How will the soil be prepared before planting/installing the grass?

How will the soil be prepared before planting/installing the grass?

If you are thinking of installing synthetic grass in your home, apartment, or any other location, you have certainly arrived at this decision because of one (or all) of the benefits of using this type of grass. But, before buying synthetic grass, it is essential to know what types of synthetic grass are and only then decides which one is best for you.

After finding the best option, the next step is to install the product. Most companies that sell synthetic grass tend to offer the complete aggregate installation service for sale, such as Mundo Grama.

However, installing synthetic grass is often not as simple, the way in which the soil is prepared before the new lawn is laid is just as important as the installation itself, but these steps can often be overlooked. If you want to get the best value for your synthetic grass you will need to make some preparations before installation, so be sure to follow these steps to ensure a worry-free process, check it out!

1. Identify the type of soil

What to do before installing synthetic grass - Identify the type of soil
What to do before installing synthetic grass – Identify the type of soil

Before doing anything else at the installation site, it is paramount to identify the soil conditions and the type of soil you will be installing on will help determine how much it will drain and, in turn, the type of sand aggregate or stone that will need to be added. Making this assessment at an early stage is vital, as it will ultimately determine the extent of the work required.

2. Eliminate any existing plantations

What to do before installing synthetic grass - Eliminate any existing plantings
What to do before installing synthetic grass – Eliminate any existing plantings

After examining the area, the next step is to remove all types of plantations from the site. If you do not eliminate weeds, natural grasses and any other type of plantation existing on the site, there is a possibility that these plants will grow through the layer of synthetic grass and that over time this will damage the material, including causing it to come off from soil.

For effective removal it is necessary to remove the roots to a depth of 50 mm, which will require the use of a Firmino (a gardening tool suitable for removing grasses and weeds by the root).

3. Leave the place level

What to do before installing synthetic grass - Make the place level
What to do before installing synthetic grass – Make the place level

For the installation to be done with quality, it is important that the installation location is as flat as possible. This is because uneven ground can create small mountains or slopes that can damage synthetic grass.

Therefore, inspect the installation site to see if there are any points where the land is uneven. If you find any, be sure to inform the installation company, as it is often possible to solve this problem with a little soil.

4. Build a drainage system

What to do before installing synthetic grass - Build a drainage system
What to do before installing synthetic grass – Build a drainage system

A delicate point when installing synthetic grass is its drainage, because if the garden or the surface on which the lawn is installed has no absorption capacity, rain can quickly accelerate its deterioration, so it is necessary to install specific systems to facilitate the process.

Drainage systems for synthetic grass vary according to the needs of the site, since synthetic grass is 100% permeable, to ensure that your project remains perfect after installation it is important to install a system to allow water to seep the bottom of the grass and is drained through the base layer into the earth.

5. Add sand or stone

What to do before installing synthetic grass - Add sand or stone
What to do before installing synthetic grass – Add sand or stone

With a drainage system already installed, it is necessary to prepare the soil to receive the synthetic grass. This preparation will depend on the installation location. If the soil consists mainly of sand, it will be necessary to build an installed base with 50 mm of refined sand.

This will usually require about 80 kg of sand per square meter. If, however, soil conditions are more clay-based and drainage is restricted, it may be necessary to add an additional stone layer underlay. This will consist of a standard type 1 stone with a depth of 50-100mm.

6. Compact the surface

What to do before installing synthetic grass - Compact the surface
What to do before installing synthetic grass – Compact the surface

With the sand or stone in place, the surface needs to be compacted to create a stable base for synthetic grass, this can be done with a garden roller that is specific to the service.

7. Make a subfloor

What to do before installing synthetic grass - Make a subfloor
What to do before installing synthetic grass – Make a subfloor

Synthetic grass cannot be installed directly on the ground, so after leveling and preparing the soil it will be necessary to make a simple subfloor. It can be made with concrete or compaction with gravel and stone powder, this will depend on several factors, such as the type of grass to be installed, the intensity of the flow of people and the soil itself.

Finally, we recommend that you choose a synthetic grass installation company that has an excellent track record and only do the service yourself if you are completely sure of what you are doing. When installed incorrectly, synthetic grass can have a variety of problems, impairing any of the benefits that the product brings.

If you want to know more details about the synthetic grass installation service, or want to know about any point that we did not mention in the text, contact us through the comments below, we are here to help you with your project.

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