Create Your Own Backyard Playground

1 year ago -Now, more than ever before, is the time to invest in creating a backyard oasis for you and your children. Since March, inflatable pools, playsets, and other home leisure items have been [completely sold out]( — leaving many quarantined families frustrated.Many families are realizing that now is the time to invest in safe ways to keep your children active and occupied while at home. The team at Toronto Artificial Grass will be completing installations until approximately mid-November when the ground begins to freeze, so there’s still ample time left in 2020!To find out the benefits of a backyard playground that will help you safely tire out your little ones, read on.## Safety Is Number One![](children-slide-synlawn.jpg)SYNLawn playground systems are the safest you will find anywhere and can absorb falls as high as 10 feet.You’ll have peace of mind knowing that while your kids are playing, they are much more protected by our playground turf than other materials like mulch, pea gravel, or even rubber.In addition to safety, accessibility is also a top priority. For anyone with mobility issues, and for those that use wheelchairs, our playground turf creates an accessible environment for parents and children alike.## Unmatched Durability![](children-swing-synlawn.jpg)After safety and accessibility, the most common concern we hear from parents is regarding durability. Our range of products are designed to withstand the demand of public playgrounds, schoolyard trampling, harsh weather, and they will also stay cool in the summer. In addition, our synthetic grass always looks realistically green, is allergen-free, and feels soft to the touch.## No Grass Stains Or Mud![](children-hands-synlawn.jpg)Imagine letting your kids play outside in the rain without worrying about mud being tracked into your home. Or never having to worry about removing grass stains from their clothing and shoes. This reality is possible with SYNLawn’s range of playground products.## Think Ahead![](children-slide-synlawn.jpg)Think ahead to the fall, and even to next spring and summer, and save yourself the same disappointed looks and statements of “I’m bored!” by building your own fun and safe backyard playground.[Reach out to us here]( if you would like to discuss your options and we’d be happy to help you get started.

Toronto Artificial Grass vs Natural Grass

1 year ago -At Toronto Artificial Grass, the acronym we use to describe our core values is W.A.T.E.R. It stands for well-being, accountability, teamwork, excellence, and respect. Each of these words can be directly applied to our business practices and the products that we stand behind. One of our key products is SYNLawn artificial grass. SYNLawn is our star product, and has many benefits over natural grass that can help you turn your space into a backyard oasis. Read more to find out the benefits: ## Low Maintenance Once we have installed your artificial grass, you can sit back and just enjoy it. Our team will walk you through exactly how to care for your turf, whether it’s a putting green, architectural grass, or a pet installation. Take comfort in knowing that you won’t be mowing, seeding, or watering your lawn. ## Soft & Hypoallergenic Our turf products are soft to the touch, never itchy, and won’t cause an allergic reaction — unlike natural grass. Feel free to walk barefoot, let kids roam free, and enjoy a backyard picnic without worrying about any of these side effects. ## Long-lasting SYNLawn artificial grass is made of durable and long-lasting nylon fibres with a [backing that’s derived from soybeans]( This means that SYNLawn can withstand a great deal of foot traffic and wear and tear. ## Always Looks Great Our artificial grass will always be green, soft, and luscious. You don’t have to worry about unsightly brown spots or weed patches. Unlike caring for natural grass, your lawn will always be effortlessly beautiful and you’ll get a lot of your time back. ## Unbeatable Warranty Most of our products come with a limited lifetime warranty. Due to the quality and craftsmanship on our products, we stand behind them 100%. That’s why we’ll be there if you have any issues with your turf. ## Environmentally Friendly SYNLawn products have many environmental benefits that embody our core values, W.A.T.E.R. is bio-based, recyclable, and you won’t waste any water on your artificial turf. This turf helps to reduce water consumption, is made of sustainable and 100% biodegradable materials, is excellent quality and helps us to take accountability for our actions in helping our customers reduce their carbon footprint. You’ll also never spend time and energy — or carbon emissions — mowing it. As an added bonus, you can skip the toxic pesticides and herbicides when you invest in artificial turf. Finally, our belief in teamwork and respect is part of everything that we do. Respect for our environment, our teammates, and our clients is deeply rooted in our products and our business practices. Toronto Artificial Grass has many different styles of grass for you to choose from and our team will help you find the [right product]( for your needs and lifestyle.

5 Reasons Artificial Grass Is A Great Solution For Pets

1 year ago -If you’re a dog owner, it goes without saying that you would do pretty much anything for your furbaby. There are very few things that can drag us out of bed at 5 am, and the love we have for our dogs is definitely one of them. Finding convenient and healthy solutions wherever you can is also important. Read on for our top 5 reasons why artificial grass is a great solution for pets. ## 1. No Mud When you have a SYNLawn artificial grass installation in your backyard, you can let your pet out, rain or shine, and you’ll never have to worry about a muddy mess in your home. Your dog will wipe their feet ## 2. SYNLawn Grass Is Durable Dogs cause wear and tear on your grass and, over time, it will become muddy and bald. Trying to fix this damage is very time consuming. SYNLawn artificial grass installations are so durable that they last for years, See our Lifetime warranty. ## 3. Easy Cleanup When you find the inevitable landmine in your yard, cleanup is really easy with SYNLawn’s artificial turf. Our pet installations have an antimicrobial, odour-absorbing infill and they’re easy to clean. You can wipe away the mess with our special cleaning solution quickly and effectively, and go on with your day. Our Envirofill infill product is working for you all the time. **If you prefer, we offer a cleaning service and will come and take care of this for you. **[Give us a call!](** ## 2. No Harmful Pesticides or Allergens The beauty of our pet installations is that they are always green, soft, and lush without ever having to use harmful pesticides. You can take comfort in knowing that your pet is safe from harmful chemicals and allergens when they’re playing or soaking up the sun. This also means that they won’t bring in any harmful pesticides or allergens into your home. ## 5. Pet Installations For Balconies **![](/images/pages/artificial-grass-safe-for-pets-002.jpg)** Yes, you read that right. At Toronto Artificial grass, we can install a SYNLawn artificial grass installation on your balcony. This system is ideal to help train your dog to use grass and will provide you with convenience and flexibility when living in an apartment or condo building If you have any questions about our pet installations, our team at Toronto Artificial Grass is always happy to help. **[Get a free consultation or call 905-272-9683 for more information.](**

