A lovely semi in Cornwall has gone on the market for just shy of £300,000. It looks, and feels, a little different to the the average home……nearly every room, as well as the bathroom, is carpeted with ARTIFICIAL GRASS!
Starting in the garden, the fake grass runs through to the conservatory, down the hallway and beyond.
If you live here in the UK you’ll know all too well how often your dog will bring in mud from outside on wet and rainy days. You may choose to keep your dog inside as much as possible when the weather isn’t great outside to avoid mud being dragged into your home. Your dog can continue to play and run around on your lawn without turning your garden into a mud bath and bringing their dirty paws into the house if you use fake grass instead of real grass. If you’re tired of muddy patches, holes, and yellow stains on your grass, our pet-friendly artificial grass for dogs is a long-lasting, mess-free alternative that looks fantastic all year.
Why use artificial grass for dogs?
No more muddy floors
Artificial grass is mud-free, which means no more dirty pooches, filthy paws all over the house, or a mud bath on your lawn. Plus, urine and waste have no effect on our artificial grass, so no more dead spots, discoloration, or yellow stains to ruin your lawn. Furthermore, our artificial grass is so sturdy and long-lasting that dogs cannot dig it up, damage it, or tear it all out. Your dog will be able to use the lawn regardless of the weather, and your grass will remain beautiful all year.
Safe for dogs
Artificial grass is soft on paws and delicate on coat, and dogs enjoy playing, running, rolling around, and relaxing on it just as much as natural grass, so there’s no need to choose between a beautiful garden and a happy and content pup. Artificial grass is better for pets than natural turf because it is non-toxic and does not require dangerous chemicals like fertilisers and pesticides to keep it green. As a result, you can rest assured that your garden is a safe and inviting place for man’s best friend.
Dog owners are often put off by artificial grass for dogs in fear their garden may end up smelling of dog urine and waste. However, with the correct installation, our artificial grass is properly treated and protected, preventing bad odours in your garden.
Improper installation such as using sand as an infill will prevent your artificial grass from draining liquids away sufficiently, and therefore may cause odour build up and mess on your lawn because the liquids will simply sit in the artificial grass rather than draining away as intended.
Beautiful garden everyone can enjoy
Ultimately, your garden is there for both you, your family and your dogs to enjoy. With artificial grass, you don’t have to worry about urine or waste patches ruining not only the look of your lawn, but also sanitation of your garden. Plus, your dog will love running and playing on our artificial grass for dogs because it’s friendly on their paws and fur!
For more information, or to talk to a professional about correct installation or your artificial grass, get in touch today by calling us on: 0800 8611 721 or Email us at: email@example.com
After months of lockdowns and orders to ‘stay at home’, many of us are looking at how we can update our garden. It is has become a significant part of our lives, often being the only outdoor space we are able to spend time with our family and friends. With that renewed importance, a newly designed garden seems fitting, are you thinking of designing a new garden?
Here, we look at some tips to help you design a superb new landscape.
Look at the lawn
The lawn is usually the biggest element of our garden, so it is important to get it right. Look at what shape it is – it does not have to be a square or rectangle. In fact, circular and oval lawns can be really effective and add a new layer of interest. Consider whether you want artificial grass – which looks great, involves very little maintenance, and can be used whatever the weather, without the fear of turning it into a mudbath. If you opt for a natural lawn, think about how you will keep it looking neat and tidy. If you hate mowing and strimming, perhaps look at having a smaller lawn and increase the patio or paved areas.
Ponder the paving
The paving or patio area can really change the way your garden looks. Instead of laying down a regular pattern of regular paving stones, look at alternatives. For example, cobblestones laid in a random pattern can give a wild country look, while a combination of black and silver square or rectangles can give a sleek and chic vibe. Consider the other colours in your garden as well. What are the main colours of the plants and trees? Dark paving looks great with strong colours – reds, deep purples, and oranges, while softer colours look better combined with softer, pastel tones.
Try to ensure that your paving or patio is the same level as the flooring on the interior of your home to make it flow. You want your garden to be a natural extension of your house, not just a space at the end of it.
Sort out the seating
If you want your garden to be a functional area, you need somewhere to sit. Ideally, your seating area will be on hard ground – no one wants their seats to sink into the grass and mud!
If you have limited space, look at furniture that can be folded up and put away when not in use, or multi-functional furniture – box seating with storage underneath them, for example. For larger spaces, look at outdoor sofa sets. Sofas in an L shape look great and are sociable and luxurious. The new trend for swinging ‘egg’ chairs is also practical as well as stylish – they can be moved about easily too to get the best of the sunshine.
Don’t forget tables too. If you are planning lots of chatty coffees in the garden or a G&T at night on the sofa, a coffee table or a small bistro set is ideal. For family meals and barbecues, a dining table and chairs may be the better option.
When it comes to your garden, it can be very easy to think that you need to spend a small fortune to make it look good. The truth is, it does not have to be all that expensive. In fact, with a bit of careful planning and preparation and being a little bit creative, you can have a garden that you can’t wait to spend time in.
Here, we have put together some simple money-saving gardening tips.
Think about what you want before you hit the garden centre
It happens to all of us. We off for a wander around the local garden centre without having a good idea of what it is that we want, much like going to the supermarket without a shopping list. We see all sorts of beautiful flowers and plants, and without thinking it through properly, buy them up.
It isn’t long before we realise our mistakes. Bedding plants are also known as annuals – they literally come up for a few weeks once a year. We then have to do the same process all over again, digging up and replacing them, spending even more money.
Wouldn’t it be more sensible, therefore, to have a clear idea of what you want before you head off and spend your money? If you are hoping to add colour to your borders, find something that it is going to last more than a few weeks. Think about the shapes and colours in your garden, and create a balance of annual bedding plants with year-round perennials and shrubs.
Buy seeds and grow them yourself
A packet of seeds costs just a couple of pounds, if that, and from that, you can get plenty of plants. Instead of buying grown plants, test out your patience and try growing from seed yourself.
It is not as hard as it seems. Sure, growing a huge selection of different plants is much easier if you have a complete greenhouse setup or potting shed. However, even if you do not have access to these, it is more than possible to grow a few plants on a windowsill in a sunny place.
