Firstly, we have artificial grass from Sumc and they’ve created turf that looks natural and realistic for all your turf needs. With pile height of 30mm, it gives a freshly cut look and is therefore perfect for not only the home but also clubs, restaurants, bars, and other outdoor areas. Thanks to the water-resistant nature of the grass, as well as the efficient drainage system, this product can also be used for sports; Sumc claim it to be perfect for football, hockey, baseball, cricket, and more.
As you would expect, the grass has UV protection which means it’ll stay a natural green for many years. Also, cleaning is incredibly simple whether you choose to shake, vacuum, or run water through the grass. As long as it’s cleaned regularly, the life of the grass will extend. With Sumc, you can also enjoy a 90-day money-back guarantee; if the product arrives and you aren’t happy with the quality, simply return it for a full refund.
For those with pets and children, you’ll be glad to know that the grass is free from lead. When ordering, remember to look at the size of each roll and how many you require to fit your garden, sports field, patio, balcony, etc. Sumc has decided on 1m x 2m per roll. Whether for a home or a commercial location, this product is a great starting point.
Sumc Artificial Grass
Available from Tuda Grass Direct, this next product also has a pile height of 30mm which gives a fresh look as well as a soft feel under the feet. One of the biggest benefits of choosing this product is the flexibility that comes with the 79 available sizes. Depending on whether you need the grass for your home or perhaps a sports facility, you can order the exact size. Even if this exact size isn’t available, the grass is then easy to cut and shape.
Elsewhere, all the basics you would expect can be found in the product; this includes UV protection (meaning it’ll look great all year round), drainage holes (meaning even the heaviest of rainfalls shouldn’t harm the grass), and pet-friendly material. In periods of little rain, a garden hose can be used to clean the grass and keep it looking lush for the many long, hot summer days ahead.
Just as we saw with the last product, the grass is lead-free which makes it ideal for those with young children running about and enjoying their youth. Furthermore, durability is offered with the high-quality backing; this should keep the grass looking fresh in both the short- and long-term. For the best appearance and quality, Tuda Grass Direct actually source the grass from ‘leading manufacturers in Belgium and the Netherlands’.
Luxury 30mm Pile Height Artificial Grass
While the first two products we offered had a pile height of 30mm, this one from GardenKraft stands at just 15mm which is a noticeable difference in appearance. Ultimately, the pile height you choose will come down to preference and, as we mentioned in the guide, anything under 30mm will resemble a freshly cut look. While 15mm will give a stubby look and feel, 30mm may allow for more of a lush and full appearance. Just to note, GardenKraft does offer this same grass in 30mm so we advise looking at the difference between the two to see which you prefer.
One reason why you may choose GardenKraft over others is the investment they’ve placed into finding the right colour. Offering dual colour blades, the perfect effect is created with a combination of lime, emerald green, and bi-colour. Once ordered, it’s easy to cut and shape to the space you have available and, once installed, it should remain in great shape even with heavy foot traffic; durability is increased somewhat thanks to the heavy double stitching.
In terms of protection, the grass has the maximum rated UV defence so fading shouldn’t be an issue even through the largest of heatwaves. If your grass does happen to submit to the light and fade, GardenKraft offer a five-year UV guarantee. Above all else, this shows the confidence the company has in the grass.
GardenKraft 15mm Artificial Grass Pile Roll
As the second Tuda Grass Direct product on this list, the turf offers many of the same benefits but with a couple of key differences. For example, the most notable would be the pile height of 26mm. Since it’s shorter than the previous Tuda Grass Direct option, the appearance will be a little different and the one you choose comes down to preference (we advise ordering some free samples to get an idea of how the various pile heights feel and look).
Another reason why we’ve decided to include this product is because of the colour; they’ve combined two shades of green before then adding a brown curly fibre for a more natural and realistic appearance. Thanks to the yarn included in the construction, the grass should stay standing but without feeling too spiky. Sometimes, people comment on the spikiness of artificial grass and how it can feel uncomfortable under their feet; this product should remain soft. Not only is this great for you, it’s also a benefit for your children, grandchildren, and even your pets.
After this, no sand is required for maintenance, the grass has drainage holes, it’s UV stabilised, and the latex backing means that it should have a longer life than other products that forgo this feature. As before, the grass is sourced from the Netherlands and Belgium and these manufacturers have advanced machinery and production techniques. If you don’t find an efficient size for your needs, the rolls can also be cut easily.
Berlin 26mm Pile Height Artificial Grass
The first thing you’re likely to notice about this product (aside from the fact it’s another artificial grass solution from Tuda Grass Direct) is the extended pile height. Compared to others in this list, this Premier artificial grass is significantly longer and actually sits on the upper border of what we recommend. At 40mm, it isn’t going to stand as straight at the short pile heights but it will remain lush and full as long as you’re happy to brush it and take a little care.
For a long life, the grass has latex backing and drainage holes and this should prevent flooding even when the worst of the British weather arrives. While many people mistakenly believe that artificial grass can cause problems in the winter weather, the products these days are built with care and are cleverly designed to look great all through the year. If ever the grass is stained, the hose in the garden should be enough to wash it away.
