CrossFit and Agility Synthetic Turf


CrossFit is the latest fitness craze attracting people to affiliated gyms throughout North America. It is a strength and conditioning program with the aim of improving overall fitness. CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many academies across the continent. This unique program combines elements from high-intensity interval training, olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, and many more exercises.

 Indoor CrossFit Facilities Recently Completed

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Our team saw a unique opportunity when this trend emerged. The variety in our products meant we were able to provide the necessary characteristics to keep these athletes fit and safe. We began to receive inquiries about the use of our products in gyms, athletic facilities, and in doctors’ offices.

Some of the most popular styles for this particular application have been Trainer’s Choice and Coach’s Choice. Trainer’s Choice is a polyethylene/nylon blend with a 5mm foam backing. It is a fairly dense product weighing 122 oz per square yard. The pile height of this turf is 3/4″. This style is available in a range of colours, allowing the facility to include their logo in the turf or just mix it up with some fun colours!

For a longer lasting, softer and more realistic grass, we feel the AT755 Coach’s Choice is the premium agility turf in the industry. At nearly 140 oz per square yard it can handle anything you can throw at it…literally! It is also a polyethylene/nylon blend with a 5mm foam backing. It is much more dense  thus giving it a fuller appearance. The pile height of this turf is 11/8″ standing taller than the Trainer’s Choice.

 Indoor Athletics Facility Recently Completed

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This field below was a special scenario because it is actually an ice arena in the winter, and a field in the summer. Our solution for this was to use velcro seams to allow the facility to easily remove the turf in the hockey season.

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Synthetic Turf International- Keeping Pets Happy Since 2004

As a proud pet owner, you want nothing less than a perfect place for your animals to run and play in the yard. As a proud home owner, you want a beautiful outdoor space to relax and enjoy without the constant upkeep. We have a solution for you!

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We offer a wide variety of synthetic turf to meet all of your individual needs! Our pet turfs are long lasting, durable, and keep the lush fresh cut appearance for years to come. STI’s SoftLawn Pet Turf can be easily cleaned for your convenience, unlike other alternatives you can spray it with a hose and the job is done. The pet turf line is an entirely non-allergenic option for your pets. It is safe for pets of all breeds and sizes, and requires no harmful chemicals, fertilizers, or pesticides. The pet turf surface is designed to be easy on your furry little friend’s joints and skin. This line of turf also has a high flow drainage rate so you don’t have to worry about your pet ruining the lawn.

We also have some SoftLawn Pet Turf for spaces with very high pet traffic. We have had success with places such as dog kennels and doggy daycares using our product for their spaces. The dogs love it because they are able to run free and play on the soft grass without a worry, and the owners love it because the clean up and maintenance is so simple now. They are also able to use smaller pieces in portable kennels and potty training for worry-free travel.

Here are a few of our favourite styles for our furry friends

PL920 SoftLawn Emerald Rye

PL919 SoftLawn Garden Rye

1 1/2″ Polyethylene and Polypropylene

PL924 SoftLawn Spring Rye

Spring Rye artificial synthetic turf

1 3/4″ Polyethylene

 CX121 SoftLawn Pro Cut

Pro cut short synthetic turf

3/4” Polyethylene and Polypropylene

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New Synthetic Turf International Dealer Welcome

The season has started and shows no signs of slowing down! The sun is shining and our distributors have been hard at work across Canada. People from coast to coast are experiencing a greener world thanks to our ever growing network of dedicated synthetic turf specialists. We have been so busy we haven’t done a recent welcome post for some of the team who have joined us since the winter. We want to give an official welcome to our newest dealers! Ontario has been very busy and so we would like to welcome our newest dealers to the Ontario region!


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Tammy-Lee and John Pappano located in Sudbury.

Pete Azzie located in Ottawa.

Jeremy Stunt located in Toronto.


Are you a landscaper or landscape supplier? Want to be a distributor in one of the hottest growing industries? We are still looking for distributors in select areas across Canada. We can offer you premium products at competitive prices, the tools and knowledge to do beautiful installs, professionally designed marketing materials, and a supportive staff to help you on your journey to success. To find out which locations still require distributors contact us today!


