Introduction to Artificial Grass
Artificial grass is quickly becoming an extremely popular solution to suit the many varying lifestyles of the everyday person, both young and old! Artificial grass has come a very long way since the days of it being primarily used for Fruit & Veg shops! It boasts a large amount of ways it can be used, from lawns for the home, roof gardens, events & displays, to sports pitches, play areas, putting greens and many more. With such a large array of different grass types, there really is an artificial lawn for everybody!
What is it?
Artificial Grass starts from a base of white and green plastic pellets along with chemical stabilisers and additives. The machines melt and extrude the plastic through a steel plate with thin holes, creating the strands of green, which is then rolled to strengthen the blade. These blades are then woven and hooked through the mesh fabric base. There are different types of methods used for the yarn (grass blade), for example, some lawns use a ‘W’ shape method, to aid the spring-back of the turf when weight is applied over a period of time.
Artificial or Natural Turf?
This is a very common question, and the answer ultimately comes down to personal preference! However, it is quite clear to see that synthetic turf may be more useful to some people than others. Due the artificial grass industry being relatively new, the following points should help outline the benefits, and the reasons as to why you should choose an artificial lawn over a real lawn.
Low maintenance is one of the best selling points for artificial grass, making it suitable to people who do not have the time or do not like maintaining their lawn, or, someone who may simply struggle to maintain their garden due to health issues. You can expect to spend almost no time maintaining an artificial lawn, although it is recommended that you brush your lawn at least once a year, as well as applying a weed killer to keep any seed droppings clear from your lawn, remember, weeds won’t come up through the turf, but this doesn’t mean they won’t come from above!
During the creation process, the turf is filled with holes to make it permeable, this makes quality artificial lawns exceptional at draining water, resulting in no water logging or flooding! You could have hours of heavy rainfall and your artificial lawn would be ready to use again! England doesn’t really suffer from extreme weathering, ie, heavy snow or scorching hot temperatures, but, this doesn’t mean the lawns won’t handle it! Artificial lawns are very well suited to extremely hot climates with little or no precipitation. Snow is also easy to deal with, simply draining away when it melts, or you can clear the excess manually and quickly! Which leads to the next point…
… No mud or mess! It can be hard to try and keep the house and garden clean and tidy, especially throughout the autumnal and winter months. With dogs and kids bringing in mud and dirt, it can result in even more spent on cleaning and refurbishing! Thankfully, our artificial lawns sit on an aggregate base, therefore having no connection at all with mud, meaning you can enjoy your lawn with the family without having to worry about the mess after! Thankfully, the lawn will last far longer than a real lawn, meaning you don’t have to worry about any dead patches for many years, your lawn will look good all year round!
If you are considering moving to an artificial lawn or golf green, contact us now and one of our grass experts will assist you