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5 Wellness Benefits of Spending Time in Your Garden

5 Wellness Benefits of Spending Time in Your Garden

Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is one of the fastest ways to improve your happiness and health, both physically and mentally. As specialist suppliers of artificial grass in the UK, we know that having a garden space of your own provides a tranquil place of peace and comfort – there’s nothing better than spending some quality downtime from the comfort of your own garden.

We’ll get into the ‘how’s’ and ‘why’s’ shortly, but here are a few of the key benefits of spending time outside in your garden:

  1. Reducing stress
  2. Encouraging physical exercise
  3. Increasing social interaction
  4. Improving mental wellbeing
  5. Taking a break from work

These past two years have been challenging to say the least, and many have found that spending time outside and in their garden has played a positive part in maintaining their mental and physical wellbeing.

We all tried to spend more time outside, when we could in lockdown, and having a usable outdoor garden area in our home to relax and unwind has become something extremely important and sought after for many, and for good reason too.

Not only are outdoor spaces great for outdoor activities, but doing things we would normally do inside such as reading a book or exercising can also have more positive effects, just by being outside.

See below some benefits spending more time in your garden can have on your wellbeing…

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1. Reducing stress

Spending just 20 minutes of your day in your garden will significantly reduce stress levels and thus contribute to your happiness! There are a number reasons why spending time in your garden can reduce stress, but some of the key points are that the vitamin D exposure that comes with being outdoors makes us feel great physically, which in turn improves our mental wellbeing, while getting outside also helps to reduce cortisol, which is the hormone linked to those sweaty palms, mental fogginess, and high heart rate we all feel during times of stress.

2. Encouraging physical exercise

Whether that is going for a run in the park, following a Joe Wicks video, or dabbling in some garden yoga, exercise will boost your endorphins. Here at Namgrass, we cater our product range to suit all manner of projects, from luxury artificial grass gardens, to artificial grass golf greens and football pitches – something like the Namgrass Kirkstall product would be the best of both worlds here, being neat and durable, while still having a long enough pile height to give it that natural look and feel under the foot.

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3. Increasing social interaction

Many people find comfort in nature when they interact with animals, friends, and family. Being outdoors can also help people in making new connections. Even if it’s just inviting the neighbour round for a cup of tea, being outdoors and enjoying the fresh air promotes a calm, relaxed atmosphere, perfect for conversation. Perhaps you’ve got an old decking or paved socialising area that you want to add a little vibrancy to? Look no further than our artificial grass installationswe’ve got just the thing.

4. Improving mental wellbeing

As we’ve discussed, green spaces can be the antidote to stress, which research has linked to depression and anxiety, owing to the body’s inflammatory stress response. So, not only should you generally make sure to get outside and use your garden as much as possible, but, when you’re feeling stressed or anxious about something, remember to utilise the fresh air of your garden as a tool to help you relax, in addition to professional medical and psychological advice of course.

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5. Taking a break from work

With the recent shift for many towards a more work-from-home-based lifestyle, we’re now making use of our gardens more than ever. There’s nothing like relaxing and de-stressing on your lunch break in the comfort of your own artificial grass garden… Close the laptop, and take a moment for yourself.

In fact, on a nice afternoon you could even take your work outside for a few hours – there’s nothing like the fresh air and sunlight to give you a little perspective on things.

If you need a little help creating your outdoor green oasis, then maybe consider an artificial grass installation. Artificial grass is a quick way to transform any area which is neglected and unused, into a brighter space to relax and unwind!

If you’re not fortunate enough to have your own yard or garden area, then don’t worry! Our artificial grass is the perfect solution to add some life to your balcony, paving, or decking area! Why not order some free artificial grass samples today?

You might find some inspiration in our blog post on Small Garden Design.

If you’re in need of some advice, we can help you with transforming your garden into one you can enjoy 365 days a year, with a fake grass lawn. Please get in touch, we’d love to help!

