The 4 Best Tools for Synthetic Grass Maintenance

Homeowners throughout San Diego, Las Vegas, and Phoenix love artificial grass because it can survive the arid desert climate while remaining lush and verdant. Whereas natural grass requires daily maintenance to survive the hot weather (and, often, it dies despite even the best efforts), artificial grass requires little maintenance to stay looking its best. To keep your synthetic turf in prime condition, all you need are these four key tools of synthetic grass maintenance.

Turf Groomer

A turf grooming tool such as a rake or comb is an essential part of any synthetic turf owner’s arsenal. Not only is it needed to rake up leaves in the autumn, but it’s also used year-round to cross-brush the artificial turf blades and keep them from matting down. When choosing a grooming tool, choose one with soft, synthetic teeth. Rakes with metal points can damage your turf’s polyethylene blades and shorten its lifespan. The TurFresh TurfComb was created specifically for use on artificial grass, so you can rest assured that it will effectively re-bloom your synthetic turf blades without damaging them.

Turf Deodorizer

If you have kids or pets in the home, a turf deodorizer is a must-have synthetic grass maintenance tool. Your grass can retain odors over time, especially from pet urine, so a deodorizer made for synthetic grass maintenance will help eliminate those foul odors and keep your yard clean and fresh. TurFresh BioS+ is a market-leading deodorizer created by TurFresh using our world-famous enzymatic formula. It binds to and breaks down the proteins and ammonia in pet urine, eliminating odors at the source for long-lasting freshness. It can also be used on hardscapes and other areas of your yard if needed.

Turf Infill

Many homeowners think of infill as strictly part of the installation process, but it’s a crucial part of artificial grass maintenance as well. Your infill will need to be topped up over time in order to keep your turf blades upright and damage-free. TurFresh’s signature TurFill infill is all-natural and does the job of infill while simultaneously preventing pet odors using the same technology as TurFresh BioS+.

Professional Turf Cleaning Service

If you don’t have time to perform synthetic grass maintenance yourself, or if you want to treat it to a special deep clean, professional artificial grass maintenance service is an invaluable investment. TurFresh’s TurfClean and TurfBloom services give your yard a deeper, longer-lasting clean than can be achieved at home. It will help your artificial turf remain beautiful and last longer, increasing your return on investment and ensuring that you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood for years to come.

If you want only the best maintenance tools for your synthetic grass lawn, look no further than TurFresh. Whether you want a professional cleaning service or the best products on the market for at-home cleaning, we have it all. Give us a call today at (855) 444-8873 to book your first artificial grass maintenance appointment, or visit our online store for everything you need to keep your artificial turf in its best condition for years to come.

Can Dogs Stink Up Your Artificial Turf?

The COVID pandemic has created a surge in dog sales, with adoptions increasing by more than 200% in 2020. However, homeowners from Los Angeles to San Diego are now discovering that with cute pups come their not-so-cute messes and odors. Unfortunately, dog urine smell is an issue across all softscapes and hardscapes, and artificial grass is no different. If you have synthetic turf installed in your Southern California home, you can follow these steps to minimize pet odors and keep your backyard smelling fresh for you and your new furry friend to enjoy.

Ensure adequate drainage

When installing artificial grass, make sure that your landscaping has sufficient drainage. High drainage rates will help more effectively flush away pet urine and, as a result, the associated foul odors. Artificial grass almost always has an exponentially higher drainage rate than natural grass, so opting for pet-friendly turf will make your life a lot easier (and better smelling).

Rinse proactively

To minimize odors and keep them from locking into the blades of your turf, rinse your lawn as often as possible. As soon as possible after your dog goes to the bathroom, quickly rinse the area with your garden hose. This will help wash away any remaining ammonia and prevent it from forming odors. If it isn’t possible to do it as soon as your dog goes to the bathroom, make it part of your schedule to rinse down your lawn regularly, whether that’s once a day or once a week.

Target pet odors

Another way to combat pet odors is by utilizing products that are specially made for this purpose. Our TurFresh BioS+ turf deodorizer is engineered to eliminate pet odors by breaking down the odor-causing ammonia and proteins in pet urine. Whereas other deodorizers simply mask the smell with fragrance, TurFresh BioS+ eliminates the smell and prevents it from ever reaching the nose. Best of all, it’s all-natural and safe for both kids and pets. It comes with an easy-to-use BioSiphon sprayer for quick, even, and hassle-free application that can be done daily for upkeep or as-needed for odor elimination.

