Sport Pitches & Artificial Grass Maintenance

Since its invention in the 1960s, artificial grass has been used around the world in many different sports. Although it has several advantages over the real thing, artificial grass maintenance on a regular basis is still important to ensure the best possible playing conditions.

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Baseball and Football 

The type of grass known as AstroTurf was first used on a baseball field in the United States in the mid 1960s. The artificial surface allowed the ball to travel further, and to bounce higher and more accurately, although it also seemed to cause more injuries. Today, most professional baseball teams have reverted back to the real thing, although artificial grass is still widely used in schools and smaller stadiums. In the UK, professional soccer teams began using artificial turf in their stadiums in the 1980s, although again, injuries were a problem. Today, teams in the National League use the artificial grass, but not those in the Premier League.

Tennis and Hockey

Artificial turf was introduced in field hockey in the mid 1970s, and is still widely used in the sport today. The sport of tennis has made wide use of artificial grass on both indoor and outdoor courts, and it has been used in many of the world's top tennis tournaments. Today, although its use has declined in the UK and the US, it is still widely used in many Asian countries. The ball tends to bounce lower on an artificial grass court than on real grass, and games tend to be played faster.

Maintenance of Artificial Grass

Of course, artificial grass doesn't need to be cut or weeded, although it still takes some work to ensure it looks its best, and provides the best possible performance. Brushing the grass thoroughly will be needed, to remove any debris, such as seeds or leaves which can eventually result in moss. To keep the fibres on the lawn remaining upright, regular brushing is a must, and if your grass is outdoors, removing any leaves from the surface should be carried out regularly. Most outdoor artificial grass surfaces aren't damaged by snow, frost or heavy rain, although the grass can melt if hot coals, lighted cigarettes, etc. come into contact with the surface. And if a heavy object is placed on the grass and left for a while, the resulting indentation may be visible permanently, although in most cases the fibres can just be brushed back again.