Building Blocks Goes Green with Canada Synthetic Turf
This Spring was an especially wet one for the Okanagan region. An area more commonly known for large droughts and high risk of wildfires. The unusual amount of rain and snowmelt made for some messy spaces around town. Building Blocks Educare had luckily already made the decision to revamp their entire campus including adding synthetic turf to all play areas for the children. When this wet season hit Kelowna, the project was well underway. The before and after photos you see below show the massive changes this space went through, from a dirt pit to a safe and usable play space!
The daycare chose to install our SoftLawn Bermuda Blend turf. We find this is a great option for applications like this. The SoftLawn product provides a medium height turf with a thick, ‘cushy’ feel under the foot so it’s a great turf for kids to play on. See some of the photos below!
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Traditional Golf in Canada
Canadians would agree that golf is a favourite activity country wide. Home to 2,298 public and private golf facilities, with 77% of the total golf supply located in Canada’s four most populated provinces- Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia. Almost six million Canadians play sixty million rounds of golf per year. With the sport being so readily available to most Canadians, some are beginning to wonder how golf is changing with the younger generations?
Alternative Golf Games
With the ever-increasing price of real estate, courses are being bulldozed for new developments. Many Canadians wonder if the 18-hole game will attract younger golfers to the sport. The traditional sport has seen many attempts to bring some new sense of fun to the game to attract a wider range of players. Arguably the most successful attempt in North America would be Topgolf, which is coming to Canada later this year.
“Topgolf operates multi-tiered driving ranges with players using micro-chipped golf balls, which they aim at giant targets in the landing area. Instant feedback is provided to the golfer and different games can be played using the system.
However, the atmosphere is much different than a traditional driving range. Each climate-controlled hitting bay includes a lounge area with music, televisions showing live sports, and food and beverage service. In many ways, it’s like putting a driving range in the middle of a sports bar. It’s become a huge hit in the 33 current locations it operates, attracting a diverse demographic of customers.” –TSN, 2017.
Ripped Links is another new idea that has emerged this past year with events in Vancouver, BC. The game is staged in various locations like a beach or urban setting, with golfers hitting off elevated platforms with synthetic turf hitting mats, to the artificial turf putting green where they putt and sink the hole. Add in the music festival atmosphere surrounding the crowds and you’ve got a unique and fun golf event catered directly to the younger generations.
Synthetic turf allows these new games to continue to flourish year-round. While most of Canada is knee deep in snow, these new indoor driving range facilities allow players to get out and practice or enjoy the entertainment value year-round.
Synthetic Turf Tee Lines
We know that even though these new games are a hit, nothing will take away the original golf game on a natural course from avid golfers. To ensure the natural tee line is as pristine as the course requires, it can be beneficial to allow it time to rest for some periods of the year while it is maintained. A great alternative is to have a synthetic tee line in one area to allow continuous use of the driving range. EZTee® synthetic turf is the preferred option by top courses around the globe.
Synthetic Turf International of Canada’s EZ Tee® nylon tee line surface is an innovative artificial turf system, designed specifically for driving range tee lines. In addition to being able to hit down and through the ball, golfers can also hit from a regulation golf tee placed directly in the EZ Tee® surface. This is a stark departure from the white plastic tube that serves as a tee in other synthetic tee line surfaces. In addition to the realistic playability of EZ Tee®, club owners and equity members benefit greatly from its cost-effectiveness. EZ Tee® permits continuous use, eliminating the need to relocate and reseed driving range areas. Appropriate for tee lines and hitting mats, EZ Tee® can be installed over natural base or concrete.
Fall is the time to begin planning, budgeting and scheduling, to have the new tee line installed for the start of the upcoming season. Golf and country clubs strive to hit the ground running soon as weather permits in the Spring. Having a synthetic turf tee line available to members on the first nice day of the year not only allows the course to begin earning profits much earlier than expected, but members will be raving about the incredible customer service by lengthening their season!
We offer two main hitting or tee line products in our EZTee® product line, EZTee® Poly and EZTee® Hybrid. The product specs can be read on our website here for both options.
Satisfied EZTee® Customers
A few of our favourite EZTee® projects we’ve worked on recently, for a complete list of courses with EZTee®, please visit our Satisfied Customers list here.
