Artificial Grass Buying Guide
Maybe you’ve been considering artificial grass for a while now, but weren’t sure which artificial turf was best for you. No worries, I’ll cover everything you need to know about artificial grass. Trust me, there’s an artificial grass out there to meet your needs. Let’s get started!
Whether you’re just starting your research into artificial grass or you're ready to make that big purchase, this guide is here to help.
There are many types of artificial grass, and it can be difficult to navigate through them all. The good news is most artificial grass is multi-use, but some are better in certain uses than others. Depending on what your plan is for artificial grass, you can be looking at a wide range of options. For reference, let’s take a quick look at our best-selling artificial turf:
Landscape Artificial Grass
There are plenty of reasons to choose landscape artificial grass.
To be honest though, the best reason is because it’s beautiful.
Let's face it - water can be expensive, and if you live in an area that experiences drought, it’s not always readily available. Not only that, but constant lawn maintenance can be a drain when all you want to do is enjoy your outdoor area. I say, spend less time caring for your lawn and more time enjoying it!
This is where artificial grass comes in. It stays green all year round and requires very little maintenance. That means no wasting water and no pushing lawnmowers during hot afternoons! Aritifical grass is for enjoyment, simple as that.
What is Landscape Artificial Grass?
Landscape turf is a little different than other types of artificial grass. It has certain qualities that make it perfect for your lawn.
Most fake grass for landscape will look like real grass blades. Manufacturers are working hard to make artificial turf look and feel more realistic than ever before. Artificial grass mimics real grasses found throughout the United States. For example, artificial grass that looks like bermuda grass is popular on the West Coast.
Landscape artificial turf is also UV stable and often heat and frost resistant for high durability. It’s made to last outdoors for a very long time! It’s also perforated for drainage and it tends to be more dense and plush than other types of artificial turf. That means the turf won’t get soggy under heavy rain.
Landscape artificial turf is also used indoors or outdoors. Usually, indoor artificial turf is low-pile and not as realistically made. It can even come in different colors! This landscape turf is temporary or installed on patios and is typically not used for entire lawns.
Pros of Landscape Artificial Grass:
- Bug-be-Gone: You’ve got artificial grass covering your lawn. That means bugs will be a thing of the past. Everybody wants fewer creepy-crawlies when enjoying their yard.
- Maintenance Free: One of the best things about artificial grass is that you don’t have to mow or water it. The heat-of-the-day labor is gone for good.
- Forever Green: To keep your lawn green, you might end up using more water than your city can afford to lose. No need to sweat a water shortage; this lawn is green without the water.
- Eco-Friendly: Artificial grass is made of recycled materials and has a measurable, positive impact on the environment.
Cons of Landscape Artificial Grass:
- Up-Front Expense: Buying and installing artificial grass can get expensive. You need accessories and time to get the perfect lawn. We like to think it’s worth it though. You’ll find in the long term, it’s actually cheaper!
- Heat: When the heat rises, so does the temperature of your artificial turf grass. There are turf fill products to help keep the temperature down, but artificial grass is hotter to the touch than real grass.
Pet turf is perfect for your four-legged furry friends to have fun in! Artificial grass for pets is safe for animals and gives them a comfortable green space to roll around on.
Artificial grass for pets can range from grass that’s great for lawns to fake grass that's great for balconies or indoor areas. Whether you’re looking for an artificial grass lawn or fake grass potty area, there’s a pet turf for your needs.
Why Use Artificial Grass for Pets?
Using artificial grass for dogs and pets has several benefits over using the real stuff. Many of our landscape turf rolls are made intentionally with a slight curl and flatter blades, making them more pet-friendly. Your pup will love rolling around in a soft bed of fake grass without pricklies poking at him. Our pet turf ensures that your backyard is a haven for your dog.
The best part? Fido can run around all he wants without tearing up your grass, tracking mud in the house or catching fleas and ticks. Artificial grass is durable and less inviting for dogs to dig, not to mention you won’t see the usual brown spots where he chooses to relieve himself. Also, you won’t have to worry about watering grass or filling in holes of buried bones.
In fact, fake grass for dogs is quite the low-maintenance alternative to caring for a real lawn. With a realistic, natural look and feel, pet turf helps you conserve water and save money on monthly maintenance costs. Just think how much more time you’ll have to play fetch without all that mowing and weeding!
Is Artificial Grass Safe for Pets?
Your pet’s happiness is one thing, but safety is the most important. With dog turf, you can let your dog run free without worrying about what kind of trouble he could get into. In fact, most fake grass is pet-friendly, and pet turf is definitely safe for pets.
Here are a few features of fake grass for dogs that ensure their safety:
- Lead-free: No need to worry about your pet or kids being exposed to toxic metals. Dog turf is a safe landscape option for your home. Increased lead exposure was a concern with synthetic grass years ago, but today’s artificial turf contains no detectable traces of lead.
- No need for fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides: A great feature about pet turf is that it does not attract bugs, so you will not have to use insecticides and harmful chemicals on the artificial grass. Especially if your dog likes to chew grass, using chemicals for regular lawn care should be a concern. Synthetic grass requires no chemical use to keep the bugs away and the yard looking great.