Some are able to self-seed, in that you scatter the seeds in the soil in the garden and let them do their thing. If you are successful – and be aware that self-seeding is not always successful – you will only have to pay out for one packet of seeds once, and they will come back over and over again. Combine that with artificial grass that needs very little maintenance after the initial laydown and you’ve got a low-cost but great garden.
Keep an eye out for freebies
Facebook sales groups and Marketplace, Gumtree, Freecycle, and NextDoor are great places to source a freebie or low-cost tools and equipment. People give away or sell their old gardening tools and wheelbarrows, as well as sometimes offering cuttings from plants that they have grown themselves. Keep a close eye out to see what people are getting rid of. Sure, they might not be perfect, but as long as they do the job properly, it doesn’t really matter, does it?
Zero maintenance lawns
Of course, we must mention the use of artificial grass as a real long term cost saver. No mowing, no feeding or weeding. Affordable to install and (in our case) is good for 20 years. With the added benefit of being 100% recyclable you are not only helping your pocket but helping the environment too.
2020 and the start of 2021 was a year like no other. It was a year that we spent more time than ever before in the confines of our own homes and gardens, and not through choice. As a result, people have used their gardens in a different way than they did before. For many, gardens were somewhere where they might let the kids play out in the summer, hang the washing out to dry and perhaps enjoy the odd barbecue when the weather is nice, but the series of lockdowns has influenced garden trends for summer 2021.
Now, they can be a haven. A space where we can safely spend time outside, and now the rules permit, spend time with our families and friends. We have all seen pictures of people wrapped up in coats, hands around a mug while they enjoy a socially distanced cup of tea with their loved ones. It’s changed the way we view and use our gardens, and this will impact on the trends that we forecast for the summer of 2021.
Let’s look at what we think the garden trends for summer 2021 are:
Raising the beds
When you have a small space or awkward nooks and crannies – and most of us do – a raised garden bed is an ideal solution. They are an easy and reasonably cheap way of growing plants and flowers. Buy commercially produced beds or add a bit of rustic charm and character and build your own with old railway sleepers.
Small spaces getting a look in
During the height of the pandemic, people were understandably desperate to maximise outdoor space as much as possible, so where previously small yards and balconies were ignored, they are now becoming just as important as a big space. Functional furniture, windowboxes, artificial grass, and mini greenhouses can make even the most compact of spaces useful.
Colour it up
While grey is making an huge splash outdoors thanks to the influence of Mrs Hinch, keen amateur designers are combining the classic neutral with a splash of colour in the form of scatter cushions for outdoor furniture, planters, bunting, outdoor rugs and of course, in the form of flowers and plants. Adding pops of colour is a great and inexpensive way of adding interest to even the plainest of gardens.
Possibly the biggest growth area for garden landscaping in the UK. Artificial grass looks fantastic, is hard wearing, pet friendly, child friendly and is practically maintenance free. Good quality astro turf will maintain its look all year round and you can say goodbye to boggy lawns during the winter.
We can thank cleaning influencer Mrs Hinch for this trend as well! Swinging chairs, or ‘egg’ chairs as they are often called are set to be incredibly popular this year. In fact, people are queuing for hours to get their hands on one. There’s a good reason for it as well – they are super comfortable for relaxing in the garden with a book or a glass of something cold, while remaining super stylish too. Most of them are lightweight enough for you mov/e it around the garden to maximise every moment of the sunshine!
Bringing the inside out
From mirrors to comfortable seating options, rugs to cushions, bringing elements of the inside to the garden is big news these days to make the space feel like another room in the home.
Having a small garden or courtyard doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful outdoor area. It also allows you to grow organic produce from the comfort of your home, using eco-friendly materials. Plus it provides a place of relaxation for you and your family. What’s more, you don’t require too much space to start, as small gardens have become popular among many owners. To make your garden work, it will be best for you to apply certain tricks, as they’ll help you maximise your space efficiently.
How do you make the best of your small garden?
Not knowing how to arrange your garden or courtyard might cause cluttering, especially if you have a small garden space. Aesthetics and functionality come to play, so you need to plan various things to combine them in your garden effectively. These tips will get the best out of your outdoor space.
Embrace vertical gardening
Small gardens have vertical space to spare, and you can take advantage of it. Besides, it’s a great alternative when your garden bed cannot house all your plants. Additionally, it gives you more room to be creative and sustainable simultaneously; you can incorporate used plastic bottles, wooden platforms, old wellington boots, and any other thing that can hang on walls. You can also use a step-ladder or a plant stand if you don’t want to use your wall or fence. There’s no restriction on your creativity, so don’t clutter your garden in the process.
Cultivate different plants
You might not designate separate areas for specific plants due to limited space, but you can cultivate them simultaneously. It will be best to try growing edible and ornamental plants on the same bed, as it brings a new aesthetic feel to your outdoor space and keeps pests from damaging specific crops. You can choose combinations such as sage or rosemary with Santolina, salvias and lavender. You can also mix strawberries with lettuce and tomatoes.
Invest in sitting areas
Your garden can also function as an area for you to relax and enjoy nature’s beauty, and sitting areas will help you achieve this. It will be best for you to put furniture away when not in use quickly. Better still, you can make use of stone slabs or wooden chairs to give your garden a more rustic feel. It wouldn’t hurt to incorporate hammocks and swing seats to add more fun to your outdoor relaxation time.
Create a focal point
A focal point gives your garden more aesthetic appeal and creates a lasting impression in people’s minds. It’s therefore essential to select quality and beautiful materials that will provide it with the desired effect. You can use anything with a solid outline such as pots, mini gazebos, benches, ornate, painted walls, gates, windows, etc. It will be best to choose the materials that appeal to you and explore colours to give your garden a brighter look.
Your small garden or courtyard space shouldn’t limit your creative ideas on getting your ideal outdoor space. Although these tips are not exhaustive, they can help you make the most of your space while giving your home a beautiful outdoor ‘room’.
Spring and summer aren’t exactly what the 10 million people in the UK dealing with hay fever look forward to. From the puffy-eyed symptoms and the undesirable runny nose, different individuals are sensitive to varying allergies. However, studies have proposed that approximately 95% of people dealing with hay fever have grass pollen-triggered symptoms.
