Choosing the Right Infill for Your Artificial Turf Lawn

April 1, 2020

If you’re planning a new synthetic grass installation for your Sacramento home or business, there’s a good chance you’ve already inspected different artificial turf products, talked to a few different wholesalers, and even gotten an estimate or two. But there’s another major consideration you need to make while planning to install artificial turf: the infill. Infill is the material added to artificial grass that nestles in between the turf blades, supporting them and keeping them from laying flat. If synthetic turf is allowed to become matted, it can damage the blades and impair the lawn’s drainage. Therefore, your turf should have the right kind of infill to improve its appearance and extend its lifespan. We have three different types of infill product available for you to choose from at SGW Sacramento.

Silica Sand

Made from naturally-occurring quartz, silica sand is most often used in putting greens and showpiece grass, or areas with low amounts of foot traffic in general. Despite its hardiness, sand offers a smooth and cushioned infill base for artificial grass. This is because the slightly irregular surfaces of the granules keep them from settling and compacting, which also helps maintain drainage. When properly distributed, silica sand infill can keep the individual blades of synthetic grass standing upright and keep puddles from forming on the surface.


Zeofill is made from mineral granules known as zeolites. Zeolites—consisting of aluminum, silicon, and oxygen—are commonly used in industrial applications like water purification and petrochemicals. Their ability to capture and neutralize chemicals makes them ideal for artificial turf, particularly in dog kennels and the homes of pet owners. This is because Zeofill can neutralize the ammonia in pet urine, which is the substance responsible for the unpleasant smells urine leaves behind on synthetic turf. Zeofill also naturally recharges itself from rainwater, so it does not need to be cleaned, replaced, or deodorized (although it can still work alongside deodorizing products). Like other forms of infill, Zeofill is compression-resistant, making it less likely to compact and affect the lawn’s drainage.


Envirofill is designed to be a non-toxic and bacteria-free infill solution. Made up of green silicone dioxide granules, Envirofill is very popular for synthetic turf lawns where the transmission of bacteria is a concern, such as playgrounds and sports fields. Using Microban’s antimicrobial technology, Envirofill creates a sterile environment that prevents bacteria, mold, and mildew from growing or reproducing in synthetic grass. Despite being so tough on germs, Envirofill is still a comfortable infill solution for children to play on, and it stays cooler under the sun than other types of infill.

If you’re still not sure which infill solution is right for you, give SGW Sacramento a call. We provide Sacramento homeowners and contractors with the finest artificial grass supplies, accessories, and installation tools in the industry, allowing anyone to have a beautiful, low-maintenance lawn. We can also teach you proper artificial turf installation techniques through our monthly DIY classes. If you’d like to learn more about the artificial grass products and tools we offer or would like to receive free samples, give us a call at (916) 797-0682 today.

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