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Spruce Up! on Mr. Johnson’s Putting Green

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Mr. Johnson called Cascade Greens in 2004 for a site visit.  He was looking to put a large putting green in the front section of his property.  We installed a 5000 square feet putting green with fringe and sand bunkers.  We also installed three tee boxes to chip from.

Through out the years we have returned to perform maintenance on the green and tee boxes.  Keeping the green free from debris is a simple task that the homeowner can do themselves, but the rest should be left for Cascade Greens.  In a normal maintenance visit we can (as needed) add or level out infill, compact the green, repair seams, and clean the cups and sand bumnkers.  Depending on location or length between Spruce Up!s, sometimes the green will need a little more in depth cleaning.

Putting Green Before

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In Mr. Johnson’s case, we hadn’t been by in a while and his green needed a good scrubbing.  We used an eco-friendly cleaner, a scrub brush and a power broom to remove some surface debris and moss.  It is amazing what a little elbow grease can do.  It took about a day and a half to get the green upto par and the sand bunkers looking fresh again.

Putting Green After

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This job is a good reminder that yearly or even bi-annually or quarterly maintenance may be what’s best to keep your putting green up to par.  Putting greens that are in shady areas or have many trees and shrubs near by may need a little more attention than others.  Any questions you may have about if and when you should schedule a Spruce Up! Feel free to email or call anytime.

 

 

Synthetic Turf Maintenance Questions

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These are some common synthetic turf maintenance questions we get asked…..

What do you mean my synthetic turf needs maintenance?

This is a question we don’t hear very often, but it does come up.  Yes, your synthetic turf needs maintenance.  But guess what?  It does need a little and you can do most of it yourself!  When an installation is complete we send out a homeowners synthetic turf maintenance instructions sheet.  This explains simple tasks you can do yourself to prolong the life of the turf.  Some are as easy as blowing off leaves, another can be spraying for moss if you have shaded area.  All maintenance is simple and takes very little time.

 

What can I do to make my synthetic turf last longer?

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There are a few synthetic turf maintenance tasks that owners can do to maintain their yard and help keep it looking good for many, many years.  With normal sod, there is watering and mowing and fertilizing and aerating and thatching and weeding and the list goes on and on and on.  With your synthetic grass, our grandi groom will do most of the work for you.   Our grandi groom is a small hand rake that helps the fibers stand back up.  When you walk through your grass, after a while there is a pattern of matted grass.  With a few minutes of grooming with the grandi groom, it will stand those fibers back up and look good as new again.  For most yards, this is all the maintenance required on a regular basis.

 

What if I have dogs?

Great question!  If you have a dog there is just one more task of synthetic turf maintenance thadog turft should be done on a regular basis, removing waste.  It is important, especially with a small yard and on hot days, to remove solid waste promptly and water down urine.  Waste from your dog does not harm the synthetic grass, but it can cause an odor if left unattended.  When hot outside, the most important thing you can do is water down the section of the grass where your dog urinates.  This will help the urine become diluted and get washed through the gravel.  We also offer antimicrobial turf and infill to help with maintenance and odor.  Check out the dog turf page on our website for more information!  A happy lawn for a happy dog!

 

What if my lawn gets a lot of traffic and my grandi groomer just isn’t doing enough?

When you have a green lawn year round, why not use it?  When your granny groomer just isn’t cutting it and your synthetic grass is starting to look flat, call us! With heavy traffic, all synthetic turf will stay matted down eventually.  With regular maintenance we can help make it look better.  Cascade Greens does Spruce Up!’s anytime of year!  Depending on your size of yard, it can take as little as an hour starting at $96.  We have larger, specialize equipment that will help your synthetic turf stand up again and look as good as new!  Call today to schedule a Spruce Up! (503) 520-3188.

 

Cascade Greens is always available by email or phone to answer any questions before or after installation.  Call today for a FREE consultation.

Article “The 411 on Artificial Turf”

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Here is a great article by Kate Wood from This Old House magazine.  Cascade Greens offers different products than noted in the article.  But it is a good source of some additional information about artificial turf.  Enjoy!

The 411 on Artificial Turf

Drought restrictions may have put the squeeze on traditional turf, but the good news is it’s easier than ever to fake a lush lawn. Here’s the lowdown

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IT LOOKS AND FEELS MORE NATURAL

Early turfs were made from densely woven tufted nylon, but today’s synthetic lawns use soft strands of polyethylene or polypropylene. One maker, SYNLawn, has upped its environmental cred with polyethylene derived from sustainably grown sugarcane. And while you can opt for a putting-green look, the best new turfs rely on a mix of blade lengths and shades of green—and even brown—to mimic specific varieties like fescue or Kentucky bluegrass.

