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FAQ’s About Artificial Grass Surfaces

If you have questions, Frass Synthetic Grass/Artificial Grass Lawns, has answers.  Call us at 877-55-”FRASS” (37277) if you would like us to elaborate or if your questions aren’t answered below.

Q: Does my Homeowners Association or city allow artificial turf?

A:  Some communities and homewoners associations (HOA) place restrictions on the installation of synthetic turf in front yards, or at all.  Check with your HOA or city planning department before purchasing or installing synthetic turf.

Q:  Is synthetic turf appropriate for residential landscapes?

A:  For homeowners who have difficulty growing grass due to shade, landscape characteristics, or pets, synthetic turf offers a way to maintain the desired look of green grass. In addition, many homeowners are choosing synthetic grass as a low maintenance alternative to grass.

Q:  Is synthetic turf maintenance free?

A:  While you will not have to mow your synthetic turf, grooming, and/or cleaning is required for ensure the turf is sanitary and maintains the desired natural look and feel.  Manufacturers provide maintenance instructions for addressing pet or wildlife use, debris/dust accumulation, and prevention of weed and insect growth.

Q:  Is synthetic turf safe?

A:  Recent concerns have arisen regarding the potential toxicity of turf surface materials, backing, yarns, or infill materials.  Many studies have been conducted and are continuing to ensure the safety of turf options sold to consumers.  No evidence to-date has shown that materials are harmful under normal use conditions.

Q:  Is Artificial Grass Pet Friendly?

A:  Pets of all types, especially dogs and their owners in the Los Angeles area love synthetic turf because it’s more sanitary than grass/sod and is easy to keep clean.  Droppings are simply……………read more

Q:  Is the Synthetic Turf Safe for Kids?

A:  Frass artificial grass lawn products are an ideal lawn playing surface for children because its allergen free and will not leave grass stains on clothes.  Frass synthetic grass is a……read more

Q:  Is there an Environmental Impact?

A:  Yes.  Frass is “green” the day it’s installed and for years to come.  The manufacturing process of the turf has complied with the most stringent environmental standards……..read more

Q:  How Much Does it Cost? 

A:  Artificial grass is priced by the square foot.  Many water districts are offering rebates on installed synthetic grass……read more

Q:  How can a Artificial Lawn Increase my Property Value?

A:  How does a 100% to 200% return on investment sound to you?  Too good to be true?  Not according to a Money Magazine story on home renovations or Penn State University, Dept. of Landscape Architecture.…..read more

Q:  Why use synthetic turf for your lawn?

A:  Frass of Los Angeles can give you a beautiful lawn without all the hassle.  You will no longer have to water, mow, edge or fertilize.  Pets can’t damage our fake grass and will no longer make dirty paw prints on your carpet.  Artificial turf is allergen free and will save you time and money.  Shady gardeners lurking around your house are a thing of the past.

Q:  How well will a synthetic lawn drain? 

A:  Frass synthetic lawns drain faster and better than real grass.  The backing on our synthetic turf products are very porous so liquids drain through at a very rapid rate.  Below the turf decomposed granite or a mixture of rock types lets liquids flow freely in the pre-determined direction to subterranean French drains or to where the sub-grade is directed below your artificial lawn or putting green.

Q:  Will my Artificial Lawn’s Color Fade? 

A:  Frass synthetic grass lawn fibers have UV protection so they will stand up to the harshest climates and certainly that of Los Angeles.  Studies have shown that Los Angeles artificial turf fades less than .5% per year which is imperceptible to the human eye even after many years.

Q:  What does “maintenance free” really mean?

A:  Natural grass requires lots of “TLC” such as regular watering, mowing, fertilizing and edging.  Synthetic grass lawns from Frass, requires none of these things.  Every so often debris that might decay such as leaves must be removed from your fake grass and once in a blue moon the artificial turf fibers should be swept up to fluff the fibers in high traffic areas.

Artificial Turf Maintenance

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“Frass” recommends that you use a stiff bristle push broom, leaf blower or vacuum to remove organic materials such as leafs.  You may need a rake for bigger objects such as tree branches.  We recommend a stiff bristle push broom for fluffing up the high traffic areas as needed.  Synthetic grass can get dirty during long periods without rain, so we suggest thoroughly spraying the turf down; though you might feel a little silly watering your synthetic grass.  Weeds may occasionally pop-up along the edge and we recommend spraying with a chemical such as round up or just picking them out. 

Clean up after your pets by removing solid waste as you normally would.  Wash off any remaining debris with a hose.  If there has been no rain for a long time we suggest you prevent pet odors and dirt by misting the turf with Simple Green or a “green” household cleaner and thoroughly spraying the area down with a hose. 

If you own one of our synthetic putting greens, depending on the type of putting green turf you have we suggest different things.  If you have our nylon synthetic putting green you don’t have to do a thing except the basic cleaning described above.  If you own one of our polypropylene synthetic putting greens, we suggest that you use a water roller occasionally to be sure the fibers stay set.  Simply remove the flags from the putting green cups and roll right over the cup.   

Even “maintenance free” synthetic turf requires a little care but this is as good as it gets.  It sure beats the alternative of regular mowing, watering, fertilizing, and paying the gardener.  If you have additional questions about your synthetic grass or putting green please contact “Frass” Fake Grass at (877) 553-7277 (FRASS) .

