Sometimes referred to as Artificial Turf or Astro Turf, Artificial Grass is a great place to start if you are looking for low maintenance garden ideas. Designed to look and feel like naturally-grown grass, Artificial Grass is manufactured from synthetic-based fibres meaning that it doesn’t require the same levels of maintenance as real grass.
The low maintenance nature of Artificial Grass means that it doesn’t need watering, weeding, mowing or digging, guaranteeing a luscious greener grass all year round, no matter how often your family and pets walk, run and play on it. Furthermore, this means that your lawn is ready for entertaining guests at all times.
If you suffer from grass pollen allergies, this is a great solution. It is also popular in areas where heavy use is expected, for example running or frequent walking, as it won’t become worn down and turn to mud like real grass.
How to Install Artificial Grass
1. Prepare the Ground. Installing artificial grass is typically done by a professional installer, however it is fairly easy, as long as you have a stable area to work with. Mole hills, for example, are a common problem for artificial grass. Ideally, you should use a sand-cement base, because it will help to prevent moles as well as weed growth.
2. Create an Edging. Namgrass should have a tidy finish, therefore choosing the right edging is important in ensuring that your lawn will look great for a long time. Edging could be made from brick, timber or concrete.
3. Base. Using an aggregate (typically “dust” or “fine”), create a base layer. Compress the layer and add another layer which will also be compressed. Continue doing this until your base is no more than 60mm deep. We recommend ensuring that your edging is 20mm taller than the top of your base.
4. Laying Artificial Grass. Place the grass where you want it, allowing the edges to overlap for a tight finish. Grass piles should be laid in the same direction, and once in place leave to settle. A couple of hours should be long enough.
5. Trim the Edges. Take a sharp knife and cut the edging as close as possible to create a clean border.
Unsure which grass or aggregates to use? Your nearest branch will be more than happy to offer guidance and advice.