This time, there are 47 different sizes available including 2m x 1m, 4m x 17m, and 2m x 15m. Regardless of the area you want to cover, you’re likely to find a size that allows you to create a fantastic lawn. If necessary, the rolls can also be cut and shaped with ease. Finally, it has UV protection, is child friendly, and comes from the same high-quality manufacturing facilities.
Premier 40mm Pile Height Artificial Grass
To finish this list of artificial grass solutions, we return to Tuda Grass Direct and what they call ‘Lisbon’. With 47 different sizes available, this grass has a pile height of 26mm and looks incredibly realistic (just like all the high-quality options we have here). To address another major concern for people buying artificial grass, the investment and resulting manufacturing techniques, not to mention materials, has allowed artificial grass to take on a new natural look and this product is no different.
With drainage holes, no need for sand, UV protection, and high-quality backing, there’s no reason why this artificial grass can’t last for a number of years. Free from lead, it’s safe for your children and pets (as well as being soft enough for them to enjoy too!).
When it comes to cleaning, Tuda Grass Direct claim all you need is a garden hose. However, they even say this won’t be necessary in weeks with heavy rainfall. Since we’re in the UK, we can be sure of rain for much of the year which reduces the required maintenance somewhat.
If you really aren’t sure of whether 26mm is enough, or whether your garden would suit a thicker and longer 40mm, take advantage of the free samples the company offers.
There we have it, six artificial grass solutions for you to assess. Hopefully, as we looked through these, it gave you a better idea of the products available and what you need to look for. Most products today offer high-quality backing, can be cut and shaped, and have strong UV protection. Therefore, finding the right grass comes down to features like pile height (and your own preference!).
Lisbon 26mm Pile Height Artificial Grass
Benefits of Artificial Grass
In a perfect world, we’d all have plenty of hours at the weekend to spend in the garden keeping it looking beautiful enough to win awards. However, life just doesn’t go like this and we often curse the time we’re not spending in what was meant to be a relaxing space. Rather than enjoying the garden, the only time we get outside is put towards maintenance and fixing the mess. For this reason, many are choosing to replace their lawn with artificial grass.
Is this the solution you need? Today, we’re going to discuss the benefits of this option, the features of artificial grass, buying advice, and then we’ll even go through a step-by-step guide of how it’s laid!
So why should you choose artificial grass for your garden?
Reduced Maintenance - Addressing the problem in the introduction immediately, artificial grass doesn’t need nearly as much maintenance as your natural grass. As you’ll know, constant watering, feeding, and mowing can be a real nuisance when there are more important things to do. Even after doing all these things, all it takes it one week of bad weather and your lawn is ruined for the rest of the season. With artificial grass, all of this will be removed and you can enjoy the long, hot days with a drink and a BBQ.
Simple Cleaning - Despite popular belief, artificial grass is actually very simple to clean. If your children, grandchildren, or pets have created a mess or caused a spillage, a light sprinkling of water should do the trick.
Easy Draining - After a week of rain, it’s hard not to worry about sodden grass setting you back in your plans. Luckily, artificial grass offers efficient drainage and drying so this will never be a concern again.
Perfect for Unique Spaces - Since artificial grass is flexible, it becomes perfect for decking areas, terraces, balconies, and any other small spaces you may have. Even if the space is a little awkward and maintaining normal grass would be an issue, artificial grass is a useful substitute.
Ideal for Sports - If you have children (or adults who like to be big children) who like to play sports outside, artificial grass is a great solution because the surface is smooth and it won’t get cut up as before.
Available for All Surfaces - Coming back to the flexibility, artificial grass can be laid onto soil, wooden decking, concrete, and many other surfaces. Regardless of whether you have a hard or soft surface, artificial grass is likely to work for you.
Many Other Benefits - Even after all these benefits, we could say that it looks great since improvements are always made to the appearance and quality of artificial grass, it’s safe and hygienic, and it should last for an extremely long time.
If you start looking at artificial grass with little research, it’s easy to get lost and demotivated within a matter of minutes. Below, we’re going to break down the main features so you become more knowledgeable!
Pile Height - As we noted in the previous section, artificial grass has improved many times over in recent years and this has led to an array of different products in the market. The first feature you’ll notice is ‘pile height’ and this essentially describes the height of the fibres; your choice will come down to preference. While something under 30mm will give a freshly-cut look, anything over 40mm tends to weigh itself down and struggles to sit upright.
Colour - Next up, you’ll be able to choose from a list of colours and, again, this is all about personal taste. Perhaps you have a light decking nearby or certain lighting in the area? If you choose a reliable company, they’ll offer samples for you to test so make use of this.
Pile Density - Just as the name suggests, pile density describes the thickness of your grass; having a density too low will lead to a sparse look. In the past, we’ve found that anywhere between 16,500 and 18,000 will work well (this is measured in stitches per square metre).
If you aren't sure what combination of these three features you need, please don’t hesitate to ask the company you’ve chosen; all high-quality artificial grass providers should be willing to discuss ideas so you get the best end product possible and this leads nicely into our buying advice.
