If you are considering purchasing Artificial Grass for your new garden lawn there are many things to consider. Many people obviously have a budget in mind and it can be quite an expensive project, but yarn quality, yarn type, thickness, Country of Manufacture, drainage, UV Protection, pile direction, joining, measuring up and more! I know mind boggling isn’t it. This guide will help you with all of this so do no worry!
So lets go through it one by one and hopefully this will help you in the purchase of your Artificial Grass.
Artificial Grass Yarn & Type.
You may think that all yarns are the same but they are not. There is different shapes of yarn and they all have different benefits.
C-Shape, V-Shape, W-Shape & Oval Yarn are the most common ones but the thickness of the strands is also a factor. The thinner the yarn, is normally classed as a low density yarn and not as good quality. It is not a bad product but is not as durable of other thicknesses.
C-Shape yarn gives a natural feel and touch with added strength so your artificial grass is more durable and bounces back up. Most commonly used in residential applications.
V-Shape yarn gives more durability but is a lot harsher to touch. Usually this type of artificial grass is used in commercial applications.
W-Shape yarn gives more rigidity but still soft to the touch. Used in more high traffic environment needing higher durability. Most commonly used in Residential & Commercial environments.
Oval yarn is the most common in residential artificial grass. It provides a soft touch but still giving durability.
So the key factors on choosing which yarn would suit you is the feel and the amount of traffic your new garden will get.
How thick should my artificial grass be?
Choosing a perfect pile height is just down to personal preference but the pile weight normally known or displayed as GSM (grams per square meter) is just as important.
For example you could have two different artificial grasses with a pile height of 25mm. One is 1565 GSM and the other is 3554 GSM. This means that there is a lot more yarn within the same area creating a more denser product.
Obviously you will see a massive difference in price also and this will explain to you why.
We would recommend a minimum pile height of 25mm for any lawn replacement and on average the most popular thickness is 25-35mm.
So take advantage of free samples and see the products for yourself. Our product Windsor 25mm was reviewed by the Daily Mail paper and recommended as a great budget grass at a great price.
Where is Artificial Grass Made?
Artificial Grass is made throughout the world by many companies. There is a lot of grass available in the UK that has been imported from China and give them good will the product is getting better but the yarn is not as good quality as European yarn.
In our vast experience after getting sent many samples the product can look good to the eye but when it is on a big piece, it can be a little disappointing.
We strongly recommend always buying an Artificial Grass that is Manufactured within Europe as the standards are a lot higher. We rarely get any problems but if we do it is dealt with promptly. Stock is available quickly, if for some strange reason we run out of a product due to unforeseen high volumes of orders.
If you have any questions regarding this please feel free to get in touch.
Will my Artificial Grass Fade?
Nearly all artificial grass has a UV Protection rating. This is set from the quality of the manufacturing.
When the yarn is manufactured it is given a UV hours rating and depending on where the grass will be fitted or the closer to the equator then the lifespan will alter.
Based in the UK on average the UV protection will be between 8-10 years.
People do get mistaken that the grass will not fade. This is not the case, all artificial grass will fade over a period of time and hold its colour to the best it can. UV protection stops it from going white and that is what will happen eventually. I have never seen this in all my years but it would be pretty cool at Christmas time haha!!
Artificial grass has to withstand a lot of weather situations and is extremely durable.
Many products will last longer than this but its a good timeline for you to plan for replacement like you would with a carpet. Only the replacement of the grass will be needed and a few improvements to the base is needed potentially so the cost will be a lot lower.
Working out what size of Artificial Grass i need?
Working out how much artificial grass you need can be hard work if you are unsure. We are here to help so if you do need any help and need reassurance please contact us.
Firstly we would advise to draw your garden on in the rough shape that it is. If it’s a simple square, rectangle or circle simply measure the widest length and width.
L shapes simply measure all sides and draw out on a sheet of paper.
Now all grasses are sold in 2m & 4m wide and can be joined together when batch matched. This is important as it is manufactured at the same time and there will be no difference in shade.
When joining artificial grass together, the pile direction has to run in exactly the same way. The widths in the same direction and the lengths also. They cannot be laid at 90 degree as they will look completely different.
We also recommend the pile direction coming towards you as this generally gives you the best look. We would always recommend ordering at least 25cm extra than your exact measurements.
To join the artificial grass you have to use special tape and adhesive and all edges need to be freshly trimmed before joining. If you do not trim before joining it will be noticeable. You need to make sure that you allow for the trimming of the joins in your calculations.
Make sure you also order geotextile weed membrane to stop those weeds as they will ruin your artificial grass.
Can I Install Artificial Grass Myself?
This is something that can be done by a competent DIYer.
