With torrential rain one minute and bright blue skies the next, the last couple of weeks have shown just how fickle British weather can be. With rain, hail and frigid temperatures just as likely as bright sun and clear skies, maintaining an elegant lawn or sports facilities can be difficult.
Long dry spells can cause grassy areas to crack and turn brown, while sudden downpours can quickly turn a playing surface into a quagmire. One of the best solutions to this very British problem is to replace turf with artificial grass. Tough, durable, and versatile, artificial grass is one of your most effective tools in the battle against the British weather.
Turf can really suffer during long spells of dry sunny weather. Not only can cracks begin to appear, but surfaces that are played on continually throughout the summer months can also start to show serious signs of wear, with large patches of grass disappearing due to overuse. In the garden, lawns will soon become dry and brown, leaving your outside spaces looking stark and unattractive.
As the Royal Horticultural Society advises,
‘regular maintenance is the best way to approach a lawn, and may avoid the need for renovation later on’.
Turf needs to be regularly mowed, weeded and de-mossed throughout the summer months, requiring hours and hours of time and effort on the part of the homeowner to ensure the lawn stays looking good.
Although artificial grass does require light maintenance throughout the summer, it doesn’t require specialist care during dry weather. The tough, durable surface will remain bright green even when the mercury is rising fast, leaving you with an attractive and practical surface to enjoy.
Sudden downpours can be especially damaging to grass if rain comes after a long period of dry weather. The rain can quickly turn a playing surface or lawn into a bog, with the water loosening the already sun damaged blades of grass – causing them to wear away even faster.
If you install an artificial playing surface or even use artificial grass in your garden, these problems will be a thing of the past. Well-maintained artificial surfaces quickly drain excess water and retain their bright green colours even on the dullest of days.
To ensure your lawn or playing surface looks great throughout the summer months, why not replace your fragile turf with tough, hard-wearing and stylish artificial grass? It’s perfect for homes, schools and sports clubs. Artificial grass will help you to get the most out of your outside space whatever the weather.
Photos by Sebastian Klopfer and Joseph O’Connell