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Practice makes perfect – this is true for any sport but, in golf, a single putt can make the difference between winning that all-important hole in match play. According to, “fifty percent of shots are hit within forty yards of the hole.” Short game and putting expert Dave Pelz noted that PGA Tour Pros average just over twenty-nine putts per round compared with twenty to thirty handicappers who average thirty-five and more putts per round!

Since this is fact, why wouldn’t you spend most of your golf practice time on short game and improving your ability to putt?

Or, in many cases, time is at a premium and golfers may haphazardly pull out their electronic putting cup and roll putts along a wood floor or carpet hoping that this substitutes as practice, instead of traveling to the nearest course with a putting green. The problem with this form of “practice” is it will not teach true roll or speed of a green, not to mention that you’ll never figure out how to putt on hilly lies.

Wouldn’t it be great to have direct access to a green right in your own back yard? Leading short game golf guru, Dave Pelz, preaches regularly that direct access is the key to putting greatness. Okay, so Pelz has designed a wonderland of sorts in his own backyard – a masterfully created two acre SYNLawn Synthetic Golf haven, complete with reproductions of Augusta and Sawgrass greens that roll true …and never need water!

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Not everyone can be Dave Pelz but many folks can easily create a short game area complete with putting green near a terrace or patio for daily enjoyment and will probably practice a whole lot more…and with much more accuracy, thus helping to lower your handicap.

Why go with a synthetic lawn and not create a grassy haven? As mentioned before, synthetic lawns don’t need to be watered, so you’ll save up to seventy percent on your water bill. Artificial turf is also always green, never needs fertilizer or mowing and even feels like real grass. Finally Dave Pelz, a former NASA physicist (nope, I did not know either), has helped develop this particular synthetic lawn for over five years to simulate a real golf green. Have I gotten your attention?

If so, and you are considering creating a short game area in your back yard, Mr. Pelz has a few tips to help build a unique and complex putting green so that you can’t wait to get out and practice.

  • “Amateurs trail the Pros in Lag putting performance because it is one of the least practiced areas of their games. Creating a realistic ‘Tier’ in your backyard green complex will teach you how putts break as they traverse a Tier, and improve your touch for distance.”
  • “Humps are an interesting addition to a putting surface: they increase the green-reading challenge.”
  • “Valleys in rough areas can get as large as a grass bunker, or just run through an area and add to the natural contours. Valleys in rough areas add to the short game challenge and allow practice on sidehill lies.”

When amateurs do take the time to practice, several occurrences are the norm; a golf bag might be thrown into the trunk and carted off to the driving range where banging balls has become an obsession and putting is left as an afterthought.

SYNLawnGolf can build custom putting greens to specifically work on areas of focus, large or small, or you can make this a fun DIY project. Want to practice indoors? SYNLawn’s portable putting greens and mats can either substitute as fairway turf or a realistic putting surface right in the comfort of your home.

Ever wanted your own backyard putting green? Voice your opinion @Golf4Beginners and on @SYNLawn_Golf, the Turf Experts on Twitter…and LIKE SYNLawn Golf on Facebook!

image of rubber crumb infillLet’s face it. Even though artificial grass for landscape applications has been around for more than 10 years now, a good number of us still have old images in our head about what that stuff looks like. The synthetic grass of today isn’t at all what it was back then.

The technology changed because the needs have evolved. While AstroTurf’s name will always be associated with fake grass, the manufacturing process used to make synthetic turf for football fields is a whole lot different than artificial grass for landscape applications.

Back around 2003, it was evident that there was a need for a whole new direction when it came to addressing landscaping needs. Some artificial grass manufacturers recognized that the need for rubber infill that was used on sports fields had no place in landscaping applications. While rubber infill helped to support grass fibers, add ballast and an extra layer of fall protection for the players, there was no place for it in someone’s backyard.

Some products still rely on rubber infill to support their grass fibers and add dimensional stability. If rubber is required, beware. Those rubber crumbs will not only add heat to your grass, but your kids and dogs will love playing with it! Ultimately, you will find those little rubber pellets wandering all over your house, in your pool, on your walkways, in your dogs paws and probably in your kids’ mouths. Not good.

Other products may only require a top-dressing or ballast. So what’s the difference? Infill is required for support the grass fibers and add dimensional stability. Top-dressing or ballast is a standard requirement to add weight since nails are what keep it in place. If infill is required, it means the grass itself may not be able to withstand typical daily traffic and activity without the added support.

