Artificial Grass

For busy homeowners, kitting out the garden with a layer of artificial grass can be a cost-effective way of achieving the natural look without having to contend with the upkeep of an authentic lawn. And open-plan gardens are not the only place that can be laid with artificial grass. It's also a great way of sprucing up a balcony or rooftop area where you plan to entertain friends over a barbecue

Advantages

A neat and tidy garden at next to no effort
This one was alluded to above, but it bears repeating. Having to mow the lawn every few weeks is just the tip of the iceberg. You also have to pull out weeds, clean up clippings and service the mower - all of this is but a distant memory with an artificial turf.

Water preservation
It's easy to overlook environmental considerations, but if you live in a particularly rain-starved region of the country you might find that local authorities impose a hose-pipe ban during the summer months, making it almost impossible to keep an authentic lawn well watered.

Pest control
Setting down bug repellent is time-consuming and expensive, and at any rate, prevention is always better than a cure. Artificial grass is a great way of keeping your garden free of unwanted visitors: rodents cannot dig beneath the surface, and insects will struggle to erect mounds above. 

It's cheaper than pavement
Paving stones are in vogue at the moment, but they are more expensive than artificial grass as well as taking longer to install. A soft surface also makes for a safer play-space for boisterous young children and small pets.

Disadvantages

It's plain and boring
This is a matter of personal taste, but if you do opt for an artificial lawn it means the lion's share of your garden will be rather bereft of character. (Of course, you can still put down decorative flower pots around the margins, or even cordon off a section of compost to grow some of your own). 

Not as durable as pavement
Technological gains made in recent years mean that artificial grass can today withstand more wear and tear than ever before, but it is true that paving stones are a longer term - if more expensive - solution.

Need disinfection

Artificial grass needs some maintenance from time to time to keep it safe from some pathogens and sterile. To keep it clean you will need brush and broom to remove all unnecessary leaves and weeds.

Cost

Obviously, how much it will set you back depends upon the size of the area you are looking to cover. Most retailers typically charge around £20 per square metre of grass, with an expectation for the surface to endure as long as a decade (though this will ultimately be determined by how often and for what purpose you use it). There is also the cost of installation to consider. Some people are prepared to undertake these duties themselves, but if you're not so DIY-minded, you can instead enlist the help of one of the many specialist artificial grass installers located across the United Kingdom. Rates vary depending on where you are and the size of the job, but in general, the price is roughly the same as you pay for the grass itself.

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