The Pros and Cons of A DIY Artificial Lawn at Home
There is a lot you should know before installing an artificial lawn at home. Discover the pros and cons of a DIY artificial lawn at your home here.
Keyword(s): astro turf
So you’ve made the decision to install astroturf at home. You’ve made a great choice.
There are so many benefits to installing home and garden astroturf.
Now the question is, should you do it yourself or hire a professional installer?
There are several factors you’ll want to consider before making that decision.
In this article, we’ll lay them out for you so you can make a decision you won’t regret.
Now let’s take a look.
Do You Have the Astro Turf Knowledge To Do it Yourself?
As with most things in life, knowledge is power. Do you have the knowledge it takes?
When installing artificial grass in your yard or garden, there are many different techniques that can be used.
As an example, if you own a pet you’ll definitely want to install a permeable sub-base that allows urine to drain away through the lawn.
If your soil is sandy, you’ll want to use MOT Type 1 for your sub-base.
You’ll also need to determine the type of edging you want to use. Each option may require differing methods to secure the perimeter.
All jobs are unique. Understanding the best methods for installing artificial grass can certainly be tricky for the DIYer.
The Right Tools for Installing Astro Turf
When taking on any DIY job it’s important to have all the right tools to get the job done.
This allows you to get it done fast and make sure it’s done right.
Chances are you already have several of the tools you’ll need to install your artificial grass.
- Stanley knife
But there’s also more specialized equipment you’re going to need like a vibrating plate compactor and turf cutter, among others.
Of course, doing the job yourself can save you money. But if you don’t have the tools to get the job done right, it could turn into a frustrating experience.
Are You Physically Capable of Doing the Job?
Installing astro turf is not easy. In fact, it’s pretty demanding.
For starters, you’ll need to be able to push heavy wheelbarrows full of excavations. You’ll also need to cart your sub-base materials to the chosen locations.
In most cases, this will mean carting heavy materials between the front and back of your house.
You’ll also need to be strong enough to lift very heavy rolls of the artificial grass into chosen positions.
This will require lots of help. Most larger rolls need a team of three to carry and move into position.
Do You Have the Time Available?
An experienced two-man team can get an average sized lawn done in about 2 days.
An inexperienced team typically takes twice that amount of time or longer.
If you don’t have 2 full weekends to give away by doing your own installation, it’s best to use a professional service.
After all, time is money.
Making the Right Decision
When you take on the job yourself, it’s not going to be easy. It can certainly be done, but is it the right choice for you?
If not, get in touch with our team of professional installers.
Watch the job get done while you sit back and enjoy a lemonade or iced tea.