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Lawn Kings: Synthetic Grass / Artificial Turf Price Guide 2018

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LAWN KINGS: SYNTHETIC GRASS / ARTIFICIAL TURF PRICE GUIDE 2018

HOW MUCH DOES SYNTHTIC GRASS / ARTIFICIAL TURF COST TO INSTALL?

This will be a rather long and very detailed explanation. It is meant for those of you who Guys & Gals who want to dig into the nuts and bolts of a typical Lawn Kings Synthetic Grass Installation.

But if you’re looking for a short and quick answer now just give us a call for a Free Over-The-Phone Estimate: (661) 310-9375 or (818) 340-3640. We will ask you a few basic questions;

  1. Front Yard, Backyard – both?
  2. Approximate Square Footage or Dimensions? If you don’t know that’s not a problem
  3. Access to Project Area – is it easily accessible or narrow, up a hill, far away, etc.?
  4. Type of Turf – economical 1.5” or most natural looking 1.75”-2” height?
  5. Location – it’s important because some areas have high dump fees & material costs

We do offer FREE ESTIMATES, when we visit we’ll take a short video, measure up, and note the work situation and project particulars. Oftentimes we can quote the same day and if not virtually always before noon of the following day.

NOTE: This is a BALLPARK or GENERIC HYPOTHETICAL ESTIMATE your actual price may be significantly lower or higher.

COST TO INSTALL LAWN KINGS SYNTHETIC GRASS

Assumptions: there are no two lawns exactly the same, they can sure be pretty close but in most cases there are some differences. So, we will make some basic assumptions;

  • YARD: Front yard or Backyard
  • SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1,000 (25’x40’)
  • ACCESS: Project Area is Easily Accessible
  • SYNTHETIC GRASS TYPE: Excellent Quality 1.75” to 2” in Height
  • LOCATION: Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
  • PROJECT DETAILS: A standard shaped lawn in other words; custom cutting & odd geometry, steep hillsides, extra excavation, etc. are not required

OVERVIEW

This is a list of the basic elements required for a synthetic grass installation project.

  • Materials:  Synthetic Grass, Base Material, Edging, Accessories, Weed Barrier, Special Infill Mix
  • Labor:  Choose an experienced crew or maybe not
  • Operational Costs:  Dump Fees, Fuel, Delivery Fees, etc.
  • Overhead:  Workers Comp., Liability Insurance, Online Advertising, etc.
  • Company Profit:  We hope you appreciate something that’s reasonable

TYPICAL LAWN KINGS – HIGH QUALITY SYNTHETIC GRASS INSTALLATION

SQ FT   1,000 SQ FT   MATERIALS
$2.95       $2,950.00       Synthetic Grass: waste 8 -12% not included (turf price is $1.95 to +$3.50!)
$0.35          $350.00       Base Material: Class II Road Base or Decomposed Granite (DG)
$0.10          $100.00       Edging/BendaBoard: $20 per 20′ length, 100’=5/EA
$0.15           $150.00       Accessories: Nails $50/bx, Staples & Stakes
$0.12           $115.00       Weed Barrier: $115 for 1,000 sq ft
$0.02           $20.00        Weed Killer: $20 for good quality 7 fl. oz. mixed w/ 2 gal. water
$0.57          $574.00        Special Infill Mix, Zeolite & Wonderfill for 1.5 lbs per sq ft
$4.26   $4,259.00         TOTAL MATERIALS

SQ FT    1,000 SQ FT   LABOR
$4.00       $4,000.00         Highly Priced Outstanding Crew
$3.00       $3,000.00         Competitively Priced Outstanding Crew, we are competitive as possible!
$2.00       $2,000.00         Maybe an ok crew??? – please see a project they’ve completed
$3.00    $3,000.00          TOTAL LABOR: Competitive Outstanding Crew

