Artificial turf originated in the 60s as a tool to create a neat, easy to care for surface for sporting events. Today the turf is used in a variety of commercial and residential applications – and it’s come a long way from the AstroTurf of that era.
This article looks at the history of the artificial grass that you’ll find in the front yards of some of the most beautiful homes in Las Vegas.
Houston, We Have a Problem
In the 1960s, Houston, Texas became the home to the newly built Astrodome, one of the first powerhouse amphitheaters for sporting events in the country. This mega structure was very impressive at the time, however, the architects struggled to get one thing right; the grass on the playing field. In the Texas heat, it was always extremely difficult to keep grass in shape for the rough play in any stadium. Under the Astrodome, however, the problem was that the grass didn’t receive enough sunlight to survive. In fact, during the opening season, the dead grass was painted green and the game went on.
To solve these big challenges, a new synthetic turf was created that looked like natural grass. It was called AstroTurf and it revolutionized sports forever. In 1966 AstroTurf was installed in the Astrodome. By the 1970s it was widely installed across the U.S. and Canada for baseball and football. It reduced the exorbitant costs of maintaining an indoor field of real grass, was incredibly durable, and looked good no matter how much abuse it received.
By the 1990s artificial turf had improved in a number of ways. It looked and felt more like real grass and the infill and padding made it more comfortable as a playing surface. That’s when synthetic grass made the leap to other residential and commercial applications. Schools began using it on their playgrounds to provide a safer landing for when children fall. Homeowners began replacing their time-consuming real grass with synthetic lawns. Particularly in areas where there are drought conditions, artificial turf can provide a lush green carpet that can provide terrific curb appeal without all the work that goes into a real lawn.
The Future of Artificial Grass
Synthetic grass is already prevalent in homes, schools, and businesses in addition to on the playing field. But as drought increasing becomes an issue in the western half of the United States, artificial turf provides a positive environmental impact that cannot be discounted. States like Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada are saving thousands of gallons of water annually when homeowners opt to adopt synthetic lawns. These installations actually pay for themselves by saving the cost of watering, weeding, fertilizing, and all the other upkeep that goes into real grass.
Artificial grass is clearly here to stay, and as more improvements occur in the industry, homeowners will surely benefit from the innovation and commitment to the environment that synthetic turf offers.
If you’re ready to leave the labor and cost of maintaining real grass behind, contact Synthetic Lawns of Las Vegas for the best prices and stunning curb appeal.