5 reasons to use fake grass in your garden
When we moved house a couple of years ago, as is often the case, we sorted out the inside of the house and the outside area got neglected. It was October too, so no surprises there.
Apart from sweeping the leaves away from the drain and sorting the bins out every week, we spent very little time out there.
Part of the reason is that our garden is more of a back yard and really not very pretty to be honest. To make it more inviting, we’re considering ‘prettying’ it up into a more useable space with fake grass.
Our friend has artificial grass and wishes she’d done it year ago. Her recommendation, out own research and our own common sense mean that we’re now in the first stages of our planning project.
And here are our top 5 reasons for choosing fake grass for our garden:
No more mowing!
While I never used to mind mowing the lawn as an activity in itself, there’s no denying that it took time. With our electric mower, there was always the very real danger of mowing over the electric cable too… a thought that I never used to relish!
And then of course, there was the emptying of the grass box, the disposal of the grass itself and stowing the lawn mower away. This always involved taking a jigsaw puzzle apart and putting it all back together again in our outhouse-come-shed, which could be frustrating at times because there was always something that couldn’t be shoe-horned back into place as easily!
Then there’s the edging and weeding…
I could think of a better way to spend my time than mowing a lawn, then trimming the edges and that’s even before we mention the weeding! One look inside my house will tell you that although the surfaces are generally clean, they’re not always clutter-free and it’s definitely ‘lived-in’ but I do tend to know where everything is. Yes, everything has it’s place. After that little insight into my personality, it might not surprise you that weeds drive me (or used to drive me) a little bit crazy!
No matter how hard we tried, there would invariably be a weed, or 10, spoiling our lawn! Again, I can think of better ways to spend my time. Lounging around on a weed-free lawn with my family for starters!
Safe for the pets
Since we moved house, we’ve lost a cat and gained a dog, leaving us with one of each. And so having a pet-safe garden is a priority. Which means no toxic plants and somewhere for Daisy the dog to use her energy in what we call her ‘mad half hours’! (or which she has several a day!) To be able to throw her a ball to play with and be able to easily clean up mess is another box ticked.
No more sneezing!
You may have noticed that I’ve been referring to ‘me’ a lot up to now! Family time has featured, which of course includes hubby. But the mowing always came down to me. Why? Because of pollen! Yes, hayfever always meant that I was the mower and indeed he would often struggle outside. Not with fake grass! It would benefit out 8 year old daughter too because she showed signs of hayfever for the first time last Summer. I see quality, outdoors family time on the horizon again!
We all need time outdoors. A dose of fresh air and topping up vitamin D is essential for our physical and mental health. There’s little more inviting as the weather gets warmer than stepping out onto grass with barefeet. Bonus points if I can do in my dressing gown with a decaf! Personally, it’s what I really miss during Autumn and Winter.
Creating a zen-space is so important to me and with that comes barefeet; with that comes meditation and with that comes a happier me! The hippy-at-heart in me loves going barefoot. And that’s another thing about artificial grass. There are different softeness levels (and different wearability levels too). Now to decide which variety to choose!
What do you like to do in your garden? I’d love to know! Comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere .
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