Maintaining your synthetic hockey pitch

Regular maintenance of your hockey pitch will ensure ideal playing conditions right through the year. It can also reduce the risk of injuries for players and keep drainage at optimum levels. Removing litter and debris from the pitch on a regular basis will help, and this includes pulling up any weeds from the pitch perimeter. The good news is, artificial pitches can fully meet the challenge of the British weather.

Caring For Artificial Turf

The use of a drag brush to push the synthetic surface in different directions is highly recommended, to keep those all-important fibres upright. This is vitally important in busy playing areas such as goal-mouths and pitch entrances. It’s a good idea to have the pitch deep cleaned on a regular basis to keep any tears or discrepancies down to the bare minimum. Water based surfaces can be prone to things like moss and algae around the edges, depending on both where and how the pitch is situated. “Organisations considering the installation of new pitches or refurbishment of existing pitches can use current products with confidence,” says GB Hockey.

Sand-filled And Sand-Dressed Surfaces

This particular design has always been popular with clubs and schools for its silica sand and perfect pile height, allowing for superb cushioning of the ball. You can discover more in this excellent case study. Over time some damage may occur as part of the natural playing process. Both surfaces can be prone to flooding when contaminated, so taking great care over your investment will pay dividends in the long run. We can rejuvenate the surface by using an efficient compressed air system to both remove and replace infill.

Water Based Pitches

Dense and with a short pile, keeping this type of pitch wet will both prolong life and make for smoother and more exciting play. Thorough irrigation is imperative in order to keep the surface in tip top shape. Constant watering is key here, so keeping on top of any accumulated mould is essential with regular cleaning vital in all weathers.

Best Foot Forward

There’s little doubt you can help things along by encouraging players to don boot-wear appropriate for the surface. Sports companies have plenty of advice and styles available. Quality play can also be enhanced alongside a consistent pitch maintenance programme. In fact, they can long outlast a surface warranty with the right care and attention.

The Benefits of a Quality Contractor

Any contractor with a good reputation will also offer guidance on landscaping to help the pitch itself. This might include a separate warm up area, tarmac paths and carefully selected trees. There are lots of ways to help safeguard the life of your artificial surfaces as England Hockey are very aware of.

Testing For Perfection

At Artificial Grass Cambridge, we’re very familiar with techniques used to assess the condition of your hockey pitch, including ball roll testing, slip resistance and even water drainage. All of these things can help both to increase the quality of your sports facility and help us create the perfect maintenance programme, to keep you pitch in the best possible condition.

Combining artificial grass and real plants – best of both worlds

If there’s one thing the British are famous for – aside from our obsession with the weather, that is – it’s our love of gardens. Whether they’re the size of a postage stamp or extend as far as the eye can see, we love our outdoor spaces. In general, buyers see a garden as desirable when hunting for a new home. As This Is Money says, “it’s safe to assume that for most buyers, a house with a garden is more attractive than one without.” However, a garden that looks like it’s going to be high maintenance can actually turn a positive into a negative, especially if prospective buyers aren’t green fingered.

As well as adding value to your property, a low maintenance garden can make your home a more pleasant place to be. Having use of a beautifully designed outside space, (but not having to spend every weekend mowing, pruning or weeding) will give you the opportunity to really enjoy your property, especially in the all too fleeting British summer.

Creating a low maintenance garden

One of the easiest and most effective ways to create a stylish, low maintenance garden is to replace your lawn with artificial grass. Requiring virtually no looking after, artificial grass gives your outside space a hit of bold, bright colour throughout the year. Perfect for gardens of all shapes and sizes, it’s the perfect alternative to temperamental natural grass.

FlowersAdding real plants to the space

Although artificial grass will add a huge amount of colour to your garden, there’s nothing like the smell of fresh flowers on a spring day, so why not add a few real plants to the space as well? When installing your artificial grass, you could leave a flowerbed running down the side of your garden and plant a few low maintenance shrubs and perennials in this area. Alternatively, you could invest in a few eye-catching containers and plant them up with colourful blooms to enjoy in the summer months.

The benefits of combining artificial grass with real plants

Combining artificial grass with real plants gives you the best of both worlds. Although your garden will be low maintenance and easy to care for, you’ll still get the scent of those fresh flowers and be able to admire the colourful blooms as they burst into life in the spring months. What’s more, your real plants will provide a valuable habitat for insects, bees and other creatures, turning your garden into a real haven for wildlife.

