BLOG: Artificial Grass

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Artificial Grass & Lawns

A Little Piece of History

Only a few years ago nobody would dream of fitting artificial grass  in their gardens and until recently, for most of us, the only experience we had of artificial grass was the green baize coverings that greengrocers once used as bases for displaying fruit and vegetables. 

Artificial grass or turf was first laid in the USA in 1964 on Rhode Island. A year later it was patented and sold under the name of 'Chemgrass'. It was in 1966 when it was intalled in the Astrodome in Houston Texas that it became known as 'Astro Turf', after the world's first multi purpose domed sports stadium.

From that day it became popular in the USA and was installed on both indoor and outdoor football and baseball pitches.It was slow to take off in the UK  and it wasn't until 1981 that the football club Queen's Park Rangers installed on their pitch. It took another twenty years before Chelsea Flower Show lifted the ban on artificial lawns and allowed it to be used for one of their Show Gardens and even then true horticulturits sniffed heavily at the very idea!

Today, we are now on what is termed the 'Third Generation' of artificial turf. It now has a much more natural look, is much softer, has a much higher fibre density in addition to a longer pile. Also the colours available are much more realistic. Gone are the gaudy greens!

 

Low Maintenance

In recent year the demand for good artificial grass has grown rapidly. It is now available in different grades from budget through to a more luxurious turf, and deemed to be a good alternative to the real thing. so there is an artificial turf to suit any type of garden - not just urban or courtyard gardens.

It wears well, it is child and pet friendly, there are no bare patches, no mud - so no more muddy footprints or paws trawling through the house!  It is ideal for shady areas in the garden where grass refuses to grow and requries very little maintenance. No need to mow, feed or water! It just requires a brush once a month to keep the pile looking fresh and upright and you can use a garden hose to give it a clean down.

A Great Looking Lawn all year Round!

It looks great all year round, it is porous so rainfall will seep through the backing and it does not fade. Most quality brands have at least a ten-year guarantee and overall artificial lawns make life much easier and certainly tick all the boxes in for busy lifestyles today.

Pick up our Leaflet

We have our own Artificial Turf Leaflet which gives clear instructions on how to lay the turf correctly and we are proud to say we have experience spanning over 10 years in laying artifical turf and pride ourselves on being one of the first landscapers in the UK to champion artirficial lawns.over 10 years ago. So if you don't fancy attempting to lay it yourself please do call us on 01489 779998 and we'll arrange for one of our specialist to come and out see you. Or buy it here.

Posted by Tina Abbey
9th July 2019

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