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Synthetic Turf Maintenance Solutions

STI Canada’s signature lawn and landscape synthetic turf, SoftLawn®, utilizes a soft polypropylene or polyethylene UV protected synthetic fiber. Treated and tufted on a porous backing, SoftLawn® is the same quality product used in school playgrounds, play yards, and lawn applications.

The Advantages of SoftLawn®

  • Requires no water
  • Chemical-free
  • 100% recyclable components
  • Never needs mowing
  • ADA/ABA compliant- Crutches won’t sink in and wheelchairs can roll
  • Safety- No more buried glass or other harmful objects
  • Anti-microbial fibers

When you make the switch to a synthetic lawn, you say goodbye to the dreaded “honey-do” list. No more mowing, watering or weeding! Think of all the hours you will save on a year to year basis! The lawn provides that fresh-cut appearance without the hassle, saving you time and money. SoftLawn® can be easily maintained using a leaf blower, or allow one of our certified installers to come “spring clean” your lawn for you!

The SoftLawn® product line is comprised of two types of yarn.


New polypropylene yarn construction has allowed for more durable, softer, and much better polypropylene synthetic turfs. Unlike nylon, it is not subject to expansion or contraction due to humidity or temperature change because it has a 0% absorption rate. Polypropylene is slowly replacing nylon as the “go to” synthetic turf fiber.


Polyethylene is the softest yarn available to synthetic turf construction.
It has a 0% water absorption rate, and therefore is not subject to expansion, contraction or absorption of ammonia making it a great pet turf. It is best used in lawn and landscape applications when infused with polypropylene for strength.

The Most Popular Products

PL-921 Bluegrass Blend


1 3/4” Polyethylene & Polypropylene Blend

Bluegrass is one of the most natural appearing lawns in the entire line! Its thick brown thatching makes it appear incredible realistic when compared with native grasses in North America. Plus it adds additional density for an unbelievably cushiony feel under foot.


PL-925 Plush Pro


2″ Polyethylene Monofilament

The most luxurious turf in the entire SoftLawn® Line, and with over 100oz/sq. ft. of face weight it is the Mercedes Benz of the turf industry. Plush Pro not only looks beautiful but feels like no other. Thick and dense, it is the ultimate in outdoor indulgence.



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Synthetic Turf International Announces New Product!

Synthetic Turf International of Canada is excited to announce we are working with ThermaGreen Environmental to bring you a wider selection of products! ThermaGreen is a Canadian company based in Toronto, Ontario. This month, we are launching the SoftLawn® EZ Play turf.

This product is best suited for use in playgrounds and high traffic areas. This product is very dense at 87 oz/sq.yd and considered short with its 1 1/4″ height. When traffic and wear are a concern, a short, dense product is what you are looking for! This product is also a polyethylene/polypropylene yarn blend. Polypropylene is the stiffest yarn available, and provides a 0% water absorption rate. Polyethylene is the softest yarn available and also provides a 0% water absorption rate. As a result, the SoftLawn® EZ Play is not subject to expansion or contraction due to temperature or humidity.


SoftLawn® EZ Play contributes to the goals of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). ThermGreen’s Play product line meets the drainage and energy absorption properties under ASTMF1292 and ASTM F355A for HIC and Gmax ratings.

The STC (Synthetic Turf Council), which is the governing body for companies in North America, has set a quality control level for shed loss and tuft bind. This is the amount of pressure which can be applied before shed loss starts to happen. All North American products must meet a minimum standard of 6lb test for tuft bind. We are pleased to say our new SoftLawn® EZ Play has a 12lb tuft bind, doubling the minimum standards.

STI Canada strives to continually improve our selection of products to ensure our customers are receiving the best product available! We want our customers to find exactly what they need with us. The SoftLawn® EZ Play is a great new addition and we are excited to share this new addition with you!

For further information or samples contact a Synthetic turf International representative today!


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The Top 2 New Golf Technologies from Synthetic Turf International 2013

Synthetic Turf International of Canada is constantly improving on current install practices and products to bring our customers the latest and greatest in synthetic turf technologies. When it comes to the golf community we consistently push to better our products offered. How else would we maintain our outstanding reputation with some of the worlds, and Canada’s, top golf courses? This year Synthetic Turf International of Canada has made two huge advancements in regards to the professional golf products offered.

