Laying artificial grass on uneven ground
Artificial grass is fast gaining ground as an alternative to natural grass, not only in sporting facilities and stadiums but also in Aussie backyards. This popularity is largely due to the benefits of synthetic turf when compared to natural grass.
These benefits include its durability and long life, as well as its low maintenance – no more mowing, whipper snippering, weeding, fertilising or watering. It’s perfect for areas that are prone to high traffic or bare patches, doesn’t need the sun to stay nice and green, and is a safe, soft surface for kids and pets to play.
Manufacturers of artificial grass always recommend that you engage professionals to install your new synthetic lawn and this is particularly relevant if your ground is uneven.
Why synthetic grass should be laid on a flat surface
From an aesthetic point of view, laying your new synthetic lawn on uneven ground isn’t going to look very good with all the bumps and imperfections. Instead, it looks fabulous when laid on a beautifully flat, level surface. Don’t forget that you can’t just dig down to remove some of the soil or rocks that have created the problem, because once you have laid your artificial lawn, it stays laid!
An uneven surface can also lead to injuries, particularly when young children are running along the grass or playing with their friends or pets. These bumps and imperfections that you didn’t notice when laying the synthetic lawn can trip up young children and whilst they might not hurt themselves by falling on the grass, it can be a big scare (they could also fall onto a concrete path or other hard surface and hurt themselves).
Another reason for needing a flat surface with no bumps is that you don’t want water pooling on the surface, instead you want the lawn to drain properly. An uneven surface along the edges or seams can also give space for weeds to grow, which should be avoided.
How can you level out your ground?
When you engage professionals to lay your new artificial lawn, one of the first things they will do is to level your ground. They will start by digging over the ground and removing any old grass, weeds, stones, garden edging or bits of concrete or building rubble. Once the ground is smooth and level, they will lay a sub-base on top of the ground to ensure that the surface is really smooth and level (it also provides a softness to the base of the artificial lawn). Once this sub-base is laid down, the installers will follow up with the synthetic turf.
Life span of your artificial lawn
Laid on an uneven surface, the lifespan of your artificial turf can be significantly reduced. That’s because artificial grass is designed to last for years with only minimal maintenance, but with water pooling, weeds growing, underlying bumps and even stones poking through the turf, this life span will be cut short.
SYNLawn synthetic turf is designed with superior drainage and it is pet friendly, child safe, UV stabilised and made in Australia. It also has up to a 15 year warranty. This warranty, however, may be void if the turf has not been laid correctly, which is why it’s worthwhile getting the professionals to do the job.
To find out more, contact SYNLawn on 1300 796 529.