Get a professional deep clean

One of the most effective ways to eliminate pet odor is by leaving it to professionals. A professional artificial turf cleaning service will rejuvenate your lawn and improve it in many ways, including odor elimination. TurFresh’s TurfClean service is a comprehensive 10-point process that includes re-blooming synthetic turf blades, topping up infill, tucking in lifted seams, and, of course, eliminating pet odors. We have scheduled service plans for routine artificial turf maintenance, or you can call us when you need us.

If you’re experiencing pet urine odors, TurFresh is your one-stop shop for odor elimination. We offer professional artificial turf cleaning services as well as market-leading odor elimination products that you can use at home. Give us a call today at (855) 444-8873 to book your first appointment and receive a free estimate, or visit our online store for some DIY synthetic turf cleaning solutions.

The Most Common Causes of Artificial Turf Damage

SoCal homeowners from Los Angeles to San Diego are switching to artificial grass landscaping because it’s so much more durable and long-lasting than natural grass. Whereas real sod will easily turn brown, get muddy, be dug up, and get pulled out, synthetic turf can stand up to a lot of daily wear and tear with little to no lasting damage. Synthetic grass isn’t entirely indestructible, however, and you can find yourself in need of synthetic grass maintenance or repair if you fail to avoid these common causes of artificial turf damage.

Chemicals

Harsh chemicals — including oil, gas, pesticides, paint, and antifreeze — can compromise the structural integrity of your artificial turf, causing it to burn or wither. They can also affect the lush green color of your grass, resulting in fading or discoloration. Avoid bringing chemicals into contact with your synthetic grass wherever possible. If you need to use chemicals around the exterior of your home, cover your synthetic turf with a tarp or plastic sheet. In the case of spills or leaks, immediately clean the area with a mild detergent to remove as much of the chemical solution as possible.

Intense Heat

Synthetic grass is a wonderful desert landscaping solution because the sun doesn’t cause it to dry out and turn brown as natural grass would. However, while an average Los Angeles heat wave won’t damage your artificial turf, intense heat does have the potential to melt and deform your polymer turf blades. Sources of heat that can melt turf include barbecues, fire pits, and even cigarette ash. If you experience patches of melted turf, TurFresh can help with our TurFix artificial turf maintenance service. We can replace any singed turf with new artificial grass supplied by the client, helping you avoid a complete re-installation.

Sharp Objects

Another common way that artificial grass is damaged is through sharp objects. Bringing sharp objects in contact with your synthetic turf can result in slicing it or otherwise damaging the turf blades. Be careful when using any sharp gardening tools such as rakes, shovels, or trowels. When cross-brushing your artificial turf blades, use a comb with synthetic bristles rather than metal ones to avoid damaging your turf’s blades.

Heavy Furniture

Just like natural grass, artificial grass can be matted and damaged from excess weight resting on the blades. Heavy objects left on your synthetic turf for prolonged periods of time — such as vehicles, patio furniture, or barbecues — can cause permanent damage to your turf due to excess pressure and extreme matting. Move around any patio furniture or playground equipment regularly, and avoid parking a vehicle on your artificial turf altogether. This will help you avoid permanent damage.

If your synthetic grass has seen better days, you can restore it with ease, thanks to TurFresh’s artificial grass maintenance services. Our TurfClean service will reverse any matting and infill problems, remove pet odors and weeds, and more. For more substantial damage, our TurFix service can do it all, from repair to re-installing your artificial turf. Give us a call today at (855) 444-8873 to book your first appointment and receive a free estimate, or visit our online store for some DIY synthetic turf cleaning solutions.

5 Ways to Keep Your Artificial Grass as Green as Possible

The hot climates of San Diego, Las Vegas, and Phoenix are perfect for synthetic grass landscaping. Dry and desert-like atmospheres make it all but impossible to keep natural sod green, but artificial turf never turns brown. That’s why thousands of homeowners have invested in synthetic turf for their properties. However, artificial turf maintenance is still required in order to prevent fading, stains, and other signs of wear. To keep your artificial grass as green as possible for as long as possible, follow these five tips for synthetic grass maintenance.