The ground work or preparation is definitely the hardest part of your project. Some people use a hardcore and sharp sand topper as a base or just simply a sharp sand base. This must be compacted down.
Here is a simplified breakdown of the whole process from start to finish.
- Remove old lawn and weed kill.
- Build a tanalized timber frame secured to wooden stakes in the ground with galvanised screws. This is a way to get your levels and also easier to fix your grass securely.
- Do your base, using 2″ hardcore and 1″ sharp sand or 1″ sharp sand either compacted with a whacker plate.
- Lay geotextile weed membrane and secure to the timber frame making sure all joins are overlaid.
- Lay the grass into position and trim. We would recommend doing all joins before you start trimming the edges as you may need to move slightly.
- Secure to timber frame every 40cm around the perimeter. You do not need to pin in the middle at all just the edges.
- If required sprinkle kiln dried sand on top to add weight to the product (not recommended with pets)
- Brush up with a stiff brush or hire a power brush.
- Enjoy your garden.
If you do not feel competent enough search our recommended installers page and find a contractor near you for a free no obligation artificial grass installation quotation.
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We believe that our quality is the best you can get at ultra low prices. Manufactured in the EU to the highest of standards by one of Europe’s largest manufacturer.
We are an independent family owned business that gives you the personal touch, expert advice and go the extra mile to ensure our customers are completely satisfied with their Artificial Grass.
With so many products and companies to choose from online we are certain that you will be 100% happy in choosing us and recommend us to all your friends and family.
Please feel free to discuss with us about what you are looking for as we are happy to help.
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We look forward to hearing from you.
The Artificial Grass Direct Team.
Is your garden looking tired and needs high maintenance? As one of the largest importers, we are quickly becoming the trusted online company to buy artificial grass UK. All of our grasses are manufactured to the highest of standards from within the EU.
So now you have decided at the possibility of having artificial grass installed in your garden there are a few questions you may have. We are here to help and please feel free to ask us any questions you may have. Whether its choosing the right product or installation help, we are only a phone call away.
All orders are dispatched the same working day (before 12pm) and delivered free of charge to all UK mainland addresses. We also deliver throughout the Scottish Highlands, Northern Ireland & EIRE.
With over 15 ranges in stock ready for immediate dispatch, we certainly have the right grass at the right price. You can order free samples via any product page for you to try and feel, ensuring you are completely satisfied with your new beautiful artificial grass.
The days of imitation grass looking false and harsh to touch is a thing of the past. Technology has moved on a great deal and many customers throughout the UK are turning to a synthetic lawn because its practical and low maintenance.
Pet, Child & Environmentally Friendly making it a great choice for all.
So if your looking for a quality fake grass backed by a 5 star service look no further. Take a browse through our online store and see for yourself.
All prices are Inclusive of VAT and delivered for FREE direct to your door!
Many people have concerns about stains when considering artificial grass for dogs uk. All our grasses are manufactured to the highest of standards and are fully pet friendly, easy to clean and odourless. Using water and the usual cleaning detergents is enough to maintain spoiled areas.
We never recommend jet washing as the pressure may be too high, simply use a stiff brush with water and hose away.
Dogs actually think it’s the same as real grass and the soft and luscious pile makes it very comfortable for them to roll over and play on.
Unlike real grass your pet will never have muddy footprints and muck all over them helping to keep your home nice and clean.
As it never grows and always looks in perfect condition, it is easy to see whether your dog has done anything that needs picking up.
Take a browse through our online store and order free samples direct to your door. If you need any help or advice on any of our grasses please feel free to contact us. With many years of expertise including installation we are here to help.
No matter what look or feel, if your looking buy artificial grass cheap then we have the products for you. We recommend to only use quality EU Manufactured fake grass. We have many ranges available for immediate dispatch. Browse through our online store and don’t be put off by how cheap we sell it for.
We are one of the largest UK importers and supply direct to the trade and the public. In fact we supply many companies throughout the UK who resell our grasses for profit.
We are happy to discuss your requirements in more detail and if you want to come down to our warehouse please feel free to do so. Obviously if it is too far for you to travel you can order free samples from our website directly.
With over 30,000 square meters in stock we can offer a fast dispatch and a next day delivery service. This is why we are quickly becoming the best and most reliable online supplier.
Many people are transforming there Garden into a beautiful fun area for all the family to enjoy all year round.
All our artificial grasses come with a long UV Guarantee and are fully pet, child & environmentally friendly.
There are many benefits with imitation turf and most people think it is very expensive but when considering the cost of lawnmowers and more importantly your time needed it actually is a great investment.
If you need any more help or advice please feel free to contact us via email or by telephone.