Are you thinking of Laying artificial grass? If you are you will have your reasons, one of which may be the cut down in lawn maintenance. There is no question about it, artificial lawns are extremely attractive nowadays. It is often difficult to distinguish between the real thing and artificial.
However, there is something comforting and beautiful about a mown lawn. You could be playing ball games, lying in the shade on a hot day, or sitting outside on a warm night, a green lawn is simply wonderful. The problem, of course, is their maintenance. In a hot summer, it is nigh on impossible to maintain that green lush lawn for long. Thousands of gallons of water are sometimes dumped on the lawns in a vain attempt to keep them green looking. Don’t even mention what happens to a lawn if a dog is in the house, there is no quicker way of killing off the grass than dog pee! Children’s playing areas are another consideration, it doesn’t take long for the area to be worn down, and worse they get covered in mud.
What about the environment you may argue? Grass is part of nature, and as I have said previously there is something beautiful about a green lawn. There are insects and birds that actually rely on real grass, we have covered a huge amount of this planet of ours with concrete so why do we want to cover even more with artificial grass? Then there is the other side to that argument. Gas powered lawn mowers kick out 11 times more pollution into the atmosphere than a car! Another downside is the cost. Depending on the size and base of your area to be covered, the amounts can vary greatly.
Once you have really weighed up the pros and cons of laying an artificial lawn, and you want to do it, the most important aspect is the preparation. This is where all the work is, get this right and you will have an artificial lawn that will last for years to come. Let’s take a look at some great resources that are out there already that will give us valuable tips and information.
There you go, simple isn’t it? (LOL) Again, depending on your circumstances, the amount of work required is a personal experience…only you know your capabilities.
Here is a great article that will cover step by step instructions depending on the type of base you will have..
Solid or permanent base
- Ensure the surface you are covering is clean and smooth. You can apply a self-levelling compound which will remove surface imperfections, which is a particularly good idea if the pile of grass you are laying is very low.
- Lay the grass onto the now clean and level area you are covering. Allow around 50mm of grass on each side of the area to trim off to ensure a perfect edge. Leave the grass for around two-to-three hours to settle, which will stop it wrinkling or creasing. Read full article here…
If armed with this information you feel at all uneasy there are a lot of professional installers out there. I know it defeats the object, and if you are an avid DIY fan then this would be the last thing you would consider.