Why Choose Artificial Grass?
In today’s busy world, it isn’t always possible to take time out to maintain our gardens. The mowing, weeding, watering and fertilising involved in caring for a natural lawn can be time-consuming and it’s hard to consistently keep on top of. Artificial grass is becoming increasingly popular as a way to have a beautiful green lawn without the upkeep.
Artificial grass has long been in use on sports pitches, and more recently in playgrounds, business venues and schools. Now, the versatility, longevity and maintenance-free benefits are being recognised by homeowners and landlords, meaning that artificial lawns are showing up more and more in residential gardens.
An artificial lawn is also a financially smart option. As it lasts for many years and requires almost no upkeep to stay looking its best, it is no longer necessary to spend money on mowers and other gardening equipment. It requires no watering or fertilising, all of which save money as well as time.
Top Advantages of Artificial Grass
- Low maintenance
- No watering, so saves water
- A flatter, even surface
- Durable, even in high traffic areas
The Convenience of Using Artificial Turf
Improving the overall look of your garden requires constant maintenance – mowing, weeding, watering and fertilising. Made from synthetic fibres, artificial turf will cut down both the time and cost involved in maintaining your lawn while appearing completely natural. Until recently, it was used almost exclusively for sports’ areas. However, with our busier lifestyles, artificial grass has been gaining huge popularity in the residential market. With a lush and green appearance, low lifetime costs, easy maintenance and hygienic benefits, it is easy to see why so many homes are now installing artificial grass.
Our clients range from individual homeowners to schools, nurseries and businesses through to events and sports venues.
Advantages of using artificial turf over natural grass
The only maintenance that artificial turf really needs is an annual or biannual vacuum and a little spray to keep it looking healthy and lush. Artificial turf can give a flatter, more even surface compared to that of natural grass. This prevents falls and stumbles.
Artificial turf is more durable. Unlike natural grass, artificial ones can be great for places with a high footfall.
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Artificial grass is pretty versatile. It can be laid on everything from soil to wood to concrete. The most important stipulation, however, is that there is a firm sub-base.
When laying your artificial grass over soil, the base should consist of:
- Weed membrane
- 2-3 inches of aggregate compacted by wacker plate
60-80mm of soil needs to be removed before laying the sub-base and new turf in order to ensure the artificial lawn is laid correctly.
If you are planning to lay artificial grass on concrete or wooden decking, it is important that the sub-surface has appropriate drainage. On roofs, this is not necessary, and the artificial grass can be adhered directly to the roofing.
Overall, you can treat your artificial lawn similarly to how you would treat a natural lawn. Dust, dirt and leaves can be easily removed from your artificial grass with a stiff brush (not one with steel bristles). If your artificial turf needs to be cleaned because of unhygienic mess, such as animal excrement, simply remove any solid mess before hosing down the area. You may also wish to purchase a turf deodoriser to avoid odours.
It is not generally necessary to disinfect artificial lawns, particularly if you choose an antimicrobial variety of fake grass. If, however, you have concerns about bacteria, mix half and half vinegar and water as a natural disinfectant that will not damage your artificial grass or the soil beneath. Harsh chemicals should be completely avoided.
It is possible for artificial grass to be stained, but this is not going to happen from a simple spilt glass of red wine. Substances that can stain artificial grass include battery acid, motor oil and grease, for example, so any motor repair work you do at home should be carried out away from your artificial lawn. If you have a pet which enjoys urinating in specific areas of your lawn, watering the area daily with a watering can will be enough to stop the chemicals in the urine staining the artificial grass.
Good quality artificial grass contains UV stabilisers and durable colouring agents to prevent discolouration and fading. Some high traffic areas may fade slightly over a long period of time, but you can expect your artificial lawn to maintain its colouration for its entire lifespan.
Yes, pets enjoy playing and rolling on artificial grass, which is comparable to natural lawn grass in most ways. Any mess can be cleaned simply by rinsing with water, though you may want to encourage your pets to use a separate area of the garden (not on the lawn) to do their “business”.
Your artificial lawn is very low maintenance. Your main area of vigilance should be weeds. If any weeds poke through, you should remove these by hand as they arise, as once they take root, you could end up with a real problem on your hands. You should also avoid harsh weed-killing chemicals, sticking to environmentally-friendly versions which should be readily available at your local garden centre.
It is not necessary to disinfect your artificial lawn. Do not use chlorine or bleach on your artificial turf as this will cause discolouration and pollute the soil beneath.
Just like you would with any garden, you should remove fallen leaves with a leaf blower or broom. Make sure, however, that you do not use brooms or brushes with metal bristles on your artificial lawn, as these will damage it.
