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Understanding Artificial Grass: From Benefits to Installation

Understanding Artificial Grass: From Benefits to Installation

Artificial grass has taken the home and commercial landscaping industry by storm, offering an alternative that's both aesthetic and functional. Before you make the switch, let's delve into some common questions about artificial turf and discover how it could revolutionize your outdoor space.

1. What should you put down before laying artificial grass?

Before laying down your synthetic turf, it's essential to prepare the ground properly. Start by removing the existing grass and a few inches of topsoil. This ensures a smooth, even surface. Afterward, install a weed barrier cloth to prevent unwanted growth beneath your turf.

2. What do you put under artificial grass?

Beneath the artificial grass, a layer of crushed stone or gravel is recommended. This creates a permeable base for water drainage and provides a stable foundation for the turf. It's also a good idea to compact this layer to ensure the surface remains level over time.

3. Can I install artificial grass myself?

Certainly! With the right tools and a bit of patience, DIY installation is feasible. However, hiring professionals ensures that the job is done correctly, especially for larger or more complex areas.

4. What is the best way to install artificial grass?

After ground preparation and installing the gravel layer, roll out the grass and trim to fit your space. Secure it with landscape staples or nails, and make sure seams between turf sections are invisible. Lastly, fill the turf with infill (like sand) to help the grass blades stand upright and provide cushioning.

5. What are the pros and cons of artificial grass?


Low Maintenance: Forget mowing, watering, or fertilizing!

Aesthetic Appeal: Lush green look year-round.

Water Conservation: Helps reduce water bills and conserves precious resources.

Durability: Resistant to pests, UV rays, and weather conditions.


Initial Costs: Higher upfront cost than natural grass.

Heat: Can become hot in direct sunlight.

Environmental Concerns: Some raise concerns about the environmental impact of production and disposal.

6. What are the disadvantages of artificial grass?

While the maintenance benefits are evident, there are some drawbacks. Apart from the initial costs and heat absorption, there's the concern about wear and tear over time, especially in high-traffic areas. Some also feel the tactile experience of synthetic grass doesn't replicate the real thing.

7. How long can artificial grass last?

With proper care and depending on foot traffic, artificial grass can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years or even longer. Quality matters; investing in high-grade turf ensures longevity.

8. Is artificial grass waterproof?

Yes, artificial grass is designed to be permeable, allowing water to drain through. This is thanks to the gravel foundation, which facilitates water movement, preventing puddling and ensuring your yard remains dry.

In Conclusion

Artificial grass offers a transformative approach to traditional landscaping, blending beauty with function. It's an investment in both time and money, but the rewards—a pristine, low-maintenance lawn—can be invaluable.

If you're considering making the switch, or if you have more questions, don't hesitate to request a quote from us. Our team at Easigrass Somerset West is eager to guide you through the process and help you realize your dream lawn.

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