What are the advantages of Artificial Grass?

The advantages include saving money and time, especially on lawn maintenance, and it can also improve lifestyle and help with environmental issues.

Low maintenance – generating savings on time and up-keep costs. This applies to homeowners, the elderly for whom maintenance is not practical, second/holiday home owners and also organisations such as local councils who have to maintain roadside verges, city parks and pathways

No watering – ideal where water is scarce or in hosepipe/sprinkler ban areas.

Better for the environment – no need for pesticides and mowing.

Ideal for areas of heavy usage – no more slippery, muddy areas, no more muddy shoes or muddy dogs’ paws to have to clean up!
All-year-round green – aesthetically pleasing to the eye no matter what time of year. No more yellow patches on your lawn and no more weeds staring back at you!

Clean and hygienically safe – no degradation by pets.

Why install artificial grass?

Artificial grass is low maintenance, helping you to save on time and money. You will have a beautiful lawn with no need to mow or water the grass, add fertiliser, and your pets won’t damage the grass.

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 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.

On what sort of base can I lay my grass?

You can lay your grass onto a whole host of bases. A good, hard one would be tarmac, asphalt or concrete and it’s generally better if you are laying your grass outside that it is porous (as tarmac is).

If you wish to install on top of concrete then you need to be careful that the edges of any slabs don’t show through. You could cover the concrete with a layer of sand or, even better, install a rubber shockpad between the concrete and the artificial grass. Either sand or a shockpad is also needed when you overlay the join of two different materials, for example soil to concrete.

If the surface is impermeable, we advise a slight slope to help water run off. Alternatively you can install sub-surface drainage.

Many customers of our like to lay their grass onto decking. This again, is fine, but you need to put plywood down first to give a flat surface, otherwise after a few weeks of use, the grass will start to fit through gaps and make ridges, spoiling your beautiful space.

How long will our artificial grass last?

This depends on how heavily your artificial grass is used and what maintenance you carry out – grass with regular, light maintenance will continue to look good for years. It is also worth considering that artificial grass used on football pitches is usually expected to last for over eight years!

What cleaning products are safe to use on our artificial grass?

Generally speaking, a mild detergent is the best thing to use. You should avoid products that are acidic in nature (ie. pH less than 3) or have oxidising properties (like bleach or peroxide).

What maintenance is required?

Very little indeed. You need to remove any debris which falls onto the grass and smooth any infill you may have. A leaf rake or garden broom will remove debris like fallen leaves, help realign the fibres and will smooth it over. As the artificial grass is permeable, rain water will run through the the backing and clean it at the same time.

How will our pets react to the artificial grass?

Your pets will be fine! They tend to treat artificial grass just like normal grass except they can’t dig it up! Any droppings are easy for you to remove or wash away. If the grass will receive very heavy use from pets, as it would in a kennels, we recommend that you use disinfectant to clean it as this will help remove smells and kill bacteria. However, where you have light use, this is rarely needed.

Read more about how our previous customers’ dogs have enjoyed our grass.

Does the grass have a directional pile?

Yes, it does. So, you need to make sure you align the directions of any different pieces of grass when you lay it down, which is quite easy to do.

What can we use for edging?

You can use exactly what you would use for natural grass. A log is a good example.

What holds down the artificial grass?

For non-infill artificial grass, care has to be taken when laying the grass and it is possible that areas will need to be pegged down. The use of edgings is also important. If you choose to have a sand infill, this will provide weight to hold the artificial grass down. Have a look at our installation instructions for more help.

Can I install artificial grass on a slope?

Yes, it is possible. However, if you plan to walk on the grass, the slope must be less than 15%. If the slope is over 15%, it is still fine to use as an ornamental coverings. It might also be best to choose a grass that doesn’t need a sand infill, as the sand can move down the slope, and instead use pins to secure the artificial grass down.

How easy is it to cut and shape artificial grass?

It is very easy – just like cutting a carpet. A Stanley knife is a good choice, alternatively a large pair of sharp scissors.

Can I use a barbeque on top of artificial grass?

To be on the safe side, you need to ensure your barbeque is raised above the grass and ideally placed on slabs, particularly if you are using disposable barbeques. Our Lifestyle Luxe and Lifestyle City are tested to be fire retardant.

Do I need to water the grass?

In the United Kingdom you should never need to water the grass. However, we have heard of cases over in America where extreme desert conditions mean that occasional watering is necessary to keep the undersoil from cracking!

Will weeds grow on the artificial grass?

Strangely, if you have a sand infill the answer is yes. The sand infill can provide a hydroponic environment for the seeds to root. However, the backing we use for the artificial grass is strong enough to prevent the roots growing through to the soil. This means that any weeds can easily be brushed away with a leaf rake.

Our grasses, however, don’t require a sand infill and laying a geotextile membrane will stop weeds growing up through your beautiful grass.

Do I need to worry about insects?

The artificial grass is a sterile environment. However, over time it is possible that wind-borne debris might deposit enough nutrients within the infill to support a small number of insects. Even so, you will find a lot less than you would in natural grass.

If you enjoy and want to encourage wildlife, keep your borders and plant native flowers there. If you haven’t already, you can put up a bird table and bird bath as well as feeders so that birds can come along and enjoy your space too!

Where can I use artificial grass?

Lawns and landscaping are the most common uses, similar synthetic turf is used on sports playing surfaces, like tennis courts, putting greens and football pitches.

There are many other uses for our artificial grass, including:

  • Roof gardens
  • Patios
  • Balconies
  • Walkways, both permanent and temporary
  • Caravan and tent entrances
  • Outdoor staircases
  • Swimming pool surrounds – we would generally recommend at least three feet between the pool and the artificial grass. This will minimise the risk of discoloration from the chlorine in the pool.
  • Children’s play areas at schools and nurseries
  • Pet-friendly areas, dog exercise runs, kennels
  • Conservatories
  • Garages
  • Exhibition spaces
  • Shopping centres
  • Showrooms – cars, garden centres,
How do I join the artificial grass pieces together?

Special fibreglass tape and glue is the answer, all of which we can supply as part of your order. The glue is applied to the tape and then the edges of the artificial grass are pressed on top of it.

How will I cope with the part of the garden which is always wet?

This should not be a problem. When you prepare to lay the grass, you generally just need more hardcore or sand to build up the surface.

After a lot of use, will the grass matt or flatten?

As long as you choose the right grass for your use (we can help you with this, just give us a call), and brush the grass every so often, flattening shouldn’t be a problem. A texturised or curled yarn in the artificial grass also helps prevent matting.

What is it like to walk on?

Our artificial grass is soft and springy and provides more bounce than natural grass. On really, really hot days, the grass will be noticeably warmer underfoot.

Why is sand infill sometimes used?

Some artificial grasses need an infill to help hold the grass down and to provide a bit of shock absorption. Sand is normally used as it is often a cheaper alternative to rubber and is also chemically inert and fire resistant.

Installation advice

We are always happy to answer any questions you might have about your project. So please call our team on 01900 811970 or use our contact form, we look forward to hearing from you.

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