You’ve finally made your decision to put artificial yard grass, and the next step is to prep your lawn before the products arrive. There are several preparations to make, especially for first-timers, but it’s not impossible to quickly complete the job if you know what you’re doing. First and foremost, prepare the tools you need, including turf cutter (bigger garden), spade, flat shovel, wheelbarrow, rake, hose, compactor or hammer, and broom.
Many homeowners don’t realize, but the sub-base is an integral part of your artificial grass since this will impact the finish and how long your lawn lasts. The most common sub-base is crushed granite stone, called Grano dust or 4-6mm dust. This type doesn’t absorb so much water and is better for drainage. Another is the MOT type 1, suitable for areas with a depth of over 50mm to fill or raise.
If you haven’t purchased your fake grass yet, ask the people you know for recommendations. So, how do you prepare your garden for your new artificial grass?
1. Eliminate Old Grass from Your Garden
Remove the natural grass in your garden if you currently have them because some weeds and plants can grow through it. Based on the size of your lawn, a spade can do the job, but a turf cutter makes it easier if you have a bigger garden. Dig the soil up to 40mm to 50mm to account for the height of your new synthetic lawn.
Save time and energy by using your wheelbarrow to collect the old grass.
2. Clear the Area
If you don’t have time for the installation, clipping back any overgrown bushes makes it easier for your installers. Also, clear the area by removing any long shards of natural grass left behind. Remove other objects, such as rubbish, toys, rocks, etc., and appropriately store away any plants and flower pots.
For those doing a DIY artificial grass installation, look for suppliers who provide installation materials and advice. In addition, make sure their products are quality, not only those that come with affordable prices.
3. Insert Your Timber Edging and Add Your First Base Layer
Timber edging is extremely critical to secure your artificial lawn. Insert it and add your first base layer. Use 19mm x 38mm (2″ x 1″) for standard perimeter edges for flower bed edged, it’s always best to utilize 19mm x 97mm (4″ x 1″). After completing this, add a type 1 crushed limestone base or whatever is suitable for your lawn to help with drainage and form a firm base.
4. Lay Your Sharp Sand
Layout a batch of sharp sand that acts as the base for your artificial grass. Level the sand to ensure compact and smoothness, with a heavy hammer, builder’s plank, or any compactor. Take note that the synthetic grass will lay better on a smoother surface.
5. Add a Protective Layer
Protect your new synthetic grass from any weeds or other plants that may grow up beneath it. Add a protective layer of your sub-base to avoid plants growing up through the new fake grass and damaging it. After this, your new synthetic grass is ready for installation.
If you’re on a tight budget, find suppliers that offer products at different price ranges. You can also visit their website and check if they have a “get affordable quotes now” option.