SQ FT    1,000 SQ FT    OPERATIONAL COSTS
$0.50          $500.00         Dump Fee: $250×2 trips=$500/1000
$0.10           $100.00         Fuel: trip to the dump, foreman and/owner visits etc.
$0.10           $100.00         Delivery of Synthetic Grass & Accessories: Fuel& Driver Time
 $0.70       $700.00          TOTAL OPERATIONAL COSTS

$7.96     $7,959.00        SYNTHETIC GRASS INSTALLATION SUB TOTAL

SQ FT   1,000 SQ FT     OVERHEAD 10%
$8.91      $8,754.90

SQ FT   1,000 SQ FT     PROFIT 10%
$9.81    $8,914.08         PROJECT TOTAL

Lawn Kings, Inc. will provide a Complete Price Quote – we mention this because we know of a couple of the larger synthetic grass companies will provide a seemingly low or competitive quote for the turf and then will add on additional products such as; Edging (BendaBoard), Infill (Zeolyte or other), Accessories (Nails & Staples, etc.). Lawn Kings typically will provide one price for the entire project with the turf you select. Contact us today for a FREE ESTIMATE!

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Why Select LAWN KINGS Synthetic Grass?

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Synthetic Grass by Lawn Kings

 

Why Select LAWN KINGS Synthetic Grass?

There are numerous and compelling reasons to select synthetic grass, regardless of the supplier or installer, however having a good installation by an experienced crew is paramount. Take house painting for example, you could have the best most expensive paint in the world but if the painter is inexperienced, doesn’t prepare the surface properly, does poor work, etc. you will end up with a finished project you won’t like.

Compelling Reasons to Select Synthetic Grass

  • Tired – seems like an odd reason, right? Yet we have heard from homeowners and managers of commercial properties that they are just tired of changing out natural sod. We’ve run into people who over the years who have replaced natural sod 3 and 4 times.
  • No Maintenance – actuality synthetic grass is better described as “virtually maintenance free”, there are a few minor tasks you’ll need to do like utilize a leaf blower or broom and maybe hose off a dirty or dusty part but that’s about it. Compare this activity to all the mowing, reseeding, fertilizing, etc. and having to do it in the hot summertime sun.
  • Water Conservation & Saving Money – The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) estimate is every square foot of synthetic turf saves 55 gallons of water per year. Say for 1,000 sq ft = 55,000 gallons! https://www.syntheticturfcouncil.org/news/news.asp?id=123873&hhSearchTerms=%22water+and+use%22
  • Appearance – once you have seen a few before and after pictures you really understand the attraction. Modern synthetic grass has different blade shapes, blades with different and sometimes unique and attractive colors, and contrasting fibers, that all contribute to a natural looking appearance.
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Lawn Kings Synthetic Grass: Before & After

Specific Reasons to Select LAWN KINGS Synthetic Grass

As mentioned above, there’s lots of good compelling reasons to select synthetic grass in general. We can honestly acknowledge there are, let us say a few good companies who have good products and do good  work. We don’t claim to be the best, because we don’t feel we should crown ourselves, but we do feel justified in saying and do believe we are simply one of the best synthetic grass companies.

Product

  • Safe Synthetic Turf Fibers – made from polypropylene, this is the same material used in baby bottles and disposable eating utensils.
  • Testing & Documentation – we test all our products at an independent laboratory specifically for lead and heavy metals. Homeowner Associations (HOA’s) will often request a synthetic turf sample and our documentation package we have available for every artificial turf product we offer.
  • Backing – the “backing” is typically the black (sometimes green) layers that the fibers are weaved into. For our products we use two layers so the fibers will not pull out easily. The two layers function as a two-layer weed barrier.
  • Accurate Weight – it’s a little nerdy or technical but we list “WEIGHT” of the product as actual “FACE WEIGHT” this truly means the weight of the product, per square yard of the turf fibers to NOT include the backing. Some suppliers and installers cheat this industry norm by listing “total weight”.

