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So, you’re sick of dealing with natural grass in your garden? We don’t blame you. Natural grass may look and feel great for a few weeks, but for the rest of the year, it can be a pain. It’s really no surprise that so many homeowners are choosing to make the move to artificial grass! Natural grass requires constant maintenance, regular cutting and may even need replanting once it has suffered damage. If you have dogs, cats or children in your home, you’ll know just how easily natural gardens can become damaged.
However, some people are put off from considering artificial grass as a viable alternative. They’re stuck with images of older styles – neon green, prickly, unnatural looking grass. Today’s artificial grass is a much higher quality, more natural-looking and easier to install than ever. If you would like to get an idea of quality before placing an order you can now get free samples to have a look before you buy.
The Complete Guide to Finding the Right Artificial Grass for Your Garden
Just a few minutes searching for artificial grass online will reveal that there are hundreds of different types of fake grass available. As there’s such a wide variety, it can be hard finding the perfect type of fake turf for your home.
There are many different things you’ll need to consider when choosing the perfect fake turf for your home. Just some of the factors you should look at include:
- How Will Your Artificial Garden Be Used?
- How Tall Do You Want Your Artificial Grass to Be?
- What Colour Should Your Fake Turf Be?
- How Dense Does Your Fake Grass Need to Be?
By carefully considering, and answering these questions, you’ll be able to enhance your home and garden with the perfect artificial grass!
How Will Your Artificial Garden Be Used?
In some cases, deciding how your garden is likely to be used can impact the kind of artificial lawn you’re going to need. For example, some types of artificial grass are more resistant to damage than others. So, if your garden is going to be a playground for children and pets, it might be worth investing in damage-resistant fake turf.
However, be aware that most types of damage-resistant artificial grass are made from nylon. The trade-off is that nylon grass isn’t as soft as other materials. There are normally five different styles of artificial grass to choose from, including:
- Ornamental Grass / Show Lawns.
- Family Lawns / Play Areas.
- Pet-Friendly Artificial Grass – all fake turf is pet-friendly, but some are more resistant to urine and animal waste than others.
- Lawns for Garden Parties, Barbecues and Entertaining.
- All-Rounder Grass.
There is a style of artificial grass to suit all kinds of homes. Whatever you’re going to use your garden space for, finding the right fake turf is essential.
How Tall Do You Want Your Artificial Grass to Be?
Choosing the pile height of your artificial grass is more a matter of taste than anything else. Too short, and your lawn will look unnatural. However, too long and you could be left with a lawn which looks like it needs trimming forever.
If you like the appearance of freshly cut grass, choosing a pile height somewhere between 25mm and 30mm is a great idea. If you want a more natural-looking lawn, choose a pile height between 30mm and 38mm for a great balance.
What Colour Should Your Fake Turf Be?
When it comes to choosing the colour of your artificial grass, there is no right or wrong answer. It all depends on how you want to your garden space to look. There are dozens of different shades of artificial grass, designed to mimic the appearance of natural grass colours.
Where possible, you should try to get your hands on free artificial grass samples so you can contrast and compare between your various options. Ideally, you should also leave these samples outside so you can see how they react to different levels and tones of natural light.
As a rule of thumb, you should choose artificial grass based on the amount of natural light your property enjoys. For example, if your garden doesn’t receive much natural light, it is a good idea to choose lighter shades of green. On the other hand, if your garden enjoys natural light for most of the day, darker shades can be a great choice.
How Dense Does Your Fake Grass Need to Be?
The denser your artificial grass, the thicker and lusher your lawn will appear. In some cases, the denseness of your grass can also affect its long-term performance. If you’re looking to create an area which will be regularly used, it is a good idea to choose a density between 16,500 and 18,000 per square metre.
For more ornamental lawns, or those which will experience a lower footfall, somewhere between 13,000 and 16,000 stitches per square metre should be fine. The less-dense your artificial turf, the cheaper it will be to manufacture, so it can be a great idea to choose a style on the lower end of the correct density.
Find the Perfect Artificial Grass for Your Home and Garden!
Artificial grass has been designed to deliver many, many years of reliable service. Rushing into picking the wrong type of grass can be a costly mistake and leave you with a garden you don’t like for years to come. Don’t forget to ask for free samples before buying any kind of artificial grass. Or, if you choose to install the lawn yourself, there are loads of handy artificial grass installation guides online to help you!