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Transforming A Garden With Artificial Grass

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An Artificial Grass Garden Transformation

A garden is a huge draw for today’s house hunters – with some prepared to spend thousands of pounds extra on a home just to have one. Yet, the heavenly promise of a gorgeous green paradise can all too easily turn into a hell of unfinished jobs, particularly if you don’t live and breathe trowels and bedding plants. If that sounds like you, see below how we transformed this customer run down, unused space into a low maintenance, fresh, green place to relax and unwind.

From Dull and Dark to Fresh and Bright

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Now, it’s no secret that for many the garden is usually the last part of the house to be revamped and modernised, and this customer’s garden was no exception. After years of neglect, we came in to spruce it up with some of our premium artificial grass and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it!

Why Install Artificial Grass?

This customer wanted a light, low-maintenance garden which would be suitable for their dog and toddler. A natural lawn was out of the question as the family has a very busy life and no time to maintain a real lawn. As well as this, their garden is also mostly shaded, making it hard for natural turf to grow healthy. This made artificial grass the perfect solution.

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The Best Artificial Grass Was Chosen

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For the artificial grass, we recommended Exbury Bright. This artificial lawn is both soft and hard-wearing, making it the perfect play surface for children and the pooch of course! Its slightly shorter, 30mm pile height makes it easy to clean up after pets and prevents the grass flattening from high foot traffic caused by running kids and stampeding dogs. It’s in the name, but Exbury Bright is a bright, fresh, and vibrant coloured artificial lawn which worked perfectly in brightening up the once dark and dull garden to create a bright, airy feeling garden.

The Perfect Surface Solution

As you can see, the customer did not have a natural lawn to replace. This was not an issue, as an artificial lawn can easily be laid on top of many surfaces, making it the ideal surface solution for a variety of different applications. If you’re not sure whether artificial grass is suitable for your project, give us a shout! We are always here to help.

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The Final Finish

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The vibrant colour and density of the Exbury Bright artificial grass is what drew the customer towards this synthetic turf, which we used to create this lovely, low-maintenance garden for our busy customer.

Fancy transforming your garden? Get in touch with your local Namgrass Approved Artificial Grass Installer.

and order your FREE artificial grass samples.


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Grass Out to Help Out

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A Namgrass Makeover for Great Ponton CE Primary School

Last year we launched a nationwide competition for all UK schools named “Grass Out to Help Out”. The competition aimed to give schools an opportunity to nominate themselves to win artificial grass so that they could revamp their outdoor space ahead of the winter months, enabling children to enjoy more freedom while being encouraged to keep 2m apart.

And the winner was...

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We recognised the strain in which educational facilities were facing during the colder months when children need to be socially distant while also letting off steam outside. As the seasons change more and more schools often have to resort to indoor or concrete playtime, with school playing fields becoming out of bounds as the wet weather comes to stay.

The winners of the Nationwide competition were the children of Great Ponton CE Primary School. This voluntary aided, small village primary school was needing some help to transform a tired, worn-out tarmac play area that was becoming unfit for purpose. With the help of Namgrass Approved Installers BF Lawns, 450m2 of Namgrass artificial grass was installed to create a multi-sports play surface.

Which artificial grass was used?

The best artificial grass was chosen for the job, which was Play-putt– a short pile, dense structured, extremely resilient synthetic turf which is designed for all sports and play areas.

Playing fields are renowned for getting extremely muddy during the winter months, and we know concrete outdoor areas aren’t always available. Namgrass guarantees no mud or puddles and is completely child-friendly, creating the perfect play surface. So, we were pleased that we could supply a safe solution and give something back to a deserving school.

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But, the story didn’t end there…

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We were thrilled to hear that the school loved their new play surface so much, that they have asked us to come back to install more artificial grass this winter!

Thanks to BF Lawns

Huge thanks to Brett of BF Lawns and his team of highly skilled, professional artificial grass installers for completing such a high-quality installation for the children at Great Pontons.

