In this post, we will install artificial grass on our garden with the help of a DIY installation method using some easy materials.
We have all heard about artificial grass and how it is a great option for your lawn but not many people know about the details of installing artificial grass.
So, what are all the essentials needed to get started? Let’s start by talking about the basics.
1. The material(s) to be used(s)
The first step in the process of installation is choosing the right material or materials. Choosing the right materials can take up quite a bit of time and effort because there’s so much information out there that you need to learn before starting work. So, make sure that whatever you choose to install is safe for your family and doesn’t break or damage their property.
When picking a topic for this tutorial, I usually look into reviews of other users of this particular artificial grass installation method as well. After doing some research and testing a few different ideas, I now own three different types of material, each designed for different types of grass, including:
i. Synthetic (or pre-made) turf – made from natural fibers like straw, cotton and wood. These are ideal for small grassy areas and are easy for regular homeowners to maintain. You don’t have to buy separate pieces to make your lawn. It’s just a matter of keeping them away from any dirt that might come into contact with any existing nails or screws. Some examples include Everlane synthetic grasses or Nectar organic lawns.
ii. Natural (or handmade) asphalt – created from plant and animal skin. This material is very strong and durable which makes maintenance an absolute breeze. And, because it’s natural, they’re more affordable than synthetic grasses and require less water. Just remember to test them to ensure they fit properly before installation.
iii. Organic hay-based turf – like real grass, hay can be extremely difficult to manage and cause clogging issues if left on too long. As such, artificial grass should be installed in conjunction with this material. Hay doesn’t freeze in winter which means that any cracks that appear in the surface that freeze during the summer should be repaired by installation in advance. A good example would be natural hay bogs.
As you can see there is plenty to choose when you’re looking into getting started. The most rewarding part of all is making your backyard a complete oasis that has no problem clearing their way through weeds and trash. So, if you want to go ahead and install artificial grass and then take care of landscaping along your way, choose a material that suits your needs best.
2. Tools to be used
As in every other project that involves working around tools, you’ll need a chainsaw, shovel and fork (sometimes) to make the job easier. Chainsaws can also be used to cut down trees and shrubs to remove them once they become dangerous for wildlife.
Then, you’ll need a bucket (or yard waste) to haul your artificial grass. There’s plenty of options in terms of sizes and quality of these buckets. Try searching Google for these kinds of buckets and find which one is perfect for you. If you really want to use it, buy yourself a couple of sets where you can put some in there at once and not worry about having lots of piles of useless garbage around. But if you think it’s the right choice for you, ask for recommendations from friends and relatives who have already tried artificial grass! Most likely, they’re pretty knowledgeable about the materials and techniques that others have tried before you and could recommend specific things you could try like sanding down your property to give unevenness a chance and adding an outside edge at their house.
Once you begin to set your artificial grass up, you’ll need to clear a path. When you’re setting up your artificial grass, you’ll need to clean up an area first. For example, a lot of professional landscapers have suggested cutting up large trees and ripping out roots that could interfere with your artificial grass installations. Do this because without proper soil, your grass won’t grow properly. Don’t throw any rocks around while clearing out paths because even stones are very hard to remove under normal conditions!
Once you’re done clearing out paths, keep all the loose items around where your artificial grass was installed covered with plastic or aluminum foil or anything else that keeps them dry. If you have any problems with your artificial grass, ask your landscaper to repair or replace grass blades with thicker ones, then you’ll need to call in a contractor for further assistance.
3. Materials to be used
First, you’ll need to measure all of the materials that you chose for artificial grass installation. Because you’re going to do several installation jobs throughout the day, take a measurement of at least four to six inches by eight inches. Remember: your property will always be uneven and your grass can’t grow evenly in all directions, so you’ll need to consider more than a square foot of carpet as being a realistic goal for your artificial grass installation.
Next, you should go over your entire property with a paint brush and clean off all of the dirt and dust away. Then, you’ll need to lay down some wooden planks and fill each strand with sanding and polishing supplies to keep your artificial grass neat and maintained. You need to make sure that your artificial grass installs smoothly so when it does, take care of the installation by replacing the blades while keeping the surface cleaned.
After that, grab a rake and shovel and head outside. After loading your artificial grass with sand, you shouldn’t clean up until the next morning. Take care of your grass and don’t forget to take out your trash!
So, that’s it for now. Now that you know all the steps involved in the installation of artificial grass, let’s get straight to the main task of creating beautiful grass. Check out my other posts on how to design healthy grass on our blog and YouTube channel and read more helpful articles to help you create healthy grass on your property.