Consumer Awareness

“Frass” Fake Grass of Southern California has performed over one thousand installations of artificial grass and putting greens.  Practice makes perfect.  After years of specializing solely in the installation of synthetic grass/artificial turf we have learned the tricks of the trade that only years of experience and hundreds of installations can teach.  Our products are some of the best in the industry and we offer several varieties for you to choose from(see our products page).  We have our favorites but that’s just our personal choice.  That’s why they make chocolate and vanilla, Coke and Pepsi, Sprite and 7 UP, Bud Light and Miller Lite, artificial grass with thick blades or thin blades, you get the picture.  Beware of companies that haven’t been around long.  A warranty on your synthetic grass lawn or putting green is only as good as the company who offers it.  “Frass” is here to stay.  We have grown to become one of Southern California’s largest and most reputable artificial grass lawn and putting green companies by providing high quality workmanship and artificial turf products at a fair price. 
“Frass” is a licensed, bonded, and reputable landscape contractor (CA LIC # 896752).  We pay workers’ compensation for all of our employees, and we do not hire day laborers.  Avoid being victimized by unscrupulous or unlicensed operators by doing your homework and choose to do business with “Frass” Fake grass / Artificial Turf.  Home improvement is a top source of consumer complaints nationwide.   We understand how you feel as a consumer trying to choose the right contractor for your artificial turf job, hundreds of our customers have felt the same way, but after we installed their beautiful artificial turf lawn or synthetic putting green they found they made a great choice in choosing “Frass” artificial turf.  We regularly get referrals from our customers which comprises a large part of our business.  All of us at “Frass” artificial grass lawns believe we offer the best value on installed artificial grass lawns and putting greens in the L.A. area. 

Artificial turf products and artificial turf installation companies are not all created equal.  In Southern California there are many synthetic grass companies that come and go, but “Frass” Fake Grass / artificial turf is here to stay.  We ensure our place in the L.A. artificial turf market by providing top quality products and installation services at fair prices. 

Artificial turf products are similar to carpet in many ways.  Synthetic turf products are rated by what is called “face weight.”  Artificial turf “face weight” refers to the weight of artificial grass fibers (not including the backing) per square yard of an artificial turf grass product.  “Frass” Fake Grass sells and installs the thickest and most plush synthetic turf lawn products on the market. 

Be sure you do your best to compare “apples to apples” when comparing prices different companies charge.  “Frass” artificial grass sells only American made artificial turf products.  Beware of many companies selling inferior Chinese made synthetic grass products.  Even the untrained eye can usually spot these cheap Chinese Artificial Turf products by their shiny fibers and rough black shiny backing.  They often come in odd widths.  Most American made artificial turf products are thatched into fifteen foot wide rolls.  Chinese artificial turf products often come in thirteen foot wide roll widths.  Avoid being victimized by a local company who may be selling cheap Chinese artificial turf.  If you had a warranty issue, (which is rare with American made synthetic turf) good luck communicating that back to the manufacturer in China – and having them stand behind their product.  The artificial turf installation company locally might not be able to, or willing to help you recover any losses/damages.  The installation company will probably not even be in business when you need make a warranty claim due to the poor quality of the artificial turf products they have been installing.  They are probably hiding like roaches when the lights come on from their past customers. 

“Frass” Fake Grass has seen it all.  We have been repairing botched artificial grass lawns by other companies for over six years and will certainly see more repair work in the future.  Be an educated artificial grass lawn or putting green consumer.  Do your homework and you will certainly come back to “Fras” artificial turf grass lawns for peace of mind and security.  Many synthetic grass installation companies in the Los Angeles area do not follow recommendations made by the artificial turf manufacturer.  Many artificial grass turf installation companies do not even glue their seams together which will inevitably cause problems down the road for the owner.  ”Frass” synthetic grass lawns doesn’t cut corners.  We use galvanized gutter spikes and timber ties to hold down the edges of the synthetic grass.  Inferior artificial turf companies don’t use galvanized steel nails for this purpose.  What happens with raw steel in moist ground?  It rusts, which spreads to the visible top fibers of the synthetic grass turf product and isn’t easily cleaned away. 

Artificial turf products require some sort of infill.  There are a very few synthetic turf grass products on the market that really do not require the use of infill of some sort but these are very few and far between.  Chances are that most artificial turf grass companies will tell you that their turf product is one of these that doesn’t require any sand or rubber, but in reality, they are just lazy installers who are not following the artificial turf manufacturer’s recommendations and requirements.  In just about all artificial turf warranties, the manufacturer has a disclaimer that says if the product is not installed correctly, according to the artificial turf manufacturer specifications – as in having the required amount of infill – that the warranty is null and void.  It is very tough for a consumer not to be deceived.  Trust in “Fras” Artificial Turf Lawns for quality artificial turf products and old fashioned business practices.

“Frass” Synthetic Turf Grass Lawns of Los Angeles is a little frustrated with unlicensed contractors and artificial turf companies that jump into the business, undercut everyone else until they go out of business and leave the rest of the artificial grass turf industry to deal with their problems/clean up their messes.  You as a consumer should be too.  Be sure to ask for references or drive by some of their front lawn installations to check the quality of their work.  Don’t be afraid to speak with the home owner at the installation as well.  Most people who have installed our grass love to talk to others about it and will certainly give you positive feedback about our products and the quality of our work.

With so many artificial grass companies in Southern California, all probably telling you different things, how do you make a good decision?  Use common sense and don’t believe everything you see and hear.  Read between the lines and don’t be naïve.

One of the most common questions we get about artificial turf at “Frass” is:  Does the turf get hot?  The answer is some gets much hotter than others.  Artificial turf products infilled with black rubber generally get hotter than artificial grass products infilled with other material such as silica sand or acrylic. 

Be aware of false special offers such as a company offering to double your water conservation rebate for artificial turf.  We do not practice deceptive business practices such as that. When someone starts their price way up there and then shows you that you are getting all sorts of discounts so that the price ends up being still up there but not to the sky anymore – be suspicious.  Can you buy a new Mercedes for the price of a new Hyundai? 

Also do not be deceived into believing that there is only one best artificial turf or company.  Different products are better for different applications so also be aware of any artificial turf company who pushes just a few synthetic grass turf products to suit any application you might have.

Better Business Rating is also an important factor to check out.  That is an easy way to avoid dealing with a company who has obviously done California consumers wrong in the past.

Certainly check that the company has a valid California Contractor’s License (ours is # 896752).