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Want to find out more about artificial grass installations for schools and play areas?

Get in touch!

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Namgrass Case Study: Alfresco Dining at its Finest

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Namgrass Case Study: Alfresco Dining at its Finest

Restrictions have eased, the sun is shining and all that’s left to do is soak it all up at one of the many beautiful alfresco dining spots where our artificial grass has been laid to create the perfect outdoor dining experience!

Below, we highlight five hospitality venues across the UK that Namgrass and our nationwide network of highly skilled artificial grass installers have worked with, to help business owners transform unusable spaces into a beautiful green oasis, helping them to embrace the change needed to be profitable during the last year.

Where Namgrass came in

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Only 38% of pubs and restaurants in England have outdoor space to trade. So, when the government announced that these already hard-hit establishments could reopen, but only offer outdoor service, many landlords were forced to think outside the box to keep their businesses afloat.

Not to be beaten, this hardworking sector wasted no time in reinventing their outdoor spaces. Car parks were transformed into garden dining areas, disused garden areas were converted into bubble-friendly drinking zones, and old storage areas were used to provide as much extra seating as possible.

As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of artificial grass, we were among other national suppliers of outdoor products who helped design and create inviting, much-needed outdoor spaces to welcome customers and drive business to this sector once again.

The One Bell

The One Bell, a public house in Dartford, is a beautiful Grade II listed building that dates back to the 18th century. They decided to repurpose the onsite, unused car park into a stunning family-friendly garden. So, we installed 200m² of  Whitby, a dark green, hardwearing artificial grass, and a best-seller within the Namgrass fake grass range. The One Bell will now be able to host many football fans in this large outdoor space which will come as no surprise, as the pub is owned by former professional footballer, Jimmy Bullard.

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The Cliffhouse

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The Cliff House is an independent restaurant with a bar and rooms, located just outside the New Forest in Barton on Sea. It sits right on the cliff top with far-reaching views of the Isle of Wight and panoramic views of the Solent. This location is idyllic in the summer months however during the colder month’s customers are usually inside snuggled up by a roaring log burner. With the government’s guidelines preventing this The Cliff House erected a marquee to seat customers and we installed 100m² of our Exbury Bright artificial grass on top of their graveled parking area. Exbury Bright is a hard-wearing, vibrant green, densely thatched grass and as a busy family pub, its great likeness to real turf made it the perfect choice for both animals and children.

The Lighthouse

Sister property to The Cliff House, the Lighthouse is set back from the main beach area, although benefitting from the same amazing views. The lighthouse had only a very small, paved area outside which was having an impact on trade during the pandemic. Deciding to follow in the steps of their big sister, The Lighthouse asked us to install 100m² of the Exbury Bright artificial grass and with its deep pile and densely thatched luxury feel it has proved perfect for the busy tourist area. This has now increased the seating capacity of the Lighthouse and has given local families and visitors several relaxed dining options.

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The Carters Arms

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The Carters Arms in Wilmslow has recently had new owners who had plans to put the fun back into pub life with live music, karaoke, cask ales, and cold lagers. With the restrictions and strict government guidelines being adhered to the new management installed 120m² of Elise artificial grass at the back of the premises. Expecting a heavy footfall, this medium pile grass offers high-density coverage and works perfectly in high-traffic areas and commercial buildings. The initial investment has definitely paid off as The Carters Arm is an excellent fan zone for families and fans of football who flooded to it to enjoy the Euros.


The Grove on the Market

The Grove bar and restaurant in Wilmslow was a new venture which opened at the tail end of 2020. Being a town centre venue, it was important to maximise seating both inside and out and local business BF Lawns installed 120m² of our Elise artificial grass. This medium pile,  high-density fake grass is the perfect choice for busy traffic areas and commercial properties. The Grove has transformed an unused tarmac car park at the rear and been able to operate safely during covid restrictions, plus, they have gained a larger seating area to host more customers, the clientele now benefits from an inviting beer garden with alfresco dining.

