Although artificial grass provides a low-maintenance, resource-saving alternative for many homes, some homeowners are put off by the idea of a roll-out carpet of green plastic tufts. In fact, artificial grass comes in several incarnations and, while the low end options may bear little resemblance to grass, the best are designed with excellent attention to detail and high quality.
New Grass is designed for home use and features a realistic look combined with environmentally friendly construction. While studies have shown many artificial grass lawns can damage the surrounding ecosystem under certain circumstances either with their grass blades or their fill backing, New Grass uses all polyethylene, the most durable plastic in artificial grass, for their filaments and a backing that is derived from soy. This makes the backing biodegradable and non-emissions producing. This grass is available in fescue, rye and centipede variations and is installed in much the same way as other artificial grass, as carpet that uses fill sand for ballast.
Fibrous Nylon Polyethylene Hybrid
Perhaps the softest and most realistic of the artificial grasses are hybrid grass such as SynLawnSyntipede ST220 or Ameriturf Bermuda 2 Tone Supreme. Unlike polyethylene and other plastic grasses which use short grass variations to preserve the illusion of natural grass, nylon hybrids can appear realistic even in tall, lush patches. Adding to the look of realism, nylon and polyethylene hybrid grasses of this kind can be made with slight color variations and imperfections. The result is a lawn of tall, thick grass that stays healthy throughout the year and requires no watering. Because of the increased thickness and weight of this type of grass, more sand is needed to weigh down the patches of carpet, and it may need to be raked occasionally to preserve the look of the grass.
Choices for Athletes
Synthetic turf and artificial grass is especially helpful on the playing field. Professional Turf Solutions and other pro turf companies install synthetic grasses of all types on the field for players. This type of grass can be UV-treated (which lowers temperature build-up), features a rubber-cushioned base and rubber infill instead of sand (which can help reduce injuries) and provides an even and traction-friendly playing field for the game.