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Artificial turf can be a daunting subject. Artificial turf comes in all shapes and sizes and these different sizes, textures, and technologies can quickly become intimidating on the surface. Then add in the conversation of proper infill depth and weight, and things begin to feel even more confusing. But don’t fret! We are here to help!
We get a LOT of questions about choosing the correct amount of artificial turf infill. To better understand the correct amount of infill to use on your artificial turf application, we must start with the types of artificial turf. Are you installing a landscape turf, putting green, or a sports turf field? Using the graph below, we make it easy for you to understand the proper depth and pounds for any given installation.
|Envirofill Size||Turf Pile Height||Turf Spec||Depth||Lbs. Per Sqft.|
|30/50||1/2″||Texturized PE/Nylon||7/16” – 1/2″||1.5-2.0lbs|
|30/50||5/8″||Texturized PE/Nylon||9/16” – 5/8″||2.0-2.5lbs|
|20/40||5/8″||Texturized PE Tennis||5/8″ – 11/16″||2.5lbs-3lbs|
|16/30||1-1¼”||PE/PP Putting||¼” (Top dressed)||.25-.5lbs|
|12/20 or 16/30||1-1¼”||Pet/Playground||⅜” – ½”||1.5-2.5lbs|
|12/20 or 16/30||1½ – 1 ¾||Landscape||½” – ¾”||2.5-3.5lbs|
|12/20 or 16/30||1⅞” – 2 ¼”||Landscape||¾” – 1”||3.5-4.5lbs|
As you can see the proper amount of turf infill is completely dependent on your application. For most residential landscape applications, the safe bet is between 2.5 and 3.5 lbs. of 12/20 or 16/30 Envirofill per square foot. For more details about 16/30 Envirofill check out our blog post to get clarity on how Envirofill is the perfect infill for trends in synthetic turf.
If you are ever unsure about the proper amount of infill for your artificial turf installation, it is wise to refer to the specification from the artificial turf manufacturer. You can usually find this document on the manufacturer’s website. If you are looking to buy infill or have questions about the best artificial turf infill for your turf landscape business or sports field, contact a Motz infill expert.
If your installation will be shared with several canine companions you may want to veer toward 3-pounds per square foot. Check out these blogs to find out the best artificial turf for your dog or learn more about why Motz’s Envirofill is the infill choice for families and dogs.
For putting green applications, it is important to understand the difference between a texturized installation and a sand-filled installation. A texturized putting green is manufactured with a short pile height, about half an inch. For a texturized putting green 2-3 lbs. of Envirofill 30/50 per square foot is appropriate. A sand-filled putting green is manufactured with a taller 1”- 1 1/4” pile height and demands more infill for proper playability. For these applications, it may require as much as 6-7lbs per square foot sqft of round raw sand ballast topped with ½-1lb of 16/30 Envirofill per square foot. Discover the best artificial grass for putting greens here!
If there are any questions pertaining to the proper depth, the weight of an infill application, or how to install your infill, please reach out to us. We are your infill experts and are always just a phone call away! If you are a homeowner looking for an infill for your home landscape project, visit our distributor map to find where you can buy Motz Envirofill infill near you or an artificial turf infill installer in your area.