Verdelawn – Making a mud patch a usable space again!

It was around this time last year that people started asking us what Isabella wanted for her first birthday and after deciding that there were only so many dollies and building blocks that one little lady can have, we decided to ask some of our family for money to put towards a swing set (something she would be able to enjoy for years to come). However, we also had an issue with the bottom of the garden where we wanted to put the swing set; when we bought the house, it was a rockery/greenhouse/dump/wobbly patio area! We decided to invest in some artificial grass to make the space usable.

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So we spent a long time trying to flatten out the bottom of the garden and make it a usable space for Isabella but it was just so muddy and clumpy after the slightest bit of rain that we had to think of another way to make this space child/toddler friendly which is when we really began looking into using artificial grass.

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Lots of artificial grass can feel quite hard or can wear really quickly (according to a landscape gardener friend of ours, it can wear like old carpet if it’s a cheap version). So having looked at lots of options, there are cheaper options available, and after talking to our friend, we decided that to do it properly was the only way and we went to Verde Sports and purchased their Verdelawn.

 

Verdelawn is a 30mm dense pile artificial grass which consists of a two tone green polyethylene monofilament with a tan twisted root zone. This makes the grass look natural (especially if you have kids as my grass will never be completely green!). It has a soft bouncy feel to it and if Isabella falls, she doesn’t graze her knees and an added bonus, it doesn’t need watering – although Isabella gives it a little water here and there!

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The instillation of the grass was really easy (okay, the manual labour was hard work but it was uncomplicated shall we say!). We were always going to have a slight issue with the lawn because our garden is VERY uneven and it slopes down towards the bottom of the garden but we knew this from the start. My expectations were however exceeded and the grass has done better than I ever expected.

 

The first step was flattening off the ground as best we could before laying a fine aggregate base and using a wacker plate to compact it down. Once we had the ground as even as it could be (whilst still keeping it in line with the rest of the garden) we weeded the mud patch and put down the Geofabric membrane. The Geofabric Membrane should eliminate weeds and stop worms penetrating the drainage holes in the artificial grass, whilst at the same time allowing rain water to drain thoroughly.

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Once the Geofabric membrane was down, we put down the grass and lined it up as best we could (Verde Sports suggest you leave it to settle before cutting and pinning down to avoid creases) before cutting and securing in place. Because the grass only comes in 2m or 4m widths, we have a tiny space at the back of the garden where the fence is at an angle that we will seed to hide the join but apart from that, we now had a lovely looking lawn instead of a mud patch!

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After the grass was down, the swing set was assembled and pinned into place. With a few other finishing touches (sand pit and play house) we were done and have spent many hours playing there. The grass is brilliant and I’ll update this post at the end of the summer (and the start of the next) with an update on how it’s worn.

 

Thank you Verde Sport for making this a usable space once again!


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UPDATE: We have since moved house and we took the AstroTurf with us and it still looks just as great as when it was first laid!

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