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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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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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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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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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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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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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Office Décor – Skype’s Use of Fake Grass

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
fake grass islands

Credit: Complex .com

Design Blitz have turned an old warehouse in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, into a world-class HQ for Skype.  The company used fake grass in this incredible project to encourage collaboration and creativity.

The 54,000sqft Palo Alto offices support 250 employees.  The challenge was to differentiate Skype from other tech giants operating in the Bay area, ultimately, to aid in the recruitment of the best talent.

Skype believe in the power of the environment to influence thought processes.  The company actively encourages ‘accidental meetings’ for the generation of ideas.  Fake grass is used to create picnic spot style ‘islands’ for spontaneous collaboration.  Giant pebbles, a block of wood and bright chairs are used for low-level, relaxed seating.

The board room is a pod, clad in flavour sticks.  These sticks are added to wine barrels to instil oak flavouring, and were salvaged from local wineries.

The staff games room has a large fake grass covered wall, pool and footballs tables, and two comfortable seating areas.  Six red, retro telephones are mounted in a row, running along the centre of the grass wall.  These are actually safety phones that already existed in the building, cleverly reused as artwork.  Skype is making the landline obsolete, so this makes an interesting and apt design feature.

See more pictures at Design Blitz Skype HQ

The project demonstrates how fake grass can be used creatively in office interior designs.   It can be used as a floor or wall covering to create contemporary spaces that encourage creatively in a relaxed environment.

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Fake Grass for Summer Events

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

fake grass at eventsThe London Borough of Bromley are using fake grass to create a vibrant, summer setting to stage events.  800 sqft of artificial grass has been installed outside the Churchill Theatre, on Bromley High Street, along with benches and beanbag seating for shoppers to enjoy the entertainment.

The town will host a series of free events from now until September, making Bromley the place to be.  These include martial arts demonstrations, craft sessions, story-telling, face painting, dance shows, music, and mini golf.  Visitors are invited to come down and see what’s happening, relax in the gardens and enjoy the sunshine.

The High Street Garden is supported by the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund.  Mayor Johnson has pledged £2m to enhance public spaces across Bromley.

If you’re hosting a summer event, fake grass can provide the perfect setting.  It allows you to create a comfortable, attractive space for guests to enjoy – just like Bromley Council have achieved.  With a few decorative accessories, you can even build an entire theme around your new lawn such as elegant garden party, or tropical oasis.

It’s practical too.  You can install the carpet on any flat surface so it’s ideal to cover up dull, concrete areas.  It’s quick and easy to set-up.  The best thing is, you can clean it thoroughly afterwards with a hose and reuse at future events.

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