7 CHORES YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO DO ONCE YOU HAVE ARTIFICIAL TURF

Installing artificial turf in place of natural grass provides homeowners’ with numerous benefits. If you choose to use artificial lawn materials, you no longer have to spend an excessive amount of time or money to maintain your lawn.

Mowing

Mowing is no longer an issue. When it comes to lawn care, mowing your lawn is probably the most costly factor to lawn maintenance. With artificial grass, you don’t have to worry about having the money to pay for additional expenses, such as:

  • The purchase of a new lawnmower
  • Gas and oil
  • Blade sharpening
  • Repairs

The time and money you save by not having to mow on a regular basis will more than cover the additional cost of the artificial turf over its lifetime.

Trimming

Like mowing, trimming adds to the financial upkeep of the lawn. Having to repeatedly purchase oil, gas, trimmer line and pay for repairs can be a financial drain if you have a large yard. Mowing can be accomplished fairly quickly if you have the right size mower for your lawn. Trimming, on the other hand, can take several hours. Having to go around each ornament, tree, bush or around the boundaries can be quite time-consuming.

Weeding

If you have a large yard, it is probably in your best interest to hire a lawn care company to come in and spray for weeds. If not, you may end up spending the majority of your time stooping over to pull weeds, only to have them reappear in a few short days. Artificial turf eliminates the need for either option and keeps your lawn looking green and clean 365 days a year.

Watering

Lawns need adequate water to remain green and lush. While some grass seeds are considered drought resistant, they may have to be watered occasionally, especially if you live in an area where high temperatures are common during the summer months.

Fertilizing

Fertilizing your lawn will be a thing of the past once artificial grass is installed. In areas where extreme temperatures can affect the growth of grass and shrubs, applying fertilizer may be required if you expect to keep your lawn pristine. Artificial turf is ever-green and does not grow or die off. Extreme temperatures do not affect it. If you live in an area that can be arid during the summer months, watering and fertilizing can be done at the same time and whenever it is needed. Artificial grass eliminates the need for both, saving you time and money in the long run.

Bagging/Raking

Most landfills no longer accept yard waste. A large majority of communities have started composting facilities where homeowners can take their bagged lawn clippings for disposal. It can take several hours to rake and bag grass clippings if you have a big yard. Even when you use a pull behind lawn rake/collector, the process can still use up a large portion of your day. With a lawn of artificial grass, you no longer have to worry about a lengthy clean up after you mow or trim.

Reseeding

Hot, dry seasons and high traffic ca where there is too much shade, not enough water or too many feet constantly treading to and fro. Pets can also cause brown areas to appear, especially in areas where they tend to “do their business”. Having to constantly apply grass seed to high traffic or damaged areas can be time-consuming as well as costly.

Having artificial turf saves your bank account. It also saves you time and prevents you from spending countless hours on maintaining your lawn. Instead of constantly working to keep your yard beautiful, artificial grass lets you spend your time outdoors enjoying yourself and your family

4 IDEAS FOR GARDENING WITH ARTIFICIAL GRASS

Low maintenance, highly versatile and reassuringly green all year round, artificial turf is fast gaining ground. Here are some stylish ideas for gardening with artificial grass PLUS we show you how to install and care for No Worries Turf.

“Having the correct gradient to allow for water run-off is critical,”

“Without that the water stagnates and the turf will start to perish.”

COURTYARD

TO GREEN UP A COURTYARD

Artificial grass can be an instant pick-me-up for small-space gardens and courtyards. This obviates the need for noisy mowing and maintenance and is ideal for lock-up-and-go homes.

Here, a custom-cut piece of 40mm Summer Cool was placed directly onto an existing tiled courtyard under partial cover. Heavy-duty Velcro is sufficient to keep it in place, an intentionally temporary solution should the owners want to revert to tiles.

Under trees

UNDER TREES

A major benefit of artificial grass is that you can have perfect lawn beneath shady trees – no more patchy areas due to lack of sun.

