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Fake Grass vs Real Grass: Which is better?

Fake grass (aka artificial grass) is fast becoming a popular option for both front and back gardens in the UK. In this article, we’re going to explore which is better – fake grass or real?

Fake grass was originally engineered to replace real turf for use in sports, and as such, boasts major features that real grass can’t:

  • no maintenance
  • no reseeding
  • no need for irrigation
  • no mending muddy patches
  • no lawn mowing
  • very hardwearing
  • looks bright and green all year long

Fake Grass vs Real Grass Aesthetics

In the beginning, it remained only popularly used on sports pitches, likely because it was an expensive new technology and didn’t quite have the same aesthetic as a ‘real lawn’ can give you. However, in recent years artificial grass has become more “lifelike” in the way it looks and as such has become far more popularly used in gardens.

New designs mean that rather than a single green colour throughout the grass, they now come with multi-tonal blade colour options which mimic real grass astonishingly well. They also come with different ‘pile lengths’ so you can have a short, “freshly cut” look lawn or a longer, “natural look” lawn.

You can now be extra picky with the exact colour lawn you’d like for your garden too, rather than worrying about which grass type might grow well in a particular part of your garden. With free artificial grass samples, you don’t have to guess from a photo online either – you can really see the colours in situ before you buy.

Because artificial grass now has so many great looking options, it is fast replacing real grass in popularity – it looks neat, never has patches, gets boggy or full of weeds.

You might even have some neighbours with an artificial lawn already and not realise it!

Fake Grass vs Real Grass Care

A huge reason people now opt for fake grass is simply low maintenance.

You can throw away your lawn mower, stop worrying about watering your lawn and fixing patches and simply enjoy your beautiful, perfectly green garden 365 days a year.

As you may well know, upkeep of a real lawn can be a nightmare – you can get weeds, your lawn can dry out and die (often in patches), you may need to reseed areas (especially if you own pets) and if you live in an area where there’s not quite enough sun, or too much water, you can face a whole host of problems with grass dying back and muddy patches left in their place. Fake grass simply takes away all the hassle and leaves you with a great looking, clean lawn.

Fake Grass vs Real Grass Use

Some people prefer the feel of real grass but, surprisingly, fake grass can actually be the softer option. It’s manufactured using a similar method to carpeting and the different thread types make it very soft underfoot.

If you’d like a luxury extra, you can even get a soft, bouncy underlay which makes your grass feel incredible to walk on. Most artificial grasses already come designed with some lower ‘brown’ threads that mimic the softness of grass really well, so the underlay isn’t entirely necessary – but it does feel great!

Although fake grass doesn’t have that freshly cut grass scent, it is kinder to hayfever sufferers which means everyone can lay out on the lawn without coming up in a rash.

Artificial grass boasts excellent drainage too so if you have pets it’s the perfect option. If you love your house to be spotless you can even wash your fake grass if you like!

As it was initially created for use with sports, fake grass often stands up better to hard wear and tear than a natural lawn, so if you use yours for sports, or have kids playing on it a lot, it might be your best chance at keeping a beautiful lawn year-round.

Overall, we think artificial grass is the best option – it is far more economical in the long run, with much less maintenance and, let’s face it, zero stress. The only thing fake grass can’t give you is that freshly cut grass smell – but we certainly feel never having to mow, patch or water again far outweighs that drawback!

Which artificial grass should you buy?

If you’ve got your heart set on a new fake grass lawn, you’ll be glad to know there are many options you can choose from. However, if you find that the options become a bit overwhelming, you can get some quick tips and guidance before you buy with our guide to help you choose which artificial grass is right for you.

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 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:

Superfast 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

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

Grass: Sprucing Up Your Garden For Summer

With Summer not too far away now, we wanted to showcase the different types of grass seeds, grass seed spreaders and weedkillers we have to get your garden looking stunning this Summer.

