lawnsLow maintenance and cost benefits make fake grass surfaces a winner

Artificial grass has come a long way in recent years as the techniques and technology involved in its manufacture become more advanced. More gardeners in Suffolk and other parts of the UK are appreciating the benefits of installing an artificial surface to replace traditional grass and enjoying a combination of year round use, durability, low maintenance and longer term cost savings.

Some artificial grass specialist suppliers are seeing increases of business as high as 50% since 2010. Some of the reasons why:

Easier maintenance

While a lawn will require mowing on a regular basis during the spring and summer, not to mention possible fertilising and other treating such as weed and moss removal, an artificial surface requires next to no maintenance.

At most fake grass requires the occasional sweep if leaves and other debris falls on it but otherwise, once its laid, an artificial surface makes no more demands on the gardener’s time.

Lower cost in the longer term

While an artificial surface will cost more to install than laying natural turf or seeding, over the longer term it should work out cheaper than the costs of maintaining grass.

It’s possible to install artificial grass oneself or to engage the help of professional installers if looking for artificial grass in Bury St Edmunds and surrounding parts of Suffolk.

The costs of a lawn mower and fuel or power to run it is one expense. There’s also the cost of fertilisers, weed killers and other treatments along with a possible increase in the gardener’s water bill if on a meter due to possible watering. The use of a sprinkler will see water use shoot up especially in dry conditions – they can use as much water in one hour as a family of four might use in a day.

Wider use

Artificial surfaces can be used most of the year round while there are times when it’s best to keep off natural grass. Excessively wet grass can become damaged if subject to heavy footfall as can grass in the grip of even a light frost.

This can be a particular issue when letting pets out to get some air and exercise as they can easily damage grass when wet or frosty.

Cleaner home interior

A sometimes overlooked benefit of an artificial surface is a likely cleaner inside to the property as dirt and other debris isn’t trailed into the house by footwear from damp grass outside.

An artificial surface can also help people who suffer with allergies; natural grass can harbour pollens that may set off allergic reactions in sufferers.

Environmental advantages

Most artificial grass is made from recycled materials such as plastics, and a good installation can last around 25 years.

While grass is a wholly natural substance, there are environmental implications in tending it:

  • Water

    – large amounts water can be used in keeping it nourished; it’s a precious resource under increasing demand from an ever-increasing number of households

  • Mowing

    – fossil fuels such as petrol or electricity are used to power lawn mowers and over several years of grass cutting this mounts up. There’s also noise pollution from the use of the mower itself

  • Chemicals

    – using weedkillers and fertilisers effectively puts chemicals in the garden and on the grass that can cause dangers to wildlife and are potentially hazardous for family pets and young children. They also tend to be flushed into the drains when it rains

The overwhelming case for artificial grass

There’s no doubt artificial grass has a lot to offer in terms of cost savings, environmental benefits and saving valuable time on maintenance. Even a basic activity such as mowing can easily swallow up one or two hours a week, and then you may not be able to use the carefully tended grass if conditions are either too wet or too dry.

Artificial grass, on the other hand, once laid is ready for use pretty much all the time and requires next to no care.