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How To Choose The BEST Artificial Grass For Your Garden

So you’re thinking about getting artificial grass for your lawn? They are an excellent investment – no more mowing, no more sneezing and they always look beautiful.

But how do you pick the right one?

There’s a minefield of “pile lengths”, weights, colours – not to mention prices – staring you in the face and it can feel like stepping into the unknown.

Don’t panic – we’re here to help.

In this guide, we’ll go through your artificial grass options, why they matter and the pros and cons of each. You’ll walk away feeling confident in your choice and (hopefully) avoid the despair of staring at your new lawn with buyers regret.

What do I need to think about when I’m looking at artificial grass?

There are a number of things to consider when you’re looking for artificial grasses, so firstly we’re going to go through the top questions you should be asking yourself before you buy.

What kind of furniture, if any, will be used on the area?

If you’re going to be putting anything on your grass that’s going to weigh it down, remember that it could permanently cause pressure marks. Shorter synthetic grass stands the best chance of bouncing back from heavy pressure if you think you’re going to have lots of furniture on your grass.

Do you have pets that will use the grass?

Some artificial grasses have more drainage holes than others, so it’s good to look out for either grass marked as ‘pet-friendly’ or ones that feature ‘good drainage’ if your pets are likely to use the lawn to go to the toilet. You can also purchase special infills to go under the grass that help clear the ammonia faster, or you can use grit sand under the grass to help with drainage.

Will the grass be used for lying on or sunbathing?

If you want to use the area to lie down on, you’re much more likely to want a soft grass. We’d recommend a longer pile grass, at least 20mm and we’d recommend ordering a free sample so you can touch the grass yourself before you buy.

What borders the area?

For artificial grass to look good when it’s installed, it’s really important that you achieve ‘clean lines’. If you have a flower bed edge or a tree near the edges of where you’d like the lawn to go, it’s a good idea before installing the grass to install a border or edging around these areas. You don’t have to, but adding a clean edging can really help you get the final aesthetic perfect, and help make installation easier, even when the edge isn’t straight.

What exactly is artificial grass pile?

Grass pile refers to the height of the grass; but beware that some places refer to the height including the backing, whereas others refer to the height of the grass strand from the backing upwards.

Longer piles, around 30mm to 40mm+, will generally have a more natural look whereas grass around 20mm will look more like freshly cut grass. Before you buy any artificial grass, we highly recommend that you get grass samples (they’re often free of charge) so that you can view them in situ, to see the overall affect of the colour, pile and density.

Should I care about density and weight?

The density of the grass refers to the number of strands that are sewn into the backing. A lower density is usually more suited to a lower traffic area, however, the critical difference is often the angle you’re looking at it.

If you’re likely to view your grass from a balcony, it may be wiser to invest in a higher density grass so it looks great from above because lower density grass can look a bit sparse when viewed from the top. If you’re not going to be viewing it from above, or don’t mind as much, a lower density grass might be a great way to save money.

The weight of your grass shouldn’t normally affect your decision; however it is something to think about carefully if you’re installing the grass on any sort of structure, or on a balcony for example, as the building needs to be able to hold the new grass weight comfortably.

How should I choose the colour?

The colour of your grass is, of course, personal preference.

However, we would highly recommend getting samples of your potential grass and viewing them in your garden if at all possible. It will give you the chance to view your chosen colour against the backdrop of the other plants and features of your garden as well as seeing it in real daylight.

Remember, grasses may look a very different on a shop floor under fluorescent light, or on your computer screen, than in your garden in the sun.

How much should I buy?

Once you’ve measured the area you’re going to install the grass into, you can calculate the square meterage that you’ll need right here (unless your area is a particularly complex space or funny shape). If your chosen area isn’t rectangular and is made up of various shapes, try to break down the area into 2m wide spaces if you can, and allow a decent overlap – at least 10cm – over the borders.

Most artificial grasses are manufactured in widths of 2m and 4m, so this should help you find out the number and length of rolls you may need.

You don’t want to have to buy your grass rolls separately if you can avoid it – although manufacturers try their best to ensure colours are as close as possible, similar to fabrics, each time the grass is manufactured there can be slight differences in colour depending on the batch.