If you want to ensure that these living additions to the space don’t cause you too much extra work, buy plants that don’t need too much pruning or watering. Succulents and hardy plants like rosemary and lavender work very well in low maintenance gardens.

Find out more about artificial grass, or get a quote for an installation of your own, by taking a look around our site today.

Artificial grass and roof gardens

Creating a roof garden is a fantastic way to make the most of the outdoor area available to you, especially if you live in a city. As Garden Know how says:

“Rooftop gardens are an ideal way for an urban gardener to expand their space. Rooftop gardens also make good use of frequently unused and wasted space.”

As roof gardens are often restricted by size, access and other limiting factors, they need to be designed thoughtfully to make the most of the space available. If you’re currently considering installing a roof garden, take a look at our tips for creating a captivating elevated area using artificial grass.

Weight

There are a number of important benefits to using artificial grass for your rooftop garden. For a start, artificial grass is a lot lighter than most alternative materials. Weight is often an issue when creating rooftop gardens as most roofs can only take a certain amount of weight. Keeping your garden as light as possible will help to prevent damage to your roof and keep your home in great condition. Artificial grass weighs considerably less than stone, gravel, and natural grass (and in most cases, less than decking as well). This allows you to create a stunning rooftop space without the worry of putting too much strain on the structure of your building.

Maintenance

Another important benefit of using artificial grass in your roof garden design is that it’s very low maintenance. Once installed, your artificial surface will need only occasional looking after and won’t require watering or mowing. This makes artificial grass the ideal choice for a low maintenance, big impact roof garden and gives you the perfect opportunity to create a stunning space you can enjoy all summer long.

Style

If you want your roof garden to have the ‘wow’ factor, artificial grass is the perfect material for the space. The eye-catching, bold colour will brighten up your rooftop and give it a fantastic aesthetic. Giving the impression of a real lawn elevated into the sky, artificial grass will help you to create a focal point for your new outside area.

Installation

Installing an artificial grass lawn for your roof garden is surprisingly easy. As the materials required to create the lawn are relatively light and easy to manoeuvre, carrying them up staircases and getting them into place shouldn’t be too much of an issue. If you use a company that has extensive experience fitting and maintaining artificial lawns, installation will be even easier.

If you’d like to find out more about creating a practical and eye-catching roof garden, or if you want to learn more about the benefits of artificial grass, take a look around our site.

Artificial Grass as an alternative to a patio

A patio area can be a real asset to a garden. Giving you a space you can use throughout the year without fear of mud, dirt or wear and tear, these hard-landscaped spaces are perfect for homeowners who want a stylish and practical garden. Incredibly popular in many parts of the UK, patios are used for BBQs, al fresco dining, playing and all sorts of outdoor activities.

However, although patios are practical they’re not always very attractive. As @RealHomes says, “Replacing a large lawn in the garden of a suburban semi with a sea of gravel is rather boring, and impractical for families with children.” A great alternative to stone, gravel or decking is artificial grass. Eye-catching and stylish, it will brighten up your outside space and give you a usable area you can enjoy all year round.

Maintenance

Any surface you install in your garden is going to need a little maintenance every now and then. Stone and gravel often require weeding and moss removal, while wooden decking needs to be treated on a regular basis to keep it in good condition. Although artificial grass is very easy to look after, it will still need a little maintenance to ensure it looks great and lasts for years. You’ll need to remove debris on a fairly regular basis and occasionally your artificial surface may need a bit of professional rejuvenation. However, as artificial grass is made using materials designed specifically for outdoor life, your artificial surface will look great and perform perfectly for years to come.

Aesthetics

Replace your stone, wood or gravel patio with artificial grass and you’ll give your garden an immediate hit of colour. Bright, bold and very attractive, artificial grass will give your garden the look of a natural lawn without the maintenance. If you feel your existing patio is a little dull, or if you’re looking for a more vibrant alternative to wood, stone or gravel, artificial grass could be the perfect alternative.

Installation

The work involved in installing your new artificial grass lawn will depend on the condition and the surface of your existing outside space. If you already have decking or a stone patio, we’ll need to lay a 10mm shock pad to even out any undulations and create a smooth surface for the installation. Further work may be required if your current surface is broken or if it drains poorly. If you currently have lawn or clear ground, we’ll need to level it out and install the necessary underlay before fixing your artificial grass surface in place.

