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Why Jessica Alba Loves Artificial Grass April 13 2016

Jessica Alba is a well-known actress, inspirational model and a driven businesswoman. Alba has been working as an actress since she was 11 years old, when an agent noticed her at an acting class. Since then, at the young age of 11, Jessica Alba has stormed the filming industry and become a household name. Even though Alba’s life is publicised and she is constantly followed by the paparazzi, not many people know her passion for design and her love for the environment.

Having purchased a home in Beverly Hills, California with her husband and pets, Alba wanted to change her garden to an eco friendly and safe place before she gave birth to her first child; Honor. Alba took the time to meet with a designer so she could create the perfect garden for her future family in a certain amount of time.

Since Alba turned her garden eco friendly, California since then have implemented a mandatory water restriction. The water restriction only allows people to water their grass at certain times of the day. As a result, everybody’s lawn turned brown and the people who had green lawns were fined for using too much water.

Alba mostly turned her lawn to artificial grass in order to protect the health of her children and pets; residents in California have since followed her lead. In order to prevent being fined, residents have also opted for artificial grass; purely for the fact they want a garden that looks green all year round without having to use water.

It seems as though Alba has set a trend and her love for the environment and the safety of her children and pets has changed people’s views relating to artificial grass. People realise that artificial grass is not only visually attractive, maintenance free and safer for animals and children, but it is also friendly for the environment.

Jessica Alba is extremely pleased with the results of her artificial lawn, and her animals and children can now play outside on an eco friendly surface.


County supervisor fights drought with fake grass October 10 2014

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - County Supervisor Dave Roberts is doing what he can to save water during the historic drought by replacing his lawn with artificial turf.

Californians are being urged to take advantage of government financing and rebate programs in the wake of the drought. And, taking on the challenge of being water efficient, Supervisor Dave Roberts is fighting the drought by removing more than 6,000 square feet of lawn at his home in Solana Beach and replacing it with artificial turf.

Roberts hopes his project will encourage others to conserve water during our states historic drought and to take advantage of government financing and rebate programs.

One of the rebate programs, Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE, allows residential property owners to purchase water conservation or energy efficiency upgrades by financing them on their property tax bills.

There are four different financing programs available. Supervisor Roberts is using the HERO program that provides up-front cash to support the homeowner's investments in energy and water efficiency.

Supervisor Roberts is recouping some of his costs through a So Cal WaterSmart Turf Replacement rebate made available through the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

So it's costing Supervisor Roberts $45,000 with a $12,000 rebate and he should see a pay back in eight and a half years.


Play Turf: Pioneering safer playgrounds October 09 2014

Matthew Avery and Cullen Elam have partnered to resurrect a modern day version of a business that Avery’s grandfather, Pat Avery, helped pioneer more than 50 years ago.

Play Turf in Rome, is a reincarnation of the old Avery Sports Turf, which operated from the Celanese complex in Rome for many years.

Avery said Play Turf sells artificial grass for playgrounds, landscape areas; multi-purpose sports fields, even doggy areas. “We’ve got a special product that a dog can relieve himself on,” Avery said. “We have a special in-fill system that goes inside the turf that eliminates odor.” He said the company recently put about a half acre of that particular turf in an Atlanta condominium development that was designed to be dog friendly.

His grandfather, Pat Avery, was one of the pioneers of the artificial turf industry back in 1958, while Matthew’s father, George Avery, owned several manufacturing companies that made the artificial grass product.

Today, the company’s primary product is a playground turf, which effectively replaces mulch and pea gravel, making it wheelchair accessible and maintenance free. “For daycare owners and schools there is zero liability,” Avery said.


Fake grass brings benefits September 29 2014

The turf at NKU’s soccer field and the baseball infield have more of a purpose than meets the eye. With much effort going into the upkeep of the current artificial turf in both locations, maintenance is a lot less than it would be if the turf were real. With cost being a main benefactor of the artificial turf, the soccer field being $7.26 sq. ft. and the baseball infield $5.91 sq. ft., The Northerner decided to take a look at some of the other benefits.

