Artificial grass is becoming more and more popular. Not only is it an easy way to transform your property and make your garden look beautiful, but it is also is incredibly easy to maintain, which is ideal for families who struggle finding enough time to manage all the things that they need to get done.
If you are thinking about installing artificial grass in your home, then you want to make sure you do it right first time. Mistakes made in the early stages of the installation can lead to problems later on, which can be expensive to rectify. To help you, we have put together the 5 top tips that you should know about before tackling artificial grass installation in your garden.
Always lay a proper foundation
When it comes to installing artificial grass one of the most important things to do is to ensure that you lay a proper foundation. When you take the time to make sure that the ground is correctly prepared, you will find that your artificial grass settles properly. Not only do you need to cover the installation area with sharp sand, that is then compacted, but you also need to lay a membrane that is designed to lock in the weeds and suppress them.
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Take your time laying your artificial grass
It can be all too easy to try and rush things, particularly when you just want to finish your project and enjoy your lawn. However, when you are installing artificial grass you need to take your time. The best way to ensure that your grass is in the right position is to roll out the turf carefully, before trimming around the edges. You will then need to use jointing tape which will join your artificial grass together to create a complete lawn for you to enjoy.
Do not be tempted to rush either the preparation stage, or the installation of the artificial grass itself. Use a professional installer if necessary or in doubt, to ensure the best results.
Invest in quality products
A good quality artificial grass will last for years, and PermaLawn offer a 7-year guarantee to back the confidence we have in our yarns. There are many cheaper alternatives available, but in the long-term, they will prove to be a more expensive option.
Good quality yarns not only look natural, they provide a hard-wearing, durable surface than will not wear or fade in colour for many years. It is wise to invest in top-quality artificial grass if you expect it to perform well in all situations.
The PermaLawn range is high in quality, yet competitive in cost, with prices starting from just £9.98 per square metre.
Drainage is key
Artificial grass needs to be able to drain away any rainwater, just like natural grass does. However, natural grass does this naturally, of course, and surface water drains into the soil or runs off the surface into storm drains, whilst artificial grass is going to need a touch of help. In the most part artificial grass is designed to stop water from pooling on the top of it, with perforations throughout it to draw water away.
PermaLawn grasses are highly efficient in water drainage and are manufactured to drain water through at a rate of 60 litres per minute per metre2.
Take care of your artificial grass with basic maintenance
If you look after your artificial grass then you may be surprised by just how long it lasts. Artificial grass can look great for a long time, which is exactly what families need in the average domestic garden. Just basic maintenance is all that is required, entailing removing surface debris by hand or with a plastic grass rake, and cleaning up after pets or birds in a timely fashion to avoid staining.
Artificial grass is a great addition to your home, make sure that you install it properly and that it is perfectly placed and in no time at all you will have a beautiful green lawn that you can be proud of.