What’s Trending for Turf in 2015?

Have you been hearing all the talk about synthetic turf’s newest innovative improvements? Have you seen your neighbours start to make the switch to artificial grass? Are you starting to think about putting artificial grass in your yard? We have compiled some of our most frequent questions we get asked and found out the industry trends in store for our clients this spring.

Everyone wants their lawn to look natural and inviting, accompanied by a flawless design. But what’s in store for the 2015 trends?

Olive with a Brown Thatch

You may have seen various types and brands of synthetic turf over the years, but they all are slightly different in colour too. We offer a range of colours even in the “green” array. Some of our greens are more lime and bright, while others are more on the darker side with that olive touch. Olive is on the rise for lawns and landscapes as it offers a more realistic look to the turf. The brown thatch in the turf helps make it look more realistic. It emulates dead grass to rid criticism of the turf looking “too real”.

Realistic

Synthetic turf comes in all different pile heights and face weights (essentially the thickness of the turf). When you see a lawn that looks like a putting green surface, it means the pile height is probably too short for that area. We suggest approximately 1 1/4″-2″ pile heights for the lush, natural look of grass. On top of that, you are going to want to choose a turf that has a face weight of 80-130oz/sq.yd. Depending on your budget and how full you want the lawn to look, there are a variety of options to meet everyone’s needs.

Playable

The playability of the turf has a different definition depending on who you are talking to. Although, when it comes down to it, you want to be able to use it! A family would want the turf to be safe for their children to play on, and even to fall on. Our play turf system has a 12′ GMAX fall rating for the parents peace of mind. The golfer wants a pristine putting surface, and the pet lover wants a pet friendly option. We are happy to be able to design a yard specific to each clients’ request to fit in all spaces, big or small!

 

putting green turf yard

Now that you know what’s in store for the upcoming year, contact us to discuss the possibilities for your yard!

 

 

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Synthetic Turf International Makes Significant Gains in Sustainability

ISO Certification

One of Synthetic Turf International’s greatest strengths is that we manufacture our turf, allowing for the highest levels of quality from production through installation while generating a significantly positive impact on the environment.

Over the past few years, our research has pioneered environmentally sound, responsible turf that saves resources for the length of its life. We have received ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications in light of our continued commitment and strong focus on quality, environmental stewardship and safety. We are proud to receive these certifications in our efforts as a manufacturer to help create a greener world in places where natural grass can’t easily grow or be maintained.

As part of this initiative, STI has made significant gains in sustainability initiatives through recycling and waste reduction practices. Major accomplishments recently included:

 

  • Recycling 155,221 pounds of material in 2012 consisting of cardboard, wood pallets, raw materials (yarn and primary backing), finished goods, plastics, paper and more.
  • The company uses over 99% of all raw materials, and all remaining raw materials are recycled.
  • 100% of the finished goods/products are recyclable.
  • Achieving a reduction in waste in excess of 75% from when first engaging in the ISO certifications.

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Synthetic Turf Distributors Wanted

Synthetic Turf International of Canada® is the leading synthetic turf distributor company in the industry. STI Canada provides clients with all the tools needed for superior synthetic turf installations. STI Canada currently manufactures a complete range of premium quality synthetic turf, but what we are known for extends far beyond our products. We supply industry leading materials and use our extensive installation experience to ensure the project is completed correctly from the ground up.

By combining the most complete dealer network in the industry with the most advanced installation techniques, we provide the most comprehensive support for our synthetic turf applications. When you join the STI Canada dealer network, STI Canada will educate you about all of your possible options and methods. Our experience and superior products combine to turn inspired ideas into authentic accomplishments.

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The synthetic turf industry is one of the hottest growing markets, and it is showing no signs of stopping.  The key to taking advantage of this developing market is to act quickly and set up your business to answer the rising need for synthetic turf.  Synthetic Turf International is the most respected name in artificial lawns, synthetic putting greens, tee lines, and the synthetic turf industry as a whole. It also comes with years of experience developing new dealers within their respective markets from the ground up. Through the years, that experience has taught us that quality is paramount. We stand behind every product we produce, our dealers stand behind every install and we stand behind our dealers. With a STI Canada partnership, you will be held in the highest regard because you will be a member of a company synonymous with true craftsmanship that lasts. Synthetic Turf International of Canada is the exclusive dealer network under an umbrella of five companies with Controlled Products®. You won’t be on your own. You will be a part of one of the largest and most successful groups of entrepreneurs who believe a business should serve six essential purposes:

  1. Provide an exceptional product and/or service.
  2. Generate a good annual income.
  3. Maintain a positive image with anyone that you contact.
  4. Create a healthy bottom line that you can use to create wealth.
  5. Build enough equity so you can pass the business on to your children or sell for a profit.
  6. Generate sufficient cash flow to reduce or eliminate debt.

