Synthetic grass is designed to withstand all types of extreme weather conditions, often out-performing natural turf.

The UV stabilized yarn and water saving benefits make it perfect for hot, drought-prone areas. But how does synthetic grass drain in heavy rain and storms?

It comes down to three main factors: the quality of your artificial grass, drainage and infill, and installation.

Not all grass is made equal, so if you live in an area that gets plenty of rainfall and is prone to summer storms you may want to consider synthetic grass. Here are a few tips to help you select the right product for your property:

Synthetic grass quality

The quality and construction of the materials used to make synthetic grass determine how suitable and reliable it is in extreme wet weather.

High-quality artificial turf products are not only extremely porous and water resistant they’re also durable and won’t deteriorate when inundated with large amounts of water.

When choosing your product, it’s best to speak with a synthetic grass specialist to advise which variety best suits your needs and the design and layout of your lawn, especially if it’s on a hillside or slope.

Drainage and infill

With the right drainage system and infill material, an artificial lawn can survive heavy downpours unscathed.

Typically, good quality synthetic grass consists of either a porous mesh backing underneath the blades or multiple small holes placed throughout the backing material, allowing the water to pass straight through.

When the water passes through the backing material it’s absorbed by the infill. This is made up of gravel or sand. The absorbed water gradually seeps out into the in-built drain pipes leaving the surface free from pooling or puddles.

A well-planned draining base is a key to having long-lasting, well maintained synthetic grass.

Synthetic grass installation

Getting your synthetic grass installed professionally and properly will help to ensure your drainage system quickly and effectively wicks away water and prevents your lawn from becoming waterlogged.

Specialist synthetic grass installers know what infill and installation technique are best suited to particular landscapes, especially those exposed to extreme weather including rain and storms and to ensure superior drainage.

Choosing synthetic grass is a long-term investment and it makes sense to get it right the first time.

Chat with the specialists at GroundAbility to ensure you make the right choice for your backyard.

There is a huge range of synthetic grass products of varying quality and price available in the Australian market. So, how do you choose the right synthetic grass that ticks all your boxes?

Given synthetic grass is widely used in schools, sporting venues, commercial spaces and increasingly homes, there are different styles suitable for multiple applications.

To help you through the decision-making process here are some factors to consider when choosing your synthetic grass product:


What type of area is the grass being installed? Is it a decorative lawn, poolside surround, grassed-patio, or well-used backyard? How you plan to use the grassed area will determine the grass you choose.

Synthetic grass installers should be able to advise the type of grass – pile height, density, weight, and colour – that is best suited to your space, as well as recommend a specific product.

It’s worthwhile to request samples from your installer so that you can compare the different products and make an informed choice. Synthetic grass is a long-term investment so it’s important to select the grass that both suits your needs and appeals to you.


When you buy quality synthetic grass it doesn’t necessarily equate to being the most expensive product in the market. Thanks to healthy competition and new entrants to the marketplace, there are now plenty of affordable, quality-grade artificial turf products available.

While cost is often a consideration when selecting synthetic grass, you also need to factor in whether the product is:

  • Soft to touch
  • Evenly backed
  • Well-stitched tufts
  • Consistent colour
  • UV resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Certified lead-free

Synthetic grass that offers comfort, aesthetic and durability is a sound investment.


The features of your synthetic grass will, once again, depend on where you plan to install the grass and how you intend to use the space.

Features to consider are:

Synthetic grass landscaping for home

1. Pile height

Pile is the “upright blades” of synthetic grass and the height is measured in millimetres from the top of the grass backing to the tip of the blade.

Typically, shorter pile height is more hard-wearing and used – often with a layer of flexible padding beneath the turf to meet safety requirements – for sport surfaces and in pre-schools and playgrounds.

Whereas longer pile height is more visually appealing and softer underfoot, and often used in landscaping, residential lawns, and backyards.

2. Density and weight

Good quality turf will usually have greater density and weight. Density is both the linear density of the yarn and the number of stitches per square metre of the turf. Weight is the heaviness of the yarn in kilograms by the square metre of the area. Greater density and weight will give you fuller, more lush grass.

3. Colour

When choosing the colour of your artificial grass, the greener the grass the less natural it tends to appear.

To achieve a natural look for your home, opting for a shade of green with a brown fleck (known as ‘thatch’), or a grass product that uses multiple shades of green more closely imitates the appearance of natural turf.

Greens come in different shades and can provide a very different effect:

  • Light green –  subdued and earthy
  • Bright green – fresh and lively
  • Dark green – traditional
  • Yellow-green – energised and bold

The different shades of green available also make it easier to match existing real grass.


While synthetic grass installation may seem simple to do yourself, to achieve an even surface, neat seams, clean, sharp edges and a finished result requires skill and experience.

When choosing a company to install your synthetic grass it’s best to consider how established they are, and how much experience they have – ideally you want a company that can manage the whole process; from sourcing the product to installation.

If you’re paying a company to install your grass, it also pays to make sure the products they use are of high-quality. Australian made products are designed and manufactured for the Australian conditions, always check the manufacturer label to make sure you are getting the quality that you expect

  • Sub-base

One of the most important parts of the installation process is preparing the sub base – the layer directly under the synthetic grass. There are numerous sub-base materials. Generally, a crusher dust base is recommended, which can be screeded (levelled) easily and compacted, but still allows moisture transfer between the base (this is the crusher dust) and sub base (which is usually soil under the base). Correct sub base preparation can prolong the life of your synthetic grass.