3 Ways SYNLawn Can Elevate Your Golf Game At Home

1 year ago -Create a custom golf experience in your backyard — or anywhere, for that matter, using Toronto Artificial Grass’ signature product SYNLawn. .Nothing gets our team more excited than meeting with our clients to map out exactly what it is that they are looking for and how we can help improve their golf game. In this blog, we are going to outline 3 ways that SYNLawn can elevate your golf game. ## Developed By A Golf Professional Acclaimed golf pro, researcher, and author Dave Pelz, helped to develop SYNLawn products — making them top-of-the-line and ideal for golf aficionados. In fact, SYNLawn golf greens outperform real golf greens due to our design and extensive testing by golf lovers and professionals alike. Our practice greens are incredibly realistic and can help you master your short game. ## You Can Practice At Home Having your own customized golf green, that requires almost no maintenance, means that you can do what you love to do- golf! You can choose from fairway, rough, and fringe surfaces to create a challenging course designed to help you perfect your flop and chip shots, all in the comfort of your own backyard. Practice makes perfect! ## It’s Better Than Real Grass Our golf greens require no mowing, fertilizing, or watering — they are almost entirely maintenance-free. They are also completely customizable. We will work with you to build a custom solution that’s perfectly catered to you and your space. What’s unique about SYNLawn is that we can create different stimp levels to replicate any type of green. .SYNLawn’s putting installations are increasingly popular on rooftop patios, in shopping malls, and driving ranges located in condo buildings and in residential backyards. .Here are just a few inspiration photos of some of the projects we have recently completed:![](/images/pages/synlawn-golf-building.jpg) ![](/images/pages/synlawn-golf-building.jpg) ![](/images/pages/synlawn-golf-building.jpg) .Why not start improving your golf game from home? Your friends will be impressed with your progress next season! .Get in touch with [Toronto Artificial Grass for a quote]( and we will create the perfect, custom solution for you whether you’re a builder, architect, or a homeowner with a deep love of the game.

SYNLawn 101: Everything You Need to Know

1 year ago -SYNLawn synthetic grass has earned the reputation for looking incredibly real and feeling soft to the touch. But there are many other unique features about SYNLawn’s range of products that set them apart. SYNLawn is the biggest manufacturer of artificial grass in North America and has been around since 1965. They have also been at the forefront of innovation for both commercial and residential purposes. In this blog, we will cover everything you need to know about what makes SYNLawn the right choice for your synthetic grass needs. ## What is SYNLawn? Our synthetic grass is available in hundreds of varieties including residential, commercial, for playgrounds, indoor gyms, putting areas, and products specifically designed for pets. Our grass is made with plant-based resources that are completely renewable compared with most of our competitors whose products are using 70% more petroleum. ## Why Choose SYNLawn? The list of benefits is extensive. It’s low maintenance and stable in all climates. In general, the rain does most of the cleaning for you. If you have a pet, a quick hose down every once in a while will be all you need as SYNLawn’s new Super YarnTM is antimicrobial and odour controlling There are many advantages to choosing SYNLawn, and they will change your life! It’s 33% stronger than competing products on the market, is completely self-draining, and is crush resistant. It’s approved by NASA because it is fire-resistant and is the only artificial grass manufacturer with a Class A fire rating on polypropylene options in addition to our nylon turf. ### The Greenest Option SYNLawn is completely green — in colour and concept! Installing artificial grass eliminates the need for water, thus preserving this natural resource and eliminating the need for a costly irrigation system. SYNLawn’s long life expectancy and recyclable properties mean that it reduces the use of landfills and eliminates emissions from lawn care tools. ### Cleanest and Most Durable SYNLawn’s technology makes it stronger, cleaner, and longer-lasting than its competitors. The latest advancement, called Super Yarn™, has changed the landscape of the turf industry by binding three features into one formulation. Super Yarn™ includes an antimicrobial technology along with reflective and anti-static technology to create the first of its kind - built right into the grass fibre. ### Lifetime Warranty We are so confident about the quality of our products that we stand behind them fully by offering a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Our warranty protects against UV degradation, backing integrity, yarns, and turf bind for the life of the product. If you would like to chat more about SYNLawn’s range of artificial grass, you can contact us here. We’re always happy to answer your questions!

Toronto Artificial Grass in Recreation Centres: All You Need To Know

2 years ago -SYNLawn Artificial Grass is a leading choice for recreation centres because it’s low maintenance, durable, versatile and eco-friendly. Plus, it comes with an extensive warranty, it’s fully customizable, and it looks great! In this blog, we review the benefits of SYNLawn agility surfaces and showcase why they’re a growing choice for architects in sports complexes and gym facilities. ## Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Artificial Grass SYNLawn isn’t your average artificial grass. It’s 100% recyclable because it’s made with renewable, plant-based resources including soybeans and post-manufacturing waste. SYNLawn uses cutting-edge technology that helps to keep the grass 20% cooler than competing synthetic turf brands —which makes it ideal for outdoor sports and recreation centres. ## Durable Yet Gentle The SYNLawn agility turf varieties are made of polyethylene with a nylon root, which creates durability, reduced resistance, and still feels soft to the touch. White lines are tufted directly into the turf, eliminating the need for seams in areas prone to stress and wear. ## Artificial Grass for Agility and Training Surfaces SYNLawn offers two varieties of artificial grass, called SpeedTurf™ and TrackTurf™. Both varieties are specially-engineered for indoor training and are the turf of choice in many sports complexes because of their quality, sustainability, and versatility. These agility turfs are excellent options for indoor soccer fields, weight rooms, and athletic training facilities as these surfaces are low-friction and can withstand rigorous foot traffic. SpeedTurf™ and TrackTurf™ are also non-slip—the ideal surface for vigorous workouts, agility training, sled pulls, cross-training, tennis courts, and soccer fields. ## Engineered to Increase Performance & Reduce Injury SYNLawn agility turf mimics the feel of real grass and is specifically engineered to increase performance and prevent muscle fatigue during workouts and sports games. Unlike real grass, our agility turf doesn’t require recovery time because it is built to withstand crushing. Our agility turf is also designed with a specialized foam backing to absorb impact, which reduces joint and lower back pain, shin splints, and minimizes the chance of additional injuries. ## Easy to Clean SpeedTurf™ and TrackTurf™ aren’t made with infill (infill is small bits of crushed material added throughout to create a more plush look and feel). This lack of infill is what reduces resistance for both speed and agility activities, and allows the surface to be easily cleaned and disinfected. All they require is a weekly brush and a spot cleaning for spills. Customizable SYNLawn agility turf is available in any colour and can be uniquely customized for any project. We also offer a library of specifications and tests, and we’ll work with you to ensure that you get the right product for your needs. If you’re interested in finding out more about SYNLawn Artificial Grass, get in touch with our team today at Toronto Artificial Grass.

