Holiday Gift Ideas for the Synthetic Turf Owner

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The holidays are upon us and the dreaded question is already hanging over many of us, ‘what do I buy for Dad?’ We all have that family member who is tough to buy for; that’s why we’ve put together this list to help make the decisions easier this year! Our office suggested some of their favourite gifts to give and receive and we compiled the top gifts!

For the Golfer

If someone in your life has a synthetic turf putting green, what better gift than a pair of trendy Biion golf shoes to bust out for the next season. These shoes have become a recent craze across Canada and the USA, and can be worn on the course, to the lake, or in everyday life. With their recent partnership with Disney, you can expect to see even more options for the kiddos coming soon!

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If you want to go all out for the golfer in your life, the Performance Tracker is an awesome gift. It tracks data like distance hits and driving accuracy that is viewed on the mobile app.

For the Pet Lover

Personalized gifts are some of our favourites for the pet lovers in our lives. Items like this ‘dog mama’ coffee mug are a great stocking stuffer for your mum. Or go for a piece like this custom key holder, it doubles as adorable home décor too! Don’t forget some treats for the little puppy too!

For the Family

Prefer to give minimally and gift one item for the whole family? Why not give them a fun yard game they can enjoy on their synthetic turf backyard all summer! Life size Jenga and Ladder Toss are the office favourites among us.

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Why Professional Sports Teams Choose Synthetic Turf

A soccer player dives for the ball on a field made of synthetic turf

Sport has been part of our culture for thousands of years. Playing games in a competitive manner is engrained into our genetic make-up, a natural inclination for everyone from toddlers to elders. With the major sports comes deep traditions.

The Tradition of Sport

The traditions, history and rules of a sport are the foundation of the spirit that excites the athletes and the fans for generations. As children, we grow up watching and following our sport idols on television. Our parents tell us thrilling tales from the last dying seconds of a high school championship and our grandparents share the wisdom of the greats that are no longer with us.

For those who love a sport, tradition is everything and to break that tradition is a delicate subject to say the least.

Two of the most passionate sports in the world are without a doubt, soccer and football; or if you are European, football and American football. When you bend down and wrap your hands around the leather of an NFL football, you can almost hear the ghostly echo of a stadium cheering as a team from the past overcomes the odds and wins a State Championship or the Superbowl. When the World Cup Event is taking place on the other side of the world and the majority of your city has their favourite country’s flag hanging off their car or on their jersey, you know soccer is a big deal.

Artificial Turf and Professional Sports

Image the reaction you might receive if you proposed to change the shape or size of soccer goal posts around the world. You would likely be met with outrage from Brazilian, Italian, and French soccer fans among many other. How could you possibly change one of the fundamental aspects of the sport? It has been this way for hundreds of years- how dare we…right?

Well, if we followed this mindset in all other aspects of our lives we would still be sending smoke signals instead of text messages and goalies in the sport of hockey would be facing 90 mph slapshots without a mask or helmet.

As technology advances, sports evolve to increase the quality of play while also increasing the safety of the athletes.

Turf vs. Natural Grass in Soccer

Soccer has been played on fields, or pitches, made of natural grass for hundreds of years. Is there any issue with professional athletes playing on natural grass fields?

Disadvantages of Playing Professional Sports on Natural Grass

  • Non-uniform divots and depressions disrupt the play and can cause injury
  • Provide less playing time when the grass is damaged due to frost, heavy rain etc
  • Wear down and become bare in some areas when playing 150+ games in a year
  • Stadium/pitch owners have the disadvantage of paying for groundskeeper and other supplies such as fertilizer

This is where synthetic turf makes it’s entrance. When installed correctly, it creates a completely uniform surface, creating footing and ball play that is more predictable for athletes. Without natural divots, holes, or rocks, an artificial field negates many injuries. Some athletes, namely senior soccer players, believe that artificial turf causes more injuries than natural grass. While there is potential for this to be true of the older styles of synthetic turf, there is no evidence to suggest that modern turf causes any more injuries than grass.

Synthetic Turf is Adopted by Professional Sports with Open Arms

In many of the European soccer leagues,  synthetic turf is being widely adopted, even in some of the most traditional areas, such as Scotland. Before artificial turf, all the fields in Scotland were absolutely horrible due to the amount of precipitation they receive. Not only did the grass become wet and puddled but it also was damaged easier on dry days because the soil was so moist. This caused game delays, injuries, cancellations and inhibited the growth of many Scottish players who spent less time playing. Artificial turf was once banned in Scotland, now two of their premier teams play on 100% artificial turf. In Norway, over 60% of the soccer pitches are now composed of artificial turf. Not only are the players and coaches convinced, but so are the managers.

