Is artificial grass right for you?
Your lawn might be looking a bit worse for wear after winter, or perhaps you’re frustrated by the continual maintenance and are considering giving your garden a new lease of life.
You’ve probably heard great things about artificial grass – but is it really the best option for your space?
In this blog we are going to explore the pros and cons of artificial grass to help you decide and also to give you some food for thought if you do choose it for your outdoor space.
What is artificial grass?
Put simply, artificial grass is like a carpet for your garden which looks like grass, but is actually made of plastic or a composite material. You may have heard the terms ‘astroturf’ (an American brand name opposed to an actual product) or ‘3G’ (artificial sports pitches supported by a rubber crumb) used, however the material used for domestic gardens is quite different.
Most synthetic turf consists of three layers: a drainage layer, a multi-layered backing in jute, plastic or polyester and nylon or polypropylene ‘grass’ blades. Some artificial products are infilled with a granular filler to resemble natural turf.
It arrives to us on massive rolls – like a carpet – then our specialist machinery cuts it to the exact dimensions required for your space.
What are the benefits of artificial grass?
There are some obvious benefits to using artificial grass, however there are some things that you should also consider before making a commitment
- It is long-lasting and resistant to extreme high and low temperatures
- There is very little maintenance required meaning no weekend lawn cutting or trips to the garden waste bins.
- It is easy to clean
- Much in the same way as choosing a carpet, there is a variety of styles to choose from.
- It is pet-friendly, and will not be bleached by animal urination.
- Save money on lawn cutting services or lawn mowing equipment.
- Can reduce the impact of hayfever from loose grass cuttings.
Cons of artificial grass
- It is more expensive to buy upfront compared to real grass
- Damage can be difficult and costly to repair
- Smells from pets or other animals can linger as the grass can’t absorb them, however mess can be easily removed with hot soapy water.
- It is not maintenance free – regular cleaning and brushing its required
- It is less environmentally friendly than real grass
- Fewer experienced installers in the local area
Artificial grass is a fantastic product that can be ideal for smaller spaces and people with limited mobility who would struggle to maintain a real lawn, however it does have its drawbacks and we would always try and encourage customers to choose the real thing where possible due to the cost and environmental considerations of artificial grass.
However if you do decide that it is right for you, we are the only supplier in Scotland with an in-house cutting machine meaning we can cut your grass to the exact dimensions required meaning less offcuts and waste during installation.
Whichever option you choose, we are always on hand – by email, over the phone, or in person – to talk through your requirements and find the best solution for you.