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01 June
2022

Backyard Playgrounds: Why Use
Artificial Grass Instead of Common
Playground Surfaces?

For decades, children in Charleston, SC have been using inherently unsafe playground equipment. This is largely due to the material used underneath the equipment. Unfortunately, the vast majority of playgrounds employ subpar materials that are sometimes more dangerous than simply falling on the ground outside.

If you’re thinking about installing a playground in your backyard, you should highly consider artificial grass. Not only is it safer than most materials, but in many cases, it’s also less expensive. Beyond that, aesthetically it looks better than most of the other safety surfaces beneath playgrounds. In addition to playgrounds, artificial turf is also ideal for putting greens and pet turf.

In this article, we’ll define precisely why artificial grass is the best surface for your backyard playground in Charleston.

Artificial Grass Stays in Place

One of the main problems with playground surfaces like wood chips, rubber pieces, and gravel is that they are not durable. Heavy rain or intense foot traffic can cause these materials to get damaged over time.

Once the playground material is damaged, there are only two options – collect it or buy more. Managing all of the material is nearly an impossible task because you’re never going to find every wood chip scattered throughout your lawn. Buying more is effective but also costly and time confusing, depending on how frequently you need to do so.

With artificial grass designed for kids and playgrounds, you don’t have to worry about it being spread around. It stays put once installed, unlike traditional grass, which can easily become destroyed by severe weather or other occurrences.

Artificial Grass is Clean

Another problem with dirtier materials, or materials laid on top of the dirt, is that they get very messy. Wood chips and rubber become saturated quickly and stick to everything after even the slightest rainstorm.

The dirt underneath rubber pieces and gravel will get very muddy after a rainstorm and lead to puddles that can be messy or dangerous. The only way to prevent this with other materials is to buy a tarp and place it underneath. These tarps can be expensive, and you’ll need to replace them every few years.

Artificial grass drains quickly and you can say goodbye to muddy footprints in the house. You can guarantee your kids will come back inside as clean as they were before they went outside to play.

Artificial Playground Grass is Safer

Most playground lining materials have similar effectiveness when it comes to protecting a fall. Unless you make the floor of your playground from asphalt or concrete, you can expect most of the shock from a fall to be absorbed and your child to get up unharmed.

However, artificial grass has a significant safety advantage over other materials in terms of running and playing. If your child slides on wood chips or gravel, they have a high chance of getting up with a cut or a scraped knee. Artificial grass is softer and has a lower chance of leaving marks.

Artificial Grass is Weather Resistant

Artificial grass is designed to survive all types of weather. In South Carolina we get our fair share of wet weather, however rain, sun, snow, or even hail won’t cause significant damage to your artificial lawn. We cannot say the same for materials like wood chips, rubber pieces, and gravel.

Wood chips can rot if they become moist too often. Strong winds can spread out all of these materials, and rubber pieces can even develop mold. A solid piece of rubber isn’t very weather resistant either. It will fade and crack after prolonged exposure to the elements. Artificial grass stays neat and beautiful even in the worst of storms.

Artificial Grass Looks Beautiful

With all these other materials, there’s only one visual appeal: the playground looking safe. Artificial grass allows you to keep your yard’s appearance homogenous and aesthetically pleasing. It will also give the playground a more natural look.

Conclusion

In Charleston, SC installing artificial grass on your playground is one of the best decisions you can make for children to play outside safely. It won’t need to be replaced as often; it’s cleaner and safer than other materials and has a higher water resistance than traditional grass.

If you’re ready to make the transition to a gorgeous artificial grass playground in Charleston, SC, contact us to get a free consultation.

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15 April
2022

Addressing 5 Artificial Grass Myths
in South Carolina

SYNLawn South Carolina’s artificial grass is becoming increasingly popular. This can be attributed to several factors: our synthetic turf provides a high rate of return on investment due to its low level of maintenance. It also maintains its clean appearance year after year and is environmentally friendly.

While artificial grass has received a lot of positive feedback from both residential and commercial clients, it has also received some ill-informed, negative feedback from those unfamiliar with all that high-quality synthetic grass has to offer. This feedback ranges from its impact on the environment to its safety components. However, at SYNLawn South Carolina, our synthetic turf is both safer and more environmentally friendly.

