Considering a DIY Artificial Turf Installation? Read on!

Shopify DIY FAQs

Q: What type of turf is best for me?

A: Here are a few rules of thumb, ask yourself “is my space high, medium or low traffic?”

Low, medium traffic areas – your standard backyard - go with the SYNBlue or SYNAugustine lines. They are beautiful and will stand up to most traffic patterns over time, including kids, dogs and backyard barbecues. Very high traffic, i.e. commercial spaces, think SYNTipede line. They are not quite as soft, but a little more resilient.

Q: I have dogs, what type of turf is best?

A: Unless you’re the owner of a dog kennel almost any turf will work fine for dogs. SYNLawn Pet Premium and Pet Platinum are double punched for superior drainage so that’s something to consider. But if you love the look of SYNBlue then go for it, the dogs will love it too and drainage is still very strong, almost nothing will flood any line of SYNLawn turf.

Q: Can dogs poop and pee on my turf?

A: Of course, they always do! In fact, doggy doo is easier to pick up on artificial grass than sod. Adding the antimicrobial infill on your turf will greatly help to battle any urine smell as well as eliminate any mold or mildew build up on your grass. I

Q: On the topic of infill, do I really need it?

A: Infill is not recommended it is required for artificial turf. The warranty is voided if no infill is added. The infill acts as a ballast to hold down your turf and helps with blade support and resiliency over time.

Q: How long will my turf last?

A: With proper installation and infill, your turf will last a really, really long time. Think of it like a new roof, 20+ years. SYNLawn provides the best warranty in the industry in fact. Limited Lifetime.

Q: What is involved in a typical turf installation?

A: First, remove what’s there and dig down about 4 inches. Apply professional grade weed barrier before bringing in aggregate base material. We go with 3/8 minus from Sunroc or “chat” or “manufactured sand” also works. Compaction and drainage are the key components here. Straight sand is a no go.

Consider installing framing to patios, sidewalks, foundations, and fences and attach the turf so it stays secure forever. You can purchase composite framing from us. Next, work the base to “final grade”, this basically means perfection. A smooth flat surface is critical to the turf installation, any ridges, waves or inconsistency in the base will be seen right through your turf.

Then comes the turf. Secure it to your framing, seam it broom it and sweep it. Add our antimicrobial infill and then another final round of brooming makes sure the infill falls down into the thatch. All done!

Q: Will my turf flood?

A: Nope. There is almost nothing short of Tsunami that will flood our turf or the base we install it on. Flooding can occur if we get very heavy rains and there is a clay sub-base below our installation. But it will typically just gradually dissipate over time.

Q: Do I keep my sprinklers or cap them?

A: We do both all the time, it’s up to you. If you have large dogs, consider keeping them so you can wash that urine down into the base to help with odor.

Q: Does turf get hot in the summer?

A: Yep, we’ve managed to drop the temperature about 20% in recent years with new technology but it can still get warm. Run those sprinklers for 5 minutes if the kids want to play in July. Or go with the flip flops of course! Dogs are pretty resilient to warm turf, it doesn’t seem to bother their paw pads.

Q: What happens to old turf that has to be replaced?

A: SYNLawn is the clear environmental leader in our industry. Our turf is made soybean and sugarcane and we use nailer board that is made from recycled artificial turf.  Work is already underway on new recycling facilities that will turn old turf into new composite nailer board and even new turf! The first facility is underway in Germany and then expansion is coming to the US.

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