A new generation of synthetic lawn, which looks and feels impressively real, is being marketed under the name NoMow, the low maintenance lawn.
A cushioned surface replaces the conventional hard backing layer and is designed for use in cases where small children might fall. Similarly, the surface is fungicidally treated to provide a suitably sterile surface for youngsters to play on.
The UV stabilised, polyethylene fibres are colour-fast, and the tufted latex backing layer is fully porous to allow 150mm rain to pass through in one hour. But, ultimately, the benefit is that no cutting, patching, or reseeding is required. One drawback is that if the grass is used extensively, then the blades compress flat - giving the appearance of grass cuttings. This will necessitate a thorough raking in order to perk the blades to an upright position.
At £35/m 2, No-Mow is not cheap, but in heavily trafficked areas like hotel/bar gardens, for instance, the client might recoup the investment in annual returfing costs alone.
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