Pacific Grass and Turf synthetic lawns always look bright, green and fresh-cut, even in the most extreme conditions. It’s soft, safe, comfortable, easy to maintain – and the perfect compliment to any patio or landscaping project.

  • Wide variety of available styles matching your region’s indigenous grasses
  • Pet Safe
  • Built-in UV Inhibitors reduce reflective qualities of the grass
  • Reduces allergies
  • Eliminates need for chemicals, fertilizers or insecticides
  • Recyclable
  • Prevents rock and ground debris associated injuries
  • ADA compliant

The Story Of Pacific Grass & Turf

Rich Orlando, current CEO and President of Pacific Grass and Turf, began his journey in the field of construction, becoming a licensed contractor in 1987, and started building custom homes. From there his construction company morphed into a landscape construction company as growing up Rich’s family had many working fruit orchards and cattle ranches in the Northern California and Oregon. His landscape business encompassed both residential and commercial properties initially in Sacramento area and then into the Silicon Valley and throughout Northern California. He witnessed the improvements in synthetic turf over the years, and began to develop an interest in it’s applications.

In 2000, Rich realized that there could be a rapidly growing market in his region for synthetic turf. There were common issues affecting the Sacramento Region, including droughts, water rationing, fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides driving up the costs of maintaining a traditional, natural grass lawn. If only the available products at this time looked, felt, held up, and performed better!

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The dawn of 2005 brought with it a new generation of synthetic grass, and a mentor who was widely known and respected in the artificial turf industry. This mentor convinced Rich to add synthetic turf installation to his service offerings. Rich realized that synthetic turf was a wonderful product for landscape contractors, and felt that if you did absolutely perfect work you would never have to go back, and that’s exactly what he did. He never cuts corners and always uses the best available and correct products as the ground/sub-base/base preparation is the most important part of a beautiful long lasting synthetic grass installation.

By 2007, we had accumulated a wealth of training, knowledge and experience, making us a fierce competitor in the synthetic grass industry. We expanded to installation and sales of synthetic grass for commercial, residential, and athletic applications. We were growing rapidly, and “drafted” some friends and family into clerical, sales, and marketing roles. By the end of 2007, the name Pacific Grass and Turf Inc. was finalized.

In 2008, we incorporated, and selected Barry Langridge as President and Rich Orlando as VP of Operations. Pacific Grass and Turf sent half of their team to Canada for six months to be mentored by Ivan Couto while installing over 1 million square feet of synthetic turf athletic fields.

We hosted a synthetic grass installation training workshop for any interested contractors in Northern California in 2009, and were featured on HGTV’s Living with Ed. We also developed a powerpoint presentation for the Water Commissioner of California, proposing rebate programs. A few months later, those rebate programs were in full affect.

Barry Langridge retired in 2012, and Rich became President and CEO of Pacific Grass & Turf Inc.  With Rich at the helm, Pacific Grass & Turf began aligning with other local large-project landscapers to increase workload without increasing their sales force.  By 2015, Pacific Grass & Turf closed the second-largest synthetic turf install ever completed to date in the US (approx. 1.1 million square feet).

The Twin Creeks Global Sports Complex was originally 10 dirt and natural grass baseball fields, costing upwards of $28k a month to water and maintain.  We converted those fields into multi-use synthetic grass fields (baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, kickball, frisbee, etc.) and effectively reduced the maintenance costs to a little over $3,000 a month. This project was completed in 2016, and is still one of our most talked about.

By 2017, Pacific Grass & Turf is very fortunate to have retained most of its staff from the early days, and the experience, skill, and qualifications of our team is unmatched. Our team gets the credit for the superior level of quality in our our work.

What You May Not Know About Pacific Grass and Turf

Pacific Grass and Turf is one of the founding members of The Green Cabinet.

The Green Cabinet is an organization in pursuit of a sustainable world. We are a coalition of companies both large and small who believe that transforming the environments in which we work, the ways we work, and how we work together, we will build a stronger economy and cleaner environment.

The Green Cabinet encompasses a diverse mix of companies that are dedicated to the pursuit of sustainability, and available to assist your organization in achieving it’s vision. Whether you choose to engage their services prior to, during, or after having an assessment performed we encourage you to do so.

The mission of the Green Cabinet is:

To bring together companies within every state that will collectively organize their professional capabilities to provide businesses that are pursuing sustainability with a one stop shop for necessary leadership and resources, and bring awareness to those companies which are not currently doing so.

To aid businesses in defining the role that they must play to secure a stronger economy and a cleaner environment for future generations.

To meet our government in the middle by answering the call to public service and facilitating change and compliance from the bottom up in the areas of greenhouse gas emissions/carbon footprint reduction, energy and water conservation, and green job creation.

The Pacific Grass & Turf Installation Process

Artificial Grass Installation Process

All of Pacific Grass and Turf’s installation personnel are fully trained, licensed, bonded, and certified. The patented synthetic grass installation process includes ground preparation which involves excavating a portion of the existing landscaping. A blend of crushed rock is then spread and compacted to create a stable base. The artificial grass is then laid and secured. We only use nails to secure the turf to the soil. This way the turf becomes part of the soil and expands/contracts at the same rate the soil does, and soil expands dramatically during the year due to temperature and water content.

Our competitors still use seaming tape and glue and seam straight line panels together. Straight line seams are incredibly obvious, and tend to be the first thing noticed after a synthetic turf installation. It is the number one complaint in the industry and still today 95% of all installers use this same method used in 1965 doing the Astrodome. Our founder, Rich invented the S-seam method 8 years ago and that’s when we stopped using glue and seaming tape.

