If you're like me, you'll want to take the easy option wherever possible. But that doesn't mean I do things by half. I just wanted to enjoy my free time, sip a beer in the garden and not have the wife nag me to mow the lawn. And so I decided to get rid of the none-too-pretty attempt at a lawn that's been the bain of my life (and my back) and opt to install fake grass. Best move I ever made. And here's why.

The choice to move towards synthetic grass  is now easier than ever.

The choice of grass you can get these days and the simplicity with which it can be installed makes it such a tempting option for a fella like me. Before you begin,, the choice is actually sometimes too great. Did you ever go to a restaurant and find yourself unable to decide what to order because the menu is just “too big”. Well, that’s the dilemma I faced. But on the plus side the ease with which it can be installed makes it a relatively simple task. I’ll try to talk you through the points as best I can, from one beer sipping bloke to another, sort to speak.

What’s the Use?

Well, the first point is pretty important. What are you planning to actually use your garden for? In the future, are you going to be playing sports, having barbeques, playing with the kids, the dog or just simply sitting in a deckchair on a nice sunny day.

Some people like to add it purely for decorative purposes. Others like to be more active on their fake lawn. But the choice you make will be influenced by whether you want a heavy duty lawn or whether some lighter synthetic grass will do you.

OK, so the circumstances may change in the future. The kids grow up, the dog goes to doggy heaven (sorry to depress you here) and so on and so forth. But ultimately you need to plan for not just now but the foreseeable future. That’s why it makes sense to think ahead.

Do you have children or pets?

In addition the pet test is probably the toughest and most thorough test you can give your fake lawn. So for example, kids and dogs are going to put your fake grass through the ringer. Period. If you are planning on starting a family soon then you might want to op for the more comfortable yet long-lasting and durable synthetic lawn. This could be where your little one takes their all important first steps. And chances are you’re going to be rolling around with your little bundle of joy too.

How much?

Price is everything. Well, almost everything. It’s not going to be cheap. So it’s important to shop around and get as much bang for your buck as possible. Although, before I scare you off it’s not hugely expensive either. I guess you could say you get what you pay for and remember, you are adding value to your home.

While you can always opt for the more expensive options on the market, it’s also possible to find good value artificial grass. As long as you are willing to shop around. When budgets are tight, it’s still possible to get a kick-ass garden that will be the envy of your neighbours.

Right, that’s it for now. More to come in part 2 of this article. I need to sip a beer and watch the grass grow....