Most Common Problems With Artificial Grass and How to Solve Them
If you choose to go DIY for turf installation, chances are, you’ll run into a lot of tricky problems. But fret not, oftentimes, these problems can be easily solved and prevented provided you don’t just jump into your project willy-nilly.
Here are some of the artificial grass installation problems you might run into if you go the DIY route.
1. Existence of holes and sinking spots
Holes might not be immediately be noticed if your artificial grass is freshly installed, but as time goes by, these holes and sink spots can gradually appear and make your turf look bad. Not only that, water can collect in them and go stagnant, making them a breeding ground for insects and pests.
One way to avoid this situation is to ensure your sub-base is properly installed. Before installing the base, make sure the ground it is laying on top of is level and has no potholes.
2. Installing the wrong kind of grass
This is a problem that is much easier to prevent than to solve. Artificial grass has many variants- some are meant for putting greens (usually has hard and stiff bristles that are unsuitable for pets), there are variants meant for home lawns, playgrounds, balconies, etcetera. There are also grasses that hold a lot of heat and can feel warm to the touch. If you don’t like your turf to be warm, find grass that has special cooling properties.
It’s up to you to decide before installing what kind of artificial turf is appropriate for your needs. Always do your research first before laying down that first patch of grass.
3. Growth of weeds
One of the major benefits of having fake grass is that you usually don’t have to deal with pesky weed growth. But if you don’t have a weed barrier installed, you might find yourself dealing with a few patches of unwanted weeds here and there.
So always get a good weed barrier or membrane to prevent weeds from growing through the fake grass. This barrier ensures the weeds get killed off before they even have the chance to grow.
4. Bad odour
Bad odour emanating from your artificial grass is inevitable if you have pets around. Sometimes, the adhesive used to for turf installation can also give off undesirable scents too. Thankfully, there are specially-made deodorizers you can use to eliminate all bad odours from your turf without harming the material.
5. Edges that stick up
Improperly installed grass rolls are prone to having their edges stick up from the ground. This looks bad aesthetically and can also cause people to trip. You can fix this by securing the edges with sturdy fixings.
6. Build-up of moss
Moss doesn’t naturally grow on artificial grass. But sometimes organic matter trapped in between the fake grass harbours moss and then it can simply grow out of hand from there. To prevent this, try using a leaf blower or pressure washer to clean your artificial turf and dislodge all of the organic matter to prevent moss from growing in the future.
7. Problems regarding drainage
Always use rubbles- instead of clay or granite that are more compact- to ensure your drainage will be smooth. This way, liquids can pass through easily and you will have no drainage problems whatsoever in your turf.
Why you should consider hiring an experienced installer
Sure, most people have no problems when going the DIY route. But having a professional installer like us at Ecolawn lets you be free of the stresses that come from turf installation. We will ensure you wouldn’t encounter the problems above and help you out with repairs, warranty questions, and maintenance issues.