In order to get an idea of costs, the first step is to work out how much artificial grass is needed to cover your lawn.
To do this, you’ll need a tape measure, a piece of paper and a pencil.
Firstly, sketch the shape of your lawn.
Next, measure the width of your lawn. It’s very important to measure across the widest point when doing this.
Then do the same for the length, again making sure to measure the longest part of your lawn.
If your lawn is a simple rectangle, never assume that it is perfectly square as it often isn’t.
One very important thing to bear in mind is that artificial grass only comes in 2m or 4m widths. (The length can be anything up to 25m.)
This means that depending on the shape of your lawn, you may well have some wastage.
Even though the area of your lawn may only be 30m2, you may, in fact, need 35m2 (or more) of artificial grass to cover it.
If, for example, your lawn measures 4.2m across, it may be worth considering adjusting the width of the lawn to 4m, rather than buy another 2m roll and use only 0.3m of it.
This can be achieved by either:
- Increasing the size of an existing flower bed, or adding a new flower bed. (To keep this low-maintenance, you could install weed membrane then cover it with some decorative aggregate, such as slate chippings, and perhaps then introduce some plants contained within pots.)
- Installing some form of edgings, such as a block paved edge or sleepers.
Although having wastage isn’t ideal, it generally can’t be avoided and after most installations, there are some offcuts left over.
However, people tend to find useful things to do with these offcuts.
For example, artificial grass makes for an excellent doormat, budding golfers can practice their chipping on it, and it’s great for covering shelving in a greenhouse or even covering old garden tables and chairs.
Use your imagination and you’ll be sure to think of something useful to do with the offcuts.