The Grass Is Always Greener

Artificial grass is not a new phenomenon it’s been around for nearly 50 years, but artificial grass has been relatively slow to take off in the UK. It seems that the British people’s love for cultivation has delayed its arrival. Until now, the table is starting to turn, with Britain being famous for its excess rain in summer and particularly wet and dull weather, it may be because our natural grass just cannot withstand the impact of the wet weather we so often experience as well as heavy footfall.

Now synthetic turf may conjure up an image of the greengrocer displays mats from years ago, however modern artificial turf is a world apart from this. The key to realism is to find an artificial grass that doesn’t look too much like a green grocers display mat.

Artificial turf is becoming increasingly popular and even made its way through the doors of the   Chelsea Flower Show. And the Chelsea Flower show wasn’t the only place to showcase artificial grass this year, the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds, has recently installed fake grass on the verges between the footpath and the Windrush River, as well as by one of the nearby bridges.

The idea came about through the villager’s parish councillors, who voted in favour of the idea after spending an average of £1,000 a year on restoring and maintaining the natural grass areas in the village. There have been mixed feelings about the fake grass however the councillors appeared to be excited about their decision to trial the fake grass.

The idea behind the trial was not only to make the village look more appealing but it will also go some way to achieving some long term savings on the annual maintenance and the repair costs.

But why is artificial grass becoming so popular?

  • Artificial grass can reduce water bills. Synthetic lawns do not need to be watered which saves councils and parishes like Bourton-on-the-Water both time and money.
  • Artificial grass needs very little maintenance. Normal lawn areas require mowing, fertilising but artificial grass means less time spend maintaining the lawn. The occasional raking of the leaves and some weed treatments will keep an artificial lawn in tip top condition.
  • They last longer, synthetic lawns last longer than normal lawns as they do not die from the scorching heat or get damaged from the freezing cold winters we experience. The typical lifespan of artificial grass is about 10 years.
  • It can be installed in any area whether it’s a large garden or a small area. The advantages of this are that it can be cut the required size.
  • Artificial grass is tough and durable and won’t discolour meaning where there is heavy footing from passers by your artificial grass will always look as good as new.

So it really does look like artificial grass is the way forward for 2013.


This post was written by Emily Lockey on behalf of 1 grass- the artificial grass store.

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