Warranty

  • Product Warranty – Lawn Kings provides a 15 Year Limited Warranty that in effect protects against fading, breakdown or degradation due to exposure to natural ultraviolet rays. We are happy to send you a copy if you like.
  • Labor Warranty – Lawn Kings offer a 2 Year Labor Warranty as well.
  • Simple Quick Claims Process – to make a claim we ask for a copy of the original receipt and original warranty provided by Lawn Kings, in addition we ask for photos, description of the issue with signature.
  • Lawn Kings, Inc. – We have been in business for 10 years and the warranty is only as good as the company behind it.

Installation Experience

  • Working 8 Days A Week – just kidding, a Beatles song. Seriously though, our crews and authorized installers are experienced individuals who have been installing synthetic grass / artificial turf for years. As mentioned above this really is a key reason to select Lawn Kings. Should you have a smaller project that would not require any seams there a possibility you or your gardener could do it but for something larger experience really counts.
  • Equipment and Use – we have all the standard equipment, such as sod cutters, plate compacters, and related hand tools. One item that even some synthetic grass installers and amateurs don’t know to use is a carpet kicker. This tool stretches the turf tautly over the surface to prevent wrinkles. If you ever see wrinkles in synthetic grass installation it is likely they didn’t use a carpet kicker.

Company

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 Price & Quote Estimates

  • Competitive & Fair – we find our prices are very competitive and we think fair for the quality product and quality installation we provide. We won’t say we are the cheapest but we think when comparing similar products and installation methods we are very competitive.
  • Meet or Beat – we always appreciate the opportunity to meet or beat any quote you may have
  • Complete Price Quote – we mention this because we know of a couple of the larger synthetic grass companies will provide a seemingly low or competitive quote for the turf and then will add on additional products such as; Edging (BendaBoard), Infill (Zeolyte or other), Accessories (Nails & Staples, etc.). Lawn Kings typically will provide one price for the entire project with the turf you select.

At the very least we suggest it’s in your interest to contact Lawn Kings, Inc. whether you are certain you want to go with synthetic grass or you are just shopping. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about synthetic grass or installation questions and as always, we offer FREE SYNTHETIC GRASS ESTIMATES. Give Lawn Kings s a call today!

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The #1 Reason for Going With Synthetic Grass

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The #1 Reason Synthetic Grass is Purchased

The answer for why homeowners and organizations purchase synthetic grass or artificial turf, can be given in several one-word responses, in most cases. Like everything in life, it seems some things can be reduced to a one word reply as to why; we have done something, started something, why we completed something, or why we’ve made a certain decision. The reasoning behind these decisions can be very involved and maybe even a little convoluted particularly for big life decisions. Turf usually does not qualify as that type of decision. Yet purchasing synthetic grass and selecting a high-quality installer still requires your time to think it through, since there are several product options available and it may not necessarily be a very large expense, but a quality synthetic grass installation isn’t inexpensive either. Like most homeowners and organizations, we think to use a one-word description, you just want it done, “right”. This likely means; the right synthetic grass, the right, installation, the right price, the right communication & customer service, the right warranty, etc.

Hope you don’t mind this post will meander some before providing an explanation and answer as to what, in our opinion is the #1 reason for choosing synthetic grass by homeowners and organizations. As you’ve probably ascertained already the purpose of this article is our humble attempt to educate you or a least have you consider some of the reasons homeowners and organizations purchase and install synthetic grass.

Solid Reasons for Choosing Synthetic Grass

As you might imagine, depending on the organization, homeowner and their yard and family situation, or how the turf will be used, the reasons for selecting synthetic grass below may actually be the #1 reason for the individual homeowners and organizations too. Of course, it could very well be the case also that it is a combination of reasons that lead the purchaser to select synthetic grass.

