You’re considering artificial grass for your space – a strategic choice. However, you might be contemplating whether tackling the installation could save you money.
It might seem as simple as a weekend project, akin to laying down carpet.
Let me pause you right there.
The market offers extensive designs and varying quality levels for artificial grass. It’s true that the outcome in terms of appearance, longevity, and, ultimately, the value of your installation hinges heavily on the product you opt for.
However, it’s also true that the quality of the installation process also profoundly influences its visual appeal, durability, and return on investment.
The benefits of selecting a top-notch, thoughtfully chosen product can be meaningless if they have a subpar installation.
To a similar point, even with professional artificial turf Colorado Springs installation, poor-quality grass or the wrong fit for your needs can leave telltale signs.
To ensure the utmost return on investment, making the right product choice and insisting on skilled installation with appropriate equipment is crucial.
Still determined to give it a shot yourself, given your DIY spirit?
Unlike the process of installing carpet, installing artificial grass resembles the act of laying down sod.
Achieving a polished and fully functional result hinges on laying the foundation correctly. Any attempts to address issues after the fact might not yield aesthetically pleasing results.
Furthermore, there’s a good chance you don’t have the equipment and necessary supplies for an artificial grass installation.
To simplify, here’s what you need to do for the artificial grass installation process:
- Get rid of your existing lawn. Begin by removing the existing grass, weeds, and debris from the area where you want to place the fake grass using a shovel or spade. But wait, what’s the plan for disposing of all that natural grass and debris?
- Install a weed barrier tailored to the size and form of your synthetic grass.
- Next, introduce a stratum of sub-base materials like crushed stone or decomposed granite onto the excavated region. Utilize either a plate compactor or tamper to compress the sub-base material firmly.
- A heavy coating of sand, between 0.5 and 0.75 inches, should be added. Your grass will only be uniform in height if it is flat, smooth, and level.
- Increase the thickness of the padding by inserting shock-absorbing material. While technically not required, this is essential if you want your fake grass lawn to feel somewhat “spongy” when you walk on it. The material must be trimmed to fit.
Now it’s time to install artificial turf, which should be bonded to the shock-absorbing material (if any) below it.
It is crucial to carefully trim the grass where it meets pathways or other borders and anchor it firmly.
Finalizing your installation requires spreading silica sand over the grass and brushing it with a broom. This filler is used to strengthen the lawn.
To top it all off, you must be careful with the turf preparation. Proper drainage requirements and other essential factors are not included in the following list of jobs.
What if your yard is not as level as a pancake? These processes are, at best, labor-intensive and costly due to the need to buy or rent specialized equipment and supplies.
Is there a better way? Rely On Experts
Choose the alternative that will serve you and your synthetic turf better in the long run.
Get help from people who have experience in this area. It may sound tempting to do the labor yourself and save some money…
But if you can’t complete the artificial turf installation properly, it may not look good or last as long as when it is done the right way.
Owning an artificial grass lawn is meant to save you time and money for the long haul, that can only happen if installed by a professional.