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Since 2003, extensive research and development has been undertaken at Limonta's innovation labs to design an artificial sports surface that looks, feels and performs as close to natural grass as possible. Throughout the lifetime of a field, common weeds often grow beneath the surface and can work their way through the infill and between the grass blades of the turf system. With this observation in mind, Limonta scientists suggested the idea that healthy, natural grass could be deliberately planted and cultivated inside an artificial base. Due to the low water retention capability of most rubber and plastic infill materials - as well as the insufficient supply of nutrients to support plant life - a more fertile infill material was needed. Infill Pro Geo was selected for its high moisture-absorption and organic composition that can sustain optimum growing conditions. Certain species of grass were selected and their roots allowed to colonize freely within the infill so that natural grass blades would begin to grow between the artificial blades. Samples were prepared for comparison tests with natural grass and the results were surprising: the performance characteristics of the hybrid system met and exceeded natural grass and withstood a very high volume of traffic without major damage.
Hybrid System Profile
At 1.75 inches, the infill layer is deeper than previous synthetic systems by Limonta so that the natural grass has ample room to root itself and grow. The organic infill assures a high water retention rate that can satisfy the needs of natural grass growth, even in summer conditions. The main interaction between the turf surface and the athlete occurs mostly with the natural grass, while the artificial base offers the same pressure distribution, foot stability, vibration dampening and impact absorption of Limonta's high-performance sports turf systems. The highly permeable layers of this system rare not prone to deformation or compaction, thus allowing intensive use even in sub-ambient conditions.