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Artificial Grass Installation Guide

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Artificial Grass Installation Guide

With artificial grass, homeowners can have a lush, green lawn without the headache of maintenance. As water becomes a more precious commodity, more people are looking for other ways of maintaining a healthy-looking lawn. Artificial grass is a way to do just that.


Artificial turf was first used in sports – on football and baseball fields – but later made its way to private and commercial landscaping. Both homeowners and sports lovers embraced the fact that artificial grass can be heartier than natural grass. It can take a beating and still look thick and healthy. If you are looking to install artificial grass around your home, there are some important things you need to know.

  1. 1.Get the Right Artificial Grass Professional

    With artificial grass, homeowners can have a lush, green lawn without the headache of maintenance

    If you want your artificial grass to last you a long time, make sure you find an experienced professional to install it the right way. Ask potential installers how long they’ve been doing the job, and if they can contact you with past customers. If you know any other homeowners who have had the work done on their lawn, ask them who did it and if they are happy with the job.

  2. 2.Know Your Spacial Needs

    How much grass will you need? How much will it cost? How much will labor cost? Make sure your professional gives you an up-front estimate. Also, don’t pay your pro the entire sum of their money before the work is completed. Good professionals will have you pay their fee in installments, with the final installment paid only after the work has been completed in a manner that is satisfactory to you.

  3. 3.Prepare for Artificial Grass

    There are some things you and your professional will have to decide on before installing the artificial grass. First, not all artificial grass is created equal. What kind of grass will you be using? Some factors to consider are: your personal tastes, the weather in your area and the level of activity that your grass will have to withstand.


    The type of surface you will be installing the artificial grass over will determine what, if any prep work you will need. If you are installing the grass over concrete, you’ll have to purchase some type of padding to go over the grass. The padding will help make the grass feel more natural and it’ll help reduce injury if someone falls. If you are installing the grass over lawn or sod, there are other things that may need to be done. You may have to excavate the area prior to installation. Other pros might recommend you lay down a barrio between the ground and the artificial grass to prevent unsightly weeds from growing through.

  5. 4.Artificial Grass Maintenance

    Finally, ask your professional what you need to do to maintain your new artificial grass installation. Most pros recommend that artificial grass be rinsed and cleaned periodically. Usually, a simple rinse with a hose is all that is needed. You might also need to brush your grass to keep it from becoming matted and tangled. Most manufacturers will provide you with instructions on how to best care for your natural grass to keep it looking its best.


    Just because artificial grass isn’t real, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t look real – or that you can’t have the same fun you’d have on natural grass. Have your artificial grass installed correctly, and care for it responsibly – you’ll be happy you did!

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