Whether you call it artificial grass, synthetic turf, fake lawn or astroturf, there is a growing trend in the residential installation of artificial grass.
Artificial grass has come a long way since the sixties, when it was installed in the Astrodome, the world’s first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium. The move towards replacing areas of real grass with synthetic turf in residential homes has encouraged product improvement.
There are still some questionable artificial grass products on the market. Things to consider when purchasing artificial grass are the quality of the turf such as the thickness and the UV stabilisation, warranty offered, reputability of the business selling the grass, and the colour of the grass. Initially it may appear that all synthetic turfs are green and there is little between them in the way of looks. However, attention to detail tells a very different story. Some turfs are very fluorescent shades of green. Some are high shine. And then again some look fine to begin with but have not been made to withstand constant direct exposure to the sun and quickly deteriorate or fade.
To simplify comparison of different artificial turfs, many people refer to each type simply by the pile height.