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Many people in this day and age are becoming more and more frustrated with gardening and general maintenance of their gardens with the incredibly unpredictable British weather.

Over the last 10 years Astro Turf and Artificial Grass products have become more and more popular, and as the years and technology in the manufacturing process have improved we have seen a vast increase in the quality of these products.

A quick breakdown on why you should choose Artificial Grass:

No Puddles

All products have drainage holes in the back of the products, which can drain roughly 60 litres of water per minute – as long as your preperation work has been done correctly you should never end up with puddles.

Save time, energy and money

You will never have to mow your lawn again, you will save plenty of time with not having to cut or weed the garden, re-turf or even re-seed certain patches of your garden. Not only will you be saving money on your electricity bills but you’ll also be saving money by not buying seeds or other tools for maintenance.

Pet friendly

No more muddy paws! let your pets go out in the garden whatever the weather, they will love it as much as you will.

UV Resistant

All of our products have 5-10 year guarantees from fading, which means your garden will literally be the same colour for that period of time with the astro turf never changing colour from the sun.

Child friendly

No more muddy pets, no more muddy children, no more damaged garden when the kids want to go out and play football.

By choosing a quality Artificial Grass or Astro turf you will always have a garden that is green, clean and tidy

To see our products for yourself why not order samples from here.

With lifestyles becoming progressively busier, few of us these days have sufficient free time to give our gardens the attention and upkeep they require. This is the reason behind the astronomical rise in the popularity of Astroturf.

However, sometimes it can be difficult to see the sports pitch through the sales pitch. Astroturf seems a good choice if you wish to create a lawn over stone flags, but it is important to know the facts before you make your decision.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Astroturf

It’s an appealing idea; a low-maintenance, high-quality lawn all year round, but as with all things, there are pros and cons to having artificial turf.

Here are some of the myths and facts associated with Astroturf.

  • Lower maintenance. Obviously, with Astroturf there is no more need for mowing; however, it is a misconception that it needs little to no upkeep. Astroturf can still be prone to moss and algae, meaning that you will still have to sweep and possibly power-wash your lawn regularly.
  • Durability. Artificial lawns do not last forever, but are usually guaranteed for between seven and ten years.
  • Environmental factors. Having an artificial lawn negates the carbon emissions associated with petrol lawnmowers and certain fertilisers. However, you may find you do not see as great a variety of birds and insects, as many require real grass as part of their habitats.

How to lay Astroturf Over Stone Flags

Preparation

Stone flags are a good foundation for Astroturf, but before you begin, you must make sure they are clean and even. Gaps between your flags could cause your artificial lawn to sag. Filling them in with cement first will prevent this. In order to create a more even surface that is softer underfoot, many people choose to lay a foundation of sharp sand underneath. It is also worth considering laying a membrane beneath your Astroturf if you want to avoid regular weeding.

Cutting and Securing

Artificial turf is available in a variety of widths. Once you have chosen the appropriate one for the area you wish to cover, it can then easily be cut to size using a Stanley knife. Some owners choose to edge the perimeter with timber so the turf can be nailed into place; however, glue is a more popular choice.  If you choose to glue your Astroturf in place, it is essential to leave gaps in the glue to allow for drainage; otherwise your new lawn could become waterlogged.

All in all, Astroturf is a convenient means of creating a lawn over your stone flags, and will provide you with a lush, green garden all year round.

Where to buy the best astro turf?

Here at Touch of Grass we only supply the best quality astro turf. Our astro turf is far superior to cheaper variants with a longer-lasting finish and more realism. We are often complimented by customers about our astroturf ranges, which we are proud to offer.

The astro turf we sell is available in a variety of finishes and it can be purchased by the metre. We stock astro turf for people on a budget such as our 15mm thick Grenada line and astro turf for high-end projects such as our 40mm thick Milan line. Or if you want the best of both worlds, we recommend our 40mm Naples line which costs just £14.99 m2. We have several other ranges to choose from which you can find here.

So for all your astroturf needs, look no further than Touch of Grass.

How much astro turf do I need?

We have prepared a measuring guide to help you establish this. Once you have, it’s easy to order astro turf from us in the correct size. Simply head over to a product that you like and select the length in metres you require and the width. The price will be automatically updated for you. You can also find product specifications towards the bottom of the page.

Is fitting astro turf easy?

Yes, although there are some best practices you should follow. We have prepared a handy fitting guide to help you with this. The most important stage to fitting astro turf is to prepare the area that the astro turf will be installed. You need a nice flat ground with a compound underneath than can absorb moisture. Sand is the ideal material for this.