Although this shouldn’t be too obvious, it could stand out if you have one small area that happens to look a slightly different shade of green than the rest.

Where to buy artificial grass?

You can buy artificial grass in DIY stores, although they often don’t have much variety on offer because they’re such a large item to stock, so it’s usually preferable to look online.

The big advantage to buying online is that you can order multiple samples (from the comfort of your sofa) as well as having the heavy rolls delivered straight to your door.

It’s often cheaper too!

Want to get the best deal on artificial grass?

Whether you’ve decided to go with a soft, natural-look long pile grass or a short, hardwearing nylon version, you could get the very best deal on artificial grasses online right here at eDecks – we offer artificial grass starting from just £5.16 per square metre.

We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for most artificial grass installation projects – and definitely any products we sell online. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice for your artificial grass project today.

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.

**Prices all correct at time of writing

8 Cheap Garden Makeover Projects You Can do THIS Weekend

Looking to spruce up your garden this summer? Here are some garden makeover ideas you’re bound to love – big and small – that you can do this weekend to make a big impact!

Update your lawn with artificial grass

If you’re getting frustrated with looking after your lawn, the best kind of garden makeover might just be replacing it. Artificial grass has come a long way in the past few years and is a great way to get a beautiful lawn without the headaches. No more mowing. No more watering. No more patching. No more weeding. No more draining. No more mud. No more hayfever. No more stress!

Just a beautiful, neat, photo-worthy lawn 365 days a year.

And you can get artificial grass from just £4.94 per square metre. It’s incredibly simple to install – you could be enjoying your lovely new lawn in time for your weekend barbeque!

Check out everything you need for your artificial lawn right here.

Paint your fence a new colour

Fancy a change but don’t want to break your back? Painting your fence might be the perfect way to bring a brand new lease of life to your garden.

Whether you choose a bold colour, like slate grey or sage green, or just a simple wood stain, a new colour border around your garden could be just the makeover your garden needs. It might be even easier to repaint than you think with a Ronseal Fence Sprayer – so you really won’t need to break your back over it!

Check out affordable fence paints right here.

Build some neat garden planters

Want to bring some beautiful colour to your garden but don’t want to intrude on your lawn? Why not add a few neat planters to your space?

Wood planters look especially beautiful, tying in with most gardens, you can even paint or stain them to work in harmony with your fence or decking colour scheme.

They don’t take long to build, are incredibly handy if you like a change because you can move them around your garden until you find the perfect spot and are super low maintenance.

Check out some beautiful garden planters right here.

Create some beautiful borders

A super easy garden makeover is adding some beautiful new borders to sections of your garden. Making clean lines in between distinct areas, like paths, flower beds, lawns and decked areas can be the perfect way to make a serious impact in your outdoor space.

You can use line blocks or a chalk reel line to ensure a super straight edge when you dig out the border, or for the perfect curved border, you can lay out your current hosepipe in the curve you want and mark it with chalk powder.

You can create a planting border along any edge in your space or make a simple border with wood lawn edging, bricks or even natural stone, depending on the aesthetic you’d like to go for.

Build a spot for climbing plants

If you love the look of climbing plants like wisteria or ivy, you can create a beautiful natural focal point in your garden by adding a simple trellis for these stunning plants – whether it’s in a corner, on one wall or to top your entire fence.

If you’d like to create something that really stands out, you could try either a pergola or a garden arch – either of which can be used for climbing plants and can cover seating so you can enjoy your garden under the shade and scent of your fresh flowers on hot summer days.

If you have a large garden, you can make a serious statement with a walkway pergola – which isn’t as hard to install as you might think, and can be a breath-taking addition to any garden.

Build a firepit

Once the sun goes down, your barbeque doesn’t have to end. You can bring your garden back to life with a firepit!

It’s easier than you might think – you can make a simple above ground fire pit by digging up the grass in the area you’d like the pit to be, creating a small brick wall surround and just ensuring you line the bottom with a good fire pit filler – whether it’s fireproof bricks, a steel bottom or crushed lava rock.

