Our Guide to Lawns

We discuss the pros and cons of natural and synthetic lawns.

Synthetic Lawns

In the last couple of years, we have seen a big increase in demand for artificial turf (synthetic lawns), especially in smaller gardens.

Before picking the type of turf you want, it’s important to consider what the lawn area is going to be used for. Is it a family garden and the lawn will be used as a football pitch? If so, you’ll need a more hard-wearing lawn with a lower pile height. The pile height is the height of each grass blade.

If the area is more ornamental, then you should choose a longer pile height and a lawn that contains dead strands. This may seem odd, but having dead strands in it will make the lawn look more natural.

The great thing about synthetic lawns is that they can be used when you have a north-facing garden where a natural lawn would not grow well. Unfortunately, artificial turf can be very expensive to buy and even more expensive to install. It needs a firm base, such as sharp sand and crushed stone. It also needs to be attached to a wooden support that runs underneath it.

The most important factor from a design perspective is that synthetic lawns come in rolls that are a maximum of four metres wide. These rolls, once laid down, can be connected to one another, but you will always see the join. Therefore, if the lawn area is more than four metres wide, you might want to opt for a natural lawn.

Natural Lawns

If you have the time to maintain a lawn and your garden is not north-facing, then a natural lawn is often a better option than a synthetic one. There’s nothing more satisfying than mowing a natural lawn on a Saturday morning, especially if you have a mower with a roller that adds lines. Natural lawns can be easier to maintain than you might think; there are many companies that offer weed and feed services that are not expensive.

Natural lawns are a lot more cost-effective than synthetic lawns, as to install them you simply need to rotovate, compress and rake the soil and then lay rolls of turf. Make sure that there is sufficient topsoil and that you have considered any possible drainage issues before you do this.