Artificial Grass Installation DIY is possible but then again, you could probably also build a yacht or service your car. The question is, how well will you do it? Laying grass is a specialist job that comes with a warranties on labour and materials, but if you are going ahead anyway, here are some basic guidelines which are covered in more detail in our guide on How to install Artificial Grass on soft and hard surfaces in Contents: Section 1
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FAQ about artificial grass
AKA fake grass, synthetic turf or turf lawn
Yes, it's all the same thing
Artificial Grass definitely improves your property’s value. Unkept Gardens are a big turn off to property buyers. You may not have given much thought to this before now, but its popularity is soaring as home owners are increasingly thinking of adding value to their properties whilst saving water and minimising maintenance. Artificial grass will improve your property’s curb appeal. Should you ever put your house on the market, artificial grass will not only add direct value to your house, but will play an aesthetic role in the selling of your home. When two houses are virtually the same in all other aspects, similarly priced, in close proximity to schools, transport nodes and shopping centers, the one with more curb appeal will sell faster.
So without a doubt, give serious consideration to installing Artificial Grass.
Not recommended. See installation guide in Section 1
- Make the surface is as smooth as a baby’s bum
Any unevenness, even the smallest stone, will be noticeable.
- Make sure the sub-base is solid
The grass will be directly on the subbase in most cases, if the base is not solid, the carpet will not lay nice and flat.
- Make sure the sub-base drains
The condition of the soil must be such that the water can easily drain. If you do not do that, you’ll risk flooding the artificial grass in heavy rainfall.
- Make sure your joins are perfect
Making a good joint is a precise exercise. Take your time, as errors are difficult to fix.
- Always cut the grass on the bottom side
This way you do not cut the grass fibers. Allow 2mm short at the edges. The grass may expand when the temperature rises and it may fold against your curb.
- Make the surface is as smooth as a baby’s bum
Small gardens 1-2 days increasing with size and compexity and weather conditions.
- Artificial Grass saves money and time. No natural lawn maintenance.
- Improves lifestyle. Functional and practical
- Low maintenance saves time and money
- Perfect for home owners, the elderly for whom maintenance is sometimes not practical, second or holiday homes owners, developers, companies and municipalities who have to maintain road verges, city parks and pathways.
- No watering. Artificial Grass is ideal where water is scarce or council water restrictions are implemented
- Environmentally friendly. No need for pesticides or mowing
- Aesthetically pleasing. Attractively green all year round
- No more yellow patches on the lawn and no more weed invasion
- Hygienic and clean
- Safety for children and pets is a big plus for Artificial Grass
Artificial grass of high quality can last a long time. Properly looked after, it’s life span could exceed 15 years. Obviously the type of usage and traffic are influencing factors and the length of your supplier’s guarantee on your synthetic turf.
Artificial Grass messes can be cleaned with warm water and dishwashing liquid or for general surface dirt and dust, a good hose down will do the trick. There are also special cleaners available from specialist suppliers of Artificial Grass.
Artificial Grass is regarded by pets as normal grass or a nice comfy outdoor carpet.
Artificial Grass is available in many different shades of green and different colours which are popular in playgrounds and on sports surfaces that use various types of Astro turf or Synthetic Turf.
Artificial Grass definitely does save water because you never need to water the lawn! Compare it to a beautiful outside carpet that always looks good. The water that you save by installing Artificial Grass can now be used to ensure healthy growth of your plants and veggies. Or if you don’t have other watering to do, you can save plenty on your water bills by saving literally thousands of kilo liters per year just because you have Artificial Grass.
According to studies, a well-maintained lawn averaging around 50m2 will use around 300 kilo liters of water a year to keep it healthy, lush and green, and also depending on where you live, it might be as much as 700 kilo liters due to your type of ground surface. As an example: The average cost of the current level B tariffs for the city of Cape Town to residential users is around R23,54 per k/Litre for users of under 20 000 k/Litres. This equates to a saving of approximately R7 000 per annum, which is about R580 per month.
Synthetic turf lawn installed in your garden will not only save you money on water, but also electricity and maintenance. In addition, water prices are continuously increasing along with maintenance and electricity. Even the cost of Artificial Grass itself may increase in the future so you could consider it a good investment in your home that will last 10 to maybe 20 years by installing Artificial Grass.