Astroturf and Artificial Grass – What’s the Difference?

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Many names are used for artificial grass and have caused some confusion over the years. A widely used term is astroturf, which most people don’t know is borrowed from a professional sports venue more than fifty years ago. Amongst the names already mentioned for that green thing that’s installed in many people’s backyards and commercial spaces, fake grass and artificial turf come in after as popularly used terms. So is there a right or wrong name? Not necessarily!

 We’ll break down astroturf and the difference between artificial grass, and the many benefits artificial grass provides for people today.

What is Astroturf?
The term astroturf came from a brand of synthetic grass used in the 1960s called ChemGrass. It was initially used at the Houston Astrodome for major sporting events, and when its popularity rose, many professional stadiums and sporting teams started installing them at their home fields. A ChemGrass employee coined the term astroturf for the widely used synthetic grass at the Astrodome. Even though astroturf does refer to fake grass, it is not a general term used in the industry as it is a brand name.

What is Artificial Grass?
Artificial grass is the most common term used in the industry today to describe all types of manufactured grass. It is interchangeable with other popular terms such as artificial turf, synthetic grass, and fake grass. Fake grass, however, is the least commonly used term in the synthetic grass industry as it has fallen out of favour with an association with modern grass. 

Why Should I Use Artificial Grass?
Since its invention for sporting purposes, artificial grass has evolved over the past 60 years to be more adaptable to environmental factors and personal preferences. From changes to making the grass softer to making the grass more durable and resistant to specific elements, artificial grass provides several benefits that are shared across residential and commercial use.  

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Artificial grass is made of a blend of synthetic fibres that allow it to mimic the look and feel of real grass and is a cost-saving option in the long term. On top of being easy to maintain, artificial grass is child and pet-friendly and ideal for people who live a busy lifestyle. This means saving money on your water bill and saying goodbye to any chemicals and pesticides that you might find in natural grass! 

If you’re deciding to make the switch to artificial grass, we have a range of synthetic grass products that compliment any landscape and are designed to suit specific areas within homes and commercial builds. Not only do we specialise in artificial grass installations, we also offer a decking service and provide landscaping advice to suit your project. Get started on your project today and contact us for a free quote!

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