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Artificial Grass Terminology: The Most Common Terms


Artificial Grass Terminology: What You Need to Know

For new buyers, knowing all of the artificial grass terminology can be challenging. Customers often ask us what all of these terms are, and what they have to do with their turf projects.

Face Weight:

  • Face weight can be called pile weight.artificial grass terminology
  • Face weight is the yarn’s weight per square yard. It’s usually expressed in ounces per square yard.
  • A heavier face weight usually means that the turf is more durable.
  • Face weight can range from 28 to 106 ounces.

Pile Height:

  • Pile height is the length of the artificial grass blades
  • The pile height can range from 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches
  • Blades that are shorter are better used for back yards or sporting areas. Turf types with a greater pile height are better for low-traffic areas, such as a front yard.


  • Gauge is the space between the rows of blades
  • Gauges can be either 0.3125, 0.375, 0.50, or 0.75 inches.
  • Denser gauged turf products are better suited for putting greens. Less dense products are better for recreational areas and sport fields.

Stitch Count:

  • Stitch count (or stitch rate) is the amount of blades for every square inch.
  • Turf products with a higher stitch count are usually higher quality.

Buying artificial grass goes a lot more smoothly if you know the terminology. The buying process can be confusing and intimidating, but it’s very important to us that you feel as informed as possible when getting turf products. If you have any questions, please contact us and we will answer them for you!