Fake Grass vs Real Grass: Which is better?

Fake grass (aka artificial grass) is fast becoming a popular option for both front and back gardens in the UK. In this article, we’re going to explore which is better – fake grass or real?

Fake grass was originally engineered to replace real turf for use in sports, and as such, boasts major features that real grass can’t:

  • no maintenance
  • no reseeding
  • no need for irrigation
  • no mending muddy patches
  • no lawn mowing
  • very hardwearing
  • looks bright and green all year long

Fake Grass vs Real Grass Aesthetics

In the beginning, it remained only popularly used on sports pitches, likely because it was an expensive new technology and didn’t quite have the same aesthetic as a ‘real lawn’ can give you. However, in recent years artificial grass has become more “lifelike” in the way it looks and as such has become far more popularly used in gardens.

New designs mean that rather than a single green colour throughout the grass, they now come with multi-tonal blade colour options which mimic real grass astonishingly well. They also come with different ‘pile lengths’ so you can have a short, “freshly cut” look lawn or a longer, “natural look” lawn.

You can now be extra picky with the exact colour lawn you’d like for your garden too, rather than worrying about which grass type might grow well in a particular part of your garden. With free artificial grass samples, you don’t have to guess from a photo online either – you can really see the colours in situ before you buy.

Because artificial grass now has so many great looking options, it is fast replacing real grass in popularity – it looks neat, never has patches, gets boggy or full of weeds.

You might even have some neighbours with an artificial lawn already and not realise it!

Fake Grass vs Real Grass Care

A huge reason people now opt for fake grass is simply low maintenance.

You can throw away your lawn mower, stop worrying about watering your lawn and fixing patches and simply enjoy your beautiful, perfectly green garden 365 days a year.

As you may well know, upkeep of a real lawn can be a nightmare – you can get weeds, your lawn can dry out and die (often in patches), you may need to reseed areas (especially if you own pets) and if you live in an area where there’s not quite enough sun, or too much water, you can face a whole host of problems with grass dying back and muddy patches left in their place. Fake grass simply takes away all the hassle and leaves you with a great looking, clean lawn.

Fake Grass vs Real Grass Use

Some people prefer the feel of real grass but, surprisingly, fake grass can actually be the softer option. It’s manufactured using a similar method to carpeting and the different thread types make it very soft underfoot.

If you’d like a luxury extra, you can even get a soft, bouncy underlay which makes your grass feel incredible to walk on. Most artificial grasses already come designed with some lower ‘brown’ threads that mimic the softness of grass really well, so the underlay isn’t entirely necessary – but it does feel great!

Although fake grass doesn’t have that freshly cut grass scent, it is kinder to hayfever sufferers which means everyone can lay out on the lawn without coming up in a rash.

Artificial grass boasts excellent drainage too so if you have pets it’s the perfect option. If you love your house to be spotless you can even wash your fake grass if you like!

As it was initially created for use with sports, fake grass often stands up better to hard wear and tear than a natural lawn, so if you use yours for sports, or have kids playing on it a lot, it might be your best chance at keeping a beautiful lawn year-round.

Overall, we think artificial grass is the best option – it is far more economical in the long run, with much less maintenance and, let’s face it, zero stress. The only thing fake grass can’t give you is that freshly cut grass smell – but we certainly feel never having to mow, patch or water again far outweighs that drawback!

Which artificial grass should you buy?

If you’ve got your heart set on a new fake grass lawn, you’ll be glad to know there are many options you can choose from. However, if you find that the options become a bit overwhelming, you can get some quick tips and guidance before you buy with our guide to help you choose which artificial grass is right for you.

Want to get the best deal on artificial grass?

Whether you’ve decided to go with a soft, natural-look long pile grass or a short, hardwearing nylon version, you could get the very best deal on artificial grasses online right here at eDecks – we offer artificial grass starting from just £5.16 per square metre**.

We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for most artificial grass installation projects – and any products we sell online. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice for your artificial grass project today.

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Superfast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 hour delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.

**Prices all correct at time of writing

How To Choose The BEST Artificial Grass For Your Garden

So you’re thinking about getting artificial grass for your lawn? They are an excellent investment – no more mowing, no more sneezing and they always look beautiful.

But how do you pick the right one?