Silica sand or acrylic coated sand are the most commonly used products to add ballast to your artificial grass. It is recommended to add 1-2 lbs. of silica sand for that reason. Also take note that the layer of sand is also providing a protection from UV rays, which will mean your synthetic lawn will stay looking beautiful for a good long time!

image of zeofill infillAnother excellent product that we are seeing used more widely with artificial grass is ZeoFill. Zeolites are naturally occurring minerals found in specific types of sedimentary rocks. Due to their natural absorbent/adsorbent qualities, zeolites have been used for many different applications and there are even claims that it can aid in cancer cures. The use of ZeoFill was of particular interest to the synthetic grass industry since it is certified organic and therefore poses no safety concerns. Using ZeoFill as an alternative to sand eliminates any concerns with Proposition 65 and it provides the safest and most effective method of adding top dressing to installations, while providing odor-reducing qualities at the same time.

By: Christine Park – KSFN News

California Governor Jerry Brown has called upon Californian’s to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20%. During the worst drought in recorded history some California home owners and businesses have stopped watering their lawns or taken them out all together. How are they managing to keep their yards green? It’s out with the old and in with the new at one Kingsburg, CA home (Fresno County) where one resident wanted a more drought-friendly solution.

image of california drought indexCalendar year 2013 closed as the driest year in recorded history for many areas of California, and current conditions suggest no change in sight for 2014.

Gov. Jerry Brown met with experts across Southern California on Thursday to discuss the state’s severe drought conditions. With the state’s water supply dwindling, agencies across California are coming together to look for solutions.

In order to protect Californians’ health and safety from more severe weather water shortages in the months ahead, DWR took actions and as a result everyone will get less water as DWR drops State Water Project allocation to zero during this worst-ever water supply outlook.

The Metropolitan Water District provides water to close to 19 million Californians, which amounts to about one in two people. The agency has long stressed conservation and now, the need has never been greater and every drop counts. “We want all of Southern Californians to conserve water, and we support the state’s goal of 20 percent conservation,” said Jeffrey Kightlinger, the general manager of the Metropolitan Water District.

Water conserving tools and methods are fairly common in Southern California. But this drought is so severe, that it’s something Northern Californians will have to get used to as well.

“It ultimately is the home. What do you use your water for, and what don’t you need to use your water for? Every day this drought goes on, we’re going to have to tighten the screws on what people are doing,” Brown said.

While there are many water conservation methods can be used inside the home, few homeowners are aware that the EPA estimates that 50-70% of household water in the US is used for outdoor irrigation, totaling over 7 billion gallons of water per day.

That means homeowners and business owners alike need to look outside the home to contribute to substantial water saving. Solutions such as more efficient irrigation can help, but turning to Xeriscapes or artificial grass options is a more significant contribution to conservation.

The Metropolitan Water District says they’re doubling the budget for rebate programs from $20 million to $40 million because they’ve proven to be very effective. These rebates can help consumers reduce their cost of replacing natural grass with synthetic grass that will continue to contribute to water savings year after year. This is a long-term solution every California resident should consider that will contribute to immediate results.

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image of synlawn at the delta airlines kioskFans traveling to MetLife Stadium for the “Big Game” this Sunday can get into the spirit with a fun game of “Cornhole” and other fun games as they arrive at all three major New York airports. Delta Airlines along with SYNLawn New York and MKG marketing teamed up to kick start the Super experience with several “Team Up With Delta” kiosks at JFK, La Guardia and Newark airports. Fans can show their game faces with a multitude of activities including a “Passing Challenge” as well as an innovative, edited “Selfie” turning fans into football players who can upload and share their photos across social media. We look forward to seeing your photos and a great game! What team are you rooting for?

Synthetic Turf Council: Community Wellness and Environmental Responsibility

image of rick doyle from the synthetic turf councilRecently Terrie Ward and Rick Doyle, Education Director and President of the Synthetic Turf Council joined the hosts of Manufacturing Revival Radio to discuss the rapid growth of the synthetic turf industry as well as the economical and environmental benefits of using artificial grass products.

The Synthetic Turf Council is proudly celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2013. They remain a powerful resource of information for architects, specifiers, designers , manufacturers and many more looking for industry insight. In addition, they promote synthetic turf innovation and quality by acting as a liaison between industry professionals and end user organizations. Providing educational materials to educate the market place and serving as a collective spokesman for the advocacy of the synthetic turf industry.

image of terrie ward from the synthetic turf councilKey discussion topics from today’s conversation:

  • The environmental benefits of synthetic turf.
  • The mission and purpose of the STC.
  • The (surprising) markets for synthetic turf.
  • The exciting agenda of their upcoming spring meeting in Las Vegas.
  • The education and training they provide with their Whistle-stop seminar series.