Request an astro turf sample

The best way to judge an astro turf’s quality is to inspect a sample. You can request a free sample from us for any of our astroturf lines. We will send you a sample pack usually within three working days. The sample we send you will be a decent size so you can judge the quality for yourself. As previously mentioned, we only supply the best quality astro turf.

Visit this page on our website to request a free sample.

Find out more today

To find out more about our astro turf or for a free quote, please contact us here or call us on 01268 419 772 and a member of our friendly team will help you.

Like most things in life, when it comes to choosing an astro turf supplier, important considerations should be made regarding product range, customer service and reputation.

In this article, you will find some of our industry tips for choosing a good astroturf supplier, so that you can avoid wasting your time with inferior products and service.

  1. Range of astro turf

An astro turf supplier might have the cheapest astro turf around, but if they only offer one or two products then chances are they won’t have a product ideally suited to your needs. At Touch of Grass, we have over 10 different astro turf lines to choose from. These range in finish and price to offer everybody the ideal product. We also offer offcuts and deals which could help you save even more money and we are happy to send out free samples.

  1. Check out the company’s online reputation

It is impossible for a company to hide reviews on the internet, so this is where you should start your search. We actively publish customer reviews on our website and we also publish reviews on our product pages. However, reviews aren’t the only thing to look out for. You can also visit the company’s social media pages to assess their level of customer service and interaction with customers; some people will send public messages to companies to praise or complain about a service. Look out for these messages to judge a company’s character.

  1. Avoid distributors – even if the price is unbeatable

When somebody buys cheap astro turf online – usually from a distributor – often the only support they will receive is from that distributor. Unfortunately, distributors offer no warranty on products and they often do not ordinarily accept refunds (only returns and replacements). This is a problem because like everything in life, mistakes happen and one can easily order too much astro turf or the wrong type. Distributors also lack the knowledge to provide you with product support. Because of this, we strongly advise you to buy your astroturf from a reputable company such as ourselves.

Order your astroturf today

At Touch of Grass we have a wide range of astroturf to choose from and we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service record. Speak to a member of our team today to find out more about our range – call us on 01268 419 772 or contact us here.

We receive several emails every week regarding artificial grass and where it can and cannot be installed. Our answer to most of these questions is that artificial grass can be installed practically anywhere, but when it comes to sloping ground, we need to clarify this further as a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer doesn’t cut it. Hence, this blog post.

Sloping ground

Sloping ground has always been difficult to grow natural turf on and it is tougher to maintain than turf on an even ground. Because of this, many homeowners are looking to artificial grass to completely or partially replace natural turf on sloping ground. The obvious benefit to this being zero maintenance and a freshly mown look every day of the year.
The good news is that artificial grass is suitable for sloping ground. It can be installed to the same standards as artificial grass on even ground. However, depending on the gradient of the slope, a special sub-base will be needed which will not move down the slope.

Our recommendations

You can install any type of artificial grass on a slope. This includes all our artificial grass, including the extremely realistic Rome range.
However, special considerations should be made for the sub-base. On even ground, it is common practice to use sand as a base because this absorbs moisture extremely well and replicates the springy feel of soil. On sloping ground however sand is not ideal because over time it can move down the slope. This can result in a ‘bump’ effect on the lawn. Our first recommendation therefore is artificial grass that requires no sand infill. This should then be secured to the ground using pins which will not be visible to the naked eye.

If the artificial grass definitely requires a sub base, an option is to use granite dust and crushed stone. This can be flattened and it will not move down the slope. The feel under foot will be slightly firmer than with sand however the artificial grass will look fantastic if it is installed by a professional. Such a sub-base is recommended for a slope gradient of 15%.

Find out more about artificial grass today

Got any more questions about artificial grass? No problem. Call our expert team today on 01268 419 772 to discuss artificial grass and to get a free no obligation quote for your lawn.

Even though you can’t argue with the aesthetical appeal and natural feel of real grass, artificial alternatives are just as good. In fact, they can provide you with a number of additional advantages.

Artificial grass and astro turf is easy to maintain, requires no water or fertiliser, will keep its appearance all year round, and can withstand the trials and tribulations of family life.

However, some people don’t even consider the possibility of artificial grass, as they believe it cannot be installed on top of decking. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Laying artificial grass on decking

In many respects, it is far easier to install artificial grass on decking than preparing a garden full of earth and turf. This is because you already have a level and solid surface to work with.