- Two Eagles Golf Course
- Pebble Beach Golf
- Riverbend Golf Course
Golf Canada, 2017
With the seasons starting to change across Canada, most neighbourhoods start to see the wildlife adjusting to new temperatures. Bears begin to scavenge for food before hibernation, and birds fly south. A large draw to synthetic turf backyards is the fact that it’s now a non-organic space, so it won’t attract deer, bears, or the occasional wildlife we’ve grown to see wander through our neighbourhoods.
Animals Aren’t Drawn to Turf
There is no research to suggest that animals are drawn to synthetic turf more than natural grass. Any suggestion that they are is a long-held myth. Many employees of our company and our customers can attest to the fact that it will not be a problem. When the backyard synthetic turf is kept free of garbage and debris, there is no longer anything to attract wildlife. In Western Canada, wildlife is most commonly drawn to berry bushes surrounding people’s backyards, often when backing up to a uninhabited wetland. If you have a berry bush, a simple way to keep the wildlife out is by putting up a fence along the turf line to deter the animals from strolling right through your yard.
Animals Won’t Damage the Synthetic Turf
If you have those sneaky little racoons or other animals that just weasel their way into your yard no matter what you do, you can rest assured they won’t damage your synthetic grass. The turf is made up of various yarn types, essentially a plastic, so it is very durable and can withstand the foot traffic. As most of our products are designed for pets, they can also handle being used by wildlife.
The Synthetic Turf Doesn’t Hurt the Animals
We often get asked, ‘but will the artificial turf harm the wildlife?’ The answer is no. Our turf is all designed to be completely safe for pets and children, so there are no components that would be unsafe for wild animals. They won’t be able to rip it or eat it as the backing to our products is so strong holding it together.
Easy to Clean
If the berry-eating animal makes his way into your yard and makes a mess of berry juice and branches, you don’t need to worry! Synthetic turf is very easy to clean and maintain. The debris can be removed with a leaf blower, and any spills can be cleaned off with a pressure washer. If there is a big mess, a cloth or brush can be used to wipe the area clean and just pressure wash it to remove any residue. The turf will air dry and be good as new again.
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Companies are always looking for fresh new ideas to keep the company morale up and inspire their employees to stay motivated. There have been many studies done around this and they generally come back with the same array of results. Employees who feel valued, cared for, competent and comfortable in their work environment are four times more likely to stay with the company than employees who don’t. Happiness has been a key factor in employee productivity, especially when employees are working in team or group environments where morale spreads to others if a situation isn’t handled quickly. That’s why we came up with some creative ways to help boost our employee’s morale around the office and keep their energy up.
3 Creative Ways to Increase Employee Morale
Creating a work space that drives creativity and fresh new ideas is key to promote motivation. One way to do that is to have a central area where employees can go unwind for a few minutes. A dart board and pool table make for a great space full of distraction and fun to reset the mind and body before heading back into a project. Alternatively, some books and comfy couches can go a long way to reset the mind. Create a space with a change of scenery and get creative to increase the creativity among employees. Courtyards, rooftop patios, or even converting a spare corner into a soothing oasis goes a long way. Synthetic turf can be used to create a gathering space in an indoor office building that feels like a real garden. Adding some plants and synthetic turf changes the entire feel of the space into an outdoor oasis, right around the corner from your desk.
Allow Time for Personal Projects
It’s more important in today’s age than ever before to allow your employees the freedom to be who they are. This includes bringing a taste of their personal interests into the workplace. Many companies have had great success with monthly or annual volunteer programs. It works by allowing the employee to choose their own cause to donate their time to, in exchange for 4 hours a month in the office, or however your team chooses to allocate the time. Celebrating your employee’s personal victories and success stories at an annual Christmas party is a great way to recognize their hard work towards something they are passionate about.
Offer Something Meaningful and Fun
Providing an employee an extra day off work to spend however they choose in their birthday month is a great way to show them you care about them! Many companies are taking this incentive on and employees have reported great feedback.
Have another idea that works well for your office? We would love to hear what else companies are doing to keep their employees engaged in the work place, comment below to share your ideas!