  • Infill

Another important component is the infill process – materials like graded kiln dried sand and rubber granules spread over the grass after it has been installed. The infill gives an even cover and settles well into the pile to provide some weight and body to the grass and to protect the base of the yarn.


Finally, it’s always recommended to check the manufacturer’s warranty, which is usually up to 15 years.

Build it and they will come. Make it blue artifical turf and they will come back!

GroundAbility, in conjunction with Prograss was contracted to install blue artificial turf in arguably one of the best FIFA-size football fields in the Philippines.

At the time of install, it was one of the first high-quality sports and training facilities in Circuit Makatia, the area’s new entertainment and lifestyle complex.

The Gatorade Chelsea FC Blue Pitch at Makati City in metro Manila, was part of an initiative to bring more quality pitches to the region, to develop more kids and continue to grow football as an amateur and professional game.

As far as sports fields are concerned, the Gatorade Chelsea FC Blue Pitch stands out.

The field is huge, measuring 64.5 x 105 meters (9000m2) and it includes markings for two seven-a-side pitches.

The unique colour of the 65mm FIFA approved synthetic grass is great for visibility and a nod to the club colour of the British football team, Chelsea FC.



Check out some of GroundAbility’s other sports installations here.

Artificial grass is softer and safer than concrete, low maintenance and keeps green all-year-round.

GroundAbility recently completed another artificial grass installation at Pine Mountain Road Childcare centre in Carindale Brisbane. This time the team spruced up one of the centre’s play areas with Pro lawn 25 and laid Leisure 15 to the swimming pool surrounds.

synthetic grass play area

Before and after of the play area.

synthetic grass pool surround

Before and after of the pool surround.

Artificial grass is a great ground cover option for childcare centres and there are many benefits to installing artificial grass in children’s play areas and around swimming pools – one obvious benefit is that artificial grass is much softer than concrete or tiles! In the event of a slip or fall, additional padding can be fitted underneath the synthetic grass surface.

For this recent job at Pine Mountain Road, we installed 20 mm shockpads to the play area and 15mm shock pads to the pool surround, providing some extra protection and creating a softer surface underfoot.

Synthetic Grass Cricket Pitch

30 Aug 2016, Posted by Warwick Beale in Products, Recent Installations, Sports fields

Is your cricket pitch perfect?

Synthetic grass provides the perfect grass solution for your cricket pitch and wicket surface, without the hassle.

GroundAbility supplies and installs synthetic grass products that cater for all cricketing levels and performance criteria. Whether the pitch is for full-scale competitive cricket clubs, school and council practice nets, or the backyard ‘test’ with family and friends.

We recently installed a new pitch at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School in Acacia Ridge.

If your school, club or local cricket pitch is in need of a high-quality grass solution that delivers an even bounce and pace at both ends, why not go synthetic grass? Check out our gallery for some of our sport and recreation synthetic grass installations.

When you think synthetic grass, it’s natural to think green.

But GroundAbility has a range of vibrant and colourful synthetic grass products that incorporate bright colours, pictures and patterns to create a fun and interactive space for children.


Great solution for an educational space.

This range is especially popular at childcare centres, pre-schools and schools and is a great solution for an educational space.

GroundAbility supply and install high-grade quality synthetic grass to almost any surface for homes, at schools and commercial properties.

Whether you want colourful synthetic grass with numbers, shapes and animals, or hopscotch, chess boards and snakes and ladders, we can retrofit to your existing area or install with new synthetic grass.


GroundAbility has a wealth of experience in removing and replacing synthetic grass in childcare centres, pre-schools and schools in and around Brisbane.

The GroundAbility team recently replaced the well-worn, existing synthetic grass of an undercover, outdoor play area.

Pro Lawn 25 synthetic grass was installed on top of Soft Fall shockpads, covering a total area of 120m2.

Pine Mountain Road Childcare centre, located in the south east of Brisbane, now has a bright new play area that is both long-lasting and looks great!



Removing the existing synthetic grass


Installing the 20 mm Soft Fall shockpads


Laying Pro Lawn 25 synthetic grass









GroundAbility recently installed synthetic grass in a townhouse courtyard in Wynnum Queensland, complementing the pre-existing pavers and enhancing the overall look and feel of the narrow space.


Increasingly, residential properties are smaller than ever, with less space devoted to the lawn (and the mower!) and people are busier than ever with less time to maintain the lawn.


Synthetic grass products are continually being developed to cater for multiple purposes, including decorative – keeping your lawn, big or small, neat and tidy and green all year round.


Pro lawn 35 is a new generation monofilament yarn that gives a fine leaf appearance with earthy thatching and a soft, lush feel under foot.

Synthetic grass delivers beachside face-lift

01 Apr 2016, Posted by Warwick Beale in Products

Recently, Moreton Bay Regional Council commissioned GroundAbility to install synthetic grass on Scarborough Beach Park – awarded “Queensland’s and Australia’s Friendliest Beach” back in 2003 and 2004.

The artificial turf provides a fantastic face-lift to the previously drab and unattractive public space that overlooks the sandy white shores of Scarborough beach.

The popular Pro Lawn Gold 37mm pile height was chosen for the realistic look and feel to complement the surrounds.