Many homeowners are considering changing their real grass lawns to artificial grass. There are many reasons for this. One of the most important is that artificial grass requires no watering. Another important benefit is that these synthetic lawns require no maintenance. There is no mowing, no trimming, and no costly lawn care equipment to buy and maintain.
One of the most important issues homeowners face when they decide to install artificial grass or turf is whether or not they should do the work on their own or hire a professional landscape contractor to do it. The best answer to this question depends on several factors including how much product is to be installed, how much time the homeowner has to work on the project, and how difficult the terrain is.
For those considering doing it on their own, here is a simple guide to help you understand how the process works.
The first step in the process is to remove all of the real grass. You can rent a sod cutter to help with this task. You will also need to either remove or cap off any sprinkler heads.
Once the old grass is gone, you must level the area. For this task you may want to rent and use a compacting machine. Once the area is prepped, you will need to add crushed granite will act as a bed for the new artificial grass to rest on.
At this point in the project, you need to smooth out the crushed granite as well as tightly pack it down. You can use a cement roller for this task. Make sure that you water the granite down after the first compacting session and then compact the area again.
Once you are finished with this task, you can roll out the artificial grass and trim it down where needed. Once you have the lawn in place, you must hold it down by anchoring it in place. The product that you buy should come with anchors.
After you have it anchored down, you will need to add a layer of white sand over the entire lawn. This should be done sparingly. You only need a light coating. Use a lawn broom to spread it out and to smooth it out. When this is completed, you will water the area to seal it. This will also set the new lawn in place.
While many homeowners are capable of doing this work, many others prefer that a professional contractor do it the work. As mentioned above, if you do not have the time or the physical ability to complete this project, hiring a contractor is the next best option.