Yes, artificial grass is entirely suitable for children. It is hygienic, safe and enjoyable to play on, very much comparable to natural grass. Unlike natural grass, however, artificial grass dries reasonably fast and isn’t slippery when wet. Your children won’t get muddy or wet playing on artificial grass. Artificial grass is non-toxic, so will not harm any small child who may put it in their mouth.
The first use of artificial grass was as a robust, low-maintenance surface for sports. That said, there are lots of different types of artificial grass these days which are designed specifically to meet the needs of certain sports.
When it comes to your domestic lawn, it is completely fine to play ball games and to play on it, though we wouldn’t recommend it for official sports.
If you are concerned about your children sliding and getting burns from your artificial lawn, you may wish to select a variety of artificial grass that is more ‘sliding-friendly’, though it is important to note that even the softest artificial grass may cause some burn.
To create an artificial lawn surface that is fall-safe, it is possible to install a shock-absorbing foundation underneath the grass surface, similar to that which you would find in a children’s playground.
Artificial grass is heated up by the sun in the same way that pavements retain the sun’s heat in hot weather. This is important to bear in mind during heatwaves.
Artificial grass is liable to burn or melt if it comes into contact with fire or extreme heat. Cigarette butts may damage your artificial grass, whilst barbecues and other garden fires should not be placed on the artificial lawn. It is important for your artificial lawn to be filled in with a layer of sand, as this will prevent fire from spreading, and extinguish it outright. On its own, artificial grass is not fireproof.
It is possible to install artificial grass yourself, though we recommend a professional installation to ensure the highest quality lay and longevity of your artificial lawn.
If you have small children, you may not want to risk having a pond in your garden. However, filling it in can be costly and time-consuming. Instead, you can build a wooden frame over the pond, with the artificial grass laid over the surface. This is a temporary solution that keeps the pond in-tact and your garden safe for little ones to play.
It’s actually very easy to install artificial grass on a roof; much easier, in fact, than on soil! Research has even found that a green roof can release about 50% of rainwater back into the atmosphere, rather than all going into the drains, providing relief on the sewerage system.
Depending on what sort of roof you are putting artificial grass onto, you need to carefully consider how you will adhere the fake grass to the roof. Nailing or spot gluing will hold artificial grass in place, but bear in mind that, if you need to access the roof itself at any point, the grass will have to be removed.
It is also advisable to choose a tall pile grass. Generally, above 35mm in height is best for roof application.
Cold weather won’t damage your artificial grass. But you do need to be careful with snow. If snow is trodden down onto the grass, it will form a layer of ice which should be allowed to melt on its own and not be removed by hand. Salt can be used sparingly, but too much can cause drainage problems. To remove snow from your artificial lawn, use a plastic (not metal) snow shovel, and clear the snow before it becomes impacted.
Moles are generally attracted to food like worms, grubs and larvae which are found in topsoil. However, as an artificial lawn is not a popular habitat for their preys, moles are rarely a problem with artificial turf lawns.
It’s worth noting that, before your artificial turf is laid, you should take care to ensure that any moles are removed from the natural soil. If an existing mole digs its way to the surface after the artificial turf is installed, the grass will collapse and the lawn will have to be re-laid. To completely prevent moles from bothering your new artificial lawn, use a hard core or aggregate base or hardware cloth.
Where a part of your artificial lawn has been damaged, it is easily replaceable. The damaged piece of artificial grass is cut out and a new piece laid in its place, just as with carpet. That said, any replaced patches are unlikely to look the same as existing artificial turf around it, due to use. Over time, any such difference will fade and will become less noticeable. It is always advisable to keep an offcut from the install as this will definitely match, to buy the same grade at a later date there may be a difference as batch numbers can differ in production runs.
Artificial grass lawns tend to last up to 20 years. Of course, factors such as how heavily the lawn is used and how well it is maintained can affect your artificial lawn’s longevity, but in the vast majority of cases, you can expect a good 15 years use before considering any replacements.
Though natural grass is an excellent oxygen producer and home to myriad insect life, it is not necessarily the most environmentally-friendly choice for your garden. You may imagine that fake grass was far from sustainable, but overall, you’d be surprised to find that there are significant environmental benefits to an artificial lawn.
Artificial turf does not require any irrigation to stay green, saving a lot of water in dry summer months. The only water you need to use on an artificial lawn is for cleaning it. What’s more, it needs no chemical treatment, no pesticides or fertilisers which cause groundwater pollution. With no need to mow or strim your artificial lawn, you’ll be saving on electric/petrol costs as well.
Plasticisers and heavy metals are banned materials in the production of artificial grass, which is overseen by strict regulatory standards. So as well as all the other benefits of an artificial lawn, you can feel safe in the knowledge that you are making a sustainable choice.