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.
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.
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?
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 80 71 80.
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.