25 Uses of Artificial Grass

 

Artificial grass is a truly versatile product that has been used in a wide range of applications. But did you know artificial grass has been used for everything from nails and sandals to pool surrounds and indoor gyms? See our 25 uses of artificial grass here:

1. Football Pitch

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2. Playground / Play Area Flooring

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3. Indoor Games Room

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4. Indoor Children’s Playground

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5. Indoor Gym

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6. Mobile Phone Case

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7. Sandles

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8. Shop Signage

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9. Chairs.

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10. Table Runners

 

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11. Outdoor Furniture Covering

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12. Shelving

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13. Toilet Seat Topper

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14. Handbags

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15. Jewellery

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16. Nail Varnish

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17. Themed Parties

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18. Coasters

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19. Wallpaper

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20. Puppy Pads

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21. Pool Surrounds

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22. Vehicle Coverings

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23. Balcony Surface

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24. Marketing

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25. Garden Lawns

Of course, the traditional usage for artificial lawns is a traditional British back garden. If you’re looking for install artificial grass in Kent, get in contact with us here.

How to Clean Artificial Grass

 

Pet Friendly

So you’ve said goodbye to mowing, scarifying and fertilising. You have more time to spend lounging in the sun during the summer months, and your dog isn’t being told off for scratching the turf bare.

Although your artificial grass does not need the same time or money investment after it’s instalment, you’ll still need to take to clean artificial grass in order to maintain the appearance of your lawn.

If you have pets that enjoy the outdoors, or trees surround your lawn, you may find that you need to clean the grass on a more regular basis. That being said, rain does a pretty good job at washing away any minimal surface dirt!

Our advice is here as a guideline – each lawn environment is different so different levels of care will be needed depending on the surroundings and how much the lawn is used. However, our top tip is to clean little and often rather than letting the dirt brew.

Weekly Artificial Lawn Care

artificial grass cleanerDuring the summer months, you may find yourself needing to give your lawn a little more TLC. On a weekly basis, simply use a hose to freshen up the appearance of the pile or you could opt for our Artificial Grass Cleaner that can be used on all types of artificial grass.

With this product you can add that perfect fresh cut grass smell to your lawn all year round. This water based cleaner can battle against a wide range of algae, fungus and bacteria and helps prevent further growth as well as giving it a good clean.

Our cleaner is also packaged up in a concentrated form so it is super economical!

Chewing gum, sweets and other sticky substances can usually be removed by hand; however, if a piece of chewing gum is being particularly stubborn, you can chill the gum with an ice cube and break off the gum more easily once chilled.

 

Monthly Lawn Care

artificial grass cleaner electric brushAfter a while, artificial grass can get flat and matted so it is also advisable that once a month you brush up the pile of your lawn with our Artificial Grass Maintenance Electric Power Brush.

This innovative product is NEW for 2017 and is just a small fraction of the cost of most industrial, petrol run power tools, which can sometimes damage the fibres of the artificial grass. The brush heads of our product have been specially designed with softer nylon so will not harm your lawn.

As well as improving the appearance, it will also remove top surface dirt and deeply buried debris. This is also an easier option than manually brushing the pile with a soft bristle broom as this can be hard work and may not remove as much unwanted material. When using this product, to gain best results, pull backwards against the pile to achieve a natural spruced up appearance. Doing this fairly frequently will help prohibit the pile matting and compacting – once this happens it will be much harder to regain your artificial lawn’s original appearance.

 

Ditch The Debris

As an underlying rule with artificial lawn make sure to keep the lawn clear of leaves. If they start to decompose on the lawn, this will be more challenging to clean, may also affect the fibres of the grass and trigger moss growth. Using a leaf blower or vacuum is a simple and effective way to clear the lawns surface.

Get Rid of Urine and Faeces Odour in Artificial Grass

If you are a pet owner, you may be worried about how to clean up after they have done their business! But have no fear! The majority of artificial lawns are all-permeable and so will allow any liquid to pass through easily. For solid waste, use the traditional poop scoop or doggy bag and rinse down with a hose afterwards. The artificial grass will also not lose colour like natural grass does. You can also be rest assured that no muddy paw prints will make it into your home after your pet has visited the garden, so that will be one less thing you’ll have to clean up!

If the smell persists, you’ll need to apply turf to deodorise the area, as it will absorb the smell of the urine. Some have had success by using baking soda over the affected areas or spraying a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water on the area to dissolve the baking soda.

Preventing Weeds in your fake grass

If you haven’t yet laid your artificial grass, you must consider using our Geo-Textile Membrane that helps prevent weed growth through the artificial grass. However, if these do appear you can use a normal weed killer but make sure it is water based. Weed killer can also be used a couple of times a year to prevent the pesky plants from popping up in the first place!

