Dos and Don’ts for Decorating Your Artificial Lawn This Christmas
Many homeowners around the UK love getting into the Christmas spirit, and although we might not like to admit it, many of us are secretly in a competition with our neighbours to decorate our lawns to create the most eye-catching display.
And we find ourselves at that time of the year again when we are all clambering up into our lofts and attics to dig out the Christmas decorations.
Decorating your home and garden can be a fun experience for the whole family to get involved in.
Of course, it’s been a tradition for homes across the UK to have their own Christmas trees since 1841, when Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, set up a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle. But in recent years, more and more of us have begun decorating the outside of our homes, too.
And, if you have an artificial lawn in your front garden, there are a few dos and don’ts to adhere to, to ensure that you don’t cause any damage to your synthetic grass.
If you are wondering exactly what these are, then you’ve come to the right place, as that’s the topic of our latest blog post.
Don’t Drive Pegs or Stakes into Your Fake Grass
Some types of decoration, such as inflatables and outdoor acrylic, wicker or metal figures, need to be secured into the ground to ensure they don’t blow over in the wind.
However, you should not pierce the backing of your artificial turf by driving pegs or stakes into the ground, as this could potentially damage your lawn.
If you must place such items on your artificial lawn, then you could secure these types of ornaments to a box, wrapped up to look like a present and filled with sand or rocks to add enough weight to stop them from blowing over.
Or, you could simply place these items somewhere else in your garden, such as in a plant bed, where pegging down your decorations will not cause any damage.
Do Be Careful Using Lights
If you are using any form of lighting, such as string or rope lights, or any other type of novelty Christmas illuminations, then you need to take safety precautions to ensure that you don’t electrocute anyone or cause a fire.
Always check that the lights you are buying are suitable for outdoor use.
If you are intending to use an extension cord or a transformer for your lights, the connections must be tightly sealed, and preferably contained within a weatherproof safety box.
Whilst we’re on the subject of fire, when buying artificial grass, always check with your manufacturer for certifications of independent fire testing. If you are concerned about the spread of fire through your artificial lawn, we would recommend that you find a turf with a fire rating of Cfl, such as Aberdeen, Inverness or Arena.
Don’t Worry About Killing the Grass!
Okay, that’s a bit tongue in cheek, but this is a huge benefit of fake turf. Unlike the real thing, you don’t need to worry about the extra foot traffic killing your artificial grass.
The problem with trampling over your real grass lawn at this time of the year is that it is likely to be wet and boggy. This can mean that you cause irreparable damage to your grass whilst setting up your Christmas display.
Artificial grass, though, is completely permeable and, what’s more, there’s no mud or mess, so you can use it as much as you like throughout December and the winter months.
Don’t Overdo It
It is easy to get carried away with decorating your front garden, with string lights, novelty decorations, Christmas trees, inflatables and projectors, but sometimes, less is more.
Subtlety is often the best way to go, as you don’t want to be the house that everyone notices for the wrong reasons. Being able to see your house lit up from space isn’t necessarily a good thing, either, and you may get an unwanted surprise when you get your next electricity bill, too.
Its also a good idea to turn off your lights overnight, otherwise you might be annoying your neighbours. We would recommend setting your lights up on a timer that will automatically switch them on when it gets dark and turn them off again when it gets late.
Do Make Use of Artificial Grass Offcuts
You can utilise any offcuts of artificial grass that you may have in various ways to create your Christmas display.
Artificial grass can look great underneath a Christmas tree, and it’s perfect for resting your trees on – both your indoor and outdoor ones – as it does a terrific job of covering up the stand and it looks great, too.
You can use artificial grass to cover objects such as large candy canes, reindeer or other Christmas objects, and you can even create tree decorations from fake grass.
Why not consider painting any offcuts you have white, to create a wintery scene in your garden, too?
Let your imagination run wild and create a display that will be the envy of all your neighbours.
Having an artificial lawn certainly doesn’t stop you from decorating your garden during the festive period.
But there are a couple of things to look out for to ensure you don’t cause any permanent damage to your turf.
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We hope you have enjoyed this guide to festive dos and don’ts for decorating your artificial lawn and, if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below.