Is It Time To Consider Fake Turf?
Fake grass is proving out to be a boon with more realistic-options. Fake turf is not just limited to golf courses and football fields. Fake lawn is now becoming a common sight in home landscapes. It actually makes sense using fake grass at home.
How can you use fake grass
- In roof-top garden which cannot take the weight of traditional lawn
- In areas which do not offer hospitable conditions for the growth of real grass
- In homes with pets
- Wherever you do not wish to spend on water bills and invest time on maintenance
Fake turf requires no trimming, mowing, fertilizing or watering. It brings down your water bill and appears fabulous all-round the year. It can be installed in metropolitan regions. These appear natural and it is hard to distinguish between real and fake grass without proper inspection.
Cost of installation
Fake grass needs to be installed appropriately. It is better to invest in a good quality grass for you lawn. UV protected ones would last for a long time as these would not fade in sunlight. Most of the fake turf come with a guarantee of ten to fifteen years. You just need to invest onetime as this will cover up your water bills, maintenance charges and investment on mowing, spraying insecticides and a lot more. Most professionals charge $20 per square foot for synthetic turf installation. The turf may cost $2 on an average per square foot. Synthetic grass is available in several grades of quality. You get whatever you are paying for. If you wish to have a natural look, then opt for grass with blended brown blades which impart a natural look. Ask for recommendations before opting for any installation service.
How is installation done?
- Weeds and existing grass are cleared by professionals.
The professionals may employ an herbicide for killing existing weeds. Clearing the area needs to be done for preparing land for installation of artificial turf.
They may next add two or four inch of crushed aggregate such as granite that has been decomposed over the area for creating a positive drainage under the turf. The professionals would decide whether excavation is necessary or not. The aggregate is then flattened for levelling the base.
Weed barrier is installed over the base for securing the landscape. This is a crucial step as you would not want weeds to spring up in your lawn.
Faux turf is rolled out on the area as per the measurement taken. If the area is large, then the professionals would ensure that they the blades are in the same direction. This would help the final setup of your lawn appear more polished and professional.
The pieces are seamed together with landscape staples. The turf is attached to the base with the use of galvanized nails.
Application of an infill material is done. Sharp edges are removed with sandblasting. Finally, the lawn is brushed for the final look.