Artificial Grass: FAQs

Artificial Grass: FAQs

Through our partnership with Trulawn, we are here to provide you with all the information you need before the installation of artificial grass in your garden.

What is artificial grass?

Artificial grass is a synthetic alternative to natural grass that looks almost identical to how natural grass looks but without the drawback of having to maintain.

Artificial grass is made from three main materials:

  • Polyethylene – Long-lasting compound which is soft and gentle on the skin. 
  • Polypropylene – Also a long-lasting compound that creates the sharpness of the grass blades.
  • Nylon – An extremely robust material that cools the turfing when hot. 

Where can artificial grass be installed?

Artificial grass can be installed in any location you choose. Whether that be in the back garden or even on your roof if that’s what you require. Modern versions of artificial grass are very adaptable, allowing for installation to be placed upon; soil, turf, concrete, tarmac, and paving. 

Synthetic grass is installed through a simple process that our landscape contractors are extremely proficient and experienced at doing. This process begins with removing your current layer of grass, watering the soil, and turning over to give a 10cm depth to provide a solid base. The next step is to level out the soil, ready for your artificial grass to be installed. 

Is artificial grass safe for children and pets?

Our partners over at Trulawn design their artificial grass with children and pets at the forefront of their product development and have passed numerous, extensive safety checks to ensure the safety of your children and pets. Due to the wide range of synthetic grass options, some are layed with an extra layer of fibre to create softer landings. 

What is the cost of getting Artificial Grass installed?

Dependent on what artificial grass product you select, the price will vary. However, if you decide to entrust Bud Landscapes with your artificial grass installation, our prices begin at £45. This price includes; the price of the materials and installment. 

How long will my new lawn last?

Recent advancements to the design of artificial grass have allowed for certain models to last up to 20-years maintenance-free, without losing a tint of colour all-year-round. 

How to maintain your Artificial Grass lawn? 

You can put away your lawn mower, and your hose pipe for time being because no your new synthetic lawn does not need any maintenance other than removing any unwanted debris that finds itself on to your lawn, these being; leaves, twigs, and dog mess. 

Is Artificial Grass environmentally friendly?

Due to the lack of maintenance needed to maintain your artificial grass, common chemical herbicides and pesticides are not required, as well as the use of a lawnmower. 

Will the sun fade my lawn?

All of our suppliers provide modern editions of artificial grass models that are fully UV and sunray protected, so there’s no need to worry about your luscious green lawn fading. On the other extreme, the latest models are also fully porous and drain rainwater with ease. 

What types of Artificial Grass are available? 

As mentioned prior, our primary suppliers over at Trulawn offer a wide range of different options that vary in appearance, colour and blade height. Get in contact with us to discuss which of these options is the perfect one for you and your garden. 

Why choose Bud Landscapes for your new Artificial Grass lawn?

Here at Bud Landscapes we have been planning, installing, and maintaining synthetic grass for 10+ years. We have multiple testimonials on our professionalism and expertise in the work we do, all whilst pricing competitively. Choosing Bud Landscapes is choosing a well-respected and experienced advisor in artificial grass installation. 

 

If this article piqued your interest or you’ve been searching for a reputable contractor and finally found one then give us a call at 07971 147 870 or get in contact with us through our website


4 tips from a Modern Landscape Designer

4 tips from a Modern Landscape Designer 

Whether this is the first garden you’re designing or the tenth, landscape design is a daunting task due to the vast possibilities available in each garden. To help you achieve your dream contemporary garden, I have invited four top modern landscape designers from the UK to share their tips and tricks with you.

  • Understand what you want 

First things first, understand what it is you want from your chosen landscape designer. New Patio? Or maybe a new water feature? Regardless of what it is, just make sure you have a clear picture of what you want to be installed and how you want it to look. It is your garden after all.

 

  • Be open-minded to your landscaper's advice

When you make the first contact with your desired landscape contractor, invite them to meet at your house to simply discuss what it is you want. In this stage of the process, it is imperative to be open and forthcoming with your budget, so your landscape designer can firstly; design and secondly, quote your dream garden effectively. Your garden designer is the expert after all so I highly recommend you listen to their recommendation, even if it wasn’t what you initially dreamed of. 

 

  • Take advantage of your properties personal nooks and crannies 

Each garden is unique in its own way, and yours is no different. You may not think it now but go outside and see where the sun tends to fall, which are the largest trees and the positioning of these trees with other scrubs, amongst a bunch of other distinct features you might see. During your discussions with your garden landscaper, mention the little details and see how the garden contractors team can incorporate them to their fullest potential. 

 

  • Take the indoors, out. 

Lighting and outdoor-seating spaces have become a huge must-have in all able gardens. Thoughtfully designed outside spaces can transform your whole home immediately. To begin planning for that next summer night with friends or family, whether you’ll be barbecuing or sitting around an ambient fireplace deep into the night.  

