How Does Infill Help with Artificial Turf Maintenance?

Whether you live in San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Santa Ana or Phoenix, many homeowners across the country come to us with the same question: what is infill, anyway? And why do you need it for artificial grass maintenance? Although it’s an oft-forgotten aspect of synthetic grass installation and maintenance, infill is actually a crucial factor in maintaining your lawn’s natural appearance and feel.

What is artificial turf infill?

Infill refers to the products placed between the blades of an artificial turf lawn, filling in the otherwise empty spaces. This infill aids synthetic grass in many different ways.

Primarily, it helps the turf blades maintain their upright position and shields the turf’s backing from the sun’s UV rays. It also helps give artificial grass the feeling of natural sod grass, with infill mimicking how soil absorbs impacts. Lastly, infill weighs the turf down to prevent it from developing wrinkles, buckles, or ripples. 

If you want your artificial grass to remain lush and full, last for as long as possible, and feel soft and natural underfoot, infill is a crucial component of your turf landscape. Not only do you need to add it during initial installation, but you’ll also need to top it up occasionally as part of your artificial turf maintenance routine.

How much infill is needed for synthetic grass?

You’ll have to play Goldilocks when adding infill to your synthetic grass yard. Too little, and the infill won’t be able to properly bolster your turf blades and keep them upright. Too much, and you’ll be able to see the infill between the turf blades, ruining the natural grass appearance.

To get the perfect amount, we recommend following the general rule of applying one to two pounds of infill per square foot. This means that a 50-pound bag of infill will cover approximately 50 square feet of your yard. However, this value is most accurate for initial installation or if you’re re-doing the infill in your yard. If you’re simply topping up your infill as part of your regular synthetic grass maintenance routine, you’ll likely require less product.

What is the best infill for artificial grass?

There are several varieties of infill available, including some that are specially designed to be pet-friendly and odor-eliminating. TurFill is the market’s No. 1 choice for pet-friendly infill. 

TurFill neutralizes pet odor by breaking down the ammonia and proteins in their urine to eliminate the smell at the source, rather than simply covering it up with fragrance like other brands. It’s also all-natural, non-toxic, and completely safe for kids and pets. 

TurFill can help you control pet odor with unparalleled effectiveness — and it fits seamlessly into your artificial grass maintenance routine. It’s also the infill we use for our 5-star, industry-leading artificial grass maintenance service.

If you need the proper equipment for your synthetic grass maintenance needs, including pet-friendly infill, visit the TurFresh online store for a wide range of turf cleaning products specially created for artificial grass. 


If you don’t want to worry about routine artificial grass maintenance, or if you don’t have the time to do it yourself, consider professional artificial turf maintenance services. TurFresh’s 10-point cleaning process can be scheduled as often as you need us, whether that’s once a week or twice a year. If you’d like to learn more about TurFresh’s artificial turf maintenance service or book your first appointment, give us a call at (469) 489-3321 or fill out our online contact form today.

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