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Get the lush, green lawn you've always dreamed about that's UV-protected, fire-resistant, impervious to stretching or shrinking under heavy foot traffic, and maintains soft grass blades, simulating a realistic lawn. With little maintenance, your lawn can remain beautiful for decades.

One of the most common questions that arises with synthetic grass, is whether or not infill is used during installation. AGL's residential and commercial synthetic grass products are designed so that infill is not required - and that's a good thing. Let's dig deeper into artificial grass infill.

What is Artificial Grass Infill?

An infill is a layer of sand or synthetic materials that sits above the turf backing and comes in many different styles. Different types of infill options include:

  • Silica sand
  • Crumb rubber
  • Zeolite
  • Acrylic coated Infill with Antimicrobials

Why Should You Avoid Most Types of Artificial Grass Infill?

What types of infill are safe to use? Talk to us and find all the answers to your questions about infill.

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Why Do You Need Infill for Most Artificial Lawns?

Most artificial lawns (not AGL's lawns) will require a layer of infill when you install them. Ideally you shouldn't need infill for your artificial lawn; if you need to use a lot, it can point to quality or installation issues.

1. Keeps the Grass Pointing the Right Way

Most companies use infill to keep their grass blades upright. Without infill the blades will droop, giving the grass a sagging look.

AGL's artificial grass does not require infill. We have a unique blade profile and blade design, combined with good quality thatch material (shorter, curly grass) that work together to keep the blades upright and stable.

2. Protects against Rippling

Unlike real grass, artificial grass expands and contracts with temperature changes. For those in climates that swing from extreme lows to scorching highs, having the weight of infill can keep the turf, above the sub-layer, from rippling and moving.

3. Infill Protects the Backing From UV Rays

Prolonged exposure to UV rays (from sunlight or artificial lighting) can weaken backing, making it prone to breaking and ripping. Infill shades the backing, potentially increasing it's lifespan.

High-quality backing, such as the kind we have engineered at AGL, does not require artificial grass infill. It's designed to be stretch-resistant regardless of the weather conditions.

4. Resilience Against Normal Wear and Tear

Low-quality synthetic grass will start to lose its shape if it experiences a lot of use; a layer of sand infill and top dress can increase its lifespan.

5. Add a Ballast to Weigh Down Your Turf

For lawns edged by concrete or a brick wall, having an infill for weight isn't as important, but a more natural-looking lawn could experience movement over time. An evenly placed grass infill can add one pound per square foot (5 sq. m.) to prevent movement over time.

Beware! If your installer insists on "weighing down" a newly laid artificial lawn, it can be a sign of:

  • Poor or unsecured installation
  • Low-quality backing that's prone to warping

6. Artificial Grass Infill Is Used to Improve Drainage

The backing of the artificial lawn is stippled with holes to allow water, pet urine, and other liquid to drain through to the ground. If your artificial lawn doesn't have adequate drainage, artificial grass infill can help regulate the flow of water and prevent flooding.

Dangers of Using Infill on Your Artificial Lawn (and Why You Shouldn't)

1. Risk of Mold and Weed

Most infill materials are organic, so you have the risk of mold and the possibility of weeds growing in the infill.

2. Reduce Hygiene and Introduce Pet Odors

Infill can trap waste and spills. So, if you have pets, the infill can act as a giant "litter box", trapping the pet urine and waste within it. That can create odor issues and make it a breeding ground for infections

3. Unsafe for Children and Pets

Infill can get into children's shoes, mouths, and eyes, posing a significant health hazard. Pets too can ingest infill, or carry particles in their fur.

4. Hard to Clean/Replace Regularly

Trying to keep artificial turf infill clean can be a chore as it pushes deeper into the turf as time goes on. Eventually, you'll have to consider calling in the professionals to replace the infill.

Choose AGL Grass for Your Artificial Grass and Save Yourself From the Headache of Infill

Artificial Grass Infill

At AGL, we get to the root of the infill issue: synthetic grass blades and backing. Our blades combine a unique profile and high-quality materials to retain the natural grass shape. A specially designed perforated backing maximizes water drainage and reduces the risk of flooding.

And we achieve that without any infill.

That's what sets us apart. Trust the company with proven results honed over 30 years of experience when it comes to your artificial lawn. Our experts have experience creating all types of artificial grass surfaces without infill:

  • Residential and commercial
  • Playgrounds
  • Balconies/Terrace
  • Sports fields
  • Pet spaces

Contact us today and find out why we're the #1 choice for commercial and residential property owners.

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