If you’d prefer to dig the firepit into the ground you can easily do this too – and it makes a great spot for sitting around on a summers evening.

If you’d like to add more light to your garden for the evenings you could even try adding lighting to your deck – which we had to mention since we are eDecks after all!

Install an easy deck

Decking doesn’t have to be expensive – you can get an entire decking kit for £79.99 right now at eDecks – but they really can transform your garden. No more muddy feet, just beautiful wood decking, which looks incredible on nearly any home.

Most decks are reasonably simple to install too – but the fastest and likely easiest options are decking tiles or a decking kit.

Decking tiles interlock and can give you a beautiful deck with little hassle, even for the amateur DIYer. Decking kits can come cut to size, with pergolas, rope or wood railings and are one of the simplest ways to add a deck to your garden with little hassle.

A beautiful deck can even be a great selling point for your home if you’re looking to get your house on the market.

Build a new shed

If you don’t have one, or yours is looking worse for wear, why not build a new shed? It might be the most advanced garden makeover project on this list, but it could have the biggest payoff – and might be more affordable than you think.

You can get everything you need for your new shed right here at a great price – and really let your imagination run wild because we have all the raw materials you could want!

Want to get the best deal on garden makeover supplies?

Whether you’ve decided to get some new artificial grass, put in a simple border or go all out and build a brand new deck in your garden, you could get the very best deal on garden makeover supplies online right here at eDecks.

We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for most garden projects – and definitely any products we sell online. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice for your garden makeover project today.

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour delivery on many products

ONLY FSC certified sustainable wood products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on composite decking (and frequent big discounts!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.

**Prices all correct at time of writing

Planters: Adorn Your Garden with Flowers, Plants & Herbs

With Spring hopefully not too far away now, it is the perfect time to start planning some outdoor blooms to create your very own outdoor oasis, whatever your personal taste. Here at eDecks, we not only sell the usual tools and materials you may find from other DIY companies, but a wide range of planters to fit all gardens of all shapes and sizes.

Our Elite Hexagonal Planter is available in Medium (£31.19) and Large (£41.59) and is a heavy duty planter which has been create using smooth timbers. Our planters are pressure treated against rot and are delivered to you pre-assembled, therefore perfect for starting the job this weekend! Our heavy duty planters are also available in an Elite Square shape (£36.39) which you will be able to fill with your favourite flowers or even herbs and plants.

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This simple yet sophisticated Wooden Garden Planter Box (£51.99) is slightly raised and has been handcrafted by skilled craftsmen. Using only solid, durable materials that have been carefully selected to stand all outdoor weather conditions as well as being pressure treated to prevent rot and decay, this Wooden Garden Planter Box will be a delightful vision whilst relaxing in your garden.

wooden garden planter box

The Bella Rosa Planter (£29.99) is an elegant trellis and trough planter which is ideal for small spaces in your garden or yard. The trellis makes it perfect for climbing plants, growing plants or herbs and it is made from FSC mixed source timber and pressure treated green for a longer life. The base of the planter has small feet so that the trough is slightly raised and it is to be self-assembled but comes with full instructions and a hardware pack. This is also available as the Rosa Planter (£48.79) which is a larger version of this pretty garden feature.

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The Elite Planter Nest (£72.79) consists of one large and one medium planter, which are heavy duty planters made from selected smooth timbers. The material used to create these neat yet stylish planters is pressure treated to prevent rot and decay giving you a perfect base to add some colourful flowers to your garden.

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The Corner Planter (£45) is the option to go for when you are wanting more of a garden feature to house your plants, flowers and herbs. This fabulous planter allows you to plant several levels of flowers, plants or herbs, providing opportunity for a varied display and a greater chance for creativity to add height and depth to your garden planting scheme. The Corner Planter has been manufactured from planed timber which has been pressure treated which will help prolong the life of it.

corner planter

Another stylish feature planter is the Herb Wheel Planter (£48.06). This delightful herb wheel is designed to join together with interlocking timber logs to form a hexagonal wheel with six sections in which to cultivate your herbs, or of course this can also be used for flowers and plants. As with all eDecks products, you know you will receive a planter made from a high quality timber.

