Installing artificial lawn in your home or office garden is currently considered one of the easiest ways to create a low-
maintenance, good-looking garden. Even though artificial turf might not be for everyone, it is easy to care for and looks great all year round. It is not affected by drought, snow, frost, and flooding, etc. No matter what your current climatic conditions are, synthetic lawn stays a vibrant green for its entire life.
What is artificial turf?
Before we look at aguide on how to lay fake grass on paving slabs, let’s look at the definition of what artificial grass is:
According to Wikipedia, artificial turf is a “surface of synthetic fibres made to look like natural grass.” The grass blades are manufactured from nylon or polypropylene – a thermoplastic polymer, while the lawn backing is constructed from plastic or polyester. In fact, artificial grass backings are manufactured in a similar manner to carpet backings. The grass blades are either produced in thin sheets, then cut to the right shape and size, or they are extruded through correctly-shaped moulds.
Laying artificial turf
It is fairly simple to install a synthetic lawn in a part of your garden where grass does not easily grow. However, there are a few simple “rules” that you need to follow in order to ensure that your grass installation is successful.
Prepare the installation site
It is vital that you prepare the installation site properly before you start laying down the strips of artificial lawn. If you are replacing existing grass with artificial grass, it is important to remove the existing turf. Once there is no longer any grass left on your site, it is important to dig the soil out so that you are left with an area that is 1,5 to 2,5 inches thick. It is also critical that this area is levelled out so that water does not pool in the middle of your artificial lawn.
If you are installing synthetic grass over the top of concrete pavers, it’s important to fill significant gaps between the pavers with a quick-drying cement. It is also vital to ensure that the area is level before you install the grass on top of the pavers.
Weeds and shock-absorption
To prevent weeds from growing through the artificial grass, place a weed-suppressant layer on top of your installation site. The next step is to lay down a particular shock-absorption blanket or layer should you require it. Both these layers need to be cut to size at the location.
Lay down the grass strips
When installing the grass strips, make sure that they are aligned at your starting point with a straight edge. Lay the grass strips in the direction that you would like grass the blades to point. Cover the grass strip backing with an adhesive especially manufactured for this purpose. Overlap the edges to make sure that the grass lies evenly without any gaps in between the strips.
Once you have completed installing the grass, brush it with a stiff brush to make sure that all the grass blades are standing up facing the right way. It’s important to pack all of the tools, supplies, and equipment away.
It is not difficult to install artificial grass in an area of your garden. However, should you wish us to supply and install your artificial turf for you, you canget our free quote.
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