Real lawn or artificial?

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Posted by jasdfgh | Posted in Design | Posted on 27-08-2013

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On to my second post and I have a bit of a dilemma! Should I have a real grass lawn or and artificial lawn? This has been bugging me all week so I though I may aswell write a post about the pro’s and con’s of each one and hopefully by the time I have finished I will have come to a decision as to which is best for my garden, and hopefully yours!

Ok, I have a pretty large area with a bit of curvature that I would like as my lawn. I have been doing a bit of research and here is what I have found.

Real grass lawn – There is nothing better than relaxing on a beautifully cut, lush green lawn in the middle of summer! I can just picture it now. The feel, the smell of outdoors and the softness under your feet. All sounds great doesn’t it? but we live in the real world and we all know that this scenerio will occure no more than a dozens times per year.

So here is my list of advantages and disadvantages to a real grass lawn:

 

Advantages

  • Relatively cheap, you can get turf quite easily
  • Looks great (when cut and maintained)
  • It’s natural
  • Hmmm, Im running out of ideas already!
  • It’s good for the kids to play on!

 

Disadvantages:

  • Grass needs cutting, especially in the summer
  • You will need to purchase a lawn mower
  • Becomes messy and untidy in the winter
  • Takes a lot of care and attention
  • Weeds grow within the lawn (nightmare)
  • Ruined very quickly with children running riot on there!
  • Dogs can dig it up
  • Creates messy feet when its wet and soggy
  • Come back off holiday and your garden looks like the amazon rain forest

 

It seems there disadvantages outweigh the advantages here!. This will lead us on nicely to the artificial lawns

I have been looking around latley and there are some great astro turm lawns available. They look so real its unbeliveable.

Artificial Turf?

Advantages:

Looks real, I mean really real!!

Drains well

Looks great

Looks great all year around, come wind, rain or whatever

No maintenance whatsoever (my favourite)

Child and pet friendly

No weeds grow through

No need to fork out for a lawn mower

Hard wearing

Does not get muddy

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disadvantages

Expensive. It can cost quite a bit for the good stuff

Doesn’t quite feel like real grass

You don’t get the fresh outdoor smell

 

Well, judging by what i have just come up with there is no comparison really. Artificial turf is amazing and I will definitely be getting one laid in my garden.

 

Different types of Artificial lawn!

Ok, There are actually a few different types of artificial turf. the first being what they call ‘Monofilament synthetic grass. Basically this means it’s height and width are equal. This type of grass requires the help of some special types of formulas like rock base. Next there is silt film or fibrillated synthetic grass. This is when each blade is thick, its like wide grass, similar to fescue or blue grass. Most types of artificial turf you buy are sand filled. you can get short or long pile, depending on your preferences. If using it in your garden then I would suggest a long pile, as the shorter stuff is very tuff and is used for football pitches!

I hope this article has helped and please feel free to leave a comment below!

 

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My first post – Lillies (I know what they are)

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Posted by jasdfgh | Posted in Plants / Flowers | Posted on 17-08-2013

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If you haven’t read my about page then I’d like to welcome you to my blog. Basically I set this blog up as I had a brain wave and decided I wanted to start gardening! I don’t know what inspired me to do so but we have a pretty big garden and combine this with a bit of sunshine I decided that gardening was the way forward. Having sat down and thought about it there are quite a lot of angles to approach when it comes to gardening. Hopefully I will work my way through all of them in time but as things stand at this moment in time I don’t really know anything about gardening, so hopefully we can both learn together and enjoy the journey.

 

My first topic of conversation is going to be Lilies, (Lily)

 

Why?

Because this is about the only flower I know a little something about, and the reason that is because my 7 year old daughter planted some Lily seeds a few months ago. They eventually grew and showed their pretty little faces and then a couple of weeks later vanished off the face of the earth again!

 

Why did this happen to my beautiful Lily’s?

Well I soon found out that Lily’s offer an exotic touch to your garden which gorgeous vibrant colours. They need lots of sunlight to grow and rich fertile soil that is also well drained. I actually put a layer of broke tiles at the bottom of my flower box and then added compost. It is important that you plant the bulbs deep enough to protect them from the weather. They will also grow back every year if they are planted well and also spaced out. Lilies also multiply, so next year you will find you will have a lot more that you did originally. We don’t get to much sun where i live so this is why they don’t last long.

Types of lilies

There are actually a few different types of Lily which are segmented into groups. the most popular are Oriental hybrids and Atlantic. The latter usually flower earlier and have no scent where as Oriental have a very strong scent. Quite sweet actually. There are many varieties that range from very short, ground lilies to huge 6ft long lilies. (Lilly Muscadet) I know! Im beginning to sound like a Lily buff already!

 

How To plant Lillie’s

Its pretty easy to plant Lilies, Just dig a hole and place the bulbs about 6 inches apart at a depth at least 3 times the size of the bulb. Use some decent  compost and away you go. If planting in pots or containers then make sure it drains well.

 

Make them last – Feed

Taking care of your beautiful new Lilies does take a little care. They will need lots of sunlight and water. You can also feed them. They are heavy feeders so I recommend using a high potassium liquid fertiliser.Its always a good idea to carry on feeding after they have flowered as it allows them to grow back well the following year.

 

So there you have it. My run down on Lilies and my very first post on this blog. I hope this has been useful for you and please feel free to comment below. Here are a few images of my Lilies. I though I had best take some pictures as they may not last for much longer now. They are a gorgeous flower and as they dont last long, we have to enjoy and appreciate them well we can!

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Oooops…. I forgot to mention about them little pests. The Lily beetle. They will eat away at the leaves and flowers. It is best to check regularly and remove any you see. They are red and about 1cm long. Find them, crush them! Over and out….. I promise this time!!