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Fresh new look

couple having picnic on artificial grass
vibrant fake grass laid on balcony with view of farm land

New Look Website

Our website has had a facelift. It’s been nipped and tucked and now looks fresher than ever.

Not only does it look amazing, it’s now a doddle to use. So you’ll be able to find exactly what you want even quicker – be it a local installer or to request a sample.

New Features

Check out our new artificial grass products, browse through our Blog for design inspiration and take advantage of our new features.

  • Plan my Project: measure your lawn and download a shopping list to take to a Stockist to start your artificial grass project
  • A new Download section so you can keep our useful brochures and information to hand
  • Fancy owning a grass rug? You can now buy them on our website.

We hope you enjoy it and happy browsing!

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Great Grass Giveaway Garden

Family garden laid with artificial grass

Great Grass Giveaway winner

In celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday last year we ran a competition to transform your lawn and giveaway 90sqm of Namgrass. To enter you had to tell us your best gardening tip and the public did not disappoint! Our lucky winners Joan and Bob Carr from Southend-On-Sea told us:

“Every day when I go out into the garden to put washing out etc. I always go out to the garden and get the weeds out, check for dead flies, and check the fruit trees so more can grow quickly”.

Not only were they super excited about having their lawn transformed, it was perfect timing! Having recently moved from Stevenage to Southend-On-Sea they didn’t have time to focus on the garden as much as they’d like to. The new family home boasts three generations of the family from grandparents Joan and Bob to two young grandchildren, they really wanted a garden that was fuss-free and that the kids can enjoy all year round and not get muddy. Namgrass artificial grass was the perfect solution! The product we used was Meadow for its deeper colour and trying to keep it as close to the colour of their natural lawn. Watch their story and find out more about the lovely winners.

We had thousands of entries to the competition, each with a useful tip so we’ve compiled a few gardening tips for you to try. Rachael Buckley A lovely garden can be ruined by pests that munch on your plants! Deter them by sprinkling left over coffee grounds on your beds! Keeps the pests away and enriches the soil! Katy Hanson My top gardening tip: If you like wildlife to visit your garden. Bees and finches are particularly attracted to lavender! If you also ensure you have some daisies, as these are important as they have nectar in their centre. Claire Dainty My gardening tip is don’t stress about it, your garden is there to enjoy!! Do what you can and gets the kids involved! My son loves to pick fruit and veg.

Bird feeder hanging from a tree
Grandmas garden sign hanging from a tree

Debbie Tunstall My top tip to keep your garden in bloom. Make sure you dead head morning and evening this helps the plant to produce more flowers. Carley Smith My mum’s top tip was ifyou’re not sure whether it’s a weed or a flower ask yourself do you like it? As long as you love your garden that’s all that matters. Karen Scammell I use pop bottles with the bottoms cut off to use as mini cloches for my sunflower seedlings and to keep the slugs off while they grow. Joanna Blyther My best tip is to invite everyone over for a ‘garden party ‘ and when they arrive get everyone to do some gardening for you.

Coleen Collins Let all flowers seed & then swap seedlings with friends & neighbours. Great variety of plants for free! Ruth Mears Put Vaseline around all your plant pots fancy containers, it stops the snails or other bugs from getting to your plants. Frances Newton My gardening tip is I keep my plants in pots which stops my 3 dogs digging them up and I can move them around which makes my garden more interesting. We hope you find these tips useful, we sure did! Keep your eyes peeled for more gardening tips coming soon.

Glass bottles hanging from tree
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A Brief History of Artificial Grass

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A Brief History of Artificial Grass

Gone are the days of artificial grass being solely used on hockey and football pitches. Now, manufacturing technology has evolved allowing for artificial grass to be used in a variety of ways.

The First Wave of Artificial Grass

Initial artificial grass applications date back to the late sixties. Marketed under the name Astroturf, the artificial grass was primarily used on hockey pitches and tennis courts before being used on football pitches. The Astroturf name gained recognition when the famous Astrodome Baseball Stadium in Texas (USA) replaced their natural grass pitch with the so-called Astroturf.

This first wave of artificial grass provided functionality, but it did not resemble natural grass in any shape or form. This was due to the artificial turf being composed of nylon, which essentially acted as a thick layer of carpet. Nylon caused many issues as players suffered from burns when their skin came in contact with the turf.

In the 1980s, makers of artificial grass started using a composition of polypropylene and sand. The change of materials lowered the cost of the turf and the sand in-fill provided a more natural ‘bounce and roll’. However, the sand caused similar injuries to its nylon counterpart.

The New Age of Artificial Grass

The end of the nineties saw artificial turf developed for field contact sports. The overriding difference was that players could now make forceful contact without causing burning or grazing injuries. This was possible due to the artificial turf being made from polyethylene, and the sand in-fill being replaced with rubber granules or a mix of both.

The polyethylene turf also provided longer fibres, making the artificial turf look a lot more like natural grass. This caused an expansion in artificial grass being used for landscaping, as it provided a low-maintenance solution to natural turf.

Since 2008, non-infill artificial grass products have been introduced to the market. These new-age grasses were developed by Namgrass and set the global standard for artificial grass products. Namgrass consists of long pile height with different shaped yarns and fibres to add both support and stability to the grass. Using this mix of materials allows for the grass to remain upright—just like natural grass!

Removing the sand in-fill increases the number of ways artificial grass can be used. The uses now include:

  • Gardens
  • Balconies
  • Roof terraces
  • Smaller surfaces
  • Indoor applications
  • Showrooms
  • Exhibitions
  • Festivals
  • Temporary applications

How is Artificial Grass Made Today?

The manufacturing process of artificial grass is similar to that of carpet making. Below is a breakdown of each step in the process;

  1. The raw materials (polyethylene and polypropylene) are mixed in a hopper machine, before colours and chemicals are applied to give the desired shade of green. This also provides the artificial grass with full UV protection.
  2. The liquid mixture is then placed through an extruder, where it is moulded into elongated strands to mimic that of natural grass.
  3. These now formed strands are put onto a carding machine and rotated into a loose rope.
  4. The loose rope is then woven into a tighter yarn, which is set through being heated.
  5. Large spools of yarn are then fed through a tufting machine.
  6. A tufting needle pierces the primary backing, which pushes the yarn through. This continuous process turns the yarn into a carpet of artificial grass.
  7. The new artificial grass is rolled under a latex dispenser, that spreads latex onto the underside of the turf.
  8. The underside surface is then heated to cure the latex.
  9. The artificial grass is fed through a machine that cuts any yarn that rises above the uniform surface.
  10. Finally, the artificial grass is rolled for delivery.

Watch the full manufacturing process at our Ghent factory in Belgium here!