note: the garden above has works still ongoing at this moment and also whilst the surface was being laid.
Grass n 1 a very common green plant with jointed stems and long narrow leaves, eaten by animals such as sheep and cows, and used for lawns and sports fields
Lawn n an area of cultivated and mown grass
Synthetic adj 1 (of substance or material) made artificially by chemical reaction 2 not sincere or genuine n 3 a synthetic substance or material
source: Collins Dictionary Paperback fourth edition 1999
I’ll be dead honest with you and say that I was very dubious about even touching this product, never mind posting it here, complete with a personally hand written note that it has been installed into a garden with my name firmly stuck to the tail end of it.
As a horticulturist, I guess it’s the Irish equivalent of standing up mid way through Sunday Mass and announcing from the pulpit that I don’t like the Angelus and I feckin’ hate spuds. I’m sure there’s a far better ‘it’s a bit like…’ but, you get what I’m saying and somehow it still feels not entirely right to me.
The reality is though, as sure as there is a market for The Rolling Stones and the Woodstock lovers, there is equally a market for the Jedward and Justin Biebers of this world. All of that to one side and irrespective of whether you agree or not, this is not your or my space and hand on heart, tough as it may be for me to admit it, in this garden, the plastic
grass synthetic lawn works.
If you’ve never seen it done before, the preparations to laying the surface are a lot like laying carpet on an area that has been prepared for paving. And very simply, areas marked out, I put down a hardcore to a depth of 5″ on top of which then went a sand/ grit upon which the
schaden lawn is then laid.
Of note to you who may wish to take this task on yourself, the area above is just over 50 square metres and believe me, that is a fair amount of soil to take out and hardcore back in to fill the newly created void. In short, it took about 6 tonne of stone, excluding the grit; and for the intelligenté amongst you that also means around 5- 6 tonne of soil out. Nota Bene: Should you be a calculating civil engineer, I changed the finish levels 😉 Also I had a mini digger on site, smart boy that I am.
I chatted this amongst mates and if like them you are maybe trying to rationalise it, still; think of it like a big green [yet far softer] patio. In that, you can see why there are pro’s and cons to using it as a surface and that in mind, you can also see why aesthetically one wouldn’t do an entire garden in it.
To this garden, I’ll have real grass come to meet the edges of the fake and so long as the lawnmower height is set rightly, they should work absolutely fine side by side. Far more important than that and as my name is attached to it, this garden will look damn ruddy good looking when it is complete.
When the rest of the garden settles itself in, I’ll post a pic here for you to browse over, for now…. it’s over to you.
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