FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is your turf made of?
Synthetic grass is made from polyethylene, polypropylene, and/or nylon yarns. These
materials are extremely durable and are UV stabilized for minimal fading and deterioration.
The yarn is tufted into a polypropylene backing cloth, then coated in a layer of urethane for
Yes. The backing is perforated with small drain holes throughout. The holes allow for highly
effective drainage, preventing any pooling during the rainy season. One square yard will
drain 7 gallons per minute.
Is your turf child and pet friendly?
Yes. Our turf is made from the highest quality yarns – no lead or heavy metals. All our turf
meets state and federal regulations regarding toxin content. (MSDS, test results, and other
safety-related materials are available upon request) Pet waste and urine will not stain the
turf or damage it in any way. Urine drains through to the ground and, when Turfresh™ is
used, will not create odor issues.
Can I install this myself?
Certainly, many of our customers do! The majority of the work is in demolition and removal
of the existing sod and/or dirt, and base preparation. A great way to save money is doing
demo and prep work yourself, and having turf installation done by a professional. We have
many resources available to assist you with a self-install, including guideline brochures, a
video and knowledgeable staff.
What tools are needed for the job?
Hammers, nails (4-5 inch), power broom, plate compactor, carpet kicker (optional), box
cutters or carpet knife, seam tape, weed barrier. See our install page for more info.
Do I remove my sprinkler system?
It is not required. You can either cap the sprinkler heads or cut small access holes in the
turf to keep them in. Leaving your sprinkler system active is a great way to be able to cool
off the lawn in the summer. It is also a great way to give the grass a quick rinse.
Is my lawn going to be maintenance free?
Compared to a natural lawn it will be virtually maintenance-free. The amount of
maintenance varies depending on usage and location, but all synthetic lawns require some
care to keep them looking new and fresh. If the lawn sees a lot of foot traffic and activity,
the grass blades may get matted down. This is easily dealt with by brushing lawn with
a power broom every so often. As with a natural lawn, debris should be removed when
necessary. If the lawn gets excessively dirty, it can simply be sprayed/rinsed with water.
Will my yard smell if I have pets?
This depends on how often your pets use the turf and how well it is maintained. Pet owners
are encouraged to keep the lawn free of debris, pick up pet waste as soon as possible,
and rinse with water. We recommend a product called Turfresh™ to prevent and/or reduce
odors. It can be applied to your base and/or in the turf along with standard infill. Turfresh™
is an all natural mineral which absorbs ammonia, the chemical in urine that creates the
odor. Over time, it is reactivated when sprayed with a salt water mixture.
Is there a warranty?
The manufacturers warranty is for 8 years and covers any defects occurring in the quality of
the turf. Contact us and we will be happy to provide a copy of the warranty certificate.
I’ve heard that synthetic lawns get hot! Will it burn my feet?
Synthetic lawns are usually warmer than natural lawns, but they will not burn. Using crumb
rubber infill contributes greatly to the heat factor. We sell sand infill which stays about 30%
cooler than rubber. Crumb rubber is only recommended for use on sports fields.
What is infill and why do I need it?
All of our turf products require infill material. Turfill™ increases the durability of synthetic
turf and helps to maintain a fresh and natural look. It has three important functions: to
provide support for the blades, keeping them upright; to give added weight to the turf; and
to help protect the backing from wear and tear. Refer to our install guidelines for details on
What is my R.O.I.? (Return on Investment)
You can figure out your ROI by adding how much you spend annually on water and
landscape maintenance. Compare this to the price of your synthetic lawn (initial cost divided
over the duration of its life – usually 15-20 years). An average synthetic lawn project can
pay for itself after the first couple of years.
What size does the turf come?
You can order the turf at any length up to 100 feet long. The width is always 15 feet wide.
Always keep in mind the 15’ width when preparing or measuring an area. Example: for a
20’x30’ (600 sf) area it would be best to order 40’ of turf (2 pieces 15’x20’).
What types of precautions should I take with my lawn?
Be sure that you keep fires, open flames, cigarettes, and any hot surfaces off and away
from the turf. The turf does not burn (won’t hold a flame), but it can melt at temperatures
above 130° C (320° F).
Part of our commitment to excellent customer service and support is providing easy access to specific information about our products. We have nothing to hide or anything to confuse you with. Whether you're a landscape contractor or homeowner, SLS strives to give you the tools you need to complete a project properly and affordably.
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