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4 Ways to Transform your Life with Fake Grass

Friday, 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.

 

 

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Fake grass the landscaping solution for coastal properties

Friday, 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. 

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Featuring our fake grass installations

Friday, 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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Are you fed up with your front garden?

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

front garden artificial grass install essexFront gardens are seldom used – they’re purely for aesthetics, to make a property’s exterior look more attractive and appealing.  We Brits like our privacy, spending our Saturday afternoons relaxing round the back, away from prying eyes.  With such busy lives, it’s no wonder that many of us begrudge time-consuming maintenance at the front.

Front gardens tend to be smaller, because space at the rear is much more desirable.  No matter how big your lawn, it requires all the same maintenance – mowing, edging, weeding, fertilising.  And for such a small surface area, you probably question whether it’s worth it.

Ever threatened to gravel it over?  You won’t be the first.  In fact, according to the RHS, 23 per cent of front gardens in the South east are paved (over three quarters of surface area).  In the north east, this figure jumps to 47%.  But, hard landscaping is expensive and it’s not the same as looking at a lovely green lawn.   That’s where artificial grass comes in.

There’s no need to give up your grass.  Nor do you need to opt for a depressing gravel solution that will diminish the visual appeal of your home.  Artificial grass is relatively inexpensive, easy to install and gives you a beautiful, lush green lawn without the maintenance.  You can forget about the front, it won’t take up any more of your time – enjoy a gorgeous garden that looks just like the real thing.

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How fake grass makes air travel safer

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

fake grass commercial useDid you know fake grass is used at airports across the country to make air travel safer?  The first ever installation was in 2000 at Chicago Midway airport in the U.S, a major safety improvement to provide better visual distinction between movement and non-movement areas.

In 2004, a plane safely took-off and landed on a fake grass runway, going down as the first ever in aviation in history.  The pilot remarked favourably on the smoothness of the surface and the extra visibility.

Fake turf has many important advantages over natural grass as a groundcover at airfields.  Here are just some of the ways it’s used to prevent accidents.

Wildlife deterrent – fake grass deters birds because it doesn’t provide food, shelter, or water for wildlife, thus reducing the risk of bird-strikes.

Area marking – unlike natural grass, astro turf is vibrant green no matter what the conditions; this is an important advantage because of the visual contrast it provides between runways and taxiways during poor weather conditions.

Less maintenance – no mowing, edging, pesticides or fertilisers are required.  This means less interruption, lower running costs, and fewer workers who need security clearances.

Reduces the risk of Foreign Object Damage – FOD is caused by small objects being sucked into the engine, like rocks, machine parts, or rubbish.  Less maintenance, vehicles and tools, means less debris on the airfield.

Stabilises verges – Artificial grass withstands jet blast and water run-off, stabilising the airfield, preventing erosion, and enhancing drainage for a safer environment.

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Artificial Grass for Small Gardens

Friday, December 27th, 2013

fake grass in a small gardenThere’s a lot of hassle involved in keeping grass, and unfortunately it doesn’t matter what the surface area.  If you’ve got a small garden, you’ve probably threatened to gravel it over many times – questioning whether it’s worth it for such a small patch of greenery.

Is there really any point?

To keep your small grass area neat, it takes a lot of work.  You dig out the extension lead, unlock the shed, haul out the mower…then start to cut.  Yet you only run over the grass for a few steps, before you have to turn round and go back again.

Little, yet often

The smaller the space, the less you can get away with.   Just a few weeds can make it look like a jungle – so you have to work on it more often.  Even if you’ve only neglected it for a couple of weeks, your garden will always look worse than a larger plot.

No room for a shed

Having a lawn becomes problematic if you’ve nowhere to store your maintenance equipment.  If your garden is really small, you may lose a significant proportion by installing a shed to store a lawn mower, tools, pesticides, and fertilisers to keep you lawn looking good.

Artificial grass is the perfect solution for small gardens.  It’s maintenance free and looks pristine all year round.  You get to keep a lush green grass garden, with none of the practical problems you get with the real thing.

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Chicken Run Grass

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Credit: Rondeel

Keeping chickens in the back garden has become hugely popular in the UK.  According to statistics 700,000 people now keep hens at home – numbers have risen by around 80 per cent in just a few years.  This is thought to be due to increased awareness about intensive poultry farming after highly publicised campaigns spearheaded by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver.  Rearing your own hens is fun and you get to eat eggs like a king.

Chickens are highly intelligent and don’t like to be cooped-up – so they need a nice big run to stay happy and healthy.  Healthy hens cost less to keep, and produce more eggs.  10-12 square feet of outside space per bird is considered minimum, but it’s recommended to give them as much space as you can.  Unfortunately, this can be extremely detrimental to your lawn.

The biggest problem is mud.  A few hens can devastate natural grass garden inside a few weeks – it simply isn’t tough enough to withstand the daily activities of poultry.  It is quickly worn down and turns to a mud bath when it rains – so many owners are turning to artificial grass to solve the problem.

