Evolution of Synthetic Turf

by | Jan 13, 2022 | Build, Design, Environment, Equipment, Industry News, Products, Technology

by Joe Wadkins

The evolution of synthetic turf has created a billion-dollar Industry.

Since the late 1950’s, synthetic turf, also known as artificial grass, has become “the” hot item in the landscape industry.

Manufacturers have created better and stronger materials that feel and look like real grass.

Architects, Designers, and Builders are taking advantage of its many uses and services by adding synthetic turf to their portfolio.

Throughout decades, first, second, and third generation turf systems have made revolutionary improvements.

Manufacturers have created better and stronger materials that feel and look like real grass.

Synthetic fibers are now treated with UV inhibitors and complex ingredients that are designed to combat wear and tear and are environmentally safe.

New fiber shapes and colors are being developed.

Tan “Thatch” or “dead grass yarn” mixed with green grass colors simulate natural soil and have become homeowner’s favorite for their landscape.

Synthetic turf “Infill” has seen changes over the decades as well.

The synthetic turf industry has created new manufacturing techniques along with many infill options.

Infill granules are being coated and infused with anti-microbial protection to help prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew.

Play areas are using organics for infill like walnut, cork, pine, and coconut to lower surface temperatures.

Clinoptilolite, aka “Zeolite”, a natural volcanic mineral is being used as a “top-dressing” infill to combat odor from pet urine.

We can talk all day about the evolution of fiber, how many uses, or how beautiful synthetic turf is, but the “wow” factor is how it saves tremendous amounts of water.

Synthetic turf has become a crucial component in saving water for many states.

Several lakes and rivers are at historical record lows.

Boat docks are being lowered every week due to the rapid depletion of water that feeds many cities.

States have created mandates forcing water restrictions and compensating owners with cash up to $3.00 per sq. ft. by removing natural grass and placing with landscape synthetic turf.

Just think of all the pesticides, insecticides, and other poisonous chemicals that are not needed when placing synthetic turf.

That alone is crucial to the environment.

The versatility of synthetic turf has allowed manufacturers to design, create, and manufacture products for landscape, golf, bocce, lawn-bowling, tennis, corn-hole, cross-fit, pet facilities, rooftops, balconies, mezzanines, and much more.

The creativity synthetic turf offers allows endless hours of sports and activities to be played all year around.

Installing synthetic turf is not a complex process. It is a game changer.

It is a savior in many ways.

It saves water.

It saves money.

It saves that yard that can never stay green.

But most importantly?

It saves valuable time that can be spent on more important things, like family and friends.

If you have any questions or need to schedule a training, please give me a shout.




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