An artificial lawn – great garden design and eco-friendly too

artificial-lawns-and-dogsI love digging into exterior design (pardon the pun!), and when a client asked me to help her design the perfect outdoor space that was kid and labrador friendly, I wasn’t sure if I could help.

However we did some research and made a few calls, and it soon became apparent that her new back yard, with its new decking, summer kitchen, and tiki bar should also include artificial grass.

I knew nothing about artificial, or synthetic grass, but I now consider myself almost an expert, and I am so impressed by the new standard of artificial lawn that is available that I will be installing it for myself later this year. Do you know that they even have artificial dead grass mixed in. It’s amazing, and it’s one of the things that helps it to look so real. Its maintenance free, pet friendly, eco friendly, and always looks great. Read on for my take on the new look in garden design.

If you finally take the eco-friendly step of having a new artificial lawn, the next important thing you ought to keep in mind is how to care for the turf. To begin with, try getting a complete maintenance log from the artificial turf supplier. If they don’t have it, it’s best to get your own as it will definitely help you in so many ways.

It’s basically a working document where you note down each and every maintenance procedure that you do. It also spells out how you should take care of your artificial turf.

Nonetheless, there are still a few simple steps you can take to maintain your artificial lawn. By simply following them, you can be rest assured that your artificial lawn will look fantastic all the time.

Removal of debris

Small amounts of debris such as leaves, twigs, and dirt clods can affect your artificial lawn. In taking care of this, take caution not to use a metal prolonged rake to remove the debris as it can rip or tear the material into ugly patches. Use a carpet rake instead. Or a thin/fine brush. By gently running them over the spot, you will able to get rid of the debris effectively. You can as well use a leaf blower.

It’s ideal in removing accumulated detritus plus fluffing up trampled grass. If you combine all these tools, you will be able to completely get rid of any foreign objects from the lawn. You can do this monthly or as you desire so long as it’s frequent.

Brushing the newly installed lawn

The sand infills will gradually settle down during the first 2-3 months after installation of the new artificial lawn. It’s always recommended that you do a bit of light brushing, preferably once a month, during this period. This will help your lawn to quickly reach optimum conditions. Ensure you use a brush bearing soft bristles.

Use of fabric softeners

Fabric softeners, when sprayed across the artificial lawn, will decrease static and assist in keeping the individual fibers looking spongy, supple and soft. There are a variety of cleaners and degreasers manufactured specifically for this purpose. Be careful to always check before purchasing one so as to avoid buying something that will damage the artificial grass.

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You can always use a special cleaning detergent to get rid of any odors, from pet feces to pet urine that may have been deposited on the grass. However, as for the solid pet waste, ensure you do it by hand as opposed to using a power washer or hose.

This is because if you shoot high powered jets at the solid waste, it will split and scatter all over the place and get lost in between the blades of grass.

Protecting the lawn

If there are any activities going around such as painting, ensure your artificial lawn is covered so as to avoid anything spilling on it. Also, put signage at the lawn which clearly shows the guidelines in terms of usage. This may include what may or may not be brought into the lawn, for instance, chewing gums, candies, sharp objects, tobacco products or glass containers.

Watering the artificial glass often will also guarantee the thorough removal of any microscopic amounts of dust or any other form of dirt that may have gathered. Many artificial lawn suppliers encourage the use of power washer or a water hose for the job. Watering also helps to protect the structural stability of the infill layer.

In summary, as an artificial lawn owner, this is how you are expected to take care of your new artificial lawn. A well-maintained artificial lawn is sure to last so many years and also offer you so many benefits. I am blown away by how natural this now looks. Not a bright green expanse as I expected, but the perfect year round lawn. It comes highly recommended.

The video below explains how an artificial turf lawn is easy to install and maintain, and how eco friendly it is too!

Eco-Friendly Artificial Lawns por gardammark

Renovate To Add Value To Your Home

repair-menuSo you’ve decided to make some renovations to your home in order for you and your family to live happily and comfortable. Or maybe to sell it. Either way, that’s wonderful. Renovating your home is one sure and perfect way to boost the value of your home. But not all home improvements will be able to assist you achieve that. You need to identify and pick those that bear tons of potential to make your home increasingly valuable. So here’s where you should begin.

• Added living space

Outdoor living space has always been a catch for many. Your family’s living space should certainly go beyond the inside. By just adding an outdoor space to your present living room, you’ll be able to attract plenty of friends, family, and other interested people.

It can be in the form of a newly constructed deck, a screened-in porch or an over deck ceiling system. Such investments have been shown to add tremendous financial value to the home, besides boosting its appeal. You can consult an expert on more ideas to incorporate here.

• Kitchen renovation

You’ve often heard many people refer to the kitchen as the heart of the home. Well, it certainly is. Investing in it always pays off in many ways. Old tiles, damages counters, beat up appliances are always a huge turn off not only for you and your family but potential buyers as well.

So begin by having more counter space, replacing your old windows, or going for a bigger breakfast nook and fitting gourmet style appliances inside. Also, add all manner of carousels plus space-saving gadgets as they all make worthwhile investments. If it’s a little small, open it up into another room as open plan kitchens are always appealing and more sociable. All these will add massive value to your home.

• Updating your overall property

This is perhaps the place that should be foremost in renovating your house. You can begin by replacing or repainting your tired old windows and door. That includes your internal doors too. Not forgetting the handles. Always incorporate modern and well-designed handles. All these will tremendously improve the aesthetic value of your home and give an impressive first impression.

• Bathrooms

The bathroom has for long been an excellent choice for adding value to your home. As a homeowner, you’ll certainly fall in love with a walk-in-closet or a good looking new bathroom. One amazing option is to have it upgraded to a Jacuzzi tub. Many buyers will also fall in love with this appeal.

Also, revamp your tiles. Get rid of old grout and re-grout it. You can also add elegant sinks as well as use eco-friendly paints. All these will significantly boost the value of your home.

• Reinventing a room

Do you have some extra space that you feel is unused? Well, you can reinvent it and utilize it for other purposes. The space in an attic or a basement is most of the times underutilized. So come up with excellent ideas of how you might use them as this will give your property a hike.

In conclusion, renovation doubles up as a much more cost-effective way to add value to your home. If you do it right and put to good use all the practical information we’ve discussed, then you’ll have plenty to be happy about regarding your home. But never forget that it is first and foremost your home. Keep in mind the added value and kerb appeal that your imporvements might bring, but remember too that it is your home, that you do most of your living, sleeping and relaxing here. Think of yourself first, and your added value second.

We will cover some easy and inexpensive ways to add value, saleability and comfort later in this blog, so keep checking back with us, and of course feel free to send any ideas that you may have so that we can include them here. Just use our contact page and get in touch.