For the past few decades artificial grass has significantly began to replace natural lawn across the globe in everywhere from Olympic stadiums to professional arenas. GRASSify recently completed a job at The O2 in London for the Star Sixes, the first ever competitive world football tournament for iconic former international players. (Click HERE for photos and to see the GRASSify team in action!)
One of the sports worlds’ biggest supporters of artificial grass is the NFL (National Football League). In February 2017 The Super Bowl (NFL’s annual championship) took place at the NRG Stadium in Houston which uses artificial grass and next year’s event is also set to take place on an artificial grass pitch at The U.S Bank Stadium in Minnesota. This isn’t a surprise as now over half of the NFL stadiums opt for artificial grass rather than natural… so why is this?
365 Days of Play..
Artificial grass is always playable, whatever the weather conditions. In locations that experience heavy rainfall natural grass can be
highly difficult to maintain with the grass becoming waterlogged and out-of-use. On the opposite end of the spectrum, it can also be beneficial in regions where natural grass is prone to burning or struggles to grow due to the lack of rain.
With major sporting competitions rough play is the norm and the increased durability of the surface of artificial grass proves to be very advantageous as with a natural grass pitch a period of recovery is required after a game before it can be used again.
The fibres used to create artificial grass are designed to identically replicate each other so no areas are weaker or of a difference texture. This avoids changes in the speed of the ball during play or the ability for players to find footing, offering the groundskeeper or groundsman more control.
Artificial grass only needs a tiny percentage of the water required than its natural counterpart, which is a strong ecological and financial incentive. In addition as there is no mowing or weed removal required on an artificial pitch pesticides are not needed which eliminates the issues of chemicals leaking into nearby waters.
Whilst in the past playing on an artificial pitch wasn’t always a players first choice with the developments in artificial grass over the past decade it is now considered as good, if not better than real grass… and if its good enough for the NFL!
Following our recent work at The O2 in London, (CLICK HERE to read more about GRASSify at the Star Sixes) where we transformed the iconic venue into a state-of-the-art football pitch (described by Paul Merson as the best artificial grass pitch he has ever played on!) the team at GRASSify have felt inspired…
Artificial grass doesn’t have to only be used as an alternative to a natural grass lawn; you can use GRASSify’s grass for garden or home decoration or even to create a sports playground in your own home. Here are some of our favourite non-traditional artificial grass ideas:
Bring green indoors…
Brighten up your bedroom or living room with an artificial grass wall or paneling,
You can also use it to replace rugs and mats, or for more innovative landscaping designs that complement your home decor. The green hue is a great accent against other materials such as wood and stone and the natural vibe creates a warm and inviting space with a contemporary feel.
Play in the grass….
We all know young kids love to play in the garden, although sometimes it’s too hot in the summer months and the winter season often boasts endless rainy days therefore an alternative indoor play area is a fantastic solution. Lay an artificial grass carpet or rug in your playroom and reap the benefits. The shock absorbency it provides is especially useful in preventing injuries plus its easy to clean, odourless and offers a strong base for children’s beds, slides and other large toys.
Transform your office…
Artificial grass flooring for indoor offices is hugely popular as the natural elements create a calming ambiance, ideal for brainstorming sessions and letting the creativity flow. Why not add some water fountains or water features to complement the zen-like atmosphere.
Let the games begin…
If you love golf and have a large garden, why not treat yourself, husband or kids to the ultimate garden transformation and install a putting green in your backyard. It is a great way to get your children outdoors rather than sat in front of the television or computer (and your husband as well!) This idea works well not only in gardens but also on roof terraces that are often barely used. If golf isn’t their thing, a football pitch or giant board game using coloured artificial grass are also achievable options.
Time to relax with GRASSify…
If you love relaxing on the grass on a warm summer night, artificial grass can be a fabulous upholstery choice for love seats, couches and chairs. It is comfortable to touch and very durable, plus it can be hoovered like a regular fabric, it doesn’t hold dust and debris and doesn’t stain! Simply wipe it down with a wet cloth or hoover gently and enjoy relaxing on the grass whatever the weather!
Add a decorative touch…
If you don’t want to go all out with an artificial grass chair or rug, why not bring a touch of nature inside and opt for artificial grass cushions for your living room or conservatory. Alternatively artificial grass works wonders for wall art which can be personalised with anything from your initials, to your child’s name or perhaps your wedding date or house number. Another simple idea we love are the below grass placemats for a BBQ or garden party!
Whether you want to discuss your garden transformation, a home decor project or order an artificial grass chair! GRASSify are here to help, be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more artificial grass inspirational ideas or read our blog “25 ways to use artificial grass“.
Finally the day is here! We have started the installation of Artificial Grass for the world famous Star Sixes in the O2 Arena this July.
Star Sixes is a competitive six-a-side indoor football tournament where former international players are chosen to represent a senior national team for which they played.
All the greats in one arena, there’s no room for error in the grass installation, so the experts have been called in!
