The synthetic turf carpet used in POWERgrass hybrid grass is covered by natural grass and is meant for long lasting, since the synthetic fibres are not exposed to sun and do not suffer aging caused by UV rays.
With proper maintenance the pitch will last over 20 years and even then the system is re-usable by harvesting the hybrid grass sods to reinstall in areas with less intensive use. For example, the area of the goalkeeper is subject to greater wear and tear and must be reseeded most frequently. Though, after several years, a small area can be replaced meanwhile the sods removed can be renovated to grow again on the surroundings where the foot-traffic is reduced.
The artificial turf is however completely recyclable by separating the backing from synthetic fibres, then melting and recycling them separately for other industrial uses.
ZOEsand is a special designed mineral-organic soil conditioner, ready to mix with river silica sand conforming USGA norms, to achieve a growth medium ideal for sport use.
The growth medium above and below the backing is composed of minerals like silica sand and ZOEsand containing Zeolites, Coco husks and gentle Cork. Silica sand and Zeolite sand are extracted in the state that is found in nature without transformations that alter the biophysical properties. At the end of the pitch lifespan can be reuse for the same or other similar uses. The coco husks and gentle cork are provided from renewable part of the plants with zero environmental impact. All components are selected to last for long time and maintain the bio-chemical properties of the growth medium.
ZOEsand is mixed with sand and forms an ideal growing medium; together with the carpet backing, the drainage and the irrigation system they have been studied to ensure:
Natural grass is predominant while the synthetic turf is almost imperceptible to players. Natural grass maintains a fresh surface to play on, meanwhile it consumes carbon dioxide CO2 and produces oxygen O2.
Scientific studies have shown that about 3 m2 of grass produce the daily requirement of oxygen for a man. A pitch in natural grass produces more oxygen than one hectare of a forest.
Natural grass avoids the pollution of groundwater. Gas exchange, micro-organisms habitat and nutrients occur in rootzone, without leaching and contaminating the groundwater. One scientific study demonstrated that uncultivated land has higher concentration of nitrates deep in the soil compared to a well-fertilized grass.
Despite the development of products of the highest quality, at best, an synthetic turf filled with crump rubber pitch does not exceed 6-8 years of lifespan. The synthetic fibres exposed to 8000 hours of sun radiation reach half-life cycle and lose 50% of their strength. The contribution of high usage and heat may reduce drastically the resistance and duration of the fibres.
In recent years some synthetic turf pitches have been filled with organic materials that are promoted to simulate the natural soil and maintain the surface cool. Those systems performs better and keep the surface temperature lower but they require frequent irrigation to maintain elastic and stable the organic infill. The water evaporates faster compared to natural grass therefore the water consumption will increase even more if you consider a natural grass pitch. Additionally, the low bulk density of the organic components makes them easily removable by wind and rainwater, so it is necessary to refill the missing material, every year, to maintain the characteristics of the system performance and extend the lifespan of the fibres.
Remove the old synthetic turf and disposal in a landfill costs 30-60,000 € and in the future it is expected to increase in costs due to the reduction of landfills.
POWERgrass hybrid grass will reduce the water consumption down to 50% compared to natural grass pitch. Considering the total costs in 20 years lifespan and about 1100 hours of actual use per year, making a pure mathematical calculation we also observe the great convenience of POWERgrass hybrid grass system compared to natural grass and synthetic turf pitches that are in the range of the most prestigious.
The grass absorbs the natural soil nitrates , a scientific study has shown that there are more nitrates in the soil in an uncultivated land that in the cultivated turf. Rationalizing the fertilizer, it provides the nutritional requirements of the lawn without risking leaching.
Sprinkler San Siro
PowerGrass combines quality and savings. Designed for professionals it is offered at a competitive price accessible to everyone.
Waste of synthetic grass
Maintenance is simple and if it is regularly applied, having in mind the preservation of synthetic fibers, the artificial turf does not have an expiration date, therefore there will be no need of disposition in a landfill as is the case of the entirely artificial grass after 6-10 years.
Costs Comparison of POWERgrass
POWERgrass will produce savings in 20 years of ammortisation plan.
All fields are required!
POWERgrass hybrid turf field
Synthetic turf field