22 Feb

Artificial Grass – Reasons why you should use artificial grass

Artificial Grass – Reasons why you should use artificial grass

Article courtesy of Home Makers Online.

In dry climates, water shortages are making the large suburban lawn a luxury less and less people can afford. With South Africa experiencing a drought, maintaining a lush lawn is becoming increasingly unsustainable in terms of water consumption and the resulting costs.

Having green grass in your garden all-year-round can be hard to achieve. However, this is not a concern with artificial grass. It is the answer if you want to keep your surroundings green and you do not have the time or resources to work hard in your lawn as well.

There is a wide array of varieties to choose from and the prices are cheaper in the long run in comparison to natural lawn.

No maintenance required and low cost

Unlike your real lawn turf, this one does not need water or sunlight to thrive. Just make sure that it is installed properly so that it will last long and look sleek. With artificial grass, you will enjoy massive, on-going savings not only in water, but in mowing, feeding, and edging, not to speak of labor intensive practices such as de-thatching and aerating. We all know that green lawns require hard work, so if you are too busy for it you might as well opt for artificial grass.

Does Not Smother And Die

With your artificial grass, you can place your inflatable pools, trampolines, and other items in your lawn without making the area under them turn brown. Once you remove the weight, this type of grass will bounce back to its original shape and its color will never fade. It can handle traffic without getting damaged. This also means that you can enjoy more of your time outdoors.

Pet And Kid Friendly And Safe

Let your kids enjoy playing in your lawn. The only thing that you need to do to secure the place is to check for anything sharp that might have fallen on your lawn. With artificial grass, the chance of getting the sand into your kids’ eyes is slim. Don’t worry if your pets relieve themselves on it as well since you can clean it the way you clean the real grass.


Relaxing And Refreshing

Love your garden and lawn more as they stay green for the entire year. Your flowering plants will look more appealing and your garden will become more desirable to visit.

Holds The Soil Down

Installing artificial grass will reduce getting dust and sand all over your property. When heavy rain falls, you don’t need to contend with mud. Install brick pavers as well so that you can have clean walkway.

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22 Feb

Artificial Grass – Is artificial grass really green?

Artificial Grass – Is artificial grass really green?

Artificial grass has come a very long way from its United States origin in the 1960’s. Originally developed for the Astrodome stadium in Houston, Texas (and now you know where the term ‘AstroTurf’ comes from) and made of nylon, it was only in the late 1990’s to early 2000’s that the polyethylene based artificial grass, similar to what we see today, made an appearance.

Thanks to the rapid advances in materials, design and technology, artificial grass today, mimics natural grass and has in many ways, proven a highly viable, environmentally friendly alternative to the real thing.

But artificial grass is plastic!

Polyethylene terephthalate is the plastic used most in the production of artificial lawn. A plastic resin and a form of polyester made from only carbon and hydrogen, polyethylene is as far as plastics are concerned, considered safe. Used in many forms from food and cosmetics packaging to medical equipment, this material does not leach any chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer or disrupting hormones.

What about the infill?

Artificial grass requires an infill in order to keep the pile from going flat. The specific type of infill that you need, will depend on the variety of artificial grass you have installed, as well as whether pets will be using the lawn too.

Rubber crumb infill, which is essentially a recycled material made from used vehicle tyres, has raised some serious health concerns in the past. With advances in technology however, there are many other options available that are neither dangerous for our health, and which do the job even better.

Lawn is not natural.

Beautifully manicured, rolling green lawns are very much man-made. As we know, achieving the perfect lawn requires a lot of time and effort, as well as chemicals and water.

In nature, grasses undergo a growth and renewal cycle that works in sync with the natural habitat. This cycle includes the required water retention and natural composting required for the grass to survive.

Lawn on the other hand, is often a hybrid grass that is neither indigenous, nor entirely suited to the region in which it grows and therefore needs additional water and nutrients in order to thrive. This is why lawns have often been referred to as ‘green deserts’ on account of their disproportionate reliance on natural resources.

Artificial grass is for this reason, an eco-friendly choice. It provides the look and functionality that people want, while having the least impact on the environment.

All those chemicals!

While lawn maintenance such as top dressing is a more natural way to keep lawns looking great, the perfect green lawn, requires chemical fertiliser and a range of pesticides for it to keep looking lush and vibrant all year round. These chemicals and pesticides leach into the ground and negatively impact local aquatic, insect, bird and other wildlife species.

Turf grass provides virtually no habitat for pollinators and other animals and plants that make up a healthy, diverse ecosystem, so considering this, genuine lawn costs the environment dearly in every conceivable way.

As with real lawn, a artificial lawn offers no habitat for life, however it is far less destructive to the environment. You get the colour and look you want all year round, without the chemicals, pesticides and wastage of water.

How about the environmental cost of manufacture?

When it comes to considering the eco-friendliness of anything, one must always take longevity into account. The manufacture of artificial grass, as with the manufacture of anything, does have its impact on the environment, however, considering the fact that a professionally installed and good quality artificial lawn will last up to 20 years, this is an investment with a far smaller environmental footprint over that 20-year period, than that of a genuine lawn.