Call “Frass” synthetic grass lawns of Southern California today for more information

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Aritficial Grass and Heat

Artificial Grass / Synthetic Turf is a miracle product in many ways but it does have one minor downfall.  At “Frass” synthetic turf / artificial grass lawns we are very straight forward with our customers and manage expectations so there are no surprises or buyer remorse after doing business with us. 

You may have heard that artificial turf grass lawns get hot.  This is sometimes more true than others.  For example, artificial turf with black rubber infill (tiny granules of recycled, cryogenically frozen and shattered rubber) baking in the California sun gets hotter than artificial/synthetic turf grass products in the California sun without black rubber infill.  It’s really common sense. If you wear a black shirt, it absorbs more of the sun’s heat rays.  The same rule applies to artificial/synthetic turf grass with rubber infill cooking in the sun.  “Frass” synthetic/artificial grass lawns does not use black rubber infill it any of its products, they still get quite warm in the sun, put pale in comparison to the heat that black rubber filled artificial turf products generate.

Real grass/sod has water in the blades of grass which of course are cooler than a product made essentially of plastics and similar materials.  So we admit that even our artificial turf grass products get a little warm when exposed to the Los Angeles sun all day.  L.A. is a fairly mild climate and in the winter the warm grass actually feels great (we like to look at the bright side). 

Artificial/synthetic turf grass has seeming endless benefits that certainly outweigh this one little issue.  We hope that by our addressing this on our website, you as a consumer realize and can appreciate the open and straight forward manner in which we do business. 

If you want to play on your Los Angeles synthetic turf grass lawn in the heat of the day, in the heat of the summer, spray a little water on the turf to cool it off – even though you might feel a little silly watering your ”Frass”(fake grass). 

Contact “Frass” of Los Angeles today for your free estimate from a turf company who offers quality synthetic/artificial turf grass products and installation services at fair prices.  Mention the term ‘frass’ for a special discount at the time of your estimate.

Artificial Turf  VS. Real Grass

Artificial turf |synthetic grass lawns are wonderful in many ways and have become very realistic.  We understand that some Los Angeles homeowners are reluctant to replace their real grass lawns with an artificial turf grass lawn for many reasons.  Some love the smell of fresh cut grass.  Some actually enjoy mowing and lawn maintenance.  Some love having living plants and other organic matter around them.  Some Californian’s simply love their real grass. We admit that we love real grass also, but it must be very well kept.  Most L.A. residents who are reluctant to get artificial turf grass think that artificial turf grass looks too synthetic.  We admit that there are some varieties of synthetic turf / artificial grass that have a shine to the fibers and they do in fact look very synthetic.  Our artificial turf products are as realistic looking as it gets, which is very realistic now.  For most of our customers it’s just not possible for them to maintain a beautiful lawn which is why they call us.  We understand why so many feel reluctant.  Many of our customers have felt this way before they installed a beautiful artificial turf synthetic lawn.  Once they saw their finished installation they found that they made the right choice.

Artificial/synthetic turf grass is a good choice, financially, environmentally, aesthetically, and logically.  Most of Southern California is essentially a desert so getting grass to grow here is unnatural thus an uphill battle.  Call “Frass” Fake Grass today and see why over one thousand home owners have chosen our company, our products, and our people.

Artificial grass / synthetic turf lawns are a cost effective alternative to natural sod grass.  Return on investment is almost certainly realized within the warranty period of the artificial turf grass lawn product.  Artificial/synthetic turf grass lawns can cut your water bill in half, save you on the maintenance costs of a gardener or yard man, possibly save you from installing a sprinkler system, and most importantly add value to your life by giving you a perfectly manicured, maintenance free lawn and leave you with more time to do the things you really enjoy in life.  The initial investment in an artificial turf grass lawn is significantly more than a real grass lawn but it is an investment.  Just as they say, the rich get richer because they are able to make investments in things such as artificial turf grass lawns which really do save the owner money in the long run.  Below is a hypothetical cost effectiveness example of a five hundred (500) square foot artificial turf grass lawn in L.A.

Synthetic Grass / Artificial Turf History, Applications, Advantages & Technical Information

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Artificial turf, or synthetic turf, is a man-made surface manufactured from synthetic materials, made to look like natural grass.  It is most often used in arenas for sports that were originally or are normally played on grass.  However, it is now being used on residential lawns and commercial applications as well.

Background

David Chaney — who moved to Raleigh in 1960 and later served as dean of the North Carolina State University College of Textiles — headed the team of RTP researchers who created the famous artificial turf.  That accomplishment led Sports Illustrated to declare Chaney as the man “responsible for indoor major league baseball and millions of welcome mats.”  Artificial turf first came to prominence in 1965, when AstroTurf was installed in the newly-built Astrodome in Houston, Texas.  The use of AstroTurf and similar surfaces became widespread in the 1970s and was installed in both indoor and outdoor stadiums used for baseball and gridiron football in the United States and Canada.  Maintaining a grass playing surface indoors, while technically possible, is prohibitively expensive, while teams who chose to play on artificial surfaces outdoors did so because of the reduced maintenance cost, especially in colder climates with urban multi-purpose “cookie cutter” stadiums such as Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium, Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium and Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium.

Landscaping

Since the early 1990s, the use of synthetic grass has moved rapidly beyond athletic fields to residential and commercial landscaping artificial lawns. The idea to use synthetic grass for residential landscaping can be traced back to a Las Vegas based company named Envy Turf. Lyle Johnston, the owner of Envy Turf, saw a golf course being converted to synthetic turf, and decided it had an appropriate use in landscaping, due to the drought conditions Las Vegas has been under since the early nineties. He began purchasing and installing turf in 1992. This trend has been driven primarily by two functions: the quality and variety of synthetic grasses that are available has improved dramatically, and cities and water conservation organizations have begun realizing the value of artificial grass as a conservation measure.

