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January 2013 - Artificial Lawns : A Basic Guide....

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Artificial lawns are on the increase - Fact! Here at Living Gardens we
are having more and more enquiries about the product, thus leading to
more installations. This has in-turn now become a product which is
always in mind when designing a new garden, which wasn't the case 10
years ago.

There are many reasons for it's growing popularity, look, feel,
versatile uses, maintenance but to name a few. We believe at Living
Gardens, the main reason is because of time. Time is something people
always suggest they need more of in a day to fit everything in. Mowing
and maintaining a healthy lush lawn is time consuming - and you employ
somebody else to take care of it for you ie a gardener it can be very
costly!
Below are a few facts about artificial lawn to help you decide whether
it's a product for you to consider in your garden

USES:

Artificial lawn is an extremely versatile product, not just for
use in gardens, but especially on football fields as well. It can be
used on rooftop terraces, front and rear gardens, to full size
professional sports pitches or for your own personal putting green!
The majority of products are found to be pet-friendly, and can
withstand hours upon hours of children running and playing on them.

MAINTENANCE:

In comparison to a natural grass lawn, where maintenance

includes, mowing, feeding, weeding, aerating etc, artificial lawn is
practically maintenance free. The relevant maintenance duties for
artificial lawn are usually the removal of any debris such as leaves,
animal dropping , dirt seeds etc. A good brush of the lawn usually
does this fine.

VISUALLY:

The number of artificial lawn products to choose from has
increased dramatically over the last 10 years. Products are
increasingly becoming more realistic, and there have certainly been
times, when we at Living Gardens haven't noticed that some lawns are
artificial. In some cases it is obvious where an artificial lawn has
been installed, but this isn't always a bad thing, they are a unique
product, and in some garden designs they are the center piece designed
to showcase the product. Artificial lawns are becoming somewhat of a
trend in certain parts of the country.

TEXTURE:

Artificial lawns, will never and have never felt like real
grass. There is one main reason for this, and it's because they are
not real grass. This doesn't mean the texture isn't nice or
comfortable, it's just different. Some have a delightful spongy feel
when walking on them , and others firm - depending on what feel you
want from your artificial lawn. The individual blades of artificial
grass itself are usually made from synthetic fibers and can have a
slight plastic feel to the touch.

LIFE EXPECTANCY:

The life expectancy of an artificial lawn usually
ranges from 10 to 15 years, depending on site and use. We believe this
is a long time for an outdoor product, especially on subjected to the
elements of the British weather. A natural grass lawn, unless given
the utmost care and attention, would usually not look it's best after
just 2 to 5 years after installation.

COST:

The preparation cost for an artificial lawn will always be the
same, as it requires a deeper excavation than a natural grass lawn.
The main price variation is the cost of the artificial lawn itself, as
there are some cheap ones available, with the more quality products
coming in at a higher price. However, as maintenance goes, there is
very little, but in the short-term a natural grass lawn is cheaper.
Over the jobs we have carried out, the cost of having an artificial
lawn installed, is usually around double the price of a natural grass
lawn.

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