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How is synthetic grass made?

Synthetic grasses are made from recycled plastic. The plastic is produced through a process called extrusion. This process uses heat and pressure to create the fibers and bind the synthetic fibers together to resemble real grass and look like the actual grass. The synthetic grass came about through research done on natural grasses.  They wanted to create synthetic grass that looked like real grass and not plastic.

Artificial turf has come a long way in recent years.  Gone are the days of the dead green-looking rug you find and grandma’s porch.  The synthetic grasses of today are beautiful. 

Ideally, artificial grass is made with renewable resources and is recyclable. In addition, the product should be green in all aspects — from manufacturing to waste treatment.  

Materials used in synthetic grass.

In an attempt to make synthetic grass that would look like natural grass, new plastic materials were created, including polyurethane, synthetic rubber, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is similar to PETG. After numerous trials and the use of the test fields for several years, a synthetic grass product was finally completed.  

Synthetic grass does not need the same maintenance and is highly resistant to breakage. This makes it an ideal lawn option as you will never have to mow, seed, fertilize or weed your lawn again. This makes it very appealing to many.  The biggest question would be, what are you going to do with all that time you save?  

The plastics will have UV stabilizers and additives in them so that they are resistant to the sun’s UV rays and will not fade or break down over time.   The process of extrusion is used to make the fibers you see in the grass blades.  This is done by pushing molten plastic through a steel plate, which will then carry the strands through water and into a pully system.  

The making of artificial grass.

The pulley system will wind these strands into spools.  They will have various color combinations to mimic the look of real grass.  These strands will be fed to what they call a stuffing machine, which is basically like a large sewing machine with up to 200 needles.  It will sew the thread to the synthetic turf’s backing.  

Once the blades are sewn to the backing, hot needles will go through the backing to ensure there are proper drain holes.  The turf will endure many different types of inspection, including some trimming before leaving the plant.  

Often, the turf is tested with football-style cleats to ensure that it is as durable as one would hope.  This step is a part of the quality control.  It ensures that the turf will have the durability that it advertises.  From there, it is sent out to the various customers for installation.  Feel free to visit our website here.

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