For anyone wanting or needing a beautiful, lush green lawn, today’s artificial lawn options provide a healthy, environmentally responsible alternative. To get the best service from your artificial lawn, it is essential that it should be professionally installed.

With artificial grass options to suit every lawn application, we can help you whether you need a commercial, or residential installation.

Get in touch with us today, and one of our consultants will be happy to visit your premises and advise on the best artificial grass options for your particular needs.

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26 Oct

Artificial Grass – 5 reasons why dogs love it?

Artificial Grass – 5 reasons why dogs love it?

What self-respecting, fun-loving dog would not love artificial grass? Artificial grass has it all – and then some – when it comes to attributes highest on a dog’s priority list.

1. Feels natural and looks great

OK, so we admit that your pup Jock couldn’t care less about aesthetics. If he did, he wouldn’t ever go potty on the lawn or dig holes in it, would he? But he can sure tell how things feel underfoot. After all, he goes barefoot all year round.

He would tell you that natural grass is disappointing in this regard. It starts out OK — nice and fluffy – but after he’s been rolling or laying down for a while, that grass is flat as a sidewalk. The only way to re-fluff it is by scratching it up with his nails, and you yell at him for doing that. What’s a dog to do?

Artificial grass is never a flop, no matter how long Jock flops on it. It’s always comfortably soft and cushy. If he or the humans in your family tramp the grass down a bit in a high-traffic area, you can use a broom to quickly re-fluff the blades.

Jock won’t be able to dig holes in artificial grass, but who cares? The main reason he does that now is because he’s bored. With artificial grass, you’ll save so much time you’ll have hours on end for fetch, hiking, water sports and all sorts of other doggie fun.

2. It’s free from poisonous stuff

Artificial grass arrives toxin-free, made with no harmful ingredients. It stays that way, because it requires zero applications of nasty chemicals needed to protect natural grass from weeds, pests, and disease. Furthermore, it doesn’t grow, so it never produces pollen, an annoying allergen for dogs as well as people.

3. It’s cleaner than natural grass

Live grass is messy. When you mow, there are always left-behind clippings and debris that cling to fur and paws, inevitably making their way into your house. Live grass tends toward dead patches (where dear old Jock does his thing). These lead to mud when you water or it rains, and means more in-house mess. Artificial grass remains pristine and never makes a mess that dogs have to lick off their bodies or you have to mop up indoors.

4. Artificial grass has a silly side

Even if your pooch is one of those oh-so-sophisticated breeds, we know full well there’s a silly canine under that perfectly-manicured coat. After all, he is a dog at heart! With artificial grass engineered especially for dogs, your pooch can do all the romping and rolling he can stand. No play time is too loony, or too rough, for ruff-tough artificial turf.

Dogs with creative pet parents have it even better, because they can have the personalized play area of their dreams. An artificial grass rooftop for their dog house (assuming that roof is flat) provides the perfect elevated platform for surveying their universe or catching a few winks on a warm day. Grassy flooring inside gives his dog house a stylish interior that’s both comfortable and easy to clean. Here at Perfect Grass, we’re all about pride of home ownership – for dogs as well as people.

5. And what’s the best reason of all?

Dogs love artificial grass simply because their humans love artificial grass. And every dog’s #1 goal is pleasing his owner. So that’s 4 paws up plus 2 thumbs up for artificial grass.

With offices in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, give us a call.

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17 Jul

Artificial Grass – Can Artificial Grass be used for Professional Landscaping?

Artificial Grass – Can Artificial Grass be used for Professional Landscaping?

You may be considering a complete revamp of your garden – after all, landscaping not only improves the saleability of your home if you are looking to sell, but also increases its value by up to 15%.

Or, perhaps you are a landscaper considering the possibility of using artificial grass for your next installation?

The move to artificial grass in South Africa has grown exponentially, as our modern climate demands the need to always be aware of our water consumption. Today, water-wise landscaping and gardening is key and artificial grass is becoming increasingly recognised as a viable, long-term alternative to turf for garden designs that seek a lawn area.

Despite this, whether you’re a landscaper or a homeowner seeking to improve your garden, you may still feel that artificial grass, along with ultra-long eyelashes or impossibly tanned skin, looks undeniably and offputtingly cheap and fake. So can you really use artificial grass to landscape your garden?

Great looking artificial grass means quality

Artificial grass has come a very long way in recent years, to the extent that we now have incredibly realistic options available.

From the colour, which is now natural and varied instead of a solid bright green, to soft and ever so slightly irregular textures that mirror genuine turf – some artificial grass is so realistic, that you’d easily mistake it for being completely natural.

Strong chemical odours are also a thing of the past, while the design of the substructure of today’s artificial turf, makes for an extremely pleasing experience.

The challenge lies in finding an artificial grass supplier that is able to deliver the quality options that you need and achieve the look you want.

Companies such as Perfect Grass provide a wide range of premium quality, yet affordable artificial grass options. Take for example our Autumn 30mm artificial grass. This particular option contains no less than three colours, including light, mid and dark green fibres, and has been manufactured to mirror Buffalo grass as closely as possible. You’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between this product, and the real thing.