#1 – The Ultra Base System for EZ-Tee Tee Lines

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The Ultra Base System (UBS) has revolutionized the install of premier tee lines. The structural durability is unparalleled and the benefits of its use ensure all EZ Tee products perform at optimal levels for the entire life of the turf. These panels make for a shorter install, provide a base that will not migrate, can handle enormous weight loads and will help hold the turf in the exact installed position for longer than traditional installation procedures. Not only that, but if your club ever decides to move the tee line they can be clicked apart and moved to the new location fuss free! The engineered polymers the panels are built of also replicate a more natural play surface and are guaranteed not to harden over time.

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#2 – Constant Improvements on the EZ Tee Products

Being manufacturer direct means not only do we hear our customers’ ideas for improvements, we put them into production! We build products based on a feedback stand point from both customers and distributors instead of from a marketing stand point. This year we launched a newly designed EZ-Tee product that is 100% nylon. This EZ Tee comes with all the benefits of nylon golf products PLUS the fibers have been engineered to not bind in the typical nylon fashion. This product is able to better replicate natural grass play while still holding a tee throughout the entire life of the turf. This nylon product completes and perfects our entire line, included with the EZ Tee Hybrid and EZ Tee Poly.

EZ Tee Trio

Synthetic Turf International of Canada has been hard at work engineering and perfecting these new install and product techniques to ensure our customers get exactly what they want and more importantly need. We are always pleased to share our success stories with our previous customers, prospective customers, and our fans. These two advances are great additions to our professional grade golf products.


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Ga-Ga Pits from Synthetic Turf International


synthetic turf gagaWe were lucky enough to have the opportunity to donate some turf to a great cause earlier this year. Although at first when the call came from Camp Shomria looking for turf for a ga-ga pit, we all kind of went a “ga-ga what?”, but after learning more about the camp and the sport we couldn’t wait to get on bored with the project.

For those who are just as confused as we were, here’s a little background on the sport. Ga-ga is a variation of dodge ball but it is played in a walled hexagon “pit” where players run, jump, dodge, and kick a soccer or volley ball. The object is to hit your opponent below the knees without getting hit yourself. It is also known as Israeli dodge-ball, Octo-Ball and Panda Ball.

Traditionally ga-ga is played in a dirt pit or sand pit, which as you can imagine gets quite dusty.  Synthetic turf quickly became the ideal playing surface for these pits as they are under tremendous abuse from the players twisting and running in a very condensed area. On top of that you can play on the surface during any weather. No need to wait for the pit to dry out after a rain. Not to mention the safety of synthetic turf is much greater than dirt. Not only is synthetic softer to fall on but there is less chance of infection from dirt getting into scrapes and cuts.

We hear the pit at Camp Shomria was a hit and the kids loved it! It was the highlight to the end of their summer and the camp can’t wait to complete the surrounding area of the pit so that even more campers can enjoy the sport of ga-ga. This is just another example of the unexpected uses that optimize the technologies used in synthetic turf surfaces from Synthetic Turf International of Canada.

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Synthetic Turf International Partners with My Dog Matters!


My Dog Matters is a new program designed to reward responsible pet owners in the Okanagan valley. By licensing your dog you can receive amazing discounts from various businesses locally that support positive and responsible dog ownership.

Synthetic Turf International of Canada is proud to announce our partnership in the program and is ecstatic to offer 20% off all our approved pet friendly turfs to registered card holders! Just show your card at the time of quote to receive this amazing discount.

What turfs are Approved Pet Friendly?

PL-903 SoftLawn® Perennial Rye

PL-919 SoftLawn® Garden Rye

PL-920 SoftLawn® Emerald Rye

PL-921 SoftLawn® Bluegrass Blend

CX-121 SoftLawn® Pro Cut

PL-915 SoftLawn® Fresh Cut

PL-906 SoftLawn® Premium

CX-122 SoftLawn® Select

PL-912 SoftLawn® Paspalum Plus


That’s a lot of pet turfs!


