Artificial grass is probably one of the best investments you could make in your home. Gone are the weekends spent trying to tame your lawn, or telling your children (or dogs!) to wipe their muddy shoes (or paws!) from the garden.

Instead, you will have extra precious time to spend on what you love to do and you’ll have the added benefit of having more space in your garden or garage – you won’t need to store a lawnmower anymore!

With this in mind, you want your grass to look as perfectly manicured as it was when you first had it installed, and we have a few tips to make your grass last longer.

1. Protect heavy traffic areas

As with heavy traffic areas in your home for example your front door, you would take extra care to make that area withstand extra traffic into your beloved home with a door mat. The same goes for your garden entrance too. Think of your garden as your outdoor carpet and that will also need to have something to withstand extra traffic into your garden. As such, just as with natural grass, we recommend having a paving slab or two to step onto right under the stepping point from your home.

The paving slab will take the initial impact from the step down onto your grass. The reason for this is that the impact from the step can quickly cause the fibres of the grass to sit in different directions making it appear different from the rest of the area which does not receive as much traffic. Whilst there is no problem with the grass itself and it does not affect the durability of it, the paving slabs offer a more aesthetically pleasing solution to ensure your lawn looks more uniform all round.

2. Rotate heavy equipment

Football goals are a popular feature of a family garden and goal mouths are a high impact area. There is no reason why artificial grass cannot be used for sports areas as it is installed successfully in thousands of schools, however if you are playing sports on the grass make sure it has a heavy sand fill.

Try to move equipment round on the grass, so you don’t end up with one spot being worn more than another so we recommend moving the goal from time to time and brush the area with a yard brush to stimulate the grass pile and freshen it up. It is quite normal for the grass to sit flatter in these areas than others that do not receive as much use.

3. Consider placements of decorative pieces

More often than not, once you have artificial grass laid, you tend to want to ‘finish’ the garden using additional plants and decorative pieces. What you need to consider is whether there are any mirrors, shiny features or any glass adjacent to the area you are installing – even a garden shed window? It is quite common to have these in a garden so we wouldn’t recommend to not have one but the placement of the grass and the shiny objects are an important consideration. If they are in full sun for the majority of the day, the suns rays can be reflected and magnified onto the grass causing it to burn. Therefore, the layout is really key in ensuring that doesn’t happen.

By considering these tips, you’ll be sure that the investment you made in your garden lasts longer and in turn rewards you with a garden that looks newer for longer.