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Turf Flattening? Here’s Why.


I’m having turf flattening issues, help!

turf flatteningMany turf companies have warranties of several years, but that doesn’t always mean that your synthetic grass installation is entirely maintenance free. Yes, by switching to synthetic grass you avoid watering, seeding, and mowing your lawn. However, over time, you may begin to have turf flattening issues. This usually involves the blades falling over, giving them a matting effect. Some installations require a power broom to keep them looking pristine, and others just require a rake.

In this article, we discuss the differences in turf blades and how infill is essential in assisting your artificial grass installation looking good for years to come.

Terms related to this topic:

  • Fibers – The synthetic turf blades
  • Matting – Turf flattening, the blades lay down
  • Foot traffic – The amount of use a certain area gets
  • Power broom – A gas-powered broom comprised of rigid pieces of material that spins to brush the turf

Ask yourself questions like this when selecting a turf product

  • Is the area going to receive a lot of foot traffic?
  • Are children going to be using this area?
  • Will people use it for sports?
  • Are you placing furniture on the turf?

Testing Durability

U shaped bladeAreas with heavy foot traffic call for specific type of blade. At Artificial Turf Express, the residential product we recommend for these areas have a “U” shaped blade. Some blade types appear durable but may not have the ability to withstand heavy foot traffic.

To inspect the shape, you can examine the blades with a magnifying glass. If you don’t see any grooves, then the turf may not be most appropriate for heavy foot traffic areas.