Suffering seasonal allergies can be pretty frustrating since you get stuck indoors and miss out on fun outdoor activities such as gardening and outdoor parties. Fortunately, you no longer have to dread this season, yearning for winter’s cold and dark days. Although medication has improved in recent years to reduce these symptoms, there’s no hay fever cure yet. This means avoiding contact with grass pollen remains the most effective approach.
How to effectively manage your hay fever symptoms
Ragweed pollen remains one of the most typical causes of seasonal allergies since one ragweed plant can create millions of pollen. Many individuals have struggled with pollen surge levels in cities like London and Tokyo, attributed to this species’ dominance in such areas. In 2016, an estimated 8,500 people were admitted to hospitals in a single day after a storm caused a pollen burst in Melbourne.
Keep away from pesky pollen
Pollens transferred by insects usually are heavier, which presents less trouble for those with allergies, when deciding on your garden’s plants and trees, select species that depend on insect pollination, such as double varieties, large bright flowers and trumpet-shaped blooms. But what about Hay Fever and Artificial Grass? Astroturf is not a cure of course, but might help to reduce the level of pollen in your immediate area,
Get your timing right
Your timing is essential for dealing with hay fever symptoms. Pollen levels are noted to be at peak levels early morning, evening and during the night. However, it’s advisable to stay indoors within such periods. Warm, dry and windy weather conditions cause more pollen increase in the air, so always ensure to take necessary precautions like antihistamines and appropriate eyewear.
It’s advisable to avoid hanging clothes out to dry in your garden since they can easily pick pollen from the atmosphere.
While it’s okay to spend some time outdoors, limit the time spent outside, especially when pollen levels are high.
Always shower and change clothes after spending time outdoors to get rid of any pollen on your body.
Try artificial grass for your outdoor setting instead of natural grass, as it minimises your exposure to pollens.
Keep your vehicle windows closed when travelling.
Your windows and entryways should always remain shut. Also, regularly vacuum your indoors to remove any present allergens.
Before going out, ensure to check the weather forecast and pollen level and take necessary medication for any surprises.
Hay Fever and Artificial Grass
A practical solution recommended by experts for helping your allergy symptoms is the use of artificial grass. With the various alternatives available, artificial grass can be as pleasing as natural grass and offers a realistic approach to dealing with pollen contact. Chances are, you’ll still have pollen to deal with if your neighbour has a natural lawn. An AstroTurf is not a cure for your hay fever troubles, yet it enhances your home’s exterior and allows you to enjoy your garden during the season.
If you’re planning to give your outdoor space a touch of artificial green carpet, you may be wondering if it is safe for your feline friend (if you have one) and what option could be the Best Artificial Grass For Cats. So, let’s consider which artificial grass is best for your cat. Today the use of synthetic grass has gone beyond sports stations and fields. Modern artificial grass comes with the design to add to the external beauty of homes and other properties.
Benefits Of Artificial Grass
Before we go into the best grass for cats list, it is essential to take a look at some of the benefits of using artificial grass for your cat.
Scratch-Resistant And Durable
Cat claws are pretty sharp, and it doesn’t help that they love to scratch on just about any surface. That means if you choose to have natural turf, you can expect these little guys to cause some damage. On the other hand, synthetic turf is durable enough to withstand sharp claws and excessive scratching.
Artificial turf, in general, requires minimal maintenance over its lifespan. Aside from that, your cat will not be able to do any damage to the turf surf from urinating. Artificial grass is resistant to pet urine in general. Its artificial nature makes it able to withstand ammonia, meaning you wouldn’t have to worry about dried patches appearing on your lawn.
Easy To Clean
Artificial grass is also surprisingly very easy to clean. And should your feline friend decide to do its business on synthetic turf, you will find that cleaning it is a lot easier than even a cat litter box. You need to pick up any droppings and clean the area with a mixture of water and vinegar to help get rid of or eliminate any lingering odour.
Generally Safe For Cats
If you have a cat that likes to chew on stuff, then the chances are that it will end up chewing on the grass. If you’re using artificial grass, you can rest assured that your feline friend will be exposed to less toxic when compared to natural grass. Although natural grass is ‘natural’, its maintenance usually requires fertilisers, pesticides, weedicides, etc. And all these products contain a lot of chemicals, which are toxic when ingested.
No Issues With Mess
There are few things more frustrating than your cat’s muddy paws tracking across your freshly watered natural grass. If you opt for artificial grass, you can rest assured that you will no longer have to deal with this kind of a mess. Additionally, because artificial turf does not hold mud, you will also not need to worry about your feline friend entering your home with mud-stained paws.
Best Artificial Grass For Cats
When it comes to picking artificial grass, your only headache is that there are so many options available, ranging in material quality. You want to select the type of grass that will not only be beneficial to your cat but will also last you years while withstanding the rigour of daily use.
As the world becomes more and more environmentally conscious, people pay close attention to how their choices impact their environments. If you’re considering using artificial grass to add some lustre to your exterior, you may be wondering if it is an environmentally friendly option. Some people have spoken against this option because it is not naturally grown. But is artificial grass deserving of the flack? Is artificial grass eco-friendly?
Is Artificial Grass Eco Friendly?
So, can you find eco-friendly artificial grass? The answer is simply yes. Our artificial grass now come with improved production and manufacturing processes that makes it environmentally friendly. Moreover, most manufacturers are beginning to put policies in place that ensure that they make environmentally safe installations available. Besides, high-quality artificial grass products are made from recycled matter. Plus, they offer an excellent option for dry areas where water conservation is essential. And, from the Spring of 2021, we are able to offer 100% recyclable grass.
What Is Recyclable Grass?
Simple. Until now, traditional backing of artificial grass could not be recycled and much of the first generation of artificial grass is now in landfill. We are proud to supply a product thats every aspect is 100% recyclable, including the backing. So you can be rest assured that in twenty years time, or whenever your new grass is to be replaced, it can be fully recycled without any damage to the environment.
What Makes Artificial Grass An Environmentally Friendly Option?
Let’s consider some of the reasons why choosing artificial grass is a great eco-friendly option.
Reducing Harmful Emissions
Some people have claimed that artificial grass cannot play the role of natural grass, especially when it comes to reducing harmful emissions. However, it is essential to remember that maintaining natural grass requires excessive electricity, water, fertiliser, and fuel (when using a lawnmower). All these create additional pollution and contribute significantly to global warming.