Find out more about the practicalities and benefits of artificial grass by taking a look around our site today.

Pets and artificial grass

If you’re like most people in the UK, your pets are probably a big part of your family. And whether you have cats, dogs, rabbits, or even reptiles, there’s a good chance that you’ve already altered your home or garden to suit their needs. From installing cat flaps to laying non-slip flooring, all pet owners are happy to put a little time and effort into making their home perfect for their animal.

When it comes to gardens, designing the space with pets in mind is even more important. Dogs in particular need a safe and secure outside space where they can play, sniff, and relax if they’re going to get the exercise and the stimulation they need to stay happy and healthy. By putting a little thought into the layout of your garden, you can create a space both you and your pets will love. As April was National Pet Month, we thought now would be the perfect opportunity to take a look at easy ways to create a pet friendly garden that’s stylish as well as practical.

Pets and artificial grass

Artificial grass is a great choice for pet owners looking for a low maintenance and eye-catching alternative to natural lawn. As @PopMech says:

“Artificial grass is the best way to make a yard dog-proof and kid-proof because there’s no way they’re going to run around and tear up your grass. Plus, it requires zero upkeep on the weekends.”

Even the most energetic puppy won’t wear their way through tough artificial grass. You can be confident your garden will stay looking great no matter how much fun your pets are having.

Reading a book in the gardenDurability

As well as damaging natural grass through play and digging, dogs often cause lawns to look less than lovely by relieving themselves all across the surface. Dog urine can quickly turn green grass brown, creating an uneven appearance and making your garden look a little worse for wear. If you install artificial grass, you won’t have this problem at all. Dog urine won’t discolour the surface and you can easily clean the grass using your garden hose.

Creating a safe space for your pets

If you’re trying to create a safe and secure place for your pets to enjoy, artificial grass is the perfect choice. Dogs will love playing on the surface as will other household pets. For house-proud pet owners, another big benefit of artificial grass is that it will help to keep your home clean. As it’s mud free, the surface prevents dirt being tracked onto your floors and carpets by your pets’ paws, helping you to keep your home looking great.

Find out more about the benefits of artificial grass and the different products available by taking a look around our site.

Attracting wildlife to your garden even if you have artificial grass

As well as being wonderful to look at, having birds, bees and other creatures in your garden is great for your plants and for the environment in general. Helping to pollinate your fruit and vegetables and keeping the ecosystem in perfect balance, all creatures great and small should be welcome in your outside space.

In most cases, birds and bees are attracted to our gardens because of the fantastic variety of plants found there. These plants provide food and shelter for creatures of all types, so creating a diverse habitat is essential if you want to make all animals welcome.

If you have an artificial grass lawn, you’ll need to put a bit of extra effort into your borders, flower beds and veg patches if you want to achieve a good level of biodiversity. Luckily, with a little bit of elbow grease and a few green fingers, your garden could become a haven for wildlife in no time.

Flowers

Flowers are an incredibly important part of any garden. As @The_RHS says:

“Flowers provide pollen and nectar for bees, butterflies and other insects that perform the vital task of fertilisation – seed and fruit production would drop dramatically without them.”

Plant a variety of flowering greenery in the borders around your artificial lawn – the more diverse, the better. If you don’t have any borders, or if they’re already full, invest in a few window boxes and stuff them with blooming bouquets.

Bird feeders

The best way to attract birds into your garden is to feed them. Hang a few well stocked feeders from trees and posts to give birds somewhere safe and convenient to enjoy their food. Most garden centres sell a range of bird seed and other avian treats allowing you to supply the winged visitors to your garden with plenty to keep them going. Putting food out on a regular basis, especially during the winter months, is the best way to ensure birds return to your outside space again and again.

Beehives

If you want to go one step further when it comes to attracting wildlife to your garden, you could invest in a beehive. Once they’re established, beehives are very low maintenance and their presence in your garden will help your flowers, fruit and veg to thrive. Plus, once a year you’ll be able to harvest the honey and enjoy a sweet treat of your own.

FrogWater

Installing a water feature in your garden is a great way to attract frogs, newts and other liquid loving creatures. You’ll find that even a small pond is a big draw for wildlife, especially if you add a few water plants to the installation. If you’re planning on keeping fish in your pond, you may need to install a pump to keep the water well oxygenated.

