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How Often Should I Have GMAX Testing Done?

27867860_748536858669230_8963254244458570761_nAs spring sports season begins and regular practice and games resume, you are going to want to put your athlete’s safety first. Scheduling regular GMAX testing will ensure each layer of your turf is performing as expected, reducing the risk of serious injury to each player. GMAX testing measures the amount of source your field is absorbing as a large hammer is dropped down from a distance of several feet. If the result is high, it means that more pressure is being forced back onto the athlete, which can lead to serious injury.

What Happens During Synthetic Turf Testing?

Technology is being developed to make synthetic grass softer and safer, but keeping your turf regularly maintained is critical to its performance. GMAX testing and maintenance restores your field to like-new: rubber infill is replaced and redistributed to even the playing field, with any field contaminants removed. Debris affects play, and rocks and twigs embedded between the blades pose tripping risks, leading to falls and potential head injuries. A weighted hammer is dropped repeatedly on your field, testing different sections for shock absorption.

How Often Should I Have GMAX Testing Performed?

You should have GMAX testing performed immediately after a new field is installed to make sure it is up to code and to develop a baseline for future testing. After the initial inspection, it is important to have the field tested several times per year in order to keep your athletes safe. Turf Prep provides maintenance plans that test your GMAX levels and overall safety six times during peak usage.

GMAX Testing & Synthetic Turf Maintenance in Boston, MA

If you are looking to have your synthetic turf serviced and properly maintained, contact Turf Prep today! We will visit your facility six months during the spring and fall to ensure your turf is safe to use, touching up paint and redistributing your rubber infill during the process. Turf Prep can be reached by calling 1-877-774-8873 or by filling out our online form.

Benefits of Installing a Backyard Putting Green

synthetic turf backyard putting greenAs the days getting longer and the temperatures rise, you may find yourself itching to get back on the golf course, hitting the links or working on your swing in the driving range. One area you may not think of working on in the initial start of the season: your close-range shots. Instead of taking practices shots with your putter inside, think about installing a putting green in your backyard!

Improve Your Golf Game in Your Backyard

Rather than lugging your clubs to the range whenever you want to practice, having a green right in your home allows you to practice every day with minimal hassle. You’ll be able to pick a club and go outside whenever you feel like it. Instead of changing into golf-appropriate clothing and spending more time on the drive and waiting around the course, you can play at your leisure and your own speed. You’ll be able to practice without the pressure of having a group behind you, watching your every move. Depending on the amount of space you have available, you can have a green installed to work on the angles and speeds you use for longer putts as well as improving your close shots. If golf is something that relaxes you, you won’t need to leave the house to work on your game!

Saving Money on Gas & Maintenance Costs

Golfing on a professionally-run course requires can get expensive between greens fees, gas fees and cost of renting a golf cart to get from hole to hole. Having a putting green in your yard cuts out extra fees and reduces the maintenance costs for the rest of your yard. Because the putting green will be synthetic turf, that section of your lawn will be virtually maintenance-free, since you won’t need to water or mow it. You’ll even save money if other members of your family show an interest in golf: you can teach them right at home instead of spending money on lessons and greens fees!

Synthetic Turf Putting Green Installation in Boston, Woburn, Burlington & Lexington, MA

If you are interested in having a synthetic turf putting green installed in your yard this spring, contact Turf Prep today! We will assess your yard and help you determine the best location for the putting green and provide maintenance as needed after installation. Turf Prep can be reached by calling 1-877-774-8873 or by filling out our online form.

How Often Should I Touch Up My Logo Paint?

logo and lines painted on an athletic fieldWhen it comes to your athletic field, you will need certain areas clearly and properly designated for regulation play, including yard markers, penalty zones, and end zones. For an added boost of spirit, you may even want to have your organization’s logo painted on the field! Using specially engineered paint for your lines and logos allow you to have a freshly marked field for an extended period of time, but will require some maintenance due to use and exposure to the elements. Knowing how often you should touch up the paint is important to keep your turf in good playing condition.

When Will Paint Start to Fade?

