The Evolution of Artificial Grass

Artificial Grass

The manufacturing technology of artificial grass has evolved enormously: artificial grass can now be used in a variety of ways.

1964

The first artificial grass applications dates back to 1964 – 1968. They were marketed under the name Astroturf. The natural grass in the well-known Astrodome Baseball Stadium in Texas (USA) was replaced by artificial grass, the so-called Astroturf.

In these early stages, artificial grass was mainly used on hockey pitches and tennis courts and only later on football pitches. The football pitches used artificial grass which had a long pile height and in order to keep them upright and to comply with certain sport technical standards, the artificial grass was filled with sand and/or rubber granules.

1990’s

In the nineties, the Americans were first to use artificial grass for landscaping. In the year 2000, artificial grass for landscaping was first introduced in Europe.

2008

Since 2008, non-infill artificial grass products were introduced to the market. Developed by Namgrass Artificial Grass and really set the standard for fake grass across the world. Namgrass consists of a long pile height with different shaped yarns and fibres to add support and stability to the grass so it remains upright – just like natural grass!

Removing the sand infill increases the number of ways for which artificial grass can be used. It can now be used in gardens, on a balcony or roof terrace, for smaller surfaces, for indoor applications, in a showroom, at an exhibition or festival and for temporary applications (when the artificial grass needs to be moved).

Present

Over the years, not only have we been able to evolve our products not just by improving the materials used but also how it looks to suit a variety tastes. From the neat, dense look of the Elise, the darker looking Meadow, to the wilder looking Breeze, Namgrass & The Artificail Grass Installer really have it covered.

Yarn to Roll

Watch how Namgrass is made – from yarn to roll.

 

For more information visit www.theartificialgrassinstaller.uk or call AGI on 07871 654088 or 01367 242600.

Outdoor Space Matters

Artificial Grass

There is no doubt that a garden can make your house a better home. You could have the most beautiful house in the world, in the most exquisite location, but if the garden is nothing more than a ‘postage stamp’ sized concrete mess its usability, desirability and ultimately its value will be greatly decreased.

Aspect and orientation

I think if we all had the choice, we would opt for the garden with the sunny aspect and stunning vista across the sea. But the reality is not very many of us can afford to be that ‘picky’ over such ‘wishes’. However, there are a few things to bear in mind when looking at a house and its garden: a north facing garden, surrounded by trees is never going to get much light, and as a result of this, plants, natural grass and the alike will suffer. So what if you have found the perfect house, but the garden is facing the wrong way, or you are surrounded by huge trees and shrubs which are zapping all the light away, obviously you can’t do anything about the orientation of the house, but you can investigate further to see that anything can be done to improve the amount of light coming into the garden or house e.g. removing or cutting back of trees (always check for TPO’s first – Tree Preservation Orders, you will need to ask your local council for this information). Or can the garden be modified to enable a usable area to be created in a sunny spot? If done in the right way, making improvements like this will inevitably make your garden more usable.

How will you use your garden?

A pretty obvious one, but if you have lots of young children, or indeed you are elderly. A garden with lots of level changes and steps etc. is never going to make the most practical proposition. However, if you are a keen gardener, and would like the challenge of creating a space on differing levels and dividing the areas, then such a garden would be ideal.

Is the garden overlooked?

It’s quite rare these days to find a garden which is not overlooked at all from at least one angle, but is there space in the garden which is not overlooked, or can you do something to make it more private e.g. plant some nice trees that could add some interest to the space also (not just throw in a conifer hedged)?

Ground conditions

It’s always useful to have a good wander round the garden, to see if there are any apparent issues with the ground for example has there been any settlement in the garden, does the patio or lawn appear to be draining well ? It’s quite common these days, especially with new developments for gardens to have been just ‘dressed over’ with a layer of topsoil, but underneath there could be a compact layer of soil or other debris from the building site that could cause not only issues with drainage, but also restrictions on what plants will grow well in the garden further down the line. So a soggy lawn or lying water anywhere in a garden is certainly something to look out for.

Potential

Ok so you have your dream home, but it’s let down by the garden, or there is not enough parking at the front. So then you need to assess whether or not the garden has the potential to be worked on and make the changes you need e.g. it’s a North facing garden, but you can clear an area to create a patio in a ‘sunny spot’, or you can remove some plants or trees to allow more light in. You may need to call on your imagination for some ideas, or even get some advice from a garden designer, to see what exactly is possible.

So there’s a few points to consider when looking at your garden, ultimately it always comes down to choice, but by taking into consideration a couple of these points, you are at least giving some thought to your outdoor space. Follow our blog for garden design lawn ideas and artificial grass inspiration.

Making your artificial grass look newer for longer

Artificial grass is probably one of the best investments you could make in your home. Gone are the weekends spent trying to tame your lawn, or telling your children (or dogs!) to wipe their muddy shoes (or paws!) from the garden. Instead, you will have extra precious time to spend on what you love to do and you’ll have the added benefit of having more space in your garden or garage – you won’t need to store a lawnmower anymore!

With this in mind, you want your grass to look as perfectly manicured as it was when you first had it installed, and we have a few tips to make your grass last longer.

1. Protect heavy traffic areas


As with heavy traffic areas in your home for example your front door, you would take extra care to make that area withstand extra traffic into your beloved home with a door mat. The same goes for your garden entrance too. Think of your garden as your outdoor carpet and that will also need to have something to withstand extra traffic into your garden. As such, just as with natural grass, we recommend having a paving slab or two to step onto right under the stepping point from your home.

The paving slab will take the initial impact from the step down onto your grass. The reason for this is that the impact from the step can quickly cause the fibres of the grass to sit in different directions making it appear different from the rest of the area which does not receive as much traffic. Whilst there is no problem with the grass itself and it does not affect the durability of it, the paving slabs offer a more aesthetically pleasing solution to ensure your lawn looks more uniform all round.

2. Rotate heavy equipment


Football goals are a popular feature of a family garden and goal mouths are a high impact area. There is no reason why artificial grass cannot be used for sports areas as it is installed successfully in thousands of schools, however if you are playing sports on the grass make sure it has a heavy sand fill.

Try to move equipment round on the grass, so you don’t end up with one spot being worn more than another so we recommend moving the goal from time to time and brush the area with a yard brush to stimulate the grass pile and freshen it up. It is quite normal for the grass to sit flatter in these areas than others that do not receive as much use.

3. Consider placements of decorative pieces


More often than not, once you have artificial grass laid, you tend to want to ‘finish’ the garden using additional plants and decorative pieces. What you need to consider is whether there are any mirrors, shiny features or any glass adjacent to the area you are installing – even a garden shed window? It is quite common to have these in a garden so we wouldn’t recommend to not have one but the placement of the grass and the shiny objects are an important consideration. If they are in full sun for the majority of the day, the suns rays can be reflected and magnified onto the grass causing it to burn. Therefore, the layout is really key in ensuring that doesn’t happen.

By considering these tips, you’ll be sure that the investment you made in your garden lasts longer and in turn rewards you with a garden that looks newer for longer.