Synthetic grass – frequently asked questions.
What are the disadvantages of synthetic grass?
The first disadvantage to synthetic grass is the up-front cost. This is a problem for those who can’t afford to take advantage of the long-term financial benefits.
The second disadvantage is the fact that it gets hot when the sun shines on it.
The third disadvantage is that if synthetic in-fill materials are used between the fibers, they are a health and environmental hazard. This problem is overcome by using one of a number of natural fillers.
What are the natural alternatives to synthetic infill materials?
Natural alternatives are cork granules, coconut shells, ground up wall nut shells, ground rice, shells, quartz or volcanic rock broken into pea size pieces.
What is the life expectancy of synthetic grass?
Older versions of this product had a lifespan of 20 years. However, new technologies that are being used these days in the manufacturing process should ensure much longer life-spans.
How long are the warranties?
Most manufacturers of synthetic grass offer a ten to fifteen-year warranty.
How much does synthetic grass cost installed?
Depending on product, region and installer, the installed cost of synthetic grass is between $5 and $20 per square foot. It can be pricey, but don’t lose sight of the fact that once it’s in, that’s it. You’re done with lawn mowing, watering and fertilizing for the next 20 to 25 years. Weekends belong to you again.
What tools and equipment are needed to install the synthetic grass?
Shovels and earth leveling tools, a wheelbarrow, a rake, a sharp hand cutter, a hammer, glue, a water level, a 2×4 leveling beam, a bristle broom, and a plate compactor.
What materials are needed to install the synthetic grass?
6 ” U-pins, glue, drain stone/road base, crushed granite/stone dust, joining tape, dry silica sand, rolls of weed resistant material, rodent mesh, and the synthetic grass.
How is synthetic grass installed?
Firstly the area has to be cleared and graded to a level that will accommodate 2″ of compacted drain stone/road base, 1″ of decomposed granite/stone dust, a thin layer of weed resistant material, rodent mesh, and the required height of the synthetic grass.
The rodent mesh, weed restraint material, and drain stone/road base is laid down, leveled, watered and compacted. Next, the crushed granite/stone dust, is laid leveled, watered and compacted.
While the above preparation is under way, then the synthetic grass is laid upside down in the hot sun so that it softens and becomes easier to work with.
The product is then flipped over, cut to size, and pinned at one end. It is then laid over the area and pinned at the sides. The joining tape is then laid under the seams, glue is applied and the pieces are glued down abutting each other. Pins are then nailed throughout the center and ends. Finally, the dry silica sand is sprinkled on the grass and thoroughly brushed in between the fibers.
Check this video to see how it is done: http://www.globalsynturf.com/installation http://youtu.be/IJSMQmoQJHU
What about maintenance?
The biggest enemy to synthetic grass is ultraviolet light. The damage is mitigated by not exposing more than one half of one inch of the fibers and making sure that they remain erect. For this reason, the most important maintenance task is to ensure that sufficient lost infill material is replaced to support the fibers so that they are not over- exposed and stand erect.
The second maintenance task is the removal of debris that might have collected between the synthetic grass fibers, before it becomes ingrained into the infill material. Typical debris can be chewing gum, leaves and twigs, cigarette butts, pollen, dirt, hair, nails, dust, hair ties, skin flakes, dead insects, candy, pieces of playing and recreation equipment, dog poop, etc. Routine light raking, brushing and sweeping should be sufficient to keep debris from accumulating.
The third maintenance task is to keep an eye out for grasses that might be encroaching. You do not want grass runners to traverse the underside of the synthetic grass as it will emerge through the drainage holes in search of light. If this does happen, apply a manufacturer approved grass killer.
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