Synthetic Turf International has been busy over the summer transforming many playground and field areas to a clean, safe, green space before the kids head back to school. Many school districts are moving towards the synthetic turf fields to help with maintenance costs and to extend the usable season of the field areas. Every year we receive such great feedback with comments like “I’ve been watching kids play on the field for the past 24 hours… they love it!!” from Principal Wowk. These are the top reasons our school districts are making the switch to artificial turf.
Safe for Children
One of the biggest factors about our turf is that it is a plush, soft landing should there be an accident where a child falls or trips. The turf itself has many options that are very soft and plush, but there is also another product we use to reach safe fall heights with our synthetic turf. Thermagreen foam panels can be placed underneath the turf as an added layer depending on how tall the play structures are around the turf. It comes in various thicknesses to reach varying fall height ratings for safety. Using the Thermagreen foam panels under our synthetic turf we can reach 14’ fall height ratings. This is a common height across the industry for standard playgrounds, swings, and similar structures. This prevents kids from injury in the case they fell off the monkey bars and hit their head or something similar. It’s nice to know they are safe while playing outdoors!
Keep Kids Clean
Teachers and parents have had incredible reviews of synthetic turf play areas since we started making these transformations. The days of crumby bark mulch or pebbly gravel are becoming history when it comes to playgrounds. Synthetic turf provides a green, maintenance free surface for kids to play on. It looks visually appealing and is easy to clean with a leaf blower or pressure washer. Parents love that kids don’t come home with grass stained clothing anymore, they can roll around and play to their hearts desire and not get muddy, dirty or grassy!
A lot of times young students find natural grass to be itchy due to organics that cause allergies and sniffles. Synthetic grass is a great option to avoid allergy season all together. Synthetic turf playgrounds and play areas don’t have the weeds, pollen and other organics that cause majority of children’s allergies.
Quick and Easy to Install Artificial Turf
The best part about this whole idea- the switch to synthetic turf is quick and easy! Most play areas can be converted in two to three days. Our team offers full turn key service, as well as offering our clients to do some of the work themselves if they have the experience and want to manage their budget.
Four Seasons Play Area with Synthetic Turf
One of the most common questions we get asked in Canada is, “how will the synthetic turf do in the winter?” The answer is quite a relief to people too! Synthetic turf is not affected by any amount of snow, freezing temperature, or ice. Yes, you can leave the turf outside all winter. No, you don’t have to roll it up and store it in a shed. Yes, we know Canada gets a lot of snow, and very cold. We have installed our synthetic turf as far North as Arviat, NU and our products stand up perfectly well to extreme weather conditions.
There are so many reasons to choose synthetic turf for your playground and play area, however we think these are some of the biggest decision-making factors for our clients. If you would like to see a sample of our favourite playground turf or the foam, please send us an inquiry to [email protected] or call us at 1-800-279-8873. We are in the office Monday through Friday 8-4pm PST.
Experience a Greener World with Synthetic Turf Canada
Before and after photos of the same area are a great way to show what a big difference the synthetic turf makes!
This project was a simple backyard play area for the family. They were tired of their dog wrecking their grass so making the switch to artificial grass was an easy decision. This project used our Bermuda Blend turf; a plush, fresh cut appearance to it in a nice vibrant olive green colour. This artificial turf is great for pet areas, soft for kids to play on, and also makes a great putting green fringe. The versatility of it has been a large factor in why it’s a consumer favourite since it was released in 2015.
We find clients are often overwhelmed by our sample wall having so many options when they first visit us, but that’s where our amazing team comes in! Our team prides itself on being knowledgeable and helping direct clients to the right product, based on their personal project. We can guide people based on little cues of liking the way one feels or looks, and help them find exactly the right turf for their project and budget -often in less than ten minutes.
If you are considering making the switch to synthetic turf, stop by our showroom in Kelowna or give us a call and we would be happy to send you some samples and talk further about your project.
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Before Synthetic Turf
After Synthetic Turf
Synthetic Turf Kelowna had the opportunity to install one of Synthetic Turf International’s newly released specialty products, Bocce Pro. The project was completed earlier this Spring in Penticton to get ready for the new business’ opening schedule. The clients wanted to create a space meant for gathering where guests can mingle and enjoy the newly renovated outdoor space. They decided to go with a large Bocce Ball area, with some comfy chairs and twinkling lights to create a lounge vibe to the one end.