Artificial Grass is Winning the Turf War

3 years ago -## Boom in the demand for artificial grass Artificial grass is gaining ground as a viable option for landscape areas including residential, commercial, sports and play areas. A recent study The Global Market for Artificial Turf 2018, published by Applied Market Information Ltd. (AMI Consulting; Bristol, UK) indicates that there is greater demand for artificial turf. “In all applications the challenges of growing grass has people looking for alternatives.” Many homeowners are simply fed up with the challenge of caring for their lawns and are looking for an easy way to keep their lawn looking green and healthy. Whether the difficulty is due to grubs, unhealthy soil conditions, digging dogs, too much shade etc. the challenges all fade away when artificial turf is installed. Architects and designers find artificial turf to be a great alternative to other landscape options. In fact SYNLawn is becoming a product of choice not just an alternative. Landscape architects are able to design easy to maintain, cost effective, long lasting, environmentally responsible spaces for their clients. With safety built right into the base for sports and community applications, installing artificial turf can make it possible to increase use of the space for teams and community events creating an additional income source for local communities. ## Choosing what company to go with is the next question. SYNLawn is the leader in artificial turf, constantly improving to provide the highest quality products. They now offer a NEW LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY! Advancements in manufacturing include turf that drains at a rate of 45” per hour, made from 60% recycled content, is 100% recyclable and now has a limited lifetime warranty. SYNLawn lead free and child/pet safe. There is no off-gassing and in fact architects get LEED points for specifying SYNLawn. SYNLawn is a safe and environmentally responsible choice. There are a wide range of styles and price points. Solutions are available for any area and all applications. Turf can be installed on rooftops, balconies, play areas, landscapes, and for golf. Let us know what you are looking for. We can suggest the best options at the right price point for your project. [REFERENCE](

Architects Stay Ahead of the Curve

3 years ago -As a landscape architect it is important to stay current and on the lookout for new ideas. Maintaining ongoing training is also mandatory for members of architecture associations. ## How can we help? We are Garden City Groundskeeping Services Ltd., your local authorized dealer and installer of SYNLawn Artificial Turf. We deliver Lunch and Learn Presentations that earn you credits with the OAA and OALA. SYNLawn, the undisputed leader in this field is proud to announce that we have just released our new line up of turf for 2018. With great new designs and manufacturing improvements you will now find styles with higher ounce weights, improved drainage and some with lower prices too! ## Synlawn offers many Benefits: * Our Nylon Turf and has a Class A Fire Rating * Our turf has HeatBlock technology built into the blades to reduce heat by 20% * Our triple layer Envirolock backing is soy based not petroleum * Our Envirofill infill provides bacteria, odour and mold control and is safe for children and pets * Our product is VOC Compliant * We have a manufacturer based 15 year Warranty * Our product is made in North America - not imported from China * Our turf is 100% recyclable and made with post consumer products SYNLawn is a sustainable product! Architects earn LEED points for little to no water usage, reduction in carbon emissions, innovation in design and more. Contact us to today arrange your presentation, and/or delivery of new d-ring samples and a current price list. We look forward to be of service to you...let us know how we can help!

It's planning time! Check out Canada Blooms for NEW IDEAS

3 years ago -Spring is on the horizon, winter is coming to an end. Like the plants we gain enthusiasm as the sap starts to run. It’s planning time! Are you looking for ideas...ready to plan your design or hire a professional to help you? Come wander around and check out the garden displays and leisure spaces as at Canada Blooms. Get a glimpse of great designs and speak with professionals to discover new ways to improve and find solutions for your outdoor garden and entertainment areas. Once again SYNLawn is proud to be a part of Canada Blooms. We have new turf styles to check out with a number of design and manufacturing improvements like thicker, more lush turfs and improved drainage. We are sure you will see the benefits and value that SYNLawn has too offer. Among many benefits you will reduce your carbon footprint and save water by installing this environmentally responsible turf. Wouldn’t you love a beautifully green lawn, virtually maintenance free and always ready to enjoy either quietly on your own or with guests? Come by our booth #G25A to see our beautiful turf. Visit the wine garden and run your toes through our soft NEW 100 OZ turf while sipping on a beverage. Canada Blooms takes place March 9 to 18, 2018 at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto. For more information or for tickets, please visit Mention this article for a 5% discount on your SYNLawn installation for areas over 1200 sq. ft!

