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Your Quick Guide to Artificial Grass

Story Highlights
  • Step #1: Remove the Old Grass
  • Step #2: Add Base
  • Step #3: Lay the Artificial Grass
  • Step #4: Cut It Right
  • Step #5: Secure the Boundary
  • Step #6: Spread And Brush the Infill

With technology on the rise, there has been an advancement in the artificial home façade and siding industry as well.

This is one of the main reasons as to why many people have started to abandon natural materials for others just because they tend to last longer.

There are many reasons why people have started to opt for artificial materials. Some of the most prominent ones are mentioned below.

For example:

⦁ Artificial grass does not need water.
⦁ They do not rot.
⦁ They have a low maintenance cost.
⦁ They do not often need to be replaced.
⦁ They always tend to catch the eyes of pass-by.
⦁ They maintain color and aesthetics for a longer period.

Nonetheless, the initial cost of the installation can be great, but it is a one-time cost when compared to the sum price paid for the maintenance for the natural grass each year.

Before we dive into the main concern of this article, let’s have a quick look at the factors that affect the installation cost of the artificial grass.

Factors That Affect the Installation Cost

(1) Size – Similar to any other home improvement project, the cost of installation of the synthetic grass will be determined by how much area needs to be covered.

(2) Topography – The topography of your lawn is also something that will be weighed into the installation cost. However, this mostly is related to the price point that is provided by the landscaping services company.

(3) Type of the grass – There are different types of artificial grass available in the market and each of them will cost different. The cost of different turf is usually measured in ounces per square foot.

Let’s not waste much time and dive-in the steps you need to perform to install synthetic grass like a pro:

Step #1: Remove the Old Grass

Removing the natural grass seems like a lot of work, right?

If you have the right tools and equipment, you can rest assured that you’ll get rid of the grass in no time. Dig deep into the soil, about 8 cm deep.

Be careful when you come close to the edging, you would want your new turf to sit about half an inch above any boundary.

Step #2: Add Base

This step is the most important, adding one of the best weed barriers to prevent weeds and vegetation to grow through the new grass that you are to lay over the ground.

Keep in mind that the weed membrane act more like a roll of black mesh.

By laying this black mesh, you are simply creating a barrier between the grass and the ground.

Step #3: Lay the Artificial Grass

Now you need to roll your new synthetic grass.

Be extremely mindful so as not to drag your turf over your newly prepped base.

It is ideal to give the grass a chance to sit in the sun for half an hour to give it a chance to expand before it is installed. However, if you are working with different rolls, the edges and the patterns must be facing in the same direction.

Step #4: Cut It Right

Since the synthetic turf is now installed in the ideal zone, the time has come to make the proper cuts.

The best cutting tools are razor blades and carpet knives. All cuts ought to be made using the back of the artificial turf so you can see the line rows.

Ensure that the edges of your grass are facing in the same direction when seaming and that the space between each fastens column matches to guarantee the best visual outcome.

Whereas, if you do not cut the grass in the right way, you can rest assured, the artificial grass installation cost will cross your overall budget.

Step #5: Secure the Boundary

Scatter the turf edges with fingers and drive the nail or staple into the ground so that the newly laid grass does not move from its place.

Step #6: Spread And Brush the Infill

It is highly recommended to use a drop spreader to equally scatter the right amount of infill on the grass.

Once the infill has been put, with the use of a bristled sweeper brush the turf. This will help the turf edges in standing straight up to make your new fake garden look like crisply cut grass. Repeat the process until your infill is brushed in uniformly and your creases vanish.

About the author: Sarah is an experienced house remodeling contractor, and has been in this business for more than a decade. She is very enthusiastic about her work and keeps himself updated by the latest home improvement trend.


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