Artificial grass installation is a fairly simple process that can move pretty quickly once the initial plans are created.
Natural Grass Removed
This first step is probably the scariest for homeowners. All natural grass must be removed before artificial grass installation can continue. Work crews work neatly to remove grass in smaller block segments rather than major demolition work. As the grass squares are removed, they are stacked on pallets to be taken away. In some cases, you may be able to resell high-quality sod to a local dealer or contractor. That could help pay for your artificial grass installation.
Working the Lawn
The second step of artificial grass installation is probably the most time consuming. Once the grass is removed, installers have a chance to look at your yard. They mark any dips and valleys, remove rocks and till other hard surfaces. Dirt over the yard is loosened. Installers also spend a good bit of time confirming measurements to make sure they have enough artificial grass. They may pay special attention to odd-shaped areas or other unique aspects. Then, the ground is leveled out to make sure it is even before artificial turf installation continues.
Installers will create a plan for drainage depending on the unique aspects of your lawn. Most of the time, the plan includes channels for water to flow from the artificial grass off the property. Installers then add the infill. There are several types of infills, from rubber pellets to crushed stone and natural infills. Once the infill is laid, installers create the channel network for drainage. They may test these drains to make sure they work properly before your artificial grass is installed.
Installation of Artificial Grass
The actual installation of artificial turf is similar to laying down sod. The process moves fast with installers laying out large rolls or grass squares. After all the artificial turf is laid out, installers will trim and secure the edges. This creates the perfect manicured look you will love.
Installers will come back down a few days after installation to “roll” the yard. This is down by using equipment to press down on the artificial grass in order to get the dirt to settle. They will also address any problems you notice over the first few days of your new synthetic turf. Be sure to tell them of any dips or holes that may appear over the first few days.
You will find that artificial turf requires little maintenance. Your pets may have a short adjustment period to the new yard, but most adapt quickly. The one major difference of artificial grass compared to natural grass is the heat of the grass. Synthetic turf absorbs heat, so may be hotter to the touch than natural grass.
Many homeowners have found artificial turf to give them a gorgeous yard while freeing up time and money spent on lawn maintenance. It can solve many of your lawn problems.