An artificial grass installation is a low-maintenance and affordable way to add long-lasting beauty to your yard. Despite having been around for decades, synthetic turf remains a smart and popular solution for anyone seeking a “quick fix” for a lawn that just won’t flourish. With an artificial grass installation, the grass is always greener on your side – and you do not have to do much to maintain it. If you are thinking about investing in this solution, we guide you in exploring the benefits of this product, how to install it and where it works best.
Fantastic Reasons to Invest in an Artificial Grass Installation
Convenience is ultimately what synthetic turf offers, and this will always be the main draw of the product. Other advantages of artificial grass include:
· Boasting a lush, green lawn – no matter the season.
· No maintenance apart from removing debris from the lawn occasionally.
· There is zero need for watering your lawn, which saves you money and is ideal for drought-prone regions.
· It’s a pet-friendly option that withstands wear and tear well. It is also easy to clean if a pet soils it.
· It’s safer for animals and children, as no strong chemicals such as pesticides and fertilisers are needed.
· Weeds are a thing of the past and will never impact the state of your lawn again.
· High-quality brands offer products that last for years. Season after season, you will have a stunning lawn.
· Installations are not reserved for backyards, and you can incorporate synthetic turf in places such as play areas, decks and patios, outdoor recreational and entertainment areas, and even indoors for added greenery.
Weighing the Pros and Cons of the Product
It must be mentioned that an artificial grass installation is not for everyone. Some prefer real plants because the maintenance and upkeep of a living lawn can be enjoyable – from the mowing and watering to the weeding and fertilising. If gardening is your passion and you prefer the time and effort it takes to keep your grass looking green and lush, then the product is likely not for you. Many homeowners, however, no longer have the time or energy to spend hours on their lawns every week. Whether you travel often, work long hours, or just cannot physically keep up with all that yard work, synthetic lawns are the perfect solution for a year-round, manicured and emerald-green backyard.
That said, there are no real disadvantages to such an installation, either. Choosing low-quality products is never recommended, as you will face performance issues and your lawn may look thin, sparse and rather obviously fake. Investing in superior brands means opting for an environmentally friendly option that looks great and lasts for years to come.
How to Tackle a DIY Artificial Grass Installation
Synthetic lawns are a DIY-friendly option for those who understand how the process works. It is always recommended, however, that one makes use of professionals for an artificial grass installation. Professional installers, such as the Top Carpets and Floors team, will ensure a seamless final product that will look superb for years to come, and it’s the best way to get the most out of your product. If you do plan on a DIY installation, there are a few steps you must follow.
Step 1: Ensure You Have the Right Equipment
Along with your turf, infill, adhesive, joining tape and weed-protecting barrier, you will need some tools to help you get the job done efficiently. Before you begin, make sure you have the following (depending on the type of installation):
- Measuring tape
- Utility knife
- Soil compaction tool
- Levelling tool
- Hard-bristle broom
- Gloves and knee pads
Step 2: Assess the Surface of the Area
Your artificial grass installation will either be on a hard surface (like concrete) that is already flat or a soft surface (such as soil or sand). Hard, level surfaces only require a ready-to-lay installation. Soft surfaces require a sub-base drainage system.
For soft surfaces, existing grass and plants must be completely removed and the area must then be excavated to ensure a level surface and allow for drainage. The soil must then be compacted before the weed-protecting barrier, sub-base and lawn are laid down.
Installations on hard surfaces are less technical and require that you only measure, cut, and lay down the product using a roller.
Step 3: Join and Glue the Turf
You may need to join the seams of two turf carpets, which means glueing the seams to the joining tape and then glueing down the rest of the lawn.
Step 4: Brush and Infill Your New Lawn
Your last step will be covering the turf with silica sand infill once the glue dries. This infill keeps the blades upright, allowing them to look more natural. It is also useful in keeping the lawn cooler and lengthening its lifespan. The synthetic grass can then be brushed out against the pile to fluff it up, which can be done any time it becomes dirty or stops looking as springy.
Partnering with the Top Carpets and Floors team means that you not only receive superb products but outstanding customer care and expert artificial grass installation services too. View our selection of top-tier solutions or contact us for further assistance.