Artificial turf was initially developed for sports uses, like the famous Astrodome. This made way for home and business owners to start taking advantage of the turf emerging on the market. Synthetic turf is quite different today than back in the 60s — it is softer, more lifelike, and performs better than regular grass. If you are considering what sort of preparation work you need to be sure of a successful project, keep reading.
Check Ground Conditions
Determining the ground conditions in the exact area you’re looking to install synthetic grass is one of the initial steps to prepping for artificial grass installation. Determining the soil type, how good is the drainage, and what aggregate has to be added are good starting points. Bringing the professionals in for this step can help save some pain.
Prep the Ground
To initiate prepping for a synthetic lawn, you have to determine where you want it installed. After you determine a general outline, you should measure the ground and make boundaries where you want the grass to end. You do not have to be entirely accurate in measurements, as your artificial grass installer will carry out additional final measurements.
Get rid of Ornaments or Plants
If you have any lawn ornaments, it’s essential to move these to an area out of the way for a fast installation. If you have plants that you would like to preserve, discuss with your grass installer to learn how you can transplant them or leave them in the same spot. They might have to make a personalized plan for cutting turf around any plants or trees you want to Retain.
Synthetic grass drains better compared to regular grass, however you must still be careful if any portion of your lawn is subject to water pooling. If you know about regions of the yard where that occurs, you have to consider installing a drainage system to ensure proper water drainage out of your lawn.
Call the Pros
Installing artificial grass can be undertaken as a do-it-yourself project, however more commonly than not, you’ll confront unexpected problems, have to buy tools you’ll only need for this project, or have high rental costs on equipment. You can read our blog article on why to hire experts here.
Here is a basic outline of how the installation will go.
- Remove any lawn and plants you don’t need
- Install any irrigation or drainage systems if required
- Level the ground and add a layer of crushed aggregate for the base
- Add a layer of cushioning to absorb shocks if being used (great for play areas)
- Next, the artificial grass material itself will be laid and fastened to the ground
- Then we add infill made with fine-coated silica sand to offer a likelife feeling
- Finally, the grass will be rolled to provide the sense of genuine bent grass
For a detailed understanding of how we install our grass, you can read our guidelines on this page.
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