Research and Development

With test procedures and protocols that were more intense than those of even the most demanding independent labs, Shawgrass’s Research and Development Center is at the forefront of innovation in designing better performing, safer, and more resilient synthetic turf fields. The Research and Development staff are innovative thinkers who are constantly looking for new ways to provide the best playing surfaces.

The Best Turf Around

A brand is a promise made to the customer, and the Shaw name carries with it a particularly strong promise. As the top producer of tufted products internationally, Shawgrass understands how to make turf. You’ll have the top-notch quality of the Shaw brand, not to mention the aesthetic benefits you will enjoy for years to come.

Our 75,000 square-foot lab is the biggest and most expansive in the industry. The facility houses a “pilot” experimental manufacturing plant with narrow-width versions of machines we use in our manufacturing facilities. These machines allow our R&D team to run initial trials in a way nobody else in the industry can. The equipment in the pilot plant is dedicated to texturizing, tufting, twisting, coating, yarn development, and air entangling.

The R&D team can also access a huge turf performance lab featuring all the necessary equipment required to evaluate all the durability and performance characteristics that our clients care about. Shawgrass products are thought of as the top products in the industry as a result of this commitment to research and development, and so they give customers assurance in knowing their synthetic turf installation is cutting-edge.

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To guarantee you get a world-class surface, we put our turf through at least 450 quality & efficiency tests.

Most everyone is satisfied with their synthetic turf when it’s installed. But what about after 5 years or more? Shawgrass’s 450+ONE certification promises the quality you want and deserve to extend the life of your installation without sacrificing performance and aesthetics.

See More of Our Innovative Ways


Everyone knows that synthetic turf surfaces get hot sometimes. In consideration of this, Shawgrass has taken steps to cool synthetic lawns through a new development called HydroChill®.


Using Geofill, a soil-like infill made from natural materials with innate cooling properties, you can increase your yard's aesthetic while keeping maintenance time low.

Shawgrass is dedicated to making new developments in the turf industry. Some of the top baseball programs in the country like the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Texas Rangers, the Miami Marlins, and the Tampa Bay Rays have given their trust to our sister brand Shaw Sports Turf with getting their world-class innovations, and you can get that same grade for your turf project too. Live on what they play on with Shawgrass!

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