What Goes Under Artificial Grass In San Diego?
Artificial grass is an imitation of real grass. It can be installed onto any hard surface so that it looks just like a natural lawn, but without the maintenance of mowing, weeding, or watering. Artificial grass comes in sheet form and is usually made from polyethylene fibers. The most common way to install artificial grass is by putting down a layer of sand on top of your existing sidewalk or driveway, or even rooftop!
Then, you put down roll after roll over the sand until all the gaps have been filled in. The final step is adding another thin layer of sand on top right before laying down a black plastic weed mat underneath it all to help keep everything together.
When To Put Sand Underneath Artificial Grass
It doesn’t really matter how much time you take planning your project and making sure all of the details are taken care of. If you try to install artificial grass over a hard surface without putting down sand first, things will go wrong. The best way to look at this is that every hard surface needs a layer of something – whether it be mulch or bark chips or potting soil or stone dust – underneath your artificial turf so that it’s level with the ground.
You can choose from many different types of materials to lay under artificial grass. Sandy loam is a common choice because it drains well and offers good growing conditions for grassroots as they grow through fabric backing on your new lawn.
Loam is ground that has been dug up or scratched until it becomes soft. It is very rich in organic matter and contains many nutrients for plants to use. If you want to put loam under your artificial grass, look for a product with at least 55% loam in the ingredients. Around 30% sand will help boost drainage, so you can also mix some sharp sand into your mixture of loam and bark chips if necessary.
Oxygenating Compost Blend Under Artificial Grass
Another type of soil that works well under artificial grass is an oxygenating compost blend – sometimes called mushroom compost or manure blend. These types of soil are made from leaves, grass clippings, bark chips, and manure. Usually, they contain about 50% composted organic matter along with different types of sand for drainage. You can also use compost tea or worm castings as an additive to help boost drainage if you’re having problems with this.
Give our experts of Artificial Grass Pros a call at (619) 332-1177 if you need to install artificial grass on your rooftop, backyard, or front yard. We can help put down a layer of sand underneath for you and then roll out your new lawn over it! Our team is always available to give you the support and guidance you’ll need anytime during and after installation.