Artificial Turf vs. Natural Grass Sports Fields
An excellent artificial turf system with high quality turf infill offers world-class playing facilities for every field sport. It’s preferred over natural grass fields by top athletic directors and coaches around the country. How come?
#1: Artificial turf doesn’t rest
Natural grass needs to rest and regrow; there is a limit to the amount of playing time it can withstand. Athletic fields with natural grass cannot be used more than 20-24 hours per week.
By comparison, turf systems can be used all day, every day. According to The Synthetic Turf Council, “synthetic turf fields are typically utilized for about 3,000 hours of play per year, with no "rest” required, the equivalent of three to four well-maintained natural turf fields.”
They withstand rigorous contact and offer consistent playing conditions, no matter how many games are battled back-to-back on them. This is a huge bonus to your school community as teams do not need to be prioritized; with artificial turf, everyone has time to play.
#2: Natural grass fields require water and pesticides to maintain. Synthetic turf fields with the right infill don’t!
Looking to reduce your school's water consumption and increase your environmental-friendliness? Synthetic turf fields installed with USGreentech’s Envirofill or Safeshell turf infill don't need to be watered, unlike athletic facilities with natural grass fields. Better yet, both Envirofill and Safeshell are perfectly-suited for artificial turf fields in close proximity to waterways. Both infills are made from non-toxic, high quality materials (and in Safeshell’s case, from all-natural ground walnut shells). Neither product is prone to floating or blowing, so they won’t affect local water quality.
Infact, Safeshell is the turf infill of choice for Brooklyn Bridge Park, one of New York City’s most unique (and coolest) athletic field facilities. Set on a pier system over the East River, the field is managed by a local non-profit fiercely dedicated to using organic components throughout the park's 85 acres, in an effort to protect the adjacent East River. Safeshell offered a safe, green solution as it avoids the ramifications of pesticide run-off associated with natural grass fields and there are no negative consequences if it makes its way into the water. Learn more about the Brooklyn Bridge Park facilities and Safeshell.
#3: Synthetic turf fields require less time and money to maintain
Not only are turf systems safer for the environment than natural grass fields, they also cost less time and money to maintain. After the initial investment of installing a synthetic turf field at your school or athletic facilities, you can look forward to nearly a decade of enjoying a high-performance field that’s durable and easy to maintain. Natural grass fields can be unpredictable; they can die, scorch, or become muddy (like the one pictured), depending on weather conditions. Even in the best of times, they require weekly turf expertise in order to meet the standards of competitive sports teams.
Synthetic turf is dependable; the field is always short, smooth, level, and consistent. With minimal maintenance and “topping off,” artificial turf systems are the best and most reliable options for sports facilities and schools across the country.
Don't believe us, check out what Benjamin Barrett, Capital Projects Manager at Pierce County Parks & Recreation has to say about added playing time provided by synthetic turf.
"The soccer field was already well-lit for night-time games. Adding synthetic turf increases the number of games that can be played by allowing soccer matches in rainy weather. Envirofill does not retain heat well, making this field a comfortable and safe place to play over the summer. Field improvements such as these increase Pierce County Parks and Recreation’s ability to provide resources to citizens night and day, year-round."
-Benjamin Barrett, Capital Projects Manager
Do you have more questions about synthetic turf for athletic fields? Get in touch with the USGreentech team and let’s get the ball rolling!