  • Water Conservation – the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates over one-third of residential water is used for lawn irrigation, this is about 4 billion gallons of water a day, nationwide. The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) estimate is every square foot synthetic turf saves 55 gallons of water per year. So, an average lawn of 1,800 square feet will save 99,000 gallons of water. See this STC article for details, Synthetic Turf Conserves More Than Three Billion Gallons of Water and Helps the Environment
    • For commercial applications consider, “In Las Vegas, where water conservation is a critical need, premier locations such as the Wynn Hotel, the Bellagio, Venetian and Caesars Palace now feature synthetic grass. Last year, the Wynn Hotel alone saved 143,748,000 gallons of water formerly used for landscaping.”
  • Lower Water Bill – from significant water conservation.
  • Save Money – landscaper(s) for the Synthetic Grass – no longer required.
  • No Pesticides / No Fertilizers – not required, saves money and reduces ground pollution.
  • No More; Lawn Diseases, Weeds, Pests, Rodents, & Muddy Puddles – good looking grass year-round without insects & critters! Just have to mention – no dead spots.
  • Synthetic Grass looks gorgeous compared to; Decomposed Granite (DG), Decorative Rock, and Desert Landscaping (most) and it is functional meaning kids (and adults) can play on it.
  • Financial – synthetic grass can return the initial investment in about four years or less depending on the region of the country.

The #1 Reason Why Synthetic Grass is Installed

As mentioned above the basis for purchasing grass for everyone we’ve sold and installed turf for may not be the reason you might make the decision. So, the answer here is an informed opinion and based on our experience and not a formal scientific survey with our customer base or from the industry itself. Nevertheless, we have been in the industry for some time now and have met with and sold turf to many people and organizations.

Initially our primary focus in explaining the benefits of synthetic were all about Water Conservation due to the various droughts we’re seem to perpetually be in. This resonated well with many homeowners and organizations. These synthetic grass customers were very aware that they were taking an active part in the green economy and involved in sustainable development – being “green” is a good thing.

Over time we had several experiences selling synthetic grass to people in Oregon and Washington. Initially puzzled because natural sod grows easily in those climes. We listened carefully and soon learned that some homeowners were tired of having to care for their lawns. We also researched and learned a few things too from these customers as well as those in Southern California.

  • Homeowners spend an average of 2.8 hours weekly on lawn maintenance
  • Those with pets were tired of them tracking in mud and other yard debris
  • Some folks had replaced their natural sod 3 and even 4 times
  • Out of options – a hotel considered painting the grass green and didn’t feel good about that option
  • The expense for water was becoming a burden for some
  • People became tired of looking at the same brown spots and the many efforts made to try and make it look nice
  • As mentioned above pesticides was a concern for some

In short, in our experience the paramount reason (but of course not the only reason) people make the decision to purchase synthetic grass is to avoid and eliminate the time and expense to care for the lawn. So, in other words, there’s a certain amount of freedom that comes along with a high-quality synthetic turf installation. This is true for residential as well as commercial applications.

The answer or word we’d put on it is simply MAINTENANCE or better yet the phrase Virtually Maintenance Free, this is the #1 reason, in our experience homeowners and organizations have synthetic grass installed. There are some things to do to maintain synthetic grass of course but very little.

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If you’d like to know more about how to maintain synthetic grass (not much to do) we’d be happy to email a FREE copy of our Lawn Kings – Synthetic Turf Maintenance & Care, guide. We also offer FREE ESTIMATES.

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Synthetic Grass – The New Normal

Lawn Kings, Inc. – Why Synthetic Grass?

In our +20 years of experience of installing synthetic grass, we find homeowners choose synthetic grass for many of the same common-sense reasons including and ranging from; little to no maintenance, water conservation, a long lasting beautiful look, and a pet friendly installation that prevents odors.

One aspect of synthetic grass that is not often promoted or explained is the “clean” aspect of the synthetic turf itself in combination with a high-quality installation. In line with this we’d like to enlighten and inform those of you who might be interested in this topic. Oftentimes the turf manufacturers and its sales team focus on “product sales” rather than providing the homeowner a bigger picture view on one of the least mentioned but real benefit of a synthetic grass installation – in a word, “clean”.