Advantages

  • Artificial turf can be a better solution when the environment is particularly hostile to natural grass.  An arid environment or one where there is little natural light are examples.
  • Ideal for holiday homes when maintenance of lawns is not practical.  It is also a solution for elderly homeowners who find the upkeep of lawns too much hard work.
  • Suitable for roof gardens and swimming pool surrounds.
  • Artificial turf is expected to last up to twenty-five years.

Some artificial turf systems allow for the integration of fiber-optic fibers into the turf.  This would allow for lighting or advertisements to be directly embedded in a playing surface, or runway lighting to be embedded in artificial landing surfaces for aircraft.

Crumb rubber

Crumb rubber is a term usually applied to recycled rubber from automotive and truck scrap tires.  During the recycling process steel and fluff is removed leaving tire rubber with a granular consistency.  Continued processing with a granulator and/or cracker mill, possibly with the aid of cryogenics, reduces the size of the particles further.  The particles are sized and classified based on various criteria including color (black only or black and white).  The granulate is sized by passing through a screen, the size based on a dimension (1/4″) or mesh (holes per inch : 10, 20, etc.).

Mesh refers to material that has been sized by passing through a screen with a given number of holes per inch.  For example, 10 mesh crumb rubber has passed through a screen with 10 holes per inch resulting in rubber granulate that is slightly less than 1/10th of an inch. The exact size will depend on the size of wire used in the screen.

Rubberized asphalt is the largest market for crumb rubber in the United States, consuming an estimated 220 million pounds, or approximately 12 million tires annually.[1] Crumb rubber is also used as ground cover under playground equipment, and as a surface material for running tracks and athletic fields.[1]

AstroTurf is a brand of artificial turf.  Though the term is a registered trademark, it is sometimes used as a generic description of any kind of artificial turf.  The original AstroTurf product was a short pile synthetic turf [1] while the current products incorporate modern features such as antimicrobial protection, rubber infill, backing systems and nylon yarn fibers.

History

AstroTurf was co-invented in 1964 by James M. Faria and Robert T. Wright, employees of Monsanto.  It was patented in 1967 and originally sold under the name “Chemgrass”. It was renamed AstroTurf after its first well-publicized use at the Houston Astrodome stadium in 1966.

In 1986 Monsanto consolidated its AstroTurf management, marketing, and technical activities in Dalton, Georgia, as AstroTurf Industries, Inc.  In 1988 Balsam AG purchased all the capital stock of AstroTurf Industries, Inc.  In 1994 Southwest Recreational Industries, Inc. (SWRI) acquired the AstroTurf brand.  In 1996 SWRI was acquired by American Sports Products Group Inc. (ASPG).  In 2001, SWRI launched a turf system called NexTurf.[2] In 2003 SWRI changed its name to SRI Sports and one year later filed for bankruptcy and the parent company, ASPG, retained the AstroTurf rights. In 2005 Textile Management and Associates (TMA) acquired the AstroTurf assets and intellectual property from ASPG and began marketing the AstroTurf brand under the company AstroTurf, LLC.  In 2006 GeneralSports Venue (GSV) became TMA’s marketing partner for the AstroTurf brand for the American market. AstroTurf, LLC handles the marketing of AstroTurf in the rest of the world.

Product Timeline

1960’s 

1964

  • The Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island, installs AstroTurf.[3]

1965

  • The Houston Astrodome opens with natural turf and a glass roof which causes glare for the fielders.  The glass panes with a view of the sun are painted white, and the grass soon dies.  The field’s dead grass is replaced with AstroTurf the next year.

1966

  • AstroTurf is first installed in the Houston Astrodome.  The infield was in place in April, but due to lack of supply, the outfield is not completed until July, when the Astros are sent on an extended road trip.  The all-synthetic field is ready for play following the All-Star break in July.  The first football game played on AstroTurf occurs when the Houston Cougars beat the Washington State Cougars.

1967

  • AstroTurf is first installed in an outdoor stadium – Indiana State University Stadium, Terre Haute, Indiana.[4]

1968

  • AstroTurf manufacturing facility opens in Dalton, GA.[5]
  • Husky Stadium at the University of Washington in Seattle becomes the second major sports facility in the U.S. to install AstroTurf.

1970’s

1974

  • Miami Dolphins play Minnesota Vikings on AstroTurf in Super Bowl VIII – Rice Stadium, Houston, TX.[6]

1975

  • AstroTurf is installed at New Orleans Louisiana Superdome[7] and Pontiac Silverdome.[8]
  • First international field hockey game played on AstroTurf at Molson Stadium, Montreal.[9]
  • Cincinnati Reds play World Series on AstroTurf.[10]

1976

  • Cincinnati Reds play back-to-back World Series’ on AstroTurf.[11]

1978

  • Dallas Cowboys defeat the Denver Broncos (27-10) on AstroTurf in Super Bowl XII – Superdome, New Orleans, LA.

1980’s

1980

  • 1980 World Series is first to be entirely played on AstroTurf as the Philadelphia Phillies (Veterans Stadium) defeat the Kansas City Royals (Royals Stadium) in six games.

1981

  • Oakland Raiders play Philadelphia Eagles on AstroTurf in Super Bowl XV – Superdome, New Orleans, LA. [12]

1983

  • Women’s World Cup Hockey (field hockey) games are played on AstroTurf.[13]
  • AstroTurf installs first North American vertical drainage systems in Ewing, NJ at Trenton State College (now known as The College of New Jersey). [14]

1989

  • First E-Layer system (Elastomeric) installed at William and Mary, as well as University of California, Berkeley. [15]

1990’s

1993

  • The fourth (and thus far last) World Series to be played entirely on AstroTurf features the Toronto Blue Jays defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 2.