Protecting Your Health And The Environment
Natural grass, as mentioned earlier, requires the use of fertilisers. But beyond that, people also make use of weedicides, pesticides, etc., to support the general maintenance of the grass and ensure growth. Unfortunately, these products are made of chemicals that can contribute about 8% to global warming. Using artificial grass comes with low maintenance and does ot require the use of such substances.
Natural grass requires lots of water to keep them growing lush and healthy around the year. The fact is that a square foot of natural grass requires gallons of water to keep it looking green and fresh throughout the year. Imagine how much water you’ll consume for a yard.
Even if water isn’t a problem to you, the world is rapidly moving towards water scarcity, and people concerned about the environment are looking for ways to conserve water.
If you take proper care of your artificial grass, you can expect it to last for about 20 years. On the contrary, as already mentioned, the natural grass will require a lot of mowing, watering, trimming, fertilising, etc., during that period. That means you’ll end up saving a lot on expenses and potential effects on the environment.
The only disadvantage in this regard is the fact that, when your artificial grass has outlived its purpose after 20 years, you’ll need to find a healthy way of disposing of it.
Natural grass requires a lot of effort in terms of maintenance to keep it looking fresh and green all year round. From watering to mowing and trimming, it takes a lot of time and effort. All these add to the already polluted environment we live in.
A vegetable patch at home can be really rewarding, especially if you have some space and are looking to save some money on groceries. You must be willing to put in the work, but it’s definitely worth it. For those looking to go organic and get their hands a bit dirty, this article will help start your vegetable patch.
When starting your vegetable patch, the most important thing is picking the right location as it helps yield the best crop and yield. Most vegetables need a lot of sunlight to grow well, at least six to eight hours a day, although there are a few which grow better in the shade. The second thing to look out for is the richness of the soil. So you need to add a lot of organic material to the ground and mix it well to improve the soil’s nutrient richness.
It is advisable to start with a small vegetable patch that you can manage efficiently as a beginner. It is always better to be rewarded by a small patch than to be frustrated by a big patch. Start small and plant just enough. With experience and knowledge, you can then increase the plot size.
It is vital to have a garden design from the onset to guide you. This will give you an idea of what your garden will look like and make it easier for you when planting. You should make sure there are paths in the garden to make it easy to access all the veggies.
Prepare The Ground
Before you can plant, you will need to prepare the ground. This involves clearing the grass, getting rid of weeds, and making beds. When you are done with these, let the soil rest for a couple of weeks, and then if any annual seeds germinate, you can hoe them off before you plant.
Deal With Weeds
There are perennial weeds and annual weeds. Do well to deal with both, but if you have already prepared the ground properly, you should only have annual weeds, such as groundsel to deal with. Weeds will stunt your vegetables’ growth as they compete with the plants for available soil nutrients, water, and sunlight.
To aid the growth of your vegetables, you will need to water them adequately. Frequent watering during the early stages of germination or transplantation is a huge boost. The prevailing weather conditions and the composition of the soil will be significant factors to consider when watering. It is advisable to heavily water your garden every few days rather than sprinkle it every day. Heavy watering allows the water to go deeper into the soil, which encourages the roots to grow deeper. Shop around and try different plant foods too.
Choosing What To Plant
You’d be wise to choose the vegetables to plant based on your family’s preferences and how quickly they grow. You can also find out which vegetables grow well in your area. Some plants grow well in a lot of sunlight and rich soil, and others grow well in shade and good soil. So you have to put all these into consideration when choosing which vegetables to plant.
For any home or property, your outdoor space creates the first impression to the public. Any outdoor space that offers a lush green finish is always the perfect first impression you can give your home or property. But growing natural grass around your home takes time and a lot of effort, especially if you live in a weed-prone or wet area. Plus, trying to nurse dried out natural grass back to life can be challenging. These (and more) are reasons why artificial grass offers the perfect solution for any outdoor space, no matter the ground’s condition. It is easy to lay and maintain and offers all the aesthetic appeal you want in your perfect grass layout. But how much does artificial grass cost?
Artificial Grass Cost
First of all, it is essential to note that there are different types of artificial grass, all available at different costs, from installation to maintenance. The most important thing is to ensure that you make an informed decision on the type you want. To have a professional installation of luxury artificial grass you should expect to pay approx £50/£60 per square metre. When you shop around you will find that it can be done cheaper, but in an industry where you definitely get what you pay for you will realise that a cheap installation will impact on quality – either quality of the grass, or the installation, usually both.
Other Costs To Consider
As we have already indicated, there is hardly any fixed cost for installing artificial grass, as so many factors combine to determine your expenses and final price. Some of them include the type of artificial grass, the kind of surface you want to work on, etc. If you’re working on a paved or concrete surface, for example, you can expect the process to be comparatively simple. That is because you may only need to clear or clean that space to ensure you have no drainage issues.
If you’re working on an already existing lawn, the process can become a bit more complicated, as you’ll have first to get rid of the existing lawn. Doing this will increase the installation cost. Additionally, if you’re working on an uneven surface, you will need to level the ground before installing the grass to give it a more even and crisp appearance. And this will also increase the installation cost.
Furthermore, the quality of artificial grass will affect the price. Latest ranges of premium grass usually cost more, as they have better quality, richer colour and texture, and look identical natural grass. Cheap, DIY grass from your local bargain store may cost less but most look less authentic plus you will still need somebody to lay it for you.
The increased popularity of artificial grass is not surprising, considering that most people now know its advantages over natural grass. Read on and get enlightened on why it is advisable to choose artificial grass instead of natural growing grass, so why choose artificial grass?
1.Close to Zero Maintenance
Your artificial grass does not require a lot of maintenance. You will only remove debris and other foreign objects that might fall on the surface. This simple need is unlike the natural grass that needs to be watered and cut to look good. You can save time and the lawn mowing expenses from your natural lawn and the money you would have used to purchase fuel.
2.It Is Not Affected by Weather
Artificial grass retains its original color and appearance irrespective of the weather. With this kind of grass, you do not have to worry that you have not watered it for a certain period and therefore it might weather. You also do not have to worry that it will overgrow during the rainy seasons.
