School playing fields take something of a beating. The running, jumping and stamping of hundreds of children can take its toll on grass. That’s why, these days, many schools are turning to artificial grass to create sports fields and playgrounds that are durable, low-maintenance and can be used all year round.
Artificial grass is created to look like the real thing but it’s designed to be much tougher. There are also many different varieties and so schools can choose the best ‘grass’ for their needs. The ones that have shorter ‘blades’ and a denser structure are the most hardwearing.
However, durability is just one of the factors driving this trend. Unlike natural grass – which can become compacted and hard, particularly after bad weather – artificial grass has a springy texture. This quality makes it a safer option as it can help cushion any falls and provide a softer landing for those tricky tackles on the sports field.