With regards to grass seed, we have many different varieties, available in 1kg increments up to 10kg and then also a 20kg option.

eDecks Economy Grass Seed: This is aimed at keeping the cost low for the consumer without affecting quality. A low maintenance mixture producing a yield that will look good all year round. It is perfect for large landscaping projects where value for money is priority.

economy seed

eDecks Hardwear Lawn Seed: A very hard-wearing lawn mixture with Dwarf Amenity Ryegrass. It is fast-growing with an outstanding degree of water tolerance and is ideal for gardens which need extra protection against wear and tear and is especially suitable for family use. Hardwear Lawn Seed produces a superb surface suitable to a range of recreational uses.

hardwear seed

eDecks Quality Fine Lawn Seed: A ryegrass-free ornamental lawn mix which offers quality at an affordable price. This mix produces an exceptionally thick, dense turf which provides a good year-round colour.

quality fine seed

eDecks Low Maintenance Grass Seed: A slow-growing mixture which requires minimum upkeep. This seed gives a stunning fresh green colour across the seasons, combined with a good wear tolerance. We recommend this as a superb choice for surrounds within urban or rural developments, housing or industrial estates. An economical purchase needing very little maintenance once established.

low maintenance seed

eDecks Shady Area Lawn Seed: This grass seed has been created for a lawn which is deprived of light. This mix uses ingredients which are tolerant to low light areas, enabling you to still have a successful yield all year round.

shady area seed

eDecks Childs Play Lawn Seed: The child’s play mixture is a dual purpose mix, which offers durability with an excellent appearance. You will find it quick to grow and it will put up with anything and everything a child can throw at it.

childs play seedf

eDecks Renovator Mix: If your lawn is looking tired and you are wanting to bring it back to life, then this is the lawn mixture for you! The Renovator Mix is easy to establish and has rapid germination.

renovator seed

eDecks D.O.T. Verge Grass Seed: A quick way to establish a mixture that offers drought tolerance and soil stability on slopes and embankments. This mixture will tolerate road salt and exhaust fumes so is safe to use on grass verges etc.

dot seed

eDecks General Sports Pitch Seed: This is a versatile mixture containing both fine leaved perennial ryegrasses and fescues that will not only perform well under close mown management but will leave a dense and even sward. This is vital where consistent bounce is a pre-requisite, such as tennis and cricket. General Sports Pitch Seed also performs well under wear and is ideal for football, hockey and more.

sports seed

Here at eDecks, we like to make your life as easy as possible, and so along with our wide range of grass seed, we also offer two different grass seed spreaders. The first, our Budget Grass Seed Spreader is a domestic year-round broadcast spreader and allows you to cover large areas quickly. It is suitable for the distribution of seed or fertiliser.

budget spreader

The second one we offer is the 36.5kg Seed Spreader, suitable for spreading seed and fertiliser with a 36.5kg capacity hopper with an adjustable flow rate and pneumatic tyres. This all-round broadcast spreader is suitable for applying fertiliser and seed and the polypropylene hopper sits on a black powder coated frame, with enclosed gearing, a folding handle and a multiple feed setting control which gives a maximum spreading width of 3m.

36.5kg spreader

In order to rid your garden of those pesky weeds, we offer many different weed killer products, the first being the Bayer Garden Weedkiller Sachets. This is a systemic weedkiller which kills most tough and deep-rooted weeds including brushwood, bracken and ivy. These simple soluble sachets can be dropped into water and applied using a watering can or a sprayer. The ground will be suitable for immediate replanting once the weeds have died.

bayer

Another option is the Long Lasting Ground Clear, which is great for killing weeds prior to laying decking. It is a unique systemic broad spectrum residual weedkiller that can be used to clear overgrown areas of the garden as well as around woody ornamental shrubs and trees such as roses and on gravel paths and driveways. It is classed as a modern alternative to sodium chlorate.

long lasting ground clear

We also offer the Weedol Spray Gun Root Killer which is a ready-to-use solution which gives fast-acting visible results and effective, systemic root kill, so that the weeds don’t return. This effective and easy premixed weedkiller provides economical control of large areas of weeds all around the garden.

weedol spray

Another spray option is the Roundup Spray Ready To Use Weed Killer, which kills quick-growing annual weeds as well as tougher deep rooted perennial weeds such as ground elder and bindweed and fully degrades in soil allowing replanting. Roundup Spray is a pre-diluted ready-to-use glyphosate weedkiller that kills weeds right down to the roots so that they don’t re-grow and sprayed lightly onto weeds leaves it starts working in hours and kills most garden weeds and grasses with a single application.

roundup weedkiller

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Grass Seeds, Grass Seed Spreaders and Weedkillers 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.