Kids Love Fake Turf. Here’s Why
Spending time outside in the garden is great, not just for kids, but for the entire family.
And it’s also very important to spend as much time together as a family as possible.
Artificial grass can help make the experience of family time more enjoyable.
There’s a wide range of advantages of artificial grass, which means that children of all ages love playing on it.
In today’s society, where many young children spend far too much time in front of screens of various sizes, encouraging them to get outside in the fresh air can only be a good thing – not just for their physical health, but their mental well-being, too.
The focus of our latest article is firmly on the benefits of artificial grass for your kids and we’ll try to explain why they love it so much.
So, let’s begin.
Kids Can Play on Artificial Grass All Year Round
With no mud or mess, there’s no reason that artificial grass cannot be used all year round, even in the winter.
In recent years, we have sometimes experienced milder temperatures through the winter, with days warm enough that the kids can get outside into the garden.
But the problem with real grass is that for a large part of the year, generally from the beginning of autumn right around to the start of summer, lawns are just too boggy to walk on without getting caked in mud and damaging the grass.
But with fake turf, you needn’t worry, as it can be used right the way throughout the year.
And, of course, the more kids can be encouraged to get outside, the better!
No More Mud
OK, yes, maybe this is more a benefit for the parents rather than the kids themselves, but it’s an important benefit, nonetheless.
With artificial grass there is no mud or mess, as rather than being installed directly on top of soil, a sub-base and laying course must be installed prior to laying the turf.
This means that even if they dash outside right after a downpour, children can play on your lawn without you having to worry about them getting caked in mud, as it won’t be possible any longer – good news for the washing machine!
Ideal for Football
One of the great things about artificial grass is that, when properly installed, you’ll have a perfectly flat lawn with a consistent grass length. This, of course, creates the perfect conditions for a kick around.
Budding footballers will run around on your lawn feeling like they are playing in the World Cup final. And maybe the parents will rekindle the dreams of their youth, too!
There’s also a reduced risk of injury as the surface will not have any bumps or dips in it, and if anyone should trip and fall, then the softness of the artificial grass will help to cushion the impact.
Great for Golf, Cricket and Bowls too
If you have a budding Nick Faldo or Laura Davies in the family, then fake grass can be a great opportunity for them to practice their putting. With its flat, manicured surface, fake turf is ideal – they’ll perfect their technique in no time. And, of course, they can use it all year round.
More a fan of Craig Overton? No problem! You can get free-standing cricket stumps, so if cricket is your family’s preferred sport, they can indulge in that, too.
Then there’s bowls – that lovely, flat surface is perfect for rolling woods towards the jack. Get the grandparents involved and have a family tournament.
Although not essential for an artificial grass installation, it is possible to install a foam shockpad under your artificial lawn to create a soft, springy surface.
Foam underlays typically come in 10mm and 20mm depths to create different levels of softness. For the ultimate springy fake lawn, we highly recommend installing a 20mm foam, as its spongey nature will make your kids feel like they are walking on air – it will certainly stimulate their senses.
And shockpads have the additional benefit of protecting your kids from trips and falls.
Swings, slides and climbing frames
If you have play equipment in the garden, then fake turf with a foam shockpad is a winning combination.
In school and playground applications, we often use underlays in order for the artificial grass to be compliant with the Head Impact Criteria set out by the government. This means that the surface will help to protect against falls from height.
But it’s not just useful to do that in public spaces; you can have the same protection in your garden. That way, if one of your little monkeys should happen to take a tumble, the only thing they’ll injure is their pride.
Perfect for Picnics
Artificial grass is perfect for summer picnics with the family, or your kids can even invite their friends round for a summer garden party.
The lush, soft feel of fake grass is great for lying around and relaxing on.
And you don’t need to worry about damaging your turf as the best artificial grass is designed to withstand heavy foot usage – especially those grasses with Instant Recovery® Technology.
This innovative technology will enable the fibres of your artificial grass to spring back to an upright position after compression from foot traffic, and garden furniture, such as table and chairs.
Better for Allergy Sufferers
There’s an ever-increasing number of allergy sufferers in the UK, both young and old.
According to The Telegraph, one in two of us now suffers from allergies.
The most common of these allergies is hay fever.
Another great benefit of artificial grass is that it’s hypoallergenic. This is great news for allergy sufferers, as it means that they can get outside and enjoy their gardens without the fear of aggravating their allergies.
It’s little wonder that kids love artificial grass when there are just so many benefits.
There won’t be any excuses for them not to get outside in the fresh air and have fun.
Installing an underlay underneath your fake lawn will not only improve the experience of walking on your artificial turf, it will also create a safer environment for your kids to play in.
So, whether they’re running around paying tig or hanging upside down from a climbing frame, they’re safe on fake grass.
But of course, it’s not just the kids that will feel the benefits of artificial grass. Parents can relax safe in the knowledge that they won’t come back into the house covered in mud and that they’ll be playing in a safer environment than they would with a real lawn.
And, who knows, you may even get some quiet time out in the garden yourself!
If you would like to have artificial grass installed for your kids, then why not find your nearest NeoGrass approved installer?
Our expert installers will be able to guide you through the installation process from start to finish and provide you with a free, no obligation quote for your new artificial lawn.
Got questions regarding artificial grass and kids? Leave them in the comments section and we’ll be happy to answer.
Thanks for reading!