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The hospitality sector has reacted to a real business crisis by showing creativity and innovation and helping to stabilise their sector by making permanent use of previously underutilised outdoor spaces. 

At Namgrass, we were pleased that we could help offer a long term, low-maintenance solution to these businesses by installing our luxury artificial grass, allowing them to thrive again.

Do you own a venue and think artificial grass could be perfect for you?

Get in touch today!


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Butterwick Hospice Gets A Namgrass Makeover

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The benefits of artificial grass come to the Butterwick Hospice in Stockton

We collaborated with professional artificial grass installers and landscapers Discover Landscapes, to donate and install one of our top-selling artificial grasses to the garden project recently undertaken at Butterwick Hospice in Stockton. The new bright and spacious garden area at the hospice means the patients, family, and friends of the charity now have an accessible and inviting outdoor space to relax and spend quality time with loved ones.

Founded in 1984 by Mary Butterwick, Butterwick Care serves the communities of Teesside, County Durham, North Yorkshire, and Wearside. The charity provides free of charge support to babies, children, and adults with progressive life-limiting illnesses.

Why Butterwick Hospice is Special

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When Danny Storey of Discover Landscapes was introduced to Butterwick Hospice in Stockton he saw first-hand the amazing team of doctors, nurses, and therapists at Butterwick who provide 24-hour on-going care. The extensive care programme includes the management of symptoms and pain relief, end-of-life support, respite services, a variety of complementary therapies, and bereavement care, amazingly this support is offered completely free of charge to patients and their families.

Getting Started

The hospice focuses on all aspects of care both mental and physical, the benefits of fresh air and natural daylight are vital to the continued good mental health within the hospice, so they looked to create a fresh and inviting space that people could enjoy individually or within their family units.  Danny and his time were delighted to be involved in the garden restoration project and wasted no time contacting us at Namgrass.

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Which artificial grass did you use?

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We were more than happy to donate one of our most popular products, Exbury Bright, a densely thatched, deep luxury pile grass that is perfect for high traffic. Although hard-wearing, the grass is still super soft and perfect for the patients and families of the hospice. Danny then had no trouble recruiting volunteers for installing the artificial grass from his great team and the garden was quickly transformed.

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Meet the Installers – Discover Landscape & His Dog

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Meet the Installers – Discover Landscape & His Dog

Namgrass has a nationwide network of the UK’s leading artificial grass installers; their precision and attention to detail are what sets them apart from the rest. We thought we would give our customers the opportunity to get to know our artificial grass installers.

Meet Danny from Discover Landscape, a professional artificial grass installer in Teesside. Danny talks us through his daily jobs and how he uses artificial grass to transform his customer’s gardens with a little help from his dog, Dhuma.

How and when was Discover Landscape founded?

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I [Danny Storey] started Discover Landscape around 4 years ago. I had a complete re-think on what I wanted to do with my career. I went from sitting on a computer, to retraining as a landscaper, which, as you could imagine, was a big difference! I retrained in landscaping for 4 years to gain the skills needed, which I bring into my job every day when installing artificial grass.

Danny walking Dhuma.

Why did you choose Namgrass as your supplier?

Is this even a question? Without a doubt, their artificial grass is by far the best on the market. There’s no comparison between them and other artificial grass brands, even though it’s artificial, it doesn’t look artificial… if you get me?

We get you Danny & thanks!

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What's your favourite Namgrass product to work with?

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I’d say our most popular of Namgrass artificial grass products would be Exbury Bright. Everyone seems to like this astroturf and it looks super natural too!

How many artificial grass installs have you completed?

Hmm, this is a hard one as you lose track of how many artificial grass installations you complete!

Let’s just say, we’ve installed A LOT of artificial grass, but I don’t think it’s about the number, it’s always about the quality of the install that matters.

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Where do you complete most of your artificial grass installs within the UK?

