Posts Tagged ‘artificial lawns’

Rabbit problems and artificial lawns

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

artificial lawns rabbitsLast week we wrote about artificial lawns as a solution to fox problems.  We had a question from a reader who wondered whether it would deter rabbits too.  The answer is yes, artificial grass will certainly stop rabbits from digging up your garden.

In Britain, wild rabbits cause an estimated £100 million pounds worth of crop damage every year.  And it’s not just farmers that suffer, they to love to dig, especially in the short grass found in gardens.  They can’t help it, it’s a natural instinct.  Contrary to popular belief, rabbits are not necessarily trying to burrow, sometimes they’re in search of tasty young shoots.

What can you do about it?  Well, you could try an animal repellent (pellets or spray).  Another option is a motion-activated sprinkler device.  Many people choose to install an artificial lawn to solve the problem for good.  Of course, it won’t stop them eating from your vegetable patch, but they’ll not be able to dig any more holes.  Artificial grass has lots of other benefits, giving you an immaculate, lush green lawn all year round.

If you keep pet rabbits, you’ll have the same problem, digging is one of their favourite pastimes.  A great way to prevent pet rabbits from digging your lawn is to give them a substitute, a sand pit or large plant pot filled with soil should do the trick.  Or, you could  install an artificial lawn – it’s safe for all types of pets.  The best thing is, the mess is easy to clean up, without any stains to your grass.  The picture is an artificial grass lawn we installed for a bunny owner in Essex.

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Artificial lawns – the best solution to urban fox problems

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

fox problems in gardensAround 13% of Britain’s fox population live in urban areas, this equates to 33,000 individuals.  Spacious suburban gardens provide the ideal habitat for them.  Contrary to what you see on TV, they rarely scavenge through litter bins.  However, they do love to dig up lawns.

Foxes often dig small holes in lawns when they’re hunting worms in wet weather.  In the Spring and Summer months, fox cubs are the culprits.  They dig playfully, with an annoying tendency to reopen the holes once they’ve been filled in.

It’s very difficult to foxes out because an adult can squeeze through a 10cm gap, as well as scale a 2m high wall or fence.  When it comes to prevention, there are not many options.  You can use a commercial animal repellent.  This comes in liquid form and you water (or spray) the areas most affected.  It works by creating an artificial scent mark, as foxes are territorial they get nervous when they cannot identify the scent and are scared away from the area.  It isn’t always effective and unfortunately, some people resort to putting down broken glass and metal spikes.  This is against the law and you can be prosecuted if an animal is injured under the animal welfare act.

What’s the best solution?  An artificial lawn.  It’s impenetrable, so even if they try, they won’t be able to dig.  Plus, you’re eliminating the worm problem.  Foxes don’t just eat small rodents, rabbits and birds.  Worms and insects make up over 15% of their diet.  This can be higher depending on what food is available in the area, and the time of year.  By installing an artificial lawn, you’re eradicating the food source too.

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Artificial Lawns for Hotel Grounds

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

hotel artificial grassIn the hotel and leisure industry, when it comes to the exterior façade of your establishment, there can be no compromise.  Inviting, attractive, immaculately kept grounds and gardens sell, resulting in more bookings and more customers.

Maintenance however, is expensive.  If you have large areas that need tending to, the cost will eat into your profits.  There’s labour, equipment and materials including pesticides, fertilisers, water and electricity.  Have you ever considered going fake?

Artificial lawns are ideal for large properties with extensive grounds in the hospitality industry.  While the initial outlay may by costly, the amount you’ll save on maintenance means you’ll recoup this easily, maybe even within the first year.  There’s no watering, mowing or weeds – just lush green grass that looks stunning all year round.

The latest products are so realistic that your clients may not even notice the difference.  Because it’s so hard wearing and any mess can be hosed down, you could even consider take down some of the ‘keep of the grass’ signs.

As well as cutting costs, installing artificial grass gives you the opportunity to add interesting new features that make your business more sellable.  How about a mini golf course to add to your brochure?  Carpeted balconies so clients feel soft grass under their feet while they relax?  Or, a grassed restaurant terrace that gives you a natural, contemporary look?

For more information, call us on 01371 87 5901.  If you’re an Essex hotel, B&B or guest house, we’ll survey your property and give you a quote free, without any obligation.

Further reading

Fake grass for cafes, restaurants, bistros, bars and beer gardens

 

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Why kids love artificial lawns

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

family garden with artificial lawnIt’s coming up to that time of year…the end of term and no school for 6 whole weeks.  During the holidays it’s great to see children playing outside, getting lots of exercise and fresh air.  You want to see them out the in garden kicking a ball around, bouncing on the trampoline, or catching frogs and collecting bugs.  This means wear on your lawn.

