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Many people dream of owning a home with a beautiful garden – somewhere to create their own outdoor space with plants glistening in the sun and a beautiful lawn for the children or pet to play on in the summer. The dream is always there, the reality though may be somewhat different if you live in the UK.

Unpredictable weather means that growing that perfect looking lawn may prove difficult and then dodging the rain during the summer months leaves the chances of using it properly few and far between. This is where artificial grass comes into its own. More and more people in the UK are turning to artificial grass to replace their lawn and we have decided to have a look at some of the reasons why.

Choice, choice, choice

Grass is grass, right? Wrong. Especially when considering artificial grass. You can have your fake grass created from a range of different materials in order to determine the feel and colour. There are plenty of specialist retailers, like UK-based NAM Grass, who offer a variety of different materials for your grass to be made from including polypropylene, polyethylene and polyamide depending on how soft you want the grass to be. Some materials are better for areas that are going to be used for sports while others are more suited to domestic use. No matter the material that you choose installation is very simple and depending on the size of the area that you are using it in can be done by yourself.

It Looks Good

Having a nice green looking lawn is what the majority of garden owners strive for, and while that isn’t always possible with natural grass it is pretty much guaranteed with artificial turf. There are no annoying weeds growing through that need pulling out every week, and there is no mud that can be traipsed everywhere. This also makes the grass usable after rain without worrying about getting dirty. Artificial grass is also the perfect option for pet owners, particularly those with dogs, as it can’t be dug up and be made to look untidy. Combine this with the fact that the grass is hard wearing and long lasting means that you’ll wonder what you ever did without it!

Low Maintenance

One of the major benefits of using artificial grass is that you can spend more time enjoying it and less time maintaining it as it will always be at that perfect height because it doesn’t grow. Artificial grass can be just as cost effective as buying turf and with the low maintenance running costs it can even work out cheaper over the course of time. This is also good for allergy sufferers who won’t have to worry about the freshly cut grass smell contributing to their hay fever.

While re-designing your garden doesn’t have to be a huge task it is always worth considering artificial grass as an alternative, especially if you are struggling to create that perfect looking lawn or are tired of having to keep up maintenance but still want to have grass. What are your thoughts on artificial grass? Do you have any experience of using it as an alternative to real grass? Let us know your experiences below.

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  • PRO Supplier

    People forget that artificial grass doesn't have the cooling effect of the real thing.

  • PRO

    Dogs love it because of the warmth! We love to install it and can see the attraction of it for low maintenance front gardens, play areas and roof terraces. But you definitely can't beat the feel of real grass on your bare feet :-) Can you explain more about this statement: "Artificial grass can be just as cost effective as buying turf" as because of all the ground work involved in installing it I can't see how this can be true- do you mean over time- because of no need to mow, lawn treatments etc?
    It must be mentioned that artificial grass still needs maintenance - i.e animal products need to be cleared up and leaves cleared etc

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