Case study: Queens Grass in a large Victorian garden

Often older houses have large established gardens with an abundance of trees and shrubs. One such property in Newmarket was just that. Victorian in age, complete with a large brick archway once used for horses and carriages to the side of the property, the garden was an absolute delight, surrounded by out-houses – stables, tack rooms and washrooms; all in keeping with Newmarket life. The charming gentleman owner explained that he had lived there for well over fifty years and although he loved the garden and the wild life it attracted, he was no longer physically able to tend the large garden and give it the love it deserved. The garden, split in two halves by a path contained a concrete plinth, concrete edging that was unstable and huge falls in height from one side to the other. The gentleman wanted an absolutely perfect lawn in his garden, so opted for the three tone green Queens artificial grass.

The Challenge:

Access to the property was through the Victorian archway. Due to the property being on a main road a skip could not be left outside. A small public car park beyond one of the garden walls was used for the delivery of materials which had to be loaded directly into the garden.   The existing concrete edging needed to be made good, the concrete plinth needed to be removed and the difference in height needed to be addressed. Artificial grass lawns are not laid billiard-table flat, unless of course your existing garden is that flat. They normally echo the natural fall of the garden for two reasons; to aid natural drainage and to look more natural. This was a large garden, over 100 sqm, with limited access and an abundance of mature plants to protect and consider.

The Process:

The existing grass was dug up and removed from site using ‘muck away’. All concrete paths and edges were made safe and secured. Excess soil was removed from the highest levels and put onto the lower levels to even out the area, however still maintaining the natural fall. Once the area was cleared it made it easier to see where the edges around well-established trees and bushes needed to be placed. Ever Edge edging system was used to create curves to allow for a natural look. With all the edging in and secure, a Terram 1000 weed membrane was laid first, followed by type 1 MOT stone. A 10mm screed of sharp sand took almost a day to complete due to the levels and sheer size of the garden. A second membrane was then laid and fixed (nailed or glued) to the edging giving the base protection ready for the heavy grass to be laid on.

Once in place, the Queens grass was joined and carefully fixed in place. A top dressing of Kiln dried sand allows the pile to stay upright and weighs the centre of the grass down. A brush up using a power brush and an afternoon of beautiful sunshine left the garden looking immaculate and a job that all staff at Artificial Grass Cambridge were exceptionally proud of.

The Result:

As the owner of the property said on completion “I can hardly begin to tell you how thrilled I am by the outcome of the team’s expertise and meticulous attention to detail.  They have done a wonderful job, exceeding all my expectations.  It’s a joy now to gaze on an area that so recently was wilderness.
You are all due my thanks, admiration and congratulations for having achieved and demonstrated professionalism of the highest order.