1996

  • Atlanta Olympic Field Hockey installs AstroTurf System.[16]

1999

  • Real Madrid C. F. (Spain) become the first European football club to purchase an AstroTurf system for their practice fields.[17]

Buffalo Bills install AstroTurf system in Ralph Wilson Stadium

Artificial Turf Applications

Football (Soccer)

 Soccer Field with Artificial Turf

Tropicana Field equipped with artificial turf

Some football (soccer) clubs in Europe installed artificial surfaces in the 1980s, which were called plastic pitches (often derisively) in countries such as England.  In England several professional club venues had adopted the pitches, QPR’s Loftus Road, Luton Town’s Kenilworth Road, Oldham Athletic’s Boundary Park and Preston’s Deepdale until the English FA banned them in 1988.  Artificial turf gained a bad reputation on both sides of the Atlantic with fans and especially with players.  The first artificial turfs were a far harder surface than grass, and soon became known as an unforgiving playing surface which was prone to cause more injuries, and in particular, more serious joint injuries, than would comparatively be suffered on a grass surface.  Artificial turf was also regarded as aesthetically unappealing to many fans.

In 1981, London football club Queens Park Rangers dug up its grass pitch and installed an artificial one. Others followed, and by the mid-1980s there were four plastic grass pitches in operation in the English league. They soon became a national joke: the ball pinged round like it was made of rubber, the players kept losing their footing, and anyone who fell over risked carpet burns. Unsurprisingly, fans complained that the football was awful to watch and, one by one, the clubs returned to natural grass.[1]

In the 1990s many North American football clubs also removed their artificial surfaces and re-installed grass, while others moved to new stadiums with state-of-the-art grass surfaces that were designed to withstand cold temperatures where the climate demanded it. The use of artificial turf was later banned by FIFA, UEFA and by many domestic football associations, though, in recent years, both governing bodies have expressed an interest in resurrecting the use of artificial surfaces as the related technologies continue to evolve. UEFA has now been heavily involved in programs to test artificial turf with tests made in several grounds meeting with FIFA approval. A team of UEFA, FIFA and German company Polytan conducted tests in the Stadion Salzburg Wals-Siezenheim in Salzburg, Austria which is due to have matches played on it in the UEFA EURO 2008. It is the second FIFA 2 Star approved football turf pitch in a European domestic top flight, after Dutch club Heracles Almelo received the FIFA certificate in August last year.[2] The tests were approved.[3]

Soccer field developments

Modern artificial grass

In the early 21st century, new artificial playing surfaces using sand and/or rubber infill were developed. These “next generation” or “third generation” artificial grass surfaces are often virtually indistinguishable from natural grass when viewed from any distance, and are generally regarded as being about as safe to play on as a typical natural grass surface — perhaps even safer in cold conditions.

Description of crumb rubber grading:

The following are common classifications of crumb rubber:

Retreaders Tire Buffings shall consist of clean, fresh, dry buffings from tire retread preparation operations.

No.1 – Tire Granule shall consist of granulated tire crumb, Black Only Guaranteed MetalFree, sized. Magnetically separated materials are not acceptable. Fluff from tire cord removed.

No.2 – Tire Granule shall consist of granulated tire crumb, Black & White Guaranteed MetalFree, sized to minus 40 Mesh.  Magnetically separated materials are not acceptable.  Fluff from tire cord removed.

No.3 – Tire Granule shall consist of granulated tire crumb, Black Only Magnetically Separated, sized.  Fluff from tire cord removed.

No.4 – Tire Granule shall consist of granulated tire crumb, Black & White Magnetically Separated, sized.  Fluff from tire cord removed.

No.5 – Tire Granule shall consist of unclassified granulated tire crumb, Sized, Unseparated, not magnetically separated, fluff from tire cord not removed.

Many clubs have installed the new synthetic grass surfaces, most commonly as part of an all-weather training capability.  Other clubs which have maintained natural grass surfaces are now re-considering artificial grass.  With football clubs in Europe are looking to reduce both the maintenance costs and the number of winter matches that are cancelled due to frozen pitches, the issue has also been re-visited by that sport’s governing bodies.

The Scottish Premier League banned synthetic pitches for competition matches in 2005, following a two year experiment by Dunfermline Athletic who installed XL Turf, made by the Swiss firm, XL Generation.  The management of Dunfermline were happy with the surface, but the league banned the use of the artificial pitch due to complaints by visiting clubs such as Rangers and Celtic).

The most common type uses polypropylene “grass” about 5 centimetres long, which is lubricated with silicone and tufted into a primary cloth and then latex is applied to the back of the cloth to give it stability by anchoring in the tufts. The whole thing is then “infilled” with a 4-centimetre layer of sand and rubber granules, which keeps the fibres upright and provides the right level of shock absorbency and deformability. The majority of the 15 or so turf manufacturers approved by FIFA use this technology. The other sort, typified by Dunfermline’s pitch, has a base of expanded polyethylene, a foamy material originally developed as a shock absorber for the car industry (see diagram). The grass is also made of lubricated polyethylene fibres, but they are shorter and more densely packed than on an infilled pitch, and are also interspersed with short, curly, spring-like fibres that keep the blades upright. The finishing touch is an 8-millimetre filling of rubber granules.[1]The installation at the Borussia-Park in Mönchengladbach is another major step in the quality and development of artificial turf surfaces.

Benefits

PROVEN RESULTS: Artificial/Synthetic grass has many advantages over its real grass cousin.  Some benefits of artificial/synthetic turf grass are obvious but others are not, and we at ”Frass” Fake Grass learned them after hearing feedback from our over 1,000 satisfied customers.

Synthetic turf doesn’t require mowing, so you can give the lawn mower to your neighbor and watch them fight an uphill battle maintaining their natural lawn, while you watch the Laker game in your favorite spot with your beverage of choice.

ECONOMIC BENEFITS: Because synthetic grass does not require watering, except to clean it occasionally, you can feel great knowing that you are saving Southern California precious water.  Artificial grass lawns can save you 50% to 70% of your total residential water usage.  Synthetic turf grass significantly reduces your water bill and will do so for decades to come.  An artificially landscaped yard will pay for itself rapidly in water and maintenance cost savings alone.