To listen to the full interview, please visit this location.


image of artificial grass at the brooklyn bridgeNEW YORK, NY — “You can’t have a great city, without great parks” said New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. New York City has several famous parks you may have heard of before including Central Park, Bryant Park and maybe even Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village section of NYU. The next amazing NYC park receiving worldwide attention is Brooklyn Bridge Park, the first major park built in Brooklyn in 135 years. Situated at the SouthWest base of the Brooklyn Bridge, the once booming hub of shipping and manufacturing is evolving into an 85-acre waterfront park which features SYNLawn artificial grass as well as an incredible view of the Manhattan skyline.

Expected to open this summer, the “green” redevelopment of Pier 2 began with the concept of having roots in recycling and soul in sustainability which quickly became a perfect match for SYNLawn’s environmentally friendly artificial grass for the 30,000 square foot leisure green field portion of the project. Commissioned by the not-for-profit Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. and designed by the award-winning firm of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., the new park will contain several wildlife habitats and will surely turn the once bleak expanse of abandoned buildings and dreadful concrete into a beautiful, lush and tranquil retreat complete with one of the city’s most picturesque views of the Big Apple.

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“We had a very positive experience with Anastasia Phillips and her NY SYNLawn installation team. They were professional, punctual and very knowledgeable of their product and the industry as a whole. We look forward to working with them again” Andrew Cloutier – Kelco Construction

Months of design and planning by Anastasia Phillips and her team at SYNLawn New York went into developing a systems based solution to meet the unique demands of the project as well as meet the needs of the community and ecosystem along the East River shoreline. After several varieties of SYNLawn artificial grass were considered the NY team ultimately chose SYNTipede Platinum 322 in combination with a recycled poly green foam pad installed over a compacted aggregate bed for heavy foot-traffic, proper drainage, maximum safety and dimensional grass blade stability for lasting beauty and a long lifespan.

Stay tuned as the construction of Pier 2 continues to develop and join us this summer as SYNLawn will take place in the dedication of the leisure field, we can’t wait to see what the park is going to look like once completed. For more information about SYNLawn artificial grass and its many applications and benefits, we urge you to contact your local SYNLawn representative today.

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SYNLawn of Central California Receives 2013 Best of Clovis Award

Clovis Award Program Honors the Achievement

image of Clovis showroomCLOVIS, CA — December 3, 2013 — SYNLawn of Central California has been selected for the 2013 Best of Clovis Award in the Landscaping category by the Clovis Award Program.

Each year, the Clovis Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Clovis area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Clovis Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Clovis Award Program and data provided by third parties.

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About Clovis Award Program

The Clovis Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Clovis area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Clovis Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Clovis Award Program

Clovis Award Program

image of baby crawling on synlawnEaston, MD — Chesapeake Bay Synthetic Landscapes, LLC, Authorized SYNLawn Supplier for MD, VA and DC, participated in the 4th annual Bark in the Park event to benefit Talbot Humane in Easton, MD to support our tail-wagging friends. The annual event hosted activities such as 5K and 10K runs, a dog walk, a dog show and a tail wagging contest! The Talbot Humane Society’s mission of providing a safe and healthy environment for unwanted companion animals, places adoptable companion animals in good homes, protects all animals from cruelty and neglect while also reducing unwanted animal population through spay/neuter and educational services.

As a provider of pet services and an advocate of the Talbot Humane Society, Chesapeake Bay Synthetic Landscapes, LLC handed out goody bags with samples of our SYNLawn pet-friendly grass products. Many of the attendees did not realize that fake grass was a viable solution for some of their hard-to-solve landscaping issues caused by their four legged loved ones. “We know the need exists, stated owner Melissa Lord, so we love opportunities to educate homeowners and help solve their problems.” So many people talked to us about their inability to grow grass for various reasons or how they were tired of spending time and money maintaining their yard anymore. We found that what these homeowners didn’t know is…

Replacing Natural Grass can

  • Eliminate dirty and muddy paws.
  • Eliminate puddles and standing water. SYNLawn is installed over a base designed to handle 30 inches of rain per hour.
  • Reduce/eliminate fleas, ticks or other pests. SYNLawn synthetic grass helps to prevent the spread of disease from these pests.
  • Eliminate the use of potentially harmful pesticides and fertilizers that have been found to cause heath issues in animals.
  • Provide a lawn that stays green year round with low maintenance.

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