Geographic motives
While there are many reasons for the transition to artificial turf, the most common understanding seems to be that it was for geographical reasons.“I think because of our climate and weather, I think the turf is terrific for this area,” Bob Sheehan, women’s soccer head coach, said. “In the winter if it’s 30 or 35 degrees, and there’s no snow on the turf, we can actually get out and practice.” While men’s soccer Head Coach John Basalyga wishes they had a field with real grass, he also points to the rainy tendency of the region, and the benefits the soccer field brings.
“If I had a field, and we had the money, and all things were right with the world, we’d have grass. But for this area, and for this climate, this turf works,” Basalyga said. “This field takes six inches of rain in an hour and can drain it off. This place can standing water, and it will drain off in an hour.” Baseball Head Coach Todd Asalon says his old school ways hinder his thoughts on the field, but for where the school is located, it’s favorable.“Where we are, we need that turf, because the weather kinds of gets us,” Asalon said. “For us up here [in the Atlantic Sun conference] I like the turf because it gives us the flexibility.”

Playing benefits
“I’m personally like turf, mainly because it has a lot less bad hops,” Brad Bohlen, a third baseman for the baseball team, said. “It plays smooth, it plays a little more fast pace, but the main thing is it doesn’t take bad hops as it would as on a dirt in field.” Sheehan also commented on the even level of the field.“This is true, there’s no holes, there’s no divots,” Sheehan said. Asalon felt that the artificial turf has no effect on the play of the game.“I don’t think it affects how we play,” Asalon said. “People thinks it makes the game faster, but it really slows the ball down kind of because of the way it catches the ball.”

Financial benefits
While the initial price tag of the fields comes with a sticker shock value, the long term benefits are immeasurable, according to Chris Hafling, associate athletic director of operations and event management. “I cannot really put an exact number on it, but obviously financially the maintenance and upkeep is much less than if everything were natural grass for soccer or natural dirt for the infield at baseball,” Hafling said. The turf on the artificial field allows for the saving of money on weed control and field paint among other things according to Hafling.The initial costs of both the baseball infield and the soccer field were different according to Marilyn Heflin, the associate director of university architect, design & construction management, due to the different surfaces they were installed on.“The cost for the soccer stadium turf was $770,000 and it is roughly 106,000 square feet,” Heflin said. “And the cost for the baseball stadium was $473,000 and is approximately 80,000 square feet.” Heflin said that both fields were installed by The Motz Group, a company that specializes in turf, and is based in Cincinnati.

Upkeep of fields
While little maintenance is involved with the upkeep of the field, they do groom the field every two weeks, according to Facilities Coordinator Bryan Baldini. “Biweekly, we take the groomer and attach it to the back of the gator and you make a pass over the entire field,” Baldini said. “You can’t get it to deep to where it affects the rubber, but it makes it [the grass] stand up. It keeps it nice.” The Motz Group also comes out once a year and cleans both fields according to Hafling.
“We have the turf installation company come out once per year to take a full assessment of the conditions of each field and to run a sweeper and cleaning mechanism over each field that removes dirt and any metal, trash, etc. that has worked its way into the turf,” Hafling said. Hafling added that they also spray a disinfectant on the turf, and that all of these services only cost $3,500 a year for both fields.High traffic areas on both fields also require extra maintenance, according to Baldini. “Where we have high traffic areas, the most important part, is sometimes where the rubber gets eaten away, so after every game, we kind of fill it in, and bring it back in where it builds up around the edges,” Baldini said.

Rental of property
“I can tell you the turf lets us host a lot of games here,” Baldini said. “So the rentals where we can actually bring in some revenue.”According to Baldini, NKU hosted between 100 to 120 games this summer, that wouldn’t have been possible had the field have real turf. Baldini said the soccer field also sees a lot of play during the spring that a field with real grass would be able to take. “We rent out the facility in the spring to Kings Hammer, which is a traveling soccer group,” Baldini said. “They do about three months of four nights a week on our field. It lets us host a lot.”