1. Use Proper Equipment

Synthetic turf is durable, but choosing the wrong equipment for its maintenance could result in damage to your turf blades. When combing or cross-brushing your artificial turf to revive the blades, use a broom or comb with synthetic bristles, such as those in the TurFresh TurfComb. Metal blades can scratch and damage your synthetic grass blades. If using a leaf blower, use it on the lowest setting to avoid moving the infill. Displacing the infill with a high setting could result in premature matting or issues with drainage that require a professional solution.

2. Quickly Clean Messes

Accidents happen, and enjoying your synthetic turf to the fullest means that food and drink stains are pretty unavoidable. When you encounter spills on your artificial turf, make sure that you clean them up quickly in order to avoid staining. Blot any liquid stains with a towel or use a dry absorbent. Rinse the affected area with a mixture of water and mild detergent, or use ammonia and water for more stubborn substances.

3. Remove Stubborn Stains

If your artificial turf has already been stained and a detergent rinse won’t do the trick, try using mineral spirits. After applying the spirits, rinse the area and blot up any liquid. If DIY solutions still aren’t working, call an artificial grass maintenance professional like TurFresh. Our team knows how to remove virtually every type of stain, thanks to our 20 years in business and proprietary synthetic turf cleaning formulas.

4. Treat Weeds

Artificial grass landscaping is far less susceptible to weeds than natural grass lawns, but they can still pop up from time to time, especially around the edge of your lawn and up through the seams. If you spot any weeds on the property, make sure to use a weed killer that is safe for artificial grass. Harsh weed killers could just as easily damage your synthetic grass landscaping if you’re not careful. To ensure that your artificial turf stays safe, consider hiring a synthetic grass maintenance professional like TurFresh. Weed removal is included in our famous TurfClean service.

5. Clean Up Pet Waste

Artificial grass is a wonderful solution for pet owners since the ammonia in pet urine won’t bleach or brown turf as it does in natural grass. However, you still need to remove pet waste in order to keep your synthetic turf in good condition. Pick up any solid waste you see and rinse down your lawn periodically to help flush away any urine. Applying an artificial turf deodorizer such as TurFresh BioS+ will also help eliminate any odors and keep your lawn fresh between professional cleanings.

Even though artificial grass is far less work than a natural lawn, it still requires time and effort to keep it in its best condition. If you don’t want to spend those precious weekend hours maintaining your synthetic turf lawn, TurFresh’s artificial grass maintenance service is perfect for you. Our comprehensive 10-point cleaning process will rejuvenate your lawn and help keep it lush and verdant for years to come. Our TurfClean service includes reblooming synthetic turf blades, topping up infill, cleaning stains, removing pet odors, treating weeds, and more. Give us a call today at (855) 444-8873 to book your first appointment, or visit our online store for everything you need to keep your artificial grass green and clean.

Artificial Turf Maintenance Tips for Summer Gatherings

With warm weather and fun activities in full swing for summer, many homeowners are hosting social gatherings in their backyards. From birthday parties to pool parties and from barbecues to wine nights, summer is the ultimate season for getting together and enjoying the outdoors. However, with higher foot traffic comes an increased risk of wear and tear on your artificial grass landscaping. If you’re hosting summer gatherings at your Phoenix or Las Vegas home, follow these artificial turf maintenance tips to ensure that your yard stays in top shape and lasts for years to come.

Clear Debris & Move Furniture

The best way to keep your artificial grass looking lush and vibrant is to prevent matting. An easy way to achieve this is by removing pieces of debris whenever possible, as well as rearranging lawn furniture. Larger debris such as leaves or branches can be left strewn throughout your yard, especially if you have a lot of surrounding plant life. These items can become matted into your artificial grass if left there over time, so it’s important to pick them up regularly. The weight of patio furniture can also cause matting, so move your furniture around every so often to give your artificial turf a break. If you have a fire pit, move the surrounding chairs a few inches every few weeks, or move your patio table between dinner parties to prevent denting in that area. 

