07 May 2020
Echoing Green's Guide to Artificial Grass
An artificial lawn can provide a wide array of benefits, but consist of a variety of components in order to provide a perfect, evergreen landscape. If you’ve been considering switching out your natural lawn with artificial grass turf, you may have found yourself a little overwhelmed with the different parts of synthetic grass to consider.
With the assortment of artificial grass available, we at Echoing Green believe that in order to make the best choice for your home or commercial landscape, you need to understand what each of the main components of artificial grass are, and what they do. We’ve compiled this handy guide to help you learn the various parts that comprise synthetic grass turf, along with how they affect the texture and feel of an artificial lawn so that you can make the right choice for your landscape!
5 Components of Artificial Grass
1. Artificial Grass Yarns
The yarns of artificial grass are what would be considered the blades of grass in a natural lawn, and are the primary factor in the appearance and texture of your artificial lawn. Yarns vary based on length, colour, thickness, and density in order to create the types of artificial turf available. Tough, performance-based grasses like sports turf and artificial putting greens, for example, will require fibrillated yarns, but may not be suitable for softer residential lawns.
The backing of artificial turf is what holds all the yarns together, and is the primary component in the overall durability and longevity of your artificial grass product. When choosing turf, a polyurethane backing will provide enhanced durability, optimal draining of precipitation and moisture, while also being environnmentally-friendly.
Infill is additional synthetic material, rubber, or sand that is compactly installed at the base of the artificial grass yarns, over top of the backing. This layer provides a number of crucial benefits to your artificial lawn including increased durability and longevity by holding the base more securely to prevent stretching or rippling, as well as improved drainage, shock absorption, and supporting yarns to stay standing upright.
The nails keep your artificial grass turf secured to the ground, or the surface it's applied to. The type of nail needed will depend on where the artificial grass is being installed, and what it will be used for, and higher-trafficked or high-impact areas will require more security.
The seams of your artificial turf are no different than the seams of your clothing; they hold the different pieces of the turf together, and the quality of the seaming will make a big difference in the overall quality and lifespan of the artificial grass installation.
Some Additional Artificial Grass Terms to Know
Gauge: spacing between rows of grass
Denier: thickness of yarn
Pile Height: grass length
Density: number of tufts of grass per area
Dtex: density of materials used per area
Face weight: weight of the grass blades only, without the backing
European Quality Artificial Grasses at Echoing Green
At Echoing Green, we are passionate about providing eco-friendly artificial lawns that beautify homes & daycares, create innovative commercial, retail and restaurant landscapes, and deliver high-performance sports fields. Our European artificial grasses are subject to the highest quality standards to provide only the best synthetic grass products on the market.
If you’re thinking about installing an artificial landscape, contact Echoing Green today! Our team will guide you through the different parts of artificial grass to consider, so you get years of beauty and enjoyment from your artificial grass!