How to Effectively Install Artificial Grass
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The actual installation of fake grass is a highly involved and physically demanding process, one that cannot be undertaken or considered too lightly and so aspiring enthusiasts and socially mobile consumers may want to think carefully about their level of commitment and their abilities. The last thing you want to do is to run the unfortunate risk of attempting an artificial grass installation by yourself only to discover that you lack the necessary skill and experience to finish the job properly.
This can be highly problematic by virtue of the fact that you may end up botching the job, thereby requiring the involvement of professionals. This can be irksome by itself but there is also the added risk that you may cause more damage which then has to be repaired by the professionals, thereby padding out the expenses.
Before you can install artificial grass in your chosen area you will first need to ensure that you excise any natural grass that happens to be present within the area and the excision and excavation of the grass can be achieved by means of either a turf spade or a turf cutter. Be warned: the excavation stage can be tiring and tedious work and will require commitment until a solid base of soil has been reached.
Once you have managed to unearth a solid layer the next step in the process is to ensure that the ground is then compacted. In the interests of convenience and time, a vibrating plate is recommended to execute this particular aspect of the artificial grass installation process; however, if cost or availability does not permit this then the flat edge of a spade can be used instead.
The physical depth of the excavation site will directly determine the level of back fill that is required to achieve the required compacting and levelling effect. A variety of different materials are commonly used and the final choice lies entirely with the installer. Some of the more common materials used are granite dust, limestone dust or sand.
Great care must be taken and exercised when applying the aggregate, as it should be done so in an even and level manner to ensure that there are no pockets or gaps. In the interests of ensuring that plant life (and more specifically, weeds) does not grow within the perimeter of the synthetic grass, applying weed and plant killer solutions should be carried out.
The segments of the artificial turf must be carefully measured and cut to size, with particular care necessary when moving the segments into alignment so as to avoid unsightly and conspicuous seams appearing. With that in mind then, ensure that the excess quantities of material are trimmed away from the artificial turf.
Once all seams have been neatly evened out the next step is to ensure that weights are placed at the lines of the seams so as to ensure that the grass cannot move around freely, ensuring that the artificial grass has been wrapped around the wood.
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