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SYNLawn To Build Indoor Putting Green at 2014 KC Golf Show
KANSAS CITY — Producers of the 2014 Kansas City Golf Expo announced Wednesday that SYNLawn will be the Official Turf Company of the 2014 Kansas City Golf Show, and will build a showcase green right on the show floor where golfers can try out putters, compete for prizes and more! The three-day consumer golf expo returns to the Overland Park Convention Center for a third year, February 21-23, 2014.
The On The Green interactive area — featuring a state-of-the-art SYNLawn green complete with a putting surface, simulated rough and even a bunker — is certain to be a gathering point for golfers all weekend, as they step onto the green to try out new putters or compete in one of the show’s interactive contests. Added to the show’s 50-Foot Putting Challenge, Long Drive Challenge, Closest-To-The-Pin Challenge, Short Game Central, Main Stage, Free Lesson Area, Testing and Fitting Zone and 19th Hole Lounge, attendees will have no shortage of activities to keep them moving about the show floor and engaging with exhibitors in all parts of the hall.
Great deals, indoor hitting range, fun golf contests, giveaways and unbelievable prizes help K.C. golfers kick off 2014 at Overland Park Convention Center
The return of sponsors like SYNLawn, Edwin Watts Golf Shop, Prairie Band Casino & Resort, Amini’s Galleria, RMI Golf Carts, Old Kinderhook, The Lodge of Four Seasons, Hendrick Cadillac and many others is a sure sign of the confidence the Kansas City golf industry has placed in the Kansas City Golf Show to provide a significant return on investment for participating exhibitors. The Kansas City Golf Show has proved to be a hit with Heartland golfers in each of its first two years, with over 7,000 attendees passing through the doors each weekend. Even an epic snowstorm couldn’t keep the crowds away in 2013, as thousands of eager golfers drove through a foot of snow that fell just 24 hours before doors opened to make the 2013 Kansas City Golf Show a success.
Those attendees enjoyed show-only specials on golf-related products and services, free lessons, try-and-buy opportunities with the year’s hottest new equipment, and an giveaway package that included free golf, golf balls, magazine subscriptions and more.
This year’s show promises to once again mark the kickoff event of the spring golf season for golfers in the Kansas City area, who will benefit from the success of the show’s first two years in the form of increased participation and special offers from the region’s biggest golf and golf-related exhibitors, including courses, club and product manufacturers, destination resorts and more.
The Kansas City Golf Show is one several high-end consumer golf expos produced nationally by Varsity Golf Shows, a Seattle-based marketing, communications and event production company with a strong reputation for providing outstanding values to U.S. golfers. In addition to the Kansas City Golf Show, Varsity also operates successful golf shows in St. Louis, Dallas, Los Angeles, Portland (Ore.) and Hartford (Conn.) and will be launching new consumer golf expos in Omaha (Neb.) and Louisville in 2014.
For a full recap of last year’s show, or to view more information, visit varsitygolfshows.com/kan.
By Casey Logan / World-Herald staff writer
Theresa Gallo’s yard came with a warranty. That’s one of the ways her lawn is unusual. It also requires no mowing and very little maintenance. She waters it once a week, but that’s to keep active the odor-eating crystals embedded into the lawn’s fibers. In April, after several years of fighting a literally uphill battle against a challenging yard, Gallo bought a synthetic lawn. It wasn’t cheap — she said she paid about $30,000 to have the artificial turf installed — but so far, she couldn’t be happier. And if something goes wrong, if her lawn fades or tears at a seam, she’s covered by that 10-year warranty. In any case, she doesn’t have to worry about her grass dying, because it will never grow. “I’m very pleased,” she said.
Gallo’s home sits high on a hillside in a Council Bluffs neighborhood with a remarkable view of downtown Omaha. She lives there with her son, Cole, and their two large dogs, a golden retriever named Chloe and a white German shepherd called Piper.
It’s been home for eight years, and in that time Gallo has experienced a perfect storm of lawn management problems. The house sits on a significant slope with low nutrient soil, she said, creating runoff and erosion issues, and it takes a beating from the sun.
