If you are thinking about saving some money by installing the artificial grass yourself then avoid the mistakes we are going to touch on below. This will ensure that your artificial lawn will look professional and so that you don’t have any issues with it after installation.
Whilst you can lay artificial grass on most surfaces, this is a different story if the ground is uneven. The surface needs to be even without any obstructions such as tree roots or imperfections such as holes and debris. If you have these issues and install your artificial grass anyway then it will stand out once you have laid your lawn. However, if you resolve these issues before installing the artificial grass then you will have a nice and attractive smooth lawn.
Whilst artificial grass is designed with holes to help aid drainage, there are also some installation points to do to help drainage further which is vital to prevent waterlogging. The ground base should be deep and filled with sand which will help water to pass through and use underlay which also helps to increase drainage. This is why a lawn with a gentle slope works better than people may think. You can also create a subtle drainage flow around the outside of the lawn to help prevent the buildup of water. After all, you don’t want to install your artificial grass and find that after a hard rainfall you get water pools everywhere.
This is overlooked quite often as people assume that because it is artificial grass, no weeds will be able to grow, wrong. If you are laying artificial grass on top of turf or dirt, weeds will still have the ability to grow through artificial grass. By installing a weed membrane, it will provide a barrier between the base ground and the artificial grass so you will have a weed-free lawn, as you would expect with a synthetic lawn.
Uneven Joins and Edges
It is all too easy to not pay as much care when your lawn looks installed after laying it. However, don’t fall at the last hurdle. To secure the edges, hammer in nails every 15cm around the outside to prevent the edges from curling. Not only will it give a better finish but it will also prevent people tripping over it. In addition, make sure that when you join rolls together, they are smooth and tight to give a seamless finish.
This is one of the biggest mistakes. Overtime, a few areas could become damaged or worn which will need to be repaired. If you haven’t got leftovers then you will have to spend more money to buy a replacement roll. For this reason, we recommend keeping the offcuts that you have left over from installation so that you have back up in case you do need to replace a patch in your lawn.
If you avoid these common mistakes, then not much can go wrong when installing your artificial lawn. Good Luck!