How To Install Artificial Grass On To A Slope
Artificial grass is a wonderfully versatile landscaping material that you can install on almost any surface, including slopes and if you would like to find out more about installing Artificial Grass in Wetherby, you’ll find everything you need to know in this comprehensive guide.
With over 10-years of experience in the landscaping industry, the team at Artificial Super Grass have installed grass onto slopes of varying gradients over the years. Yorkshire is the land of rolling hills after all. And while it requires a certain level of planning and skill to achieve a smart and professional finish on an uneven surface, it is possible to lay synthetic grass on any sloping surface, and transform a mountain of hard work into a fully-functional entertainment area that you’ll never need to water, weed, or mow again.
The Benefits Of Installing Artificial Grass On A Slope
Installing artificial grass on a slope is not just doable, it is beneficial to those with ramps, hills, and mounds in their garden, and if you have ever struggled to haul a heavy lawnmower up and down a steep slope, you’ll know just what we mean. It can be a real hassle trying to maintain real grass on an incline, not to mention the puddles, slippery surface, and uneven colour caused by gradients across the lawn. And while you could level your garden to avoid these common pitfalls, you’ll lose character, spend a whole lot of money, and end up with a garden just like everyone else, and so it’s not an ideal solution.
With synthetic grass, you can maintain your current landscape, slopes and all, and still have the lush green lawn that you have always dreamed of having. You can transform a hilly school field into an adventure playground that your pupils will love, and convert undulating business gardens into a multi-level masterpiece that guarantees to impress visiting customers. The possibilities for remodelling your outdoor spaces are endless with this versatile landscaping material, and thanks to advances in technology, it is more realistic than ever before.
Of course, the easiest way to install artificial grass onto a slope or angled surface is by employing a team of expert artificial grass installers to take care of the job for you. But, if you are a DIY enthusiast who would like to have a go at doing it yourself, these top tips will help you achieve your landscaping goals.
Top Tips On Installing Artificial Turf On Inclines, Hills, And Slopes
All imitation grass installations require careful planning if you are to achieve a long-lasting finish, and fitting it onto a slope is not that much different to applying it onto a flush surface. Here we'll explain how to install synthetic grass on a hill, and transform the most uneven of surfaces into a stunning green lawn.
1. Measuring Your Garden For Artificial Grass
Calculating the amount of fake grass needed for a sloping area can be difficult. It may be tempting to use an online calculator, but we recommend speaking to your local artificial grass supplier who will have the tools needed to measure your garden in minutes. Order too much, and you’ll be paying more than you need to. Order too little, and you’ll have the additional work of joining pieces together, plus you’ll have to wait for delivery.
2. Remove Existing Turf, Including Any Debris
The first stage in laying synthetic grass on a gradient is removing any existing turf, along with debris such as rocks, stones, gravel, and soil. Aim to excavate approximately 80mm below the level of your new lawn, so that you have plenty of space for a substantial sub-base and a Two Layer Weed Membrane System. Clear the surrounding area so that you have sufficient space to work, and get all the tools you need to complete the task before you start.
3. Address Any Drainage Issues
If you find that puddles gather at the bottom of your garden slope, you should address any drainage issues before you attempt to install artificial grass. While superior astroturf has drainage holes, the water needs somewhere to escape at the bottom of the incline, or it could result in waterlogging. You can install a garden drainage system yourself, or speak to your local landscaping company for further advice.
4. Install First Weed Membrane
As with standard artificial grass installations, we recommend using a double layer of weed membrane when installing fake grass on a hill. This not only offers superior weed resistance, but it creates a smooth foundation for your sub-base. Lay the first layer of weed membrane directly onto the soil and secure it using galvanised U-Pins.
6. Sub-Base Creation
With your first weed membrane securely in place, you can create your sub-base, which will form the perfect foundation for your synthetic grass. At Artificial Super Grass, we use 70mm of compacted ash to create a smooth sub-base with excellent drainage properties, although you can use other aggregates such as crushed granite, sharp sand and limestone.
7. Install Second Weed Membrane
Once you are happy with your sub-base, you can apply the second layer of weed membrane to keep weeds at bay. Secure this the same as you did with the first membrane, securing it using galvanised U-Pins.
8. Install Artificial Grass
Now you can finally install your artificial grass on the slope. We recommend rolling the grass out first and loosely securing it with galvanised U-Pins to prevent it from rolling to the bottom of the incline as you work. befor. Work your way around the edges, securing the astroturf into place to achieve a uniformed finish across the slope.
While many artificial grass companies recommend that you apply a substantial layer of sand to weigh down the turf, we do not. Kiln-dried sand provides the perfect platform for seeds to germinate and sprout, and this will ruin the appearance of your artificial lawn, no matter where you lay it. If installed correctly, your fake grass won’t need weighing down, the securing galvanised U-Pins will keep it in place.
9. Power Brush
Power brushing is the single best way to get your artificial grass blades standing upright. It creates a professional finish every time, and so it is worthwhile investing in a domestic power brush for your garden, particularly if you have invested in superior synthetic grass with a pile height of 30mm or more.
10. Let The Good Times Roll!
Now that you have revamped your slopes with evergreen Artificial Grass in Wetherby, you can make the most of your outdoor space and embrace the true beauty of your perfectly imperfect lawn. You kids and dogs can play on it, you can host summer picnics on it, and you can use it just as you would any other part of your garden.
Installing artificial grass on a hill or slope is easy when you know how to do it, and while DIY gardeners may love the challenge, we understand that this type of installation is not for everyone. If you would like professional help, call Artificial Super Grass today. Our experienced artificial grass installers can install fake turf on any gradient, and transform areas of your garden that you have previously been unable to use into a fully-functional, year-round entertainment area.
As a proud Yorkshire based company, we’re used to dealing with uneven gardens and rolling landscapes and, with our expertise and quality landscaping materials, we can give your lawn the wow factor with superior artificial grass that looks as good, some even say better, than the real thing.