There’s a minefield of “pile lengths”, weights, colours – not to mention prices – staring you in the face and it can feel like stepping into the unknown.

Don’t panic – we’re here to help.

In this guide, we’ll go through your artificial grass options, why they matter and the pros and cons of each. You’ll walk away feeling confident in your choice and (hopefully) avoid the despair of staring at your new lawn with buyers regret.

What do I need to think about when I’m looking at artificial grass?

There are a number of things to consider when you’re looking for artificial grasses, so firstly we’re going to go through the top questions you should be asking yourself before you buy.

What kind of furniture, if any, will be used on the area?

If you’re going to be putting anything on your grass that’s going to weigh it down, remember that it could permanently cause pressure marks. Shorter synthetic grass stands the best chance of bouncing back from heavy pressure if you think you’re going to have lots of furniture on your grass.

Do you have pets that will use the grass?

Some artificial grasses have more drainage holes than others, so it’s good to look out for either grass marked as ‘pet-friendly’ or ones that feature ‘good drainage’ if your pets are likely to use the lawn to go to the toilet. You can also purchase special infills to go under the grass that help clear the ammonia faster, or you can use grit sand under the grass to help with drainage.

Will the grass be used for lying on or sunbathing?

If you want to use the area to lie down on, you’re much more likely to want a soft grass. We’d recommend a longer pile grass, at least 20mm and we’d recommend ordering a free sample so you can touch the grass yourself before you buy.

What borders the area?

For artificial grass to look good when it’s installed, it’s really important that you achieve ‘clean lines’. If you have a flower bed edge or a tree near the edges of where you’d like the lawn to go, it’s a good idea before installing the grass to install a border or edging around these areas. You don’t have to, but adding a clean edging can really help you get the final aesthetic perfect, and help make installation easier, even when the edge isn’t straight.

What exactly is artificial grass pile?

Grass pile refers to the height of the grass; but beware that some places refer to the height including the backing, whereas others refer to the height of the grass strand from the backing upwards.

Longer piles, around 30mm to 40mm+, will generally have a more natural look whereas grass around 20mm will look more like freshly cut grass. Before you buy any artificial grass, we highly recommend that you get grass samples (they’re often free of charge) so that you can view them in situ, to see the overall affect of the colour, pile and density.

Should I care about density and weight?

The density of the grass refers to the number of strands that are sewn into the backing. A lower density is usually more suited to a lower traffic area, however, the critical difference is often the angle you’re looking at it.

If you’re likely to view your grass from a balcony, it may be wiser to invest in a higher density grass so it looks great from above because lower density grass can look a bit sparse when viewed from the top. If you’re not going to be viewing it from above, or don’t mind as much, a lower density grass might be a great way to save money.

The weight of your grass shouldn’t normally affect your decision; however it is something to think about carefully if you’re installing the grass on any sort of structure, or on a balcony for example, as the building needs to be able to hold the new grass weight comfortably.

How should I choose the colour?

The colour of your grass is, of course, personal preference.

However, we would highly recommend getting samples of your potential grass and viewing them in your garden if at all possible. It will give you the chance to view your chosen colour against the backdrop of the other plants and features of your garden as well as seeing it in real daylight.

Remember, grasses may look a very different on a shop floor under fluorescent light, or on your computer screen, than in your garden in the sun.

How much should I buy?

Once you’ve measured the area you’re going to install the grass into, you can calculate the square meterage that you’ll need right here (unless your area is a particularly complex space or funny shape). If your chosen area isn’t rectangular and is made up of various shapes, try to break down the area into 2m wide spaces if you can, and allow a decent overlap – at least 10cm – over the borders.

Most artificial grasses are manufactured in widths of 2m and 4m, so this should help you find out the number and length of rolls you may need.

You don’t want to have to buy your grass rolls separately if you can avoid it – although manufacturers try their best to ensure colours are as close as possible, similar to fabrics, each time the grass is manufactured there can be slight differences in colour depending on the batch.

Although this shouldn’t be too obvious, it could stand out if you have one small area that happens to look a slightly different shade of green than the rest.

Where to buy artificial grass?

You can buy artificial grass in DIY stores, although they often don’t have much variety on offer because they’re such a large item to stock, so it’s usually preferable to look online.

The big advantage to buying online is that you can order multiple samples (from the comfort of your sofa) as well as having the heavy rolls delivered straight to your door.

