Thanks to improved development techniques a higher-quality material and fiber design, turf can be made to look, feel and move like real grass that grows in your region locally. Turf that has the same real color and texture as the healthiest natural grass that grows in your lawn. There is now even a hybrid artificial turf which features natural Sports grass supported with synthetic fibers for added stability. It’s easy to see why artificial grass is quickly replacing natural grass in playing fields across the country.
It was in the mid-1960s that chemists at Monsanto first created AstroTurf and by 1966 it was being instituted into playing fields such as the Houston Astrodome. There are over 11,000 synthetic playing fields in school yards, college fields, national parks and Professional multi-stadiums in the United States alone. Artificial turf makes for a better playing field than natural grass, withstanding extreme weather conditions, it doesn’t demand the same level of maintenance, plus it will last longer. Turf is cushioned making it safer in a fall, helping to prevent injuries and helping to create a more enjoyable competitive experience. One very popular type of field is known as an “infill” system, there is a natural formed subgrade, drainage and leveling layer, and the top layer of synthetic grass which lay across shock absorbing pad. There is a particle layer made of sand, rubber and other components known as “crumb” embedded in the top layer of fibers in the infill system. The “crumb” is what keeps the blades of turf upright, laying across the shock absorbing pad beneath, providing even more safer in case a player should fall.
The advancement of the fibers has made a safer playing field for sports competition. Improved fiber designs influence performance in various ways. For example, blades that are designed with an S-shape will evenly reflect sunlight so that on a sunny day the turf will still keep its uniform color. W-shaped blades of synthetic grass will diffuse what would otherwise collect from the sunlight, dropping the temperature up to 15 degrees. M-shaped blades stop water from collecting, prevent mirror effects and reflect light from surfaces. And beneath it all a shock pad that snaps together for added comfort and safety, reducing the impact forces players experience during competition.
After these fields have used up their warranty, companies like AGR (Artificial Grass Recyclers) will recycle this turf for residential DIY reuse projects and your favorite college football field will have new artificial grass to continue the assurance of a good and safe sports field.