Partnering with Synthetic Turf International of Canada provides you access to vital knowledge that will allow you to focus on the business side of your company, helping you improve on efficiency and performance. You can expand your services, increase profitability, and enjoy a more streamlined business that allows you to excel within the synthetic turf industry.

Join Synthetic Turf International of Canada today and Experience A Greener World!


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Growing Popularity of Indoor Sports Leads Customers to Synthetic Turf International

 

The world of sports continues to grow, and Synthetic Turf International has been there to support the enthusiasts outside and indoors for years.  Canada STI leads the industry with a superior range of outdoor and indoor products that are designed for the highest levels of performance and safety.  These products are designed to replicate natural reactions of ball bounce and human activities. STI’s products range from non-infill options with a performance foam backing to field products that can be filled with combinations of sand and crumb rubber to develop all of the specific requirements. Our athletic turf, The Trainer’s Choice (AT740) , Performance Choice (AT755), and Coach’s Choice (AT755E) series of products allow athletes, trainers, coaches, schools, doctors, sports teams, and many others to benefit from the performance of high end athletic fields in an indoor setting without the need for sand or rubber infill. The Sports Turf XP250 system allows for increased flexibility for firmness, ball bounce, GMAX, and other characteristics by altering types and levels of infills and underlayments.  All of the indoor and outdoor athletic systems allow for logos, graphics, and line placements in various colors of synthetic turf.

Not only does STI offer the most advanced products in the synthetic turf industry, but their installation and service is second to none.  Customers come first, and no one understands that better than STI.  Below you can find a wonderful testimonial referencing the recent installation at The Futbol Factory installed by Synthetic Turf International.

“We chose Synthetic Turf International to provide all of the turf for our indoor soccer/futbol facility.  Having the best turf for The Futbol Factory was essential for our business.  The owners of STI are professional, easy to work with, and the people who installed the turf were obviously true professionals.  Everything is absolutely perfect, the lines for the soccer fields and the look and feel of the turf.  We highly recommend Synthetic Turf International.” – Rosalie K.

Need Flooring For Your Trade Show Booth? STI Has You Covered

Do you need synthetic turf for your trade show booth in 2015? Contact Synthetic Turf International Canada today to experience a greener world in your booth.

logo flooring trade show booth

Over the past several weeks, the folks at STI Canada have been walking quite a few trade shows, and noticed a common link between many of the show exhibitors, synthetic turf.

In many cases, planners and designers are already working on their trade show booths for 2015.  For those exhibitors looking to implement synthetic turf into their booth design, Synthetic Turf International Canada would love to be your turf provider.

Combining its years of experience with unmatched quality and service, Synthetic Turf International Canada has remained as the leader in residential synthetic turf market by consistently producing and providing the absolute best products and installation available.

You can expect the same commitment to superior quality and top-notch service when we assist your company with a custom booth design, and any other synthetic turf needs you or your company may have for 2015 and beyond.

The possibilities and applications are endless with STI Canada.  We have found through our many years supplying trade show exhibitors that many prefer a natural landscape style of turf, which lends the feel and appearance of natural grass.  Or, you may prefer a putting green to draw prospective customers and attendees into your booth. Many exhibitors incorporate a custom coloured logo into their booth design to give it the extra draw and personalization.

Whatever the design, Synthetic Turf International can provide a solution that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.

Callaway Green 2014 PGA Show

Contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World and a greener trade show booth.

 

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EZTee Products from Synthetic Turf International

STI Canada’s EZ Tee® nylon tee line surface is an innovative synthetic 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.

EZTee golf course

 

The Advantages of EZ Tee® Tee Lines & Hitting Mats

  • Holds a real tee
  • Allows for a true natural swing
  • Provides a divot feel with no club bounce
  • Used by PGA professionals, teachers, tour players, and numerous top rated facilities
  • Drastically improve your golf game
  • Allows for play and practice year round
  • Saves your grass and your money
  • Available in mats and full tee lines

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The EZ Tee® Line of Products

EZTee Poly turf

PL-322 EZ Tee Poly

1 ¼” Polypropylene Hitting Surface – 147 oz. face weight

This is the secondary Tee Line/Hitting Mat surface available. Polypropylene allows for a stiffer fiber which makes this ideal for heavy traffic Tee Lines. Used by many of the top 100 golf courses in the US. This product DOES NOT replace the real grass; it gives the grass time to heal properly. It can be installed on a compacted aggregate base or on concrete. Concrete will extend the life of the turf.

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EZTee Hybrid turf

CX-125 EZ Tee Hybrid Plus

1 1/8” Polypropylene/Nylon Blend Hitting Surface – 161 oz. face weight

This is the top end Tee Line/Hitting Mat surface available. It was recently redesigned to replace the previous Hybrid product. The new features of this product offer vast improvements beyond the previous Hybrid product. The Hybrid Plus is manufactured with a true 50/50 blend of nylon and polypropylene yarns, which have been specifically designed for our tee line products. The Hybrid Plus features additional nylon, which helps to offer a more natural feel and increased softness through club impact. The Hybrid Plus is now cross-stitched to provide increased stability, providing a firmer feel under foot. This product DOES NOT replace the real grass; it gives the grass time to heal properly. It can be installed on a compacted aggregate base or on concrete. Concrete will extend the life of the turf.

