I ordered some plastic grass samples over Christmas online. The post man brought them in a large envelope and I exclaimed:
"Oh that will be my grass!"
He went away none the wiser. Scratching his head.
No I haven't started importing 'waccy bacca' to make us all :
"Cool down and chill man".
I ordered the samples because I am thinking of making the back garden all weather with little maintenance. It's been a cottage garden for the last 10 years. But due to depression (my excuse sometimes), being next to silage fields, the awful winter and me adding barrows of good old farm yard manure. The place looks like the Munsters garden. Well we do live in the Province of Munster!
The 'plastic grass' company have give the samples dome lovely names like: 'Killarney' grass. That's 9.99 a metre and it's the one with the dark green short grass. Next up is the 'Wicklow' grass. That's 19.50 a metre. The third and most realistic sample is called Four Provinces grass. That's Euro 29.99 a metre It's 40 mm high and it looks and feels just like grass. What do you think?
The area will be dug off and thrown into our dumper. The herbaceous 'cottage garden' plants will be rescued and thrown into the veg plot. That's still looking very sorry for itself. Poor veg plot.
Once the area is cleared you spread stone and sand and give it a good tamping with the old whacker plate. My brother's got one me thinks? Then it's cover it with a landscape fabric like Mypex and then you roll out your chosen Astro-Turf. Think you just have to glue the seams together and brush sand into the plastic grass bristles.
I think the plastic grass would be great for anybody who owns an holiday home and they don't want to have to mow the lawn (jungle) every time they visit. Also you don't need a lawnmower or need to buy any petrol or dispose of grass cuttings. It would also be suitable for anybody who have football mad kids. They can play all year round on your lawn without treading it back into your lounge. It's comes with a ten year guarantee.
Wonder if they make recycled plastic Astro-Turf? What could be more organic than a plastic lawn, "Eh?" Told you I was a contradictory smallholder!