How to Choose Artificial Grass [5 things to know]

Artificial grass is the best alternative for your garden. You probably just hate it when you see lifeless worn-out burnt grass in your garden. You’ll often question yourself why is it not lush green? 

The simple answer to this dilemma is to go for fake grass over your old grass because it is maintenance-free and it won’t disrupt your budget. There are plenty of benefits that come with installing artificial grass. Let’s find out how to choose artificial grass for your lawn.

How to Choose Artificial Grass

This blog contains 5 main things you need to know before purchasing artificial grass in your garden, so let’s dive in:

Installation of Artificial Grass

When purchasing synthetic turf from an artificial grass retailer/wholesaler, some may provide installation but the majority of retailers/wholesalers will not. So, make sure you hire an expert for laying fake grass. In addition to that, there are several DIY videos available on the internet to help you install by yourself. Regardless of the size or the quality of artificial grass if it hasn’t been prepped or laid correctly it won’t look the part. 

Drainage and Base Construction of Artificial Grass

The second thing to consider before purchasing artificial grass is the construction of your base and its drainage. Obviously, you cannot just lay down your fake turf roll on the bare surface. Generally, excavation down to 5 inches is done in order to lay the synthetic turf. 

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We would recommend you to at least go for 2-3 inches thick mixture of 60% crushed rock to 40% fine aggregate for a typical base layer. It will also cover your drainage area and will remain stable for years if the grass gets heavy foot traffic.

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Infill for Artificial Grass

Infill of artificial grass is one of the most important steps as it provides strength to each and individual synthetic grass edges. It is generally made up of rounded silica and crumbled rubber. When you roll your synthetic turf on the stone layer, you spread the infill across the fake grass and rake it into a sharp edge. As a result, you will feel a bouncy sensation while walking, which will remain upright through its heavy use.

Artificial Grass Quality

Choosing artificial grass for your garden is a no-brainer. Always search for a high-stitch, hard wearing turf, it should not fade away from the bright sun or heavy weather.  It should have an ultraviolet coating to prevent it from damage if installed in a hot climate, particularly. High quality grass will more than likely come with a UV warranty from between 7-10 years.

Maintenance of Artificial Grass

Finally, for how to choose artificial grass, you need to understand how to maintain it. It is true that synthetic turf does not need daily cleaning or mowing but to keep it looking neat and clean, it requires regular yet less-time consuming maintenance. You must brush the blades properly and clean the debris because as the time passes, blades may get straight with heavy traffic, leaving your grass area looking flat. With brushing and proper raking, your fake lawn will appear lush and more realistic for many years to come.