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Maintaining a Lovely Garden without the Hassle

Who says maintaining a garden can be time consuming and a hassle? The traditional gardeners perhaps will agree with this but not for the practical homeowners who are now using the artificial grass.

If you thought that this new kind of synthetic grass is only good for use in football fields or tennis lawns, it’s about time you learn that it can also be used in your home lawns and gardens. A growing number of people now have this and are smiling more because of the less effort they need to make to enjoy a beautiful garden in their abode.

It might even surprise you to know that the artificial grass has been around for 45 years already. It is commonly used in the U.S. southern states with an arid climate and even in the Middle East where it’s hard to maintain a lawn owing to the very hot weather there.

The U.K. adopted this gardening material only in the recent years. In 2010 when B&Q launched its brand of synthetic grass, reports said more than 7,000 square meters were sold in a span of one week alone. That’s solid proof that the British finally found a better alternative to the real grass in growing even just a small garden in their homes.

What to look for

For those wanting to know how to shop for the right artificial turf to use in their residential properties, the experts said one must not choose the perfect looking type. In short, pick a synthetic grass that has more than one shade of green and a mix of straight and curly yarns. This way, you create a more natural looking grass on your lawn or garden.

Another tip is to look for samples similar to when you’re shopping for carpet. When a sample is provided, make sure to check out the color, lay them out on a real lawn and test how it feels on your feet.

Artificial turf that is softer is normally made from polyethylene tufts. It is more expensive than those that have a tougher tuft. The type which features a tougher tuft is made from polypropylene and usually considered the play brands ideal for use in football fields and tennis lawns.

Generally, synthetic grass is sold in rolls measuring 2 meters or 4 meters in width. It can be laid out through the do-it-yourself route with directions provided by most suppliers. If you know how to follow instructions and would like to save money, then it’s okay to lay it out on your own.

Ideally, it is best to use synthetic grass in a garden situated under a tree canopy or where there’s heavy hade. It is also recommended for roof terraces, play areas especially for small kids and in small gardens where it’s not possible to use a mower. The best part of using this kind of material is you can lay them on any surface whether a concrete, sand, earth or even decking.

So don’t hesitate to create a garden now with this material. It’s not only easy to maintain but also lovely to look at.

About the guest author:

Joel Hunter is a DIY and gardening enthusiast who uses artificial grass in his projects and always recommends the material to friends.