If you’re interested in replacing your lawn, paving or other outdoor flooring with artificial grass, we can help. Take a look around today to find out more.

World Asthma Day – 1st May – can artificial grass help with asthma?

According to Asthma UK, “There are 5.4 million people with asthma in the UK, which means asthma affects one in every 11 people and one in five households.” This statistic means it’s very likely that you know someone with asthma, or even that you suffer from the condition yourself. If this is the case, you’ll already know just how serious asthma can be and how much it can affect sufferers.

On May 1st, the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) is celebrating World Asthma Day. A fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the condition and encourage people to think a little more about the health of their airways, the day will see events taking place around the world. As well as helping to educate children, parents, doctors and other health professionals about the condition, GINA hopes to drive research and create a brighter future for those with asthma.

In order to do our part to promote World Asthma Day, we’re taking a closer look at how artificial grass can help to ease the condition. Keep reading to find out more.

Asthma triggers

Although different things trigger asthma for different people, pollen is a common irritant and often causes asthma attacks. Grass pollen in particular can cause people with asthma to experience breathing difficulties. Grass pollen is most prevalent in June, July and August, making the summer a very difficult time for those who suffer from asthma. For those with severe asthma, the amount of pollen in the air at certain times of the year can make leaving the house impossible.

Replacing your lawn with artificial grass

If you or someone in your family has asthma that’s triggered by grass pollen, replacing your lawn with an artificial surface can help to reduce the frequency of your attacks. Artificial grass doesn’t release any of the pollen that a natural lawn does, allowing you to enjoy your outside space without fear of suffering an attack. Although you can’t control the levels of pollen in the air, keeping your garden and the immediate area around your home clear of this common irritant is a good way to keep your asthma attacks to a minimum.

Installation

If you use a professional company to carry out the work, removing your existing lawn and replacing it with artificial grass will be easy. The installation can be done in just a few days, with proper drainage and underlay put in to ensure the surface stays looking great. Once your new lawn is in place, you’ll be able to enjoy your outside area throughout the summer and really make the most of your garden. Replacing your natural lawn with artificial grass can make a big difference to the regularity of your asthma attacks throughout the summer months. To find out more about the benefits of artificial grass, take a look around our site today.

Britain’s best lawn revealed – but do you have time to mow 6 times a week?

Whether you’re a keen gardener or just an admirer of perfectly manicured lawn, you’ll know there are few things better than a really good lawn. Green, lush, and inviting, these fantastic areas are the ideal place to spend a sunny afternoon in the fresh air.

However, creating and maintaining a pristine lawn takes a huge amount of time, time that many people simply don’t have. Mowing, aerating, seeding, watering, and weeding can take hours every week, with even a few days off causing your lawn to dip below standard. If you want your lawn to look perfect but don’t have the hours to keep it in tip top condition, an artificial alternative could be the solution. Bright, attractive and easy to maintain, artificial lawns can help even the most time-poor gardeners achieve a fantastic finish.

Britain’s Best Lawn

In 2017, the much sought-after title of Britain’s Best Lawn was awarded to Stuart Grindle of Tickhill, Doncaster. The retired joiner has devoted all of his spare time to his lawn for more than four decades, working relentlessly to ensure perfection. According to House Beautiful, Mr Grindle admits to spending, “Around 30 hours a week tending to his garden and he cuts the grass twice daily every other day to maintain a precise height of 5mm.” This adds up to an impressive six mowing sessions a week, and is one of the main reasons the lawn scooped the award.

As well as regularly mowing his lawn, Stuart Grindle also puts new seeds down twice a year, scarifies the lawn three or four times a year to remove thatch and debris, and uses a specialist machine to aerate the grass. With so much work going into the lawn, it’s no surprise that Mr Grindle doesn’t let anyone walk on the grass, not even his family.

Artificial lawn installationHow to achieve a fantastic lawn without the labour

It’s impossible not to be impressed by Stuart Grindle’s dedication and hard work. However, it’s fair to say that most people don’t have the time, or the inclination, to spend 30 hours a week looking after their lawn. If you’re one of the many people who want a perfect lawn without the hard work, artificial grass could be the answer. Requiring no mowing or watering and only minimal maintenance, an artificial lawn could help you to create the garden you’ve always wanted.