What NOT To Do

  • Do not apply any heat to the lawn… after hosing down, it doesn’t need a blow dry!
  • Do not use pesticides to remove any insects – simply hose the surface to remove these unwanted visitors
  • Although a garden vacuum can be used on the artificial lawn, do not be tempted to drag Henry the Hoover from the comfort of his internal abode – This could damage the grass and the domestic vacuum.

For more information, get in contact with us on 01732 323 122 to discuss your artificial grass and cleaning options.

3G pitches – How are they made?

 

3g pitches and footballSo, football fans of lower league clubs, how fed up are you of fixtures being constantly postponed and called off due to waterlogged or done dry pitches? Well, this may not be the case for much longer. Pitches are beginning to undergo a transformation from grass to synthetic turf, which begs the question: are 3G pitches the future of sport?

Third generation (3G) pitches are the latest development in synthetic surface technology and due to their practicality and easy maintenance; they are rapidly becoming a popular choice amongst sports clubs all over the world, at all competitive levels.

In 2012, Local side Maidstone United built their new Gallagher Stadium with a 3G football pitch. They were the first English club to do this, but since their instalment, many clubs have followed in opting for the artificial grass surface instead of traditional, natural grass. The FA has now approved 640 3G pitches across the country and this number is expected to significantly increase in future years.

So, how are 3G pitches actually made?

3G pitches are actually designed much differently to the domestic artificial lawns that Forever-Green Lawns supply. The surface is made up of several intelligently incorporated layers that simulate the look, feel and performance of a real pitch. It’s clever stuff!

The Base

  • This is typically made up of hard stone or concrete, which provides a solid foundation for the turf and is always used as a base for elite professional football pitches.
  • The stone layer, which sits upon the soil, is engineered with a free-draining system that helps to optimise draining levels, therefore reducing the likelihood of water logged pitch.
  • The base can also feature a textile membrane layer, which also helps with drainage.

Porous tarmac layer

  • Top tier 3G football pitches are usually built with an ‘Engineered System’, which features a layer of porous tarmac. This provides good stability and also gives the surface a more realistic bounce and response to the ball.
  • The Engineered System is optional however, and not all pitches have it.

The Shockpad

  • A Shockpad is placed on top of the tarmac layer, and beneath the actual grass surface. This provides extra cushioning and reduces player impact upon landing.
  • This also enables for the use of shorter pile blades, which is ideal for generating fast, dynamic play on the pitch.
  • A high quality Shockpad is also likely to prolong the life of the pitch and requires less maintenance than a longer pile surface.

Sand/rubber infill

  • The playing surface is scattered with a layer of sand and rubber crumb, which is usually made from old tyres and recycled rubber material. This helps to provide thickness to the turf pile; simulating a real pitch surface.
  • The combination of sand and rubber are also specifically designed to provide realistic ball bounce and aid ball control.

Turf pile

  • The length and weight of pile will differ depending on the type of sport.
  • Football pitches should typically have a pile height of 40-60mm to ensure for optimal, realistic pitch performance. In terms of weight, piles should be between 900g and 1600g.
  • Top quality turf piles are made up of polyethylene and/or monofilament fibre.

What about your garden?

If you’re considering installing a synthetic surface in your own back yard or for sports pitches, be sure to check out our huge range of high quality artificial lawns. We assure you, you won’t find them cheaper anywhere!

Alternatively, you can contact one of our artificial grass specialists on 0800 688 1958.

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How Much is Artificial Grass

As the popularity of artificial lawn rises, more and more people are naturally enquiring into how much it actually costs. Is it even that expensive? Is it just genuine value for money? Do the up front costs make up for the ease of maintenance? Well thought we’d give you an idea of the price of artificial grass – specifically, our Forever Green prices, and how it compares to the cost and overall value of real grass.

Prices of Our Artificial Turf

Las Vegas 20mm pile

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Price: 19.99 £14.99 per square metre

  • The cheapest artificial grass we offer is our Las Vegas 20mm; deal for dog owners and gardeners who prefer the short, pristine, immaculately groomed lawn.
  • Luxurious, top quality synthetic grass that is ideal for all applications and requires no infill.
  • Not only does this grass have that WOW factor, it is also very thick, dense and soft.
  • Comes in 1m, 2m, 3m and 4m

 

Atlanta 35mm Pile 

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Price: £22.99 per square metre 

RRP: 35.99 per square metre 

  • Creeping up towards the higher grades, we have our Atlanta 35mm artificial grass, which is perfect for those who prefer a longer pile looking grass.
  • At 3kilos per square metre, this grass is very weighty and thick, yet still incredibly soft underfoot.
  • A luxurious lawn for sure, ideal for all applications and requires no infill.
  • Also available in 1m, 2m, and 4m
  • With our prices, you’ll be saving a whopping £13.00 per square metre!