Synthetic turf paint is designed to withstand the elements and apply without causing issues that could affect playability, such as grass clumping as it dries or causing the blades to harden. Once the paint has dried (between 1 and 24 hours after its initial application), it will stay in place throughout games, crowds and varying weather conditions. However, you may notice the initial bright color begin to fade after eight weeks. By signing up for a synthetic turf maintenance program, you can have your paint touched up as needed during each upkeep visit. Turf Prep will visit your facility three times during the spring and three times during the fall to test your field’s safety and touch up any fades in the paint outlining the playing field.

Logo & Line Painting and Synthetic Turf Maintenance in Boston

If you need painted lines along your field touched up, contact Turf Prep today! We can even add a logo to your synthetic turf that will match your organization’s logo using a stencil we create in-house. For a free estimate on logo and line painting, Turf Prep can be reached by calling 1-877-774-8873 or by filling out our online form.

The Importance of Synthetic Turf Maintenance for Spring Athletics

synthetic turf installed by Turf PrepWith warm, spring weather and a new athletic season on the horizon, the time has come to begin your seasonal turf maintenance program. After a long and unpredictable winter, it is important to make sure you perform each safety check and make sure you are ready for players to take the field again.

Athlete Safety

A standard turf maintenance visit will be comprehensive, checking each aspect of your field to ensure it is performing at its highest level. The surface hardness level will be one of the first things tested to make sure it meets industry standards. With the risk of concussions on the rise in contact sports, keeping the turf soft and checking the shock absorption level will keep your athletes at a lower risk for injury. Performing regular GMax Testing will allow you to monitor the performance of the shock pads.

Debris affects play and can also provide additional risks to athletes running on the field. Divots left from standing goal posts and heavy snow can lead to tripping risks, especially during games. A routine maintenance check and rubber infill migration will be able to restore the flat surface to keep players safe.

Lifespan of the field

Synthetic turf is an investment that can last for years to come. Testing your field’s functionality and performing necessary maintenance will ensure that you will be able to use your field for athletics and events for the intended lifespan without issue.

Synthetic Turf Maintenance in Woburn, Boston & Burlington

If you are interested in signing up for a comprehensive maintenance plan for your synthetic turf, contact Turf Prep today! Our maintenance plans include six visits to your facility to perform ten-point inspections, necessary paint touchups and safety testing. The team at Turf Prep performs maintenance of synthetic grass across New England. For a free estimate on installing turf, call Turf Prep at 1-877-774-8873 or reach us by filling out our online form.

Before and After Residential Lawn

Look at how beautiful this after shot is of this home’s lawn! If you are interested in transforming your Boston yard with synthetic turf, contact the experts at Turf Prep. We are happy to answer any questions you may have by calling us at 1-877-774-TURF or by filling out our online form.

Environmental Benefits Of Synthetic Turf

Unlike real grass, the synthetic grass that Turf Prep installs needs no expensive fertilizers, pesticides or the need to be watered. With that being said, the lack of water can save millions of gallons of water from being used each year. Because synthetic turf requires low to no maintenance, it eliminates the need for pollution producing equipment. Typically, infill is created with mostly rubber which results in millions of tires being kept out of landfills each year.

When the synthetic turf is taken up, Turf Prep removes and cleans the infill and then prepares it to be installed in future athletic fields, lawns, etc. Our expert installers are dedicated to providing beautiful and realistic synthetic turf surfaces for our clients in Boston and surrounding areas. Turf Prep has been recycling and reusing infill for athletic fields and lawns across the state for years. If you are interested in transforming your yard, golf course or field, contact us today! We can reached by calling 1-877-774-TURF or by filling out our online form.

Choosing Synthetic Turf For Your Boston Property

backyardOne of the most beneficial things about synthetic turf is that it needs little to no maintenance! Pet owners especially love it because there’s no need to worry about their dogs bringing in any mud or dirt. Turf Prep has outlined a few other unique features of synthetic grass for those who are considering it!