It’s often cheaper too!

Want to get the best deal on artificial grass?

Whether you’ve decided to go with a soft, natural-look long pile grass or a short, hardwearing nylon version, you could get the very best deal on artificial grasses online right here at eDecks – we offer artificial grass starting from just £5.16 per square metre.

We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for most artificial grass installation projects – and definitely any products we sell online. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice for your artificial grass project today.

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.

**Prices all correct at time of writing

8 Cheap Garden Makeover Projects You Can do THIS Weekend

Looking to spruce up your garden this summer? Here are some garden makeover ideas you’re bound to love – big and small – that you can do this weekend to make a big impact!

Update your lawn with artificial grass

If you’re getting frustrated with looking after your lawn, the best kind of garden makeover might just be replacing it. Artificial grass has come a long way in the past few years and is a great way to get a beautiful lawn without the headaches. No more mowing. No more watering. No more patching. No more weeding. No more draining. No more mud. No more hayfever. No more stress!

Just a beautiful, neat, photo-worthy lawn 365 days a year.

And you can get artificial grass from just £4.94 per square metre. It’s incredibly simple to install – you could be enjoying your lovely new lawn in time for your weekend barbeque!

Check out everything you need for your artificial lawn right here.

Paint your fence a new colour

Fancy a change but don’t want to break your back? Painting your fence might be the perfect way to bring a brand new lease of life to your garden.

Whether you choose a bold colour, like slate grey or sage green, or just a simple wood stain, a new colour border around your garden could be just the makeover your garden needs. It might be even easier to repaint than you think with a Ronseal Fence Sprayer – so you really won’t need to break your back over it!

Check out affordable fence paints right here.

Build some neat garden planters

Want to bring some beautiful colour to your garden but don’t want to intrude on your lawn? Why not add a few neat planters to your space?

Wood planters look especially beautiful, tying in with most gardens, you can even paint or stain them to work in harmony with your fence or decking colour scheme.

They don’t take long to build, are incredibly handy if you like a change because you can move them around your garden until you find the perfect spot and are super low maintenance.

Check out some beautiful garden planters right here.

Create some beautiful borders

A super easy garden makeover is adding some beautiful new borders to sections of your garden. Making clean lines in between distinct areas, like paths, flower beds, lawns and decked areas can be the perfect way to make a serious impact in your outdoor space.

You can use line blocks or a chalk reel line to ensure a super straight edge when you dig out the border, or for the perfect curved border, you can lay out your current hosepipe in the curve you want and mark it with chalk powder.

You can create a planting border along any edge in your space or make a simple border with wood lawn edging, bricks or even natural stone, depending on the aesthetic you’d like to go for.

Build a spot for climbing plants

If you love the look of climbing plants like wisteria or ivy, you can create a beautiful natural focal point in your garden by adding a simple trellis for these stunning plants – whether it’s in a corner, on one wall or to top your entire fence.

If you’d like to create something that really stands out, you could try either a pergola or a garden arch – either of which can be used for climbing plants and can cover seating so you can enjoy your garden under the shade and scent of your fresh flowers on hot summer days.

If you have a large garden, you can make a serious statement with a walkway pergola – which isn’t as hard to install as you might think, and can be a breath-taking addition to any garden.

Build a firepit

Once the sun goes down, your barbeque doesn’t have to end. You can bring your garden back to life with a firepit!

It’s easier than you might think – you can make a simple above ground fire pit by digging up the grass in the area you’d like the pit to be, creating a small brick wall surround and just ensuring you line the bottom with a good fire pit filler – whether it’s fireproof bricks, a steel bottom or crushed lava rock.

If you’d prefer to dig the firepit into the ground you can easily do this too – and it makes a great spot for sitting around on a summers evening.

If you’d like to add more light to your garden for the evenings you could even try adding lighting to your deck – which we had to mention since we are eDecks after all!

Install an easy deck

Decking doesn’t have to be expensive – you can get an entire decking kit for £79.99 right now at eDecks – but they really can transform your garden. No more muddy feet, just beautiful wood decking, which looks incredible on nearly any home.

Most decks are reasonably simple to install too – but the fastest and likely easiest options are decking tiles or a decking kit.

