No longer is synthetic grass made of luminous green stiff plastic that leaves you with ugly burns when you fall over on it. The best modern synthetic grass is almost indistinguishable from the real thing with none of the hassle and maintenance, which may be why there's been a 50% increase in sales year on year since 2010. Footballer John Terry even spent £150,000 ripping up a live lawn and installing a fake one.

Over two Hyde Parks' worth of lawn a year are being ripped up and replaced with artificial grass in the UK. It looks beautiful and keep its good looks thanks to the way it's manufactured - the artificial lawn under a chestnut tree at Raymond Blanc's La Manoir Au Quatre Saison was laid in 2008 and still looks as good as the day it was laid.

But what about our wildlife and native species? There are concerns that the loss of natural habitats could have a serious impact on the birds and the bees. However, there are very few artificial grass installations in the UK that aren't coupled with flower borders and trees to provide plenty of natural habitat. And for many fake grass adopters, it's about bringing some green back to an area that was once all laid with paving slabs or adding some colour to a balcony or roof deck.

And for many families the ideal solution is to create a dedicated play area for kids and pets that remains mud-free and is easy to keep clean of pet mess but can be used all year round, while the rest of the garden retains a live lawn, beds and borders and a vegetable patch.

However you choose to use artificial grass in the UK, you'll love modern high-quality fakes that are easy to install and maintain. Browse our collection on the website, and then get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable team to discuss the best fake lawn for your requirements.