Posts Tagged ‘Fake lawns’

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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The Wettest Year Ever – Artificial Grass and Drainage

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

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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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Why Fake Grass is Ideal for Winter Months

Friday, October 19th, 2012

fake grass in winter

One of the many excellent features of fake grass is its adaptability. It will look good regardless of the weather conditions.

It is true that during summer months it will help make considerable savings due to the fact that it does not require mowing or watering, but in the winter fake grass also offers a number of notable benefits.

The harsh weather conditions of the winter months can take a heavy toll on real grass. As temperatures fall to below zero frost and ice can cause real grass to change colour.

The lack of penetrative sunlight will cause real lawns to look dead, dry and barren. Instead of a vibrant green, real lawns often show unsightly patches of brown and black in these tougher temperatures.

By contrast artificial grass will always retain an attractive appearance regardless of how far the temperatures may fall. Even under frost or snow the colour of the grass will remain unaffected and a quick sweep is all that is required to clear any icy covering, returning the lawn to a bright, healthy appearance.

During the winter season various weather conditions can combine with seriously detrimental effects for real grass. Heavy rainfall can cause outdoor areas to become sodden or even flooded. It is not uncommon for sharp frosts to occur after rainstorms. When flooded areas become frozen the damage caused to real grass can be beyond repair.

Fake lawns offer total resilience to any such testing conditions. Flooding is not a problem as artificial grass has a vertical drainage system that allows heavy rainwater to flow quickly through its surface.

Caring for a lawn in winter also has repercussions for the person to whom that duty falls. It will require battling the elements to carry out any of the maintenance tasks that are required. With almost zero maintenance artificial lawns allow the owner the luxury of remaining indoors while the lawn takes care of itself.

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Famous Fake Grass

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Fake grass is in fashion, endorsed by many celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Kristen Bell and David Basche.  Preferred by A-Listers for its pet and eco-friendly qualities, it’s used in many well-known locations around the World.  Here’s a few you may have heard of…

Houston Astrodome –Texas was dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, opened in the 1960s as the World’s first indoor baseball stadium.  Enclosed natural grass withered away and they famously had to paint it green.  Next season saw the advent of astro-turf.

Coronation Street – The UK’s most famous street is not all cobbles – the Websters, the Platts and Anna Windass have fake grass lawns.  Producers now have one less thing to worry about.

Big Brother House – The contemporary BB garden is of course fake, watching the housemates’ mowing the lawn doesn’t make for great TV.

Playboy Mansion – Lawns surrounding the legendary grotto are more attractive and easier to maintain with artificial surfaces.

Disney World – and Disneyland have synthetic grass areas throughout their resorts.

Crufts – The World renowned dog show uses canine friendly fake turf on set.

Emirates Stadium – Home of Arsenal FC after their move from Highbury in July 2006.  A total of 7 Premiership clubs have fake grass pitches including Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and 2012 Champions Manchester City.

Regiment Way Roundabout – Warner’s Farm on the A130 Chelmsford.  Ok – you’ll only know of this one if you live in Essex.  The island enjoyed localised fame when it was transformed with a new artificial surface, installed by Leisure Tech.

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2 Pens Cottage, Doctors Pond
Great Dunmow
Essex, CM6 1BB

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