Synthetic or artificial grass is a machine made surface manufactured from synthetic materials e.g. Polypropylene or Polyethylene and the like. Until recently, it was mostly used in arenas for sporting activities that were originally played on grass, however, since the late 1990s, uses of synthetic grass has moved fast beyond Soccer to Cricket to Golf to Residential and Landscape design.
The most common type uses Polyethylene that is tufted to the applicable length, lubricated with silicone onto a rubberized base. Most manufactured synthetic grasses once installed are afterwards top dressed using silica sand that keeps the fibers upright and offers the correct of speed and bounce height of the ball and avoiding deform-ability.
The newest additions to synthetic grass are longer fibre grasses that are infilled through mixtures of sand and rubber granules. The infill materials give the correct level of shock absorbency and is soft to the touch. Even newer is synthetic grasses such as “Ausgrass” that require not infill material to be applied.
The quality and diversity of synthetic grasses that are obtainable now have vastly improved as the need for synthetic grass expands. Residential properties are fast becoming smaller and the tendency of unit home style dwellings, labour and equipment costs, limited spending time on garden maintenance, all add to the growing interest in synthetic grass as an option.
Although initially it sometimes is more costly than natural grass, the long time benefits become evident within two years from your expenditure.
This is entirely for the following reasons:
- Very little maintenance, no grass mowing, no watering for growth, effortless to keep clean and withstands all the Australian harsh climates.
- Â Synthetic grass is a better answer when the environment is especially hostile to natural grass where there is little natural light for example a bare area beneath a large tree.
- Â Just the thing for holiday homes when maintenance of lawns is not feasible. It is also an answer for elderly home owners who find the maintenance of lawns a great deal of hard work.
- Â Most appropriate for roof gardens and swimming pool surrounds.
- Have a balcony? just great.
- Artificial grass can last up to 20 years.
How do I choose the correct Synthetic Grass product?
When deciding on installing synthetic grass, the first thing to think about is long term investment. Our grasses will last you a very long time. There are countless kinds of synthetic grass varieties now offered, and selecting the right, is becoming increasingly challenging. However, there are particular criteria that you need to take into account when you think about installing synthetic grass.
- What is the purpose of use. What is the grass’s major purpose and what is it’s intended use? There are synthetic grass varieties that can be used for more than one purpose, there are synthetic grass types that can be used for multiple purposes. Define the main use of the grass and base your decisions on that. Ausgrass has particular expertise in assessing for you the coreect synthetic grass that fits your needs.
- Â Should it be an infill or a non-infill product. Some grass types need to have an infill to fully justify it’s looks. Ausgrass is one of the major suppliers of “no infill” synthetic grass.Â This is a major advantage as it means reduced maintenance and more importantly no infill blowing into your pool. See my article on “Infill”.
- Â Inspect synthetic grass samples by visiting your local supplier. Base your decision on what you see and feel taking into account of its use. Keep in mind that this should be a long term investment decision, and there is a big difference between synthetic grass, and fake grass.
Visit “Ausgrass” and view their range of synthetic grass, you are sure to find one that meets your criteria.