass stays green, even without the water. Chloe Kirk, co-owner of EcoLawn, says, “We are environmentalists at heart and want to save water in any way we can.”

Jessica Girard, co-founder of EcoLawn, is a passionate environmental and sustainable business advocate. Beau Schmidt, another EcoLawn co-founder, hopes to help homeowners with the rising cost of water bills with each installation of artificial grass.

EcoLawn recently installed 3,300 sq ft. of Diamond Pro Spring, as well as a 300 sq ft. putting green using Nylon Putt 2-tone on a Mediterranean estate in Santa Barbara. The homeowners recently moved from the East Coast, where they were used to having a green lawn without the high water bill. They replaced their browning, dead grass with synthetic grass, a growing trend among Santa Barbara residents. “We had to walk up and down ten flights of stairs to complete this job,” Kirk says. “But now the family can enjoy outdoor time spent with their kids while practicing their golf game.”

EcoLawn loves turf, but they weren’t always artificial grass landscapers. “We have been a general contractor in Santa Barbara for 17 years. Since 2014, when EcoLawn began, we’ve installed over 300 water-free grass lawns. We now do everything from design to installation, offering synthetic grass, hardscaping, and more.”

They have seen tremendous growth in the past year and their focus has been shifting from primarily residential work to more commercial and school applications. “We approach every job from a water conservation and environmental standpoint. We work hard to optimize water savings, reduce runoff, increase drainage as well as create an aesthetically beautiful project,” Kirk said.

Hillside Pavers

Hillside Pavers, based out of Orange County, realized that adding artificial grass added an entirely new dimension to their landscaping projects. Owner Oscar Valente knew that artificial grass was a perfect match for their masonry services. “It really sets us apart and from other landscapers in the area, especially in the eyes of the homeowner,” Valente said. “We offer a multitude of services and we found that it really helps with the customer experience from beginning to end.”

Valente recently installed 1,575 sq. ft. of TigerTurf Pet Turf, a product sold exclusively through Synthetic Grass Warehouse. “They originally hired us to install new pavers surrounding the pool area,” Valente said. “Once we were finished, the homeowners mentioned they did not like the way their existing turf looked against the new pavers.” The homeowners had artificial grass previously installed but were unhappy with the product. “The old turf didn’t have proper drainage so everything would trickle down into the pool,” he said. “We decided to re-level the entire area before installing new synthetic grass for them.”

He said this is a perfect example of who his clientele are. “They’re always letting me know how much of a convenience this is for them – and they’re more comfortable going through one company to meet all of their needs instead of having several come in and out of their homes.” Valente believes that one company allows for better communication. “We explain each step – they almost feel like they are part of the installation,” he said. “We listen to them, help come up with a solution, then stick to it – there are no surprises here.”

Valente has been in the business for over 15 years before founding Hillside Pavers in 2015. He said that all of his installers are ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute) certified –  their employees have received training on the latest standards and best practices related to the installation of interlocking concrete pavements. “Not many can say that they are earning a living off of their passions, but I can,” he said. “We aren’t doing this just for profit, the relationships we establish with each homeowner is invaluable.”