How to Choose the Best Artificial Grass for Your Garden Lawn


When choosing the best artificial grass for your garden lawn, the first thing to do is to get hold of some samples.

Of course, aesthetic appeal is important but when choosing the best artificial grass, you need to judge each grass on more than just looks.

There is a wide variety of pile heights, backing types, fibre shapes and materials which play their role and give each grass its strengths and its weaknesses.

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Because of this, not every artificial grass is best suited for every application or purpose.

In this latest article we’re going to be looking at some of the other aspects besides aesthetics, that you should be looking at to choose the best artificial grass to suit your needs.



Is it for a front or back garden?



Back gardens are likely to receive much heavier use than a front garden.

When choosing the best artificial grass, you’ll need to take this into consideration.

For front garden ornamental lawns, there’s little point in choosing the hardest wearing or densest pile, so you would be best off choosing a product with a shorter, sparser pile.

When choosing for a back garden on the other hand, you’ll want to look for a dense pile that can withstand regular use.



How much usage will your lawn receive?


Some artificial lawns will receive frequent use from the entire family and their pets while others may only be purely for decorative or ornamental purposes.

Clearly, as is the case with front gardens, you won’t need to choose such a hard wearing or dense pile fake turf if your lawn will be rarely used.

If, on the other hand, your lawn will receive regular foot traffic, then we highly recommend choosing a grass manufactured using Nylon fibres. This is because Nylon is the strongest, most resilient artificial fibre used during synthetic grass manufacturing.

It will withstand even the heaviest use and the fibres will recover from foot traffic and garden furniture to return to an upright position – which is key for a natural looking fake lawn.



How good is the backing?


When choosing a long lasting artificial grass, its important to look closely at the backing.

Most artificial grasses are manufactured by combining a primary backing consisting of a woven or non-woven membrane with a secondary backing typically consisting of latex.

The fibres are stitched to the primary backing and then everything is held together by applying a coating of latex to form the secondary layer.

It’s extremely important to choose a turf that has high levels of latex present in its backing material.

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Inferior artificial grass tends to have low quantities, which can result in the primary and secondary layers becoming separated and/or excessive fibre loss.

We recommend that you choose a backing that has a minimum of 800grams of latex per square metre.



Do you have any dogs or pets?


If you’re a dog or pet owner, then you’ll want to choose a grass that will withstand the regular use that is likely to be inflicted upon it.

Again, we highly recommend you choose a Nylon artificial grass for dogs and pets.

When choosing a Nylon based artificial turf, the pile height doesn’t really matter so just chosen what you think looks best.

If, however, you opt for a Polyethylene or Polypropylene fibre material, then you may be best off with shorter pile height, something around 25mm as it will be harder wearing.

Rest assured though, if you choose a good quality artificial grass, it will not fade or discolour from urine or excrement.



Is your chosen artificial turf fire resistant?

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Its also very important to choose a fake grass that is fire resistant, so that should the worst happen, you can rest assured that your fake grass will not help a fire to spread.

Most artificial grasses are fire resistant, but not all of them. You should check by speaking with the manufacturer of your chosen turf.



Is your chosen artificial grass free from harmful substances?


For the safety of your family and pets, always chose an artificial grass that has been independently tested and certified against harmful substances to ensure there aren’t any dangerous substances present in your chosen artificial turf.

Unfortunately, in the past, some artificial grass manufactured in China, was found to have contained traces of lead.

Again, check with your manufacturer for evidence of this.



How long is the manufacturer’s warranty?


Warranties can range from anything from 3 years up to 10 years. It’s very important to check exactly what is covered by your warranty, as some aren’t worth the paper they are written on.

A good warranty should cover against colour fading and excessive yarn loss as minimum throughout the duration of the warranty.





You should have now realised that there is more to choosing artificial grass than just judging it on looks alone.

As a NeoGrass Approved Installer, the artificial grass we install is fire resistant, free from harmful substances and comes with warranties of up to 10 years.

We install a wide range of differing types of artificial grass that can suit any application from roof gardens to back-garden lawns, school playgrounds to swimming pool surrounds.

If you considering having artificial grass installed at your Essex property, why not give us call?

We cover the majority of the county including Chelmsford, Brentwood, Wickford, Southend, Rayleigh, South Woodham Ferrers, Billericay, Romford and Basildon.

We can visit your property, show you samples of artificial grass and advise you on the best products to suit your needs.