Clean Safe Synthetic Grass
The Lawn Kings brand of synthetic grass utilizes polypropylene in the manufacture of the turf fibers. This is the same material used to manufacture; disposable eating utensils, baby bottles, and Rubbermaid® products, for example. So, the synthetic grass product is very safe for interaction with families and pets. In addition, Lawn Kings sends out all products to be full tested for lead content in addition to a battery of other tests. In short, we offer a safe, fully tested, clean product. Other quality turf suppliers do the same, so don’t be shy about asking for documentation, from us and our friendly competitors. Actually, it is very common to request such documentation from the HOA Boards that consider and purchase our synthetic grass, as well of course to the homeowners who live in HOA’s. We have full documentation packages available for all our products.

On another note, we suggest you stay away from synthetic grass product with a latex backing which is often the least expensive. A couple of reasons; as you may know there are some individuals that have a latex allergy, obviously the product choice isn’t a good one for those individuals. The other reason to avoid synthetic grass with a latex backing is because latex absorbs water and other liquids. The result, without a long explanation is that the turf will tend to wrinkle up as it absorbs the moisture, very often the worst-case situation occurs in the height of summer. Imagine a synthetic grass installation in fall, before the seasonal rains, here in Southern California. Later in in winter it is rained heavily upon and several months later, the intense summer heat works hard to expand whatever it comes into contact with. This then, is the most likely time for wrinkles or humps with that product. Our materials prevent this from happening as does our installation process, one method our installation utilizes involves a technique that stretches the turf taut over the base prior to fixing the turf in place.

Clean High-Quality Installation of Synthetic Grass vs. Natural SOD
Maintaining good looking grass can sometimes be a pleasant and enjoyable use of homeowner’s time, especially with the purchase of your first home. On the other hand, maintenance of natural sod so that it continues to look good and healthy sometime after initial installation can sometimes be a challenge. Particularly in a hot and arid climate such as in Southern California. The root cause of the challenge may not truly be classified as maintenance but rather the underlying soil condition, invasive weeds like nut grass, pet urine, lack of sunshine, landscaper’s equipment bringing in weeds, etc. Natural soil and sod typically attract a variety of bugs, grubs, mosquitoes, and as well as gophers, rabbits and we’ve seen raccoons even in some yards digging for a food source. In addition, natural sod requires products such as; fertilizers, weed killers, and associated chemicals, to maintain the lawn in good shape. While these products are helpful and wouldn’t say they are harmful but in our opinion, we are thinking these products are close to the opposite of “clean”.

The “Clean” Sub-Base
The literal foundation of a high-quality installation is the compacted sub-base that is situated under the entire synthetic grass area. Just a real quick overview of how the base is installed. We dig down about 3” and remove sod and natural soil (we call this demo – short for demolition) and haul off, it’s a lot of hard physical labor. Once done, we bring in a material technically called “Class 2 Road Base”, the optional material is called DG (decomposed granite) it is compacted to about 95% compaction. And why? It is because if turf were installed on natural soil it would not be installed on a firm surface and it would wrinkle or bubble up.

PERMEABLE – the base can be thought of as a “French drain” the CII Base Material is essentially ¾” gravel with some fines in it, so in addition to it compacting well, it is also very permeable.

CLEAN – the base certainly is clean in that there is nothing for the worms and grubs or gophers and other critters to be interested in. The result is no standing water for mosquitoes and animals have no attraction to the area.

LAWN KINGS – CLEAN – the “clean” aspect is one of the most understated and unexplained reasons to consider synthetic turf. Contact Lawn Kings today for a FREE Synthetic Turf Estimate, we’d appreciate the opportunity to understand your needs and requirements.

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What are the Benefits of Having an Artificial Grass Lawn?

What are the Benefits of Having an Artificial Grass Lawn?

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Are you tired of spending half of your summer mowing, watering, and fertilizing your lawn just to try to maintain the attractive appearance and keep the weeds at bay? When you’re a homeowner, it can often feel like you spend more time taking care of your home and property than you do actually enjoying it.

If you’re fed up with working tirelessly to keep your lawn neat and tidy just so the neighbors don’t judge you, an artificial grass lawn may be the answer to all of your problems.

