5 Fake Grass Landscaping Ideas

April 5th, 2014
1. Terrace lawn
Laying a fake grass carpet on the terrace of this beautiful bedroom has given the space a whole new dimension. Four walls have been opened out to reveal a natural, serene and inviting outdoor space for morning café al fresco.

 
 
 
 
 
 

2. Golf green
You could recreate this beautiful golfers garden and seating area. Enjoy your very own golf putting green and get in loads of extra practice. While friends wait their turn over a cool drink, comfortably seated at the lounge.

 
 
 
 
 
 

3. Rooftop retreat
It doesn’t matter what the space, fake grass can transform your unattractive concrete area into a green oasis. The grass carpet, coupled with some brightly coloured planters and designer garden furniture, has made this roof sublime.

 
 
 
 
 
 

4. Paving patterns
You can get really creative by embedding paving stones into fake grass just like this inspirational design. Not only has this created an attractive feature, it’s ideal for a pool surround with no maintenance, and no mess.

 
 
 
 
 
 

5. Under the trees
Creating this shady haven was made possible through the installation of artificial grass. A natural lawn would be muddy all these trees without any sunlight under. The space is made more inviting with curved bench seating and brightly coloured fabrics.

4 Ways to Transform your Life with Fake Grass

March 28th, 2014

garden with fake grass1. Install a golf putting green

According to expert sociologist Malcolm Gladwell it takes 10,000 hours to be a success. In his book The Story of Success, he uses sports stars to back up his theory that practice makes perfect, including Tiger Woods who has been devoted to golf since age 4. Put the hours in on your very own back garden golf green…and be the best.

2. Landscape your concrete courtyard

Turn your small yard from an uninspiring concrete block, into an attractive outdoor room you can use to relax, dine and entertain. Artificial grass carpet can be laid straight on top of concrete. Decorate the walls with some pretty trellis and hanging baskets. Add some outdoor furniture and you’ll have a brand new space in your home to enjoy.

3. Give them a football garden

If you’re a football fan, or have a footie mad family, installing your very own practice area could give you hours and hours of enjoyment. If your garden is already used for play, fake grass will save you an awful lot of hassle too – you can keep a pristine lawn, with no mud and no mess.

4. Say no mow!

Imagine the benefits of a completely maintenance free garden. Artificial grass can give you back precious time at the weekends. You can forget about your grass, throw out your old mower, and you’ll never have to see another weed again. Your lawn will be the envy of your neighbours; advances in technology mean fake turf is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.

 

 

Try an Artificial Grass Pitch Before You Buy

March 19th, 2014

To promote the use of artificial grass pitches, Lucozade Powerleague in conjunction with the Football Association are offering a special deal to all FA leagues and clubs.  A two hours for the price of one deal is available for play on their all-weather 3G artificial pitches at weekends.

The offer was announced after weeks and weeks of rain has prevented participation.  Resulting in the cancellation of large numbers of fixtures, costing grass roots clubs thousands.

Powerleague are the champions of 5-a-side football.  They are the largest pitch provider in the UK, with over 470  for hire, used by over 130,000 players every week.

Participation in small-sided football has officially overtaken 11-a-side, with some 4 million people enjoying the smaller game.  Ideally small-sided football should be played on a hard surface indoors.  When this isn’t available a synthetic pitch is recommended because of the fast-paced nature of the sport, natural grass should be avoided.

There are 38 participating Powerleague centres across the country.  Each offers a 5-a-side and 7-a-side pitch, and six also have indoor soccer domes.  The pitches use state of the art rubber crumb astro turf with an advanced purpose built drainage system.  The offer will run for the next few weeks and is subject to availability, 11-a-side is not available.

If you’re frustrated with the weather, why not give it a try?  All facilities have free parking, quality changing and shower areas, and licensed bars.  Book your session

Football Association to Embrace Artificial Grass Pitches

March 14th, 2014

artificial football pitchThe FA has agreed to lift its 20 year artificial grass ban and will allow competitions to be played on non-grass surfaces from as early as next year.  It is thought the FA Cup rulebook will be changed officially later this month, permitting 3G pitches all the way up to the semi-finals.

Maidstone Football Club’s highly publicised fight to get their 3G pitch accepted into the Conference League is said to have contributed to the decision.  The club founded 3G4US, a group of organisations in support of synthetic pitches.  Recently they published a long list of all the New Year’s Day fixtures that had to be cancelled due to bad weather.  Reporting that clubs lost thousands of pounds on football’s most supported day of the year.

