Many people prefer going the natural approach when it comes to beauty. Owning that natural grass cover in your compound makes your home complete. However, it might get devastating to maintain healthy green lawn particularly when water is a problem and time is scarce. When faced by these challenges, laying down the synthetic grass becomes the only option. The process of laying down artificial grass is easy and here are the steps.
Before you get down to business, you need to know to understand the tools of the trade. These are the tool; spade, leaf blower, four-inch nails, rake, hammer, gloves, wheelbarrow, turf cutter, mastic gun, compactor and mechanical brush.
Take out the Old Lawn
Dig in the turf cutter to remove the old lawn. Dig to excavate deep up to a depth of between three to four inches and then exterminate the weed covering the area. Transfer the old lawn to another ground if it is still in a good condition. If the previous lawn was a natural one, the grass can go to your kitchen garden. Make the ground level. For first timers, plan where your grass will be installed. Do not tamper with any underground wires or water pipes. Also, ensure that the area to be covered does not have drainage problems.
Make an Edge
The artificial grass will need an edge to line up against. Build your edge. There are metallic ones that easily found in a store. Or you can build a layer of mortar of up to three centimeters. The edge will protect your lawn and it also creates a beautiful view.
Level the Ground
You either need granite dust or sand to lay the base for the artificial grass. Here you will need a piece of timber to level the sand across the planned area. The sand bed should have a layer of not less than twenty millimeters.
Lay a Weed Membrane
Lay a weed membrane to stop weeds from growing. The weed membrane should allow water to drain. Trim the weed membrane that covers the edge.
Lay the Artificial Lawn
The artificial grass lawn comes in roll; all you need to do at this stage is to unroll it over the prepared area taking keen care on the weed membrane. If it is a larger area that will require a good number of rolls, ensure you unroll them moving to the same direction for the sake of uniformity. Stick the rolls to the ground using seven inch galvanized nails. Hit the nails with a hammer to stick the turf firmly. When you are comfortable with the laid synthetic grass, trim the excess and unnecessary tall edges of the artificial grass.
Retouching the Artificial Grass
Sprinkle sand on the artificial lawn. Six to eight kilos of sand will do. The sand trick is to make your artificial grass lawn to appear beautiful and natural, and sand which is heavy holds the lawn to the ground to stop from being blown away.