We have written about artificial turf, that is, fake grass, earlier. We have an expert today to tell us about this drought-proof substitute for a natural lawn. Our guest author is Nicole Abrahams. Nicole is a writer of a supplier and installer for the most advance artificial grass in the UK market. Easigrass has a product for every unique application including gardens, balconies, schools and large commercial areas.
Is fake grass really the lawn of the future? That remains to be seen, though it can’t be denied that fake grass is proving extremely popular due to its many benefits and applications.
The benefits fake grass has to offer in abundance:
- A low-maintenance lawn solution that looks fantastic all year round
- A clean, durable hygienic outdoor area that’s easily safe-proofed for kids
- An environmentally friendly lawn solution with long-term cost effectiveness
The applications fake grass lends itself to so well:
- Pet-friendly residential and commercial lawn areas
- Cost-effective sports venues and safe-proofed school playgrounds
- Low-maintenance, attractive pool areas with natural aesthetics
- Cool Residential Landscaping Ideas
- Apartment Balconies
In the middle of bustling cities lawns aren’t only in short supply due to space restrictions, they’re also practically impossible to create even if a homeowner had the space to spare.
Fake lawns are making an appearance on apartment balconies the world over, providing a touch of green that’s sadly missing from cities where the predominant colors have become grey and black.
Wall-to-wall fake grass ‘lawns’ – most areas are probably a bit on the small side to use the word ‘lawn’ with any conviction – are proving immensely popular, providing homeowners with a splash of natural color many find sorely missing from their lives, as are fake grass ‘mats’, often found in shapes that accentuate and emphasize the geometry of landscaped garden features.
A popular way to use fake grass to landscape urban areas, often small, space-restricted areas, is to lay it in between tiles, which makes for an attractive, interleaved look that provides an attractive contrast between the materials.
Yes, it’s a rather obvious application for fake grass but it’s a popular one. A home putting green is simple to create on a budget though golf aficionados need to pay particular attention to the fake grass product used – some are more suitable than others for that smooth ball rolling experience – and of course the under-surface, as the under-surface naturally needs to be smooth and completely free of bumps.
Fake grass has fast become the lawn material of choice for kid’s playgrounds because not only is it clean, hygienic and easy to maintain, but it’s also very easy to safe-proof.
Kids are prone to bumps and spills when playing, so fake grass, which is softer and more forgiving than regular turf, is a natural choice, especially when an under-surface is laid to provide it with greater give and spring, making it much more forgiving on young knees and elbows.
Laying turf in pool areas simply isn’t practical as pool filters tend to become quickly clogged with grass that has a tendency to stick to wet feet.
Fake grass on the other hand lends itself to pool areas perfectly, providing an inimitable surface that’s soft and perfect for relaxing on, not to mention looking immensely attractive when laid right to the edge of the pool, perhaps laid in between large pavers or stones to provide a distinguished pattern with a stunning distinction between contrasting colours.
Selecting Fake Grass
With so many varieties on the market, selecting fake grass could prove a challenge if you were to make a selection on your own, which is why you’re advised to consult several fake grass installation firms, take note of their suggestions, and at the same time, compare their products and prices.
There are a few things to bear in mind here, including working within your budget and the need for complete price estimates, i.e. ensuring that along with installation costs a warranty is also included.
Have you been tempted by drought-free synthetic lawn? Have you used it at your place?