How do I install artificial grass if I have trees in my garden that I want to keep?
Trees are beautiful things. In summer, they provide much needed shade and, as the seasons change, there is nothing more fascinating than watching the life-cycle of a tree and the different colours they bring into our gardens.
If you have a tree in your garden, you may be wondering if it is possible to have artificial grass installed, or if an artificial lawn may be detrimental to your tree. Read on to see some frequently asked (and answered!) questions about trees and artificial grass.
Q: Will an artificial lawn kill my trees?
A: Put simply, no. Artificial grass is designed in such a way that rainwater will drain through the perforated holes. This means that your tree is guaranteed to get all the nutrients it needs, as water will penetrate under the lawn and straight to the root. In fact, the absence of natural turf will mean that your tree isn’t competing for the water and will take the lion’s share all year round!
Q: Can artificial grass be installed around an existing tree?
A: Absolutely! There are two ways of doing this and we can advise which is the best for you and your garden.
If you have a tree with very shallow roots, it may not be advisable to lay artificial grass right up to the trunk. In some cases, we recommend creating a non-grass bed, or a well, around the tree trunk. This can be made up using gravel, or mulch, and will disguise any shallow roots without smothering them. Another added bonus of doing this is it looks much neater than dusty, patchy natural turf that is often found around tree roots.
Q: Will artificial turf cause tree roots to ‘overheat’ in summer?
A: Artificial grass can get warmer than natural grass, particularly in the height of summer. That being said, this won’t have a detrimental impact upon any trees that are growing in your garden, particularly if they make their own shade.
That being said, if we do experience a hotter-than-average summer, it may be advisable to give your artificial lawn a hose down to cool it off.
Q: Can you use a rake on artificial lawn?
A: If you have trees in your garden, you most certainly will have leaves on or around your lawn, particularly in autumn. These leaves can cause surface weeds to sprout up and generally can make your garden look untidy. So what can you do about them?
For a quick and easy solution, we recommend using a leaf blower to remove leaves, however if this isn’t available, of course you can use a rake or a brush.
Do you have a burning question about artificial lawns that we haven’t answered? Then get in touch! A member of our friendly team will be more than happy to chat with you about your requirements, answer any questions, and even arrange a free-site visit and quotation!