The best artificial grass

The best artificial lawns for show, balconies, and courtyards.

The best artificial grass

by William Lobley |

Once the reserve of five-a-side football and hockey matches, artificial grass is making its way into the domestic realm. Appealing to those with balconies and small concrete courtyards or those who are unable to tend to natural lawns, artificial grass is available in a range of styles and pile lengths suitable for any budget. You can even bring some indoors if you’re feeling particularly kitsch.

There’s plenty of choice when it comes to the final look, too. To better emulate the real thing, many artificial grasses use a range of colours. This includes a variation on green, but also some low-down brown and sandy colour options to suggest thickness and growth. Artificial grass also comes in various widths and lengths. So if you have a few tricky corners and curves in your garden, you can trim the strips to size using strong scissors or a Stanley knife.

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While artificial is more expensive than turf - and far more expensive than a kilogram of grass seed - its length of life means that, depending on your living situation, it could be a once-in-a-lifetime outlay.

The best artificial grasses incorporate UV protection to prevent bleaching and robust latex undersides that help drain off the water, keeping the grass pointing skywards and reinforced against wear and tear. Some options prioritise toughness, with a mind to those with young children and pets.

If you're wondering what the best artificial grass options are, here are our top picks you can buy online today.

Do you need to put anything underneath artificial grass?

Yes, when laying your artificial grass on top of the soil, you will require a strong sub-base, such as granite dust, with a recommended diameter of 0-6mm. You'll also require a weed membrane to prevent weeds from penetrating the artificial grass.

If you are installing the grass on a concrete surface, we recommend using an underlay for a better feel and easier maintenance.

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What are the advantages of artificial grass?

Artificial grass will save you both money and time in the long run, given that you don't need to worry about mowing your lawn, hiring a gardener or watering your garden.

Artificial grass also looks great all year round, unlike real grass, which turns yellow and green during the hotter months.

The use of synthetic grass is also better for the environment, given that no pesticides or fertilisers are used.

Membranes

The membrane is an important part of laying artificial grass, providing a barrier between the ground and the latex underside of the lawn. They help to improve the grass's durability above and prevent weed growth from the soil below. Here are two of the best:

ANSIO Weed Membrane 2x20M, Weed Control Fabric

ANSIO Weed Membrane 2x20M, Weed Control Fabric,
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A versatile and UV resistant membrane, suitable for paving, patios and artificial lawns. Great for weed control, the material is water-permeable, allowing water and other nutrients into the soil.

Elixirgardensu00ae Ground Check Heavy Duty Ground Control Cover Membrane

Elixirgardensu00ae Ground Check Heavy Duty Ground Control Cover Membrane
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A pricier option, but one that offers impressive durability. Even though itu's tough, it'll still drain off any water with ease. Carries an advertised 30-year lifespan.

How can you install fake grass yourself?

Below, we have outlined the steps you need to take to install your fake grass on to soil.

1. Before starting, make sure to plan out exactly what areas you intend to cover with your synthetic grass and calculate how much material you will need.

2. Next, remove any existing turf from your garden. We recommend digging out around two inches of your soil and removing any stones and roots that might get in the way.

3. Next, evenly lay a base of granite dust until you get the right level and spread.

4. Then, roll out your weed membrane on top of your granite dust base, to prevent any weeds from coming through your artificial grass.

5. Finally, lay your synthetic grass onto the prepared layers. Make sure to have a sharp knife at your disposal, to trim any excess lawn and achieve your desired shape.

If you're applying your synthetic grass to a concrete base, follow the instructions in the video below:

William Lobley is a Deputy Commercial Content Editor and reviewer for WhatsTheBest, specialising in technology, gaming, and outdoors. He also writes for Empire Online.

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