Decking tiles interlock and can give you a beautiful deck with little hassle, even for the amateur DIYer. Decking kits can come cut to size, with pergolas, rope or wood railings and are one of the simplest ways to add a deck to your garden with little hassle.

A beautiful deck can even be a great selling point for your home if you’re looking to get your house on the market.

Build a new shed

If you don’t have one, or yours is looking worse for wear, why not build a new shed? It might be the most advanced garden makeover project on this list, but it could have the biggest payoff – and might be more affordable than you think.

You can get everything you need for your new shed right here at a great price – and really let your imagination run wild because we have all the raw materials you could want!

Want to get the best deal on garden makeover supplies?

Whether you’ve decided to get some new artificial grass, put in a simple border or go all out and build a brand new deck in your garden, you could get the very best deal on garden makeover supplies online right here at eDecks.

We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for most garden projects – and definitely any products we sell online. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice for your garden makeover project today.

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour delivery on many products

ONLY FSC certified sustainable wood products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on composite decking (and frequent big discounts!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.

**Prices all correct at time of writing

Which composite decking is best?

So you’ve read all about the different types of decking available, and you’ve decided composite decking is the right choice for your garden. We can’t disagree – it boasts some incredible features. Being made from a mixture of plastic and wood, composite decking has the incredible aesthetic of natural wood while being far less maintenance (you’ll never need to stain, seal or paint a composite deck), lasts much longer and is far more durable.

But guess what – your search isn’t over.

There are several brands and product types when it comes to composite decking and they aren’t created equally. In this guide, we’re going to give you an overview of the composite decking options available to you and help you decide on the best decking for your garden.

RealGroove Composite Decking Boards

RealGroove composite decking boards were developed right here at eDecks, exclusively with our manufacturer, with the aim of creating the perfect “real wood” look composite board – and we are confident that you won’t find anything better.

It is fully reversible, extremely strong and thick at 22mm deep. Unlike many other composite decking products that create the wood look using a ‘scratched surface’ technique, RealGroove boards use a longer lasting technique through scoring indentations designed to outlast other composite boards on the market today. These deep indentations provide a longer lasting wood effect as well as an anti-slip property.

Many years of eDecks research has gone into the development of this board, but as we have manufactured the board ourselves, we can still offer unbeatable pricing on them; which means you get a top of the range composite deck at a far more reasonable price than other luxury brands.

RealGroove composite decking boards come in both pre-cut sizes and cut-to-size options.

You can find great deals on RealGroove composite decking here, starting from just £6.99 per metre.

EverGrain Composite Decking Boards

EverGrain composite decking boards are a luxury brand in the composite decking arena. The boards are manufactured to an extremely high standard in the U.S.A. with colours that are specially blended to create a “true to life” wood finish on all of their products. They boast unique grain patterns with a deep texture and can be easily mistaken for real wood.

While having an incredibly realistic aesthetic, the deep grain also offers extra anti-slip properties, which are an added benefit in our unpredictable British weather! EverGrain composite decking will not rot, fade, split or splinter – giving you the perfect blend of wood grain look with all the benefits of man-made board. 

EverGrain composite decking boards come in both pre-cut sizes and cut-to-size options.

You can find great deals on EverGrain composite decking here, starting from just £7.14 per metre.

Castle Top Composite Decking Boards

Castle Top boards are designed with very deep grooves and are an excellent choice for outdoor use. The deep grooves offer the most significant amount of anti-slip protection, as water will pool within the grooves and run off the deck. Because of this, they are often chosen for use near pools and hot tubs to increase safety.

The obvious drawback for some is that these boards don’t prioritise on the “real-wood” look.

Like the RealGroove boards, Castle Top boards are thick and long lasting with a depth of 22mm. They are also available exclusively at eDecks, at an incredibly affordable price.

Castle Top composite decking boards come in pre-cut sized boards 146mm wide and either 2.4m or 3.6m long.

You can find great deals on Castle Top composite decking here, starting from just £6.99 per metre.

Composite Decking Tiles

eDecks also offer interlocking composite decking tiles alongside composite decking boards which, are probably the most straightforward deck to install with an interlocking system that even someone with basic DIY skills can install with ease.

As with all composite, it is extremely low maintenance and a great long-lasting decking option. The tiles can even be installed on top of existing decking, slabs or concrete and come with some hi-tech feature options, such as LED lighting, should you wish to make your deck even more luxurious. The LED lighting is entirely solar powered, meaning you can have a beautiful night lit deck with no electrical experience!

