26 Mar Say Goodbye to The Patio
Artificial Grass is the Perfect Garden Solution
Forget grass or concrete outside your French doors. There is a third option that combines the best of both worlds.
Winter is behind us, the Beast from the East has been sent packing and at last, spring is in the air. As we look forward to the warmer weather and longer evenings ahead of us, thoughts naturally turn to the garden. Soon, it will be alive to the sounds of the kids playing and the barbecue will be pressed into action.
For those of us who are looking to spruce up the patio area ready for summer, there is a general conception that the choice is either grass or a hard surface such as concrete or paving slabs. However, many are turning to a third option, and choosing to install artificial grass as a garden solution that brings the best of both worlds.
Let’s take a look at the different options, weighing up the pros and cons.
A grass lawn looks great. It is natural, and provides something of a cushion when the kids get down to some rough and tumble. On the other hand, it needs maintenance, and you will be out there with the mower practically every week during the summer months.
There is also the fact that it is easily damaged, particularly if there is a combination of rain and foot traffic. Your immaculate lawn can soon have the appearance of a muddy wasteland, and to add insult to injury, you will end up with half of it trodden through your house – particularly if there are youngsters or pets around.
A Paved Patio
The traditional patio has become something of a staple in middle class suburbia. Paving stones are reasonably inexpensive, and are not too complicated to install. They are also hard – wearing, and as long as you fit them properly and do not abuse them, should last for years.
On the flip side, they do not have the warm, natural feel of being on grass. There is something a little cold about concrete, and if the kids fall flat on their faces, a paving slab is far less forgiving, and there will almost certainly be tears and emergency TLC needed.
The other problem with a patio is that it is by no means maintenance-free. The slabs can soon become stained, and keeping them looking their best is time-consuming. They also act as a barrier between the surface and the ground, meaning that if you have heavy rainfall, drainage can be a problem.
Artificial grass has come on in leaps and bounds over recent years. It is genuinely difficult to differentiate it from the real thing, so it creates a warm, natural and welcoming environment. Best of all, though, once it is installed, there is no need to get out there with the mower every weekend. You can just sit back and enjoy it.
Artificial grass can also withstand anything your kids or pets can throw at it. Whatever the weather, they can be out there playing football to their hearts’ content, and you can be confident that the rainwater will drain away, the garden will look as good as ever, and none of it will be stomped through the house.
It really does represent the best of both worlds.