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Fake grass, astro turf, chemgrass...Artificial grass has had a number of different names over the past few decades. Though it was not originally intended for residential use, artificial grass has drastically developed and it’s only getting better! Over the past 50 years it has gradually become a household staple and its improved design makes it the best, low maintenance alternative to a real lawn.
Originally known as Chemgrass, artificial grass was first installed in a recreation area of a playschool in 1964. Then it made its second appearance to the public in the Houston Airdome, an indoor sports arena in Texas, in 1966. This is where it became known as astro turf.
The materials used to make artificial grass has largely changed over the past 50 years to improve its quality. The first generation of artificial grass was made with Nylon/Polyamide, which suited its purpose for sports stadiums as it could be used in all weathers and was very durable. Taller pile heights of 20mm and 25mm were then introduced, as well as sand infill, to make the artificial grass feel more natural.
A second generation design was then created in the 1980s, and this new artificial grass was made from polypropylene. This new material was far cheaper than Nylon, meaning that artificial grass could be produced quicker and for a cheaper price. However, the new material as well as the increased sand infill, made the surface rougher, so burns and grazes were a higher risk.
The 1990s brought a third generation, which is still largely used today. This new artificial grass was made from polyethylene, a softer raw material than polypropylene. With this new design, came a range of different pile heights from 20mm to 60mm. This new development meant there was a far higher demand for residential use as it was now far more suitable for home gardens.
Now, the demand for artificial grass continues to grow and with this the quality and design of it continues to improve too. Artificial grass has never been softer, more durable and more real-looking than it is today.
Here at Eternal Lawns, we specialise in installing the best quality grass to suit your needs. If your considering having artificial grass installed, get in touch and we can book you in for a free, no obligation survey.