And the dogs were killing it, she said.
Though the problem was limited to the front yard — the house backs up to a wooded area — it presented an annual source of frustration and wasted money.
Before she made another investment, Gallo searched online for any tips that would help her restore life to her lawn. Instead, she discovered Turf Etc., a company out of Lee’s Summit, Mo., that supplies and installs synthetic grass.
Owner Angela Grego said the company’s landscaping work includes school playgrounds, doggie day cares and rooftop installations. Residential jobs represent 20 to 25 percent of the company’s business, she said, but lawn-wearied customers like Gallo are on the rise.
“The No. 1 reason we hear is they want a putting green,” Grego said. “Or second, they’re pet owners.”
Problematic lawns have created a boon for an industry mostly known for covering sports fields, according to Tony Vena, CEO of Purchase Green, a California-based wholesaler of synthetic grass products. Vena, who works in collaboration with the Association of Synthetic Grass Installers to license contractors for turf installation, said the artificial landscaping industry has grown 30 percent annually for five years, with residential properties making up the majority of new business.
Though industry representatives call synthetic grass eco-friendly — requiring no fertilizing or gas-powered mowing, and very little watering — Zac Reicher, a turfgrass specialist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said the environmental benefits of a healthy organic lawn can’t be beat.
A particular situation like Gallo’s might call for an unconventional solution, but “widespread use of this is not good for the environment,” he said.
As its name suggests, the process of installing a synthetic yard inverts the conventional wisdom associated with lawn care. First, everything living or conducive to life must go.
For Gallo’s lawn, workers excavated the topsoil, digging three to four inches down. Then they lined the ground with a weed barrier, topped it with crushed rock and put down a border of wood planks to which the unrolled turf was attached in 15-foot sections.
It took six days to create Gallo’s lawn.
“They came on Monday and left on Sunday,” she said.
She had a gallery of fake grass from which to choose, including products intended to mimic zoysia, bermuda, fescue and centipede grasses. She chose the latter in a shorter length that will make cleaning up after her dogs a breeze, with an odor-eating infill that also weighs down the lawn while keeping the blades of the polyethylene standing up straight.
While the $30,000 price tag is high, Gallo reasons that she’ll save on gas and fertilizer, and she no longer needs a mower. She’s told she can expect her lawn to last 20 years, if not longer. Aside from scooping up waste and treating the infill with water, the yard is essentially maintenance-free.
“You have to pick up sticks and blow off leaves, but that’s it,” she said.
Gallo said the response to her unconventional yard has been mixed. She’s received positive feedback from some of her neighbors but also heard through the grapevine that other residents in the area aren’t wild about her permanently manicured lawn.
From her perspective, it’s been the perfect solution to a problem that plagued her lawn for the better part of a decade, and she’s not looking back.
“It was weird seeing them tear out my yard,” she said. “But other than that, no regrets.”
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In theaters now, “Oz the Great and Powerful” features SYNLawn artificial grass used throughout the movie. Rated PG, and in 3D, “Oz The Great and Powerful” is now the #1 movie in the world and can be seen in a theater near you.
Directed by Sam Raimi, Disney’s fantastical adventure imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When a small-time circus magician is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, Oscar Diggs (played by James Franco) believes he’s hit the jackpot. That is, until he meets three witches, Theodora (played my Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) who aren’t convinced he is the great wizard everyone is expecting.
Oscar must discover who is good and who is evil before it’s too late for the Land of Oz’s inhabitants. Putting his talents to use through ingenuity and illusion, Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard he wished to be, but as a better man as well.
By TRAVIS M. WHITEHEAD Valley Morning Star
HARLINGEN, TX — The city is working on the first of a series of beautification projects that began Monday with work on a traffic island on Commerce Street.
Workers are removing the the asphalt and will replace it with pavers and artificial grass, city engineer Javier Zamora said, describing it as a “demo project.”
Dan Serna, public works director, said the Commerce Street project is being done by SYNLawn to demonstrate what this kind of beautification can look like.
