Archive for October, 2012

Artificial Lawn Company: What to look for in a Supplier?

Friday, October 26th, 2012

artificial grass at roundabout in EssexIf you have made the decision to invest in artificial grass there are a number of considerations to keep in mind when choosing an artificial lawn company. There are also a number of signs to watch out for in suppliers that you should aim to avoid.

A dependable artificial lawn supplier they should be able to show you a portfolio of their work. This should illustrate the full range of options that they have available and include something similar to the type of lawn you are looking for. The portfolio may be a collection of photographs on their website, or within a printed publication that they can send you.

It is always worth checking the dates of the images and if the most recent picture was taken some time in the past this is a cause for concern. They should be able to show examples of jobs they are currently working on, or their most recent pieces of work. A good supplier will have a public venue that you can visit so that you are able to check the quality of their workmanship. – You can see our work at Warner’s Farm roundabout on the A130 Chelmsford, Essex (pictured).  Or check out our Grass Gallery

It is important that your supplier can provide you with a clear pricing plan. If there is any ambiguity about the prices that you are being quoted then it is likely that they may be trying to conceal some of the costs. Any supplier should be able to give you a quotation for the complete job and you must ask for this before you process an order with a company.  Find out our artificial grass prices

An experienced operator should be able to offer a wealth of experience when it comes to artificial lawns. They will be able to advice on a range of products and recommend suitable solutions for any job that you are considering. It is important that you are confident in the people you are dealing with and this will only occur if they can demonstrate excellent levels of knowledge and understanding.  Find out more about Leisure Tech Lawns

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Why Fake Grass is Ideal for Winter Months

Friday, October 19th, 2012

fake grass in winter

One of the many excellent features of fake grass is its adaptability. It will look good regardless of the weather conditions.

It is true that during summer months it will help make considerable savings due to the fact that it does not require mowing or watering, but in the winter fake grass also offers a number of notable benefits.

The harsh weather conditions of the winter months can take a heavy toll on real grass. As temperatures fall to below zero frost and ice can cause real grass to change colour.

The lack of penetrative sunlight will cause real lawns to look dead, dry and barren. Instead of a vibrant green, real lawns often show unsightly patches of brown and black in these tougher temperatures.

By contrast artificial grass will always retain an attractive appearance regardless of how far the temperatures may fall. Even under frost or snow the colour of the grass will remain unaffected and a quick sweep is all that is required to clear any icy covering, returning the lawn to a bright, healthy appearance.

During the winter season various weather conditions can combine with seriously detrimental effects for real grass. Heavy rainfall can cause outdoor areas to become sodden or even flooded. It is not uncommon for sharp frosts to occur after rainstorms. When flooded areas become frozen the damage caused to real grass can be beyond repair.

Fake lawns offer total resilience to any such testing conditions. Flooding is not a problem as artificial grass has a vertical drainage system that allows heavy rainwater to flow quickly through its surface.

Caring for a lawn in winter also has repercussions for the person to whom that duty falls. It will require battling the elements to carry out any of the maintenance tasks that are required. With almost zero maintenance artificial lawns allow the owner the luxury of remaining indoors while the lawn takes care of itself.

Read more about the benefits

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Why Artificial Lawns Offers Key Advantages for Holiday Home Owners

Friday, October 12th, 2012

holiday home with articifial grass installedThere are many aspects for the management of a holiday home which can cause concern for investors. In addition to the general wear and tear on the property caused by guests there are the maintenance requirements of the exposed external features to consider.

Ensuring that the exterior features of holiday home are properly maintained can be a difficult and time consuming undertaking. It is imperative that these parts of the property are kept looking smart in order to make sure that the property remains desirable in what is a highly competitive holiday let market.

Outdoor features like pathways and drives need to be kept moss free and clear of any impediments which might cause damage over time, or form a potential safety hazard for guests. An injury caused to a guest on a holiday property can have very serious consequences for the business.

Invariably the biggest outdoor area which requires care and attention is the lawn. In order to maintain an attractive appearance a grass lawn will need regular watering, feeding and mowing. All of these tasks take time and cost money.

Even if you use an effective sprinkler system, which are costly to install, there are often maintenance requirements as well as the occasional leak to repair. The use of this system will also be prohibited during the almost inevitable hosepipe ban, which can result in the garden looking scorched and yellow.

Artificial grass offer many advantages to holiday home owners because of the low levels of maintenance that they require. A fake lawn will afford a property a healthy appearance all year round.  After the initial investment, it will not present a continued drain on the income like a real lawn can.  Low levels of maintenance combined with a consistently attractive appearance make artificial lawns the perfect solution for a holiday home garden.

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Cotswold beauty spot opts for fake grass

Sunday, October 7th, 2012
Bourton on the water fakes grass on riverside

Image credit: bourtoninfo.com

Tourist hot-spot, Bourton on the Water, is replacing natural turf with fake grass to save on maintenance costs.

The picturesque Gloucestershire village is located 4 miles from Stow-on-the-Wold on the banks of the river Windrush.  After a busy summer, areas of the green are left threadbare and the council have to spend £1,000 every autumn patching up the grass.

Bourton is one the most popular tourist spots in the Cotswolds.  It is otherwise known as ‘Little Venice,’ due to flooding and erosion problems on its river verges.

Officials have been trying to address erosion issues since 1995.  The muddy patches on the banks were deemed a safety risk because it’s so easy for visitors to slip and fall into the river.

In 2000, they employed contractors to remove and replace existing soil and re-surface with hard wearing turf.  Areas included the High Street Greens, a patch in front of the Chestnuts and by the Riverside Walks.  The cost was £8400.

After all attempts failed, Council members unanimously voted to fake it.  The 30 square-metre (322 sq ft) trial patch will be laid this month.  Not only will the artificial grass look more attractive, its permeability means drainage will be enhanced.

Unspoiled and quintessentially English, the Cotswolds has up to 38 million visitors per day and is worth £1 billion to the UK economy.  It’s no surprise that the decision has sparked a frenzy of media interest as far afield as Japan.  The BBC even wants to film the grass being laid.

Read the Cotswold Journal report

Join the Telegraph debate

Find out more about the advantages of fake grass

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