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Synthetic Turf Lawn & Landscape Solutions

STI Canada’s signature lawn and landscape synthetic turf, SoftLawn®, utilizes a soft polyethylene UV protected synthetic fiber. Treated and tufted on a porous backing, SoftLawn® is the same quality product used in school playgrounds, play yards, and lawn applications. Lush and lifelike, the synthetic surface boasts a realistic “fresh cut” appearance combined with a soft pleasing feel. As with all STI Canada surfaces, SoftLawn® is easily maintained using a leaf blower.

SoftLawn® saves owners time and money.

The Advantages of SoftLawn®

  •  Requires no water
  •  Virtually maintenance-free
  •  Fresh cut appearance
  •  Needs no chemicals or fertilizer
  •  Never needs mowing or insecticides
  •  Clean and can be cleaned – Unlike mulch and shredded rubber
  •  ADA/ABA compliant – Crutches won’t sink in and wheelchairs roll
  •  Safety – No more buried glass or other harmful objects
  •  Lead Free
  •  Provides excellent drainage
  •  Biodegradable and/or recyclable components
  •  Does not support stain or odor causing bacteria, mold or mildew


Most Popular SoftLawn® Products

PL-919 Garden Rye

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1 1/2″ Polyethylene Monofilament and TXT

Garden Rye is an economic option for customers looking for a natural, soft and pet friendly turf. It is an extremely durable product and is sure to impress everyone.

Check out the full spec sheet here.

PL-921 Bluegrass Blend

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1 13/16” Polyethylene & Polypropylene

Bluegrass is one of the most natural appearing lawns in the entire line! Its thick brown thatching makes it appear incredible realistic when compared with native grasses in North America. Plus it adds additional density for an unbelievably cushiony feel under foot.

Check out the full specs page here.


PL-925 Plush Pro

PL912 SoftLawn Paspalum Plus resized 600

2″ Polyethylene Monofilament

The most luxurious turf in the entire SoftLawn® Line Plush Pro not only looks beautiful but feels like nothing other. Thick and dense, it is the ultimate in outdoor indulgence.



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Cleats for Synthetic Turf

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Which cleats are best to use on a synthetic turf field has been a long debated and scrutinized part of the transition from natural to synthetic. Early variations of artificial sports fields were often short and hard and cleats needed to perform on a surface with these characteristics. As synthetic sports fields become more and more realistic the gap between cleats for natural turf and synthetic turf is slowly closing; however, three cleat styles remain for use on synthetic sports fields.

Firm-Ground Cleats

Firm-ground cleats utilize a higher number of short spikes. They are able to gain traction in the turf without any contact with the sub base of synthetic turf fields. That contact is often a large complaint for players new to playing on these surfaces. Advancements in yarn fibers and infill have eliminated a lot of this contact but using a cleat designed for firm ground will help provide the most grip and comfort while playing on a synthetic surface.

Synthetic Turf Specific Cleats

This seems like an obvious answer, but how many athletes play solely on synthetic sports fields? These cleats feature wide, short and often rubberized spikes. Designed specifically with the original artificial playing surfaces in mind, they are slowly losing popularity. After all, the closer synthetic turfs get to real grass the more appropriate a firm-ground cleat becomes as it can be interchanged between artificial and natural sports fields. Synthetic turf cleats are also heavier than traditional cleats due to the additional and rubberized spikes which can be a negative to many players.

Hybrid Firm Ground/Synthetic

This cleat style is a blend of a firm-ground and synthetic turf cleat. They usually feature 20 to 25 studs and the upper design of a firm-ground cleat. Spikes are short but not as wide as a synthetic turf specific cleat. Although a great alternative to the other two cleat styles they are only now being developed so the market for them is small, especially in women and youth styles.

So the magic answer to which cleats to use on synthetic sports fields is still very much a personal preference. Whether you choose firm-ground cleats, synthetic turf cleats, or hybrid cleats each has positives and negatives. The important things to consider when making a cleat purchase for use on both synthetic and natural fields is how often you will play on the artificial field and how old the turf is. Newer turfs perform much more like natural fields and as they get closer to a natural playing surface the need for specific cleats may be a thing of the past.

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