EcoLawn Info Center
Turf technology has improved at a rapid pace over the last decade, with products that are USA-made, more realistic looking and cooler in temperature than their predecessors, and a larger variety of products available than ever. Learn more about what it costs to install turf, our installation methods, and the rebates available to you before you make the investment in your property.
Local Rebates Available
In response to the drought in California, water districts have been awarding thousands of dollars to qualified homeowners for replacing existing landscapes with more water conscious applications such as synthetic lawns. Qualifying homeowners in Santa Barbara County are eligible for rebates up to $1000 per water meter. Please visit the website for your water district using the links on the right for more information.
Care & Maintenance
Protect your investment and extend the useful life of your EcoLawn with these recommended procedures.
General Info Brochure
Learn more about our artificial grass products and installation services.
Guide to Savings
Annual savings in gallons of water and dollars with an EcoLawn installation.
ZeoFill is a natural, organic turf deodorizer made from volcanic ash. It is used as infill and for pet installations to keep the grass smelling fresh.
Artificial Grass Installation Process
A detailed, step-by-step process for a typical artificial grass installation. We also provide a Installation Reference Guide if you prefer to DIY.
1. Remove Existing Lawn
Using a sod cutter, remove existing lawn and 3″-4″ of native dirt. Level and grade area for optimal drainage.
2. Cap Irrigation
Cap existing sprinkler heads as needed in new turf area.
3. Substrate and Compact
Install weed barrier fabric, 3” of class II recycled road base, ½” of decomposed granite and compact to 90%.
4. Install Turf
Cut, seam and fasten turf to compacted base using 5” nails.
5. Apply Infill
Spread infill blend over turf using a drop seeder.
Use a powerbrush to brush the grass blades upright and help infill settle into turf.
View/Download the EcoLawn DIY Guide
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Do I need to do anything to maintain synthetic grass?
Maintaining your lawn, putting green or commercial property is efficient and easy. Here are a few guidelines for cleaning your synthetic grass landscape:
Although debris can often make your lawn appear that much more natural, according to the Association of Synthetic Grass Installers, eventually, you will need to rake the lawn as you would a normal grass lawn to clear away any debris’ decomposition. A carpet rake or a leaf blower are great tools for this type of clean up! Depending on your location, a simple weekly cleaning should do the trick!
There may be certain areas of your landscape that might not stand as tall due to extra foot traffic. Simply use a broom or a brush against the natural grain to help each blade stand up.
I live within a HomeOwners Association – can I get EcoLawn?
Yes – you can. In 2015, AB 349 was passed, preventing homeowner’s associations from prohibiting the installation of artificial turf, or “any other synthetic surface that resembles grass.”
What type of infill is used with EcoLawn?
We use a natural infill blend that is made up of organic material and silica sand – making the lawn safe for pets and children to use. Our infill works as a turf deodorizer, helps the blades of grass to stand up tall, and reduces the average surface temperature of the grass. We do not use the controversial crumb rubber pellets that have been speculated as carcinogenic.
Will my grass fade?
Our synthetic grass products use technologically advanced features including built-in U.V. inhibitors to prevent fading. The U.V. inhibitors are incorporated within the yarn process and will allow the yard to hold color even in the most harsh and sunny conditions. The turf color is designed to last over 15 years.
What is thatch?
Invented about nine years ago, a synthetic grass thatch layer was added to the synthetic grass that ultimately revolutionzed a landscape’s look and feel. Made from polypropylene, polyethylene or nylon, the thatch layer helps with synthetic grass blade recovery while the brown, green or tan color tones break up the synthetic grass and look more realistic.
How do the different blade shapes affect performance?
Synthetic grass is created with many different colors and various blade heights as well as several types of synthetic grass blade shapes. Each of these blade shapes serves a different purpose and creates a different effect for your lawn. Click here to learn more about the different blade types.
How does an EcoLawn drain when it rains?
EcoLawn is 100% permeable. During the installation process, we adjust landscape grading with optimal drainage as a priority. If necessary, our team will implement surface drains for areas without natural drainage.
Is EcoLawn pet friendly?
EcoLawn provides a healthy and safe surface for the entire family to enjoy. Our synthetic lawns are 100% non-toxic. We use extremely durable, 100% permeable, dig and chew-resistant material that is perfect for your furry friends. EcoLawn is made up of a unique blend of 100% organic infills that eliminate microbes, prevents bacteria growth, and deodorizes pet waste, keeping your pets safe and your lawn smelling fresh.
Why choose EcoLawn SB to install your synthetic grass?
EcoLawn SB is a local Santa Barbara based company, only a quick phone call away from any maintenance needs or questions you might have post-install. We provide the largest selection of synthetic grass in the industry and guarantee every installation in addition to the 15-year manufacturer warranties on our synthetic lawn products. Our quality of service and attention to detail on every job can’t be matched. We pride ourselves on ensuring each client is 100% satisfied before closing out a job.
What does artificial grass cost?
Our most frequently asked question is “how much does artificial grass cost to install?” Due to popular demand, we have a detailed breakdown of all of the costs that go into an installation, from materials to labor to our company’s overhead. Click here for a full detailed breakdown on what a typical artificial grass installation costs.