  • With spring here and all of the snow melted, most Boston residents are concerned about the water puddling or pooling. There’s no concern of pooling with synthetic grass because water will roll off the turf very easily.
  • April is known for an increase in rain, which can actually benefit your synthetic grass lawn. When it rains, it actually washes the turf, which can result in it looking new. For those experiencing a lack of rain, use a hose to wash down turf instead.
  • When there is a significant amount of rain or if someone has been laying for a long period of time, your synthetic turf can flatten. To ensure the infill doesn’t get compacted, brush the turf up so it stands up on its own once the rain stops. When you brush the turf up right away, you can prevent it from getting matted down.
  • For any yards that still have snow on it, you can let it melt without having to worry about any damage. If you’re impatient, you can remove unwanted snow with a shovel or sweep it away.

When it comes to synthetic turf, there are so many benefits, for both residential and commercial property owners! If you are interested in learning more about synthetic turf or would like an installation quote, contact Turf Prep today! We can be reached by calling 1-877-774-8873 or by filling out our online form.

Installing a Synthetic Turf Tennis Court

tennis ball and racketWith Spring weather around the corner, it’s almost time to hit the courts for a game of tennis! But because of all the snow New England has seen this winter, the tennis courts might not be open just yet. You have two options: find somewhere else to play or don’t play at all.

With a synthetic tennis court, you have more flexibility when it comes to playing. These durable courts are able to withstand against various weather conditions and offer plenty of benefits!

  1. Our synthetic turf offers both lateral and vertical shock-absorbing tiles. This helps to decrease fatigue and offers a bit of bounce that improves your turning and jumping safety. Long term, this will help with stress on your joints and any other pain.
  2. As most New England residents know, our weather is constantly changing. It can be sunny and 60º one day and the next, we’re in the middle of a snow storm. Because of these changes, tennis courts can see higher levels of damage, resulting in cracks and the need to be resurfaced often. With a synthetic court, they’re able to handle strong weather conditions and don’t require much maintenance.
  3. Most tennis courts only come in one layout and color. With Turf Prep, you’re able to customize your court to your liking. Keep it the traditional green or add a personal logo with our services!

Get started on your customized synthetic tennis court by contacting the experts at Turf Prep. To learn more about our turf installation services, call us at 1-877-774-TURF or fill out our online form.

Choosing Artificial Grass for Indoor Sports Arena

indoor sports fieldThere are various benefits to indoor athletic fields; keeping the audience comfortable with climate control, the fields can be used for more than one sport and the games can continue, whether it’s raining or not. While it’s not impossible, keeping your turf healthy can sometimes be difficult. This is why many indoor sports arenas choose synthetic grass. Here are some of the many benefits of choosing synthetic grass for your indoor athletic field.

  • The maintenance of real grass can feel never-ending. There is always some sort of landscaping service that needs to be performed. Artificial grass is a much more manageable option and can virtually be installed anywhere.
  • Artificial turf is a lot more tough and durable that actual grass and other indoor field materials that are normally used.
  • Because it offers more friction that live grass, synthetic turf makes for a more safe playing field and an increase in slip resistance.

These are only a handful of benefits that synthetic grass can provide for your indoor athletic field! For New England sports arenas looking to get a leg up on competition, contact the experts at Turf Prep for more information on installation and maintenance. We can be reached by filling out our online form or by calling us at 1-877-774-TURF.

Can Synthetic Turf Benefit Spring Sports?

football fieldOnce spring rolls around, along with various sports beginning, so will the rainy season. As most coaches know, rescheduling a week’s worth of games because your field is a small lake can be extremely difficult. When teams start to play in April or May, the combination of grass and constant rain can be a big problem.

Thankfully, Turf Prep is here to help! Our synthetic turf can be used for various reasons, but one of the most popular is for athletic fields. This is especially true for the sports that occur during the rainy season.

While a synthetic turf can remove the rescheduling burden, you’ll also save on your yearly maintenance costs to keep your fields in good condition. Without synthetic turf, the price of products to keep your field dry and protected can add up. A synthetic field will also reduce any concerns of maintenance when it comes to back-to-back games on the same field. There’s no need to drag the field or build back up the pitcher’s mound with a synthetic turf field.

To learn more about installing synthetic turf at your field or facility, contact Turf Prep! We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our product or the process itself. We can be reached by calling 1-877-774-TURF or by filling out our online contact form.