PET BENEFITS: Artificial turf lawns are great for pets, especially dogs.  It seems impossible to have a dog and simutaneously maintain a beautiful lawn, but synthetic turf grass is the answer.  Dogs and their masters love artificial lawns because they are clean, low maintenance, and always green and lush.  Dead spots in your real grass/sod are a thing of the past.  Artificial grass will enhance your home’s appeal with a beautifully manicured year-round lawn.  Dog droppings and urine will not stain or discolor the artificial grass, and our specially manufactured artificial/synthetic turf backings allow urine to drain right through the turf.  Join other LA-area dog owners who have solved their landscape challenges with artificial grass from “Frass” Fake Grass.

DRAINAGE BENEFITS: Synthetic turf drains better than natural sod grass lawns.  Depending on the backing used, each square foot of artificial turf is rated to drain an average of 30 gallons per hour – and we will most likely never see rain conditions like that in Southern California.  Below the artificial grass a crushed stone base (aggregate) provides for rapid drainage and the grade of the earth below the aggregate directs the flow of water to drains or whereever water should flow in your specific landscaping situation.

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS: Synthetic turf grass lawns are environmentally friendly in many ways.  Synthetic grass conserves Southern California’s precious fresh water resources.  Artificial grass lawns require no fertilizer which saves area bays, lakes and the Ocean from polluting urban run-off.  Herbicides are unnecessary because artificial lawns are not susceptible to lawn pests and diseases.  Not mowing the lawn is a great help to our ozone layer, too.  Did you know that one lawn mower can pollute as much as ten (10) cars!?  Not to mention saving the lawn/yard man the gas he would burn on the way to maintain your real grass lawn.

ENJOYMENT BENEFITS: Synthetic yards add usable square footage to LA-area homes.  We hear over and over from our artificial turf grass customers that they use their lawns more, where before it was almost an off-limits area.  Lawns that were previously a dry, dusty wasteland or an overwatered muddy/dirty area are now pristine manicured grass which is always available to be enjoyed.  If you want to soak the artificial turf grass down with water all day, put out a Slip N Slide, and have a turf party, artificial grass from “Frass” Fake Grass can take whatever you can dish out.  You will find, as most artificial grass owners do, that this product will improve your life in more ways than you think.

REBATES: An added benefit of artificial grass in Southern California is that synthethic grass owners may qualify to get money back from the water company.  We essentially live in a desert environment, so water conservation is an important issue.  Some water authorities offer rebates for installed synthetic grass lawns (benefits may vary).  This amount is usually thirty cents per square foot of the turf installed.  Check with your local water authority for details.

LABOR-SAVING BENEFITS: Synthetic grass lawns eliminate many mundane chores related to natural grass.  Chores such as pulling weeds, seeding, thatching and aerating are a thing of the past.  Spend the most precious resource you have (TIME) doing something other than maintaining your lawn.

Pet Benefits

It’s hard enough to get real grass to grow in Southern California–without your dog working against your best efforts. Many Los Angeles area homeowners with dogs have similar problems with their lawns.  They can’t get their grass to grow because of over or under watering, improper fertilizing, poor drainage, and pet waste and digging.  The most common culprit killing grass in Los Angeles is the family dog.  Dogs cause brown/dead spots in real grass, resulting in an unappealing and unusable lawn.  Los Angeles homeowners with dogs and natural grass lawns are fighting an uphill battle.  Dog owners water, fertilize, mow, edge, aerate, and re-sod their lawns, yet the same problems rear their ugly heads.  Some Los Angeles-area dog owners with real grass just accept defeat and live with horrible looking lawns. Artificial turf from “Frass” Fake Grass is the solution.

Green, beautiful lawns are not out of reach if you are a dog owner in Southern California.  “Frass” Fake Grass can help you turn this “vicious” cycle into a “virtuous” cycle, saving money spent on lawn maintenance, water, and helping the environment by eliminating run-off from fertilizers, pesticides, etc.  For Los Angeles area dog owners synthetic grass lawns have become a realistic, affordable, and popular solution for problem lawns.  Your lawn is one of the most important factors impacting your home’s curb appeal.  If you feel frustrated with your natural grass lawn problems, just know that many other Southern Californian’s have felt the same way and have found that synthetic grass designed for pets from “Frass” Fake Grass solved their problems and improved their lives in more ways than they thought possible.  Lawns, previously unused, become a recreation area again, and increase the usable square footage of a home.

Kids, dogs, and adults will love to play on a practically indestructible, beautifully manicured, maintenance free lawn, with no down time due to sprinklers, mowing, etc.  Drainage is exceptional, so if your kids want to pull out the Slip n’ Slide and soak the synthetic lawn all day – not a problem (and you will not feel bad about using the water to do it because of how much water you’re saving not watering your synthetic grass lawn on a regular basis).  The County of Los Angeles is offering water conservation rebates (in select areas) for installing artificial grass lawns, and our synthetic turf designed specifically for dogs will more than qualify.  Call “Frass” of Southern California for more detailed and up to date information on water conservation rebates for installing artificial turf at your home.

Some artificial turf products provide poor drainage for dog urine.  These synthetic turf products will develop a smell over time which is very difficult to get rid of.  “Frass” Fake Grass of Los Angeles has specific recommendations for dog owners.  We suggest using a specially designed artificial turf product for pets – and backing that offers superior drainage with anti-microbial and anti-bacterial characteristics.  For certain artificial turf installations for dogs we recommend burying green, treated wood along the perimeter to prevent dogs from pulling up an edge.  Another recommendation for certain dog-oriented artificial turf installations is to leave the sprinkler system in tact so that you can automatically soak the artificial grass lawn down periodically to prevent pet odors on the synthetic pet turf.  ”Frass” Fake Grass has performed hundreds of artificial turf installations specifically for dogs.  We have years of experience with what specific artificial turf products and installation procedures are best for pets — specifically dogs. Rest assured that you will get the best of quality, most realistic, and functional synthetic grass lawn product for dogs on the market today.