If you hire professionals to do the work, installing artificial grass in your garden could be easier than you think. They’ll take care of the hard work and ensure the surface is properly fitted, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your newly renovated garden.

To find out more about artificial grass or to get a quote for your garden, explore our site or get in touch with a member of our team.

Climate change could see all UK lawns replaced by artificial grass

As many gardeners will know, climate change is already having an impact on our gardens. Every year, extreme and unusual weather affects everything from veggies to flowers and many homeowners are finding it harder and harder to cope with changing weather trends. From droughts to floods and heat waves to cold snaps, unseasonable and severe weather is having an impact on us all.

According to a recent report from the Royal Horticultural Society, climate change is set to alter plants and lawns in British gardens even further in the coming years. In the report, The RHS says that “the changing climate will have a big impact on the way we garden.” It goes on to describe how flash flooding and periods of drought are likely to become more common with the growing population. The subsequent pressure on housing will only put more pressure on our outside spaces.

The lawn, a mainstay of any British garden, is particularly vulnerable to climate change. Requiring large amounts of water and sensitive to extreme conditions, grass up and down the country is struggling to cope with climate change. As a result, increasing numbers of people are switching to artificial alternatives and some are even predicting that artificial grass could soon replace lawns throughout the UK.

Artificial lawnGrass and water

Natural grass lawns need a lot of watering to keep them in good condition. On average, a lawn will require around one to one and a half inches of water a week to stay looking lush. In periods of drought, they’ll need even more. If they don’t get enough water, lawns will soon begin to dry out and turn brown. This leaves your garden looking parched and making it less attractive. However, too much water can also be damaging. Flooding can quickly leave lawns muddy, waterlogged and unusable.

Replacing grass with artificial lawns

As flooding, droughts and unseasonable weather become more common, one of the easiest ways for gardeners to keep their outside space looking great throughout the year will be to replace natural grass with artificial lawns. Unlike real grass, artificial alternatives don’t need watering to stay looking green and lush. What’s more, in periods of heavy rain or flooding, artificial lawns won’t become muddy or begin to die in the wet weather. As soon as the sun comes out again, your artificial grass surface will be green, clean and ready to use.

With more than half of UK adults counting gardening as a hobby, climate change is going to have a big impact on a large percentage of the population. If you want to prepare your garden for extreme weather now, take a look around our site to find out more about the benefits of artificial lawns.

Artificial grass and spring allergies

Spring can be a fantastic time of year. Watching plants burst back into life and feeling the warmth of the sun puts most of us in a good mood. For those with hay fever however, spring is often a real challenge. Severe symptoms can make the season a misery, leaving sufferers trapped inside and unable to enjoy the sunny weather.

According to @NasalGuard:

As many as 18 million people in the United Kingdom — about 1 in 4, suffer from hay fever allergies.

Although there’s no way to eradicate the problem of hay fever altogether, there are some steps you can take to minimise the impact of the allergy on your life. One of the best things you can do is replace your existing grassy lawn with an artificial alternative. This simple step reduces the amount of pollen you’re exposed to, and could allow you to finally enjoy your outside space this spring.

Hay fever

What is hay fever?

Hay fever, or rhinitis, is caused by an allergic reaction to spores or pollen in the air. People with hay fever can experience symptoms at any time of year. However, spring is often the most difficult season because sufferers tend to react to grass pollen and tree pollen.

Symptoms of hay fever include sneezing, a runny or blocked nose, an itchy nose or mouth, and tiredness. In extreme cases, sufferers can be left trapped indoors, unable to make the most of their outside space.

Artificial grass and hay fever

Every spring your grass lawn will release pollen into the air. If you suffer from hay fever, this pollen is likely to cause an allergic reaction, leaving you feeling tired, itchy and generally uncomfortable. Replacing your natural lawn with artificial grass can dramatically reduce the amount of pollen in the air around your home. Although eradicating airborne pollen altogether is pretty much impossible, installing artificial grass should help to ease your symptoms and make your garden a more enjoyable place to be.

Installing artificial grass

Installing artificial grass in your outside space is easier than you might think. Hire a skilled and experienced company to do the work and they’ll be able to remove your existing lawn and replace it with an artificial alternative before you know it. As artificial grass is durable and long lasting, you’ll be able to enjoy your new, pollen free lawn for years to come.

To find out more about the benefits of artificial grass, or to get a quote for an artificial lawn of your own, take a look around our site or contact a member of our team.