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What is Astro Turf or Artificial Grass?

Hill Green Lawns explains what artificial turf is and which choice fits you best.

Astro Turf is a grass-like surface engineered to mimic that of a natural grass lawn. It is manufactured using all man-made materials. Throughout the years, synthetic grass has been installed for a wide spectrum of uses. This includes household and business landscaping, putting greens, and sports fields.

Artificial Grass has been used traditionally for major sports arenas, where natural grass maintenance has proved to be a hassle. The first professional stadium to use artificial grass was the Astrodome in Texas back in 1965. Since then, many indoor and outdoor stadiums utilize the latest artificial grass technology for athletic activity and performance. It proves to be an all-weather consistent playing surface that requires minimal upkeep. Today, artificial grass is approved for the World Cup soccer games, as well as used by almost half of the teams on the National Football League.

Since the launch of turf in the 1970's, artificial grass has evolved tremendously to replicate the aesthetics and feel of real grass. Specialty materials, including washed sand and rubber have enabled today's turf to feel and look more natural. Polypropylene and polyethylene are melted and extruded into long yarn sections during turf production. Then, these yarns are tufted to polypropylene fabrics, much like a carpet. After production, artificial grass is installed on an appropriate surface. The latest yarn technology has been employed to create a realistic aesthetic for artificial grass-- so much so, that its uses have broadened to more than just athletic fields.

The use of artificial grass for households has increased significantly in residential neighborhoods and households. In modern xeriscaping, or landscaping with little or no irrigation, artificial grass proves to be a clear-cut ideal choice. Without requiring heavy maintenance and watering, synthetic grass has been popular among those who enjoy all the benefits of minimal maintenance or even a green sustainable lifestyle. Households with synthetic grass can enjoy a green, healthy-looking lawn despite the season or climate. Homeowners with pets can even attest to all the benefits of a synthetic lawn. Its durability and natural texture are animal safe and pet friendly.

The artificial grass market is rapidly growing to accommodate the popularity of its many uses. Its demand is driven by the technologically advanced production within the industry, as well as increased concerns for the ecosystem and environment. Artificial grass has a notable array of benefits for those who desire an easy-to-maintain lawn for leisure, sport, or everyday use.

Remember this grass requires no watering and is drainable, meaning if it rains, it is not affected. Even if paint is spilled onto the grass, it is made from a non-absorbent material so you can simply hose it or wash it off. For a long term eco-friendly home improvement, synthetic grass is the way to go

Astro Turf And Synthetic Grass Surfaces

Any artificial lawn installation can lead to benefits for residential and commercial applications. Synthetic grass is becoming ever more popular due to technical advances and improved manufacturing techniques. Distribution of astro turf is certainly more widespread in this consumer driven industry whereby clients demand only the best solutions. Some common uses are as follows: Each topic area mentioned in the list can be accessed via our menu on the right.

Artificial Lawn Products For Gardens

No more mowing and the end of mud when you install a new artificial lawn! As the popularity of synthetic grass is growing, it appears this is indeed a practical solution to a perfect lawn. See the websites of our recommended suppliers for examples of artificial lawn installations. Enjoy productive gardening this summer with more time for your plants and trees and less time cultivating the lawn.

Synthetic Grass Maintenance

Your lawn should require no attention for up to ten years if you have a sand infill synthetic grass. Occasional cleaning may be required but this occurs naturally when it rains.

Weeds and drainage

Artificial lawn products are designed so water will pass through the base. Flooding should therefore not be a problem but it may be necessary to landscape your garden prior to astro turf installation. Landscaping would be a requirement if the ground is not reasonably flat.

A membrane prevents weeds from interfering with your synthetic grass. The weed membrane is laid during the installation process and is a standard feature of any artificial lawn.

The artificial grass industry is going from strength to strength with a healthy increase in the number of people who are converting their natural grass lawns to new artificial grass lawns. The moves have been prompted by a number of factors such as areas that are in drought and are experiencing heightened water restrictions that have made it difficult to keep a lawn alive.Artificial grass has come a long way in terms of the technological enhancements. Improvements are being made to ensure the artificial grass is safe to use and will continue to be safe as it ages.

Artificial grass is big news for landscaping industry. These days it is getting even more difficult than before to tell the difference between real grass and artificial grass.

Synthetic turf lawns provide economic advantages over natural grass lawns which require extensive fertilizing and nurturing.

In addition to private gardens, synthetic turf for landscape is particularly well suited to areas where maintaining natural grass is difficult or costly including: airfields, road sides, office buildings, hotels, dog runs, roundabouts and inclines.

Our synthetic lawns have all the beauty of real grass without the time consuming effort it takes to maintain it.

Save water, time and money with a lush, green synthetic lawn AND help save the planet! Let us install your eco-friendly synthetic lawn today!

  • Low Maintenance & Durable
  • Add value to home
  • Green all year round
  • Quick drainage & Weather proof
  • Child & Pet friendly

a. Dog runs It can't be dug up, its easy to clean and keep sterile and there will be no muddy paws. This makes it a favourite at dog kennels.

c. Roof gardens If your roof is not strong enough to support a natural turf cover then artificial grass will fill in very nicely. It also means that you don't need to worry about the grass clippings.

e. Event management We have often seen artificial grass used when there are a going to be a lot of people in the garden. A good example would be if a marquee was planned.

b. Swimming pools Very useful as ground cover beyond the "splash back" area. No muddy areas to carry dust and dirt into the pool, no ruts from the sun loungers and stays green whatever the weather.

d. High wear and tear areas Very often, especially with children, you can end up with parts of the garden where constant usage will not allow grass to grow properly and bald patches which can turn to mud cause real problems. Carefully laid artificial grass can blend in with surrounding features and help overcome this.