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Unusual Uses for Artificial Turf

Just about the time you were thinking everything under the Sun had been thought of, somebody come up with more things to do with artificial turf.

The Queen is always thinking, so try these ideas out:

  • Sports-themed man caves.  That’s right, if your guy and his buddies are going to hide out watching sports on the big screen in their liar, why not carpet it with turf?
  • Inside a dog house.  More durable and not needing regular cleaning like a blanket, try a swatch of turf inside Fido’s house.
  • Soundproofing.  Since it does have a sound-absorbing quality, why not consider it for the walls of that home sound studio?  Will start a conversation with the next voice-over or singing client that comes over, right?
  • Mats around your grilling area.  Since most turf stock has to meet flammability standards, why not give Dad something soft to stand on on the patio as he grills this summer?

Now, I came up with these: what can you come up with?

The Grass Queen

How to Measure Turf

Just as you might choose a diamond for color, cut and clarity, artificial turf and grass products are measured and defined by different characteristics. There are four basic measures of the quality and type of turf:

  • Pile height
  • Face weight
  • Color
  • Yarn type

Pile height is the height of the actual blades of “grass” in inches. They vary in size from 0.5 inches to 2.5 inches. The shorter lengths are used for putting greens; the longer versions for pet turf and lawn applications.

Face weight is the weight in ounces of a square yard of the product. Like carpet, the grade varies with application and ranges from 40 ounce to 120 ounce, with 60 ounce being typical.

Colors are as varied as “real” turf. There are many different colors, mostly variations of green, but the most common are:

  • Field green
  • Grass green
  • Olive green
  • Lime green

Some varieties of turf will include more than one color, depending on the natural turf they are mimicking.

Yarn type is the description of the blades. Most are Polyethylene variants that includes types that are labeled monofilament and slit film. Thatch is the textured yarn within the blades.

Consider your application carefully and, as you would in choosing a carpet or floor covering, consider wear patterns, usage and aesthetics.

The Grass Queen