How much do you know about artificial grass? Well, Artificial Grass was first invented back in the 1960’s by Donald Elbert and Robert Wright. It was originally branded and patented as chemgrass and then re-branded under the name AstroTurf, where it gained real ground and increased in popularity. The AstroTurf brand continued to have the leading market share until the end of the 20th century and by the early 2000’s had essentially become obsolete due to the amount of competition.  Artificial turf itself comes in many different forms, originally it was short pile plastic fibres that did not use infill. The majority of these have since been replaced by second generation and third generation turf. Second Generation turf included sand infills for the turf, and third generation systems that included recycled rubber into the sand infill mix for an effective artificial surface.  Artificial grass has been used in many different ways over the years, whilst sport is often the primary use of the artificial grass, there are many other uses such as in gardens as a maintenance free alternative to grass, and even decorative use at events and such. There are also many different forms of artificial turf for different uses, such as short pile fibre sections for golf putting, longer pile for sports such as rugby where impact is important. There are also different colours of artificial grass available known as groovy grass, which can be cut up for specific patters, for example a checkerboard pattern with 2 different colour squares of grass or even using a “crazy paving” style with many different colours. Artificial grass has a number of different advantages over regular grass, such as using it in places where there is little natural light and grass can’t grow, or in places where it needs to be able to withstand more usage than grass, which is particularly useful in sports. It is also completely maintenance free which can save a significant amount of time and money over the years as it does not need to be cut down or re-sowed at any point in time. It is also suitable for swimming pool surrounds and roof gardens.

How much do you know about artificial grass? Well, Artificial Grass was first invented back in the 1960’s by Donald Elbert and Robert Wright. It was originally branded and patented as chemgrass and then re-branded under the name AstroTurf, where it gained real ground and increased in popularity. The AstroTurf brand continued to have the leading market share until the end of the 20th century and by the early 2000’s had essentially become obsolete due to the amount of competition.  Artificial turf itself comes in many different forms, originally it was short pile plastic fibres that did not use infill. The majority of these have since been replaced by second generation and third generation turf. Second Generation turf included sand infills for the turf, and third generation systems that included recycled rubber into the sand infill mix for an effective artificial surface.  Artificial grass has been used in many different ways over the years, whilst sport is often the primary use of the artificial grass, there are many other uses such as in gardens as a maintenance free alternative to grass, and even decorative use at events and such. There are also many different forms of artificial turf for different uses, such as short pile fibre sections for golf putting, longer pile for sports such as rugby where impact is important. There are also different colours of artificial grass available known as groovy grass, which can be cut up for specific patters, for example a checkerboard pattern with 2 different colour squares of grass or even using a “crazy paving” style with many different colours. Artificial grass has a number of different advantages over regular grass, such as using it in places where there is little natural light and grass can’t grow, or in places where it needs to be able to withstand more usage than grass, which is particularly useful in sports. It is also completely maintenance free which can save a significant amount of time and money over the years as it does not need to be cut down or re-sowed at any point in time. It is also suitable for swimming pool surrounds and roof gardens.

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