Artificial Lawn – Forget The Lawnmower!

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The latest high quality artificial lawn may mean the days of the lawnmower and the weekly mow may be almost over. Installing artificial grass ensures you have a good healthy looking lawn at all times and puts an end to time spent on mowing.

Older types of artificial grass, sometimes referred to as astroturf, could look quite obviously fake. However newer versions are now almost indistinguishable from the real thing.

Paul Munn’s Instant Lawn spokesman says the most obvious benefit of an artificial lawn is to save on watering costs in the present economic climate. The lawns are low maintenance with no watering or mowing and look much like real grass.

The turf is made from polyethylene or polypropylene which is hardwearing and UV stable, so it shouldn’t fade or change colour. Most artificial grass suppliers give a 7 to 10 year warranty, but you can get up to double that depending on the amount of sunlight and wear and tear.

What isn’t commonly known is that the newest turf is easily installed by a home handyman. The installation is very similar to paving – you need to have a decent base.

Although many people believe astro turf is harder than traditional grass, modern varieties are designed to be as realistic as possible. They are around 40mm thick to give a softer feel and are fine for children and pets to play on.

Many landscape gardeners recommend artificial grass for water conservation and the low maintenance. In the long term it can work out cheaper than natural grass, with synthetic grass basically paying itself off in 2 years compared with natural grass that needs mowing, water and care. For busy people who are short on time it keeps their home looking good.

Frequently asked questions about artificial lawns:

  • What is it made from?
    Either polypropylene or poly ethylene
  • How long does it last?
    10 to 15 years
  • Does it fade?
    It is UV stabilised to minimise fading
  • Is it easily replaced?
    Damaged sections can be replaced in a similar way to carpet
  • Is it suitable for dogs?
    Yes, there are draining holes and the grass can be cleaned easily