Alternatives to grass lawns
Almost all homes in the UK have at least one grass lawn – many have two; one at the front of the property and one at the rear. It is not just houses that are bordered by lawns, but our apartment blocks, communal buildings and schools too.
There are countless reasons to maintain a healthy lawn. One – it is important to take pride in the appearance of your home and a well-maintained garden can make a positive impression on visiting family, friends as well as your neighbours. It’s also for yourself – you can shape and mould an outdoor space into a sanctuary of your very own design.
Lawn maintenance is not only expensive and physically demanding – it is time consuming too. Deciding exactly which plants are the best fit for your garden and then sourcing and planting them can take a while. Even when you’ve decided on all the components, you have to regularly invest time into ensuring that they are all well-cared for and have everything they need. Mowing, edging, pruning and watering are all tasks that will eat into your week, which is why more and more homeowners are looking for alternatives to grass lawns.
Until relatively recently, if you didn’t have the time or money to maintain a good looking lawn, your only real alternative was to use concrete, bricks or decking to cover your garden – all of which lack the vibrant green appearance of the best natural grass lawns. Even the best artificial lawns resembled a shabby green carpet.
All of this has now changed. Due to advances in technology, artificial lawns are now so real and life-like looking that it is difficult to tell the difference between a well-manicured real grass lawn and a modern artificial grass lawn. In fact, many people prefer the appearance of an artificial grass lawn, and when you consider the fact that the artificial option requires very little maintenance, it makes it seem like a no-brainer for many a busy homeowner. If you are considering an artificial lawn, artificial grass installers Lawrence Lawns are an excellent choice.
Why not combine artificial with the real thing?
Now I don’t mean installing the highly sophisticated combination lawns used by top tier football clubs! If you still want some real grass in your garden you can install artificial grass over the bulk of your garden and leave a small area or border of real grass. Using this system you avoid the hassle of maintaining a substantial grass lawn.
Using artificial grass in combination with real grass makes for a much more manageable lawn. If you do decide to go for a combination of both, it is important to maintain your real grass so that it doesn’t look like an unsightly mess next to your unblemished artificial lawn. You will have a lot less real grass to look after so regular mowing, weeding and watering shouldn’t be too much of a chore. You may even have time to rotovate and sand your lawn in the autumn and then reseed it in the spring.
Whatever you choose, whether to stick with a full real lawn, convert to all artificial grass, or use a combination of both natural and artificial surfaces, you should now have a stronger grasp of the materials you can use to make your garden visually appealing and easy to maintain.
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