Synthetic grass is renowned and respected for the considerably lengthy longevity associated with it although it must be noted that in order to achieve and guarantee maximum results; proper care and maintenance of the artificial grass must be implemented without fail.
One of the most crucial steps in the long term care and maintenance of a synthetic lawn is the installation process; failure to adhere to and comply with best practice guidelines can shorten the usable lifespan of the pitch by a considerable degree. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to provide the reader with an overview of some of the most essential steps associated with the installation of an artificial lawn.
First off, precise measurements of the intended surface area in which the artificial grass will be installed into must be taken. This is an important steps due to a number of reasons which are identified as follows:
- Accurate measurements of the dimensions necessary for the artificial grass will help to reduce the margin of error and in turn, reduce (or better yet, eliminate entirely) wastage and shortage of material.
- Measuring the surface area will also help to ensure that the number of seams that occur are reduced.
Once accurate and precise measurements have been taken of the artificial lawn the next step in the process is to ensure that sod is removed. Ideally, 2 to 3 inches of soil should be excised in order to provide sufficient depth for the sub base and fill in layers. It is recommended that the sub base is positioned at a slight tilt in order to provide a gradient upon which excess water can be efficiently and ergonomically drained off. Ultimately, the choice of whether to carry out the excision of sod and soil by manual or mechanical means remains solely with the consumer. However, it is worth noting that sod pullers can be rather expensive but carry with them the added bonus of removing vast quantities of soil and sod within a greatly reduced time frame. Put bluntly, there is simply no comparison between the efficiency ratio associated with manual soil excision and automated soil excision.
It is strongly recommended that a weed barrier mesh is placed during the synthetic turf installation process. The reason for this is in order to ensure that the seeds of weeds are not given an opportunity to grow and blossom; thereby causing erosion and subsidence of the pitch.
In the interests of safeguarding against the possibility of settling occurring it is strongly recommended that the sub level is verified as being totally dry before any rock is placed within it. A common mistake made by novice artificial lawn landscapers and enthusiasts is that they do not consider the proper dimensions of the rock aggregate.
Placing too little of the rock aggregate will mean that the soil will not provide sufficient stability and firmness for foot traffic. However, great care must also be taken in order to ensure that there is not too much of the rock aggregate installed; as this can have a profoundly adversarial impact upon the texture and comfort of the artificial grass itself.
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