Norwegian manager of Celtic- Ronny Deila

“If you want to to develop players and get passing football into your team, it’s difficult when the ball is bouncing all the time. It’s much better to play on an artificial surface than to play on this. If we are going to develop good young players in Scotland you need to have a good surface to play and train on. If not, you just get fighters. If you want skills and technique, you have to play on better surfaces. They are much better in Norway where 60% of our pitches are artificial. Nothing is better than a good grass pitch, but if it’s going to be like this then it’s better to play on artificial.”

Scottish FA Chief -Stewart Regan

“There is no evidence from recent research to suggest any link between artificial surface and injury #heretostay”

A stadium full of fans watching a soccer match being played on synthetic turf

Synthetic Turf is Here to Stay

Back in North America, you will find almost half of the NFL stadiums sporting artificial turf and over 90% of US Soccer youth development games played on synthetic surfaces. In Canada, the BC Whitecaps now play in a new $150 million dollar stadium that sports artificial turf, while the Women’s World Cup games in Edmonton were played on artificial blades of grass of the Commonwealth Stadium instead of dirt. It is clear that professional athletes and team owners have recognized that the highest quality of play and development occurs on an artificial surface. If you want the best players and the best games for your fans to enjoy, the choice is clear. Synthetic Turf is here to stay.

 

Interested to learn more about how synthetic turf works or looking to upgrade your field, putting greens, batting cages, or playgrounds? Contact our team today to discover the advantages of synthetic turf or to be connected to a dealer near you!

 

Synthetic Turf Treatment and Care

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95% of synthetic turf customers have agreed that one of their main motivators to purchase artificial turf was for the low maintenance space. Many of our residential customers purchase homes with a small patch of natural grass in the front yard, which is a growing trend among new builds. Home owners find this to be more of a nuisance to water, fertilize, mow and maintain. Imagine dragging a lawn mower up the side to the front of the house for a 10×10’ patch of grass every few days, the thought is enough to annoy us!

The benefit of having synthetic turf is that there is zero maintenance required. Any maintenance packages we offer are completely optional and purely for aesthetics (mainly after winter when everything could use a little love). Some clients live in very high wind areas, or have more than the average amount of trees nearby, in which case we recommend using a leaf blower to remove fallen debris from the artificial turf.

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Spring Refresh by Synthetic Turf

Synthetic Turf Canada has a strong Spring Refresh Program available to all customers. An added benefit of working with us is that we can manage all maintenance and turf care for you. Some of our customers like to take part in the Spring Refresh program once a year to give their yard a bit of a spruce up before the busy summer season. A Spring Refresh includes power wash, removal of debris, and brushing of the synthetic turf to leave it looking brand new. They typically take 1-2 hours for most projects and can be scheduled at any time. We do have a Spring Refresh list started for 2018 clients, so if you know you will want to take part when the snow clears, let us know and we can get your home added to the schedule.

Sythetic Turf Artifical Grass

Cleaning Synthetic Turf for Pets

Synthetic turf installed with the primary focus being a dog run may need a bit more attention than the average backyard or putting green space. For these projects, we recommend installing with a product called Zeolite which acts as a deodorizer and actively removes any poor scents. Whether a project was installed with Zeolite or not, there is another product we recommend for clients having problems with pet odours, Pro Vet Logic. This is a spray that is applied to a completed installation at any time there is deemed to be a pet problem. It is completely safe for use around pets and children, so families don’t need to worry about the safety factor.

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Synthetic Turf Backyard Putting Green

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Our team of distributors love walking clients through the planning of their new space. One of the contributing factors to our client’s happiness with the end result is their involvement throughout the process. We start by assessing the client’s needs as everyone has a different definition of what they are looking for out of their synthetic turf.

Assess the Need for Synthetic Turf

We encounter families of avid golfers, pet lovers, and those ready to just be able to entertain. A putting green provides the perfect gathering space for a backyard. Adults and children alike love the chance to putt into the various holes and try new angles and tricks based on the shape of the green our team builds. It gets people excited as they take turns playing on the green and often gets the competitive side of people out too!

Create the Design Layout

If you have a rough idea of how you imagine your new space, but need some help with the details, we can help with that! Our team has experience in designing all sorts of spaces, and our customers love that we show you exactly how it will look through our SketchUp Design program. Being able to see the space laid out and how the colours compare against each other makes the decision of which quote to go ahead with much easier.

Keep the Client Informed

Open communication throughout the scheduling and installation helps keep our clients in the loop throughout the full process. When clients understand what is going on and when to expect installers on their property, the project flows much smoother and everyone is happy.

Are you ready to make the switch to a Greener World? Contact us for your free estimate today, [email protected]

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