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Artificial vs Real Grass

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Choosing between artificial and real grass can be a tricky decision when landscaping. Some prefer real grass because they like the smell of fresh grass in the morning while others prefer artificial grass because it requires less maintenance.

To determine the most suitable grass for you, you should know which features, and the kind of look, you prefer. Considering the pros and cons will also help you to select between artificial grass and real grass to lay in the garden.

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  • Aftercare Installation

After installation, grass needs extra care whether you use the artificial or the real one. For general maintenance, real grass requires regular watering, weeding, as well as feeding fertilizer for it to remain in good condition. Some people like to do this aftercare themselves to save cost. 

Never think that you can just leave the artificial one because it also needs aftercare. For regular maintenance, you have to scrub off any dirt and clean away fallen leaves. Whenever you discover any torn part, it must be filled with proper material. 

  • Durability

Without regular weeding and trimming, a fake lawn may last more than 10 years without needing replacement. However, you need to step or do activities on it carefully. Because any sharp hit can cause damage and an artificial lawn cannot repair itself. The reparation for artificial turf sometimes can be pricey. 

When talking about replacement, real grass offers a more affordable option. Anytime you find a damaged part, you can just dig it and replace them with fresh grass. 

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  • Surface Temperature

Artificial grass tends to get hot under the sun and it also releases heat both day and night. So, if you don’t want to feel hot when stepping on its surface during the day, it is better to place artificial turf in shady areas. 

Meanwhile, the real grass keeps providing a comfortable place for a walk even in the middle of the day under the sun. It is because the real lawn has a natural cooling effect and doesn’t release heat. 

  • Environmental Effect

Take into account the effects on the surrounding environment. The real turf offers fewer effects to the environment as well as just needs regular watering and energy like other plants. Besides, it is easier to decompose.

On the other hand, artificial ones are often made from synthetic material which provides more effects to the environment. The production of artificial turf also requires high carbon. They are not degradable and pretty hard to recycle. 

  • Cost

Covering gardens with real grass naturally will come at a low cost. Perhaps, you only need to spend money on soil improvement and irrigation to support their growth. Artificial lawns cost more than real ones. Not to mention the installation cost. 

Why We Chose Artificial Grass For Granddad’s Garden

Ant’s dad, my father-in-law, who everyone calls Granddad, is getting on in years and recently moved to a small 2 bedroomed flat because his 3 bedroomed house had become too much for him.

New Flat, Unsafe Fence

He’s lucky with the flat he got because it comes with a small garden, however, it wasn’t a very safe place to be for a while because the fence was rotting. On the other side of the fence was a steep drop into a wood. To keep his dad safe, who is quite unsteady on his feet now, Ant put a makeshift chicken wire fence around the small patio area so he couldn’t fall down into the wood if he lost his balance while out in the garden.

Finally, They Fixed the Fence!

Ant got straight onto the landlord’s agents as soon as he noticed the fence, which was before Christmas last year.
They finally came and fixed it last month!

Now that Granddad can use the garden safely, Ant wanted to make it a nice place for him to sit out and enjoy the sunshine. The new design had to take into account the fact that Granddad isn’t as mobile as he used to be so it all had to be low-maintenance.

The last time he tried to get out and tidy up the grassy area he found it difficult and a kindly neighbour came and did it for him 🙂

Patio Slabs

It was decided that the small patio area would be extended so he wouldn’t have to keep asking for help with the mowing and he would get some nice patio furniture.
Plans changed while they were out shopping, however; Ant found some artificial grass that cost less than the patio slabs were going to cost.
He suggested it to Granddad and surprisingly, he liked the idea!

We like to watch garden makeover shows and they use artificial grass quite a lot. Now we know why; it looks great, it’s easy to put down and you never have to mow the lawn again!
If you like the idea of artificial grass but aren’t 100% sure about making the change, you can get free artificial grass samples from Lawrence Lawns.

Garden Furniture

Ant thought that this time of year would be great to get a bargain when it came to buying some garden furniture.
Disappointingly, it seems they were about a week late because all the shops they visited had sent the garden stock back to storage!

Luckily he saw some online today that are on sale so he’s going to show them to Granddad to see which he likes best.

Before, During & After Photos


Granddad's garden before - overgrown and uneven


Granddad's garden during the update - bare earth and a straggly patch of grass


Granddad's garden with new artificial grass

Granddad's garden with new artificial grass and a border laid with bark

Ant put bark down on the border by the fence and we’re going to plant up some pots to give him a bit of colour.

We fetched him a small storage shed from Argos today so he can store any cushions that come with the garden furniture and his lawnmower, which will still be used by his grandson to keep the bit of garden around the corner of the flat, tidy.

Best Choice

Ant definitely made the best choice with the artificial grass. It looks so much nicer than more patio slabs would have looked, Granddad gets to keep his garden looking like a proper garden and we don’t have to worry about him getting injured while trying to mow the lawn!

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Garden Hacks For The Person Who Hates Gardening!

Hacks For Those Who Don’t Like Gardening

Now that we have been experiencing the odd weekend heatwave now and again, more and more of us are heading out into our gardens to host and socialize. If you live in a fairly small house, your garden can be the ideal place to catch up with friends without everyone being tightly packed in – and even if you have room in your home, catching some rays outside can always be a pleasant end to the day! But what if you’re a bit of a garden-phobe, and you haven’t touched your grass or plants in – well, years?

Gardening certainly isn’t for everyone. It can be time-consuming, and you have to educate yourself to some extent about plants, soil, and fertilizers. You may not have the time for this, or perhaps it simply doesn’t interest you. But that doesn’t mean to say that you too can’t have a beautiful garden to be proud of. Sure, with summer essentially upon us, you might be in a race against the clock to create a space worth hanging out in. But it IS do-able – even if you’re the least green-fingered person on the planet!

Pick simple plants

Your favorite flower may well be an orchid… but if you think you’re going to be able to grow a selection in your back garden, you may be in for a bit of a surprise! Exotic flowers are notoriously hard to maintain, and should you go ahead and plant them; you may just be created more work for yourself. Opt instead for low-maintenance plants and flowers that don’t require much attention. Evergreen hedges and shrubs can pretty much be left to their own devices all year round, and petunias and crocuses are colorful flowers that tend to be fairly durable.


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Install an artificial lawn

Keeping a pristine lawn can often be harder than it looks. Cutting it can be hard manual labour, especially if your mower leaves much to be desired. Then, it’s a matter of dealing with dead patches, a waterlogged surface, and all manner of weeds that inevitably grow in there. To save you time, money and effort, in the long run, replace your natural lawn with something like LazyLawn Artificial Grass. This is also a perfect option if you have kids, as you can let them run amok playing games in the garden without fear that their activities will damage your lawn.

Alternative decor

A beautifully decorated garden doesn’t need to be all plants. There are other ways to create an engaging, dynamic space – such as by installing an eye-catching sculpture or a water feature. Water features, in particular, can add a relaxing air of zen to your outside space, and many manufacturers will also install them for you. If socializing outside is what you mainly use your garden for, put down some decking or paving and pitch up a stylish gazebo. Furniture isn’t just meant for inside the home, so invest in some stunning outdoor tables and chairs for an easy way to add character to your garden.

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