7 Signs You Should Invest In Artificial Grass
There can be many frustrations associated with natural grass.
If your lawn is currently dry, patchy, full of weeds or all of the above, you’ll understand what we’re referring to.
You may have tried everything within your power to ensure your lawn looks as good as possible.
Seeding, weeding, aerating, scarifying, mowing … you name it, you’ve tried it.
All this time, money and effort is being spent, but to no avail.
Children, pets or lack of sufficiently good grass-growing conditions can mean that the odds are fully stacked against you.
However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to have a lush green lawn that’s low maintenance and can stand up to everyday family use.
What you may need is artificial grass. Its durable, hard-wearing nature means that it can be installed for back garden lawns, front gardens, children’s play areas, schools, offices and commercial properties.
If you’ve become frustrated with your garden lawn, it may be time to invest in fake grass.
In this article, we’re going to be looking at 7 signs that you should invest in artificial grass.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
1. You’re Tired of Mowing The Lawn
Admittedly there are some (maybe crazy) people out there that genuinely enjoy mowing the lawn. If you’re one of them, that’s great!
But for many, mowing the lawn is the chore they fear the most.
With today’s busy lifestyles, it’s completely understandable.
Faced with the choice of either relaxing in the garden with your favourite drink in hand or traipsing up and down the lawn with a mower in hand, it makes perfect sense that you’d want to spend what little free time many of us get doing the things that you enjoy.
Of course, with an artificial lawn you can put the mower up for sale as, obviously, it doesn’t ever require mowing!
Although not completely ‘maintenance free’ as some may claim, the maintenance involved is minimal when compared to that of a real lawn.
All it needs is the occasional brush with a stiff broom to keep the fibres in top condition and to remove the build-up of debris.
This will save you many hours of your precious spare time, so you can sit back, put your feet up and relax, safe in the knowledge you’ve got a prize-winning lawn without the need for any hard work.
For further information on how to maintain an artificial lawn, we’ve written this handy guide.
2. You’re Struggling to Grow Real Grass
A lush green lawn can do wonders for the appearance of any garden, so it’s little wonder that so many people put so much time and effort into maintaining their lawn.
But sometimes, no matter how hard you try, real grass just doesn’t grow.
There can be many different reasons why grass doesn’t grow, but for many gardens up and down the UK, it’s a real problem.
If your lawn is surrounded by large trees you’ll know that the odds of growing a real lawn are stacked against you. That’s because trees suck large amounts of moisture from the surrounding areas and block out sunlight.
This makes for far from ideal grass-growing conditions.
It’s not just trees, however, as many gardens have areas that receive little sunlight, and if grass struggles to grow there it can make the rest of the garden look untidy.
Because fake grass can survive in conditions that real grass and plants may find inhospitable, many homeowners are choosing artificial grass as an alternative to a real garden lawn.
So, if you’ve found yourself struggling to grow grass in your garden, you may wish to consider artificial grass as an alternative.
You can view our range of fake turf for gardens and lawns by clicking here.
3. The Dog Has Ruined Your Lawn
Let’s face it, real grass and dogs just don’t mix.
Understandably, many pet owners become frustrated with the continuous effort of having to clean muddy paws – and clean up muddy paw prints – every time their pet ventures out into the garden.
Urine, digging and general play all spell bad news for real garden lawns. It can make you feel like maintaining your lawn is like fighting a losing battle.
But just because you own a dog doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be entitled to a lush green lawn that looks great all year round.
Artificial grass will not be discoloured by urine or solids and it’s hard-wearing enough to handle even the biggest of furry friends.
If your dog is loves to dig, fear not, as they won’t be able to dig through it, either.
For these reasons, fake grass is particularly popular with dog owners.
With an artificial lawn, you’ll be able to enjoy a prize-winning lawn that is low maintenance and durable enough to deal with even the most energic of canine friends. And, best of all, no more muddy paw prints!
If you would like to learn more about artificial grass for dogs, we’ve written an article especially for you, which you can find here.
If you would like to view our range of pet-friendly artificial grass, please visit this page.
4. The Kids Have Ruined Your Lawn
Understandably, kids love playing outside.
Outdoor play should certainly be encouraged, too, as it promotes both physical and mental well-being, as well as improving fitness and motor skills.
However, the heavy use of children tearing up and down the garden lawn isn’t ideal for natural grass.
The result can often be a patchy lawn that’s anything but pleasing to the eye.
Artificial grass is perfect for children as it’s hard-wearing enough to stand up to a wide variety of activities and games.
