What is Hybrid Grass?

Hybrid grass is the model in which synthetic grass yarns are used together with natural grass. Being produced by combining the natural grass technology and hybrid technology, the method combines  20 million artificial fibers to produce hybrid grass. The basic idea of hybrid grass is to provide a protected environment for the stem of the grass and to provide a ground where the grassroots can be used for a long term and to strengthen the roots. Looking at the areas covered with grass floors, it is seen that hybrid grass is used in many different areas. The hybrid grass method, which was developed in the 1990s, has just begun to be used in the world and has been primarily applied in football, golf and rugby fields. To date, 40 football fields have been covered with hybrid grass. This method can be applied to large open green areas as well as football fields. Due to the easy deformation of natural grass floors, alternative solutions have been started to be researched, especially in sports fields, open-air concert and recreation areas with high density and large areas in terms of area (football, rugby, golf, etc.). This method, which is reinforced with 20 million artificial fibers and is semi-artificial, semi-natural grass, is injected under the ground with machines to strengthen the natural grass roots. Thus, advanced technology creates a more durable field that provides 3 times more use than a normal grass field.

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What is the Function of Hybrid Grass?

In the upper part, the stem of the grass is protected by wrapping the artificial grass fibers, which allows the grass plant to be less damaged by external factors. So the grass grows back quickly. On the other hand, the hybrid grass base provides a reinforcing geotextile layer effect to the area, providing support for the ground and less compaction of the deep root zone layer.

In hybrid areas, where the hybridization machine cannot be used or in areas that are deformed, manual hybridization is performed to ensure that the worn areas are recovered in a short time. In natural grass areas, this application is carried out as seed sprinkling. The period of growth is prolonged due to reasons such as the seeds flying from one place to another by the wind, being eaten by birds as food, or not getting the necessary water, light and temperature due to weather conditions. In addition, roll grass is also applied to perform the renewal process in natural areas in a shorter time. However, this application is economically costlier than sprinkling.

Advantages of Hybrid Grass

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Many advantages of hybrid grass surfaces over natural grass surfaces have been revealed. Although hybrid grass method is an over costing application, the maintenance of hybrid grass is lower than natural grass. Its sustainability and low maintenance cost increase the prefer ability of this grass method. It can be used in four seasons, it reduces damage to the grass surface and grass breakage. It can renew itself faster, it provides a fast return on investment, it ensures that natural grassroots are stronger, it provides an easy transition between activity and social activity areas and sports activities, and most importantly, by having the feature of grass ground, it increases the applicability of the grass method. Considering the amount of area per capita in terms of green area uses, it is suggested that these grass surfaces, which are less deformed and more resistant to external factors, should be applied for open green areas. Thus, it is thought that grass surface deterioration in open green areas can be reduced to a lesser extent.

We may list the advantages of hybrid grass as follows;

  • Grassroots are being protected.
  • It has the advantage of being used in all seasons.
  • Self-renewal is faster than other grasses.
  • It is appropriate for all events.
  • It is stronger than other grass, grass breaks are not seen.
  • Thanks to its durability, it offers up to 3-4 times more playing hours than a standard natural grass field.
  • It always provides a green and stable field without mud puddles and grass breaks.
  • It reduces maintenance time and costs; in this way, it provides the fastest return on investment.
  • It can be applied directly to the stadium area and becomes ready to play football in 45 days.
  • It ensures the permeability of the substrate and healthy oxygen flow by providing optimum conditions in the long term.
  • It provides additional income opportunity to the clubs by providing activities on the fields.

Hybrid grass is among the most preferred methods thanks to the designs that minimize the weather conditions of new generation stadiums. Natural grass, which wears out easily due to insufficient airflow and sunlight, also brings many maintenance costs. On the other hand, hybrid grass cost varies depending on the area where the grass will be planted, and the type of grass.  For more information, please contact us, Integral Sports, which is Turkey’s most experienced hybrid grass manufacturer!

The hybrid grass method has many differences and advantages from natural grass. It is possible to compare the fields using hybrid grass and natural grass as follows:

Natural Grass Field

Hybrid Grass Field

The subfloor layer is important. It can be applied to different subfloors.
The water holding capacity of the soil is low. The water holding capacity of the soil is high.
The construction cost is low. The construction cost is high.
Maintenance cost is high. Maintenance cost is low.
The sustainability period is short. The sustainability period is long.
It requires a lot of maintenance after application. It requires a little maintenance after application.
Natural grass roots are more flexible under the soil. Natural grass roots are harder under the soil.
The field surface deforms more quickly. The field surface doesn’t deform quickly.
The regeneration time is long. The regeneration time is short.
It’s natural. It is produced from semi-natural and semi-artificial fibers.

Benefits for Players

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  • It is suitable for almost all weather conditions.
  • It provides quality and smooth playing surface even in the areas which are high and erodible.
  • It always provides a green and aesthetic appearance even when the natural grass is worn.
  • It meets optimum parameters in player-surface interaction.
  • The risk of surface injury is very low.
  • You can both train and play on the same floor.
  • It provides optimum floor comfort for the players.

Hybrid Grass Use in the World and in Turkey

The hybrid grass, also used for statuses in major tournaments such as the World Cup and European Championship, gained its reputation in Turkey after being used in Vodafone Park, the home of Beşiktaş. Fenerbahçe also hybridized the grass in its stadium as of the 2017-18 season. The hybrid grass is selected by all teams in the Premier League and is used by 45 clubs around the world.

Wembley Stadium was revamped its stadium in 2007 with hybrid grass at the forefront. And then, Emirates (Arsenal), Etihad (Manchester City), Old Trafford (Manchester United), White Hart Lane (Tottenham), St. James Park (Newcastle United), Goodison Park (Everton), San Siro (Milan/Inter), Amsterdam Arena (Ajax), Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid) and Donbass Arena (Shakhtar Donetsk) have also started to use hybrid grass.

Hybrid Grass Manufacturer Integral Spor

If you want to have your place planted with quality hybrid grass, with its friendly staff, and products that suit your preferences, Integral sport offers you quality service as an applicant and hybrid grass manufacturer. Hybrid grass costs change depending on your preference and the area of application. We are ready to help you with further information! Please contact us for more detail. Turkey’s most experienced and quality hybrid grass manufacturer is at your disposal!