To arrange for your free site and written quotation at a time that suits you, complete our contact form or call us 01245 697 688.

If you have any questions about choosing the best artificial grass, then leave us a comment below as we would love to hear from you.



How Much Does Artificial Grass Installation in Essex Cost?



We’ve been installing artificial grass in Essex for many years now.

As the quality of fake grass has increased to point now where its very difficult to tell the difference between real and fake, its popularity has gone through the roof.

Although it’s not for everyone, there are a wide range of applications and situations were the numerous benefits of artificial grass, makes having it installed a complete no-brainer.

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that one of the most commonly asked questions we get here at SE Landscapes, is how much does it cost to have an artificial lawn installed?

Unfortunately, though, answering this question is almost like trying to answer how long is a piece of string?

The simple answer is: it depends!

But of course, we understand that if you or none of your friends or family have ever had artificial grass installed before then how are you to know how much it is likely to cost?

Unfortunately, the only way we can give you an accurate quote is for us to conduct a free site survey.

However, you might not quite be at that stage of the process just yet which is completely fine.

So, we have written this article to help you get an idea of the costs involved.

As each installation is unique, we face different challenges on each job, therefore meaning that we cannot charge a fixed price per square metre.

But what exactly are these variables and how do they affect cost? Well, let’s find out…



What Type of Artificial Grass Are We Installing?


One of the biggest costs involved with installing artificial grass depends upon which grass you choose.

These days, artificial grass comes in various shades of green (you can also get blue, red, pink, in fact almost any colour you can think of!), various pile heights, pile density’s and the fibres can be manufactured from various differing types of plastic.

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Of course, these different characteristics, have a bearing on how much your artificial grass will cost.

As a NeoGrass Approved Installer, we highly recommend that you chose a product from their range of artificial grass.

But of course, we can install artificial grass from any manufacturer as the installation process is the same regardless.

To give you an idea of how much your artificial grass may cost, you can find out prices of the NeoGrass range of products here.



Will There Be Any Wastage?


Artificial grass comes in 2m and 4m widths as standard. Lengths can be anything up to 25m.

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In an ideal world, you wouldn’t be paying for any additional wastage.

In reality, I’d estimate that approximately 75% of our artificial grass installations involve a certain amount of wastage. How much wastage really depends upon your own circumstances.

Wherever possible, we always look for ways to reduce the amount of wastage.

For example, if your existing lawn measures 4.2m x 4.2m, the only way to cover this area would be to use 1 roll of 4m x 4.2m and further roll of 2m x 4.2m. But in this example, you’d be looking at over 7.5m2 of left over artificial grass. Far from ideal.

Of course, there are lots of useful things you can do with leftovers though, such as creating door mats, covering shed roofs or even the floor of your shed. But ideally, you’ll want to minimise wastage in order for your installation to be as cost effective as possible.

So, in this situation, the best course of action would be to try to reduce either the length or width of your lawn to 4m. This can be done in a variety of ways and sometimes it’s as simple as increasing an existing plant bed by just 0.2m.

But, depending on the layout of your garden, it’s not always possible to do this.

When pricing an artificial lawn installation, we’ll work out exactly how much artificial grass you’ll need and help you to reduce wastage. How much wastage you’ll end up with of course has a significant impact on the quotation.



How Good Is Access?


When installing your artificial lawn, we’ll need to excavate and dispose of the existing lawn, bring aggregates into your garden to form the sub base and laying course and finally carry in the rolls of fake turf.

Of course, the better we can access your garden, the quicker we can complete the installation, and the less labour cost you’d be faced with.

Best case, access wise, is a front garden or a back garden, that backs onto a road, where we can crane materials in and out of your garden to speed up the process.

Our delivery trucks are equipped with Hiab cranes that will comfortably crane materials over the majority of garden fence and walls, if the vehicle can get close enough.

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Worse case, would be a terraced house with no side or rear access to the back garden.

If this is the situation you find yourself in, rest assured the installation can still be carried out.

In this instance, we would put down protective sheets and boards to protect your flooring, but of course, it would increase the installation time.

How quickly we can complete the installation as a big impact on the cost.



What is Your Artificial Grass Replacing?


It is sometimes possible to install artificial grass on top of existing surfaces such as concrete, paving or even decking.

If this is the case, these types of installation are generally cheaper to carry out than replacing existing lawns.

That’s because there is minimal ground preparation involved.