Should You Fake a Lawn

5 years ago -Natural grass lawns are beautiful when they are well taken care of and have the right amounts of water and fertilizer. There are times, however, when faking a lawn may be a better option. The fact, keeping a natural grass lawn is hard work. While there are many factors that can affect how a lawn looks and feels, there are also many ways to make sure it always looks its very best, without harming the environment or violating local water restrictions. ## Drought or too much water Dry and extremely wet conditions can wreak havoc on a lawn. The lack of rain and extremely high temperatures can cause the blades to turn brown, dry out and break off. It can take up to 150,000 gallons of water a year to maintain a small to medium sized lawn. Too much water will cause mold and the lawn will be mushy and thin out. ## Too Much Shade Lawns that have an excessive amount of shade, either from large trees or buildings, often have bare or uneven patches. Grass requires medium to full sun to thrive. If an area is only exposed to sunlight for a a couple of hours a day, odds are the grass will not do well. You can fake your lawn by installing artificial turf or removing the natural grass and creating a landscaped area. With landscaping, the use of shade tolerant plants and inorganic mulch means no more worries about direct sunlight and allows you to keep your lawn beautiful and maintenance free. ## Heavy Foot Traffic Heavy foot traffic can result in pathways, ridges and large bare spots where the dirt is exposed and can wear away. Childrens play areas are notorious for having bare spots and areas where the grass and soil has worn away. This can become a tripping hazard, causing children to stumble and fall while they are playing. Just the average daily play of children and pets can begin to mat down natural grass and create faint pathways that, over time, can become more pronounced and lead to brown areas in the lawn. If you want to keep play areas looking their absolute best, section them off and re-surface them with pea gravel, crumb rubber or different types of mulch. This prevents worn areas and will add a new dimension to the look of your lawn. ## Health Concerns Many people have allergens to both dust and pollen making it difficult for them to adequately care for their lawns by themselves. When it becomes a health hazard to maintain your natural grass, you have three options. You can move away, hire an expensive landscaping company or you can fake your lawn. If the lawn is small enough, you can landscape the entire area. If you still want the look and feel of natural grass without the pain and suffering that comes along with it, you can look into artificial turf. There are many varieties and styles to choose from. Most artificial turf brands have anti-bacterial components to help control infection and contamination from pet waste. Faking your lawn isn't always a bad thing. In fact, for most it is a cost effective option that allows you to have a lawn that looks its best all year long, without you having to spend hours each week working on it. In most cases, if the work is done correctly, it is hard to tell the real lawns from the fake ones.

On Durability of Artificial Turf

5 years ago -Artificial turf is often a first choice of many homeowners because it is affordable and maintenance free. Others choose it for its construction, quality materials and durability. Artificial lawns are designed to last for several years. With that in mind, they must be constructed with the best materials to create a product that can withstand not only extreme environmental conditions, but also the wear and tear of every day foot traffic and pets. ## Construction Artificial turf is constructed to withstand the worst conditions possible. From high temperatures to frigid cold, high levels of foot traffic, dry weather and damage from animals. The tightly woven mesh and precision cuts used to create the blade go hand in hand in making the lawn appear as natural as possible. The techniques used in producing the mesh prevents it from being easily damaged. It also helps keep the fabric firmly in place once it has been installed. When constructing the artificial turf, the mesh is strengthened by the different weave patterns that are used to both create the backing as well as attach the blades of grass. The tighter the weave, the more resistant the fabric is to being damaged. One of the biggest factors in protecting the mesh fabric, is the fill material that is used once the artificial lawn has been installed. Crumb rubber, sand and small pebble stones are ideal materials for fillers. Each has its own advantages and will work well in most situations. ## Quality Materials Artificial turf is constructed using the highest quality materials possible. Nylon and polypropylene fibers are incorporated into the fabric and mesh that is used to construct both the mesh and the blades that make up artificial lawns. The tightly woven fibers are designed to prevent tears and rips from organic objects like sticks and tree limbs, as well as from pets and toys that children play with. The fabric that is used to create the blades is resistant to fraying, ripping and tearing. It allows the blades to maintain the look of freshly cut grass without being matted down or discolored by the sun, chemicals, an over abundance of water and shade. The better the materials used in the construction, the longer the turf will last no matter where it has been installed. ## The Importance of a Warranty Reading an artificial turf's warranty will provide excellent insight into its construction as well as its durability. The more things listed within the warranty, the more care and consideration was put into its development and construction. Most warranties cover basic issues. An excellent warranty will cover issues like: - **Discoloration/Fading** – A good warranty will cover fading caused by the sun as well as discoloration caused by exposure to chemicals or animal waste. - **Installation Issues** - Installation issues are also covered under a reliable warranty. Turf that is not properly stretched or tacked down correctly can wear unevenly, causing bulges, rips and tears. - **Defective Materials/Construction** – Defective materials and poor construction are covered under most warranties. Errors in construction and the use of materials that are defective or of poor quality will cause the artificial turf to break down or begin to show wear and tear long before the warranty expires. - **Animal Damage** – Animals are extremely hard on artificial turf and natural grass alike. Artificial turf must be manufactured to withstand the tearing of an animals' claws as well as the elements found in their feces and urine. A good warranty will protect against most of those issues. If your goal is to learn about the durability of an artificial turf product, you should not only study the product and how it is made, but also the warranty that accompanies it.

Top Mistakes DIY Turf Installers Make

5 years ago -Installing your own artificial turf is easy -- as long as you have detailed instructions, all the proper tools, and some real experience working with artificial turf. We can give you the installation guide, and recommend some tools, but since you can’t get experience off the internet, we can give you the next best thing: some common turf installation mistakes to avoid. Keep these in mind as you start your artificial turf installation project for a much smoother artificial turf installation ~~process~~. ## Mistake 1: Incorrect measurements You’ve probably heard this before, but we can’t emphasize it enough: double-check your measurements! Measure your installation area at least twice, and from different directions. Make sure you’re getting the right amount of turf to cover your installation area most efficiently by going over your calculations with one of our turf consultants. ## Mistake 2: Incorrect base material We usually recommend ¼” to ¾” crushed drain rock as your base material. The coarseness of the base rock determines the amount of drainage your new lawn will have, so choose a coarser material if you have drainage issues. Also, never use rounded rocks like pea gravel because they will slide around as you try to compact them. ## Mistake 3: Uneven base An artificial turf lawn looks best when laid over a smooth surface. Any bumps or wrinkles stand out and make your lawn less attractive. When removing the existing landscaping, make sure you’ve also removed any roots or rocks that will cause unevenness. Then, we recommend using a sod roller or plate compactor to compact your base layer until it’s smooth. ## Mistake 4: Flattening your base too much Didn’t we just say you needed to compact your base until it’s completely smooth? Yes, make your base smooth, but shape it with a 1% incline towards the center. This will make your lawn look more natural, and allow water to drain away from the middle. ## Mistake 5: Ignoring the grain ![](/images/pages/roof-turf.jpg) Blades of artificial turf have a natural “grain” or directionality. Pay attention to this grain, and always lay the turf in the same direction to avoid obvious seams in your lawn. For best results, we recommend facing the grain towards the viewer. ## Mistake 6: Buying turf in batches Different batches of artificial turf have slight color variations between them. If you order half your turf now, and half next month, you may get turf that looks a little different. For best results, buy all of your turf at once. ## Mistake 7: Not installing a weed blocker One of the benefits of artificial turf is that you no longer need to weed your lawn. However, for that to become reality, you need to apply a week blocker layer underneath your artificial turf to discourage weeds and other plants from growing through your lawn. ## Mistake 8: Throwing away your scraps after your installation is done Hand on to your leftover scraps of turf! They can be used for minor repairs or patches. Furthermore, you can use them as reference swatches if you need to buy more artificial turf in the future.