Here, we will debunk 5 of the most common myths about artificial grass.

5 Artificial Grass Myths:

Myth #1: Artificial Grass & Infill Are Bad for the Environment

SYNLawn’s state-of-the-art production facility in Dalton, GA constantly invests in the research and development of new synthetic fiber manufacturing technology. For example, we have recently replaced a significant portion of the fossil-fuel-based components in our turf with plant-based materials like soybeans. This makes our products much more environmentally friendly, as they can be recycled and won’t contaminate the environment at the end of their long life.

Agricultural chemicals used on natural grass – fertilizers, insecticides, and genetically engineered herbicides – can harm the environment. These chemicals have been linked to the degradation of water, soil, and plant life when used on natural grass. Artificial turf reduces the need for such chemicals, creating a healthier environment.

Natural grass lawns also require the use of lawn mowing equipment powered by fossil fuels. Our synthetic lawns never need to be mowed to look their best. This significantly reduces the number of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere.

Myth #2: Artificial Grass is Unsafe for Kids & Pets

At SYNLawn South Carolina, we take child and pet safety seriously. That’s why we engineer our synthetic surfaces to be safer and healthier for both to enjoy. For instance, our groundbreaking EnviroLoc+ System enhances the visual appeal of our playground turf and pet grass and discourages the growth of algae, allergens, weeds, fungi, mold, and pests. This gives children and pets a safer playing environment. Our synthetic turf also includes multi-layered polypropylene cushioning that helps to protect kids from potentially serious injuries if a fall occurs during playtime.

Myth #3: Artificial Grass Looks Too Fake

When it was first introduced, artificial grass had trouble looking like its natural counterpart. However, synthetic grass has evolved significantly in the last five decades. For example, our EnviroLoc+ turf, which is a combination of plant-based and synthetic components, features a more durable and lifelike surface. This has earned our artificial grass the title: “the greenest turf on earth.”

Myth #4: Artificial Grass Doesn’t Drain Well

Thanks to the sophisticated EnviroFill base that we have developed, our artificial grass products are extremely porous. This allows the turf to drain even faster than genuine grass. Consequently, pet owners and parents with children never have to worry about pet odors or mud when it rains.

Myth #5: Artificial Grass Gets Too Hot

At SYNLawn South Carolina, we are always experimenting with new ways to improve our products. An excellent example of this is our HeatBlock technology. This innovation significantly lowers the overall temperature of synthetic turf surfaces – even after prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays. This means the turf won’t overheat, and it will still be comfortable and inviting even in the hottest summer months. Kids, pets, and parents find this feature extremely beneficial.

Free Consultation is Available

As you can see, most of the myths surrounding artificial turf are unfounded. The SYNLawn® brand has been the industry standard in South Carolina for nearly four decades. Our company is the exclusive distributor of these products in the state and are committed to providing South Carolina residents with the highest-quality and longest-lasting synthetic grass products.

We have an extensive choice of synthetic grass solutions available for both residential and commercial customers, which is a significant advantage when operating in the synthetic grass industry. Artificial grass from SYNLawn South Carolina can be found in a variety of settings, including synthetic lawns, backyard putting greens, playgrounds, and more. If you’d like to learn more or place an artificial turf order, contact us today!

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31 March
2022

Fort Mill School District
Artificial Grass Installation by
SYNLawn Carolina

Project Location

Fort Mill Square, Fort Mill, SC, USA

Project Description

SYNLawn Carolina’s is currently converting the School District of Fort Mill, South Carolina to SYNLawn Artificial Grass. SYNLawn Carolina has replaced nearly 150,000 square feet of natural playgrounds, courtyards, batting cages, and failing PIP Rubber to SYNLawn Artificial Grass to increase safety and functionality and the number is continuing to grow.

Who made the decision to select SYNLawn?

Scott Marks held several meetings with the School District’s Head of Maintenance, Board of Education members, and Parent Teacher Organizations. These meetings were used to listen and understand the problems the Fort Mill School District was having with their existing areas, concerns they had around the use and environmental impacts of artificial grass, and plans for the outdoor spaces. After several months of discussions, plan revisions, and impactful work by Scott Marks, the members of the Fort Mill School District agreed to move forward with the use of SYNLawn and SYNLawn Carolina.

