Fibrillation: this term refers to how the fibres with artificial grass are split into “leaves” or “stalks”. The pattern of the fibrillation is important to hold down any infill used.
Fake grass: another term for artificial grass.
Faux grass: another term for fake grass.
Fire resistance: artificial grass should be tested to ensure that it is fire retardant.
Global warming: artificial grass will become more popular as the impact of global warming becomes more apparent. The low maintenance and little need for water make it an environmentally friendly alternative to real grass.
Hotels: hotel chains are now installing artificial grass as a low maintenance solution for improving the environment around the hotel.
Hours of play: a term used when evaluating the benefits of artificial grass on a sports pitch as opposed to natural grass. For instance artificial grass used in a heavy duty sports stadium might be rated at 1,500 hours over 6 years. This compares to say 300 hours of playing life from a natural grass pitch in one year. However the life of artificial grass is dependent on the usage and maintenance.
Infill: generally refers to sand and/or rubber mixes.
Installation: one of the key parts to a successful artificial grass lawn are the choices made at the DIY installation stage. The choice of the base as well as whether or not the work will be done “in house” or subcontracted.
Lifestyle benefits: Increasingly this is becoming one of the main reasons for installing artificial grass. The low maintenance and independence from water shortages makes artificial grass an attractive proposition.
Maintenance: one of the key lifestyle benefits of artificial grass is the low maintenance needed to maintain the grass. Typically brushing and rejuvenation are all that is needed but this must be done on a regular basis.
Membrane: a membrane can by installed between the artificial grass and the base to help prevent any weed growth. It can also sometimes advisable to install a similar porous membrane underneath the base. Always discuss any questions of this nature with your chosen installer or ask our Customer Service Department for advice.
Monofilament: strand of untwisted fibre
Monofilament yarn: monofilaments twisted together, giving a yarn strand
Multi-toned: some types of artificial grass offer different shades of colour to provide different effects.
Pets: artificial grass is used by an increasing number of dog kennels as it offers a more hygienic and easier controlled playing surface than bare grass or just a dirt and dust yard. All the evidence to date suggests that dogs treat artificial grass just like natural grass.
Pile: the carpet of yarn on top of the backing.
Pile recovery: how quickly the pile will recover from being compressed. Important for artificial grass used as a sports surface.
Plastic grass: another term for artificial grass. Plastic grass was once a popular reference term in connection with football – i.e. ‘plastic football pitches’. Today artificial football pitches are more commonly referred to as having ‘artificial grass’ or ‘artificial turf’.
Playgrounds: the high level of wear around equipment can lead to uneven surfaces and muddy conditions which reduce playing time. Artificial grass combined with a shock pad underlay offers a good alternative.
Pollution: artificial grass offers reduced pollution and damage to the environment. There is no need for fertilisers and the consequent damage from water run off. It has also been documented how much pollution can be created by cutting natural grass – both from the energy used to power a lawn mower and from studies on the gases released from cut grass.
Porosity: the artificial grass needs to allow rain water to sink through to the base.