Artificial Turf installation FAQ
Why Would I Want Artificial Grass Installed?
If you are considering getting an artificial grass installation in Las Vegas, you might be wondering what the benefits of a fake grass installation are over the real thing.
There are many reasons to opt for artificial turf, including the time and cost of maintaining the outdoor areas of your property, reducing your water usage, and many other advantages.
What Is Included in the Artificial Turf Installation Service?
When you get in contact with us about installing artificial grass at your property, we will provide you with a quote based on your measurements of the installation area.
On the day of the installation, we will start by reviewing the ground levels of your lawn and removing the existing surface, usually to a depth of around 3 inches or less.
We will then lay a stabilizing sheet of material before adding layers of aggregate material selected based on the type of fake grass we are installing. We then add a second sheet to prevent weeds from growing under the artificial turf.
Next, we can start the process of carefully rolling out your new artificial grass onto the lawn, ensuring that every roll is precisely aligned to hide the seams, and is sturdily fixed to the ground.
What are the Benefits of Installing Fake Grass?
- Saving Time and Costs
Real grass needs to be mowed, watered, and weeded on a regular basis, all of which take up your time and have associated costs such as gas, water, and herbicides. The Nevada climate presents additional challenges with its water usage restrictions and hard, arid soil, and without enough shade, it won’t survive the midday sun. In contrast, artificial grass requires very little in the way of maintenance and is much more resistant to sun damage.
- Keep Bugs Out Of Your Yard
Real grass can become home to a wide range of bugs and insects, some of which feed on the grass itself while others hunt those. While many of these are harmless, if annoying, others can have painful bites and stings. These unwanted visitors will have no reason to stick around on a fake grass installation.
- Stays Green All Year Round
With a synthetic grass installation, your lawn will stay green throughout every season regardless of seasonal water usage restrictions, and you don’t need to worry about arranging lawn maintenance when you go out of town.
How Long Does it Take to Install Synthetic Grass?
The average artificial grass installation takes one or two days of work, depending on the size and shape of your yard. Larger areas or more complex installations can take a little longer.
There are a number of other factors that can affect how it will take to install your new fake grass:
- Ease of Access
The ease with which we can transport materials to your yard has a big impact on the time and installation will take. For example, if we are working on a front yard with street access we can get things done a lot faster than if we need to travel through your home or up and downstairs to reach a backyard.
The material that is used as a border of the fake grass also affects the time an installation will take, as will more complex shapes and curved edges.
How Much Does it Cost to Install Artificial Grass in Las Vegas?
Artificial turf costs up to around two dollars per square foot of synthetic grass. However, the actual cost of an artificial turf installation can vary depending on any extra work or materials that are needed as part of the installation.
As a result, the cost we advise after your design consultation is likely to be different from the initial quote estimate that is based solely on the square footage of synthetic grass to be installed.
How to Install Artificial Grass on Dirt or Soil?
We always recommend hiring experienced contractors to complete your fake grass installation, as the quality of work can make a huge difference to both the appearance and the durability of your new lawn.
If you are set on installing artificial grass yourself though, you will need the following tools and materials:
- Turf cutter
- Tape measure
- Plank (for compacting)
- Craft knife
- Jointing Tape
- Ground pins
- Brush or broom
- Knee pads
- Granular sub-base material
- Geotextile membrane
- Sharp sand or granite dust
- Silica sand (kiln dried sand)
- Timber and Pan Head screws if installing timber restraints
- Aqua Bond if installing concrete haunch restraints
- Weed membrane
How To Install The Synthetic Grass?
Installing the synthetic grass involves only a few simple steps, but they require a lot of care and attention to get a good result:
Clearing the area
Start by digging out the turf down to about 3 inches. This will ensure that the end result isn’t taller than surrounding areas once the base layers are in place. If you’re edging the area, use timber or use a concrete edging restraint with an internal concrete haunch of about 3 inches.
Preparing the base
A sub-base below the turf aids drainage and provides a solid foundation for the artificial grass. The addition of a geotextile membrane underneath will prevent the sub-base from sinking down.Leveling off
Spread a layer of sand to about 1-inch depth evenly across the sub-base and press it down using a hammer and plank.
Roll out sheets of weed membrane over the sub-base as a bedding layer. This will prevent weeds from growing and reaching through the surface of the fake grass, which will help it to drain more efficiently.
Roll out the lawn
Roll out your artificial grass with the pile facing towards you. Try to avoid lining up the ends of the rolls exactly, as it will give a less natural appearance.
Cutting and tidying
Once the grass is unrolled, trim the rough edges. Make sure the grass rolls are placed together so you can’t see underneath. Avoid cutting into the stitching wherever possible.
Fold the edges back and lay jointing tape, with the shiny side face down. Hold the grass back and press down on the tape to spread the adhesive. Try to keep the blades of grass from getting onto the glue.
Pinning it down
If you’re using a timber frame, secure the grass to it every 6 inches or so, or glue the grass to the concrete haunch of the edging block.
Once the glue is dried, sweep the surface to get rid of loose blades of grass. Fill in the grass using silica sand using a stiff brush, then leave everything to settle and cure for at least 2 hours before walking on it.