Synthetic Turf International of Canada enjoyed a busy year filled with growth and expansion in 2017. We filled the demand for distributors in cities where we previously had none, opened a Western Canada Showroom and Warehouse, and completed numerous impressive synthetic turf projects. We want to give a huge thank you to all of our customers, residential, commercial and resellers, for another great year!
Our Newest Team Members
We are pleased to introduce you to two of our newest distributors this year.
Island Pro Mowing
Carl Sorensen of North Saanich
Kory Read of Edmonton
While we installed many impressive projects this year, a few really stood out for us.
We were incredibly excited to provide synthetic turf soccer field to the city of Yellowknife this summer. The kids were so excited to have a new play space and we love hearing stories from our contacts there about how much use it is getting.
Another favourite was a local daycare in the Okanagan. They transformed both campuses into full synthetic turf playground areas.
Our most unique athletic project of the year was a multi sports field. You can see the birds eye view of it below. For a size reference, those little ‘sticks’ are 15’ long! This install was a huge improvement for the city of Lloydminster.
The most unique residential project of the year would probably be a backyard installation surrounding a trampoline. They built the trampoline into the ground, and surrounded the space in synthetic turf to ensure a soft landing even if bounced too far.
If you are interested in working with us, contact us today to Experience a Greener World at [email protected]
We at Synthetic Turf Canada understand that not all fitness facilities are the same. Each sport and activity have different footing needs, and that’s why we design synthetic turf specifically for each type of sport. Our line of athletic turf carries products with all sorts of varying specifications to ensure we cover the needs of the many sports out there.
CrossFit Synthetic Turf
We find that most CrossFit facilities choose to go with our Pro Ball Turf or Trainers Choice. These turfs are available in varying widths, colours and foam back options which allows the company to work within their specific space and needs. Often, companies will go with the option of having the manufacturer tuft in hash marks and lines along the turf. This allows the fitness facility to simply unroll their turf and it is ready to go with the lines already inserted. Another option is to include your custom logo in the turf as seen in the photo below.
Baseball Synthetic Turf
Our Baseball turf is the same construction of Pro Ball Turf, in the traditional Clay baseball colour. Our baseball infields include the batters mound, home plate, and lines running to first, second and third base. The outfield is traditionally done in Pro Ball Turf in our classic Pine colour.
Soccer Synthetic Turf
Soccer fields have a few options, but the most common option we see is our Bermuda Blend synthetic turf. It is a very durable lawn product that’s not too tall making it easier to play with the ball on the field.
Tennis Synthetic Turf
Synthetic Turf International has created Tennis Pro for use on tennis field installations. It comes in green, blue and white and is generally sold as a half court or full court set up.
Bocce Synthetic Turf
Bocce Pro is a newer product from Synthetic Turf International, recently created to meet the demands for bocce courts in North America. It is again a similar construction to Pro Ball Turf, giving the ball a nice easy path to roll down. It comes in the classic sand bocce colour to resemble a true court.
When it comes to the flooring options for your project, you need to consider what the space is going to be used for. Will it be primarily designed for lifting weights? Will there be sled pushing? Perhaps you will be splitting the space into different rooms to allow for various sport activity. Our team is available to discuss the best options for your specific type of application.
Contact us today to Experience a Greener World with Synthetic Turf International.
800-279-8873 or [email protected]
Canada Synthetic Turf International is Expanding.
We are looking for distributors to represent select cities across Canada. Distributors are a team of resellers exclusive to our Synthetic Turf International line of artificial turf. We are currently looking for a representative in the area of Toronto, Calgary, and Edmonton. Distributors have access to our exclusive products and support from the head office with installations and industry related questions. Stay ahead of the competition and get access to the most premium products available not found at your local landscape supply store, and at the best possible prices available. 100% made in the US, ISO certified, direct from the manufacturer.
If you currently work in a landscape related position, adding synthetic turf to your repertoire will give you the one up to stay ahead of your competition. Many homeowners are moving towards an environmentally friendly, cost effective, and low maintenance landscape plan. To stay current with the demands of the public, product offerings must be continually evolving to meet the new demands. Our research and development team is continually working to stay one step ahead and implement new products with improved technology each year.
If you are interested in hearing more about our distributor network, please send us an email to [email protected] We would be more than happy to send you a set of samples to see first hand the level of quality we represent. An account manager would be happy to schedule a phone call to discuss the options of working with us as your synthetic turf supplier for all of your landscape needs. We also have the product to provide for various other types of installations. We carry artificial turf for putting greens, driving range tee lines, athletic and indoor facilities, as well as baseball, soccer, football, tennis and bocce applications. The possibilities are endless with our ability to provide custom lines, designs, and logos, all tuft right into the synthetic turf and made entirely of coloured synthetic turf to match the rest of the design. To see more of these types of installations, you can visit our athletics page or Facebook for the most recent projects.
