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Getting the lay of artificial grass

Love your lawn but hate weeding? Reckon that mowing the lawn comes around way too quickly? In which case, artificial grass may be your new low-maintenance friend. Faux lawns no longer mean greengrocer's baize or pitch-and-putt gaudy greens, as there are now authentic-looking turfs to suit every style. Attaining your dream lawn is now easier than you might think.

Measuring and costing the area of your artificial grass

Costed per square metre, Easy Lawn is sold in two metre and four metre widths. When working out the amount of turf you will need it's best to draw up a draft design. Remember to allow for a little extra than you expect, though, as some will be lost during cutting. We've got a handy flooring calculator to help you work out just how much you'll need.

How it is made and laid

Artificial grass comprises a blend of polyethylene and polypropylene monofilament yarn. UV resistant, it comes in a choice of piles and even shades. Added straw-coloured strands can give your lawn an even more realistic look.

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When it comes to laying artificial turf, it's generally best to call in a professional, especially if you're fitting a larger area like a whole lawn. For smaller areas or for those who are super confident, however, there are several commonly applied methods from which to choose.

Our top tip would be to avoid picking the coldest day of the year for installation - it's best to not lay your artificial grass in temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius or in particularly damp conditions like rain or fog.

Turf preparation

Similar to preparing real turf, you'll need to clear the area before laying anything artificial, removing any grass, vegetation and stones. Any irregularities in the surface should be levelled out and it's essential that the soil beneath can drain properly. Often a drainage mat can be an excellent solution and laying an underlay of weed-proof membrane is also a good plan.

You may opt to install on a base of compacted material, typically either gravel and clay or sand. If you want a perfectly level lawn then it's a good idea to first create a stabilised substrate of cement and sand. Both will require excavation first.

Whichever method you choose, it's recommended to fit a wooden frame around the installation, but make sure it's water and rot-proof.

The turf is rolled out just like carpet, but it's important to make sure all the rolls are laid in the same direction - watch out for creating folds! Adhesive tape is laid under the seams, which are then glued down using a two-part adhesive. For smaller installations, self-adhesive tape will also do the trick.

The edges of your new lawn should be secured down. If using a wooden frame then stainless steel screws can be utilised to fix the carpet to the frame. The turf can also be glued to curb stones, or for small areas the edges of the turf can be fixed directly onto the substrate using stainless steel nails or pins.

Aftercare and maintenance

With only minimal maintenance your artificial grass can continue to look fresh as a daisy. It's important to regularly remove leaves, twigs and other organic material from your lawn using a leaf blower or vacuum cleaner - or a much quieter stiff brush or rake. Remember to remove larger objects such as branches manually.

When it comes to animal droppings, it's best to keep your pooch from leaving deposits; any should be removed as soon as possible and the area rinsed with water.

Moss can occasionally appear in shaded areas. Treating with an anti-moss treatment should easily remedy the problem, but ensure it is a biodegradable product. Never use acidic liquids or bleach as these chemicals could damage the fibres if applied in too high a concentration.

To keep your artificial turf in tip top condition, contact with substances such as oils, solvents or fuels should be avoided. Plus, to prevent your glossy green becoming clumpy, keep fire, fireworks, barbeques and cigarette butts away, as these could cause the fibres to melt.

When winter comes, simply treat your faux lawn in the same way as a regular one, simply allow any ice or snow to melt and it will drain away.

The life-span of your lawn

Hardwearing, durable and able to withstand all weather conditions, provided it's regularly maintained your lawn should last for years to come. Where real turf can be badly damaged by heavy wear and tear, artificial grass will stand up to rigorous tests. Most manufacturers guarantee their lawns for five years, but a well-loved lawn could be good for as long as 15 years.

View our full range of  artificial grass ranging from affordable to high end available in a number of sizes.