Brush Artificial Turf Blades

Another way to counteract permanent matting is by cross-brushing your synthetic turf blades regularly. Kids running, pets enjoying playtime, and guests walking around your lawn during summer gatherings can all contribute to matting and harm your synthetic turf’s overall appearance. After each gathering, brush against the grain of the artificial grass using an artificial turf-appropriate rake to fluff up the fibers and maintain the upright position of each blade.  Always use a brush with synthetic bristles, as brushes with metal or wire bristles can damage your synthetic turf fibers. If you want to ensure that your artificial turf isn’t damaged, we recommend a comb made specifically for artificial grass maintenance, such as the TurfComb.

Clean Up Spills

With the fun of summer gatherings comes inevitable spills and messes. From wine stains to spilled food, cleaning up messes as soon as they happen will help extend your synthetic turf’s lifespan and ensure that the stains aren’t permanent. Spot clean any spills by blotting liquids and scooping up solids before rinsing the affected area. Use a mixture of water and household detergent, or for more stubborn stains, a combination of water and 3% ammonia solution. After rinsing thoroughly, apply TurFresh BioS+ turf deodorizer to eliminate any remaining odors and lock in long-lasting freshness. 

Invest in Professional Deep Cleaning

When the summer season is over, you may notice that your synthetic grass still looks worn out despite your best efforts to keep it clean. When at-home solutions aren’t enough, TurFresh offers expert residential artificial grass cleaning services that will revitalize your lawn and bring even the most worn-out synthetic turf back to life. Our TurfClean service consists of a comprehensive 10-point cleaning process that will rebloom artificial turf blades, top-up infill, and eliminate any odors. 

 

Proper artificial grass maintenance will not only keep your landscaping in great condition for your guests to enjoy, but it will also help increase your artificial turf’s lifespan and give you greater return on investment. If your lawn needs a spruce-up this summer, contact TurFresh to inquire about our TurfClean and TurfBloom residential synthetic grass maintenance services. Give us a call today at (855) 444-8873 to book your first appointment, or visit our online store to pick up everything you need for at-home artificial turf cleaning between TurFresh services.

Benefits of Artificial Turf for Summer Allergies

With warmer weather comes elevated pollen counts and a resulting increase in hay fever symptoms. Approximately one in six Americans suffer from grass allergies, also called hay fever, which can result in symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes, stuffy nose, hives, trouble breathing, and more. If you live in the Los Angeles, Santa Ana, or San Diego areas, then you know how insufferable summer allergies can be. Luckily, artificial grass is hypoallergenic and can help keep allergies at bay when properly maintained.

Hypoallergenic

Artificial grass fibers are made from hypoallergenic materials that are safe for kids and pets, so pollen allergies are reduced compared to natural grass. Synthetic turf also holds onto fewer pollen particles than natural grass does due to its short and uniform pile height, reducing your exposure to pollen and thereby reducing allergies and resulting symptoms. If you want to reduce the number of allergens found both outside and inside your home, replace the natural grass around the entry points of your home with artificial turf. 

Easy to Clean

Another way in which artificial grass reduces allergy symptoms is by remaining more sterile than natural grass. Since it’s so low-maintenance and easy to clean, artificial turf can be kept clean of pollen and other allergens much more easily. Water can reduce pollen counts, so rinse down your lawn regularly in order to keep symptoms at bay. TurFresh’s TurfClean service can also help reduce pollen counts by deep cleaning your yard for long-lasting freshness. TurFresh’s 10-point artificial grass maintenance process revitalizes every aspect of your synthetic turf installation from the blades to the infill, so you can enjoy squeaky clean landscaping that will keep your itching and sneezing away for longer than other, less effective cleaning methods. 

Good for Pets

You’ve probably noticed that summertime pollen counts can trigger allergies in you and your kids, but have you noticed that your pets are likely affected too? Both cats and dogs can suffer from pollen allergies and hay fever. Symptoms include tearing eyes, swollen eyes or nose, patches of hair loss, inflamed areas of skin, clogged sinuses, and violent scratching. Switching to artificial grass can help mitigate these symptoms and improve your pet’s quality of life. In addition, artificial turf’s low-maintenance nature makes it extremely pet-friendly since pet waste can be easily cleaned and synthetic turf blades will never turn brown. To go the extra mile, apply TurFresh BioS+ turf deodorizer for synthetic grass that smells fresh and is always safe for pets.

