Artificial Grass Lawn Swindon

Swindon artificial lawns

Acer Paving & Landscaping recently installed an artificial grass lawn to the front and side of this Victorian property in Swindon, Wiltshire.

We used Namgrass Green Meadow artificial grass to transform the lawn from a weed laden, mossy mess to a fantastic new artificial lawn. Artificial grass is a popular alternative to traditional turf grass as it is low maintenance and requires no mowing or watering. The occasional removal of leaves and a brush over will be the only maintenance required.

The edges of the lawn were trimmed to create curves to enhance the existing garden which has lovely mature plants and shrubs. It’s crucial on our clay soil in Swindon to provide a solid base for the lawn. We always install a base made of wash graded gravel, compacted to form a firm surface, this is then topped by a free draining limestone grit bedding layer. Finally a quality weed barrier material is laid before the artificial grass is rolled out, jointed, (where necessary), and secured around the perimeter.


About Acer 

Based in Swindon, Wiltshire, Acer Paving & Landscaping is a family run company established in 1995. Acer consider projects throughout Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Worcestershire. Acer are Approved Installers of Marshall’s & Bradstone paving, Namgrass artificial grass, Ecodek composite decking and Ecogrid stabilisation grids. Acer are members of The Association of Professional landscapersTrustmark and the Trading Standards “Buy with confidence” scheme.

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Swindon Artificial Grass Lawns

Swindon based artificial grass installer Acer Paving & Landscaping have been very busy in Swindon lately creating artificial grass lawns. Acer are Approved Installers of Namgrass artificial turf. Namgrass is made in the EU and exported throughout the world. The Namgrass range of synthetic grasses is second to none in our opinion and our customers agree from the fantastic feedback we receive.

A good base is crucial on our clay soils, both to improve drainage and provide a support to the artificial turf. That’s why we always install a gravel base, topped with a free draining limestone grit bedding layer and quality weed barrier material.

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The reasons for requesting artificial grass are numerous but common scenarios are the desire for an attractive, easy to maintain lawn as shown in the above picture. A traditional lawn can be a pain to mow and maintain when it’s in small areas like these. An artificial grass lawn will mean the front of this property in Swindon will always look smart.

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This small lawn in a modern Swindon house has a similar potential problem; it’s nice to have some “green” in the garden but owning and using a mower for this small patch would be a nuisance. Fake grass provides the green colour you want without the need for mowing – can’t be bad !

Swindon artificial turf lawn

This was another small garden. Another pain to mow but with artificial turf that’s not a problem any more. Occasionally removing leaves will be the only maintenance required.

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The owner of this property had two dogs that constantly made a mess of the lawn. Now with artificial grass installed, that will be a thing of the past.

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Dogs love the artificial grass, if the wee on the lawn it doesn’t stain or burn, (like real turf) and any other mess can be scooped and hosed down if necessary.

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Of course, children in the family are the other main reason for wanting artificial grass, often a real lawn gets turned to mud with heavy use. With artificial turf the lawn is available for play in almost all weathers.

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Shady spots can also prove troublesome for real grass. We’re not saying it’s impossible for a trained gardener or green keeper but for most of us, a combination of clay soils and shade equals mud and moss ! Synthetic grass will certainly improve a shady area, providing a lush green lawn all year around.

If you’re interested in the possibilities of using artificial grass on your property, give Acer Paving & Landscaping a call and we’ll advise the best fake grass type for your needs.

Artificial Grass Play Area Nr. Devizes Wiltshire

Acer Paving & Landscaping were asked to look at an area of ground adjacent the playground in a school near Devizes, Wiltshire recently. The area was probably used regularly in fine weather but as soon as the rain arrived, it fast become a slippery, muddy mess !

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wiltshire school artificial grass preparation

Apparently the school had two other quotations prior to ours, both company’s suggesting laying artificial grass on the slope. We thought it would be much better to terrace the area, providing a usable flat space that would be far more useful.

artificial grass around tree

The solution decided upon was to form a wrap around step to access the main area which is now flat and much safer for children to use. Namgrass artificial grass was installed by us as members of the Namgrass Approved Installer network.