 

IT’S A WHOLE SYSTEM

Older turfs were basically carpet: slow to drain and with zero cushioning. Now there’s more to it. For stability, the first layer is durable, porous landscape fabric, then the drainage material, such as gravel. Next comes the turf itself, which is woven onto a permeable synthetic backing. Last comes a layer of infill—silica sand or the like—to help anchor the turf and make it feel more natural underfoot.

 

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A bottom layer of brown polypropylene fibers on this turf from SYNLawn encourages the tall blades to stand up.

IT’S NOT TOTALLY MAINTENANCE FREE

While there’s no mowing, you’ll still have to clear out leaves and other debris using a plastic rake. To prevent odors, pet owners must pick up waste and clean vigilantly with a no-rinse disinfectant that attaches to your garden hose. ForeverLawn’s K9Grass, designed to be pet-friendly, skips the infill to improve drainage and make digging less inviting. To decrease heat absorption, ProGreen reduced the surface area of the blades in some of its turf grasses so they stay cooler.

IT PAYS FOR ITSELF

After the initial outlay of around $10–$20 per square foot for installed turf, you’re essentially done: no buying seed, fertilizer, or mower gas, and your landscaping water usage should plummet. With these savings, you should recoup the cost of synthetic turf in five to eight years—and it can last twice that long, staying green the whole time.

Artificial Grass Can Fit All Your Grass Needs Part 2

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Artificial grass is a great alternative to natural grass and a great addition to any home or business.  Artificial turf can be used in many different application.  Here are a few more options to keep in mind when looking for a new surface or ground cover.

 

Artificial Grass for Vehicle Floor Mats

We use cuts of turf in our company vehicles to protect our floor mats from dirt and stains.  When working in the winter, our crew is known to get their boots muddy.  Our vehicles stay cleaner and have less stains when we use turf as a floor mat.  It is a cheap and good looking alternative.  And is a great conversation starter!

 

 

Rooftop Artificial Turf

 

 

Don’t have a yard? Have a rooftop yard! Soft turf to play on, relax on, or just make your roof look better for parties.  These types of installations can sometimes take extra materials to help with drainage and nailing of edges, but we sure love a challenge.  We pride ourselves in doing all the work ourselves.  Our crew has many talents and many years of experience with out of the norm installations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artificial Grass Around a Pool

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Do you get dirt in your pool? Artificial turf eliminates dirt in your yard.  No more dirty feet in the pool and the sand infill doesn’t track.  You could even swim in the winter with no worry about getting muddy.  Artificial grass is also soft to walk on, therefore requiring no shoes!  And it looks good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artificial Grass Sports Fields

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Cascade Greens has installed multiple indoor and outdoor sports fields of all types.  Artificial grass is a great addition to your home or business, what better way than to make it playable?  We install private residential and commercial sports fields of all types including, but not limited to, indoor/outdoor soccer fields and football fields.

 

 

 New Applications

Cascade Greens is always open to new and different types of applications for our turf.  We are happy to work with our customers to find just what they are looking for to complete their home or project.  Call TODAY for a FREE consultation.

Artificial Grass Can Fit All Your Grass Needs Part 1

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Artificial grass is very versatile and can be applied to many more applications than just your front or back yard.  Cascade Greens has had the pleasure of installing artificial turf in some very interesting locations and we’d like to share those adventures.

 

Playground Artificial Grass

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What better surface to have under and around your playground than artificial turf? No mud for the kids to track in, they could play year round.  Artificial grass is safe for kids and dogs alike. It is a great low-maintenance solution to other ground coverings under a playground structure.  Works great for either residential or commercial.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artificial Grass Around Llama Barns

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Don’t want muddy paw dirtying up the barn? Artificial turf can help by having a perimeter that allows your animals to “wipe” their feet off before they step into the barn.  We know in the valley we deal with a lot of rain and that’s why Cascade Greens guarantees no pooling water!

 

 

Estate Entry Turn Around Artificial Grass

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Mr.H has a beautiful entry way into his many acres of land in Oregon City.  Mr. H has two putting greens and a putt putt course on his property.  What better way to welcome people than installing artificial turf in your entry way?  This ensures an entry that looks manicured year round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duck Blind

Artificial turf is not limited to just home use, it can also be for outdoor sports!  Imagine it’s been raining for a week, but you want to go duck hunting.   Synthetic grass can solve that problem.  No mud while you wait for the perfect shot.  You might even be comfortable.

 

Advertising Center Piece

Cascade Greens has sold very specific shapes and sizes of artificial turf to marketing and sports companies.  Our turf is used for displays under products and as accents to other items.  Artificial turf can be cut to any size and most shapes to fit your needs and space.  We have even punched holes in specific spots on the turf to allow for stands to fit into the grass.

 

 New Applications

Cascade Greens is always open to new and different types of applications for our turf.  We are happy to work with our customers to find just what they are looking for to complete their home or project.  Call TODAY for a FREE consultation.