Even if your artificial grass gets covered with snow, you will need to wait for the snow to melt since the grass’s design is in a way that water can drain out effortlessly. The grass will remain in the same condition, including its original color long after the snowing season has ended.
3.A Variety of Options in size, height, and shape
You can choose the kind of artificial grass you want for your lawn, depending on your preferences. These options give you the freedom to decide the type of grass to use as per your desired outcomes. If you love a lawn with a particular color, you can readily choose the color you want.
You can combine several colors in your lawn to make it stand out. You can also use these color options when you are using the grass in places where children play. Furthermore, the availability of options allows people to create shapes and decorations like those made in big sports stadiums.
4.Can Be Replaced
If you are not pleased with your current artificial lawn, you can replace it within a matter of hours. Replacements only happen when the older artificial grass gets old or when you need to have a fresh look on your lawn.
The provision of simple replacement is essential, considering that it might take you months to change aspects of the natural grass. You might need to dig the entire lawn to install the changes you want on your natural backyard. This advantage is among the reasons more people prefer artificial grass since they can make the changes they want at almost any time they want.
Therefore, you might have noticed that the usage of artificial grass has increased in the recent past. The rise in popularity gets attributed to the above-outlined benefits of using the manufactured grass option instead of the natural grass. You also have the freedom to make your lawn more attractive by installing artificial grass.
Artificial grass has several advantages over natural grass, and the main are:
Easier to control
Can withstand even the harsh weathers
Possibility of being upgraded and replaced easily
These benefits have resulted in more people preferring artificial glass over the natural option in different places such as stadiums and lawns, where well-groomed glass is needed. To enjoy the benefits of this kind of grass, you have to start by knowing how to lay artificial grass.
1.Remove the Old Lawn
The first step in understanding how to lay artificial grass is ensuring that the surface is flat, and you can do this by removing the lawn that was already there. This step is fundamental because you cannot place the new grass on top of the old one. The fresh grass also needs a surface where it can hold firmly.
As a further step of preparing the surface, you should also install the edging and weed membrane. The edgings provide barriers on the edge of your lawn, which is mandatory, especially if you do not have other types of obstacles on the lawn’s perimeter. Installing the weed membrane is also important because it ensures no weeds can grow beneath the newly installed artificial grass.
2.Make the Surface Further Ready for the New Grass
The ideal way of making the surface ready is laying the sub-base where you should choose the materials to use and the depth depending on the lawn’s drainage ability. You should then install the laying course, which is the granite dust that makes the surface smoother and more stable. It would help if you used a vibrating plate compactor to ensure that everything is compacted correctly and then install another layer of weed membrane to ensure no form of weed can penetrate the surface.
3.Position the New Artificial Grass
In this step, you might need assistance from one or more people because it involves unrolling the artificial grass. The primary determinant of this is size; if your lawn is relatively big, it will require more work. While unrolling the artificial lawn, you need to ensure you have positioned it to be easier to unroll.
4.Do the Final Touches
After you have unrolled the grass, you should cut it into size to ensure it fits perfectly into your lawn. Use a sharp knife to cut it into the required shape, and then use galvanized nails to secure the perimeter as you cut. If you have done everything correctly, there will be no visible joints. But in case you can see some joints, you should ensure they are correctly secured. It would help if you used a joining tape to secure the joints since such tapes’ shiny side is usually on the lower invisible side.
The last thing you should do is to groom the newly installed artificial grass. Grooming includes removing any debris that might have been left on the surface while laying down the grass. Take good care of the artificial grass for it to remain in good condition for a long time. We can supply you with a various range of artificial grass to suit most budgets, plus we offer a full installation service if you would prefer. You can contact us here.
When celebrities show us a glimpse of their homes, they always look immaculate and well put together. You might sit there wondering how they make their gardens look so neat and healthy, well we know their secret and it is not having a gardener on hand 24/7. If you have not guessed it from the title already then the secret is artificial grass and we have listed all the reasons below on why celebrities love artificial grass.
Why Celebrities Love Artificial Grass
There are a few reasons why celebrities love artificial grass the main reason being that it is easy to maintain. Artificial grass does not need much attention, occasionally you will need to brush it with a bristle broom to remove any debri and that is pretty much it. Another reason celebrities love artificial grass is that it costs less long term as they wont need to pay a gardener to tend to it. It is great in all weather and is eco friendly as you do not need to use water, grass feed or pesticides on it to keep it looking healthy and green.
Which Celebrities have Artificial Grass?
You might know John Terry for being a professional football player for Chelsea and England. To help with practicing his football skills he swapped over his turf for artificial grass, similar to the all weather pitches he played on professionally.
The famous Actress Kristen Bell loves her dogs, which is why she chose to switch over to artificial grass. She wanted to create a space specifically for her dogs that was low maintenance and there is also the bonus that her dogs wont get muddy paws in the wet winter months.
When Jessica Alba renovated her home she decided that artificial grass was the right option for her. She wanted her garden to be child and pet safe as well as environmentally friendly.
This Broadcaster and property developer, let the world know via twitter that she had finally convinced her husband to switch to artificial grass when developing a house. She thought it would improve the overall look at the feel of the house and she was not wrong.
Other Celebrities that love artificial grass include Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Matt Damon and David Basche.
You might not own lavish homes like these celebrities but artificial grass can transform any space. If you love spending time in your garden then we think that switching over will benefit you immensely. No more getting sweaty mowing the grass, no more brown or un-grown patches, no more muddy boggy areas and more time to sit in the sun and enjoy your outdoor space.
So if you think you will benefit from artificial grass in your garden then invest in some today. Ensure you get a professional to help you as DIY options tend not to end very well if you do not have the knowledge on how to lay it behind you.
If you are a keen gardener you will know that spring is an exciting season for us all. Not only does the weather become warmer and brighter but it’s when our gardens become filled with vibrant colours and exquisite wildlife. But before the new season is here there are a few things you will need to do first to prepare your garden for the Spring. We have whipped up a few ways below to get you started.
Source Your Seeds
Before you go out and purchase a range of seeds to start planting, you should do some research first. Not all plants, vegetables and fruits thrive in spring, so choosing your seeds wisely is a must. When sourcing your seeds it’s a good idea to source them from a local supplier, this way they will more likely fit in with your region’s environment and climate. Ensure you choose seeds that will grow well in sunlight.
