Artificial Lawn Buying Guide

Maintaining a lawn can be hard work. With the constant mowing, watering and weeding needed to keep it in good condition, looking after grass can be a tricky business. Fortunately there is an alternative for those who don't who just don't have the time to spare.

With an attractive look and pleasant feel underfoot, artificial grass is the ideal choice for people who want a perfectly mowed lawn but don't have the time to get out the lawn mower. As it needs minimal maintenance and promises perfect greenery all year round, artificial grass or astro turf as it's also know, is an increasingly popular choice. Especially well-suited for sheltered garden areas that might not get as much sunshine as others, artificial grass can go anywhere, as it is not reliant on a layer of soil underneath.

Installing artificial grass is easy, and laying an artificial lawn is a relatively simple task that anyone can do successfully. To help make the process even easier, Tesco have put this guide together to help you make the right choices when choosing and laying your artificial grass.

Artificial grass benefits

Some of the benefits of artificial grass may seem obvious, but they are no less appealing for that. Not having to feed your grass, mow your lawn, or water your lawn can free up an inordinate amount of time, especially if you have a large lawn area. While nothing replicates the smell and feel of grass completely, artificial grass offers a facsimile that is indistinguishable from a distance. Artificial lawns are also great play surfaces for games including football and tennis.

Having a deeply coloured green lawn all year round without having to worry about periods of drought or frost, helps add extra colour and lustre to your property. Not to mention that artificial grass can provide a beautiful green hue in areas of shade where grass wouldn't otherwise have the necessary sunlight to flourish. You could even choose to have artificial grass indoors if you were so inclined!

Artificial grass also saves on water consumption as it doesn't need sprinklers or hose pipes to keep it in tip-top condition. It also doesn't require any pesticides or fertiliser which builds up to quite a large saving when taken over the period of a few years.

How to lay artificial grass

The first thing you need to do when laying artificial grass is to remove the organic grass currently in your lawn. Once this is done you may need to excavate further until you find a solid foundation below. Once you are happy that it is solid and level enough, you need to put down a weed-suppressing membrane. This ensures that no weeds grow beneath the artificial turf.

The next step is to law a layer of grit or sand over the membrane. This will give a solid foundation to the artificial grass, as well as providing suitable drainage. This layer should be smoothed out and made level.

Now is time to rollout the artificial grass over the prepared base. It should be rolled out and not dragged as this can damage the base. If you need to lay more than one section of turf, make sure the edges of each are straight and match. If they are neat the seam should be invisible. Make sure the grass is lined up nicely to the edges of where you want the lawn, and trim the artificial turf with a sharpe Stanley kife where needed.

Once you are satisfied with the positioning of the grass, it's time to nail it in place. This should be done by inserting a nail every 12 inches along the edge.

The next step is to add a layer of sand over the grass. Adding sand to your new artificial lawn has a number of benefits. It helps keep the grass in place by weighing it down. It also prevents damage to the grass from the footfall it receives. It boosts the fire resistance of the grass, and helps keep the individual blades from becoming flattened and ensuring a natural appearance. Once the sand is added, it should be brushed through the grass with a broom so it is evenly distributed.

How to look after your artificial grass

The main advantage of an artificial lawn is the lack of maintenance required. Artificial grass is similar to a carpet in many ways, so a firm brushing should suffice when cleaning it. You should aim to give it a good brushing once a month. If the lawn should become stained you can easily clean it with hot water and washing up liquid.

Artificial grass can be damaged by excessive heat, so barbecues shouldn't be placed directly on top of your lawn, and it is not suitable to be driven over by motor vehicles.

With such minimal maintenance it is easy to see why synthetic grass is a popular alternative to natural grass. This makes it a perfect choice for people who just don't have the time to do the weeding, watering, and feeding that grass requires. Take a look at the artificial grass products available from Tesco and get started fitting your beautifully green new lawn today.