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Astro Turf History

AstroTurf Style Artificial Grass by Evergreens UK

Where did Astro Turf come from?

The first Patent for a domestic and outdoor sport artificial turf was registered at the United States Patent Office on July 25 1976, Patent no. 3332828. This was registered by James M Faria and Robert T Wright for the Monsanto Company Inc. for a monofilament ribbon surface that would later become 'Astro Turf'.

To view the patent visit www.uspto.gov - this provides the original drawings and make up of the newly designed artificial grass.

The original name of the new grass Monsanto produced was Chemgrass, and in 1966 Chemgrass was renamed Astro Turf.

The main outline of the patent was to produce a product to simulate grasses for a variety of leisure and sport uses. The early versions of the Astro Turf were produced to provide a decorative use but not to withstand outdoor sport and leisure use.

Later versions of Astro Turf were designed to provide a weather resistant turf constructed from synthetic materials which is suitable for permanent outdoor use and capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions for several months with low degradations. Other points noted in the patent was that for " turf which will be used outdoors the acrylic fibres are preferred because of their excellent weather resistant properties". 

Why astro turf is the name for artificial grass

The Astrodome, Texas; is the world’s first ever domed sports stadium. An artificial turf product known as ‘Astro Turf’ was used in the construction of the stadium and artificial grass has been affectionately named ‘Astro Turf’ ever since.

The LazyLawn brand was one of the first companies to supply artificial grass in the UK to domestic and commercial markets, started over 25 years ago and the brand was acquired by Evergreens UK Ltd in 2000. This relationship resulted in the combination of vast experience, technology developments and know-how.

In the last 25 years the quality and appearance of the artificial grass has increased so greatly it is now possible to have an artificial lawn that looks just like a real lawn which requires very little maintenance. 

Evergreens UK now hold the UK's largest stock of astro turf style artificial turf for gardens and play areas with an exclusive licensed nationwide installation network.

See our fantastic range of modern artificial turf including our Funky range of synthetic grass colours, where you can buy online with confidence.

The History of Astro Turf

1967 PATENT FOR MONOFILAMENT PRODUCT WAS FILED AND ISSUED TO MONSANTO INDUSTRIES (James M Faria and Robert T Wright)
1986 ASTRO TURF INDUSTRIES, INC. CORPORATION DELAWARE 809 KENNER STREET DALTON GEORGIA 30721
  SOUTHWEST RECREATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INC. CORPORATION ASSIGNEE OF TEXAS P.O. BOX 589 701 LEANDER DRIVE LEANDER TEXAS 78646
Current Owner Textile Management Associates, Inc

Further Information and resources for Artificial Turf

  • www.astroturf.com Owners of trademark and manufacturer of Astro Turf for pitches and domestic use in the US.
  • www.fa.com Details and information on current pitch design and requirements. Download spec sheets and information for artificial grass surfaces.
  • www.about.com Full time-line for the design and conception of artificial grass (including pictures from patent).

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