Orlando 30mm Pile 

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Price: £16.99 per square metre

RRP: £32.99 per square metre

  • Slightly more costly, our Orlando 35mm is the perfect artificial turf for the gardener who prefers a more established looking lawn.
  • This artificial grass portrays a more natural looking, all year round lawn.
  • Perfect for those looking for a more realistic, deep rich green landscaped lawn.

Comes in 1m, 2m, 3m and 4m widths.

Los Angeles 35mm pile

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Price: £36.99 £22.99 per square metre

RRP: £36.99 per square metre

  • At the top of the range we have our luxurious Los Angeles 35mm, which is undoubtedly one of the most tactile products on the market today.
  • Using the highest quality synthetic fibres, this artificial grass is really the best you can buy, and for prices as low £22.99, it’s an absolute value for money bargain.

Like our other rolls of artificial turf, this is available in 1m, 2m, 3m, and 4m width cuts.

Real Grass vs Artificial Grass

Real grass (or sod) is obviously considerably cheaper to install than artificial turf. A standard traditional sod lawn would cost around £4.99 per square metre – with the price likely to decrease (per metre) if you were to buy in bulk for a reasonably sized garden space.

What you have to consider though, is the associated long-term expenses that come with real turf. Sod and turf grass will typically require a lot of maintenance and upkeep costs – the main one of course, being water bill. Additional costs also include that of fertilizing and seeding the grass, or maybe even expenses for a professional gardener – if you prefer to sit on your sofa than attend to your overgrown lawn.

Artificial Lawns minimise both the time and cost of maintaining your garden, which is why it’s becoming such a popular option amongst homeowners. We appreciate that some people prefer the natural, real grass look and feel; and that’s fine. What we would stress however, is to not be put off by the higher upfront costs of artificial grass, because the future benefits are more than worth the money! Just imagine never having to mow your lawn again…

Even the cheapest artificial lawn will last longer than real turf; so bare that in mind too. 

If the idea of installing an artificial lawn appeals to you, be sure to check out our fantastic range of quality artificial grass at discount prices. To find out more, contact us online or call 0800 668 1958 to speak to one of our artificial grass specialists.

Further Reading:

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Garden Shed Makeovers: Top Tips for a Great-Looking Shed or Summerhouse

There’s one thing we guarantee at Forever Green Lawns: Your garden will have the “wow” factor when you lay one of our artificial lawns.

It’s a shame the shed might let the side down though.

Shoddy sheds are a total eyesore.

Pay a little attention to that outhouse though and it’ll be the perfect accessory to accompany your new lawn.

Here are some tips to get you started on improving the appearance of your garden shed. Try these ideas for the ultimate garden shed makeover if you really want to do your garden justice.

Check the Condition of Your Shed or Summerhouse

Go around the outside of the shed looking for signs of panel damage. Repair any signs of rot. Replace worn panels and fix any obvious faults. Get the shed prepped and ready for a fresh coat of paint.

Fix the Felt on the Roof

How’s the felt looking on the roof? Is it lifting, curled or does it have holes in it? If so, replace with a fresh roll and this will make the interior nice and watertight.

Paint the Exterior of Your Garden Shed

Once you fix signs of dilapidation it’s time to give your shed a fresh coat of paint. This doesn’t just improve the appearance of the shed. It provides it with weather protection as well. Look for unusual shades that give your garden added appeal.

Clean the Windows and Glass Panels

Get rid of cobwebs clinging to the glass in your shed. That doesn’t look good. Remove dirt from the inside and the outside of the glass. Leave glazing sparkling afterwards.

Declutter Your Shed and Clear out the Rubbish

By now the exterior of the shed should be taking shape but what about the interior? Go through it, throw away anything you don’t need and tidy everything you do. Use shelving if necessary or tool tidies to keep everything clutter free.

Complete Your Garden Shed Makeover by Adding Power

Run electric to the shed and you can operate power tools such as electric lawn mowers, leaf blowers and even have a light so you can see what you are doing if visibility is poor on winter days. Plus you can plug a kettle in and enjoy a cup of tea as you pot a few plants. Wouldn’t that be welcoming on a chilly day?