Bocce is taking off in the Okanagan, the popular game is being added to bars, patios, and parks all over. Bocce is an outdoor yard game, played in teams of 2-4. Eight balls and one small marker are used, and the object of the game is to roll your team’s ball nearest to the marker. The team closest to it after rolling all 4 balls wins.
Bocce has been rapidly growing in interest recently so it was exciting that a client was interested in creating a Bocce space shortly after we released our brand new Bocce Pro synthetic turf product.
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This Spring, Synthetic Turf Kelowna started working closely with many landscape contractors
in the Okanagan. We see so many opportunities for customers to get a new and beautiful artificial grass in their backyard. Whether it is installing a putting green to practice your golf skills at home, or simply a low maintenance option for your newly landscaped backyard, Synthetic Turf has the right materials and expertise help you with your project.
STI Kelowna offers monthly seminars to train local contractors on best practices and product knowledge to help them get started in the turf world.
This spring we collaborated with to complete the following project. The clients wanted to fill their courtyard with two putting greens, so we worked with the landscape architect to create this dream space. The six-hole putting area came together very nicely. The clients now have a beautiful and relaxing outdoor space to enjoy for years to come!
There are many great benefits to installing synthetic grass in your backyard this summer. Here are the top four reasons:
1. Synthetic Turf Can Enhance the Value of Your Home
A unique selling feature for your home is always a great way to entice buyers when you are putting your home on the market. Here in the Okanagan, with the amazing weather that we experience, a home putting green is a asset that can help increase the value of your home. A well maintained lawn and landscape can really improve the curb appeal of your home.
2. Turf is Low Maintenance
Synthetic grass is a simple way to cut down the time that you spend on maintenance. You can keep your backyard looking great while skipping the daily waterings and constant cuttings. The installation of synthetic turf will decrease the size of your water bill and who doesn’t love smaller bills?
3. Go Pesticide Free in Kelowna
The safety of your family is so important and Synthetic Turf understands that. By installing synthetic turf your family is protected from coming in contact with harmful pesticides that are used on many lawns. Not only can we protect your family from exposure to chemicals, but we can also protect the environment.
Harmful and toxic chemicals are applied to many lawns in order to keep them green and full. Installing synthetic turf allows you to do a small part in protecting our environment.
4. Improve Your Golf Skills
Above all, who doesn’t want to improve their game? Having your own putting green allows you to spend more time perfecting your short game. This will help you take strokes off your game and impress your friends.
View of the backyard with the putting greens overlooking the lake
Taking the steps to have your own putting green in your backyard can seem intimidating, that is why the experts at Synthetic Turf are here to help. We can asses your project, recommend the best products and give you all the tools you need to keep your lawn and backyard looking dreamy for years to come.
As synthetic turf grows in popularity throughout Canada, we are noticing more and more people come to us requesting the turf for their fur best friend. It’s no surprise as turf can make life with a four-legged friend much cleaner, and simpler. Our entire SoftLawn line is safe for animals and made without nylon yarns. Nylon is the reason you hear complaints about odour, it has a 6% retention factor which is not ideal when dealing with animals. By installing a synthetic turf dog run, or redoing the whole backyard, you never have to deal with Fido’s muddy paws running through your house again!
Belle in the Kelowna, BC Showroom
Visit Our Kelowna Showroom!
Our new showroom in Kelowna, BC features synthetic turf installations throughout, and the employees there love bringing their dogs to work because they have such a good time playing on the artificial turf!
Happy fur-clients enjoying their pet turf
Bermuda Blend – Synthetic Turf
Bermuda Blend, one of our new for 2016 products, was a hit across the country! In it’s first year it became the most popular product for residential projects. It’s a bit shorter than some of our other lawn products which makes clean up easy and it always looks freshly cut!
Belle in the Kelowna, BC Showroom
Bandit enjoying ‘his’ backyard putting green
Synthetic Turf Canada had a busy winter building the new showroom and warehouse in Western Canada. The front of the space showcases forty of our most popular artificial turf for applications ranging from lawn and landscape, putting greens, cross fit to playground turf. We have large outdoor areas in the front of the showroom to give our clients an idea of what their space will look like completed with various synthetic turfs.
Through the doors is the back warehouse which is used to store popular styles and prepare shipments for Western Canada.
You can view the whole virtual tour here.
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