One of the most common questions we get asked when clients are first considering making the switch to synthetic turf, is “how will it look in five years?”.
Synthetic Turf Canada has been in business in the Okanagan Valley for almost ten years now, which means showing our work from years ago is getting increasingly easier. We now have the opportunity to send potential clients to have a look at various products that have been installed for 3, 5, 9 years at our current clients homes and offices. We always find that it helps to see the product sample in your hand that they like, actually installed and sitting four years old. You can see that it has been well loved with dogs and kids playing in the yard, or yard games scattered throughout, yet the turf still looks great! It has settled and looks natural to it’s surroundings by this point, but the colour is still vibrant and the yarns stand tall.
This is a photo of a yard we visited to check in on after a few years of a newer product being installed. We are so pleased to see that this product is looking great years down the road. We read the product specifications and detail records when it is released, but there is something about seeing your work down that gives everyone a peace of mind. This yard was completed with SoftLawn Fine Fescue, which is available in the Field/Eastern colour. This is a very popular product for our higher end installations and we are excited to let local clients see that it looks great installed, even years down the road.
If you are considering making the switch to synthetic turf, give us a call and we can show you some homes that have had artificial turf down for 8 years. Contact us at [email protected] or 1-800-279-8873 to set up a free quote and learn more about the options!
This week’s featured installation comes from Synthetic Turf Kelowna.
STI Kelowna had an incredible summer filled with various types of projects. We were able to create putting greens, backyard oasis’, and indoor sporting facilities. As the weather begins to cool come autumn, the style of installation we are used to must be adjusted slightly for the conditions. The materials used for seaming rolls together must be kept indoors to ensure the right consistency for strong bonds. Our installation team has many years of experience working in various conditions to ensure our level of work is kept above our client’s expectations and meets all warranty standards.
This year in the Okanagan it seemed like September 1st came and summer disappeared overnight! Temperatures would drop as low as 3 degrees celcius overnight- something we don’t often see until late October in this region. Our team was able to make some quick changes and modifications to our schedule and plans so that our current projects received the best care possible for the conditions.
STI Kelowna is surprisingly busy for this time of year. Often we find that come fall, people are done with maintaining their yards and are already onto the indoors activities. Cooking up some pumpkin spiced lattes or finding new autumn décor becomes more important than redoing the backyard. This year though, we have such a high demand for residential projects that we have a wait list started for projects to start as soon as the ground is ready in Spring. The commercial projects are just as popular this fall with a wide range of indoor facilities inquiring for the winter. We will be busy across the Okanagan transforming many spaces you may have been in before.
Stay tuned to find out what kind of projects STI Kelowna gets up to over the Winter season. If you would like to Experience a Greener World, contact Synthetic Turf Canada at 1-800-279-8873 or [email protected]
Living in the city can have its toll on your idea of a backyard. Most homes in the downtown core of major cities like Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto don’t have more than a small square for a yard. We find that these homeowners still want to make the most of their space, and enjoy some greenery without the hassle of additional chores. Can you imagine trying to pull out a lawn mower in your city centre duplex?
These clients love to golf so a small 10′ x 15′ putting green seemed like a perfect addition to their home. They used the popular NP50 putting surface and Bluegrass Blend in the Olive colour for the fringe. These products complement each other very well so we often see them used in projects similar to this.
If you know someone who would love a maintenance-free, beautiful green yard, contact us at [email protected]
Front Yard Synthetic Turf Installation in Kelowna, BC
SoftLawn Select Fescue is a product that was introduced new for 2016 and has become one of our best sellers. This middle of the line artificial turf has great value as it is priced well and stands up against some of our more prestige products. Select Fescue is 1 3/4″ tall, 77 oz/sq.yd and comes in our ever popular Field/Olive colour (the dark green shown pictured below). These are some great product specs especially considering it’s price point in the market.
This client is very happy with the outcome of their new synthetic turf front yard. It looks clean, lush, and requires no work! The dark olive green looks great against their landscaping and will keep the space looking great for many years to come.
If you or someone you know wants to Experience a Greener World, contact us for your free quote at [email protected] or 1-800-279-8873
This week we are showcasing a unique installation from Kelowna, BC. The client is an avid golfer and found a way to fit this putting green in around the pool. There is a ledge surrounding the pool which we laid synthetic turf on and created two smaller putting greens in each corner.
Here you can see both greens up close (above and below images). We also installed a paver stone walkway to access the putting greens. STI Kelowna used the popular NP45 putting surface for the green, and SoftLawn Bermuda Blend for the surrounding areas. Bermuda Blend is one of our newly released products for 2016, and it has been an extremely popular choice across the board. People with pets love it for it’s shorter pile height while still providing a realistic lawn look. It also works well around putting greens as seen in this application, or on it’s own as a lawn product. We have seen it used in some major Canadian cities on meridians and sidewalks as well. Bermuda Blend is becoming a go-to choice for the all around product for various applications after just a few short months.
Artificial grass putting greens
Pictured above is an up close shot of the pavers pathway into the putting green area above the pool.
This was a unique space for an installation that worked out perfectly for what the clients were looking for. What else would someone have done with a ledge above a pool like this? Probably nothing nearly as cool as this!
