Autumn weather is no problem for an artificial lawn

Your artificial grass will look great

It’s that time of year… according to Romantic poet Keats, the ‘season of mellow fruitfulness’. We have fruit trees in our own garden which, despite its modesty. Stockport suburban size, counts as an “orchard” (Did you know that anything over six trees is actually an orchard?) We have had the plums, and the pears… even a couple of cherries. And now the last of the apples are ready to be picked and then the seasonal work of the trees is done. We all know what happens then…

Yes, the leaves are now turning all sorts of beautiful reds, yellows, and oranges. Seen through the bright light and blue sky of a crisp autumnal day, Autumn is a beautiful time of year.

Falling leaves can also cause a whole load of problems, especially when added to the wet weather that’s so typical of this time of year (well, all year in the UK). It’s a natural cocktail that is certainly not the best combination for our gardens; the rain and foliage form a kind of organic mulch. And after an atypically dry and sunny early September, the rains are definitely now with us, much more typical for the time of year, especially in UK, and even more so in the north.

Rain and artificial grass

Rain can create havoc. Even in the north we can get used to extended periods of dry – dare we say it, sunny, summer weather. So when the wet weather returns, it can take us all by surprise.  Suddenly the back door of the house is no longer left wide open all day. The lawn, goes from daily use to a barren no mans land, but it doesn’t have to, thanks to artificial grass.

Then the leaves fall and ruin the uniform green of the lawn so that suddenly our lush and lovely back gardens look… messy.  Once the lawn starts to mulch up, when the children do go out, they then come back in with muddy boots and shoes, dragging the garden back through the house with them.

At least… that’s how it goes with natural lawns. With artificial grass, however, it’s a totally different matter.  You see, when our artificial surfaces are constructed, the grass bed is perforated with holes… rather like aerating a conventional lawn. These holes are engineered to cope with the drainage needed for average rainfall and snowstorms. Although in extreme rain showers, some rain will also run straight from the top of the surface, just as it would with a natural lawn. However, independent testing has confirmed, the porosity of our artificial grass, conforms to the BS7044 standard.

You may argue that a natural surface is also able to drain, which of course, to a certain extent, it is. You will often find puddles forming after heavy rainfall, due to the inconsistency of the surface. Artificial grass, meanwhile, is completely porous, so that the rainwater will drain straight through these many, precise, drainage holes. Further, the water will then be absorbed into the infill of the grass. Built from sand and rubber, this acts as a kind of lawn underlay,  which absorbs all of the water before ultimately letting it drain through.