Artificial Turf on Athletic Fields

Why is natural turfgrass better?

Natural turfgrass is an environmentally sound investment with many under-recognized benefits. When choosing a field surface, issues such as lifecycle costs, safety, health, hygiene, maintenance, and injury rates are often overlooked. Please take a moment to read a few of these findings when considering the performance traits and benefits of using natural turfgrass.

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Natural Grass and Artificial Turf: Separating Myths and Facts. This 32-page booklet is based upon information from some of the industry's most highly respected research scientists, sports field managers, contractors and other professionals.

Is artificial turf hiding an 800 pound gorilla? Article in June/July 2011 TPI e-newsletter

For Artificial Turf - The Heat is On! Article in 2010 TPI e-newsletter

Natural Grass vs. Synthetic Turf Surfaces Study Final Report. Government of Western Australia - Department of Sport and Recreation

Decision Making Guide - Natural Grass v Synthetic Turf. Government of Western Australia - Department of Sport and Recreation

Comparing Surface Temperatures of Natural and Synthetic Turfgrass Systems. Jason K. Kruse, Ph.D. University of Florida

What the Synthetic Turf Industry Doesn't Want You to Know

The Role of Turfgrasses in Environmental Protection and Their Benefits to Humans. James L. Beard, Ph.D.

Serious Questions About New-Generation Artificial Turf that Require Answers

Synthetic Surface Heat Studies. Frank Williams, Ph.D.

2010 NFL Players Surface Survey