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Synthetic Grass Vs. Real Grass – Which One Should You Choose?

As we gear up for summer, the thought of labouring away and maintaining the garden can be a daunting prospect for some. Others, on the other hand, relish the chance to get their hands dirty with some good ole’ DIY. However, there comes a point where each DIYer is faced with weighing up the benefits of synthetic grass vs. real grass.

Both have their merits, but which one is the right fit for you?

Weather

It’s not uncommon for many areas of the United Kingdom to experience all four seasons in one day. Us Brits have managed to adapt – with the invention of waterproof cagoules and fold-away brollies, but unfortunately, grass has yet to follow. Consequently, the harsh conditions of British weather can strip away at lawn vegetation and, even with the tender loving care of avid gardeners, lawns can become dry, cracked and unsightly.

For this reason, even those blessed with the greenest of thumbs turn to synthetic grass in order to spend more time tending to other more fruitful activities, without having to worry about battling the hostile elements to ensure the lawn stays a healthy green.

Time

One of the biggest advantages of synthetic grass is the massive reduction in dirt and mess being dragged back into the home. For gardens that are well-loved by children and pets alike, artificial grass comes without the muddy territory – a massive timesaver for busy parents (and pawrents!)

Furthermore, synthetic grass gardeners save on the bills by no longer having to water, nurture and mow the lawn. This is particularly ideal for those who are time-strapped and often only bring out the lawnmower once the garden looks like a small jungle.

Environment

For many, the biggest disadvantage to using synthetic grass is that of the environment and local eco-systems. Many wildlife activists advocate the use of real grass for the reason that using a synthetic lawn removes the habitat which plays home to many insects and birds.

On the flip side, some may argue that the use of a lawnmower in fact adds to the carbon footprint, and those interested in helping to preserve the local eco-systems can add items such as bird-feeders and flowering plant life to their gardening regime to help prevent the decline of local wildlife.

Synthetic Grass – Making Your Decision

For many, the biggest concern about having a garden with synthetic grass is the finished product looking and feeling “fake.” Fortunately, in the recent years artificial grass has evolved to be almost indistinguishable from the real thing – and prospective buyers’ fears can be assuaged by ordering inexpensive grass samples.

Ultimately in the debate of synthetic grass vs. real grass, the decision to go for the real deal or fake it is very much down to each individual and their personal requirements.

Keen to try a synthetic grass garden but not sure what to pick? Why not get in touch with our friendly customer services team on 0844 474 4444 or dive right in and nab a bargain from our great selection of artificial grass on sale now?

design your own deck

Top Tips to Help You Design Your Own Deck

What separates a good deck from a great deck? Forward-thinking design. If you’re gearing up to start your own decking DIY project, then you’re in luck! Join us as we share our top tips to help you design your own deck!

Gather Inspiration

You may already have a rough idea of what you want your deck to look like, but ordering a load of materials and diving straight in isn’t the best approach. Instead take the time to gather inspiration and consider what sort of decking fits in with your garden and home.

Social DIY havens such as Pinterest are a great place to begin gathering inspiration. Create a mood-board of your ideal decking and collate ideas into different collections. As you gather more and more photos of decking, you’ll be able to identify common themes and establish quickly the sort of materials you’ll need to craft your vision.

Put It onto Paper

Once you’ve taken the time to curate your own decking mood-boards, the next step should be to compare your inspiration to your garden. Be realistic and compare the scale of your inspiration decking to what is viable for your garden – going too big will dwarf your garden, and going too small will look out of proportion.

Begin “brain-dumping” your ideas onto paper – draw sketches of your garden to help you establish the optimum size of decking for your backyard.

Consider Limitations and Features

When planning to design your own deck, be sure to factor in considerations such as the time, budget and manpower available to assemble your decking.

Not sure where to begin? A brilliant place to start is with our customer projects – all of which detail the cost, number of people required to build, length of time to complete and even the very materials used!

Also consider safety requirements and ask questions like: will the deck attached to the house comply with building regulations? Will the decking require security railings? How will the changes in level be handled? Will there be any additional features to enhance the aesthetic?

