Can you tell me some artificial suppliers?

Artificial grass is growing momentum as a very viable alternative for natural grass. The new synthetic grasses feel very similar to a natural lawn and offer many years of hassle free use. It is perfect for use in the family home, schools and playgrounds, apartment complexes, caravan parks, retirement homes, restaurants and anywhere else you may find lawn.More and more football field use artificial grass in the competition.

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  1. Perhaps equally important is the quality of installation, in addition to the material itself.

    I used to train people around the country on proper synthetic turf installation techniques, and have seen a lot of really good turf being installed poorly, so that seams open up and virtually destroy the overall appearance and usefulness. I’ve also seen a lot of good installation of bad turf, which falls apart.

    Arguably, the best synthetic turf fiber manufactured in the world comes from a company based in the Netherlands, called Ten Cate. The name brand of the monofilament fiber you’d want to consider would be called Thiolon. The key here is to make sure the turf you’re buying isn’t something that contains lead, which some off-brands have, in their nylon filament.

    There may be a number of sources local to you which carry a synthetic turf with Thiolon fiber, and I would recommend a triple-backing, to make sure the fibers stay in place much longer.

    Whoever is doing the installation, make sure you have proper drainage underneath (a thick layer of compacted 3/4" crushed rock works best to create a "water vault"). I don’t recommend using decomposed granite (DG) or a class 2 permeable sub base, which most installer use. Both of these create problems down the road.

    The problem with DG is that it continues to decompose, and can actually be quite abrasive on the backing and turf fibers which are looped around the backing, thereby shearing them off. This results in the fibers pulling right out of the backing and leaving "bald spots" in the turf.

    The problem with class 2 is it’s typically comprised of up to 50%-60% fine material, sieve size of #10 or smaller, which can wash out during heavy water flow through the small holes in the turf backing. This results in a lumpy and bumpy turf surface, which cannot really be fixed.

    You then want to have a reliable geotextile fabric with strong resilience between the drainage sub-base and the turf. After that, it’a all about the quality of both the synthetic turf material and installation.

    Just a note about using synthetic turf for playgrounds. It’s not good.

    I’m a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI), and most turfs only provide 2 years of relatively dismal fall height protection for playgrounds, at a cost of about $8-$10/sf or more, which makes it one of the most expensive, shortest useful lifespan, and least effective fall safety surfacing on the market today.

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