With aeration, watering, mowing and weeding, keeping a grassy lawn spotless can be a lot of work. But there are alternatives to traditional weed, like desert style landscaping that requires minimal attention and watering, or rain gardens which have plants and shrubs designed to collect rainwater and filter out toxins.
Another option, however, with almost no maintenance required, is synthetic turf. There is no need for watering, and while the installation does take a bit of work, it is worth it in the end. Here’s why you should switch to synthetic turf.
Why use synthetic turf?
Conserving water is one of the reasons artificial turf is great for you, your neighborhood, and the planet. the The EPA reported the “average American family uses 320 gallons of water per day, of which about 30 percent is for outdoor uses.” Much of this outdoor water is used on lawns and gardens. When calculated, the EPA found that lawn irrigation accounts for one-third of household water use, or a total of nine billion gallons per day.
Artificial turf does not change color either. While the main attraction of a healthy green lawn is its vibrancy, synthetic turf can achieve this effortlessly once installed. It’s made to protect against fading, so it won’t even fade over time.
If you’re worried about how you feel and worry about missing the natural grass between your toes, there is a plethora of styles and types to choose. You can choose the color, length and choose between house or golf style, all of which simulate the feel of real grass.
Of course, there are a few disadvantages of synthetic turfincluding that synthetic turf uses petroleum and plastics which make it non-biodegradable. Synthetic grass also absorbs heat and is much warmer to the touch than natural grass.
How to install synthetic turf
Installing artificial turf isn’t easy at first – it is labor intensive, time consuming, and requires specialized equipment. Yes you have the means, choose a professional installation. If you want an idea of what it is, have a look Synthetic turf warehouse run the process in their instructional video.
Before laying your artificial turf, you will need to start by removing all items from the area, including turf, any electrical items and at least four inch of ground. Then install a bending board along the perimeter of the turf area in sections to create an edging for the synthetic turf to lay.
Once the edging is in place, you will lay the base coat of “DG gravel mix», A mixture of sand and gravel to allow good drainage. This layer also provides an even base for the turf, so you’ll need to make sure it’s level. Then wet the gravel mixture and pat it down so that it is even and compact. You can use a power tool to tap it (which you will have to rent or buy), or level it by hand with a specialized rake.
How to lay artificial grass
Then put a weed barrier-a layer of fine fabric to prevent weeds from passing through the turf. Then it’s time to lay your sod, roll it over the entire area or in sections, and then trim it for a custom fit. Try to cut an eighth of an inch too big to have enough material to put the sod in place. Leave the sod sit for 30 minutes expand in the sun. Synthetic turf warehouse recommends cutting the grass in half in an S-shape to allow mobility if you have a large lump.
Secure the sod in place with nails along the perimeter every six inches and hammer them in three-quarters of an inch, so that the sod is not too tight. Then install U-shaped nails on the connecting seams to hold the two pieces together. Both types of nails will be hidden by the grass and imperceptible to your eyes and feet.
Once everything has been cut and laid, the last step is to apply the fill, which is an antibacterial substance similar to sand this helps the grass to stand up straight and gives it a bit of weight to stay put and feel more like real grass. Electric brush turf so that the infill can penetrate all the way to the bottom, then use a seed spreader to spread the infill evenly. Finally, go over the grass again with an electric brush to help the infill fall into place. All the hard work pays off with money, water, and the time you will be save on lawn maintenance.