Archive for the ‘Artificial Grass Installation’ Category

10 Great Uses for Fake Grass

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Fake Grass used at commercial eventFake grass can be used in a variety of applications.  At Leisure Tech Lawns, we’ve installed artificial surfaces for TV programs and events, on balconies, rooftops, as well as hundreds of ornamental lawns throughout Essex.

Here are 10 ways you can use fake grass;

1.  Rooftop Garden – create a rooftop garden by installing a grass surface and decorating with potted plants and trees.

2.  Balcony or terrace– if you miss the look and feel of grass in your flat or apartment, install it onto your balcony or terrace.

3.  Private putting green – create a small private putting green for golf practice, you can do this in your garden or even indoors.

4.  Indoor Gym – You can create the feel of an outdoor workout – whilst using state-of-the-art equipment indoors.

5.  Doggy Play Area – pets can have a devastating effect on your lawn, so give your dog it’s very own play area.  Fake grass is safe for pets and foul can be hygienically cleaned.

6.  Children’s Bedroom – great for a themed playroom or bedroom.  Create a jungle theme with wild animal prints for boys, or countryside, flowers and rainbows for girls.

7.  Conservatory – bring the outside in and install a grass surface in your conservatory.  You’ll have warmth and shelter from the elements, whilst feeling like you’re sat outdoors.

8.  Chicken Coop –keeping chickens at home can ruin your lawn, so give them a fake grass run – mess can simply be hosed down.

9.  Business Marketing – use at promotional events, TV commercials and photo-shoots.

10.  Commercial Décor– fake grass is fantastic for creating themed areas and window displays to show-case outdoor products such as bikes, play or camping equipment.

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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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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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Snooker Loopy about Fake Grass

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Our latest fake grass installation was at a home in Basildon, Essex.  To our surprise, this was actually the home of professional snooker player Stuart Bingham.  Currently ranked 16th in the world and winner of the 2010 Australian Open, Stuart doesn’t want to waste time on lawn maintenance.

Born in Essex, Ball-run (Stuart) started playing at Staceys Snooker Club and is a member of Q-Ball Sports Bar in Basildon.  He turned pro in 1996 after winning the English Amateur Championships the year before.  He is perhaps best known for his 10–7, first round defeat of Stephen Hendry at the 2000 world Championships at The Crucible.  This year, 7 time champion Hendry had a 147 break against him.

His garden has spa set in decking and a play area for the children.  This made fake grass the ideal solution for the Bingham family.  No more muddy areas created from using the spa and the kids can enjoy the lawn without damaging it.  Of course, Stuart can now concentrate on his snooker – rather than having the hassle of mowing, edging, watering and feeding the grass to keep it looking good.

Here you’ll see us working on the garden; digging up the existing turf, levelling the ground and laying a geo-textile membrane to prevent weeds.

The end result is highly realistic, perfectly manicured grass which will stay green whatever the season.  The family opted for the popular striped effect grass in a diagonal pattern – the lawn looks like it’s been mown by a professional landscaper.

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The Things we do for Artificial Grass!

Monday, May 14th, 2012

We arrived early at Repton Park, Woodford Green in Greater London to install a residential artificial grass lawn in a very exclusive gated complex.  We quickly realised that there was no access from the side or back of the house.  Then our client explained that he’d rather we didn’t come through the house either which posed a bit of a dilemma.

Did We…….?

a) politely explain to our client that we wouldn’t be able to install the lawn because there was no access available

b) get ladders and climb over the 8ft wall at the back of the property, along with all our equipment

As you can see from the pictures, the answer is b) – we scaled the rear wall, with no fuss and no extra expense to our client.

Here you’ll see us in action, digging up the existing turf, levelling the ground, infilling with sand and laying a geo textile membrane to prevent weeds.   There is a lot of work involved in an artificial grass install!  All that preparatory work must be done before we even think of laying the new lawn.

The key to long lasting, hard wearing, attractive artificial grass is in the preparation and the materials used. Get this right and it’s extremely unlikely you’ll have any issues with your new lawn.  If the ground isn’t level the grass is extremely difficult to position and fit.  Without a sand infill, the grass can move around, it therefore gets weaker and is more likely to tare.  The right type of sand must be used; so you don’t get any problems with drainage and undergrowth.

This is why we don’t recommend DIY installs, there is a lot more to it than you may think.  Plus by the time you’ve bought the equipment and materials, the cost difference isn’t much different.

 

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2 Pens Cottage, Doctors Pond
Great Dunmow
Essex, CM6 1BB

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