The Grass Isn’t Always Greener on the Other Side

The Grass Isn’t Always Greener on the Other Side
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    Have you ever looked across the fence to your neighbor's garden, and thought about how lovely their lawn is when compared to yours?

    Have you noticed how much work your neighbor puts into his lawn compared to you?

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A well-kept lawn does not look after itself; it needs a lot of time and work. If you work long hours, or prefer to spend your free time with your family, then maybe a natural lawn is not for you. If this is the case, then why not consider an artificial one.

Why Would You Use Artificial Grass?

There are times when there are just not enough hours in the day, or the ravages of time have made their toll on your health. Both of which could make it harder for you to spend the effort necessary to keep your lawn in tip-top shape. Other factors might make it nigh on impossible to have a lawn in the first place, such as weather and ground type. Living in a dry, sandy environment will not do your chances of growing a lawn much good unless you have an expensive irrigation system installed. An artificial lawn, on the other hand, can be put anywhere within reason, and will look good all year round.

Does It Need Maintaining?

All lawns need maintaining, whether they are natural or artificial. However, real lawns need a significantly bigger commitment to maintenance, such as regular mowing and a lot of weeding. An artificial lawn will need some upkeep, but this is generally a good brush now and again. Although it is possible for the odd weed to grow through the backing, it can easily be dealt with, plus it will keep your neighbors’ guessing at how you keep your lawn so lush and green.

Where Can You Use It?

There are different types of lawn to suit a wide range of applications. Whether you want a lawn for your pets to run about on or something for the kids to abuse with their soccer balls, you will be able to find something that is right for you. Here are some examples of different types:

  • Pet turf: This is manufactured especially for those of you who have canine companions. It is especially made to include materials that are not harmful to dogs, and has the ability to drain faster than other types of lawn. You can also use turf deodorizer for when you have to clear up any mess.
  • Landscaping: Turf for general landscaping is designed to look more natural by using different colors, different weaves and has the addition of an amount of thatch. You’d be hard pressed to tell it from the real thing.
  • Playground grade: Children need a safe, clean environment to play in and something that is soft to land on should they fall. Playground turf is soft, and hardwearing, making it extremely suitable for areas where it will take a lot of abuse from swings, or at the bottom of a slide. The alternatives to this are bark chippings and rubber mats. Bark chippings harbor all sorts of creepy crawlies and decaying matter, so your child will become mucky if they fall over. Rubber mats, on the other hand, are clean, but do not look very good.
  • Putting greens: The amount of hard work keeping a putting green looking the way it does is incredible. Using an artificial lawn especially made just for putting greens means that it will be a delight to use, and a doddle to maintain.

“How It’s Made” Artificial Turf:

Is It Easy to Fit?

If you are competent at DIY, and can follow instructions, then there is no reason why you cannot fit artificial grass and turf yourself. If you take your time and take a methodical approach, ensuring your ground is prepared well, it will pay you back in the long term knowing that you will be saving yourself a lot of work afterwards through not having to push a mower across it, or making sure it’s kept well watered in the hotter months.

If you are not quite sure if you are going the right way, you can always contact your supplier who will be able to offer advice on where you’ve gone wrong. Or if you don’t have the confidence to install it yourself, then your supplier should be able to point you towards a reputable fitter. It is far more practical to hire someone to do it for you, as it will give you piece of mind knowing they will do the job professionally.

Artificial grass and turf has come a long way and nowadays looks very natural. So much so, your neighbors will be the ones peering over the fence wishing their lawn looked greener.

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