Athletic Versus Landscape Turf: What’s the Difference?

For most people, their first encounter with artificial grass comes via the neighborhood high school field. While able to withstand the abuse of constant sliding, kicking, and tackling, these fields entirely lack the look and feel of natural grass. It’s about time we set the record straight about the differences between athletic and landscape turf.

Face Weight: The “face weight” of synthetic grass refers to the quantity of yarn used per square yard. Like carpets, more yarn used results in a higher density turf that translates into better quality. Athletic turf fields tend to use a lower face weight turf in order to save on costs. EcoLawn SB uses turf with a higher face weight in order to provide a synthetic turf that looks and feels like real grass. 1024x1024 Thatch Layer: The “thatch layer” is a lower layer of curly yarn that acts like the root zone in real grass. The thatch layer is extremely important; it reduces the need for infill and is typically lighter colored to give a more realistic look. Athletic turf fields will have no thatch layer, while every piece of turf we install includes this layer.

Infill Type: Infill type creates the largest difference between athletic and residential turf. Athletic turf uses rubber pellets made from recycled tires. While providing a soft barrier between grass and ground, this type of infill is unsightly and annoying. The turf used by EcoLawn SB is made of silica sand and a natural deodorizer, which creates a softer feeling and natural look. Our infill is also much easier to reuse and recycle.

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