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Common product questions

Can dogs poo / pee on artificial grass?

Yes! SmartGrass Earth Series has a special drainage system which allows the dog pee to disappear quickly, so it is pet friendly.

Can artificial grass be repaired if it gets burnt or damaged?

Yes – spot repairs are very straightforward. These are common after damage from burns resulting from fireworks or braziers. Providing you have an offcut from when it was installed, a specialist installer can repair it. If you have a SmartGrass Installation, we have the repair turf ready.

Can I put furniture, trampolines or pools on artificial grass?

Yes! As long as there are no sharp or high pressure points, heavy objects can be used on artificial grass.

Can you put heavy gym equipment on artificial turf?

Yes, all SmartGrass gym turf can withstand the weight of cardio and weight machines and equipment. If a large amount of the SmartGrass surface is covered with significant weight, you might need to move equipment around to brush the blades back up every couple of months to get the best lifespan out of the turf.

Does artificial grass come in different colours?

Yes! Artificial grass used for landscaping comes in various colours and heights of green. Coloured turf (blue, purple, red, white, and yellow) are common colours for sports turf, and custom orders can be manufactured.

Does artificial grass get hot in the sun?

Yes, artificial grass can be hot in the sun depending on the time of year, however this is easy to deal with. That’s why it is used by many preschools as a safe surface.

  • Water – a quick spray with the hose will instantly cool it, and there won’t be any mud!
  • Generally artificial grass will heat up as much as asphalt, but cools down much faster.
  • Silica sand infill helps dissipate the heat into the sub-base

Does artificial grass stain?

SmartGrass won’t stain or discolour if red wine is spilt, or if a dog pees on it. We advise against using any chemicals on or around it that contain bleach.

How long does artificial grass last?

SmartGrass has a 10 year warranty, however in many applications it will last 15-20 years with regular maintenance. This is the same as our high performance sports turfs, which have up to 40 hours of use a week for 15 years.

How much does SmartGrass cost?

A professional installation under 100m2 typically costs:

From $70/m2 for direct installation to a prepared base, concrete, patios, decks and balconies.
$120-$200/m2 (similar to the cost of decorative concrete or pavers). This includes the excavation, base construction, supply and installation of artificial grass.

The cost depends on factors such as site access, shape of the area, the existing ground substrate, and the product you choose. Contact us for a ballpark estimate or quote.

Is artificial grass bad for the environment?

SmartGrass is made of a very durable and 100% recyclable plastic called polyethylene. This material will last for over 20 years in direct sunlight, and should be responsibly recycled at the end of its life.

Many local councils are using more artificial grass in high use areas, because of the environmental impact of ordinary grass. Artificial grass does not require harsh weed sprays, fertilisers and thousands of litres of precious water.

Real grass also has a larger carbon footprint because of the fuel and oil used in lawn mowers, and the CO2 that is released when grass decomposes.

Is artificial grass flammable?

SmartGrass is constructed using fire retardant materials. It is code compliant and has a fire rating certificate, meaning it can be used indoors. Fire is highly unlikely in the event a cigarette butt lands on the grass, however we recommend to keep any flames away from artificial grass.

What is artificial sports turf installed on?

Different projects will have different needs but most sports fields are installed on a compacted aggregate sub-base which is free-draining. Indoor sports turf and cricket wickets can be installed directly to concrete. Some sports fields may be installed to an asphalt or concrete base as well.

What is Smartgrass made of?

Most SmartGrass is made of UV stabilised polyethylene. This is a very durable recyclable plastic that is resistant to fading and stains.

Where do I buy SmartGrass and how much does it cost?

Call or email us your requirements. One of our turf consultants will give you a call as soon as possible to give you trade pricing and finalise your order – they’ll make sure you have everything else you need. We can ship the product to your yard or worksite, or you can pick up from our Auckland or Christchurch Warehouse.

Will weeds grow through artificial grass?