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I live in the Teesside area in the North East of the UK, so a lot of my landscaping work is based around where I live.

Have you laid many ‘unique’ or awkward artificial grass installations?

I wouldn’t say that any of the artificial grass installs I have done are specifically unique, but I do like it when we are able to incorporate a mix of plants and natural materials into the overall job, as this helps the grass look even more natural!

The only time things can be awkward is when you’re trying to lift the grass around the back of a garden, access isn’t always the best for 4m long rolls of fake grass!


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Does Dhuma like to help on-site? What’s his main role within the company?

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Well, he helps in his own way!

Once we’ve trimmed off the edges of the artificial grass rolls, he likes to tidy up and run around with it. His favourite on-site task is the running test, he’s a big dog, so it has to be robust for other puppies, and he certainly makes sure it is!

His two main roles would have to be, one, being an excellent guard dog and two, being the sleep supervisor- he loves nothing more than watching us work whilst he lays in the sun!

To see more from Discover Landscape:

Head over to  &  follow Danny on Instagram @discover_landscape

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Meet the Installers – Solent Garden Services

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Meet the Installers – Solent Garden Services

Namgrass has a nationwide network of the UK’s leading artificial grass installers; their precision and attention to detail are what sets them apart from the rest. We thought we would give our customers the opportunity to get to know our installers.

Introducing Solent Garden Services, a professional artificial grass installer in Hampshire who also complete all manner of landscaping. Run by landscaping guru and artificial grass pro Rob Woodhouse. There’s not much Rob and his team can’t do to create their customers’ dream garden!

How and when was Solent Garden Services founded?

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We are Solent Garden Services Ltd, a family-run business established in 1973.

Originally, we were predominantly focused on garden maintenance but have evolved over the years to cover all aspects of garden design, build and maintenance.

I Rob Woodhouse grew up around the business but got my first real sense of the work involved when I was 15 years old, completing my school work experience within the family business. I came on board working for the company full time at the age of 21. At this point, it was just me and one other guy working on regular maintenance however landscaping and garden design was always the direction I wanted to take the business.

Rob (2nd in from the left) & his talented team.

Why did you choose Namgrass as your supplier?

My focus is always using quality products so when we started installing artificial lawns, we were looking for only the best products to install which is where Namgrass came in.

I was really impressed with the quality and diversity within the range of Namgrass products, plus it’s a company which is local to us, so it was a no-brainer for me!

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What's your favourite Namgrass product to work with?

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I’m really impressed with the new range, but I really love Utopia! I love it so much I’ve installed it in my own garden!

(Robs garden features as the main install image here!)

How many artificial grass installs have you completed?

We’ve been installing Namgrass lawns for around 7 years now so let’s just say we’ve completed a lot! Namgrass is the only brand of artificial lawns I’ve ever used as it’s always been a reliable product and brand.

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Where do you complete most of your artificial grass installs within the UK?

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We mostly cover Hampshire but we have traveled to London for a few special installs in the past.

Have you installed some challenging artificial grass jobs?

We have just wrapped up our biggest install to date. A whopping 360sqm of Eden! That was a real challenge with over 70 tonnes of aggregate brought in for the subbase and base.

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To see more from Solent Garden Services:

Head over to    &  follow Rob on Instagram @green_fingerz_

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Meet the Installers – South Coast Artificial Grass Ltd

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Meet the Installers – South Coast Artificial Grass Ltd

Namgrass has a nationwide network of the UK’s leading artificial grass installers; their precision and attention to detail are what sets them apart from the rest. We thought we would give our customers the opportunity to get to know our installers, starting with South Coast Artificial Grass Ltd.

When and how did South Coast Artificial Grass Ltd start?

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The company was first incorporated in April 2019 by Neil Pinchbeck. Neil started the company after seeing a completed artificial grass install and really liking the transformation. So, after much research and setting out to install his first job at home, he was hooked with the transformation and job satisfaction.