Improve the Appearance of Your Shed or Summerhouse

Now that your shed looks good from the outside and looks tidy on the inside, think about dressing it up a little to make it feel more homely. Curtains at the windows and potted flowers either side of the door give it instant appeal. You could add a few planters down the side of the shed too.

Take care improving the look and the condition of your shed and it makes all the difference to your garden. For turf improvement, call us at Forever Green Lawns, we’re the artificial grass specialists with years of experience.

5 Beautiful, Low-Maintenance Plants to Brighten Up Your Garden

If you lead a busy lifestyle it can be difficult to find the time to tend to your garden, but it’s still nice to have a quiet, green haven in which to relax when you do get a spare moment.

In this blog we’ll recommend 5 beautiful low-maintenance plants that you can plant and watch flourish without any hard work involved!

Yarrow

Yarrow comes in a variety of colours including red, yellow, white and pink. When it blooms it has large bright clusters of flowers that appear in flat-topped flower heads. Yarrow needs to be planted in full sun but will still flourish in bad soil so there’s no need to fertilise them.

Hosta

Hostas have large rich green and cream tipped leaves and are one of the hardiest perennials that you’ll find! No need to water regularly, this plant will easily survive whether you place it in the sun or the shade.

Primrose

Primroses are native to Britain and thrive in our climate. These pretty flowers come in a staggering selection of colours and usually bloom in early spring. They will flourish whether they’re planted in sunny or shaded areas.

Clematis

The clematis is a stunning creeper than can be grown up a trellis against a fence or wall. They’re hardy plants that don’t need any special treatment when the temperature drops and can be grown in either full or partial sunlight. They come in a huge variety of different shapes and colours, each as spectacular as the next.

Daylily

Daylillies have beautiful trumpet-shaped flowers that come in a variety of different colours and shades. These perennials aren’t fussy about the type of soil that they’re planted in and will grow larger with each year.

How to Prepare Your Garden for Autumn

The sun may still be shining (intermittently) but the days are already getting shorter and there’s a slight chill in the air first thing and last thing in the day, it’s impossible to deny that autumn is on its way already.

For avid gardeners this time of the year means that a lot of our flowers will have already bloomed and a new colour palette is beginning to spread across or flowerbeds.

Here are a few tips on preparing your garden for those crisp autumnal days.

Plant bulbs

Everyone likes to see a bit of colour in the garden during the colder months. Now’s the time to plant your bulbs for next year!

Trim back perennials

If some of your plants’ leaves are beginning to turn orange and brown then it’s time to get out the secateurs and trim them back for this year.

Stake young trees

If you have young and willowy plants and trees in the garden then tie them to stake in the ground to keep them upright during cold and windy weather.

Rake up leaves

During this time of the year many of your plants will be dropping their leaves, don’t leave the leaves on the flowerbed as they can suffocate young plants. Rake them up and leave them in a pile to compost.

Spread compost

The soil is still fairly warm during the autumn months and many of your plants will still be growing. Now is a great time to spread compost over your garden, as it will help your flowerbeds to retain moisture and protect your plants from dramatic fluctuations in temperature.

Think about artificial lawns – do you have some areas of your garden that you dont require any plants and you wan’t to prevent weeds from growing. Thing about using artificial lawns to keep the weeds out and keep the lawn fresh all year round.

Further Reading:

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Quick & Easy Ways to Transform Your Garden

Gardens are great when the lawn is trimmed, the borders are filled with flowers and the plot is pleasantly laid out to suit your style and taste. They’re not so good when weeds are at waist height, plants are dying and your fence looks like it hasn’t seen a drop of creosote for a century.

Don’t worry if your garden is looking a little drab at the moment, follow this post and use these ideas with our blessing.

Paint flower pots

Tired of seeing weatherworn terracotta pots on your patio? Give them a quick makeover with a touch of paint, introduce bright colours and pick a weatherproof shade that’s going to look gorgeous throughout the seasons.

Spruce up your shed

Whilst you’re in the painting mood why not tidy up the outside of your shed? At one time shed-paints were restricted to ‘rustic reds’ and ‘autumn browns’ and you had little in the way of choice.

It’s a different story today though.

Now you can choose from a massive range of trendy and contemporary colours, so funk up your garden with a dash of damson or try turquoise for a change.

Fix fencing and add a splash of colour

Why stop at painting the shed? Buy enough paint and you could paint the fence as well and inject colour all around the garden in one day.

Get a few people involved in the project and over the course of a weekend you’ll totally change the look of the garden.

Paint old furniture or buy new

Okay, we’re really on a roll with the painting now. Turn your garden bench into an eye-catching feature. Slap on a coat of fresh paint and that tatty old furniture looks better than new.