“Frass” Fake Grass is Southern California’s premier synthetic turf grass dealer and installer.  We believe we offer the best value in all of Southern California on installed artificial turf for dogs and pets of all kinds.  Our trained, knowledgeable installers have performed over one thousand synthetic turf installations and have the experience you deserve.  Contact “Frass” Fake Grass today to learn more about our specially designed artificial turf for dogs.

•   Dogs and their masters in Southern California love our synthetic turf grass because it’s easier to keep clean and more sanitary than real grass.
•   Waste is simply swept up and the artificial turf is rinsed-off.
•   All of our artificial turf infill choices whether it is sand, rubber, or the acrylic coated silica sand, are resistant to bacterial growth and are non-toxic to dogs and other pets.
•   Artificial turf/fake grass (‘frass’) from “Frass” Synthetic Lawns feels softer on paws than dirt, concrete or real grass.
•   Muddy spots and yellow grass are a thing of the past, as dog droppings will not stain or discolor artificial turf lawns.
•   Dogs can’t dig through “Frass” Fake Grass Synthetic Grass Lawn products.
•   You will spend less time cleaning dogs and carpets since dirt is eliminated with fake grass.
•   Artificial grass from “Frass” Synthetic Lawns helps maintain a pleasant and safe environment for your dogs and doesn’t pick up an odor.
•   Urine drains right through the artificial turf.
•   Your yard will always be available for your pets, as a synthetic lawn from “Frass” of Los Angeles obviously requires no gardener or watering.

Artificial Grass Environmental Benefits

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Artificial turf doesn’t require watering.  Because of your water savings, you can take longer showers, leave the water running while you brush your teeth (but we don’t recommend it) and still feel great knowing that you are saving Southern California and our environment precious water. 

Artificial/synthetic turf grass lawns save you 50% to 70% of your total residential water usage.  Synthetic/artificial turf grass greatly reduces your water bills and will do so for decades.  Artificial turf grass lawns pay for themselves in water and maintenance cost savings alone.
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Synthetic/artificial turf grass lawns are environmentally friendly in many ways.  Synthetic grass of course conserves Southern California’s precious fresh water resources.

Artificial grass lawns require no fertilizer which saves area bays lakes and the Ocean from urban run-off which pollutes our waters.

Herbicides are unnecessary because, as you might guess, artificial turf grass lawns are not susceptible to lawn diseases and pests.

Not mowing the lawn is a great help to our ozone layer and preventing global warming.  Did you know that one lawn mower can pollute as much as ten (10) cars!?  Not to mention saving the lawn/yard man the gas he would burn on the way to maintain your real grass lawn.

Artificial/synthetic turf grass yards also add usable square footage to your home.  We hear over and over from our artificial turf grass customers that they find they are using their lawns now, where before it was almost an off-limits area.  Lawns that were previously a dry dusty wasteland or an overwatered muddy/dirty area are now pristine manicured grass which is always available to be used.  If you want to soak the artificial turf grass down with water all day, put out a Slip N Slide, and have a turf party, artificial grass from ”Frass” can take whatever you can dish out.

An added benefit financial benefit is that you may be albe to get money back from the water company in your area (please check what restrictions may apply).  

Owners of synthetic turf should be awarded a metal for saving so much water – not just a rebate.
Artificial/synthetic turf grass lawns eliminate many mundane chores related to natural sod grass.  Chores such as pulling weeds in the lawn, thatching and aerating are a thing of the past.  Spend the most precious resource you have (TIME) doing something other than maintaining your lawn.

Home Value

How does a 100% to 200% return on investment (”R.O.I”) sound to you?  Too good to be true?  Not according to a Money Magazine story on home renovations or Penn State University, Department of Landscape Architecture.  They both agree that a well done landscaping home improvement offers the best return on investment of any home improvement you can make; and that you will get a 100% to 200% return on your investment when applied to a home’s resale value.  This far surpasses the R.O.I. you could hope to gain from a kitchen remodel, bath remodel, swimming pool, or any other home improvement.  Yet homeowners rarely think of landscaping first when remodeling in hopes of commanding a higher home price.  Even if you aren’t planning to move, it’s nice to know you are adding real value to your home by installing synthetic grass — not to mention the savings from water usage and costs of maintaining real grass.  And it looks great! Fake grass harmonizes well with surrounding foliage.  Our products are very realistic and compliment nature, which gives your home great curb appeal.
A real estate appraiser or agent would tell you that landscaping contributes to a home in two ways.  First it simply adds to the total value of the property, and second is the aesthetic role landscaping plays when trying to sell a house.  It’s tough to measure how powerful a value-oriented landscape could be in the selling process.  For a prospective buyer, it is very hard to separate the house and the landscaping.  For two houses equal in all other respects, the one with better curbside appeal will sell faster.  Though it’s difficult to define what makes a landscape pleasing, it’s obvious to everyone when something’s not.  An ugly lawn speaks to the type of owner and how the entire house is cared for.  A beautiful lawn can increase the perceived square footage of a home because this is seen as really useable area.

Return on Investment

Artificial Turf/Synthetic Turf Grass Lawns are a cost effective alternative to natural sod grass.  Return on investment is almost certainly realized within the warranty period of the artificial turf grass lawn product.  Artificial grass/synthetic turf lawns can cut your water bill in half, save you on the maintenance costs of a gardener or yard man, possibly save you from installing a sprinkler system, and most importantly add value to your life by giving you a perfectly manicured, maintenance free lawn and leave you with more time to do the things you really enjoy in life.  The initial investment in an artificial turf grass lawn is significantly more than a real grass lawn but it is an investment.  Just as they say, the rich get richer because they are able to make investments in things such as artificial turf grass lawns which really do save the owner money in the long run.  

Water Savings

Natural Grass is surprisingly costly, both environmentally and monetarily.

Artificial Grass from ”Frass” Artificial Turf is the solution.

