Posts Tagged ‘fake grass lawn’

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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Can a fake grass garden help hay fever symptoms?

Monday, October 14th, 2013

fake grass lawnHay fever is a pollen allergy.  The reaction irritates the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses.  Symptoms vary in severity, from sneezing and itchy eyes to facial pain and shortness of breath.   As many as 1 in 5 people will suffer from it at some point in their lives.

There are around 30 different types of pollen you can be allergic to.  The most common varieties are grass, weed, and tree pollen.  In the UK, 90% of hay fever sufferers are allergic to pollen from grass.  This is released into the air between the months of May and August, turning summer into a long, miserable season of cold-flu type discomfort.

Can a fake grass garden can reduce hay fever?  Well…first, it’s important to note there are no empirical studies to suggest those with an artificial garden are less afflicted.  However, it stands to reason that if there’s less pollen surrounding your home, and less getting into the house, you should feel a little better.

Firstly, cutting the grass is the worst thing you can do to stir up pollen.  When it’s released into the air, it sticks to people and clothing, which then ends up coming into the house.  With an artificial lawn, this won’t happen as you’ll never need to mow.

If you have children with hay fever, you may have a strict ban on outdoor play in the summer, as it exasperates their symptoms.  With fake grass, you might find they’re OK to play without feeling the effects.

The NHS advises you to keep pets outside to stop them bringing pollen into the house, and not to dry washing outside as it gets on your clothes.  While you can never prevent pollen 100%, at least if your dog has been rolling round on the grass, he won’t be covered in the stuff.


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How Much Easier your Jubilee Garden Party would be with Fake Grass

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
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As the country marks 60 years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, thousands of people will be hosting garden parties at home for friends and family.

If you have a fake grass lawn, your life will be a whole lot easier as you prepare, host and clean up after your party.  Here’s why:

1.  If you have artificial grass, there’s no need to mow the lawn, trim borders or remove weeds.  Your garden will already be perfectly manicured, ready to receive guests.  You can spend more time on the important stuff like planning recipes and sourcing decorations.

2.  Nor will you need to rush out to your local DIY store and spend money on lawn treatments to revitalise your yellow, patchy grass.

3.  There’s no need to worry about the devastating affect the extra footfall will have on your lawn.  Lots of visitors, kids playing, and extra furniture can have a devastating effect on natural grass.  Lucky fake grass owners don’t need to give it a second thought.

4.  Things naturally get dropped and spilt at parties.  When a portion of your home-made Eton mess slides off your niece’s plate while she’s distracted by a butterfly, there’s no real good way to clean up.  The patch will be a magnet for flies for the whole weekend.  Artificial grass owners can simply hygienically wipe the area down with a cloth.

5.  After your guests have gone home, you’ll be left to return your garden back to its original state.  After collecting all the debris and tidying everything away, fake grass owners can hose down their lawns for a clean, fresh garden.

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