Top Ten Questions About Artificial Grass Answered

Artificial lawns can be an ideal choice for those who live in urban environments or in very dry climates. They don’t have to be mowed, fertilised or weeded and if cared for properly, they will last a very long time, say the experts at HintsAndThings. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about artificial grass. Hopefully they’ll answer any queries that you might have and help you decide which type of grass is best for you.

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Why should I install artificial grass?

These days, you don’t have to spend hours in the garden weeding and mowing to maintain perfect grass lawn. Artificial grass can support your hectic, modern lifestyle. It’s a good way to create a safe, soft surface for summer entertaining and for children and pets without the manual labour involved with a real lawn.

What are the costs?

The cost of an artificial lawn only ever seems steep if you don’t consider its long term value. Even the most expensive product will pay for itself after six or seven years of never having to buy fertilisers, weeding products or new lawn mowers. The specific cost of a full lawn will depend on the size of your garden.

Can I Install Artificial Grass On Top Of My Old Lawn?

This generally isn’t recommended as the existing grass will die and create an uneven surface beneath your new lawn. It isn’t an impossibility though – depending on the nature of your garden, it could be achieved successfully. Consult an expert before deciding upon this option.

Will It Cope With Flooding?

High quality artificial lawns do have drainage systems built into their bottom layers – the rain water should run straight through. If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain, however, it could be a good idea to fit an extra drainage system.

How Long Will My Artificial Lawn Last?

Most artificial lawns come with an 8 year warranty. However, if you’re very careful with it, it could last much longer than that, says consumer advice website Which. If you use it for heavy duty activities like cricket or football, it will probably age much quicker.

Can I Lay My Artificial Lawn On A Concrete Base?

Artificial lawns don’t necessarily have to be fitted on top of a porous base like soil or sand. They can be laid over concrete, tarmac or asphalt surfaces. It is recommended that you fit an additional rubber shock pad if you are considering this option. If your garden has a slight slope, the drainage system fitted into your artificial lawn should be able to manage the runoff from rain water. If it doesn’t, you may have to fit extra drainage features.

Can I Fit An Artificial Lawn Without Professional Help?

It is possible to fit an artificial lawn without the help of an expert, but it takes a lot of time and a lot of patience. Make sure that you do your research and at least consult a professional before you go down this path.

Is It Safe For Children?

There have been many technological advances over the years and contemporary artificial lawns are softer and bouncier than they’ve ever been before. Generally speaking, the taller the pile, the softer the lawn. There are many different types of artificial grass and it’s important to choose the right one for you, says MomSteam journalist Lindsay Barton. Do make sure that you invest in the longest, softest pile if you are intending to let children play on it.

Does Artificial Grass Get Hot In Direct Sunlight?

The only real difference between artificial grass and real grass is that artificial grass isn’t ever really cold to the touch. In direct sunlight, your lawn will feel warmer but it won’t ever overheat or get so hot that it feels uncomfortable to walk on in bare feet.

What Is The Average Price Of An Artificial Lawn?

High quality lawns will cost upwards of £35 per square metre. The more you spend, the better quality grass you will get for your money. There are plenty of artificial lawns on the market that are significantly cheaper than this, but they aren’t guaranteed to last as long or look as appealing.

Sophie Wiggins is an amateur gardener and the manager of a garden centre. She bought her artificial lawn from Perfect Grass and she couldn’t be happier with it. Sophie can usually be found giving advice to customers or tending to her own garden.

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