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.