How to Maintain your Artificial Grass
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If you are looking to redesign your garden so that it is much less hassle to look after, but you don’t like the idea of concrete or gravel everywhere, why not look at getting your lawn laid with artificial grass? If you look at the time and effort that goes into maintaining a good quality lawn, then this could be a great alternative for you.
• Cutting the grass
• Raking the grass
• Trimming the edges
• Removing weeds
• Filling holes
• Laying seed
Most of these duties are completely wiped out, when you choose to lay a synthetic lawn. There is still maintenance to do, but much less than with a real lawn. For some people, fake grass is the way forward!
Planning Your Turf
You may find that the initial cost of the artificial grass, is more per a square foot than the real stuff. But when you weigh up the total cost for maintaining the grass, it evens itself out in the long run. Whether you are looking to lay an outdoor football pitch or just looking for a nice view in your garden, there is a wide range of different artificial grasses available, also ranging in price. The larger the area you have to cover, the more it is going to cost, so you may have to plan accordingly if you are on a strict budget. You can always increase your flower beds around your garden, and even place a few strategically placed new ones in the lawn, to break up the space a bit.
Looking After Your Lawn
Although you can install an artificial lawn yourself, it is advised that you do use the services of a reliable company as they have much more experience and can fix any problems a lot easier. You can usually also agree to a contract with the company that installed your grass to come and maintain it for you if you wish, although this will be a chargeable service. It is easy enough to look after your lawn though, as long as your brush it regularly, and keep adding sufficient amounts of sand, as and when needed, there is not a lot else for you to do. If you have pets, then this is not a problem as if they use the lawn for a toilet then it is not going to kill the grass. All you need to do is remove it and then hose it down. You do not have to worry about too much sun and not enough water, or vice versa, and depending on the size of your lawn, sweeping it should not take too much effort. You can still have plenty of borders with plants and flowers, and you may just be surprised at the finished effect of a synthetic lawn. So a hose down if needed, a quick sweep up, and add a bit of sand if you need to, not too much effort at all! Saving all this time and effort will give you more chance to sit in your garden, and maybe even have a drink!
By-Line: Seth Robin Pyle is an architect who graduated with a Masters Degree in Urban Planning. Seth is very enthusiastic about his work, and when he is not working, he is usually writing articles and blogs about his work. Seth loves to embrace new ideas and technologies, and incorporate these into his designs, whilst overcoming any hurdles that may spring up along the way.