Do I need to sand infill my artificial grass?

Evergreens installation teams have been supplying and installing artificial grass for over 25 years, and during this time we have seen remarkable advances in the production methods and yarns used, making them a highly natural looking and durable alternative to real grass.

Our experience has allowed us to test and develop installation techniques to ensure your garden remains hard-wearing and trouble-free. A number of newcomers to the industry try to discredit sand infill products, often using misleading statements and images of synthetic grass heavily laden with sand.

We recommend sand infill systems for the following reasons;

  • Large areas of non-sand-filled systems expand with heat during hot weather, creating sagging and ripples. Sand infill stabilizes the system without needing to install a perimeter frame to fix the grass. Frameworks to which the grass is fixed pose problems when the newly installed ground work settles, leaving unsightly ridges around the perimeter. Sand-filled systems allow the surface to settle with the natural ground movement.
  • Some non-sand-fill systems can encounter problems with static, causing an electric shock. Clearly not something you would want to experience when children are using the area.
  • Non-sand-filled areas will not lay flat in contoured areas unlike sand-filled surfaces due to the weight holding it in place.
  • The sand does not transfer onto your clothes and is not visible as stated by some companies.
  • Some longer-piled surfaces without sand infill will have very little fire resistance.
  • Non-sand-filled surfaces are at greater risk of theft, as cutting the product is simple. Sand infill systems act as a deterrent as it makes it difficult to cut through the product, blunting knife blades instantly.
  • As stated by some, sand infill systems do not necessarily mean less density or a lower grade of product. We will only use high-grade AND high-density surfaces.
  • Both non-sand and sand infill surfaces will encounter similar germination of airborne particles. This is simply removed by using a weed suppressor or plucking out weed growth.
  • Note to dog owners – non-sand-filled surfaces are susceptible to damage due to the base of the grass being clawed at by your dogs when running around.

On certain areas where the grass can be fixed 100% i.e. around pool areas using adhesive, a sand infill is not always needed.

Generally, there is no reason not to sand-fill the surface. The only benefit to no sand infill is to the installer, as he does not have the issue of transporting the heavy sand, enabling the installer to cut out a timely process to gain on margins and appear to install at a cheaper price than competitors who sand-fill.