Is artificial grass the perfect low maintenance solution?
It’s something that we hear quite a bit “I’m going to astroturf the lot and be done with it” – so many people get frustrated with having to keep their lawns looking nice, and this seems to be the easier option.
With artificial grass getting cheaper and cheaper, there are less and less barriers to getting this in your own garden – but is it right for you?
So, let’s look at the pros and cons of installation of artificial grass –
Low maintenance – saves time on the weekly grass cut. Ideal for people with mobility problems who find cutting the lawn difficult and for holiday home owners who may not always be on site to cut the grass.
Environmental Issues – with hosepipe bans being threatened each year, just maintaining a lush green lawn becomes harder work – artificial turf doesn’t need to be kept watered. It also doesn’t need to be fertilised – so if you are concerned about the use of fertilisers, this could be a solution for you.
Swimming Pools – those areas around pools that might get muddy and encourage mud and dirt into swimming pools can be frustrating and pool owners find themselves cleaning pools twice to get rid of the muddy residue.
The quality can vary dramatically – the old adage “you get what you pay for” is particularly true with artificial grass. Some of the “grass” tiles that are available will look patchy within a couple of months and if the artificial grass isn’t laid correctly, the old grass could even grow through the tiles.
The Feel of the grass under your feet – if you love walking barefoot in the garden, then the artificial turf will feel quite different and you almost certainly won’t get the same enjoyment. In fact, some artificial turf can get quite hot if you have it in a sunny spot – so you’d have to wear sandals anyway!
No daisies -most of us will have spent lazy summer afternoons making daisy chains with friends, children or grandchildren – daisies don’t grow in artificial grass. Add this to the fact that worms won’t live underneath the artificial turf, if you like to see the garden birds – they might not be so keen to come into your gardens.
Maintenance – You still need to maintain the artificial grass – although you won’t need to mow it, you will need to maintain it- cleaning it, removing debris etc. Depending on the laying of it, you might need to clean it quite thoroughly if it is somewhere that gets waterlogged -the water won’t be draining away quickly like with natural grass.
If cutting your lawn is causing you problems, if it’s taking up more time than you like, then why not ask the Grassman team to come and do it for you. We can call when you’re at work, so that you’re not inconvenienced by us -we’ll come and cut and go – leaving you to enjoy the benefit of our hard labour. Call us today – 01295 271712