Artificial grass has a history that starts back in the 1950s and was prompted by a social desire to get youngsters in the United States to get out and exercise more regularly. Also referred to as synthetic grass, scientists developed it so that not only would children be able to keep playing regardless of the weather conditions, but that the surface would encourage them to do so.

The result was one of the early prototypes of what we now know to be fake grass or artificial grass. The surface of this early type of synthetic grass was very hard under foot and was not especially conducive to children who have a tendency to fall over a lot. In fact, the early synthetic grass surfaces produced were unpopular.

The durability and workability of the synthetic grass surface itself, on the other hand proved to be a success and the original playing field that was laid with the covering lasted for twenty years of solid wear.

There are some negative claims about artificial grass such as the allegation that fields covered with it have poor drainage and therefore has a tendency to rot. This is coupled with the suggestion that there are more on-field injuries caused by the use of synthetic turf sports-grounds. In fact, both claims are unfounded with the reality being that, if anything, synthetic grass covered fields result in fewer injuries, although it’s true, they can be responsible for a newer type of injury. Artificial grass drains more quickly than natural grass and the use of the artificial surface encourages better drainage and enables competitive sports to continue play with less interruption time due to rain.

Nowadays, the advances in artificial grass surfaces are enormous and can’t be down-played. Asphalt is no longer used as an underlay beneath the surface of the grass which has resulted in a number of benefits. Shock absorption is increased provided by the grass, heat retention during summer is reduced and drainage is further improved.

One of the most important of these advancements, at least for some is that artificial grass no longer look fake. Apart from the evenness of the surface, artificial grass now looks considerably more natural and lush than it ever has in the past.

Typically the depth of artificial grass is around 3cm thick and the blades of grass are made from a polyethylene-polypropylene blend which is then woven into a mat-like backing (much like that of carpet). The only maintenance that is recommended is that the surface be given a clean each month, which involves rubbing it down. This is done to ensure there is no fungal growth taking hold. If you were to get this done professionally it is estimated that it would cost no more
than a couple of thousand dollars a year. When you compare this cost to the annual cost of watering a natural grass field you come to the realization that the savings are enormous.

The use of artificial grass as an alternative to natural grass in home yards is no longer just the alternative for those at the lower end of the socioeconomic scale. With more people leading increasingly busy lifestyles they find themselves time poor and synthetic grass has now become the stable for all regards of income bracket. The desire to get immediate results and with visual perfection desired, artificial grass fills the bill.

As already mentioned synthetic grass has many advantages being low maintenance, inexpensive over the long term and providing reliable year-round good looks for those concerned with their garden’s aesthetic appearance. Water shortages are a constant obstacle to maintaining a healthy covering of grass and when that is coupled with high traffic areas that virtually turn a lawn into a dustbowl overnight then synthetic grass provides a practical solution.

What is more, with fake or artificial grass there is no limit to the amount of area you wish to cover and up-keep is negligible especially when compared to the requirements of real grass. There is no longer the need for pesticides, watering, mowing, and replacing of dead patches etcetera.

While slow to catch on in many Westernized countries, Asian nations who are resource tight have long used synthetic grasses for their play-grounds, private lawns and commercial turf. The threat of degradation by human or other pests is removed by using synthetic grass. You have the luxury of getting immediate results by laying artificial grass as soon as it is installed you are greeted with a lovely green backyard.

Finally, if you should ever change your mind and decide that artificial grass is not for you it may be pulled up, the say way that a carpet is removed and you can start over again with the original empty canvas that can be filled with natural grass.