At Walton Flooring Centre, artificial grass is one of our top selling products and for good reason, the material provides you with many benefits but the key factors tend to be it’s low maintenance and the healthy green look it can give your garden all-year round. However, before you make your purchase you might want to dig a little deeper first to make sure that an artificial lawn is definitely the right choice for you. Here we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our customers that we hope you will find useful too.
1. How do you maintain artificial grass?
Use a stiff bristle broom to brush away any dust or dirt build up on the surface, you might find it useful to use a plastic rake in the Autumn if you want to clear fallen leaves as well. Brush in the opposite direction to the way the fibres naturally lie to keep them standing upright and keep your lawn looking full and healthy. A heavy does of rain, which we are fortunate to have plenty of in the UK, will give the artificial grass a good rinse, but in the drier months you should aim to spray your lawn down approximately once a week very quickly with a hose to keep it clean, particularly if you have pets and small children. If you have any stains or stubborn residue you want to remove a mild soap and water mixture lightly rubbed over the spot should lift it right off.
2. Can weeds grow through artificial grass?
Artificial grass is a lot more weed resistant than natural grass and it is quite rare if installed properly that you will have much trouble with this. However, you may very occasionally see one or two grow most likely around the edges of the lawn. If this does happen you can simply pull them out with very minimum effort.
3. Do you have to water artificial grass?
You do not have to water artificial grass, you may just occasionally want to give it a quick rinse with a hose to keep it looking its best.
4. How much does artificial grass cost?
Artificial grass costs start at around £10 per metre squared and vary depending on the specific product that you chose. Whilst artificial lawns can be laid yourself to avoid installation costs, we recommend getting a professional in to do it so that you can rest assured that the foundation is solid and well prepared beforehand that your grass will be a reliable garden feature for many years to come. The team at Walton Flooring recognise that every garden is different and we help you to choose the most suitable product within your budget
5. Can artificial grass be laid on soil?
Yes artificial grass can be laid on well compacted soil, we recommend using a weed membrane in between to stop any seeds from surfacing and germinating.
6. Can artificial grass be laid on decking?
Yes artificial grass can be laid on decking and is a great way of softening up a hard surface area, we recommend speaking with one of our team members beforehand to ensure that you choose the best possible product and make sure that the lawn will be able to drain effectively so that you don’t run into any issues.
7. Can I barbeque on artificial grass?
Whilst most artificial grass does not burn it can melt when exposed to high temperatures so it is not recommended that hot objects such as barbeques or firepits are placed directly onto the lawn. Speak to one of our team members to check the specific fire-related certification of your chosen product.
8. Do pets like artificial grass?
Yes absolutely, because artificial lawn is clean stays relatively dry and is warm under the sun. If you have pets, it is best to regularly give the grass a quick hose down every now and again to keep it clean all year round.
9. Why do some people add sand to artificial grass?
Some brush sand over the top of the artificial grass once fully installed to protect the backing of the material from damage. The sand falls to the bottom of the pile which adds an extra protective layer.
10. Is artificial grass good for the environment?
Artificial grass has come a long way since it originated back in the 1960’s and experts have recognised how environmentally friendly the material really is due to the fact that it does not need to be watered, which saves a huge amount on overall water consumption. A balance of natural plants and trees alongside an artificial lawn provides the perfect family garden space that satisfies the needs of animals and their natural habitats plus it provides a practical solution for a family home.
If you have any further questions that haven’t been answered above, don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly experts here who would be happy to help.