To help make the decision easier for you, we’re going to break down exactly what an artificial grass lawn is and how you can benefit from investing in one.

Let’s dig in!

What Is an Artificial Grass Lawn?

To put it simply, an artificial grass lawn is one made from artificial, or synthetic grass.

Synthetic grass has been around since the 1960’s, but the first major installation took place at the Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island in 1964. The product installed was a very early version of synthetic grass called Chemgrass.

Today, third generation synthetic grass is made from white and green polypropylene plastic pellets. Under the synthetic grass is a thatch layer which provides support. Synthetic grass then goes into a tufting machine (which is essentially a giant sewing machine featuring hundreds of needles) that gives the grass its blades and reinforces the thatch.

The tufting machine gives each part of the synthetic grass more durability and a longer lifespan, making it an essential component in the manufacturing process.

While synthetic grass got its start on athletic fields, it’s now used for many different purposes, including the artificial grass lawn, and has come a long way since its original inception.

The Many Benefits of an Artificial Grass Lawn

Apart from simply making it easier to maintain the lawn on your property, artificial grass has many other benefits.

Let’s take a look at them in more depth below.

No Water and Low Maintenance Needed

When it comes to the grass vs turf debate, the biggest pro for the fake grass lawn is that there is absolutely no water or other maintenance needed.

You won’t have to worry about mowing your lawn every week to keep it at a nice length. You also won’t have to worry about watering it regularly to keep it looking lush and green. And when fall comes around and the leaves pile up, you can just sweep them off and be done with it.

Instead of wasting half of your summer worrying about maintaining your lawn, you’re now free to focus on just enjoying it instead!

The Grass Is Always Greener

In the winter, lawns made from natural grass or sod will become dormant and, as a result, turn brown. This isn’t ideal, as having a brown lawn isn’t typically viewed as attractive.

If you live in a drought-heavy area, your lawn will turn brown too, because it’s not getting the water it needs.

And, sadly, when you have a natural grass or sod lawn, both of these occurrences are unavoidable.

An artificial grass lawn, on the other hand, will look lush and green no matter what time of year it is or if you’re in the midst of a drought.

It’s Good for the Environment

Because you don’t need to water an artificial grass lawn, you can conserve water without even trying. With landscape irrigation accounting for much of the residential water use, conserving water in this area is a great way to give back to the environment.

In addition, some artificial grass products are made from recycled materials, which keeps them out of landfills – so it’s a win-win for you and the planet.

They’re Durable

In terms of durability and longevity, artificial grass lawns have natural lawns beat.

With an artificial grass lawn, you don’t have to worry about it getting beat up, because it’s built from material that’s literally made to withstand roughhousing. Want to have a game of football, capture the flag, or another tough sport on your property without having to worry about the state of your lawn after the fact? Go with an artificial grass like Bermuda or Bermuda Pro.

And, according to many distributors, artificial grass has a lifespan of 15-20 years, so it provides the ultimate in durability.

An Artificial Grass Lawn Can Save You Money

At the output, you may think that an artificial grass lawn is a big investment. It sure can seem like it.

But when you think about it, going artificial can save you some serious cash. How?

For one, you don’t need to spend money each season on fertilizers, sprays, or any other products you might use to keep your lawn looking clean and green.

You’ll also save on your water bill because you won’t have to irrigate your lawn anymore. And no more broken sprinklers to replace.  Yay!

Finally, you’ll save valuable time because you no longer need to mow every week. And you know what they say, time is money.

How great will it feel when the weekend rolls around and you don’t have to waste another Saturday or Sunday morning mowing the lawn? Instead, you’ll have more time to spend on the things you love with your friends and family.

And if you ask us, having more time to spend with loved ones is the greatest gift you can ask for.

Invest in an Artificial Grass Lawn Today

With all of these great benefits, why wait any longer to invest in an awesome artificial grass lawn?

Whether you’re looking for artificial grass for your home or a commercial property like a golf course or movie production set, Lawn Kings has the artificial grass solution for you.

Contact us today with any questions or for more information about our products.

 

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