Or give a table and chair set a new lease of life, just make sure the paint is dry before you attempt to sit on it!

Lay a new lawn

By now your garden should be looking rather different if you have taken the above advice. Why not go for broke though? If the turf is looking a little tired get rid of it and replace it with an artificial lawn instead.

All of the suggestions mentioned in this blog are easy to complete and they’ll make the world of difference to your garden.

Change the look of your garden and improve the quality of your life, fresh paint and fake grass are the way forwards!

7 Top Tips to Make Your Garden Dog Friendly

Dogs love playing in gardens. Let them loose outside and they can burn off excess energy, get plenty of fresh air and be physically and mentally stimulated at the same time.

Gardens are great outdoor spaces for dogs and as long as you are careful and create a safe haven for pets, you’ll protect them and prevent them from coming to any harm.

We’ve been thinking about garden safety for dogs at Forever Green Lawns and we thought of these suggestions to create the perfect safe setting for your precious pets.

1.) Fence the exterior

Obviously you don’t want your dog to escape so fence the exterior of your garden and check for any weak areas that could easily be breached by your pet. Make sure the fence panels are high enough and sturdy enough to contain your pet, you don’t want that furry little fella running away.

2.) Make sure side gates are secure

Check side gates at your property. Can your dog squeeze through them, leap and climb over them or push the gate open with their nose? Fit a lock if necessary so you can control access through the gate and prevent your little pooch from running away.

3.) Watch out for sharp stones

Be careful laying gravel in your garden. Pick small stones with sharp edges and your pet might cut their paws. Think carefully before you lay hardcore in the garden, is there a danger it could damage your dog?

4.) Provide a little shade

Is there a spot in the garden where your pooch can take refuse from the sun? Leafy trees and awnings are good places to take refuge, encourage your dogs to take it easy during bouts of hot weather.

5.) Leave water bowls handy

Place water bowls in the garden and your dogs can take a drink whenever they are thirsty. Top bowls up regularly and keep a fresh supply of water on standby. Remember, your dog can’t tell you they are thirsty but you watch out for the warning signs such as excessive panting.

6.) Get to know your plants

Do you know all the species of plants in your garden? Hemlocks, Foxgloves, Delphiniums and Daffodil bulbs are just some of the plants that are dangerous to your dog, check your garden and see if you have any flora or fauna that could be fatal to your pet.

7.) Lay an artificial lawn

You want your dog to enjoy their time in the garden whatever the weather, exercise is good for their physical and mental wellbeing and ‘outdoors’ is the place to have tons of fun. So lay an artificial lawn for pets, they’ll love playing on the surface and the best news is your lawn will be pet friendly and still look great throughout the year!

Water-Saving Tips for Summer

We can’t moan about the summer this year. Like most of the UK, we’ve been enjoying the sunny weather at Forever Green Lawns and doesn’t it make a pleasant change?

The only danger we can see is there being too much sun, you know what happens then, the country is plunged into drought conditions.

We’re a long way off that yet but it doesn’t do any harm to think about saving water over the summer, try these tips and do you bit for rain harvesting.

Tip 1

Buy a water butt

Use a water butt to harvest rain water. This is a really effective use for water that would be wasted otherwise. Divert rain water from the roof of your home and collect this inside a butt, whatever you harvest can be used for watering the plants.

Water butts vary in size from smaller 95 litre tubs to giant 700 litre tanks, place a few under the downpipes at your property and have waste water on tap.

Tip 2

Be a skinflint with water butt water

Only use water butt water for the plants that need it the most. Saplings, freshly planted fauna and plants in containers require the most amount of water.

Place well-established plants with large roots at the bottom of your list, they’re hardier than they look.

Tip 3

Use tubs and buckets

If you know there’s going to be a heavy downpour of rain leave buckets and tubs out in the garden. This way, you’ll have a supply of water to fall back on once the weather starts to improve.

Transfer the liquid into a watering can and you’re good to go with free water in the garden.

Tip 4

Cut back on sprinklers

Try to limit the amount of times you use a sprinkler system around your borders. A better solution is to use a trickle system or a drip watering solution as they are also known.

Automatic drip watering solutions are up to 90% more efficient than sprays or sprinklers, they use a pressure reducing valve that is coupled to a timer and place water, drip by drip, directly onto the soil.

Tip 5

Lay an artificial lawn

Stop squandering time trying to keep your lawn lush over the summer, lay an artificial lawn and you don’t have to worry about wasting water.

Our lawns look beautiful at Forever Green and we regularly receive comments about how green and gorgeous they are. Harvest water by all means just save it for other areas around your garden, why waste water on a lawn when you don’t have to?