It can be very difficult to maintain real grass on a slope for a number of reasons: You have to push the lawnmower up and down the slope several times, and fertilizer and weeding becomes such a hassle. Additionally, you will have to deal with puddles forming at the bottom of the hill when you water your lawn.
But don’t worry, artificial grass is a perfect solution to make an inclined surface look green all year round.
Does artificial grass need to be level? No, artificial turf installed correctly on a slope makes life much easier, reducing the need for maintenance. You can absolutely install artificial grass on a slope and apart from a couple of extra fixing stops on the top of the slope, the installation process is quite similar to lay out artificial turf over a flat surface.
Easy to follow steps for installing artificial grass on a slope:
It isn’t the easiest job in the world to install artificial grass on a slope, but the main principles are the same as a flat area.
1. Site Preparation
The first step is always to prepare the site on which the artificial grass will be laid. This involves removing the existing natural grass and any other debris to reveal the soil underneath.
2. Installing Framework
Depending on the slope and size of the lawn, it may be necessary to install timber planks. Why? It prevents the synthetic turf from moving around, which translates to the longevity of the installation.
3. Groundwork for Drainage
Cover the soil with sand or a substrate layer such as granite dust or chippings, depending on the drainage needs. This will help to encourage draining through the artificial turf and prevent water from either pooling on the bottom of the slope or collecting on the surface.
4. Laying the Weed Membrane
The next step is laying the weed membrane, and ensuring that it binds to the soil. This will help to prevent weeds from growing in your new artificial garden so it continues to look good.
5. Laying the Artificial Grass
Then roll out your artificial grass and leave it to settle first. Because the turf stays compacted during storage and for delivery to the job site, allowing it to settle helps it to relax into a more natural shape, which will result in a better finish.
6. Securing Artificial Grass
After it has settled, nail it securely into place on the timber framework. Nail down the grass in sections, ensuring that the turf doesn’t roll down the slope. The sections then needs to be joined with glue.
Then properly secure the artificial grass around the perimeter to properly ensure there is no movement either into the timber edging or using pins into the ground.
7. Heavily sand the grass
When laying the artificial grass on a slope, a good heavy sanding is required to ensure it is pushed right down into the incline. The sand weighs down the new grass and once it has been evenly spread across the entire area.
8. A Good Brushing
After ensuring that the sand is spread evenly across the turf, the final step involves giving the newly installed artificial grass a good brushing. Using a non-metallic brush with stiff bristles to brush the grass will help the blades to stand upright, giving your artificial grass a beautiful finish. You will need to brush your garden every now and again as part of the maintenance routine to keep your garden looking great.
Consider Professional Artificial Grass Installation For Slopes:
Installing artificial grass on a slope requires more skill, and it is a more involving process. If this sounds a little too difficult, consider hiring our installation team.
Artificial grass gives you the freedom to get creative with your landscaping, as there is a broad range of styles, textures and looks to choose from, ensuring that you get the perfect lawn for your home or business.