13 Innovative Ways to Use Artificial Grass
First there was grass, but people had to spend a lot of time cutting, watering, and maintaining their lawns. Then we welcomed artificial grass, and garden upkeep got a whole lot easier and less timeconsuming. Nowadays, people are using artificial grass in their back gardens, on their patios and balconies, and in other innovative ways across the country. Let’s take a look at some creative ways to use artificial grass around the place you call home.
1. Back Gardens
Artificial grass is a very popular option in Irish back gardens, and there are good reasons for this. Artificial grass does not need any mowing or feeding, and it looks great for years. If so many people have put artificial grass in their back gardens, why are we calling it “innovative”? Because artificial grass manufacturers are breaking new ground to bring innovative grasses to an ever-growing market. You don’t have to settle for hard, plastic-looking grass in your garden.
The new high-quality artificial grasses look alive and a lot like real grass. The blades of these grasses have natural grassy shades blended throughout and are slightly different lengths, to mimic real grass that’s been cut with a mower and dappled by sunshine. You also get to be creative and innovative with the artificial grass in your back garden by deciding where to put it and what you will use it for. Lay artificial grass anywhere in your back garden where you enjoy relaxing, spend a lot of time, or to cover unsightly areas where real grass just won’t grow.
Cover the entire back garden or only parts of it, the choice is yours. If you’re looking for this innovative artificial grass for your back garden, we highly recommend Phoenix and Powerscourt Artificial Grass because we consistently achieve the best results with it.
2. Pet Areas
Have a pet? You can lay artificial grass wherever your pet loves to run, play, or lie in the sun outside. Your pet will enjoy the soft feeling of artificial grass and the freedom to roll around on it, and you will have much more time to do other things because you don’t need to spend a lot of time taking care of this area.
3. Playground Areas
If you have children, artificial grass is a wonderful option for a playground area. Kids love to play, and playing is often a lively activity. All this running, jumping, and sometimes falling means it’s better to have a soft grassy surface that can break falls, but that’s strong enough to handle the wear and tear of busy little feet. Artificial grass works very well in playground areas. Lay it once to enjoy years of a beautiful grassy wonderland.
4. Balconies and Patios
If you have a balcony or a patio then artificial grass is a wonderful floor covering that can be used in many innovative ways, just like a back garden. Think about how much of the area you’d like to cover. You could lay artificial grass across the full length of the patio or balcony, in a smaller area, or in a shape, such as a circle or a square. If there isn’t a lot of traffic on the patio or balcony, any length of artificial grass will work well.
If there is a lot of foot traffic, we recommend a resilient, short artificial grass called Grattan 15mm. Laying artificial grass on a patio or a balcony is very easy because it can be placed directly on the floor. And because artificial grass is made from polyethylene, a durable plastic, the grass protects your patio or balcony from foot traffic and damage from heavy outdoor furniture. Add some pot plants and a wind chime, and your balcony or patio will be transformed into a low-maintenance, little oasis to enjoy.
5. Outdoor Gyms
We all know that working out is good for our health, but did you know that artificial grass is becoming more and more popular in gyms? Artificial grass gives you the feeling of real grass and being outside in nature, without all the insects and dirt that come with real grass. It’s also soft enough to lie on to complete all those push ups and sit ups that you love to do.
If you want to use artificial grass in your gym, either indoor or outdoor, we recommend our Marlay 25mm, medium-length blade grass for comfort and durability.
6. Back Garden Pitches
Artificial grass is an excellent alternative to real grass when it comes to the football or golf pitches that back garden often become. Using artificial grass in your garden allows the footballers or golfers in your family to play year-round without the area becoming a mud bath.
7. Pool Area
If you have a pool and swimming area that you enjoy when the sun is out, and you’re looking for a low maintenance option for the floor, you might want to look into artificial grass. Artificial grass adds charm to a pool area, much more so than traditional tile or brick. You won’t need to clean the grass like other floor coverings, there will be no mud, and the grass drains away splashes so water isn’t left standing around the pool.
Did you know that artificial grass improves the safety of your pool area? The grass gives a firm grip for wet feet, so people are less likely to slip and fall after swimming. If you choose an artificial grass such as Powerscourt 40mm, you know it will always be soft enough to sit on or lie down on after a swim.
8. On the Floor
Artificial grass makes a wonderful rug or indoor carpet, and it will never show dirt or stains like traditional carpets and floor coverings. Cut a piece of artificial grass to the size you need and use it as a rug for the children to play on or the pets to sleep on. Or try laying artificial grass across the floor of an entire room for a soft, cushy floor covering. Whichever you choose, you have a great talking point when people come to visit.
9. Steps to the House
Artificial grass makes a great covering for any steps or footpaths leading to your house, by the front door, the back door, or both. Laying artificial grass on steps and footpaths means that the dirt from people’s shoes gets caught by the artificial grass, and the dirt won’t be carried into your clean house. Laying artificial grass outside your entry points could save you hours of cleaning time, and all you need to do is hose off the artificial turf every once in a while (or let the rain do it for you).
10. Shoe Trays
If you don’t lay artificial grass outside your front door, the last thing you need is for family members to walk in all the dirt from outside. Well, there’s a simple alternative solution to this problem: shoe trays made with artificial grass. To make a shoe tray from artificial grass, simply measure the space you have available by your door and cut a piece of artificial grass to this size.
Make sure that the tray is big enough to hold the biggest shoes or boots in your house, at least 33 cm deep should be enough. Every now and then, take the shoe tray outside and shake it off. You can wash it down with some fresh water and leave it out to dry before bringing it back inside.
11. On the walls
Some people use artificial grass on their walls, either inside or outside their house. If you want to give this a try, use artificial grass to make a wall feature by cutting shapes out of it and attaching these shapes to a wall. If you want to be big and bold, skip the shapes and cover the entire wall in artificial grass. This technique is popular with people looking to make privacy walls out of fences with gaps in them. If your fence or dividing wall has open spaces in it, simply cover your side of the fence with artificial grass for immediate privacy.
12. On the Roof
Why keep artificial grass on the floors and walls when you can take it all the way up to the roof? Artificial grass can turn the roof of any dog house, shed, or outdoor play house into a fun Hobbit-style structure that beats a normal boring roof.
13. In Fairy Gardens
Fairy gardens are little gardens that bring many people a lot of joy. The person building the fairy garden designs the garden, making it as attractive as possible for fairies to arrive and spend time there. A fairy garden can be a little patch out in a real garden, in a tray, or in any container that’s big enough for this purpose, but no fairy garden is complete without a little patch of artificial grass for the fairies to play on.
Next time you’re walking around your neighbourhood, take a look at the houses and see if you can find any new and innovative ways people are using artificial grass around their home. As you can see, there are endless ideas to use artificial grass, you just need a little creativity, some inspiration, and expert advice, which is why we are here.
Blog by Calum
Cal Bannerman is a freelance writer, editor, podcaster and voice actor from the Scottish Borders. They run the storytelling podcast “Stories from the Hearth”, and live in a wee Glasgow flat with their partner and cat.