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