It is hoped that artificial pitches will help revive grass roots football in Britain.  The FA and the Government have pledged millions to fund the refurbishment and replacement of playing surfaces.  An all-weather pitch means more practice and more play for thousands of clubs that normally have to shut down when it’s too wet. 

The problem for non-league clubs is they’re wary of making changes in case it hinders progression because of stricter regulations in professional football.  Worthing FC for example are looking to go 3G but have expressed reluctance because of fears it could prevent their promotion to the Conference League.  At the moment, clubs with artificial pitches must gain written permission from the board.  No doubt organisers will welcome the FA’s decision.

Practice Makes Perfect Putting – Install an Artificial Grass Golf Garden

March 8th, 2014
golf putting garden

Golf Putting Garden

Putting is one of the most important skills in golf because it has a dramatic impact on your score.  To be a successful putter takes a consistent stroke, good posture, balance, touch, and confidence. 

There are no strict putting rules; every player has their own unique style.  To be great, you need to find one that works for you, enabling you to deliver a smooth and steadfast stroke every time.  Your own artificial grass putting green like the one we installed at this property in Harlow, Essex (pictured) will help you considerably.

Tiger Woods is considered one of the sport’s best putters.  Since the age of 4, he has worked painstakingly hard to develop the skill.  He remembers one of the most important things his father taught him was to swing back and through at the same speed, describing this as the key to a smooth stroke.  Last year Woods took advice from putting legend Steve Striker who gave him some pointers that would improve his technique.  Striker’s advice was to slightly weaken his left-hand grip.  This worked wonders, resulting in Tiger’s victory at the WGC Cadillac Championship, Doral.   

 “Putting is like wisdom. Partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.” – Arnold Palmer

If you want to be a great putter – practice, practice, practice.  First, analyse where you’re going wrong – if distance control is the problem then use markers to practice hitting the ball at the correct speed.  It helps to experiment with different techniques and try-out other player’s styles.  See what works for you…the options are endless – ultimately, it’s a matter of personal preference. 

Your own artificial grass golf garden will help you get there in no time.

Fake grass the landscaping solution for coastal properties

February 28th, 2014

Gardens in coastal areas can be problematic.  The climate presents many challenges – strong winds, frequent storms, sea spray, and sandy soil are bad news for gardeners.  Leaving property owners with patchy, lack-lustre lawns, and parched, withered plants.

The biggest problem with coastal landscaping is the wind.  Ferocious winds carry salt and sand which desiccate grass lawns, plants and trees.  Experts recommend using a wind break, a hedgerow or fence to shelter your garden from the high winds.  This may save a few plants but isn’t ideal when it comes to lawn care, because grass doesn’t fare well in the shade. 

The second issue with seaside gardens is soil quality.  The soil can be salty, sandy and lacking in nutrients.  It is often light and fine and therefore is blown away in high winds.  This exposes the roots of grass and plants which are dried out by the sun.  You’re left with a parched and patchy lawn and shrivelled shallow-rooted plants.

It’s a nightmare for those that own holiday homes by the sea, because you’re not there to give your garden the extra attention it needs.  If you’re property is on the sea-front storms can cause salt water to wash over your garden, and winds will batter your plants with beach sand. 

Fake grass is the ideal solution to give you a lush green lawn by the sea.  Unaffected by the coastal climate, it will give you a beautiful garden with none of the hassle.  If you have an apartment, you can even use it to cover balconies or terraces, any salt residue will simply wash off. 

Beautify your Balcony with Artificial Grass

February 21st, 2014

Popular home décor ideas website Houzz has 4156 photo shares of balconies with artificial grass.  These amazing images show how you can enhance any space with versatile fake grass. 

This lush oasis in Miami is one of our favourites – we love the use of the vibrant orange and sky blue fabrics.  It seems we’re not the only one’s either, the picture has been saved to 15,652 ideas books.

 

 

 

 

An interior design company shared this Mediterranean style patio.  The design feature has been created with slate tiles and crisscrossed strips of artificial grass, demonstrating the interesting design effects you can produce. 

 

 

 

 

Even the smallest balconies can benefit from a little dressing up.  This small space has been transformed with a little fake grass carpet and a contemporary lounger.

