Artificial grass is a great way to ensure you can enjoy your outside space in a beautiful and lush setting. After a long summer, natural grass can often become dry and patchy and be prone to damage, which is why laying artificial grass can be a good alternative.
With our many years’ experience supplying and installing artificial grass, here are ten tips for you to keep in mind when you are trying to decide which type of artificial grass to purchase.
1. Select the quality of your grass
The majority of artificial grass that is available on the market today comes from China, and the quality of the grass varies widely depending on where it has been manufactured, China, Europe or Spain.
2. Consider how it will be used
The main factor to take into account in terms of the quality of the grass is not the material itself, but rather the use we are going to give it. You can’t choose the same type of artificial grass for a residential garden that is going to be played in, one that is close to a pool, one that is a pathway, or one that is simply for decoration purposes and has to be lush and green.
3. Height matters
A comfortable grass needs to be of a certain minimum pile height, to give us that cushioned feel underfoot. Good pile heights range between 30 and 40 mm. Given the technology that is used today, we don’t recommend that you get a higher pile grass. In the future higher pile grasses will surely be viable in terms of comfort and quality.
4. Stitch count
Quality is determined by the number of stitches (blades) per square metre: the higher the stitch count, the better the cushioning. The stitch count in artificial grass can vary from a few thousands to twenty thousand. Imagine an artificial grass with twenty thousand stitches per square metre and a pile height of 35 mm, it’s totally amazing!
An average quality grass is usually around fifteen/seventeen thousand stitches per square metre, with a pile height between 30 and 40 millimetres. Within this range we can find artificial grass that is excellent value for money.
5. The installation
How do you install it? There are countless tutorials, guides and pamphlets available, but it definitely won’t be the same result that a professional fitter can provide, since they usually fit thousands of metres per season. It is always better to contact a professional fitter to avoid mistakes such as leaving the joins between grass pieces visible, or not achieving a good level ground.
6. What direction will it face in?
It is important to consider the direction of the pile when you are going to install it. The blades on the grass have a predetermined direction, and if you are not consistent, the whole thing will not look very good.
7. To sand or not to sand?
Sand infill? We don’t think that you need a silica sand infill, even though it can be helpful in certain cases. Remember that, with silica sand, you won’t be able to hoover the grass. Yet there is one good reason to use sand infill: heat evacuation. Grass with silica sand is capable of retaining more moisture after you water it, and it can feel cool and refreshing for longer.
You also need to take into account that if you add silica sand and you want the grass to last a few years, it must be regularly decompacted. Grass with added silica which has not been properly maintained loses its guarantee. The silica sand hardens over time and with each step we take on the grass, blades are lost (silica is an abrasive product, like sandpaper, and this speeds up degradation).
8. Maintain, maintain, maintain
Biggest mistake: artificial grass = zero maintenance. This is the biggest and most common mistake people make. Artificial grass gives us two very important advantages over natural grass: it saves us water (the biggest advantage of all) and it doesn’t require constant maintenance. Yet this does not mean that it doesn’t require any maintenance at all. At the end of the day, artificial grass is a type of plastic that heats up in the sun and loses its shape, and over time it loses its properties. A “brushing” at least once a year is the best way to make sure that it lasts many years.
Enjoy a beautiful and lush green grass this summer, whether it’s artificial or natural! Check out ManoMano.co.uk for a wide range on artificial grass.