Installing artificial lawn can add a natural touch of beauty to your home décor without the backbreaking work that a natural turf would have demanded. Installing an artificial lawn should not be that difficult and can be done with some professional help. Though you can do it yourself as well, hiring landscaping professionals would ensure that the job is done to the best effect. Artificial grass lawns do not need a lot of care as just a little cleaning should be enough to keep them looking good. There are a few very basic points that should be kept in mind before you decide to set up your own artificial grass lawn.
A quick glimpse on the know-how’s:
Ø Clear the signs of vegetation from the area: The area where you decide to place the turf should be free from all types of vegetation. You should clear the area totally and spray some weed killers. This is done to ensure that no vegetation grows underneath the turf after it is installed.
Ø Measure the area and remove soil: You need to measure the area before you place your order for an artificial lawn. After you have sent the measurements, some amount of soil needs to be dug out from the area to level the ground.
Ø Apply crushed stone and decomposed granite: After you are done with the cleaning, you need to apply crushed stone and decomposed granite on the area. You can get these ingredients from a local store or warehouse. These materials should be applied in such a way that the base is levelled, thus ensuring proper water drainage.
Ø Level the surface: After you fill the area with crushed stone, you need to make sure that the area is as flat as possible. It needs to be levelled properly as any undulation is directly going to affect the surface of the artificial lawn. You can use a roller to level the surface.
Ø Prevent weed growth: Next, the area needs to be covered with weed barriers to prevent the growth of weeds. There are landscape staples available, which can help you to place the weed barrier precisely.
Ø Place the turf: Your turf is ready to be placed on the area. Make cuts on the turf with a box knife to make it suit the area measurements. To attach it to the nails, use a couple of galvanised nails. You have to make sure that the turf is tightly placed. Start from one corner and roll the turf evenly to the other. Install nails in the middle, sides and wherever necessary. This will ensure that the turf remains attached to the base.
Ø Infill: Nails can only hold the turf in place while infill actually weighs it down and makes it stick to the base. You can use a drop spreader to spread the infill evenly. You can also do it manually with your hands but this would take up a lot more time. The infill that’s generally used is made up of silica, sand blasting and zeofill. You have to make sure that the infill that you use does not cause any sort of lung infections. You can use a brush or broom to get the right results. It’s important to brush in the infill consistently so that it has an appearance that’s steady.
You can check your turf’s consistency by walking on it bare foot. If any unevenness exists, your feet will feel it. You should try to work the infill in the turf until you get the desired appearance. However, if the entire process seems like an uphill task, you can always hire a landscaping company to do the job.