Artificial grass is easy to clean, requires no mowing, and will never die from a lack of water, while looking and feeling exactly like the real thing! If you want to enjoy your own artificial grass lawn, however, you must get the installation right.
Many homeowners have successfully installed artificial grass and putting green turf. The most common reason is to save money— labor costs can eat up your budget. But beyond that, it’s also an incredibly fulfilling project. It’s amazing to know that you built your beautiful yard with your own two hands.
Installing your artificial grass lawn yourself will undoubtedly save you money, but it can be quite a difficult process. Here are some of the most common mistakes of DIY artificial grass installations:
This is one of the most critical mistakes a DIY installer can make. Incorrect measurements will throw off your entire yard. If you choose to install your artificial turf yourself, measure the installation at least twice from different sides and directions to make sure they align. If the lawn isn’t laid properly, you may see gaps around the edges or obvious joins. Joints can also come apart, meaning the turf can move around.
Uneven or Flat Base
Similarly, an uneven base will look unattractive and unprofessional. If it’s set too low or too high, it could look messy or have drainage issues. Most homeowners want flat, smooth yards to boost their homes’ curb appeal. Bumps or wrinkles can ruin this effect. A professional installer can remove any rocks, dirt, or other objects that would cause unevenness and use a compactor to make the base layer smooth.
No Weed Barrier
Without a weed blocker, you may still notice natural weeds growing in your artificial lawn. To keep your yard green and smooth, you must use a weed blocker. Natural weeds growing over your artificial grass can ruin your curb appeal, and the uprooted plants can cause holes or ruin the blades. A weed membrane will prevent these issues and protect your artificial grass for a long time.
Although it may be worth doing it yourself if you only have a small area to cover, it’s probably worth investing in professional installation if you’re looking to install an entire backyard.