herb planter

If something more modern is to your taste, then we recommend the Elite Tapered Planter (£49.39). This planter is made from high quality, smooth planed timber that has been pressure treated for a longer life, and crafted into an eye-catching shape that look great by your front door, on the patio or your decking area. The planter is delivered to you fully assembled, complete with a liner so all you need to do is choose what you are going to plant.

elite tapered planter

If you are wanting to update your garden on a budget, we also offer a Small (£10.39) and Large (£17.46) Treated Garden Planter. These are made on a budget using our discount decking timber but are still pressure treated to help protect the wood from rot and decay. They will still be able to add charm to your garden once filled with beautiful Spring and Summer flowers.

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Last, but certainly not least, we have the stunning Raised Corner Planter (£119.59), which is certainly going to add a feature piece to your very own oasis. At three feet high, the three individual compartments of this planter are easy to tend and can be very productive. Whether you are growing vegetables or decorative plants, sowing and weeding herbs, flowers and salad leaves, it is super simple with this planter. The Raised Corner Planter has been made using pressure treated timber to ensure it is long lasting and resistant to decay and perfectly complements the ergonomic design.

raised corner planter

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Planters around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

Weed Membrane: Woven v Non-Woven

Creating your perfect garden landscape can be hard work, but there are products out there that work all by themselves to make your life so much easier! Weed membrane fabrics are making a huge difference to modern gardens by stabilising the ground, improving drainage and filtration, separating aggregates and spreading imposed loads. Ensuring you choose the right weed membrane fabric for your project means understanding the differences between them – a key one being whether they are woven or non-woven.

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Woven Weed Membrane fabric is made by weaving polypropylene tapes together. Using this crisscross pattern makes the fabric super-strong but limits its drainage capabilities compared with the non-woven variety. The strength and hard-wearing qualities of woven weed membrane give it a high tensile strength, making it suitable for use under patios, paths, parking areas and for other applications where a high strength but economical membrane is essential.

Although Non-Woven Weed Membrane has a lower tensile strength than the woven type, it still offers great strength, durability and excellent drainage properties. Non-woven weed membrane is a felt-like fabric made by thermally bonding polypropylene or a mixture of polypropylene and polyester fibres and then finishing using needle punching, calendaring and other methods. This type of fabric is easier to cut, has a high water permeability rate and does not lose strength over time, in the same way as the woven fabric does, when used below ground. This makes it ideal for use beneath driveways and roads and in land and storm water drainage systems, where long-term ground stabilisation and filtration is required.

Woven or non-woven weed membrane can be a gardener’s best friend and whether you are looking for ground stabilisation, separation of sub-base layers, aggregates and other materials, or drainage and filtration, there is now a fabric that is right for the job.

Weed Membrane

eDecks offers three different types of Woven Weed Membrane, including a Standard strength, Heavy Duty and Super Heavy Duty. Whether it is under your deck, paving, driveway or planting area, weed membrane will prevent nasty weeds coming through. As well as reducing garden maintenance, weed membrane allows water and nutrients to penetrate the soil.

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Weed Membrane around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge. Please check the eDecks website for more details.

Fencing: A Guide to Overlap and Vertilap Fence Panels

Fencing is a good option for adding privacy and security to your garden and with Spring on its way, it’s a good time to stop and take stock of your garden plans for the seasons ahead. Dependent upon budget, purpose and size, the variety of fence panels available is plentiful and choosing the right fit for your garden can be a struggle, however, here at eDecks we like to make things as simple as possible for our customers, and we will equip you with the knowledge you need to make a decision on what works best for you.

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Overlap Arch

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Vertilap Arch

If you would prefer a heavier duty fence panel, then vertilap fencing is the best way to go. The design means that each wooden board covers part of the next and so allows no light through yet creates a very private fencing area, as well as adding strength to the fencing panel. The added strength is excellent for security, but also helps if you or your neighbours has pets, so that they stay on the correct side of the fence. They are available in both vertical and horizontal overlaps, some boasting heavy duty boards and even made to measure.

