How To Install Artificial Turf
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Artificial turf comes with a unique installation procedure. Unlike natural grass, that is considered a labor of love and hard work, synthetic turf can be installed in hours. It does not require preparing the ground for the planting of saplings and searching for the best compost and fertilizers. The installation is a one-off procedure and you are able to get the best results. The grass comes in a standard crop and will give your lawn and open spaces a unique look.
Preparing the Ground
The place where you want to install artificial grass needs to be prepared first. You need to level the ground first with a regular garden leveler. Look out for any weed growth and remove that as it will otherwise impede with the installation. You will also need to provide drainage channels as many varieties of fake grass need regular watering. This can be done after looking at the installation manual of the fake grass you have purchased. Providing drainage channels before actually buying the grass may not work as every artificial turf variety has its own specifications.
You can install artificial turf in indoor areas as well. Sun rooms can be a perfect location for the installation. You can also do the installation on the roof and other areas. Some varieties of fake turf can be used as a flooring material especially in the kids’ rooms.
The main step in the installation of fake lawn is that of creating the base. The base is the platform on which you will set up the turf. The base may come attached with the turf or you may have to install it from scratch. The base can be made by using packing material or low-density sand and spreading it evenly on the floor. Gravel may also be added to the concoction. The fake grass is then laid on to the base material and secured with clippings. This type of installation often comes without any provisions for using industrial glues to stick the turf to the floor. Gravel is added on the upper levels as well so as to keep the grass secure in its place.
Another installation procedure used is that of attaching the turf to the floor. This type of installation is simpler than the other. You only need to use industrial glue and an even surface. The turf comes with a base material usually comprising of synthetic fiber. Gravel may not be a part of the package. The grass in this type of turf resembles a rug and can be used both indoors and outdoors. Less watering is required for this type of artificial turf.
Most types of artificial grass can be installed by yourself. It is only for commercial enterprises and sports-specific grass that professional help may be required. Homeowners have warmed up to the idea of replacing their wilting lawns with evergreen fake grass. The installation is simple and the grass lasts longer as long as proper maintenance procedures are being followed.
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