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Prepare Your Tools
You should take this time to give your tools a once over and replenish any supplies you may need. Clean sharp tools are a must, so ensure you clean all your tools thoroughly with strong detergent, this will stop the spread of any bacteria or fungi. Once your tools are clean you should sharpen your blades and oil your tools hinges. If your tools are beyond saving then think about investing in some upgraded tools, having sharp tools will help with the quality your seeds are planted in. Whilst you are sorting your tools you should also look to see what else in your garden shed needs replenishing, plant pots, tomato cages, fertilizer and soil all come to mind.
Set-up Composting Area
If you don’t have a compost area, you should consider making one. Creating your own compost is a great way to save on fertilizer and your plants will love you for it. A mixture of grass cuttings, paper and vegetable peelings will make up a rich compost, turn your compost once a month with a garden fork to keep it healthy.
Work On Your Planting Beds
Prepare your garden beds by removing weeds, debri, fallen branches and leaves. Before you dive straight in it’s also wise to note that the soil should be dry before removing any weeds, if the soil is wet it can damage the soil structure. If you have a small garden or are new to gardening then we recommend building or investing in a raised garden bed. Just fill your bed with some healthy organic soil and place it in the sun ready for your seeds to grow.
We think these tips are a great place to start whether you have artificial grass in your garden or not, and we hope we have helped you prepare your garden for the spring. We can’t wait to start seeing all our flowers and crops come to life, so get preparing today so you’re not cut short.
In this day and age, it would seem that artificial grass is becoming a fantastic alternative for homeowners. It looks just like the real thing, but you don’t have to worry about maintaining it half as much. If you want a nice garden and you don’t want the pressure of staying on top of it, then you can find out everything you need to know, here. In particular, how to prepare your garden for artificial grass laying.
Removing the Turf you Have Now
If you have turf in your garden then the first thing that you have to do is remove it all. You need to do this prior to laying down your artificial turf. If you are ready to proceed then you can use a huge range of tools to help you out. You can use a turf cutter, a spade or even a rotavator. You have to make sure that you dig the soil to around a depth of 2.5 inches if possible. Your artificial turf will need to sit around half an inch above your edging.
Protecting your Artificial Turf
Before you lay down any artificial turf, you have to make sure that it is protected from any weeds or plants that may grow through it. If you do not put down a protective layer then this can lead to weeds growing through the turf and this can cause buckling or general disfigurement. You can use a simple sheet of weed surpassing membrane if you want. This is placed on top of the lawn you have and it sits just beneath the artificial turf. You can usually buy this from any good hardware store, but you can also get it from the same place where you get your turf from if you want.
Allowing for Adequate Drainage
When you are laying artificial turf, you need to make sure that it is maintained properly. Before you lay down your turf, you need to lay down an aggregate layer of sand or grit. Crushed stone is another option you can use to go over the weed membrane. You can then compact this to give you a nice and solid base. You can create a sturdy drainage surface, and you can also smooth it out to create an even surface. Finally, you can lay down some shock-absorbent material as this will give your grass far more cushioning overall.
When you have done all of this, you will then be glad to know that your area is fully prepared for your new turf. When you start laying your turf, you need to align it to the corner or even a straight edge if possible. You also need to cut it to the appropriate size, before you nail it into place. You do this with each corner first, and then go through and add more nails accordingly. This is the best way for you to ensure that your grass looks the part when you have finished.
If you need some help with your grass then make sure that you get in touch with us here at Elite. We can show you How To Prepare Your Garden For Artificial Grass and supply with you with your new astroturf or we can do the whole job from start to finish.
We may be in lockdown right now, but the sun is shining, and you probably have a lot of time on your hands. If you want to fill out your day with tons of garden activities you can do in lockdown, then here are a few ideas to get you started.
DIY Crazy Golf
What can you find around your home to make your own crazy golf course? First of all, you need something you can use for the ball. When you have this, you can then begin to search your home for any other useful items. For holes, you can use cups or even cut-out cardboard. You can also use plant pots, bowls or even wrapping paper tubes. The world really is your oyster here, so try and search around and choose items which really do make the game more fun. Don’t be afraid to get the kids involved here as well, as they may be able to offer you a lot of different ideas.
You might not be allowed to have a picnic in the park, but you can easily lay a blanket down in your garden and create a nice feast. You can put down some cushions for comfort and you can also put together something special for the whole family. You can pour yourself a glass of champagne, play some great tunes and you can also unwind and watch the day go by. Although it may be a little chilly at the moment, you can light a fire and really make the most out of the time you have at home.
Have a BBQ
You cannot beat a classic BBQ. You can make the most out of the bright weather and you can also practice getting good for when the summer hits. If you are using coal as opposed to gas then make sure that you warn the neighbours as they may not appreciate the smoke. If you don’t have a BBQ or if you don’t want to pay out for one right now, then make a smaller fire pit and put a grill rack over the top.
Have a Home Festival
Glastonbury might be cancelled right now but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun at home. Consider setting up various areas of the garden. Create a bar where you can mix your drinks, create a playlist of all the music you love and also bring your TV outside if you want. You can watch old shows from festivals, make some headbands up for everyone or just have fun in general. Things like this can help to cheer up the whole family.
Make an Assault Course
Make your own assault course with things that you might be able to find around the home. At the end of the day, you can use anything you can, whether it’s a paddling pool or even some sheets that you can army-crawl under. Things like this can really make you appreciate the smaller things in your life, and it is great for kids too!
Artificial grass is a very low-maintenance solution if you want to reduce your utility bills, the amount of water you use and even the amount of time you spend doing your chores. Artificial grass gives you your power back and it also reduces the amount of time you spend caring for your lawn as well. If you have kids who would rather be outside regardless then artificial grass could be the best solution for you, but is artificial grass safe for kids?
Artificial grass is usually sewn onto a backing material. This ensures that it is durable, and it also makes the grass itself much more resilient. You can trust that the grass will not become patchy and it if it is pulled and poked then you won’t have to worry about it becoming damaged. If you have kids who are just learning how to walk then luxurious grass can feel very soft to touch and it can also provide your toddlers with a springy surface underfoot. Sometimes it is possible for you to add a shock mat under your turf so that if your children fall, it is even softer for them, so there are always options available.