They can even play on it all year round without parents having to worry about mud and mess, because there isn’t any. In recent years, the UK winters have been mild, meaning that children can still play outside even during the winter, which can be a welcome relief for parents as they can run off some of their energy in the garden.
If your garden has climbing frames, slides or other such play equipment, you may wish to consider installing a 10mm foam shockpad (or a 20mm foam underlay for an extra soft feel) underneath your artificial grass.
This foam underlay will cushion any falls and prevent potential head injuries. It will also make your lawn feel soft and springy underfoot.
You can request free samples of our artificial grass and see for yourself just how realistic our synthetic turf really is.
5. Your Hay Fever Is Out Of Control
According to Allergy UK, hay fever affects between 10% and 30% of adults, and as many as 40% of children.
The NHS estimates that more than 10 million people suffer with hay fever in England.
This means that there is a huge number of people out there that dread spring and early summer as this is when the grass pollen count is at its highest.
Sneezing, a runny nose or itchy eyes are all common symptoms associated with hay fever.
The best way to control hay fever is to avoid exposure to pollen, but this can prove particularly difficult at the time of the year that you most want to spend outdoors.
Lawn mowing is the trigger for releasing pollen into the air, but as a proud homeowner you may have no choice but to battle on mowing your lawn regardless.
However, for hay fever sufferers, there is an alternative.
Artificial grass is hypoallergenic and can help to prevent hay fever, so you can get out into the garden and enjoy spring and summer along with everyone else.
If you’re interested, further information to help you treat hay fever can be found here on the NHS website (http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Hay-fever/Pages/Treatment.aspx).
6. Your Lawn Suffers From Poor Drainage
Many gardens in the UK suffer from poor drainage.
This can be the result of many factors, such as the clay content in the soil, a high water table, or that your garden is positioned at the bottom of a hill or area liable to flooding.
Poor drainage can result in a boggy, patchy lawn that can be unusable after a heavy downpour.
Some unfortunate gardens and lawns may experience these problems for a large percentage of the year, only drying out at the height of summer.
However, artificial grass is completely permeable and can allow up to 50 litres of rainfall per square metre, per hour, to drain through it.
This is due to the perforated holes located on the backing of artificial grass.
As long as a permeable sub-base has been installed, this water will drain through to the ground below without sitting on the surface of your lawn.
A permeable sub-base can come in many forms, such as MOT Type 3 (not type 1), or granite or limestone chippings (see our ‘How To Install Artificial Grass’ page for further details).
Fake grass will drastically improve the drainage of your lawn and allow you to continue using it even after heavy downpours.
Perfect for those rain showers that always have a habit of appearing whenever you drag the BBQ out.
7. The Ongoing Maintenance Costs Are Adding Up
This is especially true for those who hire a professional gardener to maintain their lawn.
The cost of weekly or bi-weekly visits by a professional gardener can really mount up over time.
Homeowners with large lawn areas or a lack of spare time are often left with no choice but to hire a professional to avoid their garden quickly turning into a jungle.
Of course, not everyone has a professional gardener to maintain their lawn for them, but there are financial costs associated even with maintaining your lawn through your own sheer hard work.
Lawn mowers, aerators, scarifiers and a whole host of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and weedkillers are often needed to maintain a healthy, natural garden lawn.
Again, the cost of this equipment and all the chemicals can really start to mount up over time.
That’s not to mention the additional electricity or fuel usage that this type of equipment requires.
Good quality artificial grass that has been properly installed, using the correct installation methods, typically lasts anywhere between 15 to 20 years, depending on usage levels (a front garden lawn, for example, may last longer due to receiving relatively light use).
There’s no denying that there is a large initial outlay when it comes to artificial grass installation, but measured against the ongoing maintenance costs of a real lawn, many customers typically begin to see a return on their investment after 5-10 years.
Of course, don’t forget that artificial lawns also add value to a property as they’re a great selling point for many homeowners; many of our customers have had fake grass installed to help sell their properties quickly.
Having an artificial lawn installed makes good economic sense, whilst also saving you the most important commodity of all: your time.
We understand that maintaining your lawn can be a real headache. But it doesn’t have to be.
There is a simple solution that can be the answer to all of your garden problems.
Artificial grass is perfect for those who want a prize-winning lawn without the maintenance.
The technology that goes into today’s artificial grass means that it’s now difficult to tell the difference between real and fake grass. You have to see it to believe it.
If you’re interested in artificial grass for your lawn, roof garden or commercial application, request your free artificial grass samples today and take a look at just how realistic your NeoGrass fake lawn could be.
You may also find our ‘7 Important Considerations When Choosing the Best Artificial Grass’ an interesting read, or our ‘What is the Cost of Artificial Grass?’ guide useful information.
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