Hybrid & Artificial Grass Ideas for Outdoor Surfacing

As the outside world wakes up for Spring, your grass areas can become vulnerable to heavy traffic and wear-and-tear. Many of our customers come to us with concerns around lawn balding, flooding, and questions on the most common problems with artificial grass. But not to worry, PlaySmart has you covered!

Read on to learn more about our Hybrid GrassSmart, Green Frog Artificial Grass, and multiple tips and tricks to make the most out of your lawn surfacing solution.

Green artificial grass lawn
Hybrid GrassSmart

Looking for a classic green hybrid grass surface to give your lawn the full beatification treatment? Leading European supplier of eco-friendly hybrid grass has a wide application on any natural grass surface with PlaySmart’s No Quibble Guarantee.

Easy to Install

Hybrid grass combines your natural lawn with artificial grass fibres to fill in sparse areas and give the area a consistent natural look and feel. To achieve this, the knitted net-backed Hybrid GrassSmart is rolled across existing natural grass, allowing it to grow through and blend in no time!

Our installers with over 20 years of experience provide you with peace of mind on the quality of installation to assuage your concerns about application and maintenance. Although hybrid grass solutions can handle 3 times as much wear-and-tear as just natural grass, maintenance is still important. To prevent weed growth and drainage issues, appropriate sub-bases, drainage and fall protection pads when needed, and weed suppressants are important considerations that will be unique for each installation.

As this surfacing solution is in part natural grass, semi-regular mowing is required, for this maintenance it is important to keep in mind the length of the artificial grass fibres and any ground swelling or changes that might have occurred between maintenance. Taking care in your hybrid lawn maintenance and upkeep in this way extends lifespan and keeps your grass thick and consistent.

Biodegradable Surfacing

PlaySmart is passionate about continuing the eco-friendly mission of Hybrid GrassSmart. The hybrid grass product emphasises the importance of eco-friendly design and manufacturing in the use of biodegradable materials such as polyethylene fibres and plant-based plastic pegs.

In addition to the materials used, the durability and high-quality of the product contribute to waste reduction. By requiring less regular maintenance and re-surfacing due to high-quality design and installation, hybrid grass is cheaper in the long-term for you, while reducing the waste produced by less durable alternative grass surfacing solutions.

Green Frog Artificial Grass

In areas where existing natural grass is unavailable or inconsistent, artificial grass is a great alternative. Super realistic and easy to maintain, Green Frog Artificial grass has an 8-year guarantee for high-quality lawn surfacing.

Artificial Grass Ideas and Uses

Heavy traffic areas with natural grass require a lot of upkeep and care which can be expensive and time-consuming. Artificial grass installation can be the answer to reduce these issues across a variety of sites used for a range of purposes.

Areas ideal for artificial grass include:

  • Play areas
  • Rooftop gardens
  • Event flooring
  • Feature edging (around swimming pools, trees, etc.)
  • Putting greens
  • Conservatories
  • Artificial grass walls
  • Extreme weather sites
  • Creative landscaping
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Innovative Solutions to Problems with Artificial Grass
Green Frog artificial grass used underneath play equipment

Drainage in areas of extreme weather can become a large concern, especially where flooding and pooling can occur due to topology. PlaySmart’s solution to this is to install with appropriate concerns for the properties of the sub-base layer and original surface material. Where artificial grass can be installed on concrete and tarmac surfaces for aesthetic improvement, this may not be appropriate without correct drainage precautions. A solid sub-base with sealed, ramped edges significantly reduces the risk of these issues, reducing costs and hassle in the long-run.

Due to the heat and repeated stress caused by vehicle use on artificial grass, we do not recommend driving or parking on these surfaces. However, in multi-use areas such as public parks or similar sites, PlaySmart can provide a combination of different surface installations to suit your unique needs. You can explore your many options in our explanatory brochure [pdf].

As leading UK safety surfacing experts, we know how important providing adequate fall protection is to outdoor park and playground projects. Artificial grass in many cases does not require extensive shock pad underlay installation, but this is becoming more and more popular, even in back garden installation.

Shock-absorbing precautions future-proof your artificial grass lawn for any future play equipment or strenuous activity which require safety surfacing by law. PlaySmart’s patented SmartPlay shock pad underlay systems can be installed under Green Frog artificial grass on request and can provide protection for up to 2m Critical Fall Heights, a great protective precaution for your lawn.

Are PlaySmart’s Hybrid and Artificial Grass Solutions Right for You?

If you think your outdoor space would benefit from PlaySmart’s surfacing options, or simply looking for more advice, you can fill in our handy contact form or give us a call at 01564 742811.

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