Things You Need to Know Before Installing Artificial Grass

Things You Need to Know Before Installing Artificial Grass

They are touted as the lawns of the future – man-made blades of grass of different colors and hues, made with varying lengths with extra padding added to make for comfortable lazing around and tush-friendly picnics. No longer are artificial turfs limited to sports arenas and indoor playing fields because you can just look over at your neighbor’s lawn and find that they have it on too.

Such is the popularity of artificial grass in both commercial and private residences that you need to look twice just to make sure if that immaculately green and gorgeous lawn is for real. You’ve heard of people planting drought-adaptable trees, shrubs and flowers to minimize on their watering, trimming and cutting but artificial grass? However, judging from the parts of suburbia that have succumbed to this trend, as well as in some parts of the world where the weather is close to arid and in places where there is little natural light coming in, artificial grass are the bees’ knees.

If gopher holes, rabbits nibbling your lawns to a nub, watering, seeding and fertilizing your lawn all the time, as well as mowing it and inhaling all the gas fumes your lawn mower emits every time is finally taking its toll on you and making you want to put up both your hands in surrender, then maybe it is time to consider artificial grass.

The first thing you need to do is come up with a checklist of things that you want in your artificial grass. Consider the color because these days, synthetic grass comes in varying shades of green mixed in with a few patches of tan to look as if your lawn had some dead patches of grass as part of manufacturer’s efforts to keep it real. You also need to consider the length of the blades so that they look natural on your lawn. If you have kids and pets, you may want to choose something soft and springy so that it doesn’t tear easily and doesn’t heat up even when the sun beats down on it.

Next, you can inquire about free samples if the manufacturer can provide it and ask as well about warranties. Never settle for anything below five years and take note that the best artificial grass should last up to 20 years before it starts to show any signs of wear and tear. If you want to do it yourself, you can ask your manufacturer is they provide a supplies-only service.

This is also a great time to make use of those online comparison sites and tools to be able to compare prices and costs so you can get the best deals. When you do compare prices, make sure you compare prices by the square meter and also inquire about shipping or delivery charges as these can add to your costs because they vary by location. It is always best to choose your artificial grasses based on your budget, the uses you will be putting the lawn to and your personal preferences.

When choosing the best artificial grass suppliers, make sure you look through their online portfolio and visit any showroom or garden show that they will be in if possible. Inquire about their installation team’s experience and if possible, ask to view pictures of their work. Inquire about infill that they use on their synthetic grass as the best ones are often made with sand, rubber chips and non-infill surfaces. Make sure that they give you a complete breakdown of costs and read the installation guide to know exactly how the work will be done.

And lastly, once your artificial grass is installed, check to see if the seams of your lawn are hidden from view and that they should be consistent and flush against any borders and don’t have any gaps. Remember, if you see anything that you’re not completely happy with, you can always request for a re-work to be done.

Donna J. Seymour