Artificial grass installation generally require some sort of infill. The installation process begins with digging out existing or old grass/artificial grass. Then putting in base rock (decomposed granite). Then laying down the artificial grass. Finally putting on top the infill and raking/sweeping evenly into the turf to help keep the blades upright. It is also helpful in resisting the effects of ultra violet rays that may cause damage and void warranties with artificial turf. There are several different types of artificial turf infill, ranging in price and utility:
Silica sand is of the cheapest and the most commonly used infill product as a ballast to artificial turf. It is suggested one adds 1-2 lbs per square foot of silica sand as infill. it is very important to note that the layer of sand infill is supports the protection from UV rays from the sun, which ultimately means your artificial turf will remain gorgeous for an extended period of time!
Acrylic coated sand is another popular choice when it comes to artificial turf infill. The “Microban”, antimicrobial protection, is built into Envirofill during the manfucaturing process as a preventative measure against the bacteria and microbes that can cause heinous smells, deplorable stains and negative effects on the integrity of your artificial turf.
Zeofill is a popular infill choice by pet owners. Zeofill is 100% natural and is a resource that comes straight from the planet. Zeofill’s negatively charged honey-comb molecular design makes it different from all other infills. This molecular form allows it to absorb urine while trapping in the ammonia gases that cause the foul odor from pet pee! Zeofill will scientifically suppress and hold onto the gases until water releases it and removes the absorbed mess from the infill. It will continue to hold the gases until heavy rainfall washes over and carries all the odor and bacteria away through the turf leaving the zeofill renewed for more absorbing power!
Walnut shell infill is an excellent cooling emphasized option for artificial turf. Its implementation can ensure a superior cooling application to your artificial turf through its ability to absorb water but not over expand. Even during the dry season walnut shell has proven to keep cooler than crumb rubber! Walnut shell is made up of organic foodgrade components so you can have the piece of mind you’re looking for. There is also a patent-pending process in the manufacturing of the walnut shell infill that eliminates the allergens that remain on the shell after the nut has been removed. Leaving the finished product safe and usable for your new artificial lawn!
As always, consult your contractor or local artificial turf dealer for installation instructions and/or advice for choosing which infill is best for you and your specific needs. Typically depending on which artificial turf type you’re having installed will clue you in on which infill works best for you.