Normally under these circumstances, we’d need to install a foam underlay to prevent any undulations from being visible through your artificial grass, such as the grooves of deck boards, but the cost of this is usually outweighed by the labour savings.

Therefore, the surface to which your artificial grass will be installed on, has a significant bearing on cost.



Will You Be Requiring a Foam Underlay?


Whilst on the subject of foam underlays, some of our clients decide that they want their artificial lawn to be soft and springy underfoot.

If this is the case, we highly recommend installing a form underlay.

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Walking on a foam underlay will feel like walking on air and its also great for kids too as it will help to prevent injuries from trips or falls, especially if there are climbing frames or slides that your children could potentially fall from.

In some school applications, installing a foam underlay will ensure the artificial grass complies with the Head Impact Criteria.

Installing a foam underlay is certainly not essential in garden applications but of course, should you decide to use one, then it will impact the cost of the installation.



How Much Will We Need to Excavate from Your Garden?


With a typical installation, we excavate a minimum of 75mm below the finished height of your lawn.

In some instances, this may mean simply removing the existing turf and building up 75mm from there, as long as the levels in your garden allow it.

Other installations may require digging out more than 75mm and may even involve the use of a mini excavator to dig out the required earth.

A continually rising cost we face as landscapers, is waste disposal and of course, the more waste we have remove from your garden, the greater the cost in terms of labour and associated waste disposal costs.



Will There Be Any Joins?


Its is quite normal for your lawn to require more than one roll of artificial grass to cover the required area.

Joins aren’t an issue as a properly installed join will not weaken the strength of your lawn, won’t be lifted by dogs and won’t be visible.

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But if you do need joins, of course it also has an impact on price.

There will be additional labour costs, as joins take time to install and of course there’s additional material costs as you’ll need joining tape and adhesive to secure the join.



What is A Ballpark Figure?


Ok so now you know that the cost of having artificial grass installed can vary depending upon your own individual circumstances.

But to give you an idea on costs, lets look at an average artificial grass installation.

Let’s assume that it’s a back-garden lawn measuring 4m x 6m.

Access is via a standard size side gate and we are using the typical installation process and we are excavating 75mm from an existing lawn.

We’re also installing a mid-range, 30mm artificial grass.

For this particular installation, a rough estimate for the entire installation from start to finish may cost somewhere around £2,000, including VAT at 20% and waste disposal.

Of course, this figure is only a very rough estimate and the only way to give you an accurate price would be for us to conduct a site visit.

But it should give you an idea and help those of you considering having a fake lawn installed.





Artificial Turf in Great Leighs

If you are still at the early stages of considering whether or not to have artificial grass installed, then we hope you’ve found this article useful in helping you understand some of the costs involved and given you a rough guide figure to work with.

As we have mentioned several times in this article, the only way to get an accurate quotation is for us to visit your property and conduct a free site visit.

We cover the whole of Essex including Chelmsford, Wickford, Basildon, Brentwood, Romford, Braintree and Billericay.

So, if you live in any of these areas call us today on 01245 697 688 or contact us here and we’ll arrange for your free site visit and written quotation at a time that is convenient for you.

We’ll talk you through the installation process and show you samples and provide you with a no obligation quotation, so why not call us today?

If you have any questions, as always leave them below, we’d be glad to help!




10 Reasons to Install an Artificial Lawn in Essex


The popularity of artificial grass has grown a phenomenal rate over the past few years.

We regularly install artificial grass across Essex for various applications such as front and back gardens, school playgrounds, putting greens and sports applications.

There are many benefits of artificial grass that has led to the huge increase in the number of homeowners deciding to have fake grass installed at their properties in Essex.

In todays article we are going to be looking at some of these benefits in greater detail.



1.No Mud or Mess


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This is particularly good benefit if you have children and/or pets.

For a large part of the year, many lawns throughout Essex are boggy and unusable.

This means that kids cannot play outside apart from during the summer months, even if the temperature is high enough to.

If you are a pet owner, you’ll know that dogs need to regularly go out into the garden to do their ‘business’ but this can be frustrating for many homeowners who have to clean the paws of their furry friends several times a day to avoid mud being trodden through the house.

With artificial grass, there is no mud or mess, enabling your whole family and your pets to enjoy your garden all year round.



2.It’s Low Maintenance


Anyone that tells you fake grass requires ‘zero maintenance’ isn’t being entirely honest with you.

Fortunately, however, the little maintenance that artificial grass does require, takes a fraction of the time it takes to maintain a real lawn.