Bright orange traffic cones ringed with reflective tape mark off the boundaries of a traffic island at the intersection of Commerce and Taft street Monday. The island, long filled with asphalt and loose gravel, is getting a facelift courtesy of a company call SYNLawn. The company will replace the asphalt with artificial grass and pavers as the city of Harlingen begins a multimillion dollar effort to beautify various spots across the city. (Dina Arevalo/Valley Morning Star) Photographed Monday, January 21, 2013.
SYNLawn, he said is doing the work at no charge to the city, but the city is spending $10,000 for pavers.
The company is spending $28,000 of its own money to remove the asphalt and install the artificial grass.
“They are providing us with an opportunity to look at the finished product, to see what the product is going to do for us,” Serna said, adding that a benefit of artificial grass is that no mowing or irrigation.
He said the entire beautification project will include several overpasses, traffic islands, and gateways into the community.
Zamora added that other projects will include the medians near Morgan Avenue and Business 77 and some areas near Expressway 83 and Harrison and Tyler avenues.
The entire beautification project will cost $6,346,620, for which Zamora said the city has applied for a $5,077,296 Transportation Enhance-ment Program grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.
Serna said if the city is awarded the grant, the state will administer solicit bids from companies, including SYNLawn, to do the work.
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Darcy Wintonyk and Lynda Steele, CTV British Columbia
Homeowners who love the look of a lush, green lawn but hate the yard that goes with it are driving a growing movement towards artificial grass.
Sylvia Baker and her husband installed an artificial lawn and putting green on the rooftop deck of their East Vancouver penthouse. She said it gets rave reviews from family and friends.
“They love it,” she told CTV’s Steele on Your Side. “First of all it just looks so cozy now with all the greenery. Everyone loves — so comfy.”
Fake turf has come a long way since it was introduced at the Houston Astrodome in the 1960′s.
Today’s artificial grass is like a carpet for your front yard. It’s good for homeowners who have kids, snowbirds who don’t want to pay for maintenance year-round, properties with drainage problems, north-facing lots that don’t get a lot of sunlight — and even condos.
Greg Loewen, who owns Canadian 4 Season Turf, ripped out his front lawn and replaced it all with turf.
“You don’t need to use chemicals. You’re not using all the water, so there are lots of environmental reasons to get into it,” he said.
The turf is well suited to pets, eliminating brown spots and holes from a dog who loves to dig. Artificial grass keeps dirt and mud off of pets, getting rid of muddy paws tracked inside the house.
Steele on Your Side visited the installation of a synthetic lawn of an East Vancouver strata complex. The 660-square-foot high-end job is worth about $8,000.
Chris Berry of SYNLawn said the life expectancy of the job is around 20 to 30 years.
“We’re going to get the maximum out of that — 25 to 30 here in the Lower Mainland — because we don’t get the extreme heat or extreme cold.”
Berry says the turf pays for itself in about three years, when you factor in the savings of not maintaining a traditional yard.
While fake grass is just catching on in Canada, it’s big business south of the border.
The Las Vegas strip is lined with artificial turf, and hotel and homeowners there receive hefty government rebates for installing the grass to help conserve water.
Berry is confident it’s only a matter of time before Canadians embrace the concept.
“A lot of people my age are tired of pushing lawn mowers around,” he said.
The artificial turf is also being used in dog runs, playgrounds, on boats, the floor of trade show booths and golf courses are using the product for tee-offs and putting greens. Toronto is even installing artificial turf on its medians.
SYNLawn has also installed artificial turf at Disneyland, the San Diego Zoo and a one-million-square-foot army base in Texas.
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Set the DVR and tune into “TURF WAR” on the DIY network this Friday, July 6th for the episode “Pull-Up Bars vs. Tex-Mex Cocina” as SYNLawn helps one lucky family turn their boring backyard into a relaxing “Tuscan inspired getaway”.
Upcoming viewing schedule: (check local listings)
- July 6, 2012 – 9:00 PM e/p
- July 6, 2012 – 12:00 (midnight) AM e/p
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