Artificial turf is a surface made of synthetic fibers that resemble natural grass. It is most commonly used in arenas for sports that originated or are currently played on grass. However, it is now being used on both residential and commercial lawns. You can also buy artificial turf via

The main reason is that it is low-maintenance – artificial turf can withstand heavy use, such as in sports, and does not require irrigation or trimming. Due to the difficulty of getting grass enough sunlight to stay healthy, domed, covered, and partially covered stadiums may require artificial turf.

AstroTurf become a generic trademark for any artificial turf throughout the late twentieth century. AstroTurf is still a registered trademark, but Monsanto no longer owns it.

The first generation turf systems (short-pile fibers with no infill) of the 1960s have been largely replaced by second and third generation turf systems. Second-generation synthetic turf systems have longer fibers and sand infills, whereas third-generation systems, which are most commonly used today, have infills that are a mixture of sand and recycled rubber granules, or "rubber crumb."

Materials used in artificial turf include silicon sand and/or granulated rubber, also known as "crumb rubber." Some granulated rubber is made from recycled car tires and may contain heavy metals that leach into groundwater. Based on health concerns, a moratorium on the use of ground-up rubber tires in fields and playgrounds was recommended as early as 2007.

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