Same as carpet, artificial turf looks bad when it’s matted down. Why does one synthetic grass flop over like a wet taco, while another stands tall and looks natural? It really doesn’t take a Ph.D. in Turfology to grasp the concept.
The polyethylene yarns in today’s turf are manufactured to stand perpendicular to the backing, but with suppleness and resiliency similar to natural grass. The idea is to look and feel like a natural lawn, and synthetic grass does this well. Sometimes it does the job too well.
Under heavy traffic, the blades of natural grass get stomped and matted, and synthetic grass behaves the same way. But while Mother Nature can regenerate or grow new fibers, synthetic grass needs the benefit of a good brushing – or forward-thinking engineering – to look good again.
Installation techniques, infill in particular, helps prevent matting in artificial turf. If no one walked on a synthetic lawn, the fibers wouldn’t be subjected to pressure and wouldn’t bend. Because most synthetic grass will be walked on, infilling — distributing granules among the synthetic grass blades and working it into the pile – is necessary. In filling the voids, proper infill gives the long synthetic fibers something to lean on when they are pressed and bent, enhancing the resilient performance characteristics of the yarn.
The choice of turf also determines whether turf is going to lay down on the job. Synthetic grass with wider blades of thicker microns typically stand up best to heavy traffic best. Also, in general, shorter blades (such as those found in SGW’s Pet Turf) will mat down less than taller blades.
However, thanks to advanced design and manufacture, SGW offers tall turfs that provide superior resistance to matting plus lifelike texture and appearance characteristics. Distinctive “memory fiber” technology delivers superior resiliency, even in heavy traffic, for synthetic grass 1¾-inch and taller.
The Diamond and Diamond Pro turfs feature “S” and “C” yarn extrusions with spines and concaves that improves bounce-back. Diamond Pro Spring is the first turf with the exclusive, revolutionary “W” corrugated yarn; its multiple spinal reinforcements are microscopic, but they are the biggest advancements in forward-thinking against that old bugaboo – matted-down carpet.