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Artificial Grass FAQ

Artificial Grass FAQ

Why install artificial grass?
Artificial grass supports a truly modern lifestyle. It is low maintenance, helping you to save on time and money and it's also environmentally friendly (see our Environmental Benefits section for more details). Artificial grass means you can have a beautiful lawn without any worries - you will not need to mow or water the grass, never add fertiliser, your pets will not damage the grass and there'll be no more worries about bringing mud into the house.

What are the costs of artificial grass?
Although it does cost more than natural grass at the outset, this excess is easily recovered over the life of the grass when you consider the long-term costs of mowing and fertilising a lawn - and this is before you add the value of saved time. We should point out that the cost of installing artificial grass can vary considerably based around the type of location so it is always worth getting professional advice.

Can I install artificial grass on top of my existing lawn?
This is not generally recommended as the existing grass will die and compact to give an uneven surface. However if you the surface is even and has good drainage then this is possible. .

How will I cope with flooding?
Artificial grass is permeable so the rain water will run straight through it. However it is a good idea to fit a drainage base below the levelling layer. This is discussed further in our installation section.

What sort of base is acceptable?
There are many types of base which you can use. An acceptable hard base would be Tarmac, Asphalt or Concrete and it's generally better if it is porous eg. Tarmac. If you wish to install on top of concrete then you need to be careful that the edges of any slabs do not show through. You could cover the concrete with a layer of sand, or even better install a rubber shock pad between the concrete and the artificial grass. This type of cover, sand or shock pad, is also needed when you overlay where 2 different materials are joined eg. soil to concrete. One final point is that if the surface is impermeable eg. concrete, then a slight slope to aid run off is advised. Alternatively sub surface drainage can be installed.

How long will our artificial grass last?
It really does depend upon what use you will make of your lawn. Bear in mind that when we install artificial grass on football pitches we are often looking at over 8 years.

What products are safe to use on artificial grass?
Generally speaking, you should not use any product that is acidic in nature ie. pH less than 3 containing Halogens (chlorine, bromine etc). Sulphur and Nitrogen are also likely to react. Likewise if a product is oxidising, like bleach or peroxide then this can liberate free ions of the above elements which can then form acidic species in the presence of water.

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