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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1 A1
What is the life expectancy of artificial grass?

Our artificial grass products come with an 8-15 year warranty depending on the product you choose, but the actual life expectancy is approximately 25 years, depending on usage. Beware of lower quality products that some companies will install at a lower price, just remember you get what you pay for!

Q2 A2
Is artificial grass similar to indoor/outdoor carpet?

Artificial grass and indoor/outdoor carpet are very different. Our synthetic grass resembles natural grass. Not only does Ecoworkz Synthetic Grass look real, but it feels real! The fiber length ranges from 1″ to 2.5″ depending on the product and there are many styles, densities and colors to choose from.

Q3 A3
How does the sun affect artificial grass? Will it fade?

There is a lot of sub-par, imported turf that can be bought and installed at a cheaper price that will fade and degrade much faster than American made products (You get what you pay for!). Turf made outside of the USA will often have insufficient UV protection that can cause the fibers to break down prematurely. We only partner with manufacturers here in the USA, giving you the highest quality artificial grass products available. Our turf fibers have built-in UV Inhibitors that we mix into the fiber/yarn resin, we don’t use turf with topical UV treatments that will eventually wear off and fade. We have partnered with ProGreen Synthetic Grass that has installed projects in the late 1980s that still have no discernible signs of fading.

Q4 A4
Is synthetic grass warmer than my natural grass?

Yes, of course, all synthetic grass is hotter than natural grass. It doesn’t have the natural cooling capacity of natural grass but there’s always a trade-off for the benefits such as no mowing, no watering, no chemical applications, no weeding, easier dog clean up, no mud, etc. The only real trade-off is that the surface of synthetic grass will be hotter than natural grass. But, we have never had a complaint that it was so hot that it burned a person or pet.

The darker green colored fiber absorbs more sun than our lighter shades of green. On really hot days, you can spray the synthetic grass with water right before you walk or play on it on a really hot day. Another thing that can be done to lower heat on synthetic grass is adding a light color of silica sand or other light colored infill. Complaints about the temperature are extremely rare, but we understand people have different sensitivity levels. We just want our customers to be aware that there is a slight sacrifice to overcome the increased temperature, but it won’t stop you from enjoying your lawn for years to come…even on the hottest of days!

Q5 A5
How much does Ecoworkz Synthetic Grass cost?

Prices range between $6 and $10 per square foot installed.

Q6 A6
How is Ecoworkz Synthetic Grass secured in place once it is installed?

An infill material (ATD-deodorizer, Sand, or Rubber) is brushed into the top of the grass which adds to the weight of the installed grass and holds it down. Additionally, the edges are nailed down with 5″ galvanized nails which are spaced approximately every 3” around the edge and 1″ off center where needed. For putting greens we use 3 1/2″ headless nails.

Q7 A7
Is artificial grass environmentally friendly?

Artificial grass is a very environmentally responsible choice! Synthetic turf is environmentally friendly for three main reasons. First, it eliminates the need for watering, saving countless gallons per year. Second, it eliminates the need for harmful chemicals that seep into the soil (fertilizers, pesticides, weed kill, etc.). And third, artificial grass is recyclable and is available with an eco-friendly infill.

Q8 A8
What happens to pet urine and waste?

Pet urine is not a problem as it flushes through the turf’s perforated holes and drainage system when it is hosed off or when it rains. Solid waste can be cleaned up in the same manner as natural grass. Our turf will not stain and for heavy usage areas, such as dog kennels and doggy day care facilities, we use ATD deodorizer for the infill and offer an anti-bacterial spray deodorizer, Turf Fresh, that can be applied periodically. We caution not to over-water pet areas, as the turf needs a chance to dry underneath, or else unwanted odors can linger. We recommend hosing down your turf once per week.

Q9 A9
What happens if my dog tries to dig through it?

Our turf is extremely durable. Although we can’t guarantee that your pet won’t peel back the edges of the turf, it’s extremely rare. We have installed artificial grass for pets in hundreds of residential and commercial dog runs and Ecoworkz synthetic grass and it rarely is dug up around the edges and is almost impossible to rip or tear due to the double-coated backing.

Of course there are exceptions and special cases. For areas that are subject to pets that are relentless diggers, we recommend extra nailing around the perimeter of the dog run to discourage and prevent digging. Another option is installing BendaBoard around the perimeter and tacking the grass to it.

Q10 A10
What type of maintenance is required with artificial grass?

An occasional brushing to stand the grass fibers up is recommended. Removing debris like leaves and twigs can be easily done with a leaf blower. Pet areas can be rinsed down and sprayed with Turf Fresh. To handle all your maintenance needs we offer our EcoCare Maintenance Program on any installation, even if it wasn’t done by us.

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How is artificial grass PROPERLY installed?

Our industry leading Ecoworkz installation process is stated below. We don’t cut corners (no pun intended).

– Remove existing soil / grass etc. (Up to 4″ deep depending on project)

– Cap Sprinklers

– Install 2″- 3″ of CLASS 2 Road base, or 2″-3″ of Class 2 Road base capped with plaster sand for putting greens

– Compact Base

– Concrete in and level cups for putting green

– Layout turf according to project

– Cut to size and zipper seam turf using Staples or 5″ Steel Nails, depending on project

– Stretch and Nail using Knee Kickers and 5″ Steel Nails around the perimeter (3 1/2″ headless nails for putting greens)

– Nail accordingly throughout center to pull out any wrinkles and secure Turf.

– Pre Brush Turf with Power Broom

– Spread Infill (Sand or ZeoFill – Deodorizer for pets)

– Brush in Infill with Power Brush.

– Clean up project

Q12 A12
Are there ever drainage problems with artificial grass?

Ecoworkz artificial grass has perforated holes in the backing that allow water to drain into the base below. Different drainage sloping is used for different applications, depending on permeability needs. We warranty our work and stand by our installation processes which properly account for all the variables that can affect drainage.

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What is the cost of Ecoworkz Synthetic Grass compared to installing a natural lawn?

When compared to installing a sprinkler system, top soil, the price of sod, combined with frequent watering, mowing, weeding, and fertilizing, the cost of synthetic grass hits a break-even point in 3 to 5 years. You can include drought tolerant landscaping such as rocks, mulch beds and xeriscape elements with your synthetic grass to minimize your investment. Installing Synthetic Grass is a GUARANTEED return on investment.

Q14 A14
How do I choose which type of Synthetic Grass is best for my needs?

We work with the industry’s top manufacturers to provide you with many options of synthetic grass to choose from. An Ecoworkz representative can help you choose the right type of synthetic grass for you.

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Why should I choose Ecoworkz over another artificial grass company?

Not all synthetic grass companies have the Industry experience backed with licensed and accredited Ecoworkz Installers. Ecoworkz has been installing the highest quality synthetic grass projects for over a decade. All Ecoworkz Synthetic Grass installations have workmanship and Turf guarantees for up to 10 years. We proudly offer American made, non-toxic, drought tolerant materials that will help us build a greener future for all.

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How can I pay for my Ecoworkz Synthetic Grass Project?

We accept checks and most major credit cards. We also offer financing through the HERO Program.

Q17 A17
I've heard that lead has been found in artificial grass, is there lead in Ecoworkz Installs?

There is NO LEAD or any other heavy metals in our installs. Lead is found in the Infill material (Crushed Rubber) that many inexperienced companies use on their projects. We have many non-lead infill options available.