PHOTOS - Synthetic Turf Installation

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

  1. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    Do you end up screeding the final layer ? or just take your time smoothing? Seems like it might be hard and noticeable if there were waves in the base?
    Looking at doing ( or getting this done) in my backyard. 3 labradors just kill the grass.
  2. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,876

    No. You don't need to screed it, like you would pavers. But we do rake and compact it until it's pretty dang level. We get it 90% there. But not quite as laser-perfect as you'd need for pavers.
  3. Gr8WhiteNorth

    Gr8WhiteNorth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 465

    What are the names of some suppliers I could purchase this from?
  4. Puttinggreens

    Puttinggreens LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from southeast PA
    Messages: 399

    Looks great.

    How does the color hold up over time? I would think within a few years the UV would really beat it up.
  5. LazyWeekends

    LazyWeekends LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    With the rock underneath, how comfortable is it to walk or play on?
  6. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,876

    That depends a lot on the brand. There is plenty of cheap stuff out there that fades over time. That's another reason I really like using SYNLawn. They have a 15-year No-Fade warranty. Their products are really built to withstand the weather long term.

    The biggest installation of Synthetic Turf in the world is at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas. They have hundreds of thousands of sq. ft. of SYNLawn installed all over their property. I can't remember when it was installed. But it was at least 8+ years ago. Still looks great to this day. And that's in full on HOT sun.
  7. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,876

    You'd think that wouldn't be very soft, with a hard aggregate base. But it is. It's very nice to walk and play on. Almost all synthetic turf applications are done this way. Sports fields, dog parks, commercial settings (like Wynn Casino, mentioned above). It's the turf itself that makes it feel soft. You're not standing on the aggregate. You're standing on the blades of turf. It cushions your step. Feels good.

    There are some things you can install to make it even more buoyant. For instance, you can install a trample pad underneath. But we normally wouldn't do that unless it was being used in a playground. You can also install Infill, which they often do in sports fields. That helps make the hard landings a little softer.

    But generally speaking, you don't have to add anything. It already feels good just because the grass blades give it a nice soft feel.

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