Is artificial grass suitable for children?
Artificial grass is a great choice for homes with children or schools and nurseries for a number of reasons. For a start the feel of our grass is soft and lush underfoot and as close to real grass as is possible.
One of the main strengths of artificial grass is its durability: it can withstand almost all manner of games and sports. The grass eliminates muddy patches, and any trail of muddy footprints, leaving with you a lawn that can be used all year round.
Is maintenance necessary?
If you are planning on installing artificial grass on your lawn, this will be an investment to improve your garden and family life so with a little maintenance it will be an investment that will last you many years to come, remember artificial grass is LOW maintenance, not NO maintenance.
When people ask me about artificial grass maintenance I always advise little and often, below is a copy of our maintenance advice sheet. (The below is a general guide only and your maintenance will completely depend on how, when and how often you use your lawn).
The minimum maintenance for your artificial lawn is a simple brush once a month. Brushing the lawn ensures that the pile remains standing upright, a soft bristle brush is best for this. During the summer months, if your lawn is used more regularly you may find that you need to brush slightly more often to prevent compaction of the blades.
If you are a dog owner you will need to carry out a little more maintenance as any mess should be removed from the surface as soon as possible, the turf can be washed down with tap water and this should remove any residue left on the surface. For more stubborn areas an artificial grass cleaner can be used.
During the autumn months, you will find that leaves from overhanging trees will fall onto the artificial grass surface. It is extremely important to remove all leaves from the surface, by doing this you reduce the risk of any moss or weed growth on top of the surface as leaves left on there for any period of time will create the ideal conditions for this. They could also affect drainage.
If you are carrying out any work in the garden that could have an effect on your lawn, i.e. painting fences, sheds, decking, it is advisable to sheet off the area to prevent spillage of anything that may be difficult to remove from the surface.
What not do to on an artificial lawn?
There are certain things that you should never do on an artificial lawn. Anything that involves a naked flame, for instance, smoking, lighting fireworks or a bonfire, or even a BBQ, any of these activities should not be carried out on or near to your lawn. It is important not to get any substances such as adhesives, chewing gum or paint on the area. Sharp objects such as metal garden furniture shouldn’t be put directly onto the surface as they can damage the tuft and the latex of the grass.
Can artificial grass solve a mole infestation?
Artificial grass is definitely one of way of solving your mole problem. For starters, general building and construction work tends to dissuade moles from popping up in areas. Installing artificial grass involves some digging and the use of equipment such as a whacker plate which make noise and vibrations unwelcome to a mole. As well as this we can put down a mole barrier. This is some wire mesh laid down before the aggregates that deters the mole from digging any further. As if that wasn’t enough, the layer of aggregates are not an ideal environment for moles to burrow through, so they are deterred once more from coming up to the surface.
Installing artificial grass is a humane way of dealing with a mole infestation that not only deters moles from returning but also repairs the damage they have done. It can be difficult to re-seed a lawn that has been plagued with mole holes and tunnels, with earth churned up and brought to the surface. By installing artificial grass you have the ground leveled with a secure draining base installed and a lovely green lawn all year round.
Is artificial grass suitable for pets?
Installing artificial grass is the perfect way of transforming your lawn into something beautiful that both you and your pet can enjoy, whilst also saving yourself from muddy paw prints!
If your dog is constantly digging up bits of earth or kicking its legs up, artificial grass can save your lawn from looking like a muddy battleground. We secure our artificial grass by stapling/gluing it to a tanalised timber edging. This, combined with the fact that artificial grass is made of extremely durable materials, should stop even those most vigorous dog from digging up a lawn.
Our grasses are great if you’re also concerned about the discoloured patches made when nature calls. Along with being UV stabilised against fading in the sun, the colour of our grass is not affected by pet mess. Any liquids drain easily though the backing on the grass and into the aggregate sub-base below. It’s also super easy to clean. We recommend using warm soapy water to clean the area as soon as possible after removing any pet mess, with a hosing down in the dry months to get rid of any lingering odors. High strength bleaches or detergents are not necessary nor advised for use.
Pets also love the feel of artificial grass because it’s made of soft and springy materials perfect for running and rolling around on all year long. It’s suitable for most pets, with shorter and longer grasses available to suit their needs
Can artificial grass be installed in winter?
Artificial grass can be installed all year round. In fact, artificial grass is actually best installed in the autumn and winter months as the ground isn’t as hard as in the summer. The durable nature of artificial lawns means that they can be enjoyed whatever the time of year, without the risk of damage or excessive mud, and with a quick drying time following rain.
Wintry conditions such as snow and frost don’t cause problems, but as with any outdoor surface, care should be taken if ice has formed.
Can artificial grass be installed on any surface?
We can install onto most surfaces, turf, soil, concrete, tarmac, paving and decking are all areas you can lay artificial grass.
If you have a balcony or roof terrace, artificial grass is also easily installed.
Areas do not even have to be flat in order for artificial grass to be installed, areas with slopes are also able to have grass installed.
How long will an artificial lawn last?
The surface should last 15 years in areas of average volume of traffic and use. To ensure this keep the surface clear of debris. All of the fake grasses we use are safe and installed professionally to provide a stable and welcoming family space for years to come. Artificial grass is made from synthetic fibres which makes it durable, well resistant to general wear and tear. Some of the most popular reason for installations by our customers is because our grass range is a better solution for pet owners who have discolouration, staining or burning in their natural grass. Artificial grass is the perfect solution to patchy, unkept lawn and will breathe refreshing new life into your home garden so you can focus on enjoying your weekends, not dread the gardening!
Is artificial grass affected by cold weather?
Artificial grass can cope with the general cold weather experienced in the UK, it won’t die with a change in temperature and it will stay green all the way through until spring. If it is particularly rainy, artificial lawns can actually drain water better than a natural lawn, with a stable layer of aggregates present underneath a weed membrane.
If there is light snow then we recommend you let it melt naturally, or clear it by hand if it needs to be moved. Though artificial lawns are made of tough stuff, it might not be a good idea to take a hard shovel to it.
On the rare occasion that we experience a particularly cold snap and there is compacted snow or ice the best thing to do is, again, to let it melt naturally. If the ground becomes frozen and the individual blades of grass go hard and icy than it can be uncomfortable to walk on. If you try to remove the ice the grass can become damaged. It is possible to salt the area but this is not recommended as the it can affect the drainage of your lawn.
If you know there is going to be heavy snow in the future, you could put down a waterproof sheet like tarpaulin to protect your lawn as a preventative measure.
Does artificial grass fade from the sunlight?
All of our artificial grass products are protected against sunlight and UV rays so it does not fade. During the manufacturing process the grass is UV stabilized which will ensure that fading does not occur.
All our products have a minimum 8 year no fade guarantee and most come with a 10 year guarantee. Although knowing UK weather it is likely your lawn will remain unaffected for much longer than this!
How do artificial lawns drain?
This is a common question regarding artificial grass, especially from customers with lawns that do not face the sun and cannot soak up water. With artificial grass there is no need to worry about water drainage, artificial lawns drain water as if it is regular grass and even better in some cases.
The roll of grass is manufactured with a holed backing that is concealed within the pile height and not visible when laid. Water simply drains straight through these holes and into the aggregate base below.
Due to this, artificial lawns dry relatively quickly compared to regular lawns.