Artificial turf growth in the area of sports fields, golf putting greens and landscaping has shown steady year on year improvement. In fact the combined installation of synthetic grass materials will exceed over 140 million square meters, something like a 40% increase on the amount installed back in 2005. Sports fields alone have shown an annual increase of around 15 – 20% each year and that’s after an initial explosion of sales when the market really started to take off.

What should be made clear though is that the synthetic grass industry is actually only a small number of manufacturing companies that make the artificial grass and then repackage and rebrand it for their distributors. The products are then marketed and sold by companies through a complex network of competition and partnerships. Although there are many different artificial grass brand names and installers out there who also supply the grass, the chances are it has actually originated from the same factory and has merely had a different name slapped on the top.

What this means for the consumer is that you shouldn’t agonize too much about which brand you should be buying. Certainly you must buy residential landscape synthetic grass for your backyard and sports synthetic turf for a playing field, but when it all gets boiled down, the name on the grass could just be a brand name for one of the competitors that you are comparing it against.

To make things a little more confusing, because let’s face it nothing is straight forward in life. There is certainly a difference between the quality of some synthetic grasses compared to others. This is something that we will examine in a little more detail in the near future. But you should be looking at the materials used in the construction of the grass – and this is something that a good company will provide to you. You should also be satisfied that the density of the tufting is suitable for your needs and that the way in which the tufting is woven means that it will last for many years.

The quality of the materials used is a critical factor in whether you are buying a reliable product or a second-rate one. There has been a lot of scrutiny in the synthetic grass market over the last couple of years and much of it has had to do with the safety of using the grass. This has led to an improvement in manufacturing techniques and in the quality of the products used. Not all companies have made this quick transition and are still providing stock that is unproven over the longer term. Try to get as many independent professional opinions and customer experiences as you can before you buy you synthetic grass.

There is a significant outlay involved in buying synthetic grass so you want to have done the necessary research before you part with your cash. Knowing a little of the industry will help you take that step.