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Overlap

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Vertilap

If you are on a budget, overlap fence panels are a common and wallet-friendly solution. Whilst these panels are not quite as strong as alternatives such as vertical lap panels, they are super easy to install, as well as being inexpensive whilst still providing your garden with privacy. With our handy guide below you can install your very own garden fencing area!

  • 1: Ask the Neighbours – Every new fencing project should begin with consulting your neighbours; this has as much to do with keeping good relations as it does practicality as constructing a new fence is always easier to do if you have access to it at both sides.
  • 2: Pick a Type – It is important to find the right type of fencing for your garden, and here at eDecks we offer a wide range to choose from so it is worth considering what you are wanting from your fence before making a decision. Overlap fence panels are constructed from overlapping horizontal boards and offer high levels of privacy at a very good price, with heavy duty vertilap being the strongest fence panels, offering a perimeter fencing that is very sturdy with a high privacy level. To calculate how many fence panels to buy, start by measuring the area that you want to cover. Since fence panels are usually 6ft wide, you need to divide the length of ground by six to calculate how many panels you will need. For example, an area of 30ft would require 5 panels.
  • 3: Post It – With your fence panel designs taken care of, it is time to then get started installing the fence posts. Steel fence posts are by far the more sturdy option in comparison to wooden fence posts, but they do require more effort to put up. Timber posts on the other hand, are relatively easy to erect so they’re perfect if this is your first time building a fence. If you are using timber posts, we do recommend extending their lifespan by using a wood preserver of your choice.
  • 4: Supporting Cast – Next up, you will need to set the posts in using concrete or steel fence supports to keep them in place. Both methods are good options for securing your posts in the ground, although if you choose to set your posts in concrete, you will require longer fence posts. For a six foot high fence, you will need eight foot long posts, as they will need to be buried at least two feet deep. If you are using steel supports, then these can be the same as the fence panel length.
  • 5: Let’s Prep – Begin preparation by marking the line your fence will follow with string, attaching it to posts along the boundary line. Any climbing plants or dense grass should also be cut away to allow easy access to the area.
  • 6: Diggin’ It – If you are using wooden posts, make sure the holes are at least two feet deep; any shallower and your fence will become wobbly during strong winds. Using your boundary string line as a guide, dig holes at both ends of the line, aiming for holes that are three times wider than the width of the posts. For example, if your post is 4x4inches, dig a hole 12x12inches wide. This will ensure the concrete foundation will be sturdy enough to secure your posts. Mark an 8ft scrap of timber two feet above the bottom to make sure that the depth of the holes are correct and if the mark lines up with the ground, your postholes are deep enough. If you are using steel fence supports, place a piece of scrap timber into the support and hammer that into the ground until the top of the steel support is level with the ground.
  • 7: Set in their Ways – If you are using steel supports, you will not need to worry about securing your posts in the ground, but if you are using wooden posts, you will need to set concrete around them to hold them in place. Once the first and last postholes are ready, position your post and ask a friend to hold it in place. You can mix your own concrete if you prefer, but a 1kg Postcrete mix will work just as well. The Postcrete mix will set in just a few minutes so ensure that your posts are straight using a spirit level. Slope the concrete away from the post using a trowel to get the water to run away from the base of your posts. Next, attach a new line of string on the top of your bookending posts to make sure the other posts line up correctly all along the boundary. You can also use this line to quickly check that the heights of your posts are correct too. With the line in place, you are then ready to continue digging the other holes if you haven’t already done so. Measure out and mark the position of the holes by placing the fence panels against the first post.
  • 8: Putting up the Panels – Now that the posts are in place, nail the post clips to the fence post first and then onto the fence panel. Two or three U-shaped clips per post will be enough to hold the panel in place. Keep the base of your panels from rotting and installing gravel boards. You can protect the top of your posts by using a decorative post cap. Prevent the cap from splitting by drilling a hole into the cap before you attach it to the post.

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Overlap

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Vertilap

eDecks offers some of the best deals on maintenance-free Overlap and Vertilap Fence Panels around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

Handy FREE installation guides.

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge. Please check the eDecks website for more details.

10 Year Guarantee against rotting! *Provided all products have been fitted and maintained to the manufacturer’s recommendations. *