By Muhammed Nawaz Asghar, Saud consultant group Riyadh, KSA

AstroTurf is a short-pile synthetic or artificial turf. It has a long history to get laid down on game fields to avoid the cost of laying natural turf, especially indoors.
People in Arabian region like to watch and play football very much. But water shortage, hot climatic conditions and poor soils stop them to play on natural turf. As it’s very hard to develop and maintain natural turf grass on game fields in these harsh climatic conditions. In these circumstances, Astro turf has emerged as the best alternative to turf grass in the Gulf region for the gratification of game fields.

Likewise, residents of Saudi Arabia have adapted to the artificial grass/Astro turf to continue playability of soccer and other games in their home grounds and other game fields. This adaptability to Astro turf/artificial grass has helped them extensively to overcome water shortage, labor cost and high maintenance problems. On the side, it has created good business opportunities for the local landscape companies and contractors during the past decade. I work for Saud consultant group Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), and recently we have completed an Astro turf laying project for the home game field of our client. I’m going to publish this experience here to illuminate the importance of artificial grass/Astro turf in Gulf region as per environment/business/leisure point of view, and how to lay it effectively on the game fields.

First of all, game field area is cleared from existing grass/vegetation and debris (if any).
Then, crushed stone aggregate or decomposed granite is applied.
After the application of crushed stone aggregate or decomposed granite, it is ensured that the base is as level as possible. Water sod roller may be very useful for this operation.
After the proper compaction and leveling of crushed crushed stone aggregate or decomposed granite, a weed barrier is laid down effectively.

Then, it is ensured that turf may be cut to create the exact shape of work so that it may fit into the desired area with fewer pieces.

Then, the cut turf is attached to the base by the help of 6" galvanized nails. It would be better to drive in the nails 1/2" to 1" from the turf edge and every 4" to 6" along the turf perimeter.


Then, the grass is fluffed up with a rake or power broom so that the infill can be applied. After this, infill material is applied with a drop spreader. About 2 lbs of infill material is used per square foot of turf. This infill material may be Silica sand, Sandblasting sand and/Zeofill (Sand coated with a green poly product.

Then, a soft to medium bristled push broom is used to work the infill material into the newly laid turf until the turf begins to stand upright. A flat-head rake may also be used to get the proper results.

A simple check to make sure it's even is to walk over the turf and your feet will tell you if it's even or not. Work the infill in the turf until desired appearance is achieved. Once the infill is installed, there is no need to add anything else for the life of your grass.

About author: Muhammed Nawaz Asghar is a Landscape horticulturist, currently working for Saud Consultants in Riyadh KSA. Email:


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