Therefore, the process of laying down artificial grass can be as simple as cutting it to the right size, rolling it out on your decking, and then sticking down with adhesive. Even so, you will still need to prepare properly and install correctly.

Preparing and installing artificial grass on decking

Preparation:

  1. Clear your decking of all objects, such as furniture
  2. Spray with a garden hose. Wait until it has absorbed the water and is damp to the touch.
  3. Use a deck cleaner and scrubbing brush to get rid of any stubborn dirt and grime
  4. Rinse the deck cleaning mixture and wait 48 hours to dry

Installation

  1. Unroll the turf and lay it out for at least an hour
  2. Measure the dimensions of your decking and cut the artificial grass to these measurements, allowing two inches to the length and width for overhang
  3. Using a notched trowel held at 45 degrees, lay the correct amount of adhesive starting at the far end of your decking
  4. Lay down the first section of turf and firmly press into place with your hands
  5. Continue with the other sections, gently squeezing a bead of turf sealer along the seams
  6. Trim any excess turf along the edges of your decking carefully
  7. Flatten the artificial grass by pushing a weighted lawn roller over it
  8. Allow the adhesive to dry for 24 hours before using your artificial grass

There you have it, a simple and straightforward artificial grass installation on top of your existing wooden decking.

There are numerous reasons why you might want to lay artificial grass in your garden – it is extremely easy to maintain, will withstand several years of abuse from children and animals, doesn’t require water or fertiliser, and looks great too.

But if you want to keep some natural grass in your garden or only have the option of installing on top of concrete, you may be wondering whether it is even possible. Thankfully, you can lay artificial grass on slabs.

What you need to know about laying artificial grass on slabs

The process of laying artificial grass on slabs is much simpler and more straightforward than doing so in an area of your garden where there was once a lawn. This would have to involve removing the existing turf, adding a base layer of sand, levelling the surface, and finally adding a membrane layer,

But when laying artificial grass on slabs, you virtually have a clean canvas to work with from the get-go. In fact, the distinct advantage of slabs is that providing they are level, all you need to do is cut your artificial grass to size, roll it out, and stick it down.

What you need to remember when laying artificial grass on slabs

Despite the ease in which you can lay artificial grass on slabs, you will still need to bear a few things in mind:

  • Ensure there are no large gaps (larger than half an inch) between your slabs – This can cause sagging over time, especially under footfall. The solution is to fill in any gaps with some quick drying cement.
  • Lay artificial grass on a clean surface – Give your slabs a good sweep before hand, getting rid of any debris that could cause bumps underneath and prevent the grass from sticking.
  • Leave drainage gaps around the perimeter – This only applies if you are gluing artificial grass to a concrete surface. Although artificial grass can slow down drainage significantly, concrete is less porous than earth. You may also want to apply a slight gradient to allow water to drain.
  • Be aware of any trip hazards – If the installation of artificial grass partially covers a driveway, patio, or path, consider the fact it will add another 15-40mm above the surface area. Diminishing areas or a simple border can prevent accidents and injuries.

Follow these steps and you won’t encounter any major problems when laying artificial grass on top of concrete slabs.

Essential tools:

  • Astroturf or artificial grass
  • Sharp builder’s sand
  • Weed control fabric
  • Jointing tape
  • Craft knife
  • Digging tools
  • Stiff brush
  • Protective gloves
  • Adhesive/glue
  • Ground pins

Optional tools:

  • Turf cutter
  • Builder’s plank
  • Heavy hammer

Preparing your garden:

  1. Remove any existing turf – Ideally to a depth of around 40mm. For small areas of turf you can use a spade. However, hiring a turf cutter can make this job much easier and quicker in larger gardens.
  2. Add a base layer of sand – To a depth of 35mm, spread out a layer of sharp builder’s sand.
  3. Level the surface – To ensure a firm base below your astroturf or artificial grass, use a builder’s plank and heavy hammer to compact the sand and smooth it down. A gentle slope will help with water drainage too.
  4. Add a membrane layer – This weed membrane should overlap joints by 300mm but be 50mm short of the grass edge.

Laying your artificial grass:

  1. Roll out the astroturf or artificial grass – Make sure the ends of the grass roles are staggered and don’t end in a line. Carefully trim the edges with a knife.
  2. Join the astroturf or artificial grass – The rolls should be laid in the same direction with the blades of grass pointing the same way too. Ensure no fibres are caught underneath and that jointing grass rolls are butted together.