Artificial grass is tough enough to withstand free-roaming, scratching and pecking, providing a safe and superior living environment for hens.  With the added advantage it can be cleaned hygienically with a garden hose.   It’s even being used in poultry farming.  Animal-friendly, agriculture innovators Rondeel, use astro-turf in their state of the art system, used in poultry houses in the Netherlands.  Their studies have shown that hens don’t care whether the grass is real or not; they behave very naturally on artificial grass.

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Hard landscaping vs. Artificial Grass

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Artificial Lawn in EssexAre you looking to re-design your garden to lessen the amount of maintenance required?  If so, you’re probably carefully considering whether to go for paving, gravel, decking or one of many other hard landscaping solutions.  But have you considered the benefits of artificial grass?  Here’s a quick comparison:

Aesthetics

While a contemporary paved space may be what you originally had in mind for your garden – will it really be the same without grass?  Why choose concrete when you can have a lush, evergreen lawn?

Maintenance

Fake grass is almost maintenance free – no mowing, edge-trimming, weeding, watering or feeding.  All that’s required is regular brushing, you can also hoover and hose down if required, making it much the same as paving.

Cost

This is difficult to compare because it depends on the type of design you’re looking at – block paving, multiple decked areas, or decorative gravel.  To give you an idea LeisureTech Lawns offer an inclusive price for the grass, labour, and materials of £45 per square metre.

Installation

Synthetic grass installations are fairly simple and relatively quick – much more straightforward than many types of hard landscaping.

Use

Concrete is cold and hard.  It doesn’t feel good under foot, and you cannot lie out on it on a sunny day.  Good quality artificial grass is soft, bouncy and feels just like the real thing.  It’s great for children and pets allowing you to enjoy your garden more.

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Artificial Grass in Schools

Friday, December 6th, 2013

artificial grass school pitchAfter our post last week, featuring the fabulous story garden created at a Cornwall primary school, we thought we’d take this opportunity to talk about some of the more practical benefits of artificial grass in schools.

Fake grass or astro turf can be used for general play areas, sports fields, pitches and even indoor facilities.  It has many advantages.

The most obvious is that maintenance is minimal – no mowing, weeding, edge trimming, watering or feeding – grass just requires the occasional brushing to keep it in good condition.  This has the potential to save schools lots of money over a year.  As well as relieving the burden from Caretakers.

General recreation

Old tarmac recreation areas in inner-city schools look depressing and can be dangerous.   If a child falls on a synthetic grass surfaces they’re a lot less likely to be hurt.

Playing fields

No natural grass means no mud.  This means no footprints in the halls, no soiled uniforms for parents to wash.  It’s also an important safety benefit.  When grass gets worn, mud patches are created and there’s a danger of slipping.

Sports pitches

Astro turf can be used for a range of sports including football and hockey.  This benefits schools, just as it does sports clubs, allowing year round play.  Children get more practice, learn more skills and fewer match need to be cancelled due to bad weather.

Play areas

Artificial grass is a clean, safe and attractive covering for play areas.  With shock absorbent padding underneath, it achieves a critical fall height 1.2m to meet regulations.

LeisureTech Lawns have installed artificial grass at a number of schools in the local area.  The above picture was a multi sports pitch we created for a School in Fawkham, Kent.  For help and advice, or to book your free survey call us on 01371 87 5901.

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One Man’s Journey: from anti-astro to turf traitor

Monday, October 28th, 2013

This month, Daily Mail columnist Robert Hardman wrote a piece about his new artificial lawn, giving an entertaining account of his journey from anti-astro, to turf traitor.

When the idea was suggested by his wife, Hardman was sceptical to say the least.  He describes artificial grass installation as pure vandalism – “like hammering a satellite dish to an oak tree, putting ketchup on a scone…”  His views are later transformed.  Now a complete convert, he’s “insufferably smug and proud” of his new lawn.

The article is a must-read for anyone considering faking it…especially if you’re trying to persuade your better-half.  Complete with pictures of Richard hoovering the garden – “But if I thought my mowing days were over, I was mistaken. This weekend, my wife handed me the vacuum cleaner, pointed to the garden and said: ‘Leaves…”

Chuck out the Flymo! I’ve got a lawn you can vacuum: Turf traitor Robert Hardman thinks his new plastic garden will leave you green with envy

The moral of the story is…don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

Last year, we reported on the chaos that ensued when a quaint Cotswolds village decided to install fake turf on muddy verges by the river.  Reporters from all over the World ridiculed the tourist hot-spot.  This is despite the fact officials took the decision to save thousands in maintenance costs.  When will this snobbery end?

The time and money-saving benefits of artificial grass are undeniable.  Contrary to popular belief modern fake grass does not resemble green grocer matting (assuming you’re not looking at something for 99p on eBay).  They’re both green, yes.  But look closely and you’ll see that quality products are multi-tonal – with green, yellow, and brown fibres that look just like the real thing.

Evidence also shows that despite being made of plastic, artificial lawns are less detrimental to the environment than natural grass maintenance.  The latter involving power hungry mowers, chemical pesticides, fertilisers, and water waste.

Speaking of water…we Brit’s experience regular shortages, despite the rain.  Don’t turn your nose up…give fake grass a chance.  Come the next hose-pipe ban, when your neighbours all have yellow lawns, you’ll be the one laughing.  As I’m sure Richard Hardman would agree…it’s much more fun being a traitor.

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