Although there are short-term solutions to hay fever, such as antihistamines, well-maintained artificial grass is a great long-term solution that allows you and your family to enjoy your summer allergy-free. If you’d like to find out more about our synthetic turf maintenance services and how they can help prevent summer allergies in your household, give us a call today at (855) 444-8873. We’d be happy to schedule an appointment for your first professional artificial turf cleaning service. You can also visit our online store to pick up everything you need for at-home artificial turf maintenance between TurFresh services, and remain allergy-free all summer long.

5 Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your Artificial Turf

Synthetic grass landscaping is one of the best investments you can make for your Los Angeles or Santa Ana home. With desert-like weather throughout Southern California, having eternally verdant artificial grass will make your yard look lush year-round and even increase your property value as a result. However, as with any investment, you need to properly care for it in order to protect its value. If you want to get the most for your money and extend the life of your synthetic grass landscaping, follow these easy artificial turf maintenance tips.

1. Remove Debris Regularly

One of the easiest ways to keep your turf in top shape is to regularly remove pieces of debris from its surface. This includes objects such as leaves, twigs, or other miscellaneous objects. These items can be picked up by hand in just a matter of minutes, making it one of the easiest artificial turf maintenance methods. If left for long periods, this debris could cause your turf blades to become matted or clog your drainage, reducing your turf’s lifespan.

2. Clean Up Pet Waste

Another important way to keep your artificial grass well-maintained is to clean up after your pets. Synthetic grass is a great solution for pet owners since its drainage makes cleanup incredibly easy. However, some light maintenance is still necessary to extend your turf’s life. Remove solid pet waste as soon as possible to prevent matting or bacteria buildup. It’s also recommended that you rinse down your turf every week to help get rid of any pet urine. If you want to go the extra step, a turf deodorizer such as TurFresh BioS+ will eliminate pet odors and keep your grass fresh.

3. Cross-Brush Your Turf Blades

Although some turf products are more durable than others, even the best synthetic grass will become matted over time as it’s used and walked on. Cross-brushing your turf every month will help counteract this matting and prevent any long-term damage to the blades. The TurFresh TurfComb is specially designed to effectively re-fluff turf blades and remove debris without damaging synthetic grass blades. When cross-brushing always use a brush or broom with synthetic bristles, and avoid metal prongs at all costs.

4. Top Up Infill

Infill serves as a protective barrier for your turf backing and fibers, so it’s important that you add more infill as levels deplete over months and years. We recommend adding more infill seasonally to maintain an optimal level. Maintaining your infill will help best protect the turf’s backing and prevent tears, extending your synthetic turf lawn’s lifespan. If you’re worried about pet odors or bacteria buildup, we recommend all-natural TurFill, which neutralizes pet odors at their source.

5. Invest in Professional Artificial Turf Maintenance Services

Providing your artificial turf with professional annual or bi-annual artificial grass maintenance services can help extend your turf’s lifespan. TurFresh’s comprehensive artificial turf cleaning services include re-blooming turf fibers, topping up infill, removing pet odor, removing weeds, re-tucking loose seams, and more. Choose our TurfBloom service for periodic artificial turf refreshing or our TurfClean service for full detail artificial turf cleaning maintenance.

To find out more about our synthetic turf maintenance services and how they can help extend the life of your artificial grass landscaping, give us a call today at (855) 444-8873. We’d be happy to schedule an appointment for your first professional turf cleaning service. You can also visit our online store to pick up everything you need for at-home artificial turf cleaning between TurFresh services.

Avoid These Pitfalls When Cleaning Your Synthetic Turf Putting Green

Laid-back cities like Phoenix, Las Vegas, and San Diego foster a relaxed lifestyle, where days are spent enjoying the golf course or lounging in the backyard. With this in mind, many homeowners have begun installing artificial grass landscaping into their homes, especially turf putting greens. Synthetic turf putting greens are a great way to enjoy a game of golf from the comfort of your backyard with little maintenance. However, artificial turf still needs to be properly maintained on a regular basis and in a more specialized manner than natural grass. Next time you need to clean your artificial grass putting green, avoid these five common mistakes that most homeowners make.

