Archive for June, 2012

Better Installation for Long Lasting Artificial Grass in Essex

Monday, June 25th, 2012

With Leisure Tech Lawns, you can be confident in the longevity of your new artificial grass lawn.  Unlike other companies – we include a hard core base as standard for a perfectly level lawn and enhanced drainage.

Here’s an overview of the install process and with pictures from a recent project in Essex.

  1. The old surface is removed and levelled
  2. A type 1 hardcore base is laid and compacted using a wacker plate
  3. A timber frame is constructed and positioned for fixing
  4. The area is levelled with a layer of sand
  5. A geotextile weed membrane is placed on top
  6. Grass is rolled out, positioned and nailed down to the timber batons
  7. Seams are joined and edges trimmed
  8. Sand is brushed into the lawn to weigh it down and give it a softer feel

artificial grass compacting crushed hard coreMore Secure

If the surface isn’t perfectly level, it can cause weak points that put the artificial grass under strain. These weak points will be susceptible to wear and tear and the stress can cause rips and tears.  To achieve a level surface we use a compacted hardcore base.  This also stops the sand from moving.    The timber frame gives a perfect level to secure the grass to which will never sink.  This is fixed all around the edges so it will never move.

Enhanced Drainage

We use a holed latex backing that allows water to drain easily.  We use high quality synthetic sports dressing sand.  This has no fine particles; this means water is free to pass through without becoming clogged up.  It does not clog up over time like cheap silica sand.  Underneath, is base of crushed hard core which aids the drainage process even further.  All this ensures you have no problems…no matter how hard it rains.  If you had poor drainage to start with you’ll encounter no further issues.

Artificial grass installation in essexPest Prevention

There’s no need to worry about moles or rabbits – they’re unlikely to tunnel through the hard base.  Even then, they’d never get through the strong geotex membrane that prevents weed growth.  The heavy duty backing on our artificial grass provides a further barrier, so you can relax in the knowledge that nothing with ever reach the surface.

Long Lasting Artificial Grass

Installing artificial grass sounds easy but without experience and the right materials, things can go terribly wrong.  Besides once you’ve bought the hard core, sand, adhesives, tools and hired a compacting machinery – you’ll probably end up spending more.  We can install your new artificial grass lawn from just £45 per sqm.  This price includes all labour, materials and VAT.  We cover the whole of Essex and surrounding counties.  For your free quote, call 01371 875901.

Installed Artificial Grass in Essex

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The World’s First Fake Grass Collector

Monday, June 18th, 2012
Fake grass from Marlene's collection

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While surfing the net, I came across an article about Marlene Little; the world’s first collector of fake grass.  Marlene has collected 35 squares of grass from around the globe including Germany and Australia.  She aims to collect enough to create a vertical indoor garden inside her home in Birmingham.

While you may find this unusual – when commenting on how her love of artificial grass developed, she remarked “I found it intriguing – the way it was engineered, how it was put together.”

I identified with this; there are so many different weaves, textures and subtle shades of fake grass.   These squares create a green patchwork; fascinating to look at and interesting to touch.  Marlene is in fact a course director at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design for BA honours textiles design.

She went on to say;

“Once I became aware of artificial grass, I started seeing it everywhere. Lots of retailers use it subtly in their displays. I even saw it used as decoration at the airport in Kuala Lumpur. It’s getting more popular, but you still have to search for it.”

Using fake grass as decoration is indeed a rising trend, as is vertical gardening.   See last week’s post which features fake grass furniture, buildings, fence panels and more.

Ms Little, if you’re reading we’d love to hear from you and would be delighted to send you some samples for your collection.

Read the original article from the Metro – Women Collects Fake Grass

There’s also a great feature about Marlene on Obsessionistas – a website that profiles unusual collectors and their collections.

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Our Favourite Fake Grass Installs

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Versatile fake grass is used in a variety of applications.  This week, we’ve put together a collection of our favourite artificial grass installations from around the web.

The Lounger

Love the feel of a grass surface but hate to lie on the floor?  This sun-lounger was made especially for you.  Offering complete camouflaged against your lawn and blending seamlessly with the landscape.

Fake Grass Sun Lounger

The Seating Area

These stylish fake grass benches from Germany almost look like hedgerows, the perfect addition to an outdoor seating area with a contemporary feel.

Grass Garden Benches

The Fence

Why have wooden fencing when you can have wall-to-wall lawn with these fake grass fence panels?  Your garden could look twice the size and you can decorate the panels with flowers or climbing plants.

Artificial Grass Fence Panels

The Grass House

This Austrian building was created as a tribute to nature; maximising the interchange between inside and outside.

Synthetic Grass House

The Stairs

This was installed by Flooring 4 You a specialist flooring company based in Cheshire.  Part Spanish pebble and part artificial grass for offers a unique finish for your stairway.

Fake Grass Staircase

The Indoor Golf Course

Canon’s office complex boasts a luxury indoor gold course, complete with fairway and bunker.  Executives can use the private putting green to hold informal meetings and entertain clients.

Indoor Golf at Canon Office

The Round-About

We installed artificial grass in Essex on this roundabout on the A130 Chelmsford.  The council are now saving money on maintenance costs and citizens can enjoy a more pleasant commute.

Fake Grass Installed on a Roundabout in Essex

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How Much Easier your Jubilee Garden Party would be with Fake Grass

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
Jubilee Celebrations

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As the country marks 60 years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, thousands of people will be hosting garden parties at home for friends and family.

If you have a fake grass lawn, your life will be a whole lot easier as you prepare, host and clean up after your party.  Here’s why:

1.  If you have artificial grass, there’s no need to mow the lawn, trim borders or remove weeds.  Your garden will already be perfectly manicured, ready to receive guests.  You can spend more time on the important stuff like planning recipes and sourcing decorations.

2.  Nor will you need to rush out to your local DIY store and spend money on lawn treatments to revitalise your yellow, patchy grass.

3.  There’s no need to worry about the devastating affect the extra footfall will have on your lawn.  Lots of visitors, kids playing, and extra furniture can have a devastating effect on natural grass.  Lucky fake grass owners don’t need to give it a second thought.

4.  Things naturally get dropped and spilt at parties.  When a portion of your home-made Eton mess slides off your niece’s plate while she’s distracted by a butterfly, there’s no real good way to clean up.  The patch will be a magnet for flies for the whole weekend.  Artificial grass owners can simply hygienically wipe the area down with a cloth.

5.  After your guests have gone home, you’ll be left to return your garden back to its original state.  After collecting all the debris and tidying everything away, fake grass owners can hose down their lawns for a clean, fresh garden.

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Leisure Tech Artificial Lawns
2 Pens Cottage, Doctors Pond
Great Dunmow
Essex, CM6 1BB

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