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To think fake grass is not tacky

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Dizzydodo Sat 11-Jun-16 07:57:56

At the Doctors with dd about eczema, GP says it can be triggered by pollen, grass seed etc and asks if she's been in the garden a lot with the nice weather. I say 'yes but we've got fake grass'. GP rolls his eyes, laughs and says 'fake grass?! Like Wayne Rooney? Goodness me!'

I have no idea if Wayne Rooney has fake grass or not and I'm not in the least bit offended by the GP (I think he was trying to be funny) but it got me thinking....does fake grass in my garden make me a wannabe WAG?

AdmiralCLingus Sat 11-Jun-16 08:02:34

I'd love fake grass. Low maintenance and no bloody sneezing fits every time I go to hang washing out!<unhelpful sorry>

LetThereBeCupcakes Sat 11-Jun-16 08:03:41

My friend recently replaced her lawn with fake turf. It looks great! YANBU.

insancerre Sat 11-Jun-16 08:05:35

It is naff
It looks naff
Its basically the same as putting carpet on your lawn

SelinaMeyerVP Sat 11-Jun-16 08:09:06

House near us has been done up. House painted, gravel drive, bit of landscaping and small (fake) lawn. It looks fantastic all year.

Eebahgum Sat 11-Jun-16 08:09:46

I love the idea & wish we could afford to have it done.

MsKite Sat 11-Jun-16 08:09:52

I expect it looks nice but it's not the same as having living plants under you feet is it? It seems a bit sterile to me. And what's going on in the soil underneath it? Just seems odd so I wouldn't have it. I do have lentil weavin tendencies though grin

Binkybix Sat 11-Jun-16 08:10:32

If the expensive stuff and well fitted it looks great for small lawns.

Oysterbabe Sat 11-Jun-16 08:11:04

I know this is becoming really popular but I think it's ridiculous.

londonrach Sat 11-Jun-16 08:11:13

Each to their own...fake does look fake. It is just an outside carpet but if you have allergies and dont mind the look why not.. Do you hover it?

OneArt Sat 11-Jun-16 08:12:52

It looks good (not tacky IMO) but nothing beats the feel of real grass on bare feet on a sunny morning!

NotSayingImBatman Sat 11-Jun-16 08:13:10

The show home on the new build estate I live on had a beautifully landscaped garden, all planted up, perfect lawn, gorgeous.

The people that have moved in ripped up the lawn and replaced it with astro turf, pulled all the flowers and plants up and replaced them with plastic ones and have erected a plastic, light up willow tree in the front garden.

THAT'S tacky. A bit of Astro turf doesn't sound so bad by comparison.

acasualobserver Sat 11-Jun-16 08:13:52

Next time you make an appointment ask for a doctor who isn't a snob.

PurpleDaisies Sat 11-Jun-16 08:14:11

I think it's tacky and environmentally unfriendly to replace living plants with fake ones.

AdelindSchade Sat 11-Jun-16 08:15:40

How rude! You will get some people turning their nose up, like with fake Christmas trees. The older I get the less I can tolerate petty digs at other people's choices. We have thought about it because our lawn is a mess - dogs fault mainly, so it would look better and be more practical. You can't tell with modern stuff until really up close.

Dizzydodo Sat 11-Jun-16 08:16:44

londonrach I don't Hoover it but next door hoovered theirs the other day and I thought it was a good idea! Ours just gets jet washed when we do the patio. We do have a veg patch in a raised bed and most of the garden is patio so this is just a small 'soft underfoot area' for dd to play on really, avoids mud and no mowing!

CarlGrimesMissingEye Sat 11-Jun-16 08:16:49

My friends have fake grass. It looks great. So much so when we do our garden we're getting it!

FrogletinaBallerina Sat 11-Jun-16 08:17:50

Due to our real grass constantly dying because of leatherjackets(?) we replaced our grass with artificial turf. It actually looks alright, and I do go out and hoover it... The quality really varies, we went for a mid prices one. A friend has replaced her lawn with actual old school AstroTurf - like the covering of a tennis ball!

sparechange Sat 11-Jun-16 08:18:18

The Telegraph approves, so it can't be that bad! And the main company that installs it in London has won several awards at the Chelsea Flower Show so on that basis, it can't be tacky

I love ours. Yes it looks a bit too green in the middle of winter but it is a small price to pay for a garden that is usable all year round, and never having mud trampled through the house

ExtraHotLatteToGo Sat 11-Jun-16 08:18:49

Fake grass is tacky.
It doesn't make you a wanna be wag, just someone with dubious taste 😁

It looks 'neat & tidy', but so does a comb over - both are wrong 😁

echt Sat 11-Jun-16 08:23:53

It's not tacky, just bad bad for wildlife.

Littlechip Sat 11-Jun-16 08:23:53

It is naff though. It looks like you want a lawn but are too precious to deal with the outdoors. Although I kind of get the dogs and play areas argument though. Er and shady areas. You'll still have to keep it free of weeds and clean it though.

MrsMook Sat 11-Jun-16 08:26:02

My neighbours had it put in a few years ago. They're getting older and arthritis makes it hard to mow lawns by themselves and they no longer need to pay someonevto do it for them weekly. The rest of the garden just needs intermittent maintenance a few time a year and is a pleasure to look at.

My back lawn I'd keep real, but it would be better than the real thing on my deeply shaded small patch of front garden where its a palaver to get the mower to and around to cut the scraggy thin grass.

It has its uses.

Birdsgottafly Sat 11-Jun-16 08:27:52

I'm considering it, it's either that, or I'll have to pave over my small back garden.

I've got Old Rose suckers and bramble constantly ruining anything that I try to do.

I'm away a lot and can't do the maintenance and weeding/watering that a garden, with problems, needs.

It is means that a child with Asthma can enjoy their garden, then it's a no brainier.

I would balance it out by planting regionally native flowers/plants/shrubs, in pots, though.

acasualobserver Sat 11-Jun-16 08:28:21

someone with dubious taste

How horrible. I can guarantee there will be something you've chosen - furniture, garment, picture, whatever - that prompts exactly the same reaction.

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