Artificial turf is one of the fastest-growing modern home trends. With recent innovations in technology, synthetic turf is now more durable and natural-looking than ever.
Best of all, you can forget about the hassle of watering, weeding, and mowing and instead enjoy a beautiful, lush-looking lawn all year-round. But before you start the artificial turf installation process, be sure you follow these essential rules.
Turf Installation Tips
It can be challenging to consider such a big change to your property without knowing where to start. Here are 5 of the most important aspects of artificial turf installation you should know:
1) Understand How Drainage Works
Before installing your artificial grass, be sure to make arrangements for a natural drainage system to be implemented beneath your turf. Much like natural grass, artificial grass can be susceptible to flooding.
Most of these drainage systems are made of a compacted aggregate base material. This base layer works to improve drainage and can often be even more functional than natural grass. After this mixture is leveled out, then you lay out your grass. This combination creates both stability and the right mixture to ensure water flows where you want it to go.
With this drainage system, additional drainage is almost never necessary in a residential or commercial application. This drainage process typically comes standard with any professional turf installation service, however, it is still important to confirm with your representative that this process is being conducted in your yard.
2) What’s the Best Turf for Me?
There are many varieties of turf on the market. Nowadays, the advantage is that you can choose the perfect match for your climate and sense of style. The most important factor to consider is defining how you will use the area. This will determine the most suitable blade structure for your artificial turf.
For example, children’s play areas require a soft thin blade structure that creates a comfortable texture, while dog-runs, kennels, and daycares need a stronger blade to withstand the heavy traffic and use.
The best thing about artificial turf is that you can use a different variety to match your needs. To ensure you get the right grass for the right areas, be sure to consult with synthetic turf experts.
3) Finding Infill to Match Your Needs
Infill is what gives your synthetic turf a realistic look and feel. Infill is not between the aggregate and grass but rather brushed into the fibers on top of the grass. Though many people are familiar with rubber crumb infills, residential applications never use this type.
Instead, there are all kinds of options such as silica sand (standard), Zeofill for pet areas, Envirofill for pet and child play areas combinations, and T-Cool for very hot areas (mostly areas in East County, not common for San Diego areas).
4) Maintenance is Essential
Don’t worry, this isn’t like your lawn. You don’t need to be out every weekend ensuring that every blade of grass is well-protected against the rain, sun, your children, and pets. Fake grass maintenance instead consumes very little time and energy. We recommend a simple power broom service quarterly, semi-annually, or annually based on the amount of use that the area gets. Some high-traffic pathways will require a quick hand brush or broom periodically.
In regards to cleaning pet waste, artificial turf owners can rinse the grass with a garden hose and follow-up with an enzyme cleaner, depending on the size of the area and the number of pets using the area.
5) What To Do if Your Turf is Damaged
Artificial turf is designed to be tough. In fact, it’s much stronger than natural grass, but accidents can still happen. Someone may drive over your lawn, or maybe the kids decide to dig a hole to China. Whatever the case may be, you don’t have to worry.
This is the great advantage of artificial grass. If a section becomes damaged, all you have to do is remove it, and replace it with a new one. For this reason, most homeowners keep a few spare patches in their garage in case of accidental damage.
The Long-term Benefits of Artificial Turf Installation
The average artificial lawn can last between fifteen and twenty-five years with the right maintenance. And, without the costs of weeding, fertilizing, seeding, and everything else that comes along with lawn maintenance, they end up paying for themselves in the long-term.