Choosing the Best Turf for Dogs

5 years ago -A dog is fairly easy to please. Make sure his food bowl is always full, the water dish is always overflowing and give him the freedom to run and play in the grass. Most animals could care less if its an enclosed dog run or a wide open back yard, as long as they have the freedom to run and play like they want to. A dog simply wants to roll around and play in the grass. In most cases, a dog is so happy to be outside, he doesn't even notice that the artificial blades of grass aren't even sticking to his coat or tickling his nose. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> ## Low Cut Pile Ideally, the best artificial turf for a dog run or any other area where your dog will be spending time will have a pile height of between 1 and 1.25 inches. Low cut pile artificial turf are often denser and more plush than those with a higher face weight. Turf with a shorter pile, often times has more cushion and is more likely to bounce back after several hours of rough play. This eliminates the need to brush or gently rack the blades to get them to stand back up again. ## Lower Face Weight The face weight of artificial turf refers to its overall density and thickness. While the actual face weight of your artificial turf will not be of any concern to your pet, you may feel differently. With a low face weight, the blades are more coarse and stiff. They handle wear and tear much better than other types of turf, and best of all, it costs less. The one problem with a lower face weight artificial turf is that the density of the blades can cause animal debris to become embedded in the turf if it is stepped on. Always make sure to remove any pet waste as soon as it is deposited to prevent it from being ground deep into the pile. This will make it extremely hard to remove and can lead to a major odor problem if not properly cleaned up. ## Easy Care and Little to No Maintenance Other than picking up any pieces of debris that may accumulate due to wind and other natural occurrences, the only real maintenance you may want to perform is a simple rinsing with the garden hose on a regular basis. While the silver ions that leech from the synthetic materials will help to control pet odor, rinsing the turf with the garden hose will knock loose any dried on debris and wash it away. This will help to keep your artificial lawn looking and smelling its best. ## Controls Infection The silver ions that help to protect you from odor also act as an anti-bacterial. Children and pets can play together on the turf and germs will not become a major issue. As the silver ions are released from the turf, they begin to attack odor and infection causing bacteria at the source. This means the environment will remain safe from germs as long as you help to keep the area clean by eliminating excessive amounts of debris. Keep in mind that the main benefits of artificial turf are primarily for humans. Yes, it is maintenance free and can raise the value of your home, but to your pet, artificial turf is just the fuzzy blades of something that they get to run and play on when they are outside. Your dog's main concerns once they get outside are to use the bathroom and then find a place where they can roll around and scratch their back on the grass. While they may appreciate the fact that the turf doesn't make them sneeze, they more than likely will never know the difference.

Going to the Dogs

5 years ago -> Have you thought about wiping your feet after walking your dog? What about your dog’s feet...? Although our relationship with man’s best friend started over 30,000 years ago, the growth of Urban areas and their pets is growing out of proportion. Where do the dogs run, where do they socialize, play or chase the Frisbee? Where do they get unleashed? The effects of the large canine population can be heard, and sometimes smelled most in apartment or high-rise areas. Park redesign has started in Toronto, and at a High rise area in Downtown. Three High rise buildings, just off Yonge street, north of Gerrard have taken the lead with their reconstruction of the Centre court area. The pet area has been created, and designed with our high draining system, with low pile [SYNLawn Pet Premium turf]( Bacteria can be mitigated with Envirofill Anti-microbial infill, and odor addressed with [Zeofill](, a natural product that absorbs odor. ![Dog Park](/images/pages/snow-dogs.jpg) SYNLawn products offer a 15 year, warranty, and with annual inspection for seam separation, settling and or Power brooming the turf, we can keep the area looking new for a long time. Snow is no problem, UV is the biggest issue, and for the most part, snow will cover the turf over the winter. All this for the benefit of the tenants. A clean area will translate into lower cleaning cost in the building, as an owner pointed out. A substantial capital outlay at the start, but the payback over time is twofold. Happy tenants and lower building maintenance - because everybody is wiping their feet!

