With the advent of artificial grass or turf in 1964, the sports and home gardening scene changed forever. The public couldn’t wrap their mind around the concept, that what took them so long and so much effort to grow evenly, could now simply be laid out like a carpet.
Since homeowners and businesses discovered that inducting a little greenery in their building design won’t need to incorporate meticulous care of a bed of grass anymore, the traditional idea of a lawn has changed forever.
Artificial grass consists of two major components, an underlying sheet or backing material, and the blades of the grass itself. The backing material can be made from anything, ranging from jute to polyester, while higher quality versions are made from polyester tyre chords. The blades of the grass are made from nylon or polypropylene while the overall cushioning system is made of rubber or polyester foam.
Artificial grass has every advantage over natural grass, such as –
- It is extremely durable. The average time period that a bed of artificial grass can last for, is twenty years. That is no small feat considering the extremely simple and uncomplicated method of producing it.
- It requires no maintenance at all. Unlike regular grass, weeds can neither grow in a bed of artificial grass, nor survive in it, saving valuable time spent swinging a weed whacker. Also, there are no water requirements at all, saving on sprinkler systems.
- Its felt base can be attached using good-quality adhesive to any surface.
- Once installed, it is highly cost-effective.
- Artificial grass does not wither. Its synthetic fibers lose neither shape nor color, and maintain the greenery of the lawn for an inordinately large amount of time.
- Harbours no insect, and subsequently keeps the house free from bugs.
- Artificial grass is resistant to a wide range of climatic conditions. From hailstorms to hot summer days, it can bear them all and still stay lush and green.
These undeniable traits warrant the use of artificial grass in a number of places and activities, like –
- Field Hockey
Now, although studies show that pathogens are not easily broken down in artificial grass when compared to its natural counterpart, there are some studies that say synthetic fibers actually discourage the existence of pathogens. As a result, we can safely conclude that artificial grass is no safer or harmful than real grass.