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What is the difference between turf and grass? Specifically the artificial type. And what is the proper word for the artificial type such as the one used on football fields/tennis courts? Are mixes of artificial materials and natural grass/turf materials used on sports fields and courts?

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I don't believe there (really) is a difference, as far as I'm aware those two terms are interchangeable ie They basically mean the exact same thing & comes down to personal preference (colloquialism) to which term is used... Or have you seen them used to mean different things? – Mike Perry Oct 26 '11 at 17:37
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Perhaps this is a possible definition:

Grass is the plant.

Turf is the area where grass is grown and cut twice a week with a lawn mower. Usually, turf is made from a mix of different types of grass varieties, depending on the use (garden vs. football field). Turf may be seeded directly or pre-cultivated (e.g., rolled turf)

Artificial turf is plastic. You won't mix artificial and naturally grown grass, because it doesn't make sense really. Artificial turf is based on plastic-mats and I think it will not be easy for grass-plants to get through that mat with their roots.

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Thanks for the answer :) I'm pretty sure that's exactly what it is :) – tehwalris Nov 29 '11 at 16:40

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