When we first bought our home the garden was overgrown and we had a bramble jungle taking over. My husband and I decided straightaway we wouldn’t have the time to maintain a garden lawn so had it paved over. It never occurred to us to use an artificial lawn until I saw my friend get one for a section of her garden. The artificial grass is a luscious green all year no matter how hot or dry it becomes.
Why Did She Chose an Artificial Lawn?
They’re easy to maintain, fairly simple to install and save you time in the long run. What more could you want?
My friend opted for hers as it doesn’t need much work at all. You don’t need to sow seeds, water the grass, cut the grass and you don’t get discolouration of the grass.
You will need some form of drainage and to collect any dead leaves that might collect but other than that you just need to enjoy a lovely green artificial lawn.
Artificial Lawns and Pets
One common misconception about artificial lawns is how pets will react to them. People just assume that their pets will not accept artificial grass. We see our pets as additional family members and in some cases may be concerned due to the periods of time they spend in the garden.
My friends dog Ruby took to the new grass straight away. She was outside springing around on the grass and having a great time all those years ago and to this day. They have recently added a puppy to their family as has another friend (they bought a girl each from the same litter). The puppies are super cute but now my other friend is also considering artificial grass for her garden. Ruby’s mummy’s advice; be sure to choose the right artificial turf for your dog, as there are variations between the different types.
Can Plants or Weeds Grow Through It?
Well I had to ask, I’ve not had artificial grass myself so wanted to do some research. Wouldn’t it be a nuisance if you still had to weed it? Imagine if you’d just had an artificial lawn laid down that promised to save you time and effort, then within weeks you start to see weeds poking through. My friend assured me she had not had this issue as artificial lawns are designed specifically to combat this issue. Hey, she should know.
Apparently when artificial grass is being installed, a weed-prevention barrier is added to the system, stopping any plants from growing through. That means no unwanted plant damage and no extra weeding work needed. Good to know. I’d seriously consider laying down an artificial lawn if we decided to pull up the paving stones we put down years ago.
What Happens to the Rainwater?
Lack of drainage can cause real issues with artificial lawns, not only because pooling water looks ugly but because it damages the synthetic grass. When installed correctly this shouldn’t happen. I looked it up and discovered during installation, a 7.5-10mm layer of sand should be placed between the artificial grass and the ground. The sand allows for easy drainage and prevents the risk of pooling water.
What if the Artificial Lawn Gets Damaged?
It takes quite a lot to damage artificial grass. The most common issues are caused by poor installation as mentioned earlier (i.e. drainage problems from a lack of sand, or plant growth invasions due to a poor weed-prevention membrane) but that doesn’t mean artificial lawns are invincible
They’re made of plastic, meaning that with intense heat they can melt. Fortunately (or not) we live in the UK, a country that isn’t particularly well known for its heat, but you should still be careful with barbecues or hot items. It is also best to avoid leaving plants in plastic pots on your artificial lawn. These can grow through the lawn from the top, causing more extensive damage.
Would my Other Friend Get An Artificial Lawn?
Artificial lawns are there to make our gardening life easier. With the correct installation and a little attention to detail she shouldn’t experience any problems with the synthetic lawn should my friend chose to install one. All it takes is a little monthly maintenance and she will be loving every second of her mowing-free lifestyle. Then the gardener can concentrate on her plants on the boarders rather than cutting and maintaining the grass. I think she is strongly considering it!!!
Would you consider getting an artificial lawn to save you time?
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