If you’re looking for any further tips on how to improve your garden, or are looking for someone on our team to come over and talk about your garden and the possibilities, please do not hesitate to give us a call (07971147870) or send us a message on Instagram!

 


How to choose the right Landscape Contractor?

How to choose the right landscape contractor

Finding the right landscape contractor is a daunting task for most, however we’re here to help you ask the right questions to the right landscaper to finally get you that dream garden.

Step 1: How much you have 

First things first, understand what your budget is. A general rule of thumb for when investing in your garden is to invest 10% of your home’s value, however landscape contractors are usually able to tailor to your needs if need be. A well-designed, contemporary garden that is well maintained will add value to your property immediately, so start planning for your dream garden now. Roughly figure out a budget you’re willing to spend and then next understand what you want your dream garden to look like.

Step 2: What you want from your landscape contractor

Once you have settled on a suitable budget for your new landscaping project, it’s now time to focus on the look and feel of your new garden. In other words, what are you paying a landscape contractor to do? Maybe you want a new driveway installed or a pool for the back garden, or you might want planting or general garden maintenance? To do this get some inspiration from websites such as Houzz or Pinterest. It’s important to have a clear idea of what you want your garden landscapers to do before you even make the first contact so that a clear idea can be given to the landscape designer over the phone. 

Step 3: Research potential garden landscapers

Now you have a clear vision for what you want your future garden to look like, it’s time to find the right landscaper for you and your vision. An effective way to start researching garden landscaper contractors is to ask your neighbours, friends, and family whether they recommend anyone specifically. Word-of-mouth recommendations are an efficient way of gaining the trust of soon-to-be customers, with reports stating that 92% of consumers believe suggestions from family and friends more than advertising. I suggest making a shortlist of 5 - 10 suitable landscape contractors and checking their online presence, such as; Instagram, Facebook, and Website. A combination of their website and social media should give you the necessary information about the business, however, check specifically for; Professional accreditations, references, and reviews.

Step 4: Choose which garden designer you want to go with 

The final stage of finding you the perfect landscape designer for you is to narrow down your current shortlist to 2 or 3 candidates who you were most impressed by when conducting research. Give each business a call and request a free quotation, and whilst on this call talk through your idea with your landscaping professional.With all quotations received, compare their respective prices, experience and references to make a final decision. (TIP: Thoroughly read through each quotation’s fine print)

Conclusion 

Once you have confirmed an agreement with your new garden designer it is important to build a good working relationship between yourselves. This can be achieved by having open communication about your ideas and being open to suggestions from your landscape contractor.


Gardens and gardening for people with Dementia

Why have a garden for people with dementia?

The belief that a garden is a source of pleasure and a place for relaxation and meditation has been a part of our culture for many centuries. Gertrude Jekyll commented: “The first purpose of a garden is to be a place of quiet beauty such as will give delight to the eye and refreshment to the mind.” A garden therefore serves to promote the activity and health of body, mind and spirit.
These benefits seem to be increasingly appreciated with age, and it should be no surprise that they have been established for people with dementia. The most obvious benefit of a garden or other open space is the provision of multi-sensory stimulation, a fact reflected in the development of sensory gardens. Sight, sound, smell, taste and touch are all involved The enjoyment of gardens and gardening has been described as a ‘soft fascination’: the activity draws us with a fascination that does not require work in the sense of having to push ourselves to be involved, and yet is not so all-consuming that our minds are completely taken over.
Is gardening and are gardens of value to everyone or only to those who enjoy them? There is no clear answer, but many consider that we are all responsive when given the opportunity or encouragement to be involved. However, just as not all adults are attracted to gardening, it should not be a surprise if some people with dementia do not respond immediately to this activity.
In addition to enjoyment and the associated experience of ‘feeling better’ when involved with a garden, it seems that behaviour patterns of people with dementia improve. Various studies have shown that the tendency to violent incidents, pacing, incontinence and trespassing are all reduced. These reversals of the effects of the disease are termed ‘rementia’. In addition, there is evidence that those who garden (or travel, carry out odd jobs or knit) are less likely to develop dementia than those who do not take part in these activities The adage ‘if you don’t use it you lose it’ applies here. The mechanism is not clear, but it appears that these complex activities may stimulate cognitive functions and thereby protect them. Part of the role of gardening may be the acceptance of responsibility and the encouragement to continue to make decisions, which is another example of cognitive activity.


Help in the garden?

Do you need help to realise your budding ideas for the garden?

Then invite the bud design team round for a chat and see how easy it could be to create your dream garden.

If you’re not after a full redesign then we also love to cut lawns, install decking, trim trees, fit fencing, pave patios, the list goes on. See more of the services we offer and you will see why we are becoming one of the fastest growing design and landscaping companies in the south of England. Visit our contact page to get in touch and discuss your requirements.

We offer outstanding professional garden services with the highest quality customer service.