 

 

 

 

 

This modern rooftop garden is proof you don’t need soil to create majestic landscapes.  The lawn is huge and looks just like the real thing. 

 

 

 

Modern Deck by Carrollton Landscape Architects & Designers Harold Leidner Landscape Architects

Have you ever seen a more inviting space to play chess?  Players can lounge on these stunning rattan chairs, with soft artificial grass underfoot.

Weather nightmare for local football clubs

February 16th, 2014

artificial grass pitchLatest Met Office figures revealed that January 2014 was the wettest ever recorded in many parts of the country.  This season, grass roots football clubs face serious challenges.  With so much rain, practice is called-off and matches are frequently cancelled. 

Organisers are in despair as teams are regularly beaten by the weather – Woolton FC in Merseyside has had to call-off 9 games in a row.  The Football Association chief executive has reported that in Herefordshire, some clubs haven’t kicked a ball since the middle of December.

80% of amateur football is played on council grass pitches.  Local authority budgeting has cut football subsidies and hire rates have increased as much as 300 per cent.  These pitches are not just expensive, they’re poor quality too.

In a BBC interview, a spokesperson from the FA said that pitches were in an ‘abhorrent state.’  They are waterlogged from the heavy rain and suffering from wear from overuse.  He argued there must be a move to artificial football pitches.  A fake grass pitch can hold 2-3 games per week, providing facilities for up to 60 teams to train and play.

The Government and FA Facilities Fund is investing £102 million in improvements, including 150 new or refurbished artificial grass pitches.  However, a club in Bristol who says they regularly have to turn away under 16s, say they have been rejected for funding multiple times.  Maybe Wayne Rooney could help?

Football Garden in Chelmsford

February 7th, 2014

Want to encourage the kids to get out more, enjoy the fresh air, forget about the TV, and get some exercise?  Their very own football pitch in the back garden should do the trick.  For children, it’s the stuff dreams are made of, but there are lots of advantages for mum and dad too…no maintenance, no mud and no mess.

If your family is football crazy, give them their very own fake grass football garden.  The image featured here was taken at our latest install in Chelmsford, Essex – an artificial lawn fitted in a family garden, creating the perfect pitch for practice and play.

A lawn that can take the punishment.

Fake grass can withstand the pounding and pummelling it’s subjected to during the beautiful game.  Your lawn will stay looking pristine, so you can enjoy an immaculate garden, no matter how many games they play.  And unlike natural grass, you won’t get worn patches under the goals.

No more mud.

You won’t need to worry about mud anymore.  Your lawn will be a mud-free zone, and you’ll lose the quagmire in the shady area by the shed.  Plus there’ll be no muddy boots to clean, clothes to wash, or footprints on kitchen floor.

Play whatever the weather.

To bring up the next Beckham, you’ve got to start from an early age.  With an artificial lawn, you’ll have an environment to encourage greatness.  Practice makes perfect, and fake grass means they can work on their ball control whatever the weather.

 

Featuring our fake grass installations

January 31st, 2014

Large lawn installed in Felsted

This large garden required a lot of expensive maintenance.  Mowing, weeding, edge trimming, feeding, watering – costs hundreds of pounds per year, even more if you have to employ a gardener to keep it neat for you.  The solution – a fake lawn with permanent striping, looks immaculate with none of the expense.

 

The opposite problem in Chelmsford

Small lawns can be more hassle than they’re worth.  This small circular grass area was awkward to maintain.  Now, the owners need not give it a second thought.  It will always look perfect without any of the hassle.

 

 

Swimming pool surround in Harlow

There’s no need to pave your swimming pool area and lose your garden’s green.  Fake grass is ideal for pool and spa surrounds.  No more muddy feet or grass in the water.  No mowing, edging, or patchy lawn areas to repair.  Just lovely, soft grass.

 

 

Lawn installed in Chigwell

A fake lawn can actually give you more space.  You’ll no longer need a shed to house your mower, strimmer and other gardening tools because artificial grass is maintenance free.  You could erect a new summer house in its place.  You get a new room which you can use as a mini gym, home office or just a quiet place to sit and relax.

 

Grass in West Horndon

Big beautiful trees like these create a problem for the grass below, preventing it from getting the sunlight it needs.  Without the sun to dry it out, it stays wet longer, the damp weakens the grass, and this allows moss to thrive.  A fake lawn means the owners can enjoy an attractive, pristine garden, without worrying about the conditions.

 

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