We often hear people talk about the usual benefits of synthetic turf; we know that it requires low maintenance, no water and provides a soft, safe, and allergen-free area for children and pets. What we don’t hear about very often though, is the fact that bacteria can’t survive in synthetic turf products, and the benefits of that. One of our very own sales representatives has a story about that.
This gentleman, much like all of us, likes to spend his summers outdoors and around his home, and with this comes the typical household chores. Last summer this young man (in his mid-30’s) became ill. He began experiencing flu-like symptoms, but they were lasting for far too long. He then started to go blind in one eye. The doctors didn’t know what was wrong. He was only in his thirties, kept a typical healthy lifestyle, and they didn’t see any red flags. They then discovered he had contracted Toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease which lives in organic materials or on host animals.
Toxoplasmosis can infect most warm-blooded animals, including humans, though the primary host is the cat family. The most significant risks come through contamination of raw meat, hands, and from animals. Up to one third of the world’s population is estimated to be carrying the infection. For some, they will never even know they are carrying it and it will never make them ill. Those with weakened immune systems have a greater chance of becoming severely ill, and it can occasionally be fatal. This parasite can cause an inflammation of the brain, neurological diseases, and can affect all major organs. In this gentleman’s case, the infection had spread to his eye, leading to him losing his eye.
The doctor assumed he picked up the infection by cutting his lawn, handling the grass clippings, then touching his mouth, nose or eyes. The infection then quickly spread to his eye and caused him to lose it. Due to his life-changing experience last year, this man decided to make some changes. Once he learned bacteria can’t survive on synthetic turf, he wanted to make the switch as one of his ways to protect himself and his family from any future harm. He is now a synthetic turf sales representative and promotes all it has to offer. His goal is to educate people to prevent anyone else having this happen to them and get the word out.
As one of his efforts to protect his and all other children, he began promoting the Playground Turf. Children are much more likely to play in the dirt and pick up bacteria on their hands, which then spreads very quickly through those little bundles of energy. The safe recreation surface is ADA/ABA compliant and consistent with all CPSC requirements. It exceeds national safety standards and is ASTM certified. The surface is soft and safe for kids with fall zone safety ratings to 12’. Not to mention, this surface provides a lush, grassy, play area which is inviting for children. Facility owners and parents alike, never again have to worry about exposure or contact with harsh chemicals found in pesticides and fertilizers.
We bet you never considered some of these bizarre, creative ways to utilize synthetic turf in your life! This is a list of our five favourite ways to recycle turf or get creative with extra pieces!
5. Bedroom Decor
Kids love being able to play on all surfaces, we have all seen the crayons on the wall at some point! This is such a fun way to engage kids and allow them to redecorate time and time again against the wall. It’s like a bulletin board- except more playful!
4. Home and Holiday Decorations
What better way to put those extra scraps to use than to incorporate them into your DIY projects come the holidays. Our turf could easily be wrapped to create a wreath like this one. We see this as the perfect time to put all those hours on Pinterest to the test! This is the cutest little way to add a personalized touch to a front fence. Items like this could be placed around the home or garden to add a bit of greenery.
3. Table Settings
Summer barbeques just got a lot greener! It’s perfect for the table too as it can be hosed off and dries in minutes.
2. Office Supplies
There is no need to purchase additional office supplies when you have turf that already does the job! If our EZTee line can hold a golf tee, it can definitely hold your pens too!
1. Truck Bed and Interior
Prevent wear and tear on your vehicles by lining it with long-lasting artificial turf. Materials are still able to slide in and out and the back can be opened without a problem. Plus, now you can practice your swing wherever you are!
Synthetic turf doesn’t have to only be used in traditional settings. Find the inner designer in you, get creative with your installation and find ways to use any extra pieces you may have leftover. Even around the home we have seen some people use synthetic turf in unique ways. Rooftops that can’t withstand the weight of natural gardens have used synthetic turf to keep the secluded garden atmosphere. Likewise, synthetic turf can be used as a mat on a patio to give a touch of green, or in between paving stones for that added detail. In the office setting, we have had businesses add a small putting area to the break room. Use your imagination and let us know if you’ve ever used synthetic turf for an original project!
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
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
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.
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!
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
1 1/2″ Polyethylene and Polypropylene
PL924 SoftLawn Spring Rye
1 3/4″ Polyethylene
CX121 SoftLawn Pro Cut
3/4” Polyethylene and Polypropylene
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!
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
- 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.
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!
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
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.
#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.
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.
We 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.
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?
That’s a lot of pet turfs!
Check out more info on the program at mydogmatters.ca.