Can you Put Artificial Grass on Top of Real Grass?
Posted on June 21, 2017 by Lion Lawns
We have seen over recent years customers doing all sorts with artificial grass and seeking us for advice on how is best to lay their turf. Well if you are looking for the best way to lay it to the best quality, then we can help you. Today we are looking at whether you can put artificial grass on top of real grass and our answer is this…
We strongly recommend that you do not! Although some companies will suggest putting a layer of sharp sand over the real grass and then laying your artificial grass, we have seen nothing but problems cropping up from this.
Bumpy and Rippled Surface
Natural turf is never often smooth which is not only a trip hazard but can mean your new artificial turf surface doesn’t lay correctly and is often rippled.
The next issue is the more natural grass blades you have underneath the new artificial surface, the more likely this is going to encourage weeds to grow.
Artificial grass can last up to 20 years but an inappropriate base that isn’t sturdy enough can see the lifespan reduced significantly.
So How am I supposed to install artificial grass on top of real grass?
We have completed hundreds of local artificial grass gardens whereby a natural garden has been replaced with a permanent synthetic grass surface. We usually recommend a couple of simple steps:
- Removal of the natural grass with a special turf cutter
- Plastic ‘timber looking’ edging around a crushed compacted limestone base work
- Artificial grass screwed into the plastic edging
- A silica sand infill to protect the new surface
For a more thorough set of instructions, please get in touch and we will be more than happy to talk you through the process.
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