There are many pitfalls to look out for when installing artificial grass. With our 15 years experience in fitting grass we have experienced many issues and found some great ways to deal with them.
Here I will show you 12 biggest of the biggest artificial grass installation problems that we have come across and ways to resolve them.
1. Do your research
Unfortunately there are many unscrupulous artificial grass installation companies operating in the UK who claim to be specialists with little or no knowledge of what they are doing and what may look like a good job for the first few weeks will soon deteriorate.
Some companies are offering standard and premium installations. Ask what is the difference and why would you need a premium installation if the standard is good enough. If the grass is installed properly there should be no need for 2 types of installation. Here are some other points to look out for when choosing an installation company
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2. Install a solid sub base
Although not visible when the grass is installed a good sub base stops the grass sinking and other problems that go along with this.
3. Install a membrane
Installing a good membrane stops weeds growing through the grass. If you have pets always install the membrane on the bottom. Installing it on the top causes trapped urine.
4. Products available to improve smell
You don’t have to live with a bad smelling lawn if trapped urine is a problem. We offer several products that can remove the smell of urine with one not being used by any other company in the UK as I write this.
5. Prevent moss build up
There are a few maintenance tasks that you need to perform in order to keep your grass moss free. I suggest you use a leaf blower once a week to clear leaves and debris from the grass and then a pressure washer to clear the moss away. Other advice on maintaining your lawn can be found here.
6. Reduce the amount of weeds
Anyone who sells an artificial grass lawn as totally weed free is not telling the truth. You will get weeds occasionally on the pile however the deeper the sub base and the better the membrane the less often weeds will grow.
The most susceptible areas are around the edges. Fixing timbers will reduce this significantly.
7. Use fixings around the perimeter
You would be amazed at how many companies don’t fix the grass properly. This can cause the grass to lift at the edges and will not only look awful but will become a trip hazard.
8. Erect your new fence now
So many people ask me to put in a lawn when their fence is falling down. I suggest you sort this out beforehand. We run timbers inside the line so it is easier to replace but many companies don’t.
9. Look at your drainage
I always ask about drainage on quoting as a poorly draining lawn will lead to pools of water accumulating every time it rains. It may be necessary to dig a small area one foot deep by 6 foot wide and fill it with rubble. If the drainage is sorted out early it will not be an issue in the future. I’ve seen inexperienced companies skimming a wet clay lawn and simply putting an inch of granite dust down. Although this will save money it is a recipe for disaster. For areas with more severe drainage issues a large sunken tank may be used.
10. Make sure your grass is joined properly
There is always a chance you will see a feint line on a joint especially if the joint runs across the lawn. If the grass is joined well you will not see the joint when you stand over the grass. This is simply the light bouncing off the fibres that have been pushed together. Take a look at our guide on how to join your grass properly.
However if the grass is not joined well it will be noticed from wherever you are looking. Trying to correct this at a later stage will be very difficult and expensive to correct. Many of the bad joining techniques I have seen involve laying timber down the join or even using cable ties.
11. What grass are you using and where is it made
Check where the grass comes from. Our grass is produced in the EU meaning it has undergone stringent tests to perform to EU standards. Look at grass samples first to make sure you are happy with what your grass will look like. You will be amazed that there are still lots of grasses on the market that don’t look real. Take a look at our artificial grass products
12. How do I deal with possible burn marks and other mishaps?
Our grass is very resistant to heat but many are not. Even so if burning coals are left on the grass for any amount of time (as from a BBQ) the grass will mark. We always leave a 2sqm replacement section of grass for the customer should this ever happen.
Being aware of these pitfalls will give you a good chance of choosing the right installation company. As I have said there are many companies claiming to be good artificial grass installers when in reality they are far from it. So get it right the first time to avoid expensive corrections in the future.
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