What factors helped the client select SYNLawn?

The members of the Fort Mill School District were driven to use SYNLawn’s Artificial Grass Products for several reasons. One main concern the members had was the environmental impact and the ability of the product to hold up to the traffic and use it would see. Scott was able to explain SYNLawn’s Bio-Based Plastic manufacturing process, SYNLawn’s Super Yarn Technology, and SYNLawn’s testing results for various applications all of which helped to ease those concerns. SYNLawn’s Limited Lifetime Warranty was also a driving factor for the decision as the products see high traffic and use throughout the entire year. The Fort Mill School District’s Head of Maintenance was more impressed with the level of Customer Service that he received from Scott and other members of SYNLawn Carolina. He stated “While the competition would take days, sometimes weeks, to respond to his inquires, Scott was always right there when it mattered most.”

Who will be the greatest beneficiary of this project?

The students and their families of Fort Mill will be the main beneficiaries to the projects SYNLawn Carolina’s is performing in the elementary, middle, and high schools in the district. These children are able to use these various facilities on a daily basis without the worry of mud, allergies, or other factors that would have previously prevented them from using them with natural grass.

Parents, Teachers, and School Facilities Team Members no longer have to worry about the students bringing in dirt, mud, mulch, dirt home or into the school like they previously had. They also don’t have to worry about the safety of the students as they play on and enjoy the new playground turf, the old playground was previously seen as a hazard. The Fort Mill Community is now able to enjoy clean, green, and safe facilities all year round. Sometimes it seems the School District’s Facilities and Maintenance team members enjoy the new artificial grass more than the students! They no longer have to worry about accessing enclosed courtyards, fenced playgrounds, or tight batting cages to cut, trim, or fertilize natural grass. Now, they enjoy the little to no maintenance that SYNLawn Artificial Grass gives them!

What circumstances, conditions or challenges were unique about this project?

This project came with its fair share of tough challenges and conditions. Each school we performed an installation at had a different layout, access points, and logistics that our installation teams had to adapt and problem-solve for while maintaining a very tight timeline. A good portion of the courtyards within the school system were enclosed with no exterior access. This meant that we had to work around the school schedule to perform these installations while students and staff were on breaks during the school year and the building was empty.

Our installation teams did an amazing job carefully using heavy equipment to excavate materials as well as bringing in new materials all while going through the school’s hallways. We had little room for hiccups or unforeseen circumstances as the timeframe to complete the courtyards was concrete and couldn’t be extended. While the playgrounds and batting cages were outside, they to came with their own set of challenges. Many of the access points to the playgrounds were directly of the main parking lots. This meant that the crews had to work around busy student pickup lines throughout the day as they couldn’t block or impede the daily activities of the schools. This also meant that extra care and precaution had to be taken during installations as the students were often using the spaces within close proximity of the areas our crews were working in.

The biggest challenge for this entire project has been the timeframes set forth by the school district for the completion of the various projects while also maintaining a realistic timeline for new projects the Southeast Turf Sales Team was signing on a daily basis. The Fort Mill School District Projects often took 1or 2 of our 4 or 5 crews that we run on a weekly basis so that we could meet the deadlines for installation. So, we had to squeeze in 150,000 square feet of installation while juggling another 300,000-400,000 square feet on installations that we were responsible for across two different states. While the Southeast Turf Team made it work, it didn’t come easily as our schedule wasn’t constantly evolving to make up for lost time due to weather, material shortages, fuel shortages, and other unforeseen circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic. As Scott said to me when the agreement was signed “In all my years doing this, I always thought the day an agreement like this came back signed would be the highlight of my year but to be honest with you, I’m scared to death of how we are going to make this work. But, I have faith that God will always have a way of making these things work out like they need too.”

What makes this project unique and deserving of recognition?

The Fort Mill School District Project is going to help tens of thousands of students for years to come have clean, safe, reliable playgrounds and facilities. With the COVID-19 Pandemic really adding a damper to these student’s learning experience, these added outdoor playgrounds and facilities give them an opportunity to get back to “life pre-COVID” for a period of time and allows them to just be kids again.

If you are interested in learning more about our playground turf for schools and other commercial applications, please call our friendly team of experts to get a free consultation today.

