You’ve decided to take the plunge and invest in installing artificial grass. You’ve decided it’s not worth the time and money to keep a natural lawn healthy and want to save water, and protect yourself from expensive water penalties.
Yet, did you know that there is a process to laying down artificial grass? Your artificial grass installer won’t be able to slap down artificial grass until he/she does some preliminary work.
Artificial grass makes sense because you’ll save money on your water bill as well and spend less time and money on lawn maintenance. There are seven steps to artificial lawn grass installation:
- Site Prep: Your landscape contractor will remove and arrange for haul away of your natural grass/dirt, as well as any other unwanted landscaped beds, and/or unwanted hardscapes prior to your artificial grass installation.
- Weed Barrier: Your contractor will then lay fabric lining/landscape weed barrier over the the cleared area to enable water to drip down into the soil vertically and horizontally. The weed barrier will also prevent your native soil from mixing in with the aggregate. The weed barrier will also prevent any weeds, un-desired or old grass from growing back, as well as prevent rodents and insects from tunneling through your new artificial grass lawn.
- Aggregate Base Foundation: At this point, your contractor will install a 3-inch to 6-inch layer of aggregate base/decomposed granite placed over the weed barrier to keep your artificial grass level and provide a solid foundation below the turf. This aggregate base will help your artificial grass to handle a lot of foot traffic, provide for good drainage without as well as to bare up under any extra weight as well as to protect it from weather extremes.
- Artificial Grass prep: They will order the right cut sizes to fit the different areas to minimize extra unneeded seems. Then it will be the artificial grass is delivered to your home in rolls. Before installing your artificial grass, your contractor will unroll the artificial grass and fluff it up.
- Laying out the synthetic grass: Your contractor and his crews will lay out your synthetic lawn and then attach it using staples, nails and glow as needed. They’ll pay special attention to all of the edges to make sure they install the artificial grass correctly and make sure no seam lines are visible. And they’ll check to make sure there are no bubbles in your new lawn.
- Adding infill: Your contractor will then add an infill made out of 1) Antimicrobial Sand Infill, 2) Natural Sand, and/or 3) Pet Deodorizer. The infill keeps your new grass blades standing up; helps the fake grass last longer and keeps its surface cooler. It also can help to protect the turf from urine, liquids and mildew.
- Installation wrap up: After the contractor and his crews are finished laying down your artificial lawn:
- They’ll groom the artificial grass to smooth out the infill with a machine groomer.
- They’ll use a leaf blower to clean up any extra infill.
- They’ll check to make sure all of the blades are even and trim any long blades
- They’ll check along the seams and edges. If they see any uneven grass lengths, they’ll trim them back to look flush with the rest of the artificial grass.
You can expect your total artificial grass landscape installation to cost anywhere from $7-$18 per square feet. There are a number of factors that will affect your pricing and those include; your location, your access, your square feet and turf layout/dimensions, your demo required and your timeline. However, at Advanced Grass – a premier artificial grass supplier – we can connect you with financing options.
There are very good programs that make artificial grass affordable using PACE programs. For example, if your installation cost is $5000 your month payments could be as low as $30 per month. All of it tax deductible since turf upgrade to your landscaping is considered an energy saving upgrade.