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How to Care for Artificial Grass in
Nashville

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Man sweeping artificial lawn

Lawn maintenance shouldn’t be a time-consuming activity. Installing synthetic turf at your Nashville residence is an investment in yourself because it lets you reclaim your weekends and spend more time enjoying your favorite activities. We’ve made it easy to take care of your synthetic grass. Follow these steps and you’ll have a lush, green lawn all year long.

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How to Improve Your Golf Game with
Artificial Golf Greens

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Most professional golfers will tell you that the secret to improving your golf game is by practicing on your very own artificial turf. With the help of golf extraordinaire Dave Pelz, SYNLawn has developed top-of-the-line artificial golf green for your Nashville home. By installing one of SYNLawn Nashville’s golf greens, you’ll start to see an improvement in your performance on the course.

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Playground Safety Tips

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Playground safety tips

For children, playing is more than just a fun way to spend an afternoon; it’s how they develop and learn life skills necessary to grow. Play assists with developing motor skills, discovering strengths, and building healthy social connections. Parents and teachers are the first line of defense when it comes to making sure your children play safely and develop into healthy adults. Our team has years of experience designing and building high-quality playground systems with ASTM-tested artificial grass and turf. Our installations help protect children so they can enjoy more playtime – safely. Here are some additional tips to keep kids safe on the playground:

Ground Rules
Go over playground rules with children and make sure they know how to use all equipment before they go out to play. Common playground rules include using each piece of equipment for its intended purpose (i.e. not standing on a swing) and restricting horseplay or other inappropriate behavior that could cause injury. Make sure children know what is expected of them during playtime – and what the consequences are when rules are broken.

Supervise Playtime
At school playgrounds, the recess monitor’s job is to control the playground area to keep children safe. High-risk equipment like monkey bars and swings should be as close to the monitor as possible, while lower-risk areas like baseball fields are farther out. Recess monitors can remind children about proper use of equipment and enforce safety rules as necessary.

Install Age-Appropriate Equipment
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), different equipment has been approved for different age groups. Toddlers (ages 6-24 months) should be given swings with full bucket seats, stairways and ramps. Climbing equipment should be no higher than 32 inches. Preschoolers (ages 2-5 years) may use climbers, merry-go-rounds, rung ladders, and swings with belts. Keep equipment at least 60 inches off the ground. For grade schoolers (ages 5-12 years), more advanced equipment may be provided, including arch climbers, chain or cable walks, overhead rings, and vertical sliding poles.

Review Safety Ratings
Consider the safety of all equipment prior to purchase. Look up certifications and make sure the equipment is in compliance with ASTM guidelines. Familiarize yourself with any maintenance required to keep the equipment in working order – even in inclement weather.
Surfacing should also be considered. A large number of playground injuries are caused by falls from equipment onto hard surfaces. These are often also the most serious injuries. Always look for surfaces that are shock absorbent. Our artificial playground turf, for example, has a soft, padded layer that can protect children from falls. Our installation methods are also ASTM-tested and IPEMA-approved.

Equipment that is not approved by the CPSC includes:

  • Hard or multiple occupancy swings
  • Rope swings
  • Dual exercise rings
  • Trampolines
  • Equipment over 10 feet high

Appropriate Post-Injury Care
Always err on the side of caution when it comes to playground injuries. This means planning for injuries before they ever actually happen. Schools should have protocol in place to assist injured students, including a way to summon assistance without leaving the child. This could involve tools like two-way radios, cell phones or whistles. Playground monitors should be trained in CPR and first aid. Parents may also consider taking these classes from the Red Cross or from their local fire department.

It’s up to all of us to create safe playground systems so children can enjoy playtime. Contact us today to learn more about installing safe playground surfaces and equipment for your school or backyard.

