The first artificial turf was developed in 1965 by Monsanto to use in the Houston Astrodome, and was known as Astro Turf. They tried the real stuff for one year with not much success as it wouldn’t survive in the low lighted stadium. Artificial turf has come a long way since the early days of Astro Turf. Forty seven years of technology has developed a product that is now used worldwide for more than just athletic fields.
In the 1990s, the first applications of artificial turf were used in landscaping jobs. This was mainly for water conservation efforts in extremely dry areas. The early products,although state of the art for their time did not have the look and feel much like artificial turf fields. Artificial turf and grass developed into the turf that we see today. This is an artificial turf that is a blend of taller polyethylene blades of turf made up of multiple colours which are then in-filled with a blend of crumb rubber and silica sand. This has resulted in a product that is much safer than the product in the early days of Astro Turf. Today, every CFL team uses the new artificial turf in their stadiums, which is a change from the old Astro Turf in the 2000s.
In the early 2000s, landscape turf also took on a new look and began to beautify homes all across North America. The 19th Hole Turf has been around long enough to see the transformation in the turf. Since the beginning, we have installed the many different versions of artificial turf supplied by our manufacturers. Many of our early installations are still going strong today, which is a testament to the quality of the turf. What ultimately has changed is the look of the turf. Today, the turf is so realistic that you have to look twice or even touch it to know if it is real or not. It has evolved into an excellent alternative to real grass as it saves time and money, conserves water, reduces emissions, chemicals and pesticides, and is a great solution to stubborn areas where your grass just will not grow. In forty-seven years it is clear that artificial turf has come a long way.