Artificial grass is normally found on sporting fields and used for landscaping. Also known as turf, this type of groundcover is synthetic. It looks like natural grass but is easier to maintain. You don’t have to water artificial grass, apply fertilizers and pesticides or trim it.
But before you buy artificial grass, you should know how to compare the different types available in the market today so you can choose the right one.
- Polyethylene. Artificial grass made from polyethylene looks like straight grass blades. This type of synthetic grass dries quickly, is resistant to molds, sunlight and different degrees of wear.
- Polypropylene. The grass blades made of polypropylene can bend in a realistic almost natural fashion. During the manufacturing process, the blades are bent and rolled. This artificial grass can stay this way for a long time. Polypropylene grass is often used in landscaping as well as in lawns for sporting activities such as golf.
- Monofilament. Blue grass or rye glass is a type of grass with thin blades. Monofilament artificial grass looks pretty much like these grass types. It has slender blades that move easily. You can use monofilament grasses for landscaping.
- Slit film. For sport turfs, the slit film grass is one of the best types to use. The blades are thicker and definitely tougher compared to the other synthetic grass types. Slit film grass can hold up to the wear and tear of sporting activities. You will know that the grass type is slit film if it looks like Bermuda grass.
- Nylon. Artificial grass has been used for a long time. Nylon was one of the first materials used for putting greens. You can also find nylon grass on field hockey surfaces. With nylon grass, you can have a low turf that is level. This makes it ideal for the golf ball or hockey puck to slide on. The fibers are about 3/8” inch long. They come in short bundles that are woven tightly into a permeable background. The colors of nylon grass range from light to dark green.
- Comparing artificial grass types. You will need to go to an artificial grass seller to see all the different types of artificial grass in one place. Examine each type of synthetic grass. They should all look as natural as possible. Hold the grass so you know how each one feels. The texture should be soft. It is important to check the backing of the artificial grass. Water, especially rain water, should be able to easily seep through the synthetic backing. Otherwise, accumulated water may cause some level of damage to the artificial grass in the long run.
- Before you go to the artificial grass store, you should already have an idea where the artificial grass will be installed. This can help you choose the right type of artificial grass.
- Choose the artificial grass that will look good on your lawn and feel good on your pocket. Inquire about installation procedures, requirements and cost.
- If necessary, ask for samples to bring home. Remember that aside from different types, artificial grass comes in different shades of green. The shade of green should blend into the surroundings.
Comparing artificial grass types can only be done where artificial grass is sold. Talk to the person in charge and ask him to show you what is available. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Request that he show you the differences between synthetic grass types. This is the only way you can choose the right type for your landscaping or sports surface needs.