Kids can do lots of damage in 6 wks – creating pathways and patches under the swing – turning your immaculately kept lawn into an unsightly mess.  Every item of clothing they possess becomes grass stained and no matter what you try, they won’t come out.

Then there’s the mud.  When it’s been raining you daren’t let them out in the garden; that is unless you’ve got a spare hour to wash trainers, shoes and mop footprints from your kitchen floor.  Plus, if they play on the soggy grass they’ll do more damage to the lawn.

Be free of all this hassle

Kids love artificial lawns.  Why?  Because they get the freedom to play outside whatever the weather.  Fake grass means no wear, no patches, no mud, no stains.  They won’t damage the lawn, ruin their clothing or risk walking mud through the house – they can just enjoy the outdoors.  You don’t need to stress about what they’re up to, or nag them to take off their shoes.  Instead, you can encourage them to play outdoors more often – rather than sitting in front of the TV.

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Unable to mow your lawn? Fed up of paying a gardener to keep your grass neat?

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

artificial grass suppliersKeeping the garden looking good is a nightmare for those who have mobility problems.  If you’re not physically able to mow your lawn, you may have to pay a gardener to do for you.  This is very costly over time, especially for elderly people who are living on a pension, or those claiming benefits.

Other than that, you’re reliant on friends or relatives to give up their spare time.  And you probably feel bad for asking.  This means there are times when you have to put up with a jungle growing out the back, ruining the view from your conservatory.

Consider investing in a new artificial grass lawn.  It has many benefits.  Firstly, there’s no maintenance.  You get an immaculate lawn, without having to pay the local gardener, or bothering relatives to do it for you.  This won’t just save you money on mowing and trimming, but watering too. Your bills will be reduced and you’re helping to save water.

Since it’s advent in the 1960s fake grass has improved dramatically.  A fake lawn is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.  Not only does it look real, it feels the same too. So, you can still take your shoes off and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the garden.

If you’re in the Essex area, we can install your new lawn from just £45 per square meter.  This is a fully inclusive price for the grass itself, labour, tools, materials etc.  Give us call on 01371 875 901 for a free estimate.

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Waiting for a break in the rain so you can mow your lawn?

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Artificial grass lawn with play areaSpring is a frustrating time for home owners.  Weeds shoot up quickly, yet April showers mean it’s hard to find a window to mow your lawn.  Plus, if you’re busy at work in the week, you have to be pretty lucky to get a break in the weather at the weekend to cut the grass.  You have to put up with an overgrown lawn for the foreseeable and come May, dandelions and daisies will start to flower.

Save yourself the annoyance with artificial grass

More, and more busy families are turning to fake turf to avoid garden maintenance.  When you work hard all week, rushed off your feet looking after the kids; why would you want to spend your precious spare time tending to your lawn?

Imagine a pristine, lush green lawn for 365 days a year, with none of the work.  An investment of just £45 per sqm can rid you of this chore for good.  Plus, you won’t need to feel like the neighbours are complaining about your weed-ridden lawn behind your back.

It’s safe for children and pets with the added benefit that it’s much more durable than natural grass.  This means no bare patches which ruin the look of your garden.  There’s no mud either so the kids can have a kick-about, without traipsing mud through the house.

If you regularly trim the heads of weeds with a pair of scissors because you can’t find the time to mow…consider the freedom of fake grass.

Read more about the benefits of an artificial lawn

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Artificial lawn care in the snow

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Snow-covered-lawnThe last time we had snow, we had several enquiries from home owners worried about their artificial lawn.  This weekend, some parts of the country are a metre deep and conditions are continuing to cause chaos.

If you’ve got a fake lawn, don’t worry…all that snow will melt away normally. 

People tend to have problems with inferior artificial grass products that don’t have sufficient drainage.  I.e. the product is impermeable and doesn’t have enough holes to let the water through.

A poor install with incorrect use of materials can also affect the lawns ability to drain water.  Using the wrong type of sand for in-fill can be detrimental as it can cause blockages to form which means your lawn may get flooded.

This is only in extreme cases.  However, it shows the importance if using an experienced, qualified fitter.

Removal tips

If you can, it’s better to let the snow melt and disappear naturally.  If you want to remove it or create a pathway through your garden, care should be taken to avoid breaking the fibres which may be frozen underneath.

The best advice is to carefully remove the top layer, leaving about an inch on the surface.  Let nature take its course it should dissipate on its own fairly quickly.

If you must remove it down to the grass surface, be careful.  Don’t use anything with sharp edges as this may damage the actually carpet itself.  Use a plastic shovel to avoid damage to the fibres, then a soft brush to remove the rest.  If the surface is frozen it’s best not to attempt this at all.

