Archive for September, 2012

How Much do Artificial Lawns Cost?

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Artificial grass installation, sand baseThe basic price of installation of an artificial lawn by LeisureTechLawns is £45 per square metre, inclusive of VAT. As it includes the product itself, installation, materials, equipment and labour this is a very competitive price. In order to work out how much an artificial grass lawn will cost you all you need to do is figure out the size in square metres of your exisiting lawn or the are to be covered and the calculation is simple; area (m2) x 45 = cost.

Rather than asking, ‘How much do artificial lawns cost?’ a more appropriate question is ‘How much do artificial lawns save you?’

If you want to figure out how much you save as a result there are quite a few factors to consider. There is the amount of maintenance and mowing to think about and the cost of fuel that this entails. Given the continued escalationFinished Artificial Lawn Install of energy prices this factor alone will probably compensate for your initial outlay. Add to this the amount of time that tending to your lawn requires. Time is an invaluable commodity, particular when it is during the evening or weekends. Giving up those hours to onerous tasks like feeding, watering, weeding and mowing a lawn is something you just cannot put a price on.

Overall the price of an artificial lawn is far outweighed be the benefits that it gives you.  To get a quotation call 01371 87 5901.  Or complete the contact form

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Can you tell the Difference between Fake Grass and Real Grass?

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Luxury Fake Grass SampleThe rise in use of fake grass is such that we see it everywhere nowadays. Not just in sporting venues, but in hotel gardens, in play areas, and as domestic lawns, are just a few of the locations that you will find artificial surfaces.

Given the range of colours and textures that are used there is no single signature look for these areas. They all look very different, just as real grass does. It is often almost impossible to tell if the surface you are looking at is real or fake.

Obviously when you are close enough to see the fibres you will be able to tell the difference, but to the naked eye from even a short distance away it is often impossible to say. Of course one key giveaway is that an artificial surface will never have a big muddy patch, or look over-grown and untended as can often happen with real surfaces. You will also never see someone on an artificial surface working it with a garden fork to prevent it from becoming water logged, or pushing a mower over it.

As the manufacturing process behind artificial grass becomes ever more complex, it has developed into a more perfect imitation of grass at its finest. The result is that distinguishing between the two is an increasingly challenging task. If you take a drive around any local area you might be astonished at the number of surfaces that you looked at and thought were real, but are actually artificial.

Our luxury lawn, featured above is multi-textured, with 3 different colour blades and root zone, making it impossible to tell the difference when it’s in situ.

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Will Artificial Grass Reduce My Carbon Footprint?

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Artificial Lawn maintenance costMost people think of greenery as being good for the environment, and it is true that plants and trees produce oxygen which is beneficial. Although it can be a difficult concept to consider, a regular lawn can also have a significantly negative impact on the environment. If you calculate the carbon footprint involved in the maintenance of a grass lawn you might be surprised by the amount of energy that is used.

One of the biggest energy drains created by grass arises from the mowing requirements. From as early as April through to the end of November lawns need to be cut. At the height of the growing season this will need to be done every few days. Whether you are using an electric or petrol mower, this task raises the carbon footprint of a lawn considerably. Well maintained lawns with a lush green appearance will require more frequent mowing as this kind of grass is more likely to grow faster. Unlike artificial grass an unfortunate fact of natural lawns is that the better the grass looks, the more work it requires.

Even with lawns that are well maintained there are a host of weeds which constantly try to establish themselves; daisies, plantain, ragweed and ground ivy are just a few of the challenges that you are forced to cope with on a regular lawn. In order to combat these you will need to use chemical weed-killer than contains noxious elements. Once this has been applied to a lawn it will inevitably filter down into the eco-system and increase the carbon footprint produced by the lawn.

During the hottest time of the year, if you are lucky enough to have avoided a hosepipe ban, natural grass will crave water, and lots of it. The use of a hosepipe, or sprinklers, may not require a power source, but it does represent an increase in the carbon footprint registered by the lawn. For a lawn that is truly environmentally friendly fake grass is the best solution.

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How businesses benefit from artificial grass

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Fake Grass use in a popular BBC TV showMore and more people are beginning to install artificial grass, rather than the natural product, both in their homes and in the workplace. Artificial lawns are often found in children’s play areas and in show homes, but they are also widely used in the world of business.

If you are creating a point of sale for your latest outdoor product, why not show it being used in its natural environment, out in a garden made of fake grass. Using this type of grass will mean that your display can be set up inside, and will not need maintaining in any shape or form. Businesses often use artificial lawns at product events, photo shoots and when they shoot TV commercials.

It can be found on many television programme sets. From daytime chat shows and reality television programmes to soaps and dramas, fake grass is known as the perfect solution when natural is simply not an option.  Many outdoor scenes are often shot indoors, on a set that has been created by professionals. Natural grass simply would not work indoors, which is why many TV set artists choose a man-made alternative. It is durable, maintenance-free and exceptionally clean, ensuring a consistent, fabulous looking, green garden all year round.

Some more environmentally-conscious firms even take it a step further and install artificial grass instead of natural grass at their workplace, as it saves on water and prevents the need to use harmful chemicals and pesticides.

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Why artificial lawns are perfect for pets

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

artificial-grass-for-petsIf your dog frequently uses your garden to run around in, you may notice that there are patches where your grass has become discoloured, or worn away completely. Many pet owners now choose to install artificial lawns in their gardens, instead of natural grass grown from seed.

Fake grass is long-lasting and robust, ensuring that your dog can run around as much as it likes, without causing any damage to your lawn.

Some dog owners worry that their pet will not like artificial grass.  From experience, it is unlikely that your dog will even notice the difference.  It is actually softer and springier than the natural alternative, making it more fun for your dog to play on.

Another great advantage of installing a fake lawn, is that it is well-drained. There will be no patches of mud, even after the heaviest of downpours.  This means that you’ll spend less time mopping up your pet’s muddy paw prints!

There is also no need to mow your lawn either, which saves you from enduring a whole afternoon of your dog barking at the lawn mower and frustrating your neighbours.

Not only will you not need to cut grass, neither will you need to spray it with chemicals or pesticides.  This can often be harmful to animals. It is also much easier to pick up dog mess, it can be hygienically washed away for a safe, clean lawn. Dog and cat urine will just wash away too and will not discolour the grass.

Artificial lawns are cleaner, more durable and ultimately much safer for both your family and your pets to use.

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