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Eco-Friendly Backyard Landscaping
Ideas

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Eco-friendly backyard landscaping ideas

There are a lot of things you can do right now to get a “greener” backyard year-round. Everything from water use to the plants you choose makes a difference. Our landscape design team has spent years working with homeowners to achieve the best results possible for each outdoor space. With a few key elements, you can create a backyard that is beautiful, wildlife-friendly, and cost-effective. Here are just a few of the most impactful ways to make over your yard for a better future:

  1. Composting
    There’s a reason it’s called “gardener’s gold!” Composting uses nutrients from food you eat every day to feed your garden. This reduces dependency on chemical fertilizers and introduces some much-needed nutrients to the soil. Composting is also said to improve water drainage, which is ideal for the rainy seasons. If you find worms in your compost bin, you’re doing it right! In fact, some people even choose to buy worms specifically to help their compost bin along. Layers of moist, shredded newspaper act as a great home for these worms.
  2. Use Native Plants
    Choose plants that are native to your area. Native plants typically require less water and have fewer overall problems with pests and disease because they are already acclimated to the environment. Another benefit is that native plants are great for the local wildlife. They rely on these plants for food and shelter. Visit the Tennessee Native Plant Society for ideas or download this guide for more ideas to preserve Middle Tennessee’s native plant and animal life.
  3. Companion Planting
    Companion planting is a method of gardening that places two types of plants next to each other because of their mutually beneficial relationship. For example, marigolds are said to deter insects, so they are often planted in flower beds where other, more delicate plants are at risk. Tall plants can offer shorter plants shade in the hot summer months. Other common pairings include:

    • Chives and tomatoes
    • Roses and garlic
    • Carrots and spring onions
    • Cucumbers, radish and dill
  4. Terracing
    Terraces help manage steep slopes and prevent storm water runoff that leads to erosion. In addition to being a great water management technique, flat terrace “steps” are also the perfect places to plant flower beds, as rain will run downhill and water your plants naturally.
  5. Reduce Fuel Emissions
    Switch from a gasoline-powered mower to a clean electrical engine or push-mower. Other options include mowing less frequently or installing artificial grass. Be choosy about synthetic grass installations for your backyard. Pick a brand that is made from recycled materials and renewable resources. Our artificial grass is made with soybean oil, which makes it stand out from the competition. It’s also low-maintenance, which makes it easy to maintain a lush, green lawn without sacrificing your weekends to yardwork.
  6. Patio Makeover
    Your patio says a lot about who you are – namely, the décor style you love and the earth-conscious purchase decisions you make. For an eco-friendly patio that makes an impression, we recommend choosing woods that grow in abundance like acacia or teak. Look for certified sustainable benches and tables to ensure your purchase has the smallest impact possible on the environment. If you prefer a different look, recycled aluminum or plastic are also great choices.
  7. Solar Lighting
    Solar lighting is an easy choice for your backyard. There are no wires or extension cords to deal with, and solar options help manage home energy use during the summer. This is a great way to make your spotlights, deck lights and path lights both attractive and eco-friendly.
  8. Ditch Outdoor LEDs
    LED lighting has impacted animal species across the planet. Glare and light pollution contribute to disrupted sleep patterns and confused nocturnal animals. The International Dark Sky Association has raised concerns about external LED lighting. IDA director Chris Monrad has said that LEDs could be “a disaster for dark skies and the environment.” So, what can homeowners do to combat the light pollution? Install low-pressure sodium (LPS) lights, which are energy-efficient and emit a very narrow spectrum of light. Limit the amount of blue light wherever possible. The color temperature of your lighting should be more than 3,000 Kelvins.
  9. Welcome Pollinators
    Plant flower gardens to encourage honeybees, butterflies and hummingbirds to enjoy your yard. These pollinators naturally spread seeds, which could save you some time planting next year. View the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s resources for more information on planting a pollinator garden or providing animals with safe nesting sites.
  10. Natural Pest Control
    Forego harmful pest repellants and toxic chemicals, many of which are attributed for the decimation of honeybee populations nationwide. Instead, plant bright flowers like candytuft or sunflowers. These attract ladybugs, which eat aphids. Set up birdfeeders close to flower beds so the birds can take care of any slugs, snails or caterpillars that might find your plants tasty. Artificial grass is another option to naturally repel bugs and insects. This makes it easy to maintain a lush, green mosquito-free zone all summer long.

Make a plan to implement your favorite items from our list this season! These landscaping upgrades can drastically improve your backyard’s environmental footprint. Contact us for more landscaping tips.

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