- Bacteria-free play area: A concern with real grass is bacterial buildup in your dog’s favorite bathroom spots. Eradicating bacteria that seeps into the soil can be difficult and unsafe for pets or kids. A great thing about synthetic turf is that it has perforations to drain those liquids. Our pet turf actually drains more than 30 inches of rain per hour per square yard!
Pros of Pet Turf:
- Glowing green: Don’t worry about the sun or pet pee fading out your fake grass. Synthetic turf is UV stable and durable through heat and frost. Enjoy green grass all year long!
- Non-toxic: Relax knowing your pet is playing on safe turf – no lead, heavy metals or chemicals found here!
- Easy maintenance: No, you’re not getting out of picking up dog poop, but how does getting rid of the lawnmower sound to you? Synthetic grass is incredibly easy to maintain. The turf rolls themselves do the hard work for you by draining your pet’s liquids, reducing any worry of bacteria buildup or faded spots on your lawn.
- Indoor/outdoor installation: While Fido may love to play outside, he might not be psyched about going out there to relieve himself during a thunderstorm. Give him an indoor turf to use for emergencies!
Cons of Pet Turf:
- The artificial turf will get warmer than natural grass in direct sunlight but can be cooled with the use of a hose.
- While you can install pet turf yourself, typically it’s best to hire a professional.
So you want to buy putting green? We’ve got putting green.
Don’t’ succumb to the temptation of buying putting green carpet on Amazon and expecting your golf ball to roll true. Instead of green felt, what you want is artificial grass.
Artificial grass is the best choice when it comes to putting practice, and the closest to being out on the range.
If you’re looking to perfect your short game, learn a bit more about artificial putting green.
What is Putting Green Turf?
Putting green turf is a low-pile artificial grass that allows golf balls to roll true.
It’s different than standard turf because it’s less thick, or lower pile, than the type of artificial grass on your lawn. Because its surface is thinner and the pile is tight, the golf ball is able to roll and stop like it would on natural Bentgrass.
There are other qualities to putting green as well. If you’re not sure what face weight, pile hight and stimp readings are, keep reading! It’ll help make your putting green decision even easier.
- Putting green turf face weight: The face weight is the amount of material used per square yard in your artificial grass. The higher the face weight, the tighter the turf pile, which creates an ideal surface for putting. For putting green, the optimal face weight is between 40 and 60 ounces.
- Putting green turf pile height: Pile height is the thickness of your turf. Putting green should have a low pile height to ensure your ball rolls true. Imagine hacking away in tall grass. Yikes. Most putting green surfaces are ½” thick to ¾” thick.
- Indoor putting green or outdoor putting green: Most putting greens can be installed indoors and outdoors, but it’s good to check to make sure. For example, indoor putting green might have nylon fibers, which can fade in direct sunlight. You’ll definitely want to check if the turf is UV stable to prevent fading.
- Putting green turf stimp reading: A stimp reading tells you how fast the ball will roll on putting green. The higher the stimp reading, the faster the ball will roll. Stimp readings can vary depending on how putting green is installed, but most of the stimp readings on our putting green turf is a 9 to 11.
Pros of Putting Green Turf:
- Maintenance-free: One of the best things about artificial grass is that you don’t have to mow or water it. All that labor is gone. You can just golf.
- Forever green: When you think of golf, you think of rolling green hills. Our putting green stays forever green just like you remember it.
- Great practice: Perhaps most importantly, you get to practice your short game without leaving your home.
- Great fun: It’s also FUN! Teach your kids how to put, or just have some friends over. Remember to have fun on your putting green.
Cons of Putting Green Turf:
- Up-front expense: Buying putting green can have a steep upfront cost, but that also depends on how much area you are dedicating to your golfing zone. Additionally, it lasts for years, so in the long term, it pays for itself.
- Heat: It can get hot out there, and unfortunately outdoor putting green can get a little hot from the sun. Overall, artificial grass is hotter to the touch than real grass.
Indoor and Sports Turf
Not all turf needs to be outside. In fact, many gyms use turf to add a new element to their workout!
Synthetic turf floors allow you to transform your workout area into a space where you can challenge yourself in fun and varied ways. From strength training and conditioning to yoga and stretching, you can reach your full potential in your workouts with a safe and resilient surface beneath you.
How to Use Sports Turf in Your Workout
Gym turf is a durable and long-lasting option that is perfect for pulling or pushing sleds, completing your CrossFit WOD or performing HIIT workouts. While its sound-absorbing qualities make it perfect for weight lifting and high-intensity work, the softness of the artificial grass provides an inviting space for your yoga mat. Take advantage of the flat, cushioned surface for body-weight work and stretching.
Training for a 5k or warrior dash? Many runners practice speedwork on grass because of the lower impact. If bad weather hits, take your workout inside while still getting the safety benefits of grass. Gym turf products make a great surface for speed and agility training because they’re made to absorb impact, helping to prevent athletic injuries.
