It has been almost 50 years since the first species of astro turf was invented. Astro turf, which is also known as fake grass or synthetic turf, is continually evolving in the manufacturing technique, look, feel, quality and popularity over this time.
Initially, astro turf was designed as an alternative playing surface for sports such as baseball, soccer and gridiron. Nowadays, fake grass is used in a myriad of applications both commercially and residentially, from rooftops, alfresco dining areas and photography studios to landscaping, cat runs and balconies to name a few.
Continual advancement in modern technology is resulting in the most realistic looking fake grass yet. Previously, the words ‘astro turf’ conjured images of a scratchy, coarse, short pile grass. Not only is the evolving technology attributing to synthetic turf’s popularity in the community, environmental changes and a wide spread increase in the length of an average workday, it is also having a direct impact on how we best use our spare time.
A synthetic solution for difficult areas
Synthetic turf is a fantastic solution for difficult areas, such as shaded or drainage challenged spots. No matter how hard you try, it’s just impossible to grow natural grass in these areas. Adding to the frustration is an endless supply of dirt and dust in summer or mud and sludge in winter, inevitably making its way into your home. Astro turf is not only an affordable alternative to cover dirt and hard to grow areas. Gone is the cold, grey look of concrete and there is no more getting down on hands and knees to scrub tiles and grout. Put the broom away and eliminate dusty sweeping sessions forever.
Not only does fake grass offer pleasing aesthetic views as well as more ways to use ‘dead’ space, it also gives you peace of mind in knowing you are helping the environment. There is increasing pressure nowadays to be conscious of what impact our actions have on our environment. Installing artificial grass reduces water consumption; let’s face it, with water restrictions in force more and more we must be proactive in finding ways to conserve our precious H2O.
Forget about fertilisers
No more fertilisers or harmful pesticides that pollute our groundwater are required. It’s easy to dismiss this by thinking that one person not using them isn’t going to make a difference. However, it’s not just one person; it’s thousands of people every day.
In today’s modern, fast paced and ever increasing environmentally conscious world it is indeed reassuring to know there’s never been a better time to fake it.