Laying artificial grass on sand is never something we advise at Lawnworld. Many people think that sand is the go to foundation for laying synthetic turf but this application can cause a whole host of issues further down the line. So, when asked what type of sand do you lay artificial grass on, our simple answer is to steer away from this material as a foundation.
This is primarily because sand does not guarantee long lasting results. Overtime, harsh weather conditions can cause it to wash away and dislodge. This can happen in just a few months from laying your garden meaning your up front investment in the grass will not pay off. When the sand washes away, you’ll be left with an unsecure lawn which can be difficult to rectify.
Another reason to avoid laying artificial grass on sand is pets. The sand foundation makes it near on impossible to clean meaning you’ll be left with an unsanitary lawn and some pretty foul smells. As sand is absorbent, pet urine flows through the grass and into the sand where it is absorbed. As you can imagine, it is considerably difficult to reach the infected sand to clean. Enzyme cleaners would help slightly but it will still prove difficult to remove the odours completely.
At Lawnworld we therefore strongly advise against using a sand foundation for your artificial grass. Instead, we recommend that clients use our 4-phase installation system. This process has been tried and tested to ensure it delivers optimum results and helps to guarantee the lifespan and warranty of your grass.
Our expert installation team have over 30 years’ experience and follow the process meticulously to ensure every garden is built to last. The team begin with a full excavation, removing any rocks and debris and leveling the area. Then, a solid foundation of crushed rock and grano is laid along with 2” x 2” plastic battens which are cemented around the perimeter. The battens ensure the grass remains firmly in place once installed. Other installation teams use wooden battens which rot and expand over time, resulting in unsecure and unsightly looking turf.
Once the foundations have been laid, the team then install the grass backing. This consists of four layers and includes a five pick layer, two dense gauge woven layers and a urethane compound coating. Following this, K9 Zeolite infill is spread evenly across the turf which helps prevent wear and tear as well as the build up of any bacteria and nasty odours.
The polymers that the grass is made from also repel pet urine, meaning your grass will stay odour free and 100% pet friendly. Furthermore, the comprehensive drainage system is designed to ensure your turf can withstand harsh weather conditions and easily drain any excess liquids. Plus, with a solid foundation to can rest assured that, unlike with sand, your grass will remain firmly in place.
Therefore, to answer the question ‘What type of sand do you lay artificial grass on?’, stay away from sand and invest in an installation system which will prolong the lifespan of your turf.