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SOD (LIVE GRASS)

ASTRO TURF Typical Dimensions: Sold in rolls, can be cut to desired dimensions. Estimated Cost: $25 - $35 for 4 ft. x 6 ft. astro turf segment (reusable). Overview: Synthetic grass sold in rolls. Typically used to add greenery to a project.

F Demo (1 day - 1 month) Pilot (1 month - 1 year)

Interim (1 - 5 years)

Recommended Applications and Installation ɖBikeways: ɖ Cut astro turf into strips wide enough to fill buffer area (typically min. 3 ft. wide), and use it to visually enhance the barrier. Typically used in conjunction with other barrier elements, such as planters. ɖCurb ɖ Extensions and Plazas: Use to create a temporary visual green surface for curb extensions, or as a soft surface for parklets and plaza events. Tips and Considerations »» Leaving unattended overnight may result in theft; Appropriate for very short-term (one-day) demonstrations unless a project has been identified to roll up and roll out the turf on a daily basis. »» Beware of windy conditions, as turf does not adhere to roadway surface Potential Sources »» Purchase from gardening supply or hardware store.

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Typical Dimensions: Varied. Purchase as rolls or pallets, with the smallest amount being 10 sq. ft. Estimated Cost: $.25 / square foot of sod Overview: Easy, cheap solution to creating a comfortable and visible green surface.

F Demo (1 day - 1 month) F Pilot (1 month - 1 year) Interim (1 - 5 years) Recommended Applications and Installation ɖPlazas ɖ / Pocket Parks: Use to create a natural, soft green surface for demonstration parklets, plazas, and pocket parks. Tips and Considerations »» Installation can be messy, bring a broom or other method of sweeping up loose soil. »» Real grass is aesthetically pleasing and very inviting for users. It is an ideal material for projects that seek to invite people to lounge, play, and linger. »» Sod is somewhat delicate and is not ideal for long-term use in areas with high levels of foot traffic. »» Identify a steward to water the sod (fire department, neighbor, local busines, public works department, parks department etc.). Potential Sources »» Borrow or seek turf donations from local landscape vendors for very shortterm demonstration projects. »» Purchase from a local gardening supply, turf, or hardware store.

Tactical Urbanist's Guide to Materials and Design v.1.0  

The only materials and design guidance for Tactical Urbanist demonstration, pilot, and interim design projects. Funded by the James L. Knigh...

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