The benefits and preparation needed for artificial grass

Have you been thinking about installing one of the latest trends in landscaping, but not sure if it will be worth it? Have a look below at some of the benefits of artificial grass and see if it'll change your mind...

 

Low maintenance

The most obvious benefit of artificial grass is that it requires little to no maintenance, which is especially appealing to individuals who may not have the time, or people who may not be able to manage to mow and maintain the lawn. It's also not just mowing the lawn that you wouldn't need to worry about! You would no longer need to water and treat the lawn with harmful pesticides/herbicides which is better for the environment.

Environmentally friendly

Having artificial grass installed is surprisingly helpful for the environment! As the artificial grass doesn't require watering, this will save water (which will also reduce your water bills, bonus!) and you won't have a yellow lawn if there is a hosepipe ban during the warmer months. Keeping a natural lawn looking perfect requires the use of pesticides. Once pesticides are used, they will seep through the soil and drain into waterways, this is especially harmful to the environment as the chemicals used contribute to pollution. We all know climate change is a majorly important right now, so why not install artificial grass to do your bit?

Great for pets and children

Artificial grass is great if you have pets or children. As there is no mud/soil, it won't result in muddy footprints coming back into the house, meaning you can enjoy your artificial grass in all weathers. Once again, there are no pesticides used on fake grass, which means it is completely safe.

The preparation

If you think artificial grass would work for you, there will be some preparation needed prior to installaion, whether it is completed by yourself or an installer. Firstly, the grass that you will be replacing would need to be removed. Additionally, to make things as easy as possible for yourself or installer it would be a good idea to clip back any bushes and plants to ensure the area is clear to work on.

The next step in the preparation would be to add the timber edging - this will be used to secure the artificial grass once it has been laid. Once the edging has been installed a first layer base will need to be laid, this will assist with drainage and create a firm base for the grass to lie on, you can use type 1 sub-base laid in 30/40mm thickness.

Finally, before laying the grass you will need to place a protective layer of geotextile which will prevent any weeds and unwanted plants from growing up through your new lawn and damaging it... then you're all set for installing you new artificial grass!

If you're thinking about installing artificial grass in your garden, or would like some more information, then why not get in touch with your local branch for more information.

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