If you’re looking to buy synthetic grass (also known as artificial grass) then you should know that there’s more to just picking out a colour and a length nowadays. A few decades ago even it might have been that simple, but with the advancement of technology, we are not able to offer a much larger variety of styles to suit every need and every outdoor space.
Our Northampton artificial grass experts have put together this handy buyers guide for you, so you can quickly understand the options out there and narrow down the choices to find the best one for you.
The pile length of your artificial grass refers to the length of the synthetic grass blade, and choosing this is highly dependant on what you will be using the space for. For gardens that are just for aesthetics, you will want a longer pile, and for higher traffic areas you will want to go shorter. Shorter piles still provide great cushioning so are great for sports areas and kids play areas, and are easier to clean.
When you buy good artificial grass, it should always come with flecks of brown and other colours embedded within the design. However, you can sometimes choose exactly which green, and you’ll be surprised how much of a difference small changes make to the overall appearance. Get samples of a few different colours in a few different designs, and see how they look in your garden compared to your usual grass or next to other foliage; since you can choose your colour, you should try and match the natural shade as best you can whilst taking the opportunity to complement the rest of your garden.
The length is not the only thing that matters; density will improve the cushioning, which is often a key factor when buying artificial grass, depending on the intended use. When you get your samples, weigh them and times the amount up to represent 1m2. This should be around 3kg for a good quality synthetic grass.
For your base underneath your artificial grass there are three main options that can be used, but we mainly recommend the top two:
- Type 1 aggregate
- Sharp Sand
- Sand In-Fill
Whilst sand in-fills are initially cheaper, due to weather and natural erosion, you have to get the sand base topped up every year or so, which can make what should be a minimal-maintenance option, a lot more difficult to manage.
Both the other two options are long-lasting bases for domestic installations. However, for commercial or high traffic outdoor areas, or if you simply want some extra peace of mind, utilise sharp sand with what is called ‘shockpad’ for a more robust installation.
Finally, the installation. Firstly, ensure that you are trusting a reputable artificial grass professional by checking their previous work – all good installers should have a portfolio ready to view. You can see ours here. Check they offer the right type of sub-base (although by this point you should know which type you should need for your usage). Check for additional costs that may not be included in your initial quote such as time for preparation, as well as groundwork and levelling. Lastly, check your guarantees since specialist artificial grass professionals offer workmanship guarantees to give you peace of mind when it comes to the seams and joins of your grass (the areas often botched by poor-quality installers).
Check your grass looks good afterwards, and if you have any queries, get in touch with your installer who should be happy to ensure you are 100% satisfied with your new lawn. Once you’ve picked and fitted the perfect grass for you, get to enjoying your new low-maintenance garden area!