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Cutting the artificial grass around the existing birch tree was no problem, the artificial turf and bedding layers are all totally free draining and permeable, so the tree will come to no harm. Maintenance will just involve keeping the grass play area free from leaves by sweeping them away or using a leaf blower.

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Finally the bench was placed back in its position.

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In addition Acer were asked to tackle an area on the opposite side of the playground. It was covered in a felt matting material that was due for renewal.

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The felt was probably never an attractive material and it’s prone to holding water and getting muddy – not ideal for a play surface !

Devizes school artificial grass play surfacing

devizes artificial grass play area

Now the area looks far more attractive, is easier to maintain and clean !

This is one of many artificial grass areas constructed by Acer throughout Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. We always try to be innovative and provide the best landscaping advice possible.

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Cirencester school artificial grass

Acer Paving & Landscaping were recently awarded the contract to renew the play surface in a play area within a school near Cirencester, Gloucestershire. This was a fairly typical scenario where the existing surface was covered in play bark. Play bark is a fairly cheap material when applied in the first instance but schools quickly become aware that it’s messy and constantly needs topping up. Artificial grass is a far better choice in our opinion because it’s easy to maintain, clean and attractive to look at.

removing play bark

The first job was to remove all the loose play bark..

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a job for shovels and wheelbarrows I’m afraid ! This way we can ensure there’s no damage to the existing play equipment and all the loose material can be removed from around and under the existing play equipment.

Removal of play bark from gloucestershire school

The play bark was tipped into a skip for removal by our licensed waste carrier, Holland Handling.

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The next step was to install a free draining bedding layer of 4 – 2mm limestone grit. This enables us to level the area and provide a smooth surface on which to start to build the play surface upon.

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Next a double layer of foam shock pads were installed to provide a cushioned and safe play surface in the event of a fall from the existing play equipment.

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The foam shock pads are made from recycled materials and thankfully light to lift and manoeuvere.

artificial turf preparation for play area

Fortunately in many schools there’s a tarmac playground to use as a work area. In the picture above you can see the artificial grass laid upside down on the playground to allow some of the cutting to be done easily before the grass is moved into the play area.

The quality latex backing is one of the features of Namgrass artificial grass that sets it apart from poorer, (but not necessarily cheaper) examples.

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Next the artificial grass is placed in the play area where cutting and fitting can begin to ensure a tight fit around the play equipment and secure edges to prevent them lifting.

Cirencester school artificial grass

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And that’s the play area complete ! The whole job was done in two days and we’re sure the school was glad to be finally rid of all that messy play bark.


Artificial Grass Play Area in Wiltshire

Artificial grass play area wiltshire

Fake grass, artificial grass, plastic grass, (call it what you will), makes a fantastic play surface. This play area near Swindon, Wiltshire was previously covered in a rubber crumb surface and like play bark, it’s a devil to keep clean, (especially with overhanging trees as in this case).

Artificial grass play area wiltshire

As part of the Approved Installer network of Namgrass UK, Acer Paving & Landscaping thoroughly recommend the Namgrass product range. In this particular project, Namgrass Green Meadow artificial grass was used.  We get samples sent to us from other suppliers on almost a weekly basis and we’ve yet to find a grass range that matches the quality of Namgrass.

Artificial grass play area swindon wiltshire

The artificial grass is cut under and around all the play equipment providing a clean and safe environment for children to enjoy. The Green Meadow artificial turf used here has a brown thatch within it that adds to the realism but also provides a nice bounce to the grass, giving the surface a cushioned feel that is perfect for play areas.

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Samples of the Namgrass range are freely available and expert advice is on hand from us here at Acer Paving & Landscaping. If you want to create a new lawn or play area or are fed up with the existing mud, play bark or other play surface and want to explore the alternatives, please contact us to discuss the Namgrass range of artificial grasses.