If you’re thinking about making the switch from natural grass to artificial grass, you’ve come to the right place. Artificial grass installation is an excellent decision for a number of reasons. Even though the decision itself is straightforward, it comes with many considerations.
But these considerations shouldn’t bog you down or make the process difficult. In fact, think of them as details for your checklist. After all, you want to make sure the installation goes right. So, take them one at a time.
One key consideration is this question: Which type of artificial grass is best for your project? It is important to understand that artificial grass is not uniform in its style. There are different types of artificial grass blades, styles, densities, etc. Additionally, some types of turf come better geared toward certain projects than others.
Knowing the purpose of your artificial grass will help inform the decision. But, let’s break this down a bit further.
The Purpose of Your Artificial Grass Installation
You likely have chosen to switch to artificial turf because of the convenience that comes with it. After all, why continue to pay for ongoing maintenance when you can have that taken care of once and for all?
No more mowing, watering, trimming, weeding, or worrying about diseases or lack of sunlight.
An unkept or unhealthy lawn can be unsightly. On the other hand, a professional installation means your artificial lawn is going to look good for a long time. In fact, artificial grass can last more than 20 years.
But, what is the purpose of this artificial grass installation? Or, to be more to the point, what do you want to use your lawn for?
Perhaps you’re thinking of turning your backyard into a putting green? Or perhaps you’re tired of the dogs tearing up your natural grass, so you are installing a dog run? From batting cages to football fields, you might have your eye set on turf for sports.
On the other hand, perhaps you simply want to have a nice-looking yard. And whether or not this yard receives casual everyday use is not a major part of your decision. The bottom line is that we have options for all of the above-mentioned purposes. And then we have more.
Knowing the intention of your artificial grass installation will help you choose the option that is right for you. This is the first step when installing artificial grass. The second step is making sure the process is done correctly, which brings us to the actual artificial grass installation.
How Is Artificial Grass Installed?
There are steps that need to be followed to make sure your artificial grass installation goes right. For starters, you will need to have the current grass removed. Synthetic turf does not merely roll out over existing grass.
Once the natural grass is removed, a weed barrier is put in place. This is to prevent weeds from growing into or through your new artificial grass. All of our types of artificial turf have tiny drainage holes. This is so puddles or sitting water don’t collect on the surface of your yard.
However, if weeds were to be growing underneath, they might find and break through these drainage holes. For this reason, the weed-blocking fabric is crucial. Our artificial grass installers will then put down a layer of crushed rocks. This blended base material will be three to four inches thick.
This base is then smoothed out and compacted. Like the weed barrier, this base preparation is extremely important. This is where the base is leveled and made even to give your lawn the support it needs. After all, you don’t only want a level yard, but a sturdy one as well.
This is why we don’t install artificial grass on dirt or existing grass. You want to ensure your new yard can withstand whatever is on top of it.
Once the base preparation is done, we install the artificial grass. If the job requires multiple pieces, then we seam those pieces together. We trim away any excess turf edges to make sure your yard is tidy and clean, just like you want it.
Finally, we spread infill material over the newly installed artificial grass. We power broom this material into the turf itself. There might be some dust left over from this process, which we can easily clean away.
Let NexGen Lawns Handle Your Artificial Grass Installation
While each type of artificial grass is unique, this process gives you an overview of how they are each installed.
However, if you’re wondering about installing artificial grass elsewhere, like a patio, you certainly have options. You don’t have to install artificial grass where natural grass once was. If you want to install artificial grass on concrete, for example, you are certainly able to!
Overall, it’s a pretty straightforward process. And this might lead you to wonder whether you can do it yourself. While you certainly can, we recommend partnering with our professional grass installation team.
Sure, installing yourself will save you some installation costs, but it might not be worth it. For instance, problems with the installation can lead to more serious issues down the road. One example is drainage. If your yard isn’t leveled off correctly at the base, this can lead to possible drainage problems later on.
The reality is that professional artificial turf installers have seen it all. From working around knotty tree roots to maintaining neat edge lines, professionals know the job. And when it comes to your yard, you want the job done right.
Our artificial grass can last for more than 20 years. Plan accordingly and have the installation done by the professionals. When you’re spending time enjoying your artificial grass, you’ll be thankful you did.
Our experienced team can help you through the entire process. From choosing the type of grass you need to making sure the installation goes according to plan. Be confident in your new yard by letting the professionals see to the installation.
Let NexGen Lawns handle your artificial grass installation!