It was then in January of 2020 that my (Shaun King) involvement within the company came about (although Neil and myself have been friends for years!). I have a background in business and sales and Neil is an experienced fitter/tradesman, so we both have different roles within the company which works really well.

Neil Pinchbeck (left) & Shaun King (right)

Why did you choose Namgrass as your supplier?

The honest answer is that our previous supplier couldn’t meet our demand. They would constantly be out of stock of grass and with long wait times. Although at the time this was due to the COVID pandemic, it wasn’t good for us as a business as it minimised our options and we didn’t want to be turning work away or losing it.  So, we needed to source someone more reliable, and that’s where Namgrass came in. I did some research and Namgrass ticked all the right boxes – local to us, no stock issues, high-quality product, and a great team to easily work with.

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What's your favourite Namgrass product to work with?

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Although all the Namgrass products are high quality and easy to work with, our favourite grass to install has to be Elise. It’s a great grass to cut and join and looks amazing when finished on any size area.


How many installs have you completed?

To date, South Coast Artificial Grass has installed just over 200 new surface area’s and we are constantly growing and getting busier with high demand. We average around 20 new installs a month!

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Where do you complete most of your installs within the UK?

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Based in Dorset, we predominantly tend to work within the BH postcodes covering Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ringwood and Swanage, etc. We have and will also carry out installs in Dorchester and Weymouth. Project dependant, we have also completed installations in Fordingbridge, Romsey, Eastleigh and our furthest install away was in Amesbury.

Have you installed many ‘unique’ artificial grass jobs? Have you had some awkward/hard installs?

We have completed quite a range of jobs; some I believe other companies simply don’t want to do, but we aren’t afraid of the challenge and hard work.

We’ve had some awkward shapes and sizes, some with long walks to get access and some up or down a lot of steps, so we’ve had to hand-carry out all the removed spoil and then hand-carry back in all the new aggregate for the sub-base.  We’ve also had a few jobs where the only access is through the property itself which has proven interesting!

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To find out more about South Coast Artificial Grass head over to their website

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How to Make your Garden Festive for Christmas

How to Make your Garden Festive for Christmas

Over the top Christmas lights might look pretty, but unfortunately, they cause light pollution, and that can disrupt local wildlife.

From bats and moths to frogs and birds, they can all be affected by lights interfering with sleeping patterns and navigation paths.

Instead, decorate your garden in a more subtle, but sustainable way. From fragrant plants to sparkly decoration, there’s lots you can do to bring joy into the garden this winter. Take a look at these tips:

Winter plants

There are lots of plants that look festive throughout winter, whether through their flowers, berries or leaves. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Wintergreen is a low-spreading hardy evergreen with large red berries and red-tinged leaves, perfect for informal garden beds.
  • Winter-flowering pansies are ideal for adding a variety of colour, as they are available with yellow, maroon, white or purple flowers. They’ll only falter in the very worst weather, but they will recover and continue until spring.
  • Clematis Jingle Bells is an evergreen climber that flowers in winter and early spring with pale yellow or white bell-shaped flowers.
  • Holly and ivy are traditionally very Christmassy plants, and they certainly give a festive feel to any garden.
  • Potted conifer trees are perfect as well as they instantly evoke a Christmassy feel.

Christmas scents

There are very few things as evocative as scent when it comes to Christmas. Whether it’s cinnamon, spice and orange, or something sweeter, there are a few scents that we can evoke in the garden too.

  • Witch hazel is a fragrant plant, producing a liquorice-type scent, but it produces some unusual looking flowers. Spidery ribbons of yellow, orange or red, they’ll look very festive too.
  • Winter honeysuckle produces a fresh, citrusy scent and delicate white flowers that provide winter bees with nectar, and the berries are popular with birds.
  • Sarcococca is a winter-flowering plant that will stop you in your tracks. It’s the summery scent that will do it – not the way it looks. Also known as Christmas Box, it is a sweet surprise that you’ll be glad you added to your garden.



It wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of extra sparkle, and that applies to the garden as well.

If you’ve got trees, consider adding a string of fairy lights wrapped around the tree trunk. Keep them low-intensity in a warm white, yellow or amber, and turn them off when you don’t need them. This will minimise their impact on the local wildlife.

Buy a pack of baubles or ribbons in one colour (check that they’re suitable for outdoor use) and hang them on any bare trees. It’ll add a little bit of life and festive cheer to leafless plants.

Wreaths always look particularly Christmassy. Hang them on the shed door, on your back door, on any structures and on the sheds.

Lanterns are very versatile as they can be used throughout the year, but for winter, you could fill them with holly, ivy and a pillar candle for a festive look.

Finally, what would Christmas be without Mistletoe? Although February to March is the best time to start growing your own, decorating your garden with a little shop-bought will undoubtedly add some festive cheer.

Don’t forget about the animals

You’ve planted lots of winter flowering plants, which is great for bees, and some of them have berries too which is good for birds, but if you want to tempt more in, consider leaving bird seed and fat balls out too. Robins are partial to crushed nuts so putting them on the bird table will entice them in for a Christmas treat. Squirrels are likely to be drawn to these tasty treats too, so don’t be surprised if you see these critters exploring your garden in search of some much-needed winter nutrition.

Bug hotels and butterfly boxes allow insects to sleep over the winter, and larvae to hibernate away from frost. Available to buy, you can just as easily make them yourself. It’s also prime hibernation time for hedgehogs, with shelters needed where they can remain safe and relatively warm. Again, these are available to buy, but also simple to construct yourself.

Check out our blog post on encouraging wildlife into your garden for more ideas.

How are you decorating the garden for Christmas?

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5 Landscaping Ideas for Small Gardens

5 Landscaping Ideas for Small Gardens

Beautiful gardens come in all shapes and sizes.

Beautiful gardens come in all shapes and sizes; it doesn’t have to be a huge space or require a big budget to turn it into something special. Small gardens are actually great because they’re super easy to maintain throughout the year, especially if you install artificial grass that doesn’t need to be cut or watered. Here are some landscaping ideas:

Use Potted Plants

If your space is too restrictive to lay grass or flower beds, you can still add colour to your garden using potted plants. The pots can be filled with a huge variation of plants, from little flowers to big, tall trees. You can even paint your plant pots to add further vibrancy and life to the space. Opt for perennials that you can divide, such as geraniums. Before planting, pull the geranium apart into two or three plants, and plant them separately. Next year when they’re grown, you can pull those plants apart too. It’s a good way to keep costs down but still have a lovely set of flowers.

White Out

Paint your exterior walls white to give the impression that the space is bigger than it actually is. Both inside and out, white walls lighten up the area to make it feel less enclosed. It also means that the colours you introduce through your plants really pop. If you really want to bounce light around your garden, add a mirror. The great thing about adding a mirror is that there are many different styles available, so whatever your style is, you can find one to suit you.

Railway Sleepers

You could think about using railways sleepers, like these ones from Lawsons, to add low border walls. Not only do these look great around your flower beds, they also double up as a lovely little seating area; handy if you don’t have room for furniture. They’re very versatile too. They can be used to create a rustic feel if they’re chunky with a weathered finish, but they can also look sleek if they’re neat, sanded and varnished or stained.


Transform your garden with a nice fence, but be sure to treat it regularly with a wood preserver so that it lasts throughout the harsher weather. There are lots of different types of fences so think about your priorities before you invest; do you want something tall that will increase your privacy, or would you prefer something more decorative? A fence is a great opportunity to add colour, shapes or patterns too, depending on how you paint them.


Sheds take up a huge amount of space in a garden, so you might want to consider something a little smaller. There are many different options available when it comes to storage, from chests to shelving to slimline sheds. Consider what you might need to store and pick an appropriate solution for your needs.

Are you in the process of landscaping your garden or have you just finished? Let us know how you got on!