Case Study: Safe Play

5 years ago -> Keeping kids safe at school is an ongoing initiative for principals and school staff. As research confirmed, many of those injuries are due to the playground surface material. When the Blue Springs School District noted opportunities to reduce playground injuries, they aggressively researched improved playground surfaces. They looked to their friends in the west and were able to take advantage of some important lessons already learned from nearby Blue Valley School District, the first in the area to install [artificial grass]( on their playgrounds. ## Blue Springs School District The [Blue Springs School District]( (BSSD) consists of 14 elementary schools, four middle schools, and two high schools. The elementary playgrounds utilized wood mulch on their playgrounds, while other school districts in the area use rubber mulch. After learning about the devastating fires at the Blue Valley School District, Dr. Bill Cowling, assistant superintendent for BSSD, read about the [SYNLawn fire-retardant nylon-based turf]( BVSD used and quickly came to the conclusion that [artificial grass would make sense for their playgrounds]( too. While they were certainly aware of the threat of playground vandalism like arson and the loss of thousands of dollars worth of playground equipment, the issue BSSD faced was reducing injuries and improving play systems for their students. ## The Playground Surface Dilemmas There were documented clinic visits due to playground accidents. As a result of the wood mulch, children were going to see the nurse for wounds like abrasions and splinters. During the 2011-2012 school year, one school reported 11 breaks and sprains and 20 visits to the nurse’s office for issues related to wood mulch in the eyes. The wood mulch seemingly had advantages at first, and its low cost was one of them. However, the maintenance required to constantly reapply and redistribute the mulch chips became a regular function that increased their maintenance costs. Since wood mulch is easily displaced due to heavy traffic from the kids, this also meant that it was probably not meeting ASTM guidelines for proper HIC (head injury criteria) requirements. <div class="post-gallery"> <a href="" data-lightbox="safe-play-1" class="grid-gallery-item"></a> <a href="" data-lightbox="safe-play-1" class="grid-gallery-item"></a> <a href="" data-lightbox="safe-play-1" class="grid-gallery-item"></a> <a href="" data-lightbox="safe-play-1" class="grid-gallery-item"></a> </div> ## The Deciding Factors Dan Anderson, director of buildings and grounds at BSSD, had experience working with Kirk Grego, who has been in the artificial grass business for years and is also husband to the owner of [SYNLawn Kansas City]( It was Kirk who introduced them to the artificial grass solution. Cowling and Anderson began to research about the differences between the polypropylene and nylon synthetic turfs in order to determine which would offer the safest playground solution while reducing maintenance. BSSD’s research team inspected the artificial turf installed at one of the BVSD playgrounds. They were able to observe the kids on the playground areas and talk to some of the parents. They witnessed some pretty extreme activity, including a pick-up football game, where the kids were tackling and hitting the ground. “The kids were bouncing right back up,” exclaimed Anderson. “We felt very comfortable with the turf setup with the padding underneath and the additional fall height protection,” added Anderson, who has been with the school district for 16 years. They also had Kelly Flax, then principal of Thomas Utican Elementary and current principal of James Walker Elementary in Blue Springs, MO, view the installation in order to get their opinion on what was going to be a trial for their pilot at their playground. With three different viewpoints, Cowling focused on talking to BVSD about the investment and process, Anderson looked at the installation and Flax was concerned about how it would affect the kids at his elementary school. <div class="post-gallery"> <a href="" data-lightbox="safe-play-2" class="grid-gallery-item"></a> <a href="" data-lightbox="safe-play-2" class="grid-gallery-item"></a> </div> ## Choosing the Right Product Blue Springs chose to install a combination [SYNBermuda 211]( and [SYNTipede 214]( with TrampleZones™. SYNBermuda 211 (previously called SYNBermuda 220) is also a 100-percent nylon artificial grass and features exclusive HeatBlock™ Technology. It’s an excellent choice for high foot-traffic areas like children’s playgrounds. Like the SYNRye 211 (previously called SYNBermuda 200), it is also fire resistant due to its nylon composition. SYNTipede 214 (previously called SYNTipede 322) is a soft polyethylene artificial grass that also features [HeatBlock™ Technology]( and includes a texturized polypropylene thatch zone for added strength and resiliency. The Omega-blade construction adds to its ability to hold up well to very heavy traffic. Both the SYNBermuda 211 and SYNTipede 214 are [IPEMA]( Certified ASTM F1292-09 Compliant products and also protect children from falls as high as 10 feet. And, they both boast the coveted Class One fire rating. “I got a chance to really get into the research of the turf just because there’s a lot of turf companies out there, and they all have their selling points,” said Anderson. “The nylon is what we predominantly went with just because of the fire-retardant capabilities.” <blockquote class="clearfix"> <p>I always feel good because I know that the kids are going to be protected. Falls occur everywhere that we have the pads. <small class="quote-auth">Dan Anderson</small></p> </blockquote> <div class="post-gallery"> <a href="" data-lightbox="safe-play-3" class="grid-gallery-item"></a> <a href="" data-lightbox="safe-play-3" class="grid-gallery-item"></a> </div> # The SYNLawn Installation Process Prior to choosing SYNLawn, the BSSD hired an architectural firm to assist them in how to have the artificial grass installed, how much of it to install and what sizes and shapes to create. The trial for the pilot program began in 2012 at a playground located on an interior courtyard at Thomas Ultican Elementary. “Another difference between nylon and polyethylene is the temperature of the product in the heat of the summer … nylon is a cooler environment, it doesn’t retain the heat as much. These are different reasons why we looked at the nylon instead of the typical polypropylene products,” noted Anderson. After trying it out for a year, BSSD replaced the wood mulch with artificial turf on every playground. Some of the playgrounds at the 14 elementary schools were large while others were small. Some also had four different play areas that received artificial grass whereas others had the turf extended around the building. “We had a whole variety of shapes, but they all served the purpose,” added Anderson. The school district saved a considerable amount of money by removing the wood mulch in advance of our installers. Depending on the playground size, equipment involved and cooperating weather, Anderson said that the installation process took anywhere from seven to 10 days for each playground. While the play areas include padding underneath the artificial turf, they also went with non-padded areas outside of the play structures in order to give some of the schools larger play areas where kids can run around or play games like kickball. This technique leveraged limited resources nicely. Most importantly was the application of the TrampleZones™ since the BSSD was concerned about kids getting injured. This use of more dense turf doesn’t make it look like the artificial grass is wearing out. They installed them on the playgrounds underneath the swings and where the kids come off the slides or pole. “We’ve got TrampleZones™ that are made out of putting green turf so that it always maintains a really sharp appearance,” said Anderson. ## The Results According to Anderson, the elementary school staff, kids and parents all love it, and the moms no longer have to do laundry with their kids’ clothes full of wood chips. “I always feel good because I know that the kids are going to be protected. Falls occur everywhere that we have the pads,” said Anderson. Angela Grego, owner of SYNLawn Kansas City, also agreed that the school district now has safety 24-7, 365 because the padding system is always there and never moves. The area also gets a lot of snow in the wintertime, and he said that you’re able to shovel it off the artificial grass so that the kids can be playing that same afternoon. “That’s a huge advantage because when it rains or snows, the kids are right back on it without slip issues. There were so many other benefits of it besides the fall height protection,” said Anderson. In 2014, the BSSD was awarded the John Preston Award from the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS). So far, it’s holding up well. Before installing synthetic turf, the maintenance was daily because the kids kicked out the wood mulch or it would get washed away due to heavy rains. In order to maintain the fall height, staff members would have to rake it back up or the BSSD would have to add more wood mulch year after year. “There was a lot more daily maintenance whereas with this turf you don’t have that,” added Anderson. Now, to keep the organic material out, such as leaves and sticks, the custodians use a blower to blow it off, and in the summertime, they do a deep clean with larger equipment to get the organic material up, which Anderson said is something you don’t have to do. To see kids playing in action on the SYNLawn artificial grass, check out this video testimonial from Ryan Crum, school principal at Daniel Young Elementary. <div class="v-video"><iframe src="" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen="" style="visibility: visible;"></iframe></div> ## Lessons Learned Anderson stressed the importance of finding a professional, experienced company that understands the needs of an education setting as well as the compliances that must be followed when installing playground equipment. “For us, it was what products are available and why are people doing that, and it was so new when we were starting on this. Nobody had it other than Blue Valley,” he continued. Grego also recommends those considering artificial grass to speak with Dan Anderson. “He has an open-door policy about any of the school districts that want to question him about the safety and maintenance of his turf,” she added. He also noted that for those considering adding artificial grass to their playground, he advises that you outline the perimeter and put your hardscapes in in order to know what the interior square footage will be and ultimately what it will cost you. He added that you have to go two-and-a-half times the height of the playground equipment, and you need a fall zone outside of that. “Try to come up with a budget because it’s a costly investment, but in the end, the return from a safety standpoint, an aesthetics standpoint and a total use standpoint is worth it,” he said. ## Add SYNLawn to Your Playgrounds If you’d like to create a safer surface for your students at school or kids at home, then learn more about the [playground products]( we offer. <style> .post-gallery { display: flex; flex-wrap: wrap; margin-bottom: 2em; justify-content: center; } .post-gallery .grid-gallery-item { flex: 1; flex-basis: 200px; margin: 5px; background-size: cover; } .quote-auth { float: right; font-size: 0.75em; } </style>

