Choosing and laying artificial grass

Many homeowners are turning to low-maintenance, cost-effective garden ideas. The latest trend is artificial grass. With its realistic look it can instantly transform an old, neglected lawn into a lush outdoor space. But, is it right for you?

The advantages

  • Artificial grass is incredibly easy to maintain. You'll never have to mow the lawn again – just leaf blow occasionally.
  • If you’ve ever suffered from a water-logged garden, where your children insist on playing – you can say good bye to muddy footprints through the house. No more grass stains either!
  • Artificial grass guarantees grass that is always green, despite the conditions, weather and environment.
  • You may find the time you spend enjoying your new lawn, outweighs the time you spent trying to maintain your old ‘natural’ – so, more time to relax and enjoy the sunshine.
  • Artificial turf is a more environmentally-friendly option than some other low-maintenance options, such Tarmac and paving.

    The disadvantages
  • However realistic it looks, artificial grass is just that! And, for those that love the feeling of grass between their toes, there can be no substitute for the real thing.
  • There are some environmental arguments against fake tuft. It could be said that it impacts on nature by removing habitats, feeding sources and breeding grounds for insects, birds and small mammals.

    Where can it be used?
    It is great for lawns, gardens, landscape areas, existing decking, patios, slabs and concrete. Some companies have developed a range of different colours too and permanent fake grass line markings – ideal for sports and pitches.

    How long does it take to install?
  • Installing artificial grass is easy and can be laid by any DIY novice. Installation will depend on the size of the garden and the amount of preparation involved prior to laying it.
  • You’ll need to remove about two inches of the existing turf, then fill it with a layer of stone and sand before installing the grass ‘carpet’ over the top. This gives the new grass a strong base to sit on and ensures good drainage.

    Tips on maintenance
  • It needs to be kept clean and free of debris and pet waste or food etc.
    In the event of any spills, hose down with water immediately.
  • A leaf blower is a great way to ensure that leaf debris and vegetation is quickly and easily removed.