The decking tiles come in the ‘castle top’ design with very deep grooves to allow for proper drainage and reduce the risk of slips and falls, and they start from just £3.50 per tile.

Decking tiles are likely the most expensive option, but it’s easy to see why with all the excellent properties of composite decking boards with the added bonus of easy installation.

Composite decking tiles come in sizes of 295mm x 295mm.

You can find great deals on composite decking tile here, starting from just £3.50 per tile.

Want to know more about composite decking?

Not only do eDecks often run incredible offers on composite decking, but we also offer plenty of support and expert advice for anyone who’s looking to build their own deck at any level. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice on your deck today.

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour delivery on many products

ONLY FSC certified sustainable wood products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on composite decking (and frequent big discounts!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.

**Prices all correct at time of writing

The Best Decking Materials of 2019

Have you decided to build a new deck this summer? Well, before you crack out your toolbox, read on to find out more about all the best material options for your deck in 2019 and the pros and cons of each.

Plus – look out for the incredible savings you could make on decking materials at eDecks!

Decking Materials: Get to know your material options

So what are your options for decking materials? In 2019, there isn’t just plain wood – you can choose from softwood, hardwood, composite and antislip decking materials. Below is a brief outline on each decking material, and what they are most suited for.

Softwood Decking

Softwood is the cheapest decking material you’ll find; it has a beautiful natural aesthetic and is most commonly cut from either redwood or larch. It doesn’t, however, usually last as long as hardwood and requires much more maintenance to help it last as long as possible. Having said that, with proper care and maintenance, your softwood decking could last up to 25 years.

You can find softwood decking here.

Hardwood Decking

Hardwood is the most expensive option when it comes to decking, but it’s also usually seen as the most beautiful choice. Hardwood decking is most commonly cut from either Balau or Walnut trees. It’s not just chosen because of its beautiful finish; it lasts far longer than softwood with much less maintenance required – usually up to 50 years.

You can find hardwood decking here.

Composite Decking

Composite is a relatively new decking material that boasts some incredible features. It’s a combination of real wood fibres and plastic that allow your deck to have a natural wood finish, while also having some incredibly long lasting and waterproofing features that you wouldn’t get with completely natural wood. It’s also the lowest maintenance option – whereas all woods will require at very minimum annual cleaning and finishing, composite doesn’t need any refinishing to help it last. It should also last up to 50 years.

Composite decking can even come along with some cool features, like built-in lighting with solar panel charging.

You can find composite decking here.

Antislip

While probably not the most attractive option, antislip decking is a great choice if you either want to use your deck in wet weather, if you have a hot tub or if you want to minimise your chance of slips and falls. It’s definitely one of the safest decking options and with the many available finishes, it’s a very popular option.

You can find antislip decking here.

Decking Materials: Product Options

Finding the right decking doesn’t end at picking a material – the materials come in a variety of product types. Again, each decking product has pros and cons to consider. Here is some information on the three main forms of decking:

Decking Boards

The most common way to buy decking is to simply buy decking boards. It allows for complete versatility; you can have any size or shape of decking you choose. It does require you to plan everything out to work out how much decking you’ll need, but eDecks can help you with boards that are cut to your specified size in many decking material types.

You can find all types of decking boards here.

Decking Kits

If you are hoping for a square or rectangular deck, it might be even simpler to order a cut to size decking kit. It will not only come with the exact boards you need but also pre-cut joists and a fixing kit to make your life as easy as possible. You can even buy decking kits that come with fencing and pergolas!

You can find decking kits here.

Decking Tiles

Decking tiles are likely the simplest to install; some even featuring interlocking systems. You can also buy some decking tiles with built-in features, like LED lights. You can also install decking tiles over an original deck to refinish it, as long as it is structurally sound. You can also create a ‘checkerboard’ pattern, which is an attractive look on some decks.

You can find decking tiles here.

Want to know more about decking materials?

Not only do eDecks often run incredible offers on decking materials, but we also offer plenty of support and expert advice for anyone who’s looking to build their own deck at any level. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice on your deck today.

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour delivery on many products

ONLY FSC certified sustainable wood products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on all of our decking materials (and frequent big discounts!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.