If you have kids who are always on their feet and they have reached that rambunctious age, then most of the time you may find it hard to get them to sit down. Outdoor play is key to your child’s development and artificial turf could be a good option here. It gives them the freedom to enjoy themselves without you having to worry about them making a muddy mess out of your garden. Artificial lawns give you a fantastic surface to enjoy sports and you won’t have to worry about them running the grass either.
Ideal for Pets as Well
If you have pets then you’ll soon find that you spend less time cleaning. You don’t have to worry about dedicating hours on end entertaining them or playing with them because you can let them out in the garden and you don’t have to worry about them bringing mud in the home. This makes your job easier and it makes them happier too, so this is well worth keeping in mind. If you want to keep your pets safe, then artificial grass is also good because you don’t have to worry about sharp objects being hidden by overgrown patches.
Family Bonus: There’s Zero Mud
Running a family household can be exhausting to say the least. You may feel as though you have tons of washing everywhere and that you are always having to break up petty squabbles too. At times you may feel as though you just have no time for yourself and this can really stop you from being able to relax. If you want to help yourself then you need to try and spend less time cleaning and one way for you to do this would be for you to install artificial turf, so you don’t have to worry about mud at all.
If you want to get your garden in tip-top shape this winter, then you have come to the right place. Our Tips For Gardening In The Winter guide will help you to find out everything you need to know about maintaining your garden when the colder weather hits, so you can have it looking beautiful all-year-round.
Protect your Plants
Road salt tends to wreak havoc on your soil and your plants. If you have areas that are exposed to heavy salt, then your salinity will rise and this can affect the overall life of your soil. On top of this, your plant roots and your foliage won’t be able to handle being exposed to salt too often. If you want to stop this from being an issue, then make sure that you protect any roadside plants with some fabric. Choosing some salt-resistant plants is a good idea, along with opting for salt-free ice melting products.
Make a Composting Pile
Visit a gardening centre near to you and ask to see if they can give you some wooden pallets so that you can make your own composting bin. A lot of garden stores would be happy to get rid of the extra pallets, not to mention that you can tie them together by using plastic zip-ties. If you put your bin in a sunny side of the garden, then you will have plenty of fertiliser before you know it.
Get rid of Dead Trees
Winter is a brilliant time for you to get any dangerous trees removed from your home. You won’t have any foliage to cloud your garden and it also means that you can get your space ready for when the warmer weather comes around. Arborists are usually more than happy to cut down any trees that need to go at this point as well, so make sure that you keep this in mind if you can.
Keep an Eye on any Winter Crops
Year-round gardeners have to make sure that they keep an eye on winter crops. If you have yours protected by a plastic greenhouse or a cold frame then you still need to make sure that you maintain them. You need to clear any snow away from the cover and you also need to stop the sunlight from being blocked as well. A sturdy broom is usually more than enough to get this done.
Prepare for your New Garden
Do you have plans to grow some new crops in the summer? If so, then now is the time for you to prepare your plant beds. You need to dig up any grass or weeds that might be present and you also need to make sure that you put some newspaper or even cardboard down too. If you place alternate layers of material such as pine needles, compost, leaves and even grass clippings over the grass then this will kill it off and leave you with a nice clean bed for the future. This is a fantastic way for you to ensure that you are going to get the best result out of your gardening experience. Your lawns can become very boggy during periods of heavy rain, should you consider using artificial grass?
One of the most appealing benefits that you get when you have artificial grass is that you don’t need to invest anywhere near as much maintenance or care as you would with a natural lawn. You won’t need to worry about fertilising, mowing or even watering it. This is all great, but at the end of the day, artificial turf is not maintenance free at all. If you want your artificial turf looking the best and if you want to get the most enjoyment out of it then you need to do some degree of maintenance and learn how to clean artificial grass.
How to Maintain your Artificial Grass
If you have outdoor pets, trees, shrubs or children then you will probably need to clean your lawn much more often when compared to those who don’t have any. It may be that you need to hose down your lawn from time to time to remove any dust, or that you need to sweep away any debris. This probably needs to be done once every few weeks. Once a month, you need to give your artificial grass a bit more of a thorough clean. Remove any dirt or leaves with a very stiff brush and also sweep against the grain of the grass too. This will groom it upright, and make it look much more appealing.
Flexible lawn rakes can also be used to try and remove debris. Just make sure that you don’t use one that has steel bristles, as this could damage your grass much more than you realise. Cleaning your grass in this manner will also help you to keep your grass looking its best.
How to Remove Pet Waste from Artificial Grass
If you have synthetic turf, then you will know what a good option it is if you have pets. The problem that you will have to deal with however, is pet waste. You need to remove any solid waste by using a pooper scooper or a baggie. You will then need to hose down the area and spray where your pet goes once a week. A turf neutraliser can be used as well, as this will stop the grass from discolouring, and it will also help you to stop it from smelling.
How to Remove Unfortunate Stains from Artificial Grass
Drinks might be spilt quite often on your artificial turf. You may also find that candy or even chewing gum ends up getting dropped, or that mustard spills from a plate when your kids are roughhousing. Artificial turf is very stain resistant and this makes cleaning up any spills, easy to do. Most spills can be rinsed with water. If you see that residue remains after you have hosed the area, then you can use a soap and water solution to fix the issue. The key to removing spills is to act quickly, so soak them up, and rinse down the lawn. If you have issues such as chewing gum or candy, then it’s wise to chill it with an ice cube before you try and remove it. Avoid harsh chemicals at all costs.
So, cleaning and maintaining your lawn is easy to do, and sometimes, simple precautions can stop you from having to replace your grass entirely.
Knowing the difference between turf, Astroturf and artificial grass will really help you to ensure that you are getting the right grass for your next project. If you want to find out more, then simply take a look below.
What are the Main Differences between Artificial Grass and Astroturf?
Astroturf refers to the US brand which started by creating turf for sporting surfaces. This included training grounds or pitches. The brand wanted to ensure that sporting facilities had a playable surface which did not require ongoing maintenance. On top of this, domed stadiums did not allow the right amount of sunlight through so that natural grass could grow evenly.
