Learn About the Ground Preparation For Artificial Grass

Skagerak_Arena_turfEvery time that summer comes around in our house we start to dread the grass pollen season. Within a few months of the birth of our son, we realised that he suffered from allergies.

Now his much older, and some of his allergies are not such a problem, but grass pollen always causes flu like symptoms for several weeks in the summer.

One of the ways that we have tried to limit this is by installing artificial grass in our back yard. We called our local installer and within a week we had lush green lawn without the hassle.

If you are considering doing the same, you can of course lay the whole thing yourself.

In creating an artificial grass lawn, one of the most important aspect is ground preparation. It’s only after you’ve completed the preparation that you will be ready to install the artificial grass lawn. So read on to find out the steps one is expected to take in ground preparation.

Measuring

To begin with, mark off the area to be measured. You can do this using a spray paint or sand. And while doing this, it’s best to incorporate an overlap of 100mm over each edge. This is for coverage over the timber perimeter. Naturally, in keeping a clean edge around the artificial lawn, a perimeter is always installed. You can either use timber or concrete perimeter.

Artificial grass usually is supplied in 2 meter and 4 meter wide rolls and it can be supplied to different lengths to match your preferences. Ensure you measure accurately so as you can calculate the exact length and width needed.

Surveying

Knowing the ground conditions is very important before one installs artificial grass. You can begin by assessing whether the ground terrain is subject to poor drainage. If that’s the case, then ensure you take proper measures to install an appropriate drainage system.

In the case where you are constructing a new sub-surface to take the artificial grass, it’s best to incorporate a slight fall in order to assist with drainage (1: 200 is preferable). Alternatively, you can use porous macadam as it’s particularly suitable for use a sub base for any type of artificial grass.

When it comes to the base, take care if you have to use paving slabs. This is because, after some time, the pattern will always show on the surface of the grass. You can take good care of this by either removing the slabs or covering them with a thick layer of coarse sand. Better still, you can use well compacted unbounded surfaces. It’s ideal especially if you are building the artificial lawn from scratch.

While you can lay the artificial grass directly on the existing natural grass, the results are not always satisfactory in the long term. When the natural grass dies off, and the roots begin to decay, that will lead to unevenness in the surface. The above-mentioned procedure is sure to prevent such problems from happening.

Removing the existing lawn

You can remove the grass sod plus any other vegetation and unnecessary material by hand or you can as well a turf cutter. Proceed to grade out the soil to recommended levels all the while getting rid of protruding stones. Also, take care of the drainage and then finalize by compacting the ground using a vibrating plate. You can hire the vibrating plate from a company that specializes in the hiring equipment.

Weed control layer

Ensure you apply the weed control geo textile membrane. Don’t forget to cut it as necessary. You can tack it with 1 inch galvanized clout nails right onto timber edging. This particular membrane will help to prevent any chance of weed growing through the artificial grass drainage holes.

Once the ground preparation is complete, you can proceed to install your artificial grass. Then you can sit back and relax in the knowledge that the artificial grass will look fantastic and require low maintenance.

An Earth Friendly Option For Your Kitchen

new kitchen doorsI wanted to include this information on this blog because I found a solution to my problem, that worked for me on several levels. I saved money, I got what I wanted, and I did all of this in a way that doesn’t cause a problem for our planet, so I thought I would share in the hope that somebody else will be inspired to do the same.

That all sounds a bit dramatic I know, but my kitchen at home has been there since before we owned the house, so more than 10 years, and it was looking old and worn out, in fact it was probably the worst room in the house.

I did a lot of research, as I always do, and came across the idea of keeping my perfectly good kitchen cabinets, or carcasses as they are called, and I just replaced the doors, drawers and worktops. With the money I saved I was able to buy a new sink and some appliances. Perfect.

There are kitchen door replacement business all over the place, but I had never heard of them. I’m sure there will be one near you too, so do yourself and the planet a favour, the next time you are thinking of a kitchen upgrade, give them a call.

While replacing kitchen doors can help breathe new life to an old kitchen, there are however many home owners out there who don’t really see the importance of replacing their kitchen doors while carrying out their home improvement projects.

Whether you want to replace your kitchen doors simply because they are old or you want to make a remarkable difference in your kitchen, replacing your kitchen doors can help change your kitchen for the better. Here is why replacing kitchen doors is a great idea.

1. It can help give your kitchen a new look 

Even when your kitchen doors are structurally sound, you may still want a new look rather than the same old kitchen you are used to. Replacing the kitchen doors can help you achieve that new look, thanks to the fact that you will only need to pick a door style that is completely different from your current door style. If you have been living with raised panel doors for instance and now you want your kitchen to have a new look, you can try Shaker styling or any other door style of your choice. Choosing a new door style for your kitchen can help make a huge difference in your kitchen altogether.

2. It can help you get rid of old, tired kitchen doorskitchen doors

With time, your kitchen doors will become old and tired and hence they may start developing some structural problems. Old kitchen doors can make your kitchen look outdated, even when you haven’t used your kitchen for a long time. They can also lead to inconvenience in the sense that, you will have problems closing and locking them. By replacing your kitchen doors, you will be able to get rid of old, tired kitchen doors and replace them with other new, strong and structurally sound doors.

3. It can help increase the value of your kitchen 

If you are looking forward to selling your home, then kitchen doors replacement should top the list of your home improvement project. Nearly all prospective home buyers will shy away from a home with old, stained and old fashioned kitchen doors. That is why you need to have your kitchen doors replaced, not just for purposes of breathing new life to your kitchen, but most importantly for increasing its value. A kitchen with a great set of kitchen doors can help increase the value of the entire home, hence making prospective home buyers become more interested in buying it.

4. It is much cheaper than a whole kitchen facelift

At times the thought of having a whole kitchen facelift may seem costly especially when you are operating on a budget. But the simple act of replacing your kitchen doors can help transform your kitchen from an outdated kitchen into something modern and sleek that you can feel proud to show off to your visitors.

Kitchen doors replacement can do more than breathe new life to your outdated kitchen. It is actually one of the most important things you can do to change the look of your kitchen for the better. Therefore, make a point of replacing your kitchen doors and you will discover firsthand why replacing your kitchen doors is indeed a great idea… and remember, you are helping to save the planet too!

Watch this video below for some inspirational ideas.