People often ask what is the best grass for my garden? Unfortunately, whilst this sounds like a really straight forward question, it’s not as simple as it sounds. What might be the best grass for a retired couple who just want to sit on their patio and look at their garden, isn’t necessarily going to be the best grass for a young family with small children and a dog where the grass is going to get all year round heavy use.
The quality of artificial grass can take in to account many factors but the main ones to consider are (in no particular order of importance) gauge, stitch rate, pile height, Dtex and the backing.
Artificial grass is stitched to the backing in straight rows. The distance between these rows is called the gauge. If the distance between the rows of stitching is too wide, then the grass won’t look very good.
Generally, this is measured over a m2 but it can also be measured over a length of 10cm. The higher the stitch rate, the denser the grass. Just make sure that you are comparing stitch rates measured over the same distance/area so that you get a true comparison. If you have a low stitch rate and large gauge the grass won’t be very dense and there is a chance you will be able to see the backing between the blades.
As I have previously mentioned, a general rule of thumb is the more footfall your grass is going to get, then the shorter pile should be (this will also help in the amount of maintenance needed).
This is a unit of measure for yarn. It works on the same basis as tights and a dernier rating. The lower the dernier, the finer the thread and the more sheer the tights are. The higher the dernier, the thicker the thread is, leading to thicker tights. Similarly, the thicker the yarn/blade of grass, the higher the Dtex. A high Dtex also makes the grass harder and more hardwearing which is great for a sports pitch but if you’ve got a young family you might want a lower Dtex and therefore softer blades which would make it more comfortable to play on.
The quality of the backing can affect the durability and life span of your artificial lawn. A good quality backing will secure the grass fibres in place and prevent them from pulling out. It also needs to be able to withstand the rigours of the UK’s weather. Generally, a thick latex is used to secure the fibres to the backing but there are latex free options available for dog owners or for people who want a recyclable grass.
Whilst we have looked at some of the technical aspects of what makes a quality artificial grass, you can’t beat getting your hands (or feet) on it! Make sure you get a sample or go to a retailer. Look at the colour and feel it. Never buy blindly off the internet – however cheap it is.
If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.