Fake grass has come a long way since the day it was developed, and more and more homeowners are considering the wonderful benefits of installing artificial grass in their gardens, lawns, yards, and even the indoor parts of the property. There are a lot to like in fake grass, also known as artificial turf, such as being able to conserve water and being able to save bills for gardening maintenance.
Fake Grass Installation
It requires a technician to be able to properly install artificial turf, but because there is no special skill required to install it, some buyers are able to install their fake grass all by themselves with ease. When having a do-it-yourself artificial grass installation, someone just needs to know the steps on how to properly install fake grass and everything will come out just right.
One of the most important steps of installing artificial turf is the preparation of the base. The base must be compacted very well, assuring that it is even and smooth all the way. In preparing the base, necessary steps such as excavation and filling must be executed. In excavating the area, three to four inches of dirt or sod must be eliminated to make way for the base filling composed of either decomposed granite or road base class II. The surface must be very even and smooth as possible.
To be able to prevent weeds from growing from the artificial lawn, it is required to place a fabric weed barrier under the artificial turf. The materials that are effective in securing weed barrier are nails (also known as artificial grass spikes or sod pins) or landscapes staple wires. The artificial grass is stored in the factory or warehouse in rolls, and because of this, the fake grass must be unrolled at least three hours before using it. Being exposed to air and wind, as well as laying it flat on the floor, helps the artificial grass to be more flexible and easier to install.
When the base is free from any debris and element, fake grass is now ready for installation. Carefully position the artificial grass on the surface where it is needed to be installed. When positioning the artificial turf, make sure that the grains or the directions of the blades are facing the same position, as this eliminates the appearance of seams, prevents the patch-like look and results to a natural-looking, well-groomed grass.
The best way to contour and cut artificial turf is by using a strong, sharp and compact knife. It will be a wise move to have a bit of excess just in case some adjustments are needed. When all edges and corners are cut and set, it is time to begin securing the material to the base. It is very important that the artificial grass is tightened and secured to the base to prevent unnecessary movements when the fake grass is already experiencing traffic. When all steps are finished, final touches may be employed such as the use of power broom to make the blades stand up, resulting to a more natural-looking grass.
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