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As spring approaches and makes its way towards summer, we’ve been thinking about our garden and why we plan on splurging on fake grass.
The sun is shining today – it’s finally starting to feel like spring and conversation in our household has turned to what to do with the hideous muddy patch that is currently our back garden. We really didn’t like the garden when we moved here and gradually we’ve been beating it into shape – removing the old shed and outside bar that took up almost half of it and digging up all of the slabs and concrete ready to eventually replace with lawn.
I’ll admit that recently things have come to a bit of a standstill of the garden front. DIY jobs that needed doing inside the house have taken precedence and a change of jobs for both of us have meant that life has just gotten in the way a bit.
But, with a baby girl on the way and a glimpse of sunshine in the sky, I’ve started thinking about summer and how I would actually like to be able use the garden this year.
While my husband and I don’t always agree on every detail of how we’d like the garden to look – I want a simple, low effort space and a summer house, he wants a huge shed, brick built bbq, stone pizza oven and a pond – one thing we both agree on is that we’ll be having fake grass.
Which, in turn, might seem like the least money savvy idea ever. The cost of fake grass, compared to buying a bag of grass seed is huge. But, at the same time, I’m all for spending our hard earned cash on things that we will enjoy and that will make our lives easier.
Neither of us are keen gardeners and a low maintenance no fuss back garden is exactly what I’m looking for. I might even let him have his pizza oven 😉 I’ve spent this afternoon looking at some of the options on grass-direct.co.uk and there is a surprisingly big range to chose from as well as various price points so it may not be quite as expensive as I first thought.
Here are the five reasons I’ll be investing in fake grass for our garden:
1. It could be more cost effective than first thought
While fake grass does come with an initial expense the long term benefits could eventually outweigh this. A perfect example of this might be an older couple who are no longer able to mange garden tasks such as mowing and weeding. Having a fake lawn could easily pay for itself against the cost of having to employ a gardener.
2. It’s Low Maintenance
As I mentioned before, I’m not at all a keen gardener and while my husband doesn’t mind the odd bit of gardening it’s not something he’s keen to take up as a major hobby. No mowing, no weeding, no fuss – sounds perfect to me!
3. Perfect for Pets
If your pooch is always bounding about the garden and your lawn is currently sporting bald patches where they’ve been digging/scratching/playing fake grass could be the answer to a perfect looking garden all year round. Fake grass also means less mud when it’s wet – so hopefully a cleaner dog and no more muddy paw prints through the house!
4. Less Mess in Winter
My Mum, who is very a keen gardener, always says she misses her garden in winter and when we were young it felt as though she had lost another room we could play in. Fake grass means less mud* and therefore less mess – meaning little ones can be wrapped up and taken out to play in the garden whatever the weather.
*Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for muddy fun with children, jumping in muddy puddles etc, but there are some days that as a Mum I’m sure I won’t be able to face any more mess or mud being trailed through our house!
5. More Room In the Shed
Fake grass means we won’t need a lawn mower or as many garden tools – meaning one less chore for my husband and more room in the shed for his tools.