The line-up includes many huge names from the football world, including of course our very own Steven Gerrard, Brazil’s Rivaldo Italy’s Alessandrio del Piero and Germany’s Micheal Ballack to name but a few. The pressure is on to deliver. These legends are used to the finest and most advanced pitches, and we plan to exceed all their expectations…. in just 48 hours!
Let the Games Begin!
With GRASSify’s most exclusive Artificial Grass Installation
To add to the pressure of installing artificial grass on such a high profile event, we were also presented with the task to finish the installation in as little as 48 hours! Bring out the big guns!
Not only does this installation have to be just as perfect as all our other installations, it has to withstand a bit of a beating over a short period of time. Furthermore, we want to make sure these legends don’t know better than they are playing on real grass so we have chosen our finest most hardwearing artificial grass range to ensure the boys won’t know the difference!
We start with the warm-up area...
Warm-up both for the players and our GRASSify team! The real work is only just getting started!
Then over to the main field
We worked 24 hours non stop taking shifts to make sure the field was delivered in pristine condition.
The Final result!
48 hours later and miles and miles of artificial grass, joining tape, shockpads and many cans of red bull, the pitch for the Star Sixes looks immaculate and ready to welcome some of the worlds best football players for the Star Sixes Tournament.
And then... it's kick off!
We have to admit, we’re a little proud watching from the sidelines with a beer in one hand and the other in the air cheering on our favorite players. Now all we have to do is wait (and get some sleep!) before we have to take it all down again.
And what will happen to all this luscious artificial grass?? well… stay tuned to find out who we’re donating our grass to!
Star Sixes Goals Highlights
See the boys at play on GRASSify’s artificial grass. Able to withstand even the toughest treatment! There’s no better way to test your artificial grass then to let the experts put it through its paces, and it seems we qualified!
If you are interested in artificial grass, no matter how large or small your garden or sports ground. Contact our team at GRASSify first. We install artificial grass all over the UK and are trusted by many small and large companies for our professional and long lasting artificial grass installations.
A lawn is a lovely thing and also quite pleasing to the eye. It is the most beautiful part of the home where family members can unwind and just hang out. However, pleasure and beauty can come at a cost. The cost can be effort, time, and most specifically – money. It’s a good thing there’s a synthetic option like artificial grass in London as an alternative to natural grass.
Synthetic or artificial grass was primarily intended for use in football stadiums and other sporting arenas where natural grass maintenance was costly, as well as investment in special equipment and manpower was heavily needed. Over time, the use of artificial grass has spread to residential areas due to the benefits that it can provide to homeowners.
Why Homeowners Prefer Artificial Grass in London
The demand for residential artificial grass is rapidly growing in the market. It is usually driven by the combinations of best manufacturing techniques together with homeowners’ increasing awareness of economic and environmental long term benefits. Initially, artificial grass in London was limited to sports clubs but you can now mostly see them on residential lawns.
10 Long Term Benefits of Using Artificial Grass
Once installed, artificial grass requires very little maintenance since there is no mowing or watering required.
Artificial lawns in London can help households save money in water consumption, as well as in buying a lawn mower and its operation costs.
There’s no need to buy weed killers and expensive fertilizers.
Since homeowners don’t need to use fertilizers or chemicals to protect or grow natural grass, they are not adding toxins to nature which can permanently increase pollution levels to the environment.
You won’t have to invest time in pulling out weeds. Therefore, there’s more extra time for family activities.
Artificial grass in London lasts long so homeowners won’t have to be bothered with the hassle or expense of replanting period that natural grass always require.
Artificial grass also comes with excellent drainage. Therefore, it will quickly dry itself after washing it with water or after a rainfall.
The drainage of the artificial grass also means that there’s no need for you to worry about water deposits that last for days and leaving mud patches when stepped in.
Playing sports on the artificial lawn will not cause any damage to the artificial grass.
Artificial grass looks perfectly maintained at all times in such a way that homeowners will never feel embarrassed by an untidy lawn.
Striped Lawn: Popular Artificial Lawn Design for Residential Use
Striped lawn artificial grass is a perfect design for sports fans home owners. Since it is synonymous with the football playing field, the striped lawn is a perfect artificial lawn in London design for tennis pros or footie mad. Aside from achieving a sporty lawn design, it can also be a durable area for the whole family to play on.
Artificial Grass Installation: How to Achieve Striped Lawn Design
When installing the striped lawn artificial grass design, there’s no need to lay two different kinds of grass. As a matter of fact, the same type of grass is laid and simply divided into stripes through having grass piles facing opposite directions. In that way, the lawn looks striped when being hit by the lights. This simply means that homeowners can have exactly the same quality of grass in their entire lawn but there’s no need for them to mow it in order to maintain the stripes. In order to make your lawn look its best, only trust experienced artificial grass service provider. Contact Grassify today for more information on artificial grass in London.