Lush and green all year round without the need for mowing, weeding, watering or fertiliser, artificial grass is ideal for anyone who would prefer to spend less of their precious free time cultivating the perfect lawn, and more time enjoying one.
But with so many options to choose from, synthetic turf can be a daunting prospect for first-time buyers. How long should it be? What different colours are available? Are some types more hard-wearing than others?
With that in mind, we’ve put together a buyer’s guide outlining the key considerations you should look at before investing in artificial grass for your garden.
Not all surfaces are the same length, so it’s important to decide whether you want luscious longer blades, or a shorter variety that offers a neater, well-kept look. Either way, at least you can ditch the lawn mower!
Different turf products will use different shades and colourways, from the greener-than-green traditional-look grasses , to others that incorporate brown yarns at the root for a more realistic look and feel.
The density of the grass you choose will also affect its look. Go for an especially thick grass if you’re after a luxurious appearance that replicates the plushest lawn, or a less dense, more relaxed look to replicate a neat, manicured lawn.
For the most energetic families with pets and children, there are artificial grass products available that are more hardwearing than those recommended for low-use gardens. Look for varieties made with the strongest and most durable yarns that are recommended for heavier usage.
Whichever product you choose, you’ll want to make sure the yarn has been UV stabilised to ensure the potential occurrence of fading will be minimised over the years.
You should also check that adequate drainage has been factored in so that your lawn stays dry underfoot, and even check whether products have drainage holes placed consistently throughout to ensure water sheds quickly and efficiently. Your installer should also ensure that the sub-base is equipped to deal with water management throughout the whole system.