What Is Astro Turf?

This type of fake turf was developed in the 1960s as an artificial playing surface and is still in use in the USA. It combines the benefits of low maintenance with extended usage, but it should never be confused with artificial grass. The term may have become synonymous with fake grass, but in fact Astro Turf is a trademark, so when you want to talk about your synthetic lawn, it’s far more accurate to use terms like ‘artificial grass’.

So What’s Artificial Grass?

This umbrella term is what is now used to describe fake or synthetic grass or grass turf. Modern artificial grass accurately mimics real grass for an ‘is it or isn’t it?’ effect that can fool anyone. It’s designed to be low-maintenance, so you don’t need to mow, weed or feed your artificial grass, and if it’s well installed it’s long-lasting, fade-resistant and free-draining, which means it keeps its good looks much longer than a live lawn.

It's also far more aesthetically pleasing in a garden than Astro turf, but it’s unlikely you’d want to lay a professional playing surface in your back garden!

Why Should I Opt for an Artificial Lawn?

For some it’s a question of being able to maintain a garden, and synthetic grass can be a great substitute for a real lawn if you have reduced mobility but still love to get outdoors. Although a real lawn is an asset to the environment, it is resource-greedy and many of the chemicals used to maintain lawn health can be damaging to other wildlife.

In America, artificial grass is becoming a very attractive proposition, and some states are even offering subsidies to homeowners to encourage them to opt for no-water grass. Just like artificial playing surfaces, an artificial lawn offers homeowners the opportunity to enjoy an extended season in the garden with very little maintenance.

If you want to spend more time enjoying your garden and less time looking after your lawn, then an artificial lawn might be the right solution for your garden.

Nail Your Choice

There are so many artificial grasses to choose from to suit every budget, but you should always buy the best you can afford. Look for differentiated grass hues, a thatch effect and a sand or rubber infill for durability and authenticity. Request samples of the turf you like and lay them out on your lawn to judge which one works best with its surroundings. Then sell the lawnmower and enjoy long summers lounging on your new lawn!

Browse our extensive range to find what works for you, or ask our friendly and knowledgeable team for more information.