How To Create Curves And Bends In Artificial Grass in York
There is nothing quite like a curved lawn to add character to a garden, and if you want to add depth and dimension to a smaller outdoor space with Artificial Grass in York, adding a few curves and bends will help you achieve your landscaping goals.
Curves can make a garden feel bigger; they can create a sense of adventure, and they can transform the most angular of urban spaces into an enchanting sanctuary. And so it is perhaps no surprise that they feature in many show gardens in the UK. It is a simple garden feature, but one that offers untold rewards when it comes to landscaping design, and as you can create curves and bends in an artificial grass lawn, you can embrace two of this season’s biggest trends in one garden makeover.
You can create curves around soil borders, pathways, water features, and island beds, and also bend around corners and walls, and in this complete guide on how to create curves and bends in an artificial grass lawn we’ll provide you with top tips on preparation and installation.
Achieve The Perfect Curved Lawn With Artificial Grass
As one of the most versatile landscaping materials available on the market today, artificial grass is perfect for garden renovations, makeovers, and design projects. You can install in on virtually any surface, including concrete, wooden decking, and paved areas, and you can use it to create eye catching features such as curved soil borders, naturalistic flower beds, entertainment areas, and kids play zones.
It’s a landscaping material quite unlike any other, and thanks to advances in technology, imitation grass is more realistic than we ever thought possible. Superior products are UV stabilised to prevent fading, they have luxurious pile heights that feel as good as real grass, and they are suitable for children and pets. And with the right tools, careful planning, and solid foundations, you can achieve the perfect curved lawn with artificial grass, and create a timeless garden that you can use year round.
Artificial Grass Edging Systems For Creating Curved Borders
Borders can transform a synthetic lawn into a traditional English garden, and if you love the idea of combining a low-maintenance artificial lawn with flowering plants and shrubs that you can update with the seasons, you should consider including some curved flower beds when installing your imitation grass.
Creating bends and curves in synthetic grass is relatively easy, but you need to invest in a flexible or malleable edging system if you are to achieve smooth, professional curves. There are many different materials you can use to edge your borders, as we’ll explain below.
Metal Edging For Artificial Grass
Metal edging systems are durable and ideal for creating sleek curves in artificial grass. You can easily manipulate them to create your desired curve or bend, and once installed, they provide a neat edge to your synthetic lawn. Rust-resistant steel and aluminium edging options are best for outdoor applications, with many designs including stakes and tabs to facilitate installation. While considerably more expensive than timber framework, metal edging is an investment for curved lawns, with a single installation lasting the lifetime of your artificial grass.
Installing fake grass onto steel edging requires a certain amount of skill, and you need to make sure you have it laid out in the right position before securing your artificial grass into place. You can use Galvanised U-Pins to prevent the edges from lifting around the perimeter, taking care to ensure that the metal edging is positioned at the same height as your synthetic turf to avoid creating a trip hazard.
If you are not confident doing it yourself, speak to your local artificial grass installer at Artificial Super Grass. With years of experience in the industry, we can create the perfect finish around the perimeter of your lawn, no matter how complex your curves.
Rubber Artificial Grass Edging
Made from 100% recycled materials rubber artificial-grass edging is the eco-friendly choice for creating bends and curves around soil borders in synthetic lawns. It’s more economical than steel, it is easy to install around flower beds, and as it creates a smooth transition from one surface to another, it removes potential trip hazards.
While artificial grass rubber edging is flexible, you will need cut-out sections at the rear of the strip to be able to bend it without creating distortion. It is relatively easy to do and you can use this edging system on most surfaces.
Recycled Plastic Bender Boards
A popular choice for creating curves in artificial lawn installations, bender boards are made from pliable recycled plastic that you can bend to make attractive curves around your flower beds, garden paths, or water features. They are relatively inexpensive when compared to other landscaping materials, and they will last the lifetime of your synthetic lawn.
Bender boards come in various colours and shapes to complement all installations, and as they are easy to secure with recycled plastic stakes, they are ideal for creating more elaborate curves and bends. This edging system is as versatile as it is practical, and as it does not rust or rot, it is ideal for outdoor applications.
Creating Curves with Stone Paving Artificial Grass Edging
You can also create curves and bends in artificial lawns with a stone paving border. As long as it retains the sub-base material, this type of synthetic grass edging can work very well. The only downside is that you cannot attach plastic grass directly to this type of perimeter and, as such, it is only suitable for soil-top installations.
You can use paving stones to create an attractive curved border or a full patio along the edge of your imitation lawn. There are endless possibilities when it comes to this type of edging, and as it requires zero maintenance, it is the perfect partner for Artificial Grass in York.
Cutting Artificial Grass To Fit Around Curves
Cutting into a roll of artificial grass can be daunting, especially if you have never done it before, but with the right tools, patience, and careful planning, you can cut the perfect curve with our top tips:
1. Roll out your artificial grass, as if ready for installation, in the upside-down position with the backing showing up
2. Make sure it is up against any flush surfaces so that you cut along an even edge
3. Mark the area you intend to cut, leaving at least a 10cm margin for error
4. Following the line cutting the astroturf using a retractable knife (Stanley knife) with a sharp blade, making sure that you only cut through the backing and not the grass fibres. You can use sharp scissors to do this, but you’ll get better results with a blade
5. Flip the synthetic grass, and position it into place for installation
6. Secure any straight areas with adhesive and U-pins, before trimming the areas around the curve. Take your time and use lots of smaller cuts rather than one big one to avoid cutting too much away. For best results, only cut the backside of the astroturf, folding it up and down as you work
7. Once you are happy with the final shape, you can secure the edges using U-pins and Artificial Grass Adhesive
8. Finally, power brush your new, curvaceous imitation lawn to elevate all the blades
With a superior synthetic grass product, artificial lawn installation is easy and, while it takes more time to fit it around curves and bends, it is possible to secure it around almost any shape with the right edging.
To discuss your landscaping project in detail, get in touch with Artificial Super Grass today. We carry out complex installations every day, and we’re always happy to assist our customers with top tips and advice. Our installers can transform your outdoor spaces in as little as one day, so if you’d prefer to leave things to professionals, get in touch now for your free consultation and no-obligation quotation.