The installation process of artificial grass can be cumbersome for many and in some cases requires the help of experts. A few pro tips can help you with the artificial grass installation in Hertfordshire. Below is just a selection of tips from our experts that could make the installation process easier for you.
Avoid using sharp sand as your laying course
Sharp sand has been used for many years, some people still use it for the laying course and some manufacturers even still recommend it. It’s important to know that sharp sand is not the ideal laying course, as it comes with a lot of issues. Since the latex backing has many perforations, water can seep through the grass easily. More than 50 litres of water can pass through per square meter in a minute. This huge amount of water can wash away the sand lying under the artificial grass. Not only that but it can move around under heavy footfall, causing your lawn to slip and move, making the layer of grass uneven with pits and ruts.
Use a weed control membrane
When you remove the existing lawn, traces of weeds can be left behind. Therefore, it’s important that you use a layer or two of a weed control membrane, this will help keep the weeds at bay. You can install a weed control membrane on the turf before laying the sub-base and then on top of the laying course, that is just below the artificial grass. By adding the additional membrane, you block even more light reaching the soil and therefore stopping the growth of weed.
Let it acclimatise
Now, you may be thinking how can an artificial thing acclimatise to something? Well, you don’t have to do anything special, just lay the artificial grass and give it some time. The turf will be delivered rolled up, it will need a bit of time to straighten up and will do so within 24 hours. Once this is achieved, you can cut it according to your needs.
Use silica for sand infill
Using silica for sand infill is a great idea, as it will hold the grass in one place and maintain its form. It improves drainage and increases fire resistance as well. By protecting the synthetic fibres and backing, it ensures that your lawn looks aesthetically pleasing. Make sure that you do not overfill the grass with this as it can stick to your feet or the paws of your pet. Fill a thin layer of silica but thick enough to hold the grass upright.