Fixing down your artificial grass:

  1. Attach the rolls together – Spread the jointing tape rough side up along the gaps between rolls. Add adhesive to the tape and place the roll edges on top, being careful that no grass fibres touch the glue.
  2. Ruffle up the fibres – To disguise the seal between rolls and create a seamless effect, ruffle up the grass fibres.
  3. Fix down the edges with pins – Every 20cm, fix down the edges of your astroturf or artificial grass with ground pins. Once again, you might need to ruffle up the grass fibres around these pins.
  4. Sweep your astroturf or artificial grass – With a stiff brush, sweep your astroturf or artificial grass for an immaculate finish.

Choose to install astro turf in your garden and you can enjoy a number of benefits. It is virtually maintenance free, allows children to play in safety and comfort, has an extremely long lifespan, and can dramatically improve the aesthetics of your outdoor space. However, you may not be able to reap these rewards if you buy cheap, low quality astro turf.

Problems associated with low quality astro turf

With any astro turf or artificial grass product, there is a possibility that it will flatten over time due to consistent use. This is because plastic wears and softens with age; meaning individual blades of grass won’t be able to stand upright.

But this likelihood is significantly increased with an inexpensive astro turf or artificial grass product. A poor quality synthetic will flatten so much that it could mat together, losing its natural look and functional characteristics. Substandard astro turf or artificial grass will also flatten much quicker than a higher quality alternative.

Last but not least, first-class materials will look a lot more natural and less uniform after being worn-in. There is a danger that poor quality astro turf or artificial grass will appear fake and manufactured despite your best intentions.

How to avoid the problems associated with low quality turf

  • Buy a well-known brand from a reputable retailer – Here at Touch of Grass, we will only sell astro turf and artificial grass from renowned manufacturers. Although the look and feel of our products vary by price, you can rest assured that any astro turf or artificial grass we sell will stand the test of time. To this end, we have products with UV stability ratings and five or seven year guarantees.
  • Choose a structured blade profile – As opposed to individual flat blades, you should look for a product with shaped blades instead. Resembling a ‘Y’ shape, these astro turf and artificial grass products are able to stand taller for longer.
  • Avoid ‘soft’ astro turf – While the attraction of ‘soft’ astro turf or artificial grass is obvious, they will inevitable wear out quicker. Softer products tend to be made from thinner extrusions of yarn and have less ability to support themselves.
  • Maintain your astro turf – Even though astro turf and artificial grass requires little to no maintenance, it makes sense to regularly brush the surface, remove any obvious debris, and avoid leaving sharp objects or parking heavy vehicles on top.

Just like most other things in life, you get what you pay for with astro turf.

This depends on where you wish to position your new lawn. Astroturf is so versatile that it can be used on a wide range of surfaces. Let’s look at some of the options, and the best method of preparing a base in each situation.

As a lawn

If you are using artificial turf to replace to use your existing lawn, then you need to follow some simple guidelines to ensure that you are laying onto an ideal base. This will ensure you get the best out of your lawn for years to come, and will prevent problems with dips and hollows developing.

Firstly, you must remove all existing turf, down to a depth of between 3-5 cm. Next, fill the area with sharp sand at least 35 mm deep, and compact it down with a vibrating plate machine. They can be hired from most local hire shops. If you wish, you can compact the sand by hand with a roller if you prefer. The sand provides a firm, well draining layer for your artificial turf. If you cannot put sand down, compact the soil really well. It is best to lay a weed supressing membrane underneath your new surface, so cut it to size and fix into place. You now have an idea base and can lay your artificial turf.

Grass for decking areas

Astroturf is an ideal solution for covering unsightly decking that is past its best. You can either lay it down loose and secure it in place with furniture and planters, or opt for underfelt to give a more cushioned feel. Buy 12 mm garden grade underfelt and cut to fit. Astroturf fitted in this manner can be stuck down or stapled into place, directly onto the wooden deck boards.

Concrete Areas

Artificial turf can be laid straight onto a concrete surface or patio. You may need to spend some time making sure the surface is smooth and unbroken. If there are minor imperfections you may wish to use a self-levelling compound to smooth out unevenness. Again, you can opt to use underfelt on concrete surfaces for added comfort underfoot. Use 12 mm exterior grade underfelt. Either with or without underlay, concrete is an ideal base for an artificial lawn, and is used widely both domestically and by businesses to improve the look of unsightly areas without the expense of relaying slabs.

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