There’s no doubt that many Australian home owners are passionate about their lawn. However, many of us struggle to maintain our lawns, so it’s no surprise that artificial grass has become an increasingly popular option in homes around the country.
Nowadays some people struggle to spot the difference between natural grass and the synthetic alternative. However, whether you are considering artificial grass as a low maintenance alternative around the home, or simply to add some greenery in preparation for your property sale, it is important to choose the right type of artificial grass that suits your specific needs.
Which type of Artificial Grass?
In the current market, there are basically three types of artificial grass available. These are:
- Artificial grass designed to replace large areas of lawns;
- Ornamental grass designed as a smaller feature within a garden; and
- Tougher grass designed for hard-wearing uses like a children’s playground or sporting uses like a home putting green.
It is important to understand that within these basic categories there are a wide range of options as far as grass styles and colours. For example, you can choose the length of your artificial grass to suit your planned usage, as well as having variations in length for a more natural look. Many people say that a dual toned pile is very difficult to distinguish from the natural product.
Installing your Artificial Grass
Manufacturers says that artificial grass can be installed on almost any hard surface, and you have a choice of installing it yourself or having a professional do the job for you. It is always worth getting some quotes from a professional before you make this decision, and if you decide on the latter, your artificial grass supplier will be able to recommend someone.
If you decide to tackle the job yourself, the task is similar to laying carpet in many respects. One of the most important elements for a successful installation is to prepare the surface properly before you start. This may include:
- Removing all organic material and unwanted lumps;
- Spreading a base of crushed rock or a similar material;
- Compacting this material, then smoothing the surface;
- Applying weed killer.
Artificial grass normally comes in rolls or tiles. Tiles are often the preferred option for compact areas, whilst rolls are more suited to larger areas as they cover much wider surfaces. Your chosen supplier can help you select the right width for your needs. The different sections of artificial grass are then attached to each other using special tape and adhesives.
Just remember, if you are considering using artificial grass to prepare your property for sale, it is really important to obtain experienced advice from our team at Ian Reid’s Vendor Advocacy before spend money unnecessarily. So feel free to call 1300 400 400 for some obligation-free advice. Of course, while you’re here on our website, you can also download our free booklet, “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed”.