Natural grass is harmful to the environment in many ways:

  1. Depletes our soils of nutrients.
  2. Drains our scarce fresh water resources.
  3. Natural grass requires the use of fertilizers and pesticides that end up in the oceans and lakes and increase nitrate levels in our ground water.
  4. Lawn mowers emit greenhouse gasses and pollutants which cause global warming and harm the ozone layer. One lawn mower can procuce as much polution as 10 cars!

 

Important Facts

  • “Frass” Fake Grass Lawns of Los Angeles has saved an estimated 41 million gallons of fresh water by replacing natural grass with our artificial grass.
  • A lawn of average size uses approximately 41,500 gallons per year
  • Your water consumption and bill could be reduced by 50% to 70% by removing thirsty natural grass.
  • A lawn mower can pollute as much as 10 ten times the amount of a car
  • Fertilizing increases nitrate levels in ground water
  • Yard clippings are one of the largest contributions to the greenhouse effect.
  • “Frass” carries artificial turf products that are 100% recyclable.

Artificial grass from ”Frass” Fake Grass  requires very little maintenance and NO water

 

 

 

Do away with your natural grass and save the bays, lakes and ocean from urban runoff.  You can make a difference!  Conserve water today and make a positive impact on the environment.

The grass really is greener from “Frass” Fake Grass.  Call us today and see why over a thousand Southern California homeowners have chosen to replace their lawns with our synthetic turf.  ”Frass” is THE ‘green’ solution.  Call us today and do your part in the State’s water conservation effort.  Water conservation rebates are available which help make installing our artificial grass much more affordable for home and business owners, so you can keep a little more ‘green’ in your wallet.  Your ”Frass” representative will match you to the appropriate variety of artificial turf for your specific application and help you with design suggestions.    

Southern California’s water resources are diminishing.  For this reason water rates are likely to increase by up to 50% in the next year.  Synthetic grass will help you to have a beautiful lawn all year, while conserving water and saving you money.

Outdoor landscaping consumes an average of 50% to 70% of residential water.  Install a ”Frass” synthetic lawn and rest assured that you are doing your part in the water conservation effort in Southern California. 

 

 The public is largely unaware of our water problems in California.  The water authority has launched a campaign called the 20 Gallon Challenge to create awareness of our water crisis.  The campaign slogan implies that if every individual in California could use 20 gallons less per person each day, that would solve our water supply and delivery problem.

About “Frass” Fake Grass

“Frass” Fake Grass, is dedicated to providing Southern California homeowners with superior quality artificial turf products and expert installation services at a fair price. “Frass” Fake Grass is a licensed California landscape contractor (lic. # 896752) and is insured (commercial general liability insurance) for your protection. “Frass” Fake Grass is a division of Home Turf of San Diego who has has been in business specializing in artificial turf installation in the San Diego Area for over six years . We have performed over one thousand installations of artificial grass and putting greens in Southern California. Many companies have come and gone but “Frass” Fake Grass intends to stay in business by providing Southern California residents with the most realistic artificial turf landscape products at a fair price.
Our synthetic turf installers are meticulous and really know the tricks of our trade which result in better quality installations with no visible seams or cut corners. We run a good, clean, legitimate business and for that reason have retained most of the same employees since the inception of the company. We consistently get referrals in Southern California for putting greens and artificial grass lawns from over one thousand happy customers. We own and use the most up to date, advanced tools and equipment to ensure installation quality of your artificial grass lawn in Southern California.
“Frass” Fake Grass Lawns offers synthetic turf products from a variety of artificial turf manufacturers so your choices are vast. Our large volume of business gives us real buying power, enabling us to buy synthetic turf products for less than our competitors and we pass these savings along to you. We offer Southern California artificial grass of various face weights, fiber types, fiber combinations and fiber colors. Some people prefer Pepsi to Coke, chocolate or vanilla, or artificial turf with brown fibers or without.
We pay workers’ compensation for all of our employees, and we do not hire day laborers. Avoid being victimized by unscrupulous or unlicensed operators by doing your homework and choose to do business with “Frass” Fake Grass of Southern California, a trusted synthetic turf dealer and installer. Home improvement is a top source of consumer complaints nationwide. We understand how you feel as a consumer trying to choose the right contractor for your job, hundreds of our customers have felt the same way, but after we installed their beautiful artificial grass lawn or putting green, they found they made a great choice in choosing “Frass” Fake Grass to landscape their home with a Synthetic Grass Lawn or Putting Green. We regularly get referrals from our customers which comprises a large part of our business. All of us at “Frass” believe we offer the best value on installed artificial turf in all Southern California.

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Why “Frass”?

“Frass” artiifcial grass has performed over one thousand artificial grass installations in Southern California.  Practice makes perfect.  After years of specializing in the installation of synthetic grass we have learned the tricks of the trade that only years of experience and hundreds of installations can teach.  Our products are some of the best in the industry and we offer several varieties for you to choose from.  We have our favorite but that’s just our personal choice.  That’s why they make chocolate and vanilla, Coke and Pepsi, Sprite and 7 UP, Bud Light and Miller Lite, artificial grass with thick blades or thin blades, you get the picture.  Beware of companies that haven’t been around long.  A warranty on your synthetic grass lawn or putting green is only as good as the company who offers it.  “Frass” is here to stay.  We have grown to become one of California’s largest and most reputable artificial grass companies by providing high quality workmanship and products at a fair price. 

 ”Frass” is a licensed, bonded, and reputable landscape contractor.  We pay workers’ compensation for all of our employees, and we do not hire day laborers.  Avoid being victimized by unscrupulous or unlicensed operators by doing your homework and choose to do business with “Frass” Fake Grass.  Home improvement is a top source of consumer complaints nationwide.   We understand how you feel as a consumer trying to choose the right contractor for your job, hundreds of our customers have felt the same way, but after we installed their beautiful artificial lawn or putting green they found they made a great choice in choosing “Frass.”  We regularly get referrals from our customers which comprises a large part of our business.  All of us at “Frass” Fake Grass believe we offer the best value on installed artificial grass in the Los Angeles area.