Artificial grass is a generic term which is used to describe anything that is fake grass. The more premium options are made to imitate both the look and feel of natural grass. For a residential property, artificial grass is very versatile. From lawn replacements to decking, it can be installed just about anywhere. You just need to make sure that the ground surface is permeable, in terms of water drainage.
Why would you Choose Artificial Grass?
Statistics show that 3 out of 4 homes in the UK now have artificial grass as opposed to natural grass. As previously mentioned, artificial grass can easily be installed in a huge range of places. This can include in children’s play areas, over balconies and it can even be combined with decking. On top of this, artificial grass requires absolutely no ongoing maintenance. All you need to do is sweep it up from time to time to keep it looking the best that it can. Another benefit of artificial grass is that it doesn’t let weeds through and you don’t have to deal with browning or balding either. You will always have the perfect lawn, it’s pet-friendly and you don’t have the ongoing chores associated with having a natural lawn.
When is Astroturf the Better Option?
In most cases, you would only choose to have Astroturf if you have a professional sporting facility. Astroturf is really only for sporting purposes, and there are no benefits to having Astroturf over artificial grass in your garden. One thing that you need to know is that the more you spend on your artificial turf, the better the quality will be. You may find that the colour is brighter, that the blades of grass are closer together and that it looks generally nicer. If you have a very small area on the other hand, then you may not need to choose a high-quality product. This is because the small surface area will give you some leeway over the general appearance of the grass, and in some instances, a cheaper option can look just as good.
Either way, the benefits of artificial turf really do speak for themselves and if you explore the options that are out there for yourself then you will soon find that it is easier than ever for you to get the look you want with ease.
Ever thought about using artificial grass hire? Read on to find out how artificial grass can elevate your trade fairs, or give you a lush green wedding any time of the year with artificial grass hire.
If you are wondering what makes artificial grass higher so great, here is a list of reasons that you should consider it for your next event.
Artificial grass hire has been increasing in popularity, and people are always stunned at how beautiful it looks. Artificial grass really makes an impact on the decor of any event.
It worked with so many different colour schemes too, and a range of seasonal weddings. Artificial grass instantly makes the room look fresher and more welcoming.
Not only that, but if you have found your perfect venue for say a wedding, but you hate the colour of the carpet, artificial grass can have that covered up in no time at all.
Almost everything about your event should say quality, but that does not mean that you and need to spend out. It might be that you have an outdoor area, attentive area, or a room.
There is one thing that is certain, the carpet will have been used hundreds of times, and sometimes can look cheaper than what you’ve paid for the room. Synthetic grass has a classic and expensive look.
Artificial grass, when laid, will quickly add to your decoration. That rich, lush green of the artificial grass is stunning, and incredibly cost-effective too.
And it will be one of the things that your guests talk about long after the event is over.
One of the most common things when walking on grass is that if you have high heels on the heel can go through the mud, or people can trip and fall unless your event is taking place on a manicure and well-maintained lawn. There is a serious risk of real grass getting muddy and soggy due to adverse weather conditions too, making it more of a hazard for glamourous events.
Artificial grass for your events usually takes all of the problems away. Not only would look great for your event, it means that your guests can wear the shoes that they want and walk comfortably around.
It’s one of the most important things when you are running an exhibition, a stand, or a small event. Or even a large event. You want to stand out from the crowd, and most people will just accept the floor that is already laid.
However, you can change the game when you have artificial grass. Artificial grass, when used to decorate stands exhibitions really makes their trade stand, look unique. It seems bigger, brighter and even has a more natural and eco-green slant.
Artificial grass hire is perfect for your wedding, Cooper event, exhibitions and so much more. And one of the perks not mentioned above is how easy it is. Artificial grass is so low effort, and for how great it looks you won’t believe it.
Traditionally, teams would play sports on regular grass. But over recent times, there’s been a shift. Grass is no longer the gold standard it used to be. More and more organisations are switching to artificial turf for sports grounds. Playing sport on artificial grass is becoming a standard for both cost effectiveness and performance.
What’s driving this trend? We explain in detail below.
Traditional team sports games have a nasty habit of churning up the grass. Studded football boots rip into the turf, causing it damage as players twist and change direction on the pitch.
Artificial grass, however, doesn’t suffer from this problem. While it will slowly wear out over time, the process is nothing like as quick as for its biological counterpart. You’re able to field games week after week with practically no maintenance, besides the odd bit of washing here and there. There’s no need to reseed damaged sections; you don’t have to wait for the grass to recover between fixtures. And you avoid all of the usual expenses – like the costs of mowing. It’s just a lot easier.
When the rain pours, traditional grass suffers. It becomes sodden quickly, and that increases the rate at which it degrades.
Artificial turf, though, is different. It can survive all weathers. And you don’t have to leave gaps between play to allow it to recover. It uses high-strength fibres to maintain a grass-like feel in all conditions, including rain and freezing ice.
Fair Play And Consistency
Sometimes the smallest of factors can determine why one team beats another. The direction of the wind or what the players ate for breakfast can all make a material difference on the pitch.
The same is true of the grass. Sometimes you can get a situation in which the quality of the grass varies as you move across the pitch. One end might be soggy and muddy, while the other is dry and in direct sunlight, affecting the passage of play.
With artificial turf, that’s no longer a risk. You get perfect consistency across the pitch. And if a section does happen to become damaged, you can replace it relatively easily.
While regular grass has some utility, it doesn’t have the range you get with artificial turf. You can’t just put it wherever you like and assume that it will thrive. Many grass pitches fail.
That’s not the case with artificial turf. The altitude and elevation don’t matter. You could lay it at the top of a mountain or in the desert, and it would still provide the qualities you’re looking for the year-round ability for playing sport on artificial grass.
Why Artificial Grass Is Better
The cost of running and maintaining a standard grass pitch is high. You have to contend with mud, bare patches and flooding. And that drains you of resources. A big chunk of your budget goes on maintenance. And you deal with the inconvenience of being barred from playing during certain parts of the week.
Artificial grass is much better. You no longer have to work around your pitches. Instead, they start working for you. And that’s ultimately what you want.
Having artificial grass is hassle and stress free, with little to no maintenance need your lawn will look fantastic ALL YEAR ROUND. Wet weather and regular use (pets/kids/visitors) can soon turn a grass lawn into a mud pit. Artificial grass is durable and specifically designed to handle high traffic…