1. Using Harsh Chemicals

Although turf is synthetic, it shouldn’t be cleaned with generic cleaning solutions or chemicals. These may contain bleach, acid, or other substances which can harm your turf more than clean it. Rinsing your putting green with water will likely get rid of most dirt and debris, and a gentle mixture of water and mild soap will help eliminate more stubborn stains. Specialized cleaning solutions such as TurFresh BioS+ turf deodorizer can also help freshen your turf with no risk of damaging it. TurFresh BioS+ concentrate is specially formulated with all-natural ingredients so it’s effective at eliminating odors on turf without damaging your putting green’s turf blades or posing a health risk to kids and pets.

2. Using Hard Turf Brushes

When it comes to raking and cross-brushing your putting green, you need to be selective about which tools you use. Brushes with metallic or hard prongs can damage your turf blades and lessen your artificial grass putting green’s lifespan, so choose a comb with soft or synthetic bristles. Turf-specific tools like the TurFresh TurfComb are great because they’re created specifically with your artificial turf putting green in mind. The polypropylene bristles are strong enough to penetrate the lawn and remove any debris or pet hair, but they’re gentle enough to not destroy your turf. For something more powerful, or larger commercial putting greens, the TurfGroomer Plus enables you to deep clean your turf safely.

3. Not Maintaining Infill

One crucial mistake many homeowners make is forgetting to top up the infill in their artificial turf putting green. Although part of the installation process, infill needs to be added periodically as levels dwindle to maintain your turf’s lush and upright appearance. Without an adequate amount of infill, your putting green may look matted and become uneven. Not only is it more uncomfortable to walk on, but it could negatively affect your gameplay if the course warps in certain places. Top up with TurFill to keep your putting green’s infill at an optimal level for gameplay.

4. Not Cleaning Turf Regularly

Some homeowners choose the wrong supplies and techniques to maintain their putting green, but others just neglect synthetic turf maintenance altogether. This is just as damaging to your turf, if not more so, as it could lead to dangerous bacteria buildup and a shorter lifespan for your landscaping. If you don’t have the time or energy to maintain your artificial grass putting green yourself, TurFresh’s TurfClean and TurfBloom services will do the job for you with comprehensive cleaning packages that can be customized to your home’s unique needs. We use our industry-leading proprietary products to guarantee a deep and long-lasting freshness.

If your artificial turf putting green needs some TLC, visit the TurFresh online store to pick up everything you need for safe and effective cleaning. If you want to leave it to the professionals, we offer residential and commercial artificial grass maintenance services, including putting green cleaning. Give us a call today at (855) 444-8873 to schedule your first appointment or to learn more about our turf cleaning products and services.

3 Mistakes to Avoid When Removing Pet Urine from Artificial Turf

Artificial turf is a savior for pet owners because it doesn’t die or turn brown where your pet relieves itself — a frustration that’s incredibly common amongst pet owners with natural grass. However, unpleasant odors can still accumulate in the affected area if you don’t perform routine artificial grass cleaning. Certain cleaning products and methods can even worsen the problem or damage your artificial grass. Next time you’re cleaning pet urine from your synthetic turf, make sure you’re following these simple guidelines — including what not to use!

Avoid Vinegar

Many online artificial grass care articles advise that you use a mixture of vinegar and water to clean pet urine stains. While diluted vinegar is good for spot cleaning some spills, it isn’t effective for dog urine. Applying vinegar to pet urine will simply mask the smell and leave a sour vinegar scent in its place. You may find that you have to clean the area again to get rid of the new, foul odor — a mix of dog urine and vinegar.

Avoid Sand

Some homeowners sprinkle sand over their artificial turf to absorb the urine, similar to the way that cat litter works. This is ill-advised, however, as the sand can become trapped in between the synthetic turf blades and hinder your artificial turf’s drainage capabilities. Next time your dog relieves itself in that spot, the accumulated sand will block the drainage flow and trap more of the urine, causing it to pool in that area and making it even more difficult to clean.

Avoid Bleach

Bleach is some homeowners’ go-to for killing bacteria and eliminating strong scents. However, when it comes to pet urine, this is a potentially dangerous solution. The bacteria present in pet urine produces ammonia, so if it’s mixed with bleach, toxic chemicals are produced which can be harmful to your family and pets. Never mix bleach and ammonia — instead, try a mild detergent or artificial turf-specific cleaning product.

