Nowadays, artificial grass is mostly used in residential lawns and commercial properties as a low-maintenance alternative to natural turf since it does not require mowing, watering and other time-consuming upkeep. If these benefits sound appealing to you, visit Forest Green Artificial Grass where you can buy realistic-looking grass and supplies for DIY synthetic grass installation.
The first artificial grass in history
Artificial grass was originally designed to be used in sports arenas. Unlike natural grass, synthetic turf requires very little maintenance (no trimming and irrigation) and can tolerate higher foot traffic thanks to its durable design.
The first installation of synthetic turf at a major sporting venue occurred at the Astrodome in Houston in 1966. Monsanto used a short-fiber, densely packed nylon carpet called ChemGrass and laid it on a solid base before they decided to add a foam pad between the carpet backing and the soil in the subsequent year.
Later on, the company changed its product’s name from ChemGrass to AstroTurf, which throughout the 70s and 80s experienced a popularity boom as it replaced the natural grass of countless multi-sport stadiums in the US.
AstroTurf’s popularity stemmed from its ability to withstand high volumes of traffic and provide a consistent playing field despite its low maintenance requirements. Additionally, this product allowed city developers to construct multi-purpose stadiums with movable seats so they could be transformed into concert venues quickly and without damaging the playing surface.
Second-generation artificial grass
In 1976, Frederick T. Haas introduced the second-generation artificial grass in which he added a shock-absorbing pad beneath its base and used fibers that were a bit longer than the first-generation design.
The second-generation artificial grass was also filled with a few millimeters of silica sand to keep the blades upright. Interestingly, this version was not widely adopted within the US, although it paved the way for the modern, third-generation synthetic grass we know today.
Modern synthetic grass
The modern artificial grass, which was first used in 1997 at a high school lawn in Pennsylvania, also contains an infill just like the second-generation version, although it comes in a variety of materials such as:
- Silica sand
- Acrylic sand
- Zeofill (ideal for pet owners)
- Walnut shell
FieldTurf was the first company to introduce third-generation artificial grass products before other manufacturers followed suit.
Since the introduction of artificial grass more than 50 years ago, it has undergone significant design changes, allowing it to provide a more cushioning effect, withstand higher foot traffic, and resist the fading effects of the sun’s UV rays.
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