In this article, we will talk a little about artificial grass and how to install artificial grass on dirt.
What is artificial grass?
You have come to this article because you have been itching to know about those beautiful green but artificial carpets of grass, right? They, indeed, are beautiful. If you know how to put them in the right places and correctly maintain them, you will be amazed at their beauty. You have seen them in the sports stadium during a football match. Let us go learn a bit about this grass, shall we?
Honestly speaking, artificial grass is grass but not grass at the same time. They are manmade. People like us work at factories to make this type of artificial grass from synthetic fibers. The blade of the grass is green. They also have varying pile heights. The process of making artificial grass and the carpets we use at our homes are the same.
Parts of artificial grass system:
Now, if you are interested in installing artificial grass beds, you should know all about the system and how it works. You will want to know inside out so that you have proper knowledge before you go shopping and installing.
A professional, and comprehensive artificial grass system has six parts: yarn, nails, seaming, infill, backing, and the sub-base. Each of the parts is made from varying materials following the best deployment and design practices. Now, we will be covering the components and their materials and techniques.
Everything we build must have a strong foundation. It is not just what a wise man once said out of whim, rather is a fact you can bet your life on. The sub-base is the layer right under your artificial grass. This puts a lot of impact on the system. It is not possible to feel the effect of the layer but in the long run, you will be able to understand how important it is. That is why you have to choose the correct technique and material.
The layer must offer the best stability and durability. Therefore, you need to use a sand and gravel mix. Underneath the sand and gravel mix, there is a layer of earth and dirt. When this comes in contact with water, this layer of dirt will ruin whatever is on top of it. This layer of dirt is an expansive base. There are materials for non-expansive bases as well – CMB or crushed miscellaneous base and DG or decomposed granite. These materials also offer excellent support to your layer of artificial grass. You can get this base almost everywhere. The best base is decomposed granite as it makes sure that the surface is level. This is just ideal.
The main part of the artificial grass system is the material of the Backing part. Therefore, you have to make it durable and friendly to the environment. It does not matter whether you use latex or polyurethane, make sure to build a Backing that can stand the longest.
In the present market, you will find something called non-infill artificial grass. These are just to fool you. You do not want to use it.
The responsibility of infill is not just to keep your grass upright. It also keeps the backing safe from sunlight. Sunlight shortens the longevity of backing. It adds durability and weight to your grass carpet. It also makes sure that grass will go back upright, after the pressure of heavy traffic. There are many types of infill in the market. There are some with zeolite that reduces the odors of your pet. It is better to talk to a professional about the material you want to use.
Just like the seam of our clothing, seaming must join artificial grass carpets together. You can use glue and tape, nails and sod staples, or double-sided industrial tape. But consider the pros and cons of each of these options.
Climate, materials of sub-base, and cost have a lot of impact on seaming. Glue and tape are costly but out of all, it is the best because of its ease of concealment and durability. You can use this with green grass. If you live in a hot climate glue may not.
To keep the edges of your artificial lawn you will need to hammer some nails real tight. Although you can handle it yourself if you are installing the whole setup all by yourself, it is better to consult which shape and size of nail you need to use.
Above all the layers there is this layer of green grass, although artificial. This is the part that always comes close to your feet. This is called yarn or grass blades. Yarn production is a very complex process. There are lots of options in the market, and the manufacturers all claim the same thing –we are the best. But we are here to sift you through the lot and guide you with a few points.
You need to keep these things in mind – performance, design, and color. Scores of each yarn will vary in these three categories. You need to find the balance and go for it.
Yarn’s color usually either stands out or blends in with the surroundings. You need to choose the one that best fits the place where you want to place the yarn. Any kind of color will fade under sunlight. Yarn’s color is no different. Ask them if they have any old samples. You will be able to get an idea the yarn performs under the sun with time.
Designs vary. So, you have to see which one fits your needs. There are so many options.
You will need to get the feel of the yarn. If the feel is right, you can buy it. The touch of your skin will tell you if you want it or not.
- First of all, clear the area where you want your artificial grass and clean it properly. Completely remove any previous turf you had.
- Dig the soil about 2.5 inches deep.
- Lay a plastic membrane so that weeds do not grow and destroy your artificial turf.
- Put the sub-base on top of it. You need to measure the level of drainage. So that any rainwater can be easily drained out.
- Level the ground. Use a flatness measurement tool to see how to level the ground is. Add extra sands on top of the sub-base and level it.
- Cut the grass into sizes that fit your ground.
- Put the backing.
- Accurately measure the size when you are cutting because if you cut it short, then you cannot turn it back to its actual size.
- Now, lay the artificial turf to see how it feels and looks. Push all sides and corners down properly. Allow no gaps.
- Joint the pieces of turf with seaming.
- Nail the sides and corner down so that the turf does not suddenly move out of its place.
- Nicely drizzle some more silica and sand and then brush it evenly all over the turf. This will keep your grass upright. You can add more silica or sand on the turf if you have children or pets.
We hope you have now got an idea about the whole process of how to install artificial grass on dirt. We also have given you some buying guidance. Hopefully, you will make the right choice.