What to Use Instead

TurFresh creates cleaning products that are specially engineered to eliminate pet odors from artificial grass. Our TurFresh BioS+ enzyme concentrate is a highly effective solution formulated to remove pet urine odor and stains by breaking down the ammonia and proteins present in pet waste. This eliminates the smell at the source rather than simply masking it, leaving a long-lasting freshness. Our TurFill infill works similarly. Use the TurfComb to apply infill between synthetic turf blades and eliminate pet odors while keeping your synthetic turf blades lush and upright. If you need a deeper clean, we offer residential artificial grass cleaning services that include a comprehensive 10-point process for long-lasting freshness.

To find out more about TurFresh’s odor-eliminating artificial grass maintenance products, visit our online store. All of our cleaning products are all-natural, non-toxic, and safe for kids and pets. If you’d like to schedule an artificial turf cleaning service for your home or business, give us a call at (855) 444-8873. We’re always happy to help and provide you with a free estimate.

5 Pro Tips to Eliminate Seams in Your Artificial Turf

Homeowners from Phoenix to Las Vegas to Los Angeles are installing artificial grass in their yards as they realize the low-maintenance requirements and environmental benefits that come with it. However, installing synthetic turf is no easy feat, and even professional artificial turf installers sometimes have trouble properly integrating seams. If you’re a homeowner trying to DIY your synthetic turf installation or a pro having trouble with seams, these tips will help you eliminate detectable seams in your new artificial grass landscape.

1. Trim Your Artificial Turf Rolls

When you buy a roll of artificial grass, you’ll find that the synthetic turf’s backing extends slightly past the last row of synthetic grass blades. This part of the artificial turf is called the selvedge. When installing artificial turf, trim your roll to three stitches past the selvedge on both sides. This will help prevent the “mohawk effect”. The mohawk effect is what happens when synthetic grass blades along the edge push together, forming a clear line of dense synthetic grass. The first three rows of artificial grass on the edge of an artificial turf roll slant outward toward the edge, so trimming those rows is necessary to avoid the mohawk effect. 

2. Make Your Cuts Carefully

Measure twice, cut once. It’s an adage as old as time, and it’s popular for good reason. Accuracy and patience are crucial to eliminating synthetic turf seams, so make all cuts with extreme precision. For best results, cut as close as possible to the stitch, but do not cut the stitch itself. Cutting the stitch can result in a very visible seam. Lay your pieces of artificial turf down and mark out measurements before cutting. Cut from the underside of the synthetic turf roll, and change your blades every 20 feet or so. Dull blades may cause you to go off course, resulting in a less-than-perfect artificial grass installation.

3. Match the Pile Direction

Once you lay out your artificial grass, you may notice that the synthetic grass blades have a tendency to lean in one direction, rather than standing up perfectly straight. Make sure that you install your artificial turf properly so that all pieces have their piles leaning in the same direction. This will help the synthetic grass blades more perfectly blend in with one another, creating a seamless finish with no discernible seams. If you line up the artificial turf pieces opposite to one another, you’ll create an even more pronounced seam that makes your lawn look unnatural.

4. Use Appropriate Adhesive

When securing your synthetic grass, you need to adhere the synthetic turf pieces not only to the sub-base underneath but also to one another. Use high-quality joining tape and adhesive to achieve this. Adhesive made specifically for laying artificial grass is most suitable. Apply a sufficient layer — too much can cause oozing and too little won’t do the job — and allow it to cure for at least 24 hours.

5. Brush the Grass & Install Infill

The finishing touch to eliminating seams is applying the infill. Infill makes a huge difference in artificial turf’s final visual effect, and failing to add enough can result in premature wear and tear that will create increasingly visible seams. Applying a generous layer of TurFresh’s TurFill Odor Eliminator will keep your synthetic turf blades upright and help eliminate seams. Cross-brush your artificial turf regularly with the TurFresh Plus PowerGroomer to help keep your synthetic blades upright and hide any evidence of seams over time.

TurFresh has everything you need to keep your artificial grass well-maintained and in top condition. From artificial turf groomers to infill, synthetic turf maintenance is a breeze thanks to the TurFresh online store. If you would prefer to leave the artificial grass maintenance to the professionals, we offer residential and commercial artificial grass cleaning services in customizable packages. Simply give us a call at (855) 444-8873 to find out more or schedule your first appointment today.