Can you lay artificial grass on a steep slope? Absolutely yes. That is the short answer to that frequently asked questions among property owners with a sloping landscape.
Landscaping a naturally sloped garden is not without its challenges. You have to push the lawnmower up and down the slope several times, and adding fertiliser and weeding the garden become such a hassle. Additionally, you will have to deal with puddles forming at the bottom of the hill when you water your lawn.
Installing Artificial Grass on a Steep Slope
Installing fake grass on a flat garden is fairly easy, and more so when you hire qualified and professional installers. All across Perth, sloped gardens are quite common. More and more property owners are turning to artificial grass to avoid the hassle of maintaining a natural garden, as highlighted, and enjoy the benefits of fake grass.
While a little more involving than installing on a flat surface, you can look forward to a great outcome when you hire experts to install artificial grass on a sloped garden.
Here is a quick look at the steps involved in the installation.
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. The installers will also clear away large stones that would otherwise make the area uneven.
2. Installing Framework
Installers will then install timber planks or some sort of stable anchor at the top and bottom of the slope. The best practice is to concrete in these planks. The artificial grass will then be nailed to this anchor. Why? It prevents the synthetic turf from moving around, which translates to the longevity of the installation.
Depending on the slope and size of the garden, it may be necessary to install timber planks all around where the grass is installed, and not just at the top and bottom of the slope.
3. Groundwork for Drainage
Depending on your garden’s drainage needs, the exposed soil will be covered with sand, granite dust, or chippings. This layer encourages water to drain away through the artificial grass, ensuring that there is no pooling of water at the bottom of the slope.
Professional installers will make sure that this layer is compacted correctly. Doing so will ensure that there is a nice and compact base on which to lay the weed-barrier membrane.
4. Laying the Membrane (optional)
The next step is laying of the membrane, and ensuring that it binds to the soil. This membrane will afford you one of the greatest benefits of installing grass, and that is preventing the growth of weeds, so you never have to worry about weed control.
5. Laying the Artificial Grass
Installers will 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.
After it has settled, installers will nail it securely into place on the timber framework. Experts will nail down the grass in sections, ensuring that the turf doesn’t roll down the slope while they fix the rest of it. The sections will be joined properly with glue. Ensuring that the turf fits perfectly helps to prevent bumps and creases.
6. Adding Sand
Adding sand will ensure that the artificial grass is pushed down well into the incline. The sand weighs down the artificial grass, giving it some stability, and as an infill, it will help the grass blades stand up more uprightly.
7. 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.
No Substitute for Professional Installation
As outlined, installing artificial grass on a slope requires a lot more skill, and it is a more involving process. Even as you pick out your preferred artificial grass variety, be sure to hire a professional installer. If not, you may find yourself with shifting grass, will lumps and creases that doesn’t look as good, and which is also not great at controlling soil erosion.