This will save you many hours of garden chores that you might otherwise dread – giving you more opportunities to enjoy doing the things you really want to be doing with the precious little time that you have on your hands.

Artificial grass does require the occasional brushing with a stiff broom to reinvigorate the fibres and you may occasionally find a weed appearing at the edges of your lawn.

When artificial grass is installed, there should be a weed membrane placed underneath to prevent weed growth. However, this will only prevent weeds from growing through your artificial lawn but won’t remove the possibility of weeds growing up the edges of your fake grass, by working their way around the weed membrane.



3.No More Harmful Substances in Your Garden


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Maintaining a healthy, real grass lawn can require the help of fertilisers, weed killers and pesticides.

However, these substances can be potentially harmful to both your family and your pets.

Another major advantage of artificial grass is that you can bin these harmful toxins, as you won’t need them anymore.

This creates a far safer environment for your family.



4.It’s Great for Entertaining & Garden Parties


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BBQ’s and garden parties are a very popular undertaking during the summer months up and down the UK.

However, the additional foot traffic can cause your real lawn problems, resulting in patchy, worn out turf.

Artificial grass is designed to withstand foot traffic and garden furniture, so you can have that party without worrying about the damage it could be causing to your lawn.



5.It’s Perfect for Children


Children absolutely love playing on artificial grass because they can run up and down on it all day long and it feels great underfoot.

Parents will love it too as they can relax safe in the knowledge that their artificial lawn will be able to withstand children playing various games and sports without any issues.

For the young footballers, its year-round, lush green nature will have your kids thinking they are playing on the hallowed turf at Wembley!

As we touched on earlier in this article, there’s no chance of them running through the house covered in mud either – a welcome relief for any parent!



6.It’s Allergen Free


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Many adults and children suffer from hay fever during spring and summer.

Streaming eyes, running noses and relentless sneezing are all side effects of hay fever, which can be caused by exposure to grass pollen.

Another advantage of having fake grass installed in your Essex garden is that it can help to reduce the symptoms of the sometimes-debilitating condition.

Swapping your real lawn for an artificial one will remove the grass from your garden, making it a little easier for hay fever sufferers to spend time outside in the garden during the spring and summer months.



7.It’s Provides a Safe Environment


During summer, real grass can bake in the sun, sometimes making the ground very hard.

However, artificial grass has a soft underfoot feel and can help to absorb the impact of falls and trips.

If you have a climbing frame or trampoline in your garden, you may also want to consider installing a foam underlay.

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Artificial Grass Foam Underlay

Foam shockpads usually come in either 10mm or 20mm thicknesses and comply with Head Impact Criteria, which is the industry standard recognised worldwide.

For a safe environment for the whole family, choose to have a fake lawn installed.



8.It’s Improves Drainage


Many gardens throughout Essex suffer from poor drainage.

This is often due to the heavy clay content found in Essex soil.

This may mean that for large parts of the year your lawn replicates a swamp rather than a perfectly manicured lawn.

However, we install our artificial grass on a permeable sub base that is a minimum of 75mm (3 inches) thick.

This sub base effectively acts as a soakaway, retaining water to allow it to gradually drain away to the earth below without any standing water on your artificial lawn.



9.Lush Green Appearance


Lush green grass will improve the look of any garden; large or small.

With todays advancing technology, its now difficult to tell the difference between real and fake grass.

Our artificial grass is supplied by NeoGrass and their innovative technologies has taken artificial grass to the next level.

Choosing to have artificial grass installed at your Essex home will ensure your lawn will look like a perfectly manicured, prize winning lawn all year round.



10.It Adds Value to Your Property


Having a low maintenance, attractive looking lawn is a huge selling point for many home buyers.

Lush green artificial grass can certainly give your garden the wow factor.

With todays busy lifestyles, many of us lack the time (and sometimes inclination) to maintain our gardens.

Of course, this is entirely understandable as a garden should be a place to relax and enjoy; not just another place of work.

And with the many advantages described in this article, its quite clear that artificial grass will certainly help sell any property.

The increase in your home’s value, makes having artificial grass installed an excellent financial investment.





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With a list of benefits this long, its easy to realise why artificial grass has become so popular amongst our customers throughout Essex.

If this has peaked your interest in the possibility of having artificial grass installed, then why not get in touch with us here or by calling our friendly team on 01245 697 688.

