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Old 07-09-2010, 11:06 PM
 
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If you have it, do you like it?
How much did it cost, including installation - per sq ft?
What brands would you recommend?
Is there something you didn't expect, unforeseen troubles with it?
Anything I need to check (HOA rules maybe?) before getting it?

Thanks!
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:57 PM
 
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We got a deal on ours. Approximately 5 dollars a sq ft installed but realize this was a friend in the business. The stuff we have would probably retail for 11-12 per sq ft, but I'm no expert in the quality. It looks nice a year and a half later with two pets. Our installer told us that a reasonable life expectancy for the turf is 7 years.

If you have pets, they can do their business on it, but I have noticed days where it can get pretty smelly. We combat the issue with bleach and weekly soakings to keep clean. More often than not, we don't notice any odor.

Keeping it clean from debris can be a challenge. I use a blower/vacuum to keep it clean. Takes about as long, if not longer, than it did to mow/edge a real lawn.

Landscaping changes usually require submission of an architectural review application to an HOA. This is especially true if the turf is going into the front yard.
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Old 07-10-2010, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas/Williston
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I had it. The lady that I purchased my home from put some turf in the backyard about 5 years before I moved in. She was a cat and dog owner also.

The turf smelled like a liter box. I got rid of it immediately.

It only looks and smells good when its brand new I guess.
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Old 07-11-2010, 12:22 PM
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Location: Redmond, WA / Henderson, NV
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I had a putting green put in the backyard with artificial turf. The landscaper used Synlawn, but I have no idea which exact product. I probably should have paid more attention to choosing exactly which type of turf was used, since they can vary in color and performance.
Yeah, overall I am happy with it. It adds color and doesn't look out of place next to the rest of the landscaping.
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Old 07-11-2010, 01:01 PM
 
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Someone said (I can't find the reference to it now) that artificial turf needs maintenance - measured in time, it would be as much or more than a regular lawn. That sounds weird to me - I thought all you did was maybe hose it off once or twice a month? I guess pets will make a difference, but let's say there are no pets, what's the maintenance needed?
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:10 PM
 
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Someone said (I can't find the reference to it now) that artificial turf needs maintenance - measured in time, it would be as much or more than a regular lawn. That sounds weird to me - I thought all you did was maybe hose it off once or twice a month? I guess pets will make a difference, but let's say there are no pets, what's the maintenance needed?
If there is debris from trees and wind, you will have to blow the lawn every couple of weeks or so. That can take a while as the debris gets in between the blades.

With pets, I sanitize the lawn after getting all the debris off every couple of weeks with bleach and enzymatic cleansers.
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Old 07-11-2010, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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I once knew a girl that had a fake lawn...artificial turf...synthetic grass. And yes....it could get very smelly at times.
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:47 PM
 
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I had a putting green put in the backyard with artificial turf. The landscaper used Synlawn, but I have no idea which exact product. I probably should have paid more attention to choosing exactly which type of turf was used, since they can vary in color and performance.
Yeah, overall I am happy with it. It adds color and doesn't look out of place next to the rest of the landscaping.

How much did it cost? We have a large side area and right now it's just rocks. I thought it would look nice to put a putting green in.
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:04 PM
 
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Don't forget to buy synthetic plants to go with your synthetic turf.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:18 PM
 
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The great issue about artificial grass is the fact that it might be custom fit for any size yard. Even if you've windy walkways, pebbles, bricks, or other yard functions, artificial grass merchandise might be established about these places. it's also good for your family, pets and our environment.
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