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by Guest on Jun 7, 2010

There are many plus points in installing artificial grass and turf on a lawn. Here are some FAQ's relating to fake grass and turf.

Does the grass have a directional pile?

Yes, this method is increasingly popular and the installation time is very little. If purchasing a product with a low fibre height it may be necessary to install rubber matting first.

Can I lay artificial grass straight over decking?

Only on landscape products and when first unrolled. This is created by the manufacturing process however, unlike other products, brushing with a stiff broom against the pile will lift the fibres. Walking on it thereafter will mix the fibres together giving the appearance of a natural lawn.

What are the benefits of installing artificial grass?

Installing artificial grass effectively eliminates the time a conventional lawn takes to maintain. No further use of electrical or petrol consuming equipment required. Summer scorch and water shortages are of no concern. Muddy feet and paws are no longer a problem. Preferable to replacing existing lawns with bricks, stone or concrete. Tidy throughout the year. Aesthetically pleasing and natural appearance.

Is the artificial grass safe for kids?

Artificial grass is perfect for use by children who benefit from outdoor activity areas. It's is a substitute for ‘worn out’ natural grass, it’s very hardwearing and is an effective buffer against minor accidents.

What are the costs of artificial grass?

The financial outlay is equivalent to purchasing a quality domestic carpet, the price dependent upon the amount of artificial grass required and its purpose e.g. general domestic; landscaping; sport or ornamental. Professional installation costs vary according to terrain e.g. solid surface or that which requires excavation. If you are in any doubt then please call the office and we will be happy to answer your questions.

My dog causes patches on the lawn, will this stop when I have my artificial grass fitted?

Pets urine will not create scorching however, removal of excreta and regular hosing are recommended for hygienic purposes.

Will this be good under my trampoline?

Yes, artificial grass is perfect for suppressing the weeds and is always aesthetically pleasing all year round. Many people are now realizing that their grass does not grow properly under the trampoline and eventually turns muddy.

My lawn is always flooded will the artificial grass stop this happening?

If this is a problem on your existing lawn it will be necessary to install suitable drainage at the time of excavation.

What happens when it rains a lot?

Artificial grass is manufactured to drain at 40 gallons per hour. Therefore, providing your existing lawn does not have a drainage problem and the artificial grass is correctly installed it will drain efficiently.

What sort of base is recommended?

Many installers recommend a good drainage system of crushed hardcore followed by a layer of crushed sand however, if the area already has good drainage a suitable quantity of crushed sand would suffice.

Do I have to maintain the new grass?

Maintenance is very low; all you need to do is remove autumn leaves, germinating weeds and biodegradable matter that decompose resulting in soil formation.

How long will our artificial grass last?

The lifespan of artificial grass is 15-20 years based on normal domestic use. Heavy use in one concentrated area may have an adverse affect.

Is the installation of the artificial grass best left to a professional or can you DIY?

A professional installation service is recommended for best results but can be undertaken by a DIY enthusiast, in good physical health, using appropriate tools.

Do I need to water the grass?

Never again and your new grass will never be scorched by drought.

What if I damaged an area do I have to have all the lawn replaced?

Damaged areas can be replaced with new artificial grass. Request or save an off cut to ensure the same shade of colour.

How easy is it to cut and shape artificial grass?

The use of a sharp Stanley knife is essential and, therefore best undertaken with caution. Cutting the underside is easy to cut any shape required.

Will weeds grow on the artificial grass?

Weeds cannot grow through. Should anchorage occur on the surface area weeds are easily removed. Prevention is by means of removing biodegradable matter which would otherwise decompose to form a soil base.

Can I put the artificial grass straight on to concrete?

If the area of artificial grass will be for general use we recommend infill or grit sand base onto the concrete to ensure an adequate drainage.

Do I need to worry about insects?

An artificial grass surface will eliminate 99% of insects. Those you do find will most likely be non- resident and merely passing through.

Can I plant any plants into the artificial grass after it has been fitted?

Yes, but your plant will need enough depth and width to expand their roots into nutritional soil. The grass can be cut to the desired shape and the depth needed for growth must be excavated and then filled with the recommended soil and potting mixture.

Can I use artificial grass beside a swimming pool?

Yes, artificial grass enhances the area of swimming pools. Position the grass a distance of a meter away to avoid chlorine affecting the composite.

Why is sand infill used?

The type of artificial grass used for areas of ‘heavy traffic’ has been designed for use of sand infill this also helps anchor the product. Always tell us the purpose for which the grass is intended and we will advise accordingly.

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