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Installing and Maintaining Grass Top Tips

Artificial grass, also known as synthetic turf, offers a low-maintenance alternative to natural grass while providing a lush, green lawn all year round. Whether you’re looking to revamp your backyard or enhance the landscape of a commercial property, our top tips below for installing and maintaining grass is here to help.

 

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The Installation of Artificial Grass

Measure and Prepare: Measure the area where you plan to install artificial grass accurately. Clear the area of any existing vegetation, rocks, or debris. Level the ground to ensure a smooth surface.

Choose the Right Type: Select the appropriate type of artificial grass based on your needs, such as pile height, colour, and density. Consider factors like foot traffic and intended use to determine the best option for your space.

Lay the Base: Install a sturdy base for your artificial grass to ensure proper drainage and longevity. Depending on the existing surface, options include a compacted aggregate base, or a layer of crushed rock followed by a layer of decomposed granite or sand.

Secure the Edges: Use landscaping stakes or nails to secure the perimeter of the artificial grass. This prevents it from shifting or moving over time.

Cut and Fit: Roll out the artificial grass over the prepared area. Cut and fit the turf to match the dimensions of your space, leaving a small gap between the edges and any solid structures like walls or curbs.

Join Seams: If your space requires multiple rolls of artificial grass, join the seams carefully to create a seamless appearance. Use specialized seam tape and adhesive designed for synthetic turf installations.

Add Infill (Optional): Depending on the type of artificial grass you’ve chosen, adding infill may be necessary to enhance stability, resilience, and aesthetics. Common infill materials include silica sand, rubber granules, or a combination of both.

Brush and Fluff: Once the installation is complete, use a stiff brush to fluff up the fibres of the artificial grass, ensuring a natural and uniform appearance.

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The Maintenance

Regular Brushing: Brush the artificial grass regularly to prevent matting and maintain its aesthetic appeal. Use a stiff-bristled brush or a power brush to lift the fibres and remove any debris.

Remove Debris: Clear away leaves, twigs, and other debris from the surface of the artificial grass using a leaf blower, rake, or broom. Prompt removal of debris prevents it from becoming embedded in the turf.

Rinse Occasionally: Periodically rinse the artificial grass with water to remove dust, pollen, and other airborne particles. This helps keep the surface clean and refreshes the appearance of the turf.

Treat Stains Promptly: Address any spills or stains on the artificial grass immediately to prevent them from setting. Use a mild detergent or artificial grass cleaner with water and gently scrub the affected area.

Check for Drainage: Inspect the drainage system regularly to ensure proper function. Clear any obstructions from drainage holes or channels to prevent water buildup on the surface.

Repair Damage: Repair any damage to the artificial grass promptly to prevent it from worsening. Patch tears or cuts in the turf, and resecure any loose edges or seams as needed.

Protect from Sharp Objects: Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on the artificial grass, as they can cause damage to the turf fibres. Use caution when using lawn furniture, grills, or other equipment on the surface.

Professional Maintenance: Consider hiring a professional maintenance service for periodic inspections and specialized care, especially for large or commercial installations.

By following these installation and maintenance guidelines, you can enjoy a beautiful and long-lasting artificial grass lawn that enhances your outdoor space with minimal upkeep.

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