Many of our competitors use synthetic nailing boards along the perimeter edges of their turf installations. Synthetic nailing boards expand and contract at different rates than the soil does so during cold or hot times the turf can pull up along these nailing boards. This is a major issue we addressed years ago. By just using nails the turf is also easily pulled up if needed (for adding a water or power line or repairing a pipe etc…) and re-nailed. With seaming tape/glue or nailing boards most often the edges of the turf need to be cut back and then re-done.

Lastly, the synthetic grass is infilled with zeo-fill. This artificial grass installation will provide the safest and most effective synthetic grass surface. Our professional synthetic grass installation crews make certain that the artificial turf grass is installed correctly down to the last detail. All Pacific Grass and Turf staff will leave the site clean and beautiful for you to enjoy for years to come.

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    1. Design Phase

    –Drainage: Will the existing drainage system be adequate? Will the artificial grass project area require additional drains or modified drains, grading or sloping?

    –Soil Condition: Will we need to wet or soften the ground or use a jackhammer to remove large rocks? Rain soaked soil may need to dry a few days before artificial turf work begins.

    –Irrigation: Are there sprinklers or bubblers for the remaining trees and plants or does irrigation need to be finished first? We identify all irrigation lines, electrical conduit, etc. below ground that could be damaged during the synthetic turf installation.

    Preventing Future Damage: We determine if additional supplies are needed to prevent damage from rodents or ground animals. Rodent wire (similar to chicken wire) may be appropriate. Is there a dog that could pull up the artificial grass? If so, we will secure the entire perimeter to prevent the synthetic grass from being pulled up or damaged.

    –Existing Design Elements: Is there a concrete border? is it smooth? Will we need to nail into concrete footings? If we are using curbing, edging or border materials, we install it prior to cutting the synthetic grass, as this will give us a more accurate measurement for the synthetic turf.

    –Measurements: To reduce labor, we measure the project area carefully and design the layout to minimize the number of seams in the artificial lawn.

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    2. Ground Preparation

    –Underground Hazards: Irrigation and electrical lines may be located just under the surface of the project area. We locate all irrigation/sprinkler heads. Cap off or remove all unwanted irrigation/sprinkler heads. We then turn on irrigation to verify everything works correctly before we start. We do the same with any existing electrical features.

    –Existing Material Removal: We utilize a sod cutter, shovel and pick axes to remove all unwanted grass, sod, and vegetation. We remove all unwanted tree roots, mulch and large rocks, and then grade the sub-base.

    –Base Preparation: Installing the base surface under the artificial lawn is critical to maintaining the stability and integrity of the artificial grass turf system. A layer of crushed stone (also called Class 2 Road Base) will be spread evenly over the area.

    • –The base material should be spread evenly. We grade and level to meet design and drainage requirements. Shape to desired appearance – flat, slight roll, mounded.
    • –We then lightly wet the project area and compact the base material with a plate compactor.
    • –When dry, the project area will be smooth and firm to eliminate unwanted bumps under the artificial grass turf system.
    • –If required, we install rodent wire at this time. We install wire over entire sub-base area, with one square overlap. Secure wire to ground with landscape staples.
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    3. Synthetic Grass Installation

    –We cut the artificial turf to fit the project area.

    –All perimeter areas of the turf is secured using 6-8” nails. This is the best way to secure the turf as it becomes part of the soil and expands/contracts at the same rate as your soil does during the changing seasons. The other benefit with using just nails (as opposed to seaming tape/glue, synthetic nailing boards) is if you ever need to pull the turf up for any reason (adding drains/water/electrical etc..) it is simple for us to pull up the area needed and simple to re-nail. It is a major project to repair tape/glue/nailing boards and it often ruins or blemishes the turf making it difficult to lay flat again. All seams use a lazy river of “S” shape design which we invented more than 8 years ago as straight line seams are the biggest complaint in the industry. Once your eyes notice the seam, it is the first thing they look to each time you view the turf.

    –Attaching the artificial grass to the border:

    • –If there is treated lumber around the border, then nail the grass to treated lumber every 6” to 8” with nails.
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    4. Synthetic Grass Infill

    –Proper infill installation is critical to maintaining your artificial grass system. InFill/ZeoFill: Once the turf is laid down we then add infill that is required by the manufacturers to meet warranty terms. The infill also helps support the grass blades at their base and also to keep them standing up straight and to keep the turf from matting, over time. We only use ZeoFill® infill as it kills the ammonia build-up in pet urine/feces and helps keep the turf from developing any odors due to pet waste or food/drink spills. ZeoFill is an organic mineral you can buy and ingest from your local health food store. It will last the entire life of the turf and never needs replenishment. Read all about it here.

    –In between spreading the layers of infill material with a drop spreader, we brush the synthetic grass fibers upright with a power broom.

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    5. Clean Up

    –After the installation, we sweep all infill material from the surrounding hardscape and clean up planter areas and swimming pools. We even wash or sweep away tear out and base material from staging areas. Afterwards, you will have a comfortable, beautiful lawn that you can enjoy for many years to come. The only reminder that we were there will be your beautiful new synthetic grass lawn.

Financing Available through the HERO Program

What is the HERO Program?

The HERO Program from Renovate America provides homeowners access to financing for energy-efficient, water-conserving, renewable energy and hurricane protection home improvements. Types of products that are eligible for HERO vary by state, depending on local legislation.

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