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Archives: March 2013

How Synthetic Turf Saves You Time

In the busy bay area, it seems like every minute needs to put to good use. So why spend the extra hours each month taking care of a lawn.

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This time can be put to good use with the kids unless there teenagers …lol. There most likely on face book or doing something they have no business doing. Any event this give you time to do your favorite hobby whatever it might be. Or the wife might give you a longer to do “honey” list.

Here’s some questions you may ask

Q:       Is synthetic turf affordable?

A:        Yes, absolutely.  When you consider the long term costs of natural lawns, including the maintenance equipment, irrigation, mowing and fertilizer, synthetic turf is actually less expensive.  The break even point is usually 24-48 months.  In some area, homeowners are eligible for tax credits.

Q:       Is the use of artificial grass really better for the environment?

A:        Yes, the use of synthetic grass is far better for the environment.  Water usage alone for a typical lawn is over 20,000 gallons per year, plus the fuel used for lawn movers, string trimmers, etc…  Add that to the point source run off created from weed killers and fertilizers and you can see that natural lawns are difficult to maintain and they are environmentally unfriendly.

Q:       Are there different versions of synthetic turf available?

A:        Yes, there are many different versions and grades available.  Each version is made to fit most any need, including sports turfs, residential and commercial environments.  Custom versions are also available upon request.

Q:       Does synthetic turf contain lead or any other heavy metal?

A:        No.  Unlike the carpet in your house, which likely does contain some heavy metals, all of our synthetic turfs are free of lead and all other heavy metals.  Our products also meet all the requirements of California’s stringent proposition 65.

Who is All Access Construction

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From stamp concrete to retaining walls, irrigation system to pavers. All Access Construction is one of Bay area and Northern California  most well –respected concrete and retaining wall contractors . Why? Because we believe our work “Starts with commitment, deliver with quality, and finish with success. Contact us at 510-701-4400.


This retaining wall construction project took place in San Ramon, California in the Windemere development.


The project was a pretty simple design that the customer presented, together with some input from us.The design consisted of two tiered retaining wall system along with a 1,200 sq.ft of cobble stone pavers.


As with any retaining wall construction project challenges present themselves.

1. Remove approximately 100 yards of clay soil before the rain came.

2. Remove all of the dirt through a 3’6″ gate opening, which could not be removed.  It was a good thing our bobcat MT-52 was only three feet wide.

3. Coordinate access through the client’s three neighbors. Each have easement rights around the property.  We ended up purchasing Starbucks gift cards to help encourage the neighbors to allow us access.

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Remove approximate 100 yards of dirt


Once we got over the challenges, we started building the retaining wall using the Versa lok block. As with any retaining wall, the first course the footing, is the most important.  Both retaining walls went up within 10 days.

We decided to throw in a set of stairs so the customer could access the second retaining wall with ease. Once the retaining wall construction part was completed. We then jumped onto the pavers, using the cobble stone pavers from Mcnear.

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Versa-lok retaining wall

Please read the customers testimonial along with other extremely happy customers statements.

Who is All Access Construction

From stamp concrete to retaining walls, irrigation system to pavers. All Access Construction is one of Bay Area and Northern California’s most well–respected concrete and retaining wall contractors. Why? Because we believe our work “Starts with commitment, deliver with quality, and finish with success. When you’re serious about starting your next retaining wall project look no further then All Access Construction.  Make an appointment online or the old fashion way 510-701-4400

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Materials we use for this project:

  1. 460 sq. ft Versa-lok blocks
  2. 1200 sq. ft Cobblestone Pavers
  3. 130 feet of Drainage Pipe
  4. 25 yards of Base Rock
  5. 15 yards of Drain Rock
  6. yards of Concrete

Other vendors we use include Keystone, pavestone, Allen block , Belgard or Redi-rock block system .


Advantages of the drip system:

1.Applies the water directly to individual plants therefore not giving an opportunity for random seed to germinate.
2.Water loss due to breaks will be considerably less.
3.Use a regulator to reduce the amount of water pressure in the tubing. Too much pressure can blow the emitters off the tube.
4.Install a filter to keep the water clean and prevent fine sand and sediment from clogging the system. Clean the filter regularly.
5.To check for sufficient watering, turn off the system and dig down deep (at least 10-12″) next to an emitter. If the soil is still dry, you’ll need to irrigate longer. After awhile you’ll become good at this and eliminate guesswork.
To have a drip or sprinkler system install by All Access Landscape give us a call @ 877-241-4571.

All Access Landscape recommendations to saving water:

1. Mulch or Bark. This will help improve plant health, reduce water, improve soil, and keep soil temperature cool in the summer. Recommend 2-3″
2.Reduce your lawn …sod is the biggest water using plant for landscape Consider replacing some of all of your lawn with decorative or stamp concrete , paver’s or other form of hard cape.
3. If you do have lawn mow it 2 to 3 inches this will improve the quality of the lawn and reduce water.

Did you know: That On June 15th each year we get 15 hours of day light and on December 21 we get 9.5 hours of day light. The later in the year the less we have to water our landscape.

The recommendations above are All Access Landscape recommendations. Each yard is different please take what we say into considerations along with your own research.

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