Choosing Artificial Grass

Your guide to choosing the best artificial grass for the job.

Which Artificial Grass Is Best?

This is a question we are asked on a daily basis and, to be truthful, there is no standard answer. Our knowledgeable sales team are here though to help you choose the best artificial grass for your requirements. Firstly before choosing the best artificial grass we would advise asking yourself the question…

‘Why do I need artificial grass?’

Some of the most common answers to this question are…

Low Maintenance – Artificial grass needs very little maintenance – no mowing, no seeding, no watering, no lawn care. All you have to do is simply brush off any leaf debris or twigs with a stiff garden brush to ensure a perfect-looking, lush green lawn all year round. The Benefits Of Artificial Grass.

Pet Friendly – Pets are prone to digging, tearing up lawns and traipsing dirty paw prints through the house and the installation of artificial grass can eradicate all of these problems. Artificial Grass For Pets.

Children – Kids love to play outdoors, no matter what the weather and a real lawn can restrict playing out time. A game of football in a wet garden can result in a mud bath as well as dirty shoes and clothes. An artificial lawn ensures the garden will stay pristine and mud-free regardless of sport or weather!

Grass Will Not Grow – Several factors can affect how well a real lawn will grow such as poor soil, an area shaded by trees or simply that grass will not grow in certain areas. If this is the case, artificial grass is a great alternative which will guarantee a green lawn no matter what the local conditions are like.

Unsightly Areas – There are some areas that just don’t look that great. It may be a concreted back yard, a balcony or perhaps a strip running down the side of the house. With the installation of artificial grass, you can instantly change the appearance of an area, by softening the space and transforming it into something which looks fantastic!

Of course, there are many other answers to the question. However, once you have identified ‘why’ you are having artificial grass, we can now look into the traits and features the artificial grass needs to have in order to be fit for purpose.

Imagine the following - let’s say we have a couple with a young child (3-4 years old) and a small family dog. Their back garden is very shady and grass struggles to grow in certain areas. The size is approximately 50 square metres - where do we go from here?

Well, in first instance, the young child is worth considering. He or she will be playing out in the garden regularly and over the next few years, no doubt, will have friends coming to play with them. For this reason, we want to choose a grass that is both soft as well as robust which will endure years of play.

The second factor to consider would be the dog. Dogs, as you well know, love to play outside in the garden, whether it be physical play such as fetch or just to be outdoors snuffling around the garden and hunting out squirrels. The grass would also need to withstand the dog running around as well as dog poos and wees. The latex backing of the artificial turf needs to be strong enough to ensure the dog cannot penetrate it if he or she decides to try and dig.

Finally, the couple would love for a grass to be installed which is good to look at so the grass needs to be as realistic-looking as possible. This being said, budget is a big factor in the decision-making process due to the size of the garden.

From the above scenario, we need an artificial grass which is…

  • Soft
  • Robust
  • Realistic
  • Within Budget

What’s the difference other than the price?

Sometimes, when something is more expensive, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better. Pricing is based on several factors including production method, transportation costs and quality. It is worth noting that only sell the best grasses available. We will never provide a ‘B Grade’ product.

So let’s break it down, how much does artificial grass cost and why?

Production Method – Artificial grass is made on specialist machinery similar to that which makes carpet. The primary backing is fed through the machine and the yarn (which form the Grass Blades) pierces through the backing and creates the individual tufts of grass. Once complete, a layer of latex is spread on the underside of the turf. Next the secondary backing is also covered in latex and the two are sandwiched together. Once dry, the turf is fed through a quality control machine which ensures the pile is uniform and all the same length.

Transportation Cost – Direct Artificial Grass have a superb collection of turf from around the globe and pride ourselves on the majority of our grasses being manufactured in the UK and Europe. The closer the grass is geographically speaking, the cheaper it is to transport and this is reflected in the final price of the turf.

Rest assured, all our products are of the highest quality but, if comparing our grasses to another supplier, here are a few things to look out for.

General Appearance – Does the artificial grass look how you want it to? Does it look real? We advise taking the sample to where it is to be situated as grasses do look different under artificial light than they do in natural light.

Touch – Does the grass feel soft? Close your eyes. Could it be mistaken for the real thing?

Quality – Bend the grass, feel the backing and see how robust it is. You may see a little bit of the yarn through the backing which is fine but you shouldn’t be able to pull the grass away from the backing. Try to pull at the yarn and see if it is easily removed or if it stays firmly in place.

Guarantees – Is the grass UV Stabilised and does it come with a guarantee? Does the grass have a manufacturer guarantee?

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