Design Your Own Deck with eDecks

Designing your own deck can seem a tad overwhelming. If you’re feeling a bit out of your depth, our super-friendly eDecks Sales Team are only a phone call away and would be delighted to give a helping hand! Get the ball rolling and give them a call on 0844 474 4444!

Already prepared with your decking design? Head on over to explore our cheap decking supplies to crack on with your project here.

Are you planning to design your own deck? Or do you already have a plan in place? Share your top tips with us in the comments below!

artificial lawns

Top Tips for Maintaining Artificial Lawns

For many, the biggest draw to choosing an artificial turf over real grass is the ability to bid farewell to time spent mowing the lawn. However, that’s not to say there isn’t some recommended work required to really get the best out of artificial lawns.

A little bit of maintenance can go a long way in helping to extend the life of artificial turf and help to keep the grass looking just that little bit greener. Check out our top tips to maintaining your artificial lawn!

Give It a Brush

When you first install your artificial grass, the infill sand used will help to shape, structure and bed in your turf. Therefore it’s recommended for a minimum of six weeks to eight weeks to lightly brush the grass to remove any surface debris. Don’t be too forceful though – remember the turf is still bedding in, so brushing too vigorously could potentially leave you wish a misshapen garden.

After that point, it’s recommended to bring out the brush to remove any debris and foliage around once a month. The best results can be achieved with a medium soft bristle brush – you’d be surprised how much a quick run over the garden will spruce up your artificial lawn.

Weed Out Unwanted Plants

Artificial lawns will see to a massive reduction in number of weeds and unwanted plant life that will crop up in your garden, but it’s worth bearing in mind, because synthetic grass is porous (allows water through), it won’t be uncommon to see the odd particularly tenacious weed poking through.

There are a couple of ways to deal with this – the first being to simply take the top off the weed – knowing it will grow back soon enough. For a more permanent solution, a water based weed killer can be used up to twice a year. Approach weed killer with caution though – use anything other than a water-based concoction, and you’ll risk irreparable damage to your lawn.

Remove Unsightly Stains

As with any stain, the best chance you have of removing it is to act quickly. Should your artificial lawn be faced with a stain, dive in with some hot soapy water (washing up liquid is suitable) and give the stain a scrub. For oil stains, mineral spirits will also be helpful. If you’re faced with the unfortunate task of dealing with animal mess, remove it as quickly as possible, followed by a wash down the area.

Caring for Artificial Lawns

Artificial lawns are fuss-free and require minimal maintenance in order to really look great. If you’re looking to stock up on lawn care supplies for the summer ahead, head on over to eDecks now to snap up a bargain!

What are your top tips for caring for artificial lawns? Share with us in the comments below!

how to install artificial grass

How to Install Artificial Grass in 6 Steps

Great news – you’ve decided to save yourself all that time you spend mowing the lawn by replacing it with artificial grass. You’re looking forward to spending more time enjoying your garden and relaxing, but before you get to that stage there is just the matter of getting your new lawn in place.29

Here at eDecks we pride ourselves on being helpful to our customers, and as a family run business we believe in keeping things simple. To that end, if you are wondering about how to install artificial grass then you need to wonder no longer – here is our guide to getting your new lawn in place in 6 straight-forward steps.

Step 1: Preparation

The first stage in any DIY project, as you probably know, is the preparation.

Measure out the area(s) that you are going to lay down the artificial grass, ensuring that you get your measurements absolutely spot on, so you don’t end up with gaps (it’s good to measure then leave a couple of days and do it again to make sure you don’t rush and make a mistake). Then decide exactly what you want your lawn to look like: we offer lots of different options and variety, meaning you can choose everything from the exact colour of your new lawn to the thickness and length of the ‘grass’. We also offer our Cut to Size service, which will save you lots of your precious weekend by having everything cut to your specifications rather than you having to do it.

Step 2: The Digging

Once you’ve measured it all out, ordered your new grass and are waiting for its delivery you should get the area ready (although you’ll have to be quick as our delivery is famously fast!). Start by removing the old lawn, if there is any, and then dig out the soil that was underneath that. Not only will this remove all roots and other weeds, but it will give you room to add in a base layer, for a better looking lawn.

