You can look on the internet and find any number of articles on how to install artificial grass around your home. Seems like it would be a pretty straight-forward DIY project, right? Sort of like laying carpet. However, there are two critical factors at play here:
- Synthetic turf comes in numerous styles, and quality can vary significantly depending on the manufacturer. Which you choose will directly affect the look, longevity, and value of your installation.
- Quality of the installation itself also directly affects the appearance, longevity, and value of your artificial grass. The devil is in the details, as they say.
Expert installation cannot overcome the deficiencies of mediocre or incorrectly-spec’d artificial grass. And sub-par installation will erase the benefits of a superior, well-chosen product. Replacing your natural grass with faux is an important investment in your home and its livability. Only by choosing the right product and insisting on professional installation can you ensure maximum return on your investment.
DIY is a lot of work
It’s much harder to install artificial grass than it is to install carpet. It’s more like laying sod. If you don’t take the time to properly prepare the underlying terrain, you won’t get the aesthetic or functional results you expect. And trying to fix problems won’t be pretty. Besides, artificial grass installation requires special tools and materials you probably don’t have on hand. In a nutshell, you’ll have to:
- Remove your existing lawn. Ugh – and what do you plan to do with all that yard debris?
- Lay down a weed barrier, cut to fit your fake lawn’s shape.
- Spread a sand/crushed stone mixture over the weed membrane, then pack it into place with a power compacter.
- Add a thick layer – about .5 to .75 inches – of sand. It will have to be perfectly smooth and level, otherwise your grass will not be smooth or level.
- Add a layer of shock-absorbent material. You don’t have to, but don’t you want your artificial grass to have that familiar, slightly “spongy” feeling underfoot? This material has to be cut to fit, too.
Finally, it’s time for the grass – glued to the shock-absorbent material, if you’re using that. You’ll need to precisely trim the edges of the turf where it meets walkways or other borders, then secure it in place. But, wait – there’s more. To finalize your installation, you’ll have to spread silica sand over the grass, then brush it in with a broom. This helps stabilize the turf.
There is no swift shortcut when it comes to installing artificial grass
And you have to do it right. The list of tasks outlined above doesn’t even address specialized drainage needs or other foundational considerations. And what if your yard isn’t flat as a pancake?
At best, these steps involve plenty of time-consuming, on-your-knees work and additional expense for materials and tool purchase or rental. Wasn’t the idea to save time and effort by installing artificial grass?
There is an easier way!
Allow the people who install artificial grass for a living to handle your project. Here at Heavenly Greens, we sell only top-rated synthetic turf products. And we do our own installation. Our in-house crews have extensive experience working with your specific product. Every property has its own set of challenges, and we’re fully prepared to deal with that. We arrive with all the tools and supplies needed. And we’re efficient – fast without sacrificing quality workmanship, clean, and tidy.
You get the highest quality, most reliable installation, without lifting a finger. You couldn’t ask for better preparation than that.