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20 Oct 2015

Artificial Grass Can Keep Your House Cleaner

There are many great reasons for installing artificial turf. It keeps your lawn gorgeously green all year, and you never have to fertilize, use pesticides, or worry about how much water your yard is getting. One reason you might not have considered, though, is this: artificial grass keeps your house cleaner.

Pets are wonderful companions, but they make a mess.
In a traditional yard, furry friends dig, roll, and find many other ways to coat themselves with dirt and debris, which they then track into your home. When the grass is artificial, there’s no mud to roll in or track, which means no muddy paw prints on the floors and carpets. You’ll also have to bathe your pets less frequently, which is a win all the way around

Things you don’t even think about come in on your shoes.
Have you ever considered all that happens in your yard? Animals leave waste, grass produces pollen, rain makes mud, grass clippings stay behind, no matter how much you try to contain them, and your yard produces its own special dust. You might not even see of this, but it sticks to your shoes every time you’re out enjoying the lawn and comes right in to settle in your carpet and those little grooves in your hardwood and tile. With artificial turf, this is not an issue. Rain and urine seep right through and are absorbed into the earth, pollen doesn’t happen, and there’s no mud, dust, or clippings to make a mess.

You may even have been tracking in toxins.
With a live lawn come chemicals. It’s just the way it is! To keep the yard looking its best we fertilize and spray for bugs, and where do all those chemicals go? Some sink into the earth, which isn’t great for the environment. Some come into our homes on our shoes or on our pets. Is a beautiful lawn worth exposing your family to dangerous toxins? What about your pets, who also tend to lick their feet? When you have artificial grass, there’s no need to put down any poison, so there’s no chance it’s getting tracked into your home. Not only that, but you still get to have a lovely green yard, with virtually no maintenance required.

With artificial turf, you eliminate a world of worry, and make your home and yard cleaner, safer, and more beautiful. At Tough Turf, we design, manufacture, install and maintain synthetic turf and grass, with options available for any application and every budget.

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.