How to Lay Artificial Grass
A healthy green lawn can be difficult to achieve and maintain, especially in areas with water restrictions or poor soil. Artificial grass is a great option for homeowners who still want the look of a lawn, but without the hassle and maintenance. You can lay your own piece of artificial turf just like you did in sward, but without using water.
There are professional artificial turf installers who will do a complete landscaping job on your lawn. However, if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, this is a DIY project anyone can work on. Home Depot offers a variety of artificial turfs ranging from $ 2.25 to $ 51 per square foot. It’s always best to go to the store and touch and feel the grass, as well as compare the different hues so you know exactly what you are getting.
Remove your old lawn
When removing a healthy lawn, rent a lawnmower so you can move your lawn to someone else who can use it. If your lawn is in disrepair and can no longer be saved, you still need to remove the tufts of grass and level the area.
You will need a good shovel, wheelbarrow, and gloves for this job. Plus some large organic waste bins to toss your old lawn in. Once you’ve installed a sprinkler system, you can decide whether to pull it up or just leave it. It’s probably best to just pull on the exposed sprinkler heads to level the ground. If you or a new homeowner ever wants to reinstall weed, simply reattaching the heads.
Install the artificial grass
There are a few steps to take before laying your artificial turf. Some of these are optional, but it’s always best to check with your artificial turf manufacturer. Pulling up the lawn and trying again if you mess something up isn’t difficult, but it’s always best to get the job right the first time.
If weeds are a problem, you can install a weed control landscaping fabric that will keep weeds from growing on your lawn, causing bumps and discoloration of the lawn. If you have trouble reaching the bottom, you can put a layer of sand or crushed stone on it. Just use a roller or tamper to smooth the surface.
Once you have a level surface, you can install a mat that will provide permeable cushioning for your artificial turf. Some lawns do not require this as the grass is already attached to a firm and soft base.
Your artificial turf is packaged as a roll, similar to how new turf is sometimes transported. At the time of purchase, you are purchasing the exact amount you need based on the size of your lawn. Then simply roll it out and position it.
To cover large areas, install the lawn in several strips. Make sure the grass is facing the same direction and place the strips of lawn right next to each other. After the strips have been nailed down and the lawn brushed a little, you shouldn’t notice any difference between individual parts.
To install the lawn you will need a couple of large galvanized nails. These are available as 7-inch lawn tips that will secure your lawn in place. Use a large hammer to drive these spikes through the layer of lawn into the ground. The spike head should be flush with the floor so there is no exposed metal edges.
To make the lawn even more secure, you can put a layer of quartz sand in the grass with a spreader. This can help add some weight to the lawn and keep it from moving. However, if you are concerned about tracking down dirt or sand in your home, skip this step.
Most pets take the artificial turf the same way they do grass and have no problem getting it dirty. But instead of the grass that burns from dog urine, it stays green. The odor of pet urine can build up. So simply rinse your lawn with grass to clean it. If the odor persists, spray an artificial turf odor eliminator.
One disadvantage of artificial turf is that it can store heat and feel hot in summer. So if you have young children it is best to let them put their shoes on before walking on them, or spray them with water first to cool them down.
Water protection is an important issue – also outside of drought areas. An artificial turf is an easy solution to maintaining a green landscape, complying with water restriction regulations, and saving some money on your water bill every month.
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