When customers are looking for artificial turf, one of the components that can make or break how the lawn or putting green looks is what goes UNDER the turf.
To really get the look and feel of real grass – without the hassle of mowing, weeding or watering – the right foundation is needed. Just like with real grass, artificial turf must be solidly based just like sod.
Say what, you ask! Surely artificial grass doesn’t need dirt!
Not exactly. But it will look and feel much more like actual grass if it’s solidly anchored. Infill will help keep the blades of your new lawn upright – just as if they’re growing. Plus, that infill will help the artificial turf feel a little “springy” underfoot, just like actual grass.
It will help with drainage, too, so a new lawn won’t be soggy in the middle – or anywhere else. In fact, that sand will even help deter bacteria, which is why it’s often used for playgrounds with artificial turf. (An excellent selling point for childcare centers, playgrounds and more.)
Because infill helps to protect the artificial turf’s foundation, it will also help your lawn last longer. (Another selling point!)
So…infill. Often, infill is simply crumb rubber, made from used automobile tires. This material is extremely sturdy and safe for children and pets, and it’s often used around playgrounds instead of sand because it is somewhat softer and safer than sand.
However, crumb rubber can be more costly than other products. It’s also heat absorbent, which means your yard could warm up in the summer.
Sand is another option when selecting infill for your new lawn. It will help to stabilize your new grass, and protect the turf, too.
Silica sand will also help to protect the blades of grass, so they’ll not only look more natural, they’ll last longer.
There are still other options for infill. One, called Envirofill, is a popular choice, especially for lawns frequented by pets. This coated sand product is made with Microban technology, which helps prevents odors and stains.
You could also consider thatch. Thatch is made from dried leaves and other tree debris, is a bit springy and gives a very natural look to your lawn.
Thatch doesn’t drain very well, though, and it does not last as long as other infill materials.
Still another product is made from walnut shells ground into smooth granules. It produces no dust, and because it is entirely natural it is hypoallergenic.
Here are a couple of things to remember about infill:
- Make sure you’re buying a certified product, because generic products have been known to result in weeds. AZ Turf can help you make that determination.
- Have a professional install the infill – an artificial grass warranty may not cover the lawn if a business or homeowner does it themselves.
- Consider how the lawn will be used. Clients will be happier if the new lawn can last as long as possible.
The professionals at AZ Turf Depot can guide in making the infill selection that’s right for your client’s lawn.