Weeds will not grow through artificial grass if it has been installed correctly. It is possible for weeds to sprout around the edges (as they do around concrete pavers), or germinate in the sand infill on top. You can spray weedkiller on your grass, or remove the weeds with a stiff broom.

Common installation questions

Can sports turf be laid indoors?

Yes! Artificial grass is just like carpet, and can be laid indoors.  Most of our products have a D or E class fire rating, meaning that they can usually be used indoors.

Can I install artificial grass myself (DIY)?

It is possible to install artificial grass yourself, however having artificial turf professionally installed may save you money in the long run. Builders will often prepare the base, and get the turf professionally installed.

You can learn exactly how to DIY install your artificial grass here.

Do you have to have sand on top of artificial grass?

While sand (infill) is laid on artificial grass outdoors, it does not need to be used on turf indoors.

Sand infill helps protect the backing against UV degradation, and is usually required for the warranty.

Without it, the grass will not stand up, and can sound ‘crunchy’ when walked on.

Help! I have a customer who wants a quote for artificial grass, but I’m not sure what to do?!

We’ve got your back. Email us the measurements (or a plan) of what your client requires, and we’ll come back to you with pricing, product recommendations and an installation guide / options. If it’s urgent, give us a call.

How is SmartGrass installed?

After you complete the site scrape, we will box the area and base up with AP20 & crusher dust. The grass comes in rolls (like carpet) and is then installed on the base. It can also be laid onto concrete, decks, butanol and many other surfaces.

What is artificial sports turf installed on?

Different projects will have different needs but most sports fields are installed on a compacted aggregate sub-base which is free-draining. Indoor sports turf and cricket wickets can be installed directly to concrete. Some sports fields may be installed to an asphalt or concrete base as well.

What is the average sized installation?

We install lawns as small as a few square metres, up to international grade sports fields with our sports products. No area is too small.

The average residential installation is around 20-200m2 for a lawn, and 500-600m2 for a tennis court.

What other accessories do we need when installing artificial grass?

Usually you will need seam tape, ground fasteners, and sand infill. We are a one stop shop and can ship all this to your site. Installations over concrete may require glue, and we also have a range of sub-surface products such as shockpad underlay and drainage mats.

Which SmartGrass should I use on my project?

Get in touch with our turf specialists by calling us. We stock different products for different applications and budgets. The most popular and multipurpose grass landscapers buy is Vista 30.

Who will install the sports turf for me?

Our local SmartGrass franchisee will usually be the one to install your lawn. They are professional turf installers (it’s all they do).

Common maintenance questions

Can artificial grass be repaired if it gets burnt or damaged?

Yes – spot repairs are very straightforward. These are common after damage from burns resulting from fireworks or braziers. Providing you have an offcut from when it was installed, a specialist installer can repair it. If you have a SmartGrass Installation, we have the repair turf ready.

Can you vacuum artificial grass?

Artificial grass can be vacuumed if indoors. If it is outside, you should lightly wet it (to prevent sand infill being uplifted), and use a leaf vacuum or blower.

Do you have to have sand on top of artificial grass?

While sand (infill) is laid on artificial grass outdoors, it does not need to be used on turf indoors.

Sand infill helps protect the backing against UV degradation, and is usually required for the warranty.

Without it, the grass will not stand up, and can sound ‘crunchy’ when walked on.

How do you clean artificial grass?

  • A leaf blower/vac is ideal for removing debris from your lawn
  • Dog poo and other foreign objects should be removed manually, then sprayed with a suitable lawn sanitiser spray
  • You can hose down your lawn with water if needed
  • You can learn more about maintenance, sanitiser spray, and book a professional maintenance service here.

What maintenance is required on artificial grass?

There are a few things you need to do to maintain your artificial lawn, depending on what you use your lawn for. They are:

  1. Removing leaves and debris regularly with a broom or leaf blower/vac
  2. Remove the occasional weed that may appear
  3. Use a moss & sanitiser spray yearly in shaded areas
  4. You can learn more about maintenance and book a professional maintenance service here.