Have you decided on artificial grass for your garden, but need advice choosing the right artificial lawn for you?
It’s no secret that artificial grass comes in a broad range of varieties. The look and feel will vary from range to range. You’ll probably also be wondering about how hard-wearing it’ll be, the colour, and the texture or softness of your grass. Perhaps you’re curious what it’ll be like to walk barefoot on – and whether your children or pets will like it!
The good news is that if you’ve already chosen an artificial grass specialist, this is something they should be able to help you with.
Need a better idea of what to expect? As an artificial grass specialist who’s been through this process time and time again, here’s how you can choose the right artificial lawn for you.
Get your hands on some samples first
The first thing you should do, is ask to see different samples of grass. Your chosen artificial grass specialist should be happy to provide these. Touch them and feel the different textures, and compare the look of them. Judge how long or short you want the pile to be, and check the colour differences.
Some artificial grass will have a dead grass infill to help give it a more natural, authentic look. This purely comes down to personal preference. Another good tip is to place a sample on the ground and stand on it with your bare feet. How does it feel?
TIP: It’s also a good idea to see previous front garden jobs, where you can see how the grass looks on a large scale.
Look at the stitch and gauge rate
Another way to judge the quality of artificial grass is by checking the stitch and gauge rate. Here’s a little explanation of what to look for:
- Stitch rate – In other words, how many stitches there are in a square meter of grass. Try to look for artificial grass with a high stitch rate.
- The gauge – This is the distance between the lines of stitching. If the distance is too wide, the grass does not look as convincing.
The combination of the gauge and stitch rate is what gives the density of the grass. So, the higher the density, the better the quality.
Ask the following questions
Before you choose the right artificial lawn for you, it’s important to ask your chosen artificial grass specialist some questions. These include:
- What kind of guarantee can you expect?
- How hard-wearing will your grass be?
- What type of maintenance will you need to carry out to keep it looking good?
It’s possible that they will offer you an annual maintenance plan to ensure you get the most out of your grass. If they do, then we highly recommend you take them up on that offer!
Advice from an artificial grass specialist
When choosing the best artificial grass for your lawn, go for the one you like the look and feel of best. Just ensure it’ll stand the test of time, with the amount of footfall you need it for (this is something your artificial grass specialist can help you with).
My best advise is to speak to a specialist, and get them to explain the different benefits for each grass type. Take a look at the samples, and choose the one which suits you best. You can also look at the company’s work online – such as on their website or social media. This should show you images of their completed grass installations on a larger scale.
Our customers mostly choose their grass type by choosing one which they like the look and feel of best. This is weighed up against what the lawn is to be used for (for instance if they have kids or pets), along with their budget. They often go by the length of the pile height.
This could mean a shorter pile for kids playing sports, or for a front garden where they want it to be more luxurious, with an increased pile height.
I hope you’ve found this blog helpful. It should hopefully have given you a better idea of how to choose the right artificial lawn for you. If you’re ever in any doubt, your chosen artificial grass specialist should be able to give you some advice or guidance.
However, remember to look out for the stitch and gauge rate, and only choose a grass you’re 100% happy with.
Do you have any questions about choosing the right artificial lawn for you? Leave me a question in the comments’ section – I’d love to hear from you!