The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Artificial Turf in Sarasota

May 10, 2022

You’ve asked, and we’re here to answer! If you’ve been looking at artificial turf, we have answers to some of the top questions we get. Read on to see if your queries are here.

What Precisely is Synthetic Grass?

Synthetic turf is made from synthetic materials like nylon, polyethylene, or polypropylene. The turf consists of a backing material and fibers created to look like grass. Artificial turf today is available in a wide variety of colors and lengths to fit any need.

How Long has Fake Grass Been Around?

Synthetic turf gained its popularity thanks to sports in the 1960s, but it rapidly became used for yards across the nation soon after. You can check out the history of artificial grass landscaping in this article.

Is it Safe for Kids & Pets?

Yes, synthetic turf is non-toxic and created from materials that are pet-friendly and safe for kids. Plus, if you decide to install synthetic grass on your property, you’ll also make a better play environment for your loved ones because you won’t need fertilizer, pesticides, or other harsh chemicals anymore.

What Are Some Turf Terms I Should Know?

We get this question a lot! So here are some of the most common artificial grass terminologies you’ll face while shopping.


The backing weight is what holds everything together. It’s basically the underside of artificial turf.


The yarn is the “face” of the grass. This is what alters depending on what colors and length you want.

Fiber Weight

Fiber weight refers to how much yarn is used per square yard of turf. The higher the face weight, the longer and denser the synthetic turf’s grass will be.


The infill is what keeps the artificial turf blades upright, protects the backing from damage caused by UV rays, and gives a more realistic feel.

Pile Height

The pile height refers to the length of the grass blades. Pile height is what makes your artificial lawn looks real.

How Can it Be Used?

There are many selections to pick from when it comes to artificial grass. Because it can be installed almost anywhere, you gain a competitive edge you wouldn’t get with natural grass. Here are some of the most famous varieties of grass we have:

  • Residential: Perfect for your front or backyard, Shawgrass residential grass is made to look the finest and last for many years to come.
  • Commercial: Can help decrease how much you pay on annual maintenance costs and enables you to focus on your actual business priorities and not landscaping.
  • Playground: Our playground turf is designed for high-use play areas, gives the best durability and return on investment, and is IPEMA Certified and ADA accessible.
  • Pet Turf: We make artificial grass specifically for your four-legged friends. This grass is crafted for better drainage to allow urine to flow through quickly.
  • Active Lifestyle: Shawgrass offers a complete line of putting turf, batting cage turf, and recreational turf, all created to look and perform just like the real thing.
  • Performance Turf: With Shawgrass performance turf, you can convert your gym or indoor sporting venue into a top-notch facility.


Can it Be Installed on Hard Surfaces?

Yes, you can install synthetic grass over concrete, paving slabs, and asphalt. We do recommend adding additional cushioning under the grass to make it softer. Any large cracks or dips should be filled and leveled before adding the turf.

Can it Be Put Over Regular Grass?

No, we do not advise placing synthetic turf over existing grass. This is because you can run into drainage problems, leveling issues, and it’s possible for some of the grass or weeds underneath to grow up through your synthetic grass.

Could I Install it Myself?

While installing artificial grass can be a DIY project, we don’t advise it. To get a nice even-looking surface, you’ll want to depend on the professionals. You can check out 8 reasons we DON’T recommend you install it yourself in this article.

What Should I Ask My Installer?

Your synthetic grass installer should be a wealth of knowledge. There are two categories of questions to ask an synthetic turf installer — before installation and after. Check out this article we did covering some of these questions.

How Do You Clean Synthetic Turf?

Cleaning synthetic turf is hassle-free! It won’t need nearly as much maintenance that natural grass does. To keep your synthetic turf looking good, you should check out our guide to keeping it clean.

Can Synthetic Grass Melt?

Artificial grass won’t melt because of the sun, but a hot ember from an open fire pit can melt your turf. That’s why we recommend adding a patio area using stones or gravel large enough to accommodate seating and installing a fire break for the fire pit.

How Long Will It Last?

With advances in technology, top-of-the-line artificial grass will last well over 10 years. There are many factors that affect how long the grass will last (if it’s in the sun or shade, how much foot traffic it gets, etc.), so we advise connecting with our team to learn more about our warranties.

How Much Does It Cost?

The price of your final synthetic grass project will vary depending on these factors:

  • Square footage
  • Site access & prep
  • Type of turf
  • Special features

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We’d love to hear from you! Contact us today with any other queries you might have about our synthetic grass.