How do you lay artificial grass on soil?

How do you lay artificial grass on soil? is a question we are frequently asked at Lawnworld. Many people think that laying artificial grass on a soil base will provide an adequate foundation. However, this is not the case and something we always advise against.


If you want to ensure your lawn is stable and build to last, then we recommend an alternate application. Due to the nature of soil, it can’t withstand harsh weather conditions, meaning that you could be left with an unsecure lawn that is not fit for purpose.How do you lay artificial grass on soil


Soil can also disintegrate over time so could leave your lawn with unsightly and hazardous pot holes. Furthermore, during rainy seasons, gardens can be prone to flooding and waterlogging. If you have used soil as a base for your grass, it can easily seap through the grass and raise above the surface. Consequently, you’ll be left with artificial turf covered with black, unsightly soil. This is notoriously hard to clean and many people have had to completely replace their turf.


At Lawnworld, we therefore always recommend that our customers steer clear of using a soil foundation for synthetic turf. Instead, we recommend seeking out an installer that can provide a comprehensive installation, guaranteed to boost the lifespan of your lawn.


Our experienced installation team use a scientifically designed 4 phase system which takes into account foundations, drainage and cleanliness. The process helps ensure that your garden will be built to last and withstand harsh weather conditions, unlike soil.


Firstly, we undertake a full excavation of the garden, levelling the surface and removing any debris. It’s surprising how much impact a seemingly small rock can have once the turf is installed, so we ensure the surface is completely clear.


The team then install 2” x 2” plastic battens which are cemented around the edges of the garden. They act as added support for the turf once installed. Be wary as other companies install battens as added support but they use wood. Over time this warps and rots, meaning the grass gives and comes away at the edges. Therefore, always check your supplier’s process before they go ahead with the installation.


Once the battens are installed, the team spread a layer of crushed rock and grano which provides a solid foundation. Then, the backing is laid which consists of four layers:  a urethane compound coating, a five pick layer and two dense gauge woven layer. To finish, a layer of K9 Zeolite infill is spread evenly across the turf which helps prevent bad odours and bacteria.


By using a 4-phase system, we can guarantee a longer lifespan for your garden. Unlike soil, the process provides a solid foundation that won’t wash away or dislodge over time. The build in drainage system and backing layers help ensure that any excess liquid or waste can drain away freely.


This system therefore offers a much more secure and long lasting foundation than soil. It also means that your garden will be far more resistant to harsh weather so you can enjoy it all year round.


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