What is the difference between synthetic grass, artificial turf, fake grass and AstroTurf?
Synthetic turf is the most common ‘umbrella’ term used to describe all kinds of manufactured grass, and is referred to by all those terms.
Synthetic turf is a surface of synthetic fibers made to look like natural grass. It is most often used in arenas for sports that were originally or are normally played on grass. However, it is now being used on residential lawns and commercial applications as well. The main reason is maintenance - synthetic turf stands up to heavy use, such as in sports, and requires no irrigation or trimming. Domed, covered, and partially covered stadiums may require synthetic turf because of the difficulty of getting grass enough sunlight to stay healthy.
Synthetic turf first gained substantial attention in the 1960's, when it was installed in the year-old Astrodome, using a product branded as AstroTurf; this term since then became a generic trademark for any artificial turf throughout the late 20th century.
Today, the industry has advanced through to third generation, high quality products generally called artificial turf or synthethic turf.