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

Could You Be An Interior Designer?

interior-designer-definitionOne of my friends daughters told me the other day that she would like to become an interior designer. She is just at the leaving school age, is very into art, fashion and photography, and has an interest in design. She sounds like an ideal student for the job.

Its been a while since I started on my career path, so my best advice was to “google it”!

I have posted a video below for anyone else that is interested in a career in design, but a quick summary of the path to follow I think would be:

Decide if you have an interest in design, decorating and room organisation. Do you have an eye or flair for design? If so then you may want to look into a career as a designer.

There are many courses available to help you on your way, and these give you credibility when speaking with prospective customers. You should investigate these first.

Practise in your own home, and at the houses of friends and relatives. Watch videos and read books on the subject, and develop your own style. Offer to work with a designer or decorator for free to get experience.

Build your own portfolio with pictures and samples of projects that you have been involved with, keep these in a hard copy and also an online copy to send to prospects. Use social media, this is an excellent way to promote yourself in this industry.

Get a job in a related industry, and keep getting experience. You can also work on your own projects at nights and weekends, until you get to the point where you are getting business from word of mouth, networking and marketing that you can work in your own business full time.

It is worth the effort to have a rewarding and enjoyable career. I would certainly recommend it. Good luck and enjoy the video.

Interior Design For Your Home

Luxury-Molecules-Lighting-Design-for-Home-Interior-Lighting-by-Aqua-Creations-Floor-LampIt’s a general belief that the appearance of the home reflects our personalities. This is why there is a great connection between the way we put together and organize our home furniture and the way we spend our everyday lives. We exist in a rapid moving planet where we face a lot of challenges that we need to plan for.

We are concerned about what to do, eat, wear and create in our houses. But we hardly ever think or give a second thought to the truth that perhaps how we assemble or fix our house might have an effect on our moods, temper, creativeness, vigor and many more. It’s high time that we put more thought in to our home designs.

Interior design for the home is the best way to improve our homes look and make them elegance and smart. As a result, we need to focus on some elements that are very significant and important.

Interior design for the home elements

1. Harmony

Sense of synchronization should guide each room in the home. They should blend in with each other to feel in perfect harmony.

2. Focus Point

This is maybe our favorite art work or picture that draws our concentration to a central spot in the room. This is what we want to convey and this sets our mood.

3. Balance

This is the successful mixing up together of the furnishings, colors, and other things that we like. We should also take into consideration the proper distribution of furniture to have a room in the right balance.

4. Color

This must be a noticeable and clear one. Utilizing vibrant colors can change the vigor around, set the mood and create a big variation. A candle or small lampshade may be used to create an impressive highlight.

5. Proportion and Scale

Make use of furnishings like metal beds and discount bedroom sets that match the whole dimension of the room. Avoid overcrowding by placing too large or too much furniture.

6. Rhythm

Generate the fantasy of visual motivation through movement by organizing our room so that the owner’s eyes keep glancing from different points in the room. This must not be bewildering by having too much stuff in the room.

Interior design for the home and decoration is definitely a very sensitive topic as many people experience the contrary result of what they expect. Small things like candles or figurines may be simply reorganized and put on to corners or shelves to make considerable changes to the look of a room. Lighting also can enhance the illumination in darker areas of the room.

The popular styles for interior design for the home

If we would like to attempt using ideas in interior designing, try to consider the popular styles of the well-known and classic designs such as:






Mediterranean and especially the Modern

Unique-Floor-Lamp-in-living-room-interior-home-designBy looking and studying these Interior design for the home styles and designs, we will be able to find which design will definitely speak of our personality. This will help us to re-invent and make over our interior fashion. This will in return open many possibilities for our home to be a place of comfort and relaxation.

All design is of course a very personal thing, like art, and something that is liked by one person is not always liked by another. The best rule of thumb is to look at examples of design, take from those the things that you like, and make your own style and feel. This is the best part, the only judge that matters is you, so jump in and get designing.