Contact us to Experience A Greener World at [email protected]
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!
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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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”
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!
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.
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.
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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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]
Synthetic Grass Playgrounds – Top 5 Reasons to Have One
- Low Maintenance
- More Family Time
- Avoid Slivers and Other Injuries
- Have an Even Playing Surface
- No More Allergies
Artificial grass is becoming more popular, especially in arid climates like the Okanagan. Kelowna residents are deciding to save time, energy and cash by switching to grass alternatives. Playground spaces are notorious for muddy patches under the swings and high traffic burnouts that lead to messy situations and potential slips. Synthetic Turf can help you transform your backyard and provide a playground friendly landscape that will stand the test of time. Imagine all of the extra time you will have without mowing the lawn and how much extra money you will save on your irrigation bill!
Artificial Grass is Low Maintenance
Skip the back breaking dandelion weeding and pesticide use from now on (and dirty looks from the neighbours). Enjoy a safer, kid friendly environment knowing that you don’t have to apply chemical weed killers. Put the dangerous weed-wacker away and never worry about an unsightly trim. Our product looks like the real deal without all of the hassle, making it ideal for those who prefer spending more family time. Clients with decreased mobility, such as some of our grandparents, enjoy having their little ones over to play without having to spend hours preparing the yard. Synthetic Turf doesn’t fade in the sunshine and the kids can still enjoy running through the sprinkler on hot summer days without worrying about creating slippery mud spots.
Turf Makes An Entertaining Dream
Wouldn’t it be great to plan your child’s next outdoor birthday party or family BBQ without having to spend hours completing lawn maintenance in the yard? Save your knees and your back from all of that mowing, weeding and trimming while you save your wallet and the environment from excessive water use. Regardless of what time your family and friends or the kids’ play dates stop by, know that your lawn will always be looking awesome!
Many playgrounds have wood chips or bark mulch in place. These items can cause unnecessary splinters, and feel awful when kids get pieces stuck into their clothing or shoes. Eliminate the issue altogether by installing Synthetic Turf instead! Our artificial grass feels soft and has some cushion to it for those unavoidable wipe-outs. Besides, wood based playground products get soggy and compressed and even moldy, requiring replacement multiple times a year. Synthetic Turf is extremely durable and lasts for years, keeping your playground looking brand new.
Synthetic Turf Makes For An Even Playing Surface
Say goodbye to uneven divots, hidden rocks and the variety of hidden tripping hazards within your lawn space. Feel safe when the kids are playing tag and soccer. Save yourself from the time consuming task of looking for rocks and pebbles prior to mowing your lawn and finally retire your lawnmower once and for all!
Say Goodbye To Grass Allergies
Many people suffer from grass and pollen allergies. Grass seed and flower pollen become airborne (especially when disturbed) from mowing and can lead to itchy, watery red eyes and a host of respiratory issues. All of these uncomfortable allergy symptoms can disappear along with your lawn care chores. Synthetic Turf has your playground and yard options covered!
Call For Your Kelowna Quote Today!
Synthetic Turf has proudly installed our product all over North America! Call our Okanagan office today to discover how you can enjoy a lush, green lawn and playground atmosphere year round. No more burnt out brown patches or spending precious hours tinkering with your irrigation system and lawn maintenance. Simplify your life and your landscape and call Synthetic Turf in Kelowna today!
Clients looking to transform their space with synthetic turf are committed to a large project with quite a significant budget. When you decide to make the large purchase for the new car you’ve been eyeing, you are sure to do some research and make sure you are getting exactly what you think you are. Sure, all cars have 4 wheels, some seats, and will get you from a to b, but do you want to know more than that? Of course! We all want to know about who we are dealing with, make sure the company is backed in case something goes wrong with our shiny new purchase, and ensure we are getting the exact product we purchased.
This scenario is no different than buying synthetic turf for your new backyard putting green or athletic facility. Synthetic turf is still so new that many consumers don’t realize there are different manufacturers, producing various levels of products. The industry progressed so quickly that the products went from ‘Astroturf’ to the vast variety we have today. Our company works direct with the manufacturer, Synthetic Turf International, so our clients are guaranteed to know where their turf is coming from, and that we will still be around in 10 years if they have a problem.
Artificial Grass Installations Country Wide
Synthetic Turf Canada has grown tremendously with a distributor network from coast to coast. Our widespread team allows us to work on projects in an efficient manner in most major cities in Canada and all in between. We have put together a list of project highlights from this year, see photos of these projects below.
Soccer Field in Yellowknife, NT
WickerLand in Victoria, BC
Putting Green in Halifax, NS
CrossFit in Calgary, AB
Synthetic Turf Canada Helps Building Blocks Go Green
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!
Experience a Greener World with Synthetic Turf International of Canada. Call us today for your free quote!