Many homeowners are jumping on board with installing artificial grass at their home as they hear from their neighbors all the benefits it reaps. Saving water, spending less time caring for your lawn while at the same time it staying green for your family, pets, and guests. With the resources out there many are seeing it’s possible to do-it-yourself. This also helps homeowners save money on the installation process. While this isn’t an easy install, it’s definitely possible to do this DIY project with a little help from the professionals at Artificial Grass Turf Warehouse.
As you start doing your research you’ll find out that the recommended way is to remove your current natural grass. That may seem like a big project in itself, we totally get it. It’s a lot of work and by skipping this step, you can save time and money. So you may be thinking to install artificial grass on top of natural grass. Can it be done? The quick answer is yes it can. However, if you’re thinking in terms of quality and longevity of your artificial turf then you may want to look into this further. Let’s first look at the benefits of installing artificial grass on top of natural grass.
Benefits of Installing Artificial Turf On Top Of Natural Grass
- You save money by not having to remove your existing natural lawn.
- You don’t have to prep the ground before installing your artificial turf.
- You get to enjoy your artificial grass sooner by skipping the natural grass removal step.
These all sound great, however, let’s take a look at what kind of trouble you’ll run into by not removing your natural grass first.
Problems with Installing Artificial Turf on Top of Natural Grass
- You won’t be able to install a weed barrier making the chances of grass or weeds grow through the artificial grass backing. This can damage your backing and can result in complete removal if it gets out of control.
- You can end up with major drainage issues since heavy rain can take longer to drain.
- As grass tries to grow through it can lead to an uneven surface resulting in a lumpy appearance and can also be a trip hazard.
- Most likely some areas of your current lawn may have lumps. Even if the lumps are small they’ll show up in your newly installed artificial lawn.
- Without grading or leveling, compacting the sub-base, adding base materials to ensure proper drainage, there is just no way of knowing how your new lawn will respond over time.
As you can see, there is quite a risk in compromising the quality and performance of your artificial grass if you choose to install it on top of natural grass. We do not recommend it however, some people add a layer of sand over natural grass to help with drainage and leveling. However, that still doesn’t compare to the end result you can expect with a properly installed artificial lawn. In the end, it’s worth the extra time and money to ensure the longevity of the turf. If you have additional questions, feel free to reach out to us at 844-768-8873. Artificial Grass Turf Warehouse is here to walk alongside you through all your DIY artificial turf projects.