Did you know that fake lawns can last up to 20 years if installed correctly? Yes, you read that right!
Depending on lawn maintenance and the quality of the turf, a fake lawn has the potential to last that long. However, if these key elements are not done well or considered, artificial turf might only last up to eight years.
Between zero grass-stained clothing items and no need for chemicals, artificial turf installation has become popular for families’ yards all over the world.
Thinking about getting an artificial backyard? Keep reading for everything you need to know!
Dust and Debris – Oh My!
Prior to starting the artificial turf installation process, the natural grass in your backyard must be removed. This means there will be a lot of dirt, dust, and debris – so make sure you and your family are prepared!
If you live in a location where it doesn’t rain very often and feels like the Sahara Desert, the ground in your backyard will be extremely dry.
This means you should expect there to be clouds of dust floating past your windows. However, some artificial turf installation companies will dampen the grass in order to minimize creating a dustbowl in your yard.
In preparation for your artificial turf installation, take some time to learn about drainage. While not real, artificial grass is prone to damage from heavy rain that has nowhere to drain off, so this is super important to understand!
That’s why you should plan to have a drainage system installed prior to receiving the turf.
A drainage system for artificial turf grass is easy to understand. It involves placing a water table underneath the base layer of the turf and permeating the backing in order to drain the water underground. Isn’t that quite neat?
For example, sports fields that use Astro turf with a drainage system are way less likely to experience damage, water buildup, and flooding. If you have the same foot traffic in your yard as a sports field does, get a drainage system!
Treat Your Lawn Like a Newborn
When we say care for your artificial turf grass as though you were caring for a newborn baby, we mean it! It may seem like a silly analogy, but lawn maintenance is still just as important when natural grass is gone.
Artificial turf cost is high, so keeping up with your backyard is crucial. Ways you can preserve your turf include:
- Cleaning up after pets
- Gently rinsing or spraying with water to remove dust, dirt, other forms of buildup, and to keep the lawn cool on hot days
- Using a broom, brush, or high-power sweeper
- Replacing worn-out or damaged patches – remember, this grass doesn’t grow back
Start the Artificial Turf Installation Process
We know you’re excited about a new lawn, so what are you waiting for? Artificial turf installation is a gamechanger – think about how much money you’ll be saving on fertilizing, seeding, and weeding every season!
Between preparing for dust, dirt, and debris, installing a drainage system, and carefully (but regularly) maintaining your lawn, you now know the basics of what goes into artificial turf installation. Hurrah!
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