In Summary
  • He adds that it eliminates the use of pesticides, weed killers and other chemicals that are often employed to grow and protect lawns but are harmful to the environment.
  • You can use synthetic grass to create a home with a great curb appeal while at the same time conserve water and save money.
  • Synthetic grass brings with it a versatility that has seen it replace traditional carpeting indoors on floors and stairs.

Having a well-manicured lush lawn in your compound enhances your home’s appearance. It makes your property pleasing to the eye, and turns your compound into a comfortable place to play, unwind and relax.

However, growing grass can be a taxing undertaking as it requires a lot of dedication in terms of time and financial investment.

Isaack Ngunjiri, a landscape artist at Floor Décor Kenya Limited, roots for artificial grass, which, he argues, looks better and requires less effort in terms of maintenance.

“If you’re interested in creating a home with a great curb appeal while at the same time conserving water and saving money, then synthetic lawns are exactly what you require,” says the Nakuru-based landscaper. His company, which specialises in selling synthetic grass, has branches in Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisumu and Nairobi.

He explains that the artificial grass comes in seven shades of green and is so natural-looking, that it is almost impossible to tell it apart from real grass.

Ngunjiri  has been selling artificial grass since 2011. Most of his clients are people residing in urban areas.

“We mostly install the lawn in compounds that had been initially paved with concrete or cabro blocks,” says the landscaper. He nevertheless points out that he has had to install artificial grass on bare land for homeowners who had grown weary of tending to a natural lawn. “Once installed, artificial lawns require little maintenance as opposed to natural grass,” he adds.

To begin with, synthetic grass does not require any watering. Many home-owners burdened by increased water bills usually neglect their lawns, and as a result, they dry up and become variegated and unsightly.

Currently, many parts of the country are facing acute water shortage due to the prolonged drought. This, Mr Ngunjiri suggests, should motivate homeowners to replace their lawns with artificial ones.  “With synthetic, the grass is actually green all year long,” he says and points out, “During rainy season, you don’t need to worry about employing a gardener to do the mowing as the synthetic grass  doesn’t require pulling out weeds and trimming unruly edges every fortnight or so.”

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