How to Maintain your Artificial Turf in the Winter

6 years ago -A common question from our clients is: > “What do we do with our lawns in the winter?” And the answer is simple: **Nothing.** It may seem like a silly answer but you really aren’t required to do anything to your turf throughout the winter. SYNLawn Artificial Turf is designed to withstand the elements year-round. You simply treat it like real grass; in the fall rake the leaves, in the winter let the snow fall, in the spring rake the leaves leftover from fall and just enjoy! Summer maintenance is virtually eliminated. No more mowing or watering lawns, picking weeds, fertilizing, aerating, dealing with holes or patchy areas – it’s in perfect condition all year. And as a bonus for pet owners – no more muddy paws! Here are a few care and maintenance tips to keep your lawn looking great for years to come: - Rain is the best cleaner, but if you live in an area where there is limited rain, you can use a sponge mop to clean up lightly soiled areas or hose them down. - Clean any spills as quickly as possible, you can blot them or use an absorbent, which can be swept or vacuumed. - Brushing periodically is also recommended, mostly for the areas that are high traffic. With those simple steps you can be the envy of your neighbours and keep your lawn looking perfect year after year.

The Green Throne

6 years ago -The Green Throne was developed locally due to the popularity of condos and apartments in Toronto, it is designed for balconies, cold days, emergencies and can be used for training purposes. ![]( We will be selling The Green Throne at Winter Woofstock, this Saturday and Sunday, November 21 & 22 at a special show price of $180, while quantities last. (Retail Price $220) Visit us at the show to get yours or contact us directly if you are unable to attend. SYNLawn provides landscape, balcony, rooftop and portable solutions for your pets. Enjoy no more muddy paws, the turfs are easy to clean, you will save water, maintenance and have more time to spend with your pets.

Upcoming Events: November

6 years ago -We will be exhibiting at the 19th annual ACMO show tomorrow and Saturday – November 13 & 14. Join us at the Toronto Congress Centre North Building for the trade show. Details available here: We are also excited to announce that we are sponsors at Winter Woofstock! Winter Woofstock will be taking place the following weekend (November 21 & 22) at the Queen Elizabeth Exhibit Hall. Tickets still available. Find out more about the exciting event here: Your dog enters for free!

SYNLawn Turf Survives Cosmopolitan Hotel Fire and Possibly Saves Lives

6 years ago -> After the fire, the decorative palm trees and cabanas at the Bamboo Pool were a total loss, while SYNLawn synthetic turf simply turned black and melted without flaming up or contributing to the fire. **LAS VEGAS, NV (PRWEB) OCTOBER 06, 2015**: The fire on the 14th floor Bamboo Pool area of The Cosmopolitan Hotel on July 25th, according to [news reports](, took only minutes to spread due to high winds and ample fuel from the decorative polyethylene encapsulated foam palm trees and cloth covered cabanas. And while there were only two reported cases of smoke inhalation among the many guests that were at the pool that day, the situation could have been much worse if it were not for recent installation of [SYNLawn’s SYNRye 211]( synthetic turf product. When the Las Vegas hotel was built, more than 13,000 square feet of a competitor’s synthetic turf made of polyethylene was installed throughout its pet and pool areas, including 5,000 square feet at the Bamboo Pool area. Over time, due to the concentrated heat from the sun being reflected off the glass that surrounded the Bamboo Pool area, the original turf began melting. The competitor’s polyethylene turf was replaced in the spring of 2013 with SYNLawn’s SYNRye 211, made of 100 percent nylon fibers. In addition to its incredible resiliency in high-traffic areas, SYNRye 211 performed very well even against the high reflective heat of the sun. The SYNRye 211 has also received a Class A fire protection rating according to ASTM E648 testing procedures by an independent testing laboratory. After the fire, the decorative palm trees and cabanas at the Bamboo Pool were a total loss, while SYNLawn synthetic turf simply turned black and melted without flaming up or contributing to the fire. As a result of SYNLawn’s fire resistant performance in this fire, five gaming entities on the Las Vegas Strip have asked for details and quotes on their product. SYNLawn’s fire rated products have already received rave reviews at prestigious locations around the country including the New York Times Building, Mercedes House, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and the corporate offices of LinkedIn and Google. The [Las Vegas Business Press reported]( that, as a result of the Cosmopolitan fire, the local Clark County Department of Building and Fire Safety is looking at the possibility of modifying current building codes to include how and if decorative plastic plants and turf can be used in outside commercial environments. Many times these code changes are then incorporated throughout the U.S. Regardless of code change, the liability is on the property owner should a fire result in the injured or worse, the death of a patron. Owners of hotels, restaurants, and other commercial establishments with large public gathering places may want to rethink their outdoor decorations and install SYNLawn’s fire-rated turf lawns before it’s too late. SYNLawn carries a wide range of high-quality turf products, including the SYNRye 200, the only in-fill free, “fire-safe” artificial lawn product to receive the coveted [E108 Class A fire rating for rooftop applications]( Design professionals can find complete product specifications for all SYNLawn products on the [CADdetails website](

