The application of synthetic turf in the creation of gardens, parks and public spaces is increasing in popularity worldwide. This has led to a growing number of providers in recent years. TenCate Grass is responsible for a significant part of the production of synthetic turf and backing and aims at continuous product differentiation and innovation.
One of the most visible applications of synthetic turf is traffic: along the runways of airports, in central reservations and on roundabouts. Less common in the Netherlands, it is found more frequently in countries where the climate is less conducive to vegetation growth.
In Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, the largest synthetic turf project in the world was realised in 2013: 160,000 square metres of synthetic turf were laid at the airport. In Gaziantep, Southeast Turkey, a carpet of synthetic turf lies under a section of the rails of the tramline that came into operation in 2011.
Other applications of synthetic turf for landscaping include lawns, roof terraces, balconies, children’s playgrounds and schoolyards. A less obvious application is interiors, both at home and in the workplace. Whereas you wouldn’t install a ‘real’ grass field in a living room or an office garden, a synthetic turf carpet you would – particularly as almost every imaginable colour and colour combination is possible.
It is expected that demand in the European market for landscaping will grow by 10 to 15% a year. Here several factors play a role: increasing awareness and acceptance, product improvement and innovations, ease of maintenance, the consistently fresh green appearance, savings in costs for spraying and nutrients, as well as legislation. Sometimes developments elsewhere in the world also act as a driver. Last spring, Governor Jerry Brown committed the inhabitants of California to reducing water consumption by 36%. Legislation regarding water conservation, like that in California, is currently underway in South European countries.