When it comes to artificial grass lawns, there are a few common mistakes which people make when they opt for DIY installation. After all, if you fit your artificial grass poorly you are likely to be lampooned by your peers; why go through all that effort, only to do a shoddy job?
One of the most overlooked aspects of artificial grass installation is adequate drainage. It is vital that water is funnelled away from the grass; otherwise, you will end up with troublesome pools of water every time it rains or you break out the hose pipe to water the flower beds. If your garden puddles for a long period of time after rain we recommend that you lay a Type 1 crushed concrete base before the sand base. This will help to remove water from the surface and prevent puddles forming.
Another is uneven surfaces. Though this may sound obvious, professional artificial grass installers will tell you that even the smallest bump whether it's a tree root or a stone will look blindingly obvious on a nice smooth lawn. In addition to this, weeds and other plants can still grow up through your artificial grass lawn if it is being laid on top of soil. Be sure to install a reliable weed-barrier, otherwise you will be in the odd and time consuming position of having to weed your fake grass.
A surprising number of people forget to properly secure the edges of their new lawn. If the edges are not secured with the same artificial grass adhesive used to lay the rest of the grass, then they are more likely to fray and curl up at the edge. This can be problematic because not only can the elements can get under the lawn causing damage but also people are more likely to trip and injure themselves.
Uneven joins between the rolls or grass should be avoided at all costs. Aside from making the lawn look tacky and poorly installed they are notoriously difficult and expensive to correct.
Finally, after they have completed installing their grass, most people throw away any spare scraps of turf. Though this may seem the right thing to do, it can actually lead to problems later on. If you ever need to replace small areas of your lawn then the leftovers will often provide enough to do the job. However, should you need to replace a larger area it's always good to have an example of the lawn handy so that you can properly match it.
Hopefully, this list of common mistakes will help you when it comes to installing your own artificial lawn. However if in doubt, contact the Artificial Lawns Company for either knowledgeable advice, or neat and professional artificial grass installation.