With a simple search online, you’re likely to find an abundance of companies offering artificial grass so how do you choose which is right for you?
DIY? - First and foremost, are you planning to lay the artificial grass yourself or do you want a professional service to do it for you? Over the years, millions of people have chosen the DIY option without any issues and the step-by-step guide later will show you how. If you need a professional, the following advice will similarly apply.
Research - Nowadays, the internet is a fantastic tool when looking for a business to meet our needs. Not only can you look on a company’s website, you can view their profile on social media and see what previous customers are saying about their service. If a business has numerous negative reviews, you know to avoid them and look elsewhere. While on this theme, it’s always a good idea to get opinions from friends and family members because they may have artificial grass already.
Experience - Would you hire an accountant who has never worked with someone’s accounts before? The answer is likely to be ‘no’ here, so why do the same when your garden deserves the best? Especially if you have a unique piece of land or specific requirements, learning what projects a business has worked on before can be incredibly useful.
Take Your Time - Finally, please don’t ever rush into a decision just because you want to get it done immediately. Unfortunately, there are plenty of stories online of people who made the wrong decisions with their lawn only to end up having to pay thousands for repairs or for a professional to fix previous mistakes. If you take your time and choose the right company, you’ll have the best quality turf around.
Laying Artificial Grass - Step-by-Step Guide
While some will choose a company to lay the artificial grass on their behalf, many prefer to do it themselves so what does this process entail? Before getting started, be sure to read the installation guidelines the company provides with the turf. Just in case you haven't even bought the turf yet, we’ll start from the very beginning!
- 1Take Measurements - If your garden is a simple rectangle, this shouldn't be an issue. If it’s a little more unique, don’t be afraid to break the space down into smaller sections. From here, you can work out the total square metres of turf required.
- 2Buy Your Grass - Using our buying advice above, you can now find a reliable company who produces high-quality artificial grass. If you aren't able to buy the exact sizes you need, we suggest ordering 5% to 10% more than necessary to account for wastage when fitting
- 3Remove Grass and Lay Foundations - With your artificial grass in tow, you’re ready to remove any existing grass (a turf cutter will come in handy here!). Before laying, remove old patio space or decking and then clear around 50mm. Once ready, spray some weed killer and then firm the area using builder’s sand. Depending on the pile height you’ve chosen, lay anywhere between 25mm and 80mm of sand; if there’s paving at the side, you’ll need the grass level so experiment and take your time.
- 4Level the Surface - Before laying any grass, make sure the sand is compact and level the lawn across the surface. In truth, a heavy roller isn't entirely necessary because something like a scaffold board and a hammer will work just as well. If there’s debris or an uneven patch, this will be exaggerated and noticeable when the turf is laid so look carefully.
- 5Weed Prevention - Some manufacturers will have weed membrane built into the artificial grass but, if this isn't the case with yours, don’t panic because you can pick some up for an affordable price. Make sure the membrane covers the surface before nailing pins around the edges so it stays in place for the next stage. Do not use grass killer on fake grass if weeds do come through, it should be a simple matter of pulling them out as they usually cannot take root efficiently.
- 6Start Laying - With the area prepared, start unrolling the lawn using right angles (rolls should be next to one another once laid out). At times, small amendments can be made with a craft knife; on the back of your turf, the tread marks should act as guidelines and make the process easier. If you don’t want all visitors to immediately notice the lawn, make sure the grass strips are all laid in the same direction. If there’s a lean, it’s better to point this towards the house so it looks fuller from inside. Before joining the seams, allow the grass to lie for a minimum of 24 hours.
- 7Join the Seams - At this stage, you’re nearly there but you now have a tricky operation in joining the seams. Where two strips meet, lay some joining tape underneath the grass. Then, apply adhesive to the tape and fold the grass back down so both strips get a slice of the tape. If the strips are too far apart or too close together, you might encounter problems with aesthetics so allow them to meet naturally in the middle. NOTE: NO GRASS SHOULD TOUCH THE ADHESIVE.
- 8Secure the Edges - With intervals of around 20cm, hammer in some joining pins around the edges of the lawn and this should secure it tightly and prevent sections of the grass from working loose; no pins should be visible through the grass.
- 9Brush, Trim, and Neaten - Once this is done, all that’s left to do is ruffle the surface with a wire brush, trim the edges, and just neaten any areas so they blend with your existing garden rather than standing out. Again, a craft knife can be used to clean up corners and any other areas that don’t quite blend in.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)
To finish this complete guide, we want to answer some frequently asked questions to get you ahead of the game as you start looking for products!
If you had any questions about artificial grass before, we hope they’re all answered now. Remember, research the market to find the very best artificial grass, spend time considering the colour, length, and density, and take your time when laying the grass. If you do everything correctly the first time, there shouldn't be a need for repairs or a fixing project.
With artificial grass and reduced maintenance, you can get your garden back and enjoy your weekends once again. Not having to water and feed the lawn, all your attention can go on the flowers and plants and your friends will be blown away when they come to visit!
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