If you or someone you know wants to Experience a Greener World, contact us today for your free no obligations quote [email protected] or 1-800-279-8873
Synthetic Turf Deck Project in Shuswap, BC
This week’s featured install comes from Synthetic Turf Kelowna. Their team was approached by a client who wanted to redo the deck covering in Shuswap, BC. This area is full of gorgeous lake front homes, cabins and vacation spots. The Kelowna team packed up and made the drive out to the Shuswap to complete this deck project in one day. The client chose our Performance Choice turf which is a great, shorter pile height turf option for this type of application.
Another view from above of the new deck space for everyone to enjoy at the lake. What a great maintenance free way to redo the space; no staining of wood, cutting of grass, or worrying about rebuilding the deck anytime soon for this family! The kids can go for a swim while the family watches from the deck, enjoying the soft new surface.
Synthetic Turf can be used in so many different types of applications. If you are curious about Experiencing a Greener World, contact us today to chat!
[email protected] or 1-800-279-8873
Synthetic Putting Green Installation
Getting the base prepped is the most important step to our synthetic turf putting green installations. We are proud of our aesthetically pleasing and true roll putting greens and this is a main factor. We ensure every curve and contour is set at this stage. Here you see the base being roughly laid out.
The majority of our team of installers come from a golf construction background. This pivotal stage comes naturally to us as we know many sub grade parameters to ensure the final roll is exactly the way we intended before we lay the turf down. An example of this is knowing our NP50 putting surface, on average, runs at 10.5 on the stimp meter. This translates to a maximum subgrade slope of 3%, which satisfies all USGA green specifications and corresponds to about 8″ of break on a 4′ putt. Simply put, 3% at this speed ensures the ball will not continuously roll.
Once we are happy with the base, we wet the crush and tamp it down to get a perfect base.
Here, the putting sleeves are being positioned to make sure everything is in place before fully sinking them. If the team is happy with the green so far, they can continue to the next step.
They then sink the sleeves, and add a third medium to ensure a perfect roll. This is an exciting stage as we are now ready to start laying turf!
The synthetic turf has been laid down and the holes have been cut around the sleeves. It’s starting to look like a real green at this stage! Here you can see the team inspecting their cuts and ensuring everything looks perfect.
The final product looks great and the client was thrilled with their new addition to the backyard. If you want to Experience a Greener World, contact us today
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This week’s featured install comes from the team at STI Kelowna. Synthetic Turf Kelowna created a whole backyard oasis for their clients. They combined a synthetic turf putting green, lawn products, and drought proof landscaping to create this beautiful space. You can even see a chipping mat peeking through the bushes for a bit of extra fun.
The clients were so pleased with the outcome, especially how realistic the chipping and putting feels for an artificial product. Our Kelowna team did a great job on this space and we are excited for the family to be able to enjoy their new putting green!
If you want to Experience a Greener World, contact us today to set up a free quote.
[email protected] or 1-800-279-TURF (8873)
Markland Wood Golf Course installs Synthetic Turf Canada’s premium EZTee Hybrid Plus hitting turf.16
Markland Wood Golf Course has completed a very large update of their grounds this summer. They asked Synthetic Turf Canada to complete the brand new power cage they were building. Our team was excited to create a stunning new space for them with some of our favourite products! EZTee Hybrid Plus is our premium hitting turf option which many top courses have chosen to install at their driving range. For the receiving turf within the netted area, we used our SoftLawn Bluegrass Blend. This product is one of our most popular all around turfs as it is quite versatile for residential and commercial applications, not to mention it looks great alongside EZTee turf.
Markland Wood Golf Course Power Cage
The new synthetic turf in use!
In this aerial video below of Markland Wood Golf Course, you can see the entire transformation take place. They expanded the size of the putting green and bunker on the right, and added this entire new power cage to their facility. The video is interesting to see how it all came together!
Aerial View of Markland Installation Time Lapse
From start to finish, our new practice facility was a very exciting project. Watch how it all came together…! pic.twitter.com/z801DtZFwP
— Markland Wood GC (@MarklandGolf) July 7, 2016
If you or someone you know is interested in Experiencing a Greener World, contact us today for your free, no obligation quote.
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Creating a Backyard Oasis with Synthetic Turf
Once in a while, we have a client come to us entirely fed up with their yard and looking for a total revamp of the space. This would be one of those times. This family knew they wanted artificial grass and a putting green, but left the specifics up to our design team.
This was a really nice space with lots of opportunity so we went with our favourite product, Autumn Fescue and our premium putting surface. The space wound around gardens and rock features, with the lower level focused on the centre putting green. They created a 3 hole green as you can see in the photos here. It has only been complete a few days and they have already stopped by to let us know it is getting lots of use and they are so pleased with their new space!
We left the intricate details of the gardens and trees, but cut in turf around the stone work and enclosing rock wall. This gives the yard a nice open feel, with the turf winding all the way up through the trees to the higher level. You can see the green of the turf peaking through the trees in these photos. This was quite a large project and we are so pleased that the family left the creative design up to us and are in turn thrilled with their new space.
If you or someone you know wants to Experience a Greener World, contact us today for your free, no obligation quote. 1-800-279-8873 or at [email protected]