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The Wettest Year Ever – Artificial Grass and Drainage

Saturday, March 16th, 2013
artificial grass - the solution for waterlogged lawns

Image credit: Rhs.org.uk

2012 was the UK’s second wettest year since records began over a century ago.

It was actually England’s wettest but less rain in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland meant the UK average marginally missed top spot.

After a bright start to the year, the deluge began in April and never stopped.  Flooding caused chaos throughout the summer months.

As an artificial grass company – one of our main USPs is that a fake lawn can save you money on the cost of watering.

In the last 5 years, due to the UK’s changing weather patterns, this selling factor has become laughable.  Consumers are now more interested in drainage.

One thing your garden needs in a country with increasing rainfall and frequent floods, is adequate drainage. Did you know that artificial grass can be beneficial if you have drainage problems?

Fake lawns provide enhanced drainage; rain water will disappear faster, preventing waterlogging.  As standard, our artificial lawns are installed on top of a base of crushed hard-core.  The grass carpet has millions of tiny holes so water runs through freely.

If you have a problem with drainage whereby pools collect on parts of your lawn, we can even install a suitable solution when we excavate.

Artificial grass also means your garden will be free from mud.  You won’t get muddy foot prints on the kitchen tiles, or worse – your cream lounge carpet.  This means kids (and pets) can enjoy the garden this summer without the hassle, whether it’s been raining or not.

 

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Painting Grass Green Vs. Artificial Grass

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
Lawn spraying

Credit: Grass is Greener

In hot climes, it’s becoming quite common to paint your grass green?  Last year, two thirds of the United States was severely affected by the worst drought in decades.  This has led to a huge increase in the popularity of lawn spraying.

Grass is Greener Lawn Painting operates out of Staten Island, New York.  The company has been featured on CBS, CBC News and the Weather Channel.  Their contracting business is booming, alongside this they’ve opened an online store selling equipment, allowing customers to paint their own lawns.  Trees and shrubs can be sprayed too.

The new craze is rather like something out of Alice in Wonderland – painting the roses red.  While it may seem strange, the solution is deemed an environmentally friendly way to reduce maintenance.  The paint is organic, non-toxic and actually adds beneficial chemicals to the grass.  It’s waterproof, dries in 2-3 hours and will last up to 3 months.

LawnLift are producers of America’s best-selling grass paint.  They promise the best colour match to natural grass and also offer paints for black and brown bark and mulch.  Paint contains a naturally occurring ammonia additive to enhance growth.  In the winter months it acts as a protective barrier for increased growth come spring.

In the UK, Telford based firm Amenity sell turf colorants to restore sports turf.  Will home owners start to catch on too?  Paint is a short term solution, unlike artificial grass which will last up to 20 years.  While you may save water, you’ve still got to mow and re-spray.  Some pet suppliers sell lawn paint for home use to touch-up yellow spots but they’re not meant for large scale application.

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Is the artificial grass greener?

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

artificial lawnWhether artificial grass is greener and more environmentally friendly than natural grass maintenance is a complicated issue.   On one hand, fake grass saves water and electricity and eliminates the need to use chemical products.  On the other – it’s made from plastic, so how can it be a green choice?

How can a plastic product be green?

As a plastic-based product, artificial grass is reliant on oil for its production so how can this be a green choice?  This debate has been going on for decades.  Many studies have been carried out to try to determine which produces more carbon emissions – the maintenance of natural grass or the production of an artificial product.  Unfortunately, results are not very conclusive.

Life

Fake grass is not natural, so it does not offer the biodiversity of a live lawn.  Although, it can also be argued that fertilisers and pesticides create imbalances and kill-off living systems.  Synthetic grass supporters also refer to many cases where grass clippings have been blamed for polluting the environment such as the Mississippi River.  As grass clippings decay, they release nutrients which upset complex eco-systems, harming plants and wildlife.

Waste

When grass dies it goes back into the earth and decomposes naturally, whereas plastic ends up as landfill waste.  There is no disputing this.  However, these days, many artificial grass manufacturers are using recycled materials in production.  For instance plastic bottles can be re-used to form the weave and the backing.

Water

In areas like California where there are serious water shortages, fake grass tends to be considered the most eco-friendly option.  In Las Vegas, the Government actually pays citizens not to water their lawns, by way of a rebate.  They calculated that every square foot of grass replaced with an alternative will save an average of 55 gallons of water per year.

Mowing

The EPA in the US have calculated that Americans use 800 million gallons of fuel per year in petrol-powered engines for lawn care.  This accounts for 9% of air pollution.  A Swedish study found that cutting grass for an hour with a gas lawn mower is about the same as that from a 100 mile car journey.  The EU is currently looking at revising laws.

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