Whether you work out at a health club or want to improve your home gym, this type of flooring can be just the ticket you need to up your fitness game.
Pros of Sports Turf:
- Versatile: Gym turf works great for at-home gyms, outdoor yoga sessions, CrossFit studios, workout facilities and indoor sports arenas.
- Traction and cushion: Sports turf provides a safe surface that is easier on the joints, allowing athletes to push it to the max with less risk of injury.
- Durability: Synthetic turf can withstand plenty of wear and tear while still looking awesome all year long.
- Low maintenance: Save costs and time with the little upkeep needed for your gym turf.
- Appearance: Functional and beautiful? Fake grass gives your gym a modern design element with plenty of functionality.
Cons of Sports Turf:
- Outdoor artificial turf will get warmer than natural grass in direct sunlight. If you’re installing sports turf outdoors, use Hydrochill, our non-toxic infill that helps keep your turf cool under the sun.
- While you can install gym turf yourself, typically it’s best to hire a professional.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single kid in possession of a great jungle gym, must be in want of a safe landing.”
Okay, so that’s not the actual quote, but it makes a good point. Kiddos at play, play hard. They are more than happy to jump, and sometimes fall, from high places. What keeps them from getting hurt?
Playground turf is great for under playsets and jungle gyms. With the right padding underneath, you or your kids won’t have to worry about the long drop to the ground.
What is Playground Turf?
Most fake grass for playgrounds looks like real grass blades. Manufacturers work hard to make artificial grass look and feel more realistic than ever before.
Playground artificial grass often mimics real grasses found throughout the United States. If you have a favorite grass, there’s probably a playground turf that matches it.
Playground turf is super UV stable and also heat and frost resistant. It typically has a higher face weight and more durable fibers than other types of turf. It’s built for kids to play and tumble around on it, so it can hold up to those summer afternoons. Both of these factors make playground turf extremely durable for the playground.
Playground turf is usually made from polyethylene or polypropylene. This fiber can hold a lot of wear and tear compared to other types of outdoor playground flooring.
Does Playground Turf Need Padding?
Unfortunately, the turf on its own will not give you a proper fall-height rating to keep your kids safe. To keep kids safe, you’ll also need a padding under the turf. Fall height is the highest point a child can safely stand on. If your playground flooring surface is fall-height rated for 7′, that means the child can fall from 7′ without serious injury.
Playground turf fall-height ratings depend on thickness and underlayment. The thickness is measured by adding the thickness of your lawn pad or play pad with the thickness of your playground turf.
It is important to note: These are the standard ratings, but playground flooring safety ratings vary by product, so make sure to check out the specs on the specific product you are looking at to ensure it will be safe.
2.1-3.1” → 5′ fall-height rating, great for most residential playgrounds
3.3-4.3” → 7′ fall-height rating, great for most residential & commercial playgrounds
Pros of Playground Turf:
- Bug-be-gone: You’ve got artificial grass covering your lawn. That means bugs will be a thing of the past. Everybody wants fewer creepy-crawlies when enjoying their yard.
- Maintenance-free: One of the best things about artificial grass is that you don’t have to mow or water it. The heat-of-the-day labor is gone for good.
- Safety: With play padding underneath, your playground turf doubles as a safety zone for your kiddos.
- Eco-friendly: Artificial grass is made of recycled materials and has a measurable, positive impact on the environment.
Cons of Playground Turf:
- Up-front expense: Buying and installing artificial grass can get expensive. You need accessories and time to get the perfect lawn. We like to think it’s worth it though. You’ll find in the long term, it’s actually cheaper!
- Heat: When the heat rises, so does the temperature of your artificial turf grass. There are fills to help keep the temperature down, but artificial grass is hotter to the touch than real grass.
This is where artificial grass can get a little complicated.
To install, you’re going to need a few accessories. Luckily, we have them available for you to buy now. No website hunting needed!
Artificial Grass Installation Accessories
- Weed fabric: You don’t want weeds and grass poking through your perfect lawn. You’ll need to lay this down first.
- Fill: Fill helps hold your turf down and keeps the blades standing up for a natural look.
- Nails and staples: Nails are used to hold the edges of the turf down, while staples are great for holding seams together. You’ll need both.
- Seam tape and adhesive: If you really don’t want staples, you can always use seam tape to stick turf together. Easy as pie.
- Wonder Edge: Edging can help make your turf look it’s best.
- Polyboard: If you want to get landscaping after your artificial grass is laid, polyboard is an alternative to natural wood edging.
- Lawn pads: For some extra cushion under your feet, lay down a lawn pad. If you have some kiddos running around, these are fall height rated for safety.
Definitely look twice at your manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you have all the tools you need to make your landscape look amazing.
If you’re like me and need some visual learning, we have a great video on how to install artificial grass.
At the end of the day, if you live in a hot climate or just want green grass without all the maintenance, artificial grass is the way to go.
From sports to outdoor play, there’s definitely a grass perfect for your needs. And once you find your perfect turf, make sure you spend plenty of time enjoying it!