Timber garden decking never seems to lose its popularity, and why should it, when it's such a useful way of extending your living and entertaining space. Andy Taylor explains why decking is so easy to install and how best to look after it.
Artificial grass is growing in popularity and is now a real alternative to natural grass in many garden and interior locations. So why are people installing artificial grass?
The lawn mower can be safely put away, as no longer will routine grass cutting, edging and fertilizing infringe on your weekend. Once laid, artificial grass requires minimal maintenance, just sweep off any debris now and again. Hot water and household detergent will remove all but the most stubborn stains.
Absolutely, just ensure that the base is compact, solid, level and free draining. Artificial grass can even be laid on existing grass as long as it's flat and free draining, but it is preferable to remove existing turf.
Artificial grass is similar to natural grass when walked on and can be mistaken for real grass. Lifespan is estimated at between 10 - 15 years and if used on the patio it will be slightly less. The grass is also resistant to UV light, so any colour fading is negligible.
Ideal for children to play on all day. Read how new mom Michelle created a play area for her daughter and friends. They can now enjoy the swings, slide and Wendy house at any time for as long as they like, there are no worries about the grass wearing out or flattening.
For odd shaped areas, all you need is a sharp knife and straight edge, if done properly fraying should be minimal.
Artificial grass can be laid on wooden decking, gravel, concrete etc, even your roof, using all-weather adhesive or tacks.
When rain reduces your neighbour's garden to a muddy damp patch or is covered in frost or snow, you'll be glad that your table and chairs, practice putting surface or children's play equipment are located on pristine artificial grass. Provided the base is free draining, it will not become waterlogged.
Suitable for most indoor and outdoor activities, there are various types and colours for different applications such as patios, balconies, swimming pool surrounds, high traffic areas, sports etc. Barbecues won't set fire to it, and cars can drive over it.
Clean and durable, Verdelawn, Groovy Grass and Verdeluxe are designed with non-abrasive soft polyethylene. It is perfect for nurseries and Verde Proplay Shockpad is available for additional safety.
Artificial grass is warm and inviting for pets. Cats and dogs have been testing Verde grass for over two decades, it doesn't stain and any mess can be washed away or easily removed without leaving any smell.
With all the benefits of natural grass, and none of the drawbacks, artificial grass can offer all these advantages, so that over time it will be a very worthwhile alternative.
Robert Hall reviews the new Halls Qube Greenhouse, stating that; this is a major evolutionary step in greenhouse design. Read his full review of the new range here.
GardenSite were once again pleased to support the Boldmere Community Festival which took place on 18 November, with the Christmas Lights switched on by Alan Gardner, well known for his appearances as TV's Autistic Gardener.
Whether it's a bleak December or the more mild weather we are becoming used to, you can still spend useful time in the garden during the last month of the year. David Coton suggests some garden jobs that can occupy the short days.
An iced over pond will have a detrimental effect on animal and plant pond life, although fish and amphibians will survive under a frozen surface for some time, ice traps gases escaping from decaying material and prevents oxygen from entering the water.