Evolution: This Isn't Astro Turf Anymore!

 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.

Success in Long Beach and Tofino

  In 2007, The 19th Hole Turf Inc was contracted to install an artificial practice putting green for the Long Beach Golf Club in Long Beach, British Columbia.  The putting green has been used by members and guests for the past five years and has been notably enjoyed by all.  The artificial putting surface is still in perfect condition and going strong even though it is located in one of the wettest climates on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

The golf course installed an artificial surface due to the wet climate of the region, budget constraints, and the need for previous repairs every year to the natural practice putting surface.  While at the Long Beach Golf Club, we were also contracted to install the first artificial turf lawn and golf green for a residence in Tofino. When the putting green was finished in Long beach we made the trek down the road to Tofino where we installed the lawn and putting green in the area for some home owners.
The home owners were nearing their retirement years and were avid golfers to boot.  The homeowners thought that the golf green would be great entertainment for friends, family, and even the neighbourhood, so they thought why not try something different and install artificial turf for the lawn area as well.
As the homeowners are now retired they are enjoying life, perfecting there golf game on their putting green whenever they want, and never have to worry about mowing grass.  As perfecting their lawn in such a wet climate was such a difficulty in an extremely wet climate, these particular retired homeowners are appreciative of the low maintenance lawn and putting green that stay green all year round.

Is Artificial Turf Really Green?

Choosing between artificial turf and natural turf is a debate worth pondering in the days of going green and living sustainably. The year 2012 marks over 10 years of installing Artificial (Synthetic) turf for both residential and commercial customers.
There are many different reasons for going Artificial. It is used to improve property and rid customers of a brown unsightly lawn through the summer months. Another benefit of going artificial is that your grass that would not grow due to it being too shady will be green year round with little to no maintenance. If you are tired of repairing your lawn year after year due to the long cold winters with very little sunlight, artificial turf is the answer.
It is true that a natural lawn does act as a carbon sink absorbing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This is however, negated by the use of your lawn mower. In an hour of use, a lawn mower spews emissions equal to that of driving a vehicle for 93 miles it also creates noise pollution. Along with the use of fertilizers and pesticides your natural lawn does not do anything for the environment. The average lawn uses 21,600 gallons of water per year water that is drinkable and could be better used for plants or trees which, unlike grass offset carbon dioxide emissions completely.
Another option is to let your lawn go dormant and brown through the summer months. A brown lawn is one way to conserve water, not spew emissions from your lawn mower, and reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides. A dormant lawn however, does not absorb carbon emissions at all, and it looks unsightly. In reality, the summer months are when you should be enjoying your property. Artificial/ Synthetic turf solves many of these problems by providing a green lawn that never needs water, mowing, or the use of fertilizers and pesticides.
The 19th Hole Turf Inc has also done many rooftops with artificial turf. It helps cool the roof, protect the roof surface from the elements, and the area becomes another great place to relax and entertain.
Artificial turf can last 15-35 years depending on use which entails little to no maintenance. Going artificial can also add value to your property and can be great for resale. Most importantly, it makes for a great area to relax and enjoy your lawn while saving you money. Artificial turf has come a long way over the years, so it is time to reduce your carbon footprint and have more time to enjoy the life.