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16 Oct 2015

Safety Tips for Artificial Grass and Fire pits

There’s nothing quite like a fire pit on a winter night. It’s a cozy spot for friends to gather, talking, laughing, and maybe roasting some marshmallows. On the other hand, a fire pit also invites quiet contemplation, sitting alone and fire gazing. If you have artificial turf, you can certainly have a fire pit, and it will look great. There are, however, some safety concerns to consider.

First, the good news: artificial grass is not flammable!
Even if a flaming ember flew from your fire pit and landed on your lawn, it wouldn’t flame up and the fire wouldn’t spread. The bad news? It would melt a spot of your artificial turf, damaging the look of your grass.

The most important thing is that you should not put your fire pit directly onto the artificial turf.
Instead, create a patio either beside or within your yard, using stones or gravel- not wood. The great thing about this is that you can make it large enough to accommodate seating, and it will provide a fire break for the fire pit. This is important, not just for the artificial grass, but for your whole property.

Another great idea is to build a shelter for your extra wood.
A wooden box should do the trick, built near enough to be convenient, yet far enough away for safety.

Of course, some safety tips apply to all fire pits, whether or not you have artificial grass.
For example, a fire pit should not be within 10 feet of any structure, and 25 feet is actually preferable. Be careful not to place it under any low hanging limbs, and keep an eye on kids anytime you’re using it. Having a fire extinguisher on hand is not a bad idea, either.

Artificial turf is a great way to keep your lawn beautiful and green all year long, without wasting water or worrying about fertilizer or pesticides. At Tough Turf, we design, manufacture, install and maintain synthetic turf and grass, with options available for any application and every budget.

15 Oct 2015

Artificial Turf Means Never Having to Say Let’s Winterize

Few things are a bigger source of pride for a homeowner than a beautiful green lawn. Of course, having a yard that’s the envy of the block and the pride of the neighborhood association takes work. You’ve got to mow, and weed, test the soil and fertilize, and continually fight one pest or another intent on taking down your pride and joy. Winterizing? That’s just one more in a long list of yard chores necessary to keep your lawn beautiful.

Just when you’d rather be snuggled inside with your loved ones, perhaps sipping hot chocolate, yard work rears its ugly head again. You look out at the browning grass and realize you’re not just going to have to mow again, but you’re also going to have to pull weeds and fertilize in anticipation of spring. Not only that, but the yard has probably become muddy, with bare patches that you’ll need to fix before the muck gets out of hand. Is there any way around all of this?

Of course, there is! Artificial turf is the perfect way to keep your yard green and gorgeous all year long, without mowing or wasting water, and with no pesticides or fertilizer. Not only can you spend your winter doing the things you want to do instead of dealing with the yard, but you’ll save time, money, and effort because of all the maintenance you won’t be doing. Who knows? You could even get a chance this winter to work on your golf game. In fact, while you’re having artificial turf installed, why not set aside part of that beautiful green yard for a practice putting green? By the time spring rolls around, you’ll practically be a pro.

Here’s another thing about artificial grass: it’s environmentally friendly. You won’t be creating emissions running electric or gas yard equipment because a little sweep with the broom is all you’ll need to keep your yard looking great. You’ll also avoid toxic chemicals, like fertilizer and pesticide, which can be dangerous for your kids and pets, and which can also contaminate runoff water systems.

At Tough Turf, we design, manufacture, install and maintain synthetic turf and grass, with options available for any application and every budget.