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07 December
2021

10 Year Anniversary of SYNLawn
South Carolina

Over the past 10 years, the SYNLawn South Carolina team has installed countless artificial grass projects. Our designers and installers have honed in on their craft of transforming residential and commercial venues with premium synthetic turf, making it easy to understand our high customer ratings. SYNLawn is an exclusive distributor of artificial grass, and we have truly set an industry standard.

Why People Are Choosing SYNLawn South Carolina

For over 10 years, we’ve been committed to offering the very best artificial grass products to businesses and homeowners in all of South Carolina. Through honesty and transparency with our process and pricing, clients have grown to trust our entire installation process from start to finish.

 

A few factors that set us apart from the competition include:

  • Family-owned, operated, and employed.
  • We are a certified turf installer under the Synthetic Turf Council.
  • We offer unmatched warranties.
  • Our products are made in the USA!
  • Greenmaster certified for putting and golf greens.

At SYNLawn South Carolina, we offer various artificial turf products to choose from. We invite you to take advantage of a free consultation where we can discuss the most fitting turf for your project.

We bring unmatched versatility to the artificial grass industry in terms of the products we offer for both residential and commercial customers. It’s common to find our turf in a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces. Our artificial grass lawns are often at the center of installations, but we also have putting greens, playground grass, pet turf, and synthetic greenery for rooftops and terraces.

Many artificial grass suppliers are fleeting, and they often go out of business before they can fulfill warranty obligations. Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about that with SYNLawn. Our track record proves that we’ll be in business for decades to come, alleviating anxiety that your warranty expectations won’t be met, should you need to take advantage.



We Invite You for a Free Consultation

We want you to become the newest member of our SYNLawn South Carolina family. We are confident you will love any artificial grass product you have installed, and our team is thrilled at the prospect of making it happen. Please contact us today to get started on your new synthetic turf project.

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08 January
2018

Benefits of Artificial Grass in
Cold Climates

If you are a homeowner with a traditional sod lawn and live in a cold climate with snow and heavy rain in winter, you are familiar with the challenges of keeping a traditional lawn looking green and manicured during the cold months.

Cold winters can bring permanent damage to your traditional sod lawn, you will likely experience brown and patchy lawns, mud and runoff issues, snow mold, having to frequently reseed among other common issues.

With a professionally installed artificial grass lawn by SYNLawn of South Carolina you can avoid the nightmares of keeping sod turf healthy during the winter and enjoy a perfectly manicured green lawn all year long, even right after the snow and ice have melted.

Green Lawns All Year-Round

A healthy green lawn is a superb addition to any front or backyard. A good sized lawn allows room for kids to play, pets to run and all round family fun, it’s easy to understand why it’s a sought after home improvement for many homeowners.

In cold climates it can be an ambitious task to keep an impeccable green lawn. When the snow and ice finally melts, the last a homeowner wants to deal with is a brown soggy mess.

With an artificial grass lawn you can avoid all the downfalls of traditional grass and still enjoy all the charm of an inviting green lawn.

No More Muddy Backyard

A family with pets or kids is all too familiar with mud being tracked inside after snow and rainfall causes your backyard to become a soggy mud pit. Cleaning dog, kid or husband prints off the floor is not a chore enjoyed by anyone.

Artificial grass has superior drainage in comparison to a regular lawn. This allows the water to quickly drain away before it turns into a muddy mess. And with a clean backfill material, dirt is a non-issue, and with no dirt there is no mud.

Beautify Your Yard With Little To No Maintenance

The allure of a gorgeous lawn motives many homeowners to spend big bucks on maintenance or a gigantic time commitment that can take up your entire precious weekend.

An artificial grass lawn from SYNLawn South Carolina will give you back your weekend. And if you hire help to maintain your yard a synthetic turf, will save you money on maintenance, water and not to mention the eco benefits in the long run.

Common Artificial Grass Applications

Front and Backyard Lawns
Putting Greens
Pet and Dog Grass
Playgrounds
Landscaping
Commercial Areas
Court and Sport Surfaces
…and many more!

Get A Free Consultation Today!

SYNLawn South Carolina has the experience and knowledge to get your project done right the first time.

To learn more about our artificial grass that looks and feels ultra realistic, get started by contacting the friendly team at our office for a free consultation on your project. You can send us an email or give us a call on 844.941.2313.

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