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5 Fake Grass Landscaping Ideas

Saturday, 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.

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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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Football Garden in Chelmsford

Friday, 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.

 

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Why have I got a moss lawn instead of grass?

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Moss is a non-flowering sponge-like plant that spreads like wild-fire in the right environment.  In the UK, rainy weather in our sheltered back-gardens makes it a common problem.   If you’ve more moss than grass, here are a few helpful hints.

Cutting too short

Mowing your lawn any shorter than 2.5cm (1in) can cause moss.  Cutting too short weakens the grass, allowing moss to spread easily.  You should keep grass blades longer, yet mow more regularly because it encourages the spread of grass plants.

Drainage

Moss thrives in damp conditions.  The plant must have a damp environment to grow because it has it has no water-proofing systems to prevent its tissue water evaporating.  It also needs surrounding water to reproduce.  Try spiking to improve drainage.

Shady areas

If you have shaded or sheltered areas that get little or no sun or wind to dry out the lawn, you’ll get problems.  Try to cut back shrubs, hedges and trees to reduce shade.

Low nutrient level

If your grass is unhealthy due to poor soil conditions, moss can take over.  Treat your lawn, preferably with a product that contains moss killer.

Ever thought about faking it?

To maintain a neat, tidy, moss-free lawn takes a lot of work.  If you have a North facing garden or very poor drainage, you may be fighting a losing battle.  Have you ever considered artificial grass?  You can finally have a beautiful lush green lawn, with no weeds, moss or patching.  And there’s virtually no maintenance.

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Why waste 20 hours a year lawn mowing?

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

If you mow your lawn for 1 hour per week from May-September, you waste 20 hours of free time a year.  Lawn maintenance is time consuming.  With an artificial lawn, you can forget about your grass for good, and give yourself back a hard-earned rest at the weekend.

The little and often rule is the key to good grass care – but who has the time?  Gardening experts recommend you should cut your grass at least once a week in Spring and Autumn, and twice weekly in the Summer months when it grows faster.  You cannot cheat and clip short because this weakens the blades so moss and weeds take over.  If you follow guidelines by the RHS, that’s actually 30 hours a year, assuming it takes you 1 hour to do the job.

Then there’s the edge trimming, weed removal, patch repair and feeding to keep it looking tip top.  As well as this, you’re spending money on electricity, water and fertilisers.  It’s no wonder so many Brits faking it these days.

Artificial lawns require very little maintenance – just a quick brush down once and a while to keep the fibres in good condition.  Installing one could give you an extra day of free time per year – maybe even 2 days.

Many people enjoy the fresh air and exercise they get from mowing the garden…but imagine how much more fun you could have instead – perhaps going for a walk in the park or kicking a ball around with the kids?  Don’t waste your precious spare time, call us on 01371 87 5901 for a free fake lawn quote.

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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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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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Enchanting Garden Created with Fake Grass

Friday, November 29th, 2013
Creative Uses for Fake Grass

What could you create with fake grass?

A concrete storage area, between classrooms at a primary school in Cornwall has been transformed into a fairy-tale garden with fake grass.  Nansloe school has just received an award for the inspiring project which has created a magical storytelling garden for pupils.

Brightly painted double doors from the playground set the scene, bearing the words “one upon a time.”  The area features a hobbit house, wooden reading tower, mushroom seating area, castle-themed stage, and faux-pond complete with crocodile and bridge.  It is entirely carpeted in fake grass and covered by a glass canopy, with lighting and a sound-system.

The only one of its kind in the Country, the space cannot qualify for best library as it doesn’t have shelves of books.  However, The School Library Association decided it should receive a special commemorative award for its “’compelling contribution to innovation.”

Designed as place where children can immerse themselves in stories, there’s a throne, mini pirate ship and even costumes so they act out their favourites on the stage.  Teachers use the cosy house inspired by J R Tolkien to read to pupils at story time.  Older kids are encouraged to read independently in the fort or at the fairy area.  On world book day, the garden was decorated as a winter wonderland – while children dressed up as characters from C S Lewis classic Narnia series.

The project has captured the hearts and minds of the community.  A great example of what you can do with a big imagination and a little fake grass.

See pictures of the garden on the website

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4 Fake Grass Myths De-bunked

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

0891. Artificial grass looks tacky

When you think of fake grass, images of green grocer type mats in your local convenience store may come to mind.  This is not how modern grass products look.  These days fake lawns are almost undistinguishable from the real thing.  Advances in technology means grass has evolved, machinery creates products with multiple types of fibres, with different textures and colours.  So, it’s ultra-realistic and even feels real under foot.

2.  Plastic grass is not good for the environment

The debate as to whether producing plastic grass creates more carbon emissions than maintaining natural grass has been going on for decades.  Some evidence has highlighted concerns about production, but today most manufacturers use recyclable materials.  Other research has found that natural grass maintenance has a far greater environmental impact.  E.g. the EPA calculated that Americans use 800 million gallons of fuel per year in petrol-powered lawn mowers.

3. Fitting an artificial lawn can cause drainage problems

This is not true.  Grass carpet has millions of tiny little holes that allow water to flow freely.  This is installed on a base of crushed hard-core to allow water to continue its journey into the soil.  It can actually enhance drainage, make rain water disappear faster, and prevent your lawn from getting water-logged.  Issues only occur when products are not installed correctly.

4. Installation is easy

While many companies will have you believe that fitting is a piece of cake…it isn’t.  It is a skilled landscaping job, and requires the correct materials.  If you’re not very experienced, it’s much better to get a professional fitter.  You’ll probably find there’s not much difference in price when you account for all the equipment you’d have to buy.  If you are an experienced DIYer, you may be up to the challenge but before you leap, make sure you get accurate advice about the process.  Buying the right materials is critical, the type of sand you use is important because some varieties can lead blockages and drainage problems.

 

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Artificial Grass through the Ages

Friday, November 8th, 2013

1960  – Artificial grass was invented by David Chaney of the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.

1964 – The first installation of fake grass was carried out at a school in Providence Rhode Island.

1966 –  Chemgrass was famously installed at the enclosed Astrodome Stadium in Houston, Texas.  From then on, it would be known as ‘Astro’ turf.

1967 – Astroturf was patented by Monsanto Industries, Chemgrass’s parent company.

1981 – Queens Park Rangers were the first Premiership team to install an artificial pitch.

1985 – There were 4 artificial surfaces in operation in the English league.

1988 – QPR became the first club to remove an artificial pitch after players complained.

1992 – Artificial grass was first used for landscaping by Envy Turf in Las Vegas.

1995 – Astro turf was banned by English Football League.

2001 – FIFA launched its Quality Concept certifying the use of artificial turf.

2002 – LeisureTechLawns was formed.

2005 – UEFA announced that approved surfaces were to be permitted in their competitions.

2006 – British Journal of Sports Medicine published a study concluding there were no significant differences in injury data between artificial and natural football pitches, for 10 clubs over a 2.5 year period.

2007 – Alan Titchmarsh wrote a column published in the Express titled ‘Some intelligence in artificial lawns.’

2009 – Globally the fake grass industry is said to be worth £1.3 Billion a year, growing at a 20% per year.

2010 – B&Q saw fake grass sales sky-rocket 126% a year after launching their range.  The first competitive match on a partially synthetic surface was played at Wembley.  Fake grass made its debut at the Chelsea Flower Show.

2012 – UK market is worth £300 Million a year, growing at a rate of 35%.

2013 – Ebay reported record sales of artificial grass in Spring, up 44% due to bad weather in the UK.

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