We are based in South Woodham Ferrers and cover the vast majority of Essex and our artificial grass installation service covers Chelmsford, Billericay, Brentwood, Wickford, Basildon, Romford, Witham and Colchester.

We can visit your property to show you samples, discuss your project and provide you with a free, no obligation written quotation.

If you have any questions regarding artificial grass, then please leave us a comment below.



How to Install Artificial Grass In Essex


Artificial grass has grown in popularity throughout Essex and the rest of the UK at rapidly increasing rate.

With today’s technology, artificial grass has come along way since the stuff you used to see covering the shelves at your local greengrocers.

Its now very difficult to tell the difference between real and fake grass.

There’s also a long list of benefits that having an artificial lawn brings. Its low maintenance, it looks amazing, there’s no mud or mess and its perfect for garden parties, football matches and your furry friend.

But how exactly is artificial grass installed?

A quick Google search will tell you that there are several different methods that can be used to install artificial grass.

The vast majority of our fake grass installations in Essex tend to be replacing an existing garden lawn.

However, artificial grass can also be installed in other applications such as on top of existing concrete or decking, on balconies and terraces and believe it or not, indoor applications such as in offices and children’s bedrooms.

Clearly there will be different installation methods used for each application.

Many people are surprised to learn just how much ground preparation is involved with installing artificial grass. Unfortunately it is not just a case of rolling it out on top of existing turf or soil.

The key to a long lasting artificial lawn is largely down to the installation. You can have the very best artificial turf that money can buy but if the installation is not carried out properly  – you are wasting your money.

We now have several years experience in installing artificial grass for a wide range of applications and uses.

In this article we’re going to look at the step-by-step process we undertake when installing an artificial lawn to replace an existing, real garden lawn.

This method has been perfected over several years.

Lets begin with a picture of how the existing lawn looked before work commenced.

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As you can see, it’s certainly nice and green but our client became tired of having to regularly mow the lawn so decided to take the plunge and have her very own synthetic lawn installed.

So lets take a look at the step-by-step process we took to install this artificial lawn from start to finish.



Step 1 – Site Clearance & Excavation


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The first task is to clear the site and excavate the existing grass to approximately 75mm below the finished height. As this lawn was 50m2, approximately 3.75m3 of soil and turf was removed from the site during this phase.

To get this step done as efficiently as possible, we use a turf cutter that cuts the existing sod in to easy to remove rolls.




Step 2 – Edging & Sub Base Installation


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Once the excavations were complete, the next phase was to install the first layer of weed membrane followed by a 50mm layer comprising of 10-12 granite chippings.

We generally prefer to use granite chippings over MOT Type 1 as it’s a completely permeable sub base preventing any water sitting on the surface of the finished lawn.

At this stage we also install an edging to retain the sub bases. In this instance a treated timber edge restraint was installed, but brick, sleepers, plastic or metal edging can also be used as an edging.




Step 3 – Laying Course Installation


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Next we install a 25mm laying course, consisting of 0-6mm granite dust (Grano). Granite Dust provides a far better laying course than sharp sand does.

This is because sharp sand tends to move around underfoot and will wash away over time.

As granite is much coarser, it holds together much better, ensuring the longevity of the grass and also provides a much better finished, without any lumps or bumps




Step 4 – Additional Weed Membrane


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The next step is to install a further weed membrane.

Although we installed a weed membrane underneath the sub base, we also install another layer on top of the laying course.

This is for two reasons, firstly as an additional protection from weeds and secondly as it helps to protect the latex backing on the artificial grass from any possible damage over time caused by friction between the granite dust and the latex backing.




Step 5 – Cutting in Artificial Grass


Once the groundworks are complete, we can then cut the grass to shape, secure any joints if necessary and secure the lawn perimeter.

In this instance, galvanised nails were fixed into the timber edging.

The grass is then brushed with a mechanical brush and handed over to the customer ready for them to enjoy.

This particular project took us two days to complete.

Hopefully you’ve found this article useful in learning how to install artificial grass and if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below as we would love to hear from you.


What you should do now


If you are tired of owning a dull, patchy lawn and you would like us to transform your existing grass into a low maintenance, lush green artificial lawn then give us a call on 01245 697 688 or fill out this form and we’ll gladly arrange a free site visit and show you some samples supplied by our preferred supplier NeoGrass.

We install artificial grass throughout Essex, including Chelmsford, Wickford, Basildon, Brentwood, Southend and Rayleigh, so why not get in contact with us today.




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