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SP-167 EZ Tee Nylon

1” Pure Nylon Hitting Surface – 127 oz. face weight

The EZ Tee Nylon offers a 100% Nylon fiber. This product allows the club head to go “down and thru” and does not provide shock on wrists, arms, or elbows. The softness of yarn also allows the golfer to be conscious of footwork and balance as you would on a natural grass surface. The wear patterns of this new product wear straight down which allows the use of a natural wooden tee throughout its life. This product can be installed on a compacted aggregate base or on concrete. Concrete will extend the life of the turf.

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Canadian Courses Utilizing EZ Tee® Products

  • Marine Drive Golf Club – Vancouver, BC
  • Tobiano Golf – Kamloops, BC
  • Two Eagles – Kelowna, BC
  • Tower Ranch – Kelowna, BC
  • Nicklaus North Golf Course – Whistler, BC
  • Edson Golf Club – Edson, AB
  • Crystal Ridge Golf Club – Okotoks, AB
  • Fort McMurray Golf Club – Fort McMurray, AB
  • Toronto Golf and Country Club – Toronto, ON
  • The Club at Bond Head – Toronto, ON
  • Port Carling – Port Carling, ON
  • Idylwylde Golf and Country Club, ON
  • Barrie Country Club – Barrie, ON
  • Bayview – Thorn Hill, ON
  • Beacon Hall – Aurora, ON
  • Barrie G&CC – Barrie, ON
  • Cedarbrae G&CC– Scarborough, ON
  • The Fairways at Kirrie Glen – Bracebridge, ON
  • Idylwylde G&CC – Sudbury, ON
  • Muskoka Highlands – Bracebridge, ON
  • North Granite Ridge – Port Sydney, ON
  • Port Carling – Port Carling, ON
  • Ridge at Manitou – Parry Sound, ON
  • Thunder Highlands – Tiny, ON
  • Toronto Golf and Country Club – Toronto, ON
  • St Mary’s G&CC – St Mary’s, ON

 

For further information or samples of the entire EZ Tee Line contact a Synthetic Turf International representative today!

 

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Synthetic Turf Helps Edible Gardens Bloom

This year we thought we would try something new. We have redesigned our yard to create a local, impressive show piece for our clients to see a variety of high end products. Scott’s love of golf made the decision to have a large focus on the putting green quite easy. And so the design began! There is a large 900 sq.ft 3-hole putting green, 3 chipping decks and even 2 “sand” bunkers under the trees. There is a large area between the putting green and laneway where we used our popular SoftLawn Plush Pro, a turf that gives the lush, realistic appearance of a lawn. In the one section we have added a 2” foam pad, displaying the surface we use under play equipment. This soft surface is safe and satisfies HIC and fall ratings up to 12’.

 

synthetic turf garden 

Scott also wanted an area solely dedicated to growing vegetables. He had wanted to grow his own vegetables, spices, and try to eat more local, fresh foods. The idea became that there would be large wooden boxes lining the entire outside edges of the yard, about 40ft long, 3ft wide and 1ft deep. Now you would think the ideas stopped there, we have a putting green, an area to play and let the dog run around on, and a full edible garden, what more could anyone want? Well, Scott decided to incorporate the synthetic turf into his garden. He lined the insides of the boxes with a short piled turf. The theory behind this innovation was to allow for an increase of gaseous exchange vital for root growth and healthy plants. As an added bonus, it also protects the wood from the damp soil. It was a bit of an experiment as there isn’t much research into this (as far as we have found) so we didn’t know what to expect fully.

 

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edible garden

The results were amazing! The garden produced so much fresh produce and it was all so colourful, tasty and huge! The garden had some of the biggest vegetables we had ever seen! And so many of them! As an added bonus there were much fewer unwanted weeds a synthetic turf reduced the amount of wind-blown spores in the air. The plants and trees further assist with the CO2 uptake, compensating for the loss of native grass in the area. In the end, there was much more time spent using the yard and enjoying the fresh vegetables, rather than working on it and buying groceries.

 

watering the garden 

Technology has come a long way in recent years, and artificial turf can have a truly realistic appearance without the hassle associated with the real grass. Growing live plants balances the footprint of synthetic turf. By planting edible vegetables and plants that will put food on your table, you are doing your part to eat local and promote the much healthier local economy.

 

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The Unspoken Benefit of Synthetic Turf

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.

 

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5 Places You Would Never Think to Use Synthetic Turf

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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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!

 

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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!

 

truck turf fake grass

 

truck bed turf

 

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 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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crossfit gym

black fake grass turf

 

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

indoor synthetic turf crossfit facility

 

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.

indoor field fake grass turf

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