Is it any good?
I am an advocate for a natural approach to gardening, I would always try and steer clients towards natural products where possible, However, as a designer I am open to the possibilities on offer and in certain circumstance the right product choice can make all the difference to the client’s enjoyment of the garden.
Some situations where I believe there is a place for bringing in the fake grass:
- Very small gardens – This is useful where space is an issue and there’s nowhere to put a lawn mower, also where a durable surface is required, (pet, kid resistant) but a hard surface like paving is unsuitable or undesirable.
- Extreme weather conditions – No sun, very dry, very wet – it may be an appropriate time to roll out the AstroTurf.
There is no denying that artificial grass is here, and it looks like it’s here to stay.
Initially only used for sports pitches, artificial grass looked like what it is, fake and plastic. With recent improvements in the look and feel of the products there has been a boom in it’s domestic use, mainly for the reduced maintenance appeal that if offers homeowners. (so they don’t have to mow the lawn.)
Don’t be too quick to chuck away the mower though, although AG is low-maintenance it is NOT maintenance free!
Most manufacturers will recommend regular raking of the area to stop build up of dirt particles from fallen leaves or germination of any airborne weeds. Some manufacturers suggest using weed killers on the areas.
- Low-maintenance (no mowing, watering, scarifying feeding)
- Durable (able to withstand extreme weather conditions) it won’t die because it’s already dead.
- Adaptable – you can put it on roofs and benches or stick it on the wall if you like. (if they’re under 4m wide)
- It’s plastic, – it gives the garden a sterile feel (a pro for some people)
- It’s detrimental to wildlife and the eco system in the garden. Because you are removing soil from the area and replacing with what is essentially a hard landscaping product.
- Expensive- the cost to install can be up to ten times the cost of laying natural turf
- Joins – although it can be joined, it is basically impossible to hide the seam completely, I would only really recommend using this product for areas up to 4m wide.
If you decide to go for AG here are some of the variety of applications possible.
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