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Artificial turf: Your lawn made perfect

From page HGS16 | April 29, 2013 |

Who doesn’t want a nice lawn? Lawns are what make landscaping complete. In California, however, it can be difficult to grow a healthy lawn. California’s dry climate requires homeowners to water their lawns regularly, which, in turn, creates large water bills. Maintaining a lawn can also mean worrying about things like too much shade, standing water, digging dogs or muddy shoes or paws in the house.

In recent years, however, many homeowners have discovered an alternative to regular lawn: artificial turf. It’s an alternative that Rick Wheeler says can solve all of their problems in one “green” piece.

“Artificial turf has really come into prominence in home landscaping during the last 20 years,” said Wheeler, vice president of Field of Green, a DuPont ForeverLawn artificial turf distributor and installer based out of Tracy. “It’s good for the environment — saves water, gas and electricity — and, today, DuPont has created a high-quality turf that not only lasts but is also incredibly realistic.”

Currently, Field of Green offers 26 different varieties of turf in several different colors. These include everything from landscape and putting greens to dog parks and sports fields. Most other companies, Wheeler says, only offer four to six. But their product isn’t the only thing that Wheeler is proud of. Field of Green is also known for its innovative ideas about the installment of turf.

“We think outside the box and try to solve problems before they appear,” said Wheeler. “To ensure proper drainage, we place three-quarter inches of crushed granite rock beneath the turf. This prevents standing water and any chance of mold or mildew. We’ve also come up with solutions for digging dogs, gophers, moles and voles, and even reflections off of windows.”

One challenge the artificial turf industry has faced in the last few years, however, is something that’s been completely out of Field of Green’s hands. The importation of low quality artificial turf from China, beginning around 2010, has been giving synthetic lawn a bad name.

“The Chinese turf comes in cheap at a fraction of the cost,” said Wheeler. “We didn’t buy it, but some companies did, and now it’s falling apart and becoming a huge hassle for everyone. If I could say anything to consumers, it would be this: ‘Buy U.S. lawn. Save yourself a lot of trouble.’”

Field of Green has offices — and crews — all over California, including Carmichael, Roseville and Sacramento. The company has installed landscape in celebrity’s homes in Hollywood, as well as done many local jobs in Placerville, Pollock Pines, Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills. Field of Green does all its own work and guarntees its product weith a warranty for up to 16 years and the installment for up to eight. That’s two times what most companies will do. Turf consultants also spend a lot of time talking with customers about artificial turf before they ever make a decision. It’s just one more way Field of Green sets itself apart from the competition.

“Our guys get amazing reviews about how professional they are, and the beauty they leave behind is just gorgeous,” said Wheeler. “We never force sales, but, in the end, so many people say, ‘I wish I would have done this sooner.’ They can’t believe the lawn isn’t real. That’s what I love about this job: Seeing the satisfaction and lighted joy on people’s faces. It’s so rewarding. I got involved because I believe in it.”

For more information about Field of Green, please visit our booth at the El Dorado Home and Garden Show, May 3-5, 2013. You can also find us on the Web at or call us toll free at 866-369-4727.



Jessica Cyphers



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