'NoMow' artificial lawn


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Uno-Hoo!

I'm in the process of completing a major rear garden make-over - the main
aim being to make the garden as maintenance free as possible (because I
*hate* gardening!).

I sent off for information on 'NoMow' artificial lawns recently and, because
their head office is not far from where I live, their sales manager came
around with a display pack. It looks very real and, although not cheap
(just under £20 per square metre all-in), would mean no more mowing,
weeding, or watering, for 10 - 15 years. It's a lot easier to put down than
proper turf (just like putting down a carpet actually!) -and there are no
worries about the turf not 'taking' and dying off.

I've more or less decided to go ahead and order some but: anyone used this
stuff and have any comments about it before I do so?

Kev
 
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Phil Anthropist

Uno-Hoo! said:
I'm in the process of completing a major rear garden make-over - the main
aim being to make the garden as maintenance free as possible (because I
*hate* gardening!).

I sent off for information on 'NoMow' artificial lawns recently and,
because their head office is not far from where I live, their sales
manager came around with a display pack. It looks very real and, although
not cheap (just under £20 per square metre all-in), would mean no more
mowing, weeding, or watering, for 10 - 15 years. It's a lot easier to put
down than proper turf (just like putting down a carpet actually!) -and
there are no worries about the turf not 'taking' and dying off.

I've more or less decided to go ahead and order some but: anyone used this
stuff and have any comments about it before I do so?

Kev
No personal experience but sounds like an excellent idea to me, especially
if combined with artificial flower beds, plants and trees! A similar
artificial grass, Astro Turf, was featured on our local TV news recently
(Kent) and the householders were singing its praises. The only possible
drawback I can think of is if you wanted to sell your house a very keen
gardener might be put off buying.
 
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zaax

Phil said:
No personal experience but sounds like an excellent idea to me,
especially if combined with artificial flower beds, plants and trees!
A similar artificial grass, Astro Turf, was featured on our local TV
news recently (Kent) and the householders were singing its praises.
The only possible drawback I can think of is if you wanted to sell
your house a very keen gardener might be put off buying.
Football clubs use it for their pratice pitchs and being plastic they
readly catch fire. So no charcoal bar-b-ques.
 
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Phil Anthropist

zaax said:
Football clubs use it for their pratice pitchs and being plastic they
readly catch fire. So no charcoal bar-b-ques.
Should be OK if you have a patio.
 
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Phian

Uno-Hoo! said:
I'm in the process of completing a major rear garden make-over - the main
aim being to make the garden as maintenance free as possible (because I
*hate* gardening!).

I sent off for information on 'NoMow' artificial lawns recently and,
because their head office is not far from where I live, their sales
manager came around with a display pack. It looks very real and, although
not cheap (just under £20 per square metre all-in), would mean no more
mowing, weeding, or watering, for 10 - 15 years. It's a lot easier to put
down than proper turf (just like putting down a carpet actually!) -and
there are no worries about the turf not 'taking' and dying off.

I've more or less decided to go ahead and order some but: anyone used this
stuff and have any comments about it before I do so?

Kev
I will watch this thread with interest as I am thinking of putting something
like this on my flat roof. It would look a lot better than the bare black
stuff but would drainage be a problem and how would it be fixed ? The local
Council will not allow me to use the roof as a terrace so it would be done
purely for the looks.

Phian
 
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Uno-Hoo!

Phil Anthropist said:
No personal experience but sounds like an excellent idea to me, especially
if combined with artificial flower beds, plants and trees! A similar
artificial grass, Astro Turf, was featured on our local TV news recently
(Kent) and the householders were singing its praises. The only possible
drawback I can think of is if you wanted to sell your house a very keen
gardener might be put off buying.
A fair point - although all the new buyer would have to do is remove the
artificial grass 'carpet' and lay proper turf on the exposed earth.

Kev
 
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Uno-Hoo!

zaax said:
Football clubs use it for their pratice pitchs and being plastic they
readly catch fire. So no charcoal bar-b-ques.
I've got a decent sized patio and that's where I do the BBQ'ing so no
problem there. The fire aspect had never occurred to me however! I'd better
hang onto any 'off-cuts' for patching just in case!

Kev
 
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Uno-Hoo!

Keith Willcocks said:
Presumably no tents or gazebos with tent pegs either (or swingball etc.)?
The 'fibres' are knitted into a rubber backing which is perforated with
holes for drainage and so I can't see that there would be any problem with
making additional holes in the backing. It's not a particularly thick
backing and so pegs should go through without any major difficulty. I will
raise this with the suppliers however.

Kev
 
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Uno-Hoo!

Stickems. said:
Even an untended garden gone completely wild would be a much better
option.
Not in my opinion! I like a nice attractive garden - just haven't got the
time to waste mowing and weeding and watering!

Kev
 
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Uno-Hoo!

Phian said:
I will watch this thread with interest as I am thinking of putting
something like this on my flat roof. It would look a lot better than the
bare black stuff but would drainage be a problem and how would it be fixed
? The local Council will not allow me to use the roof as a terrace so it
would be done purely for the looks.
I will come back and start an additional thread after I have laid the lawn
and 'tried it out' for a week or so!

Kev
 
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ricardianno

Uno-Hoo! said:
Not in my opinion! I like a nice attractive garden - just haven't got the
time to waste mowing and weeding and watering!
Remember that a weed is just a flower that's in the wrong place... <g>
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Bruce Fletcher
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Stronsay, Orkney
<www.stronsay.co.uk/claremont>
"Don't think of it as getting hot flushes, think of it as your inner
child playing with matches"
 

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