A thoughtful landscape design is essential

One of the most fantastic aspects of artificial grass, is that it can be shaped to suit absolutely any garden layout. Landscapers can integrate good quality artificial grass into their garden design to create a completely natural look. Instead of focusing on straight lines, which look unnatural, using flowing contours and the right edging plants, help to create an inviting space that is pleasing to the senses.

Hire a professional artificial grass installer

While an avid gardener or experienced landscaping team may have the skills needed to create a beautiful outdoor space, specific knowledge and know-how is needed to install artificial grass correctly.

For example, the preparation of the surface underneath the area to be grassed, should not only be levelled correctly, but should be removed of debris, rocks, mulch, roots and anything else that could damage the artificial grass. The ‘pile’ of the artificial grass needs to also be considered to ensure a natural look, while seemingly simple matters such as joining each section of grass, needs to be done in the proper manner to ensure a lasting, premium quality outcome.

Work with an artificial grass supplier that understands your needs

A good artificial grass supplier will have the flexibility required to work hand-in-hand with a professional landscaper and an avid gardener. At Perfect Grass, we aim to provide both a product and service that enhances the work that landscapers do, while providing professional advice and assistance that helps clients get the most from their artificial grass for many years to come.

If you are a landscaper or gardener looking for an artificial grass supplier that understands your needs and is a pleasure to work with, then get in touch with us today. One of our consultants will be happy to visit you and advise on the best artificial grass options for your particular needs.

16 May

Which potting mix is right for you?

Which potting mix is right for you?

Article from Smart Pot

Potting mix, also called potting soil, is a soilless blend of ingredients used to grow plants. Often containing a combination of peat moss, coir fiber, vermiculite, sand, perlite, pine bark, compost, and other ingredients, there are dozens of brands of commercial plant potting mix on the market.

Though all good-quality potting mixes should be easy-to-handle, well-draining, and light-weight, each brand has its own distinct features. There’s a surprisingly wide variation in texture, water holding capacity, nutritional content, and density among commercial brands of potting mix, and it’s sometimes difficult to know which brand is right for your needs.

Evaluating your needs
To determine which plant potting mix is best for you, first consider what you’ll be growing.

Commercial potting soils formulated with a specific purpose in mind will be labeled as such. For example, if a potting mix was created specifically for seed-starting, it will have a lighter weight and finer texture than other mixes. It’s also likely have a large percentage of sphagnum peat moss in the blend, as peat has natural fungicidal properties which can help prevent damping off, a fungal disease that strikes young seedlings.

In contrast, a commercial mixture created for growing containerized trees and shrubs likely contains ingredients such as coarse sand, pine bark, and/or compost for their added weight, increased water holding capacity, and coarse texture.

Cactus-specific potting mixes have a gravelly texture, while orchid-ready blends consist mostly of bark chips. There are commercial potting mixes formulated for acid-loving plants, African violets, and many others, too.

As you can see, there are many potting mixes specifically tailored to a particular type of plant. There are also plenty of general, all-purpose potting mixes, suitable for everything from container gardens and hanging baskets, to houseplants and raised beds.

By paying careful attention to your needs, you can choose your plant potting mix accordingly.

Evaluating the label
Once you’ve determined whether or not a specific potting mix exists for your needs, it’s time to delve a little deeper. Even among general potting mixes there is great variation, and reading the label gives you a better idea of what you’ll find when you open the bag.

In addition to containing the ingredients listed at the beginning of this article, many potting mixes also have a source of fertilizer.

Depending on your gardening preferences, you may want to determine if the source of nutrition is naturally derived or synthetic. Natural fertilizers listed on the label include items like dehydrated manure or compost products; plant-based materials, such as corn gluten meal, alfalfa meal, cottonseed meal or kelp meal; mined minerals, such as rock phosphate, greensand, or lime; and animal by-products like feather meal, fish meal, or bone meal.

Synthetic fertilizers present in potting soils may or may not be included on the bag’s ingredient list, but they’ll often be announced on the front of the bag by phrases like “feeds plants for 6 months” or “includes slow-release fertilizer.”

What to avoid
When selecting a potting mix, there are also a few things to avoid.

  • When using fabric aeration containers it’s important to use a heavier soil. A soil that is water retentive will allow the water to stay within the confines of your soil and aerated container so that your plants are getting as many nutrients as possible.
  • Avoid mixes that contain garden soil or topsoil. These mixes are often poorly-draining, and because they many not be sterile, they could contain pathogens or weed seeds.
  • Potting mixes with an unpleasant odor aren’t a smart buy. These may be too rich in nitrogen, or they may contain harmful pathogens or other detrimental ingredients.
  • Skip potting mixes containing mold or sprouting seeds. Commercial mixes labeled as sterile should be free of molds, pathogens, and viable weed seeds.

Evaluating the performance
After using a particular brand of potting soil, it’s important to evaluate its performance. Make note of which brands work best for you and stick with them. High quality potting mixes that grow healthy, productive plants are worth seeking out and using year-after-year.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different blends to discover the ones that work best for you.

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