If you struggle to grow a lush green lawn or are tired of the maintenance involved with the upkeep of a natural lawn, then synthetic turf is the ideal solution. Installing a synthetic lawn ensures your lawn looks pristine all year round. Through heavy rains and drought and in high traffic areas, synthetic grass remains green and easily enjoyed.
Perfect for the harsh Australian climate, synthetic turf comes in a wide range of green colour tones, blade lengths and materials such as nylon, polyethylene and polypropylene. Use in your yard, for a pet enclosure, playground surround, putting greens, sporting complexes and more – there are no limits to its applications.
Artificial Grass Vs Natural Lawn
While for many of us, our first thought when we hear artificial turf is the unsightly astroturf of the 80s and 90s, ‘fake grass’ has actually come a very long way. Advances in production technology and a growing desire for a fuss-free lawn has meant that often artificial is indistinguishable from real unless closely inspected.
There are so many great reasons to lay artificial grass including:
- It is low maintenance, you never need to mow, aerate or feed an artificial lawn. You also won’t ever have the hassle of trying to recover bald patches or damaged areas.
- It saves you money! Zero ongoing spendings are required for topsoil, food or water.
- It is exceedingly pet and child friendly has fewer creepy crawlies and is the perfect soft, safe space to play.
- Is good for the environment, no need to water (ever!) means a much more eco-friendly lawn. The fact that it never needs mowing means zero carbon emissions from machinery either.
- Can be enjoyed in all seasons, with no bees in clover come spring, mushy patches in the cool months or dried out patches in summer. Your lawn is ready to use at any time, rain hail or shine.
How To Lay Your Artificial Lawn
Much like preparing to lay natural turf, installing artificial grass requires some essential steps to get the best result. Laying synthetic turf is not too complex, but will require two pairs of hands and a little patience to complete.
Before starting you will need to make sure you have the following tools and materials to hand.
- Power brooms
- Measuring tape
- Spirit level
- Utility knife
- Adhesive joining tape
- Green sand
- Synthetic turf
- Turf pegs
- White sand
Measure the space to work out the number of square metres of turf you will require. Then clean and prepare the surface – turf can be laid on a slope or level surface so long as there is adequate drainage. You will need to remove any existing grass, stones or leaf litter from the soil, a light covering of crushed rock on the soil can be beneficial to assist with drainage.
You can also lay artificial turf on the concrete, tarmac, paving or decking if desired. Should the underlying surface be quite hard, you may wish to consider adding some specialty underlay. For these hard surfaces, you will also require more adhesive tape in place of pegs to keep them in place.
Roll out your first roll turf and trim to fit. Before trimming, always ensure the turf is properly smoothed and sitting firmly against any edges.
Gently hammer in your turf pegs around 200-300mm apart, being mindful to not hammer those at the edges too close to joining seams. These seams need to be able to be folded back for the adhesive joining tape, after which the pegs can finish being pegged in.
Continue steps two and three until the entire area is covered. Ensure that the blades of grass are all running in the same direction.
Join the turf using adhesive tape. Measure the length of tape needed by rolling it onto the turf, then carefully peel the backing and place half of the tape under each roll of turf to be joined. Take care with this process as when rushed you are more likely to end up with bubbles in the turf.
Pour white, dry sand over the turf and thoroughly brush it in. You will need 10-15 kilograms of sand for every square metre of grass installed. Once the white sand is properly brushed in, it’s time to repeat this process, but with green sand.
Applying sand protects the grass from UV rays while also giving it a more realistic appearance.
If our installation guide still has you feeling overwhelmed at the thought of laying your artificial grass, don’t stress, 4EVA Turf can help. Our team of fully licensed professionals has over 10 years of experience in supplying and installing artificial grass.
Alongside our laying expertise, we also offer maintenance services including deep cleaning. This process involves washing disinfecting, deodorising and power brooming your grass back to near new condition.
Whether you have already secured your artificial lawn and require assistance to lay it, or need help from start to finish, 4EVA Turf is the team you can trust. Having our friendly team supply and lay your artificial grass means you are guaranteed an exceptional result. One that is sure to leave the neighbourhood asking you for the secret to your lush lawn.
To request an obligation free quote or speak with one of our seasoned experts, simply call 0426 816 921 today.