Step 3: The Base Layer

Once your area is dug out, you need to make sure there’s a firm base layer. This will ensure that your lawn is smooth and level, with no strange lumps that could damage the grass or make it uncomfortable to walk on. It will need to be compacted and flattened, so allow enough time for this and for it all to set firmly.

If you want your lawn to be even softer, you might want to consider adding in a base layer of shock pad matting to make it even more comfortable to walk on – it works the same way as the layer under your carpets.

Step 4: Laying your Lawn

If you’ve used our Cut to Size service, this next bit is easy (providing you roll it out the right way!). Start at one edge, and simply roll out the grass, ensuring that any joins are secured discreetly. For larger and thicker lawns, it’s worth remembering that your rolls of artificial grass are going to be heavy – get someone to help you, as it’s all too easy to injure yourself!

Step 5: Securing and Filling

Once your new artificial grass is rolled out, it’s time to secure it. Using Ground PINS, your lawn will be easy to secure and won’t be going anywhere. Space them out evenly around the edges and throughout your lawn to make it firmly held down, remembering to hammer them in flush to the base of the lawn so they cannot be seen.

Step 6: Enjoying!

With your new artificial lawn now in place all you have left to do is sit back and admire your handy work, or better still get the whole family together for a barbecue safe in the knowledge that your grass will not become patchy with people walking over it.

How to Install Artificial Grass – Stock Up!

Now you know how to install artificial grass, head on over to stock up on artificial grass essentials here.

Winter Garden

Winter Garden: 5 Top Tips to Repair and Prepare

We all know it’s the toughest time of the year for our beloved winter gardens, but fear not, we at eDecks have compiled this handy list of winter garden top tips to help your garden flourish throughout the coming months.

1. Spruce Up Your Garden Pathway!

Yes folks, it’s time to dig out that tub of elbow grease and find your trusty old stiff brush, as we recommend getting to grips with that garden path and restoring it to it’s former glory with a good old fashioned sweep. Use this time to clear out any growing moss, lichen and weeds that have taken root during the year and have that path looking spic and span for the forth coming new year. A clean path to the New Year.

eDecks tip: Use rocksalt to keep all paths clear and safe for when the ice and snow arrives!

2. Can You Dig It? We Recommend You Do!

Provided your soil isn’t waterlogged or frozen, we recommend giving your beds a good clearing out. Dig and fork the soil to loosen it up, allowing you to clear out any weeds and look into adding compost or manure to start the process of building up the soil structure. This will also help to create a moisture and food reserve for your plants and vegetables.

eDecks tip: Brighten up your garden with winter bedding, such as sweet peas and pansies.

3. Let the Pruning Commence!

Yes, it’s time to get out those pruning shears and start trimming back those bushes and trees for the winter. We recommend starting off by clearing all dead and diseased branches, then moving onto removing any buds facing into each other. This makes sure you won’t have any damage as the buds begin to flower later in the year. Finally, it’s always good to look at reducing any particularly long branches, we suggest cutting back a third of their current length.

eDecks top tip: Make sure your pruning shears are sharp to avoid crushing and tearing areas, as this can lead to disease and frost damage.

4. Don’t Have a Compost Bin? Start Now!

Winter can be the perfect time to kickstart your compost bin and start feeding back the nutrients from your garden waste, right back into your plants, trees and shrubs. The trees may look a tad bare right now, but it’s a good chance to take advantage of all those fallen leaves which can be gathered up and added to your brand new compost pile!

eDecks top tip: Buy the right composter for your gardening needs and be sure to pick up one of our ‘one size fits all’ covers!

5. Don’t Forget our Feathered Friends!

Yip, our last and final tip is obviously the most important as we strongly recommend you provide for the birds needs during what can be a difficult time for our flying friends. Turn this into an event with the kids, laying out food and making sure that water supplies are kept fresh.

eDecks top tip: Water baths keep freezing over? Place a floating ball on the surface to stop the water freezing… and hey, if it does freeze over, simply remove the ball to leave a gap in the ice!

Winter Garden – Further Help & Advice

Preparing your winter garden can be a labour of love, however, armed with the right tools and tricks, it will pay dividends in the later months. For more top tips on taking care of your winter garden and more, why not visit our blog on extending the life of your plants in winter?