Urban House Before & After

6 years ago -A drastic before and after comparison of an urban house backyard makeover in downtown Toronto. <div class="v-video"><iframe width="1280" height="720" src=";showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>

Putting Green on the Lake Timelapse

6 years ago -Take a look at a short video of a putting green installation we did last year in Oakville. <div class="v-video"><iframe width="1280" height="720" src=";showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>

Suburban Backyard Playground Install

6 years ago -Artificial grass is the perfect solution for a low-maintenance and safe backyard playground. <div class="v-video"><iframe width="1280" height="720" src=";showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>

We Are Moving

7 years ago -Exciting news! We’re moving to a bigger and better facility. No need to worry, we’re only moving across the street. Our new office will feature a large indoor showroom and be able to hold a larger inventory so we can better serve you. We will be moving October 17, 2014 but we will still be available for any service calls or installations during that time. Come and take a look at our new office located at 3211 A Lenworth Avenue in Mississauga. <div class="v-video"><iframe src="!1m14!1m8!1m3!1d5776.278846248862!2d-79.577958!3d43.624457!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x882b380bf79c87ef%3A0x720bf8e5bf05ec65!2s3211+Lenworth+Dr%2C+Mississauga%2C+ON+L4X+2G6%2C+Canada!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sca!4v1452453276693" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" style="border:0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>

Our Weekend at Woofstock '14

7 years ago -We had such a great weekend at this year's Woofstock festival and met some amazing pets and their owners. We can't think of a better way to kick off the warm weather season! We very much look forward to coming back next year to contribute to the great energy of this festival -- for the great displays, fun contests and awesome shows. Check out []( for future events, and take a look at our small album from the weekend. <div class="post-album"> <a href="" data-lightbox="woofstock" class="post-album-thumb"></a> <a href="" data-lightbox="woofstock" class="post-album-thumb"></a> <a href="" data-lightbox="woofstock" class="post-album-thumb"></a> <a href="" data-lightbox="woofstock" class="post-album-thumb"></a> <a href="" data-lightbox="woofstock" class="post-album-thumb"></a> <a href="" data-lightbox="woofstock" class="post-album-thumb"></a> <a href="" data-lightbox="woofstock" class="post-album-thumb"></a> <a href="" data-lightbox="woofstock" class="post-album-thumb"></a> <a href="" data-lightbox="woofstock" class="post-album-thumb"></a> <a href="" data-lightbox="woofstock" class="post-album-thumb"></a> </div>

Conserve Water and Save Money with an Artificial Grass Installation

7 years ago -None of us want to be wasteful, particularly when it comes to natural resources like water. We are proud to work with a product that many of your Ontario friends and neighbors have called upon to help them conserve water by eliminating natural grass from their outdoor spaces. In the process, they have found SYNLawn grass to be a cost efficient, environmentally friendly product that just happens to be the best looking grass they have ever seen. Few of us realize just how much water we waste in the maintenance of our lawns. One way to realize what a significant amount we are talking about is to become aware of just how much water bills drop after the installation of SYNLawn synthetic turf. - Our synthetic turf can reduce your water bills by as much as 50 percent - Lower water bills mean more money in your pocket - Eliminate the costs associated with lawn maintenance - Continued savings each month translates into a product that pays for itself over time The ability to do your part in conserving water is something to feel good about. That said, we know that conservation isn’t the primary reason for your interest in synthetic turf. You want a product that offers the look and feel of natural grass at its most pristine, and that does so year-round. The good news is this scenario is exactly what SYNLawn products offer you. Add in the environmental benefits and cost savings you will experience and you’ve got a product few other products in our industry or any other can compare to. We all want to do our part to conserve the natural resources we depend on. Here at SYNLawn, we are offering you a way to do so while upgrading your outdoor space and improving your bottom line. What could be better, and what are you waiting for? Call today!

Artificial Grass Installation as a Collaborative Process

7 years ago -> At SYNLawn, We’re Committed to the Power of Collaboration Homeowners and business owners considering switching to artificial grass should know one thing about working with SYNLawn: we are all about the collaborative process. Our customers are experts when it comes to not only their properties but also their vision of what that property should look like. Our goal in the design process is to bring your vision to life, and collaboration is the key. It wouldn’t behoove us or our clients to force opinions in regards to design down their throats. It would just be arrogant, and that’s not the way we operate. We take the time to get to know exactly what you are looking for in terms of design elements, and set about creating them in a way that suits your prescribed budget. This isn’t to say we won’t have opinions on the design of your synthetic turf installation, because we will. What we are saying is that the give and take we enter into with our clients is inspiring and part of a healthy process. And at the end of the day, the client always has the final say on what it is we install. We want the excitement you feel about your installation to be something you feel from day one. This is your synthetic turf installation, and it needs to be something that exceeds your grandest expectations on every level. Your vision is attainable, and we can help to make it so. We promise the design and installation process will be one you enjoy and are inspired by. And in that way, the beginning of the process will be as rewarding as the end result. Let us show you what we mean at SYNLawn when we speak of the power of collaboration. Upgrading your outdoor space is a team effort, and you won’t find a better teammate than SYNLawn!