PHOTOS - Synthetic Turf Installation

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by JimLewis, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't know if any of you guys get into this or not. It's been a pretty profitable endeavor for us. Getting more and more popular. It's not for everyone. But here in Oregon we have a lot of shady, wet, muddy, mucky back yards and sometimes it's hard to grow real grass in those situations. After trying several times with sod lawns, soil amendments, shade-tolerant turf, etc. and failing - sometimes people turn to Synthetic Turf. In those applications, it can really be great. It turns a muddy, mucky back yard into a yard you can use year-round and never has any drainage issues. The best part is you can make good money installing it!

    So this was about 1100 sq. ft. and we used the SYNLawn SYNFescue 354. Took 3 days to dig out and remove the old turf, the soil, add the base, and install the synthetic turf. Something different. It's a fun way to make money. One of the best things I like about installing Synthetic turf is the customer is always really happy when we are finished. They've usually gone from horrible conditions to perfect. And it's a really refreshing change for them.







  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Any issues with weeds?
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  3. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    Are you being serious?

    No. No weeds.

    Main maintenance issue is blowing it off regularly. Lots of leaves, needles, debris always falling on our lawn areas in these parts. So it's often weekly blowing with a real strong backpack blower.

    Sometimes you can develop some mold or moss on it. But it resists that fairly well. I haven's seen that happen on any of our installations. But I hear it can happen. There is a relatively simple way to clean that off when it does happen.

    Otherwise, not much other maintenance other than scooping the dog poop.
  4. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes I was being serious. I meant weeds going through it. Just like people putting landscape fabric down and having it go through.
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  5. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Do you have any pics showing whats underneath as far as base and drainage? if not can you outline the install?

    What does it run per sq ft just on the turf?

    I like that, looks good and i can see kids of all ages wanting to play on that even more so then real grass.
  6. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
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    I think it looks great. Before this stuff used to look horrible but with time newer/better products have been coming out that look a lot more natural.

    As for weeds I have seen weeds grow through the stuff as well as on top. With time dirt accumulates in the turf and allows for weeds to grow.
  7. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Jim, have you guys tried lawn vacs instead of blowing it off? just curious, I feel like that would work pretty well in this situation. Looks SO good, fantastic work.

    I'm also really curious as to whats underneath exactly. Pics would be awesome!
  8. whiffyspark

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  9. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ok. I thought you were being sarcastic. No, there's no way that could happen. Below the SYNlawn is a 4-5" layer of highly compacted aggregate. And if that wasn't enough to prevent that, below it is a thick geotextile fabric that is impermeable by weeds or roots.
  10. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    I do not. The most accurate image I could find on Google Image search was this one. This is very close to how we do it:

    It's not cheap! This isn't for your average customer. It's for more well-to-do clients or people who really don't mind spending a lot of money for a more permanent solution.

    The cost of the turf really depends on the brand you use. I'm a huge fan of SYNLawn. And most of their higher end products that you'd use in a residential setting are around $5.70-$6.00 per sq. ft. for just the turf and the shipping. 'course that doesn't include the other installation materials, excavation or labor.

    Yah, I like it a lot too. Not everyone is a fan. But I would do it in my back yard for my kids. I guarantee they'd love it. Only reason I haven't is because it's so spendy.

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