Here a 40mm Premium Elite Green was placed at the edge of the chosen area and then cut to fit snugly around the trunks. To finish off, try adding a textural element such as white pebbles to the base of your trees.

Lawn

BETWEEN PAVERS

1. Lay a flat concrete screed and allow it to dry thoroughly.
2. Add your pavers and allow the cement securing them to dry.
3. Cut the turf to size and glue it down around the outer edges and between the pavers.

TIPS FOR INSTALLING AND CARING FOR NO WORRIES TURF

  • Major benefits include no watering, mowing or fertilising, plus high UV resistance. The longevity of artificial grass is around 30 years.
  • Expect to pay Depending on your application. (This excludes delivery, installation and cutting to size.) Available in 4m-wide rolls, there’s a wide range of grass types and shades of green to choose from, with tuft heights ranging from 10–40mm. Ask your supplier to recommend the best type for your specific site, usage and overall look.
  • When applying artificial grass to hard surfaces such as concrete, tarmac and stone, it’s vital to ensure that you have the correct gradient for water run-off. The grass sheets are then loosely laid on top and secured with all-weather adhesive around the edges.
  • For garden applications, the existing grass must be removed to create a compacted recess. A mix of crusher dust and river sand is applied, plus a weed barrier to create a stable, porous base. Seaming tape is applied to the edges and the artificial turf is attached to pegs placed in the ground. Silica sand in-fills are then added to weigh the turf down, cool the surface and help keep the tufts vertical.
  • Keeping it clean: Artificial grass is made from tufted polyethylene; it contains fine holes to allow water to penetrate. To clean it, simply hose it down.

11 Beautiful Lawn Edging Ideas

A nice clean garden edge gives your landscape definition and texture. Of course, we’d all love a professionally designed garden area, but the cost of materials alone can be astronomical. These lawn edging ideas are innovative and beautiful to give you the function and aesthetics without the high costs.

You can keep your lawn edging as basic or creative as you’d like based on your location, landscape, and budget. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Gabion Wall

I love this look, especially for raised beds. You can fill the wall with just about any size of rocks depending on what is available in your area.  Use a 12 gauge or thicker concrete mesh roll, for the walls. You can buy these at any hardware store. Using wire cutters, create boxes to your specific height and size.  Bury 6×6 treated wood posts evenly along your border.  Place the wire boxes between them and fill them with the smooth river stones.  Finally wrap the entire wall with one layer of mesh wire, tieing it to the existing boxes.

Wood Edging

This is a simple idea to create your own edging with cedar wood that is just over six inches high. You could easily make it higher if you need to.

Stone

Stone makes a good option if you want a more natural look. The idea is simple, but you may need some extra muscle help to carry the stones and place them in the right spots. Stones of universal size work best for this technique.

Terra Cotta

This is a beautiful sleek edging created with terracotta pieces, similar to brick, but with a smooth finish.

Tree Branches

If you live in an area with several fallen trees, use what you have and create a wall of your own. This is a natural, rustic, old-fashioned look.  This is great if your edging area is large.  This is by far the cheapest option.

    Raised Beds

Creating a raised garden bed is a great way to create a beautiful garden area and clear edging at the same time. If your wood is touching the soil, make sure it is treated wood, which prevents it from decay.  Raised beds also add variety in height, which helps flat yards look more appealing.

Metal Edging

This is one of the most inexpensive edging options. Flexible metal is easy to install in an afternoon and creates a clean line around flower beds, trees, and property lines.  Metal edging also takes up the least amount of space.  You can find this at your local hardware store.

 Gravel

Simply dig a ditch around the edge of your bedding area and fill it in with gravel. It may take a little weeding to keep stubborn weeds from popping up, but it’s easy to install and inexpensive.

Bricks

You can create a beautiful brick edging without the hassle of plaster or the expertise of a mason.  Be sure to add black yard fabric below your bricks to prevent grass and weeds from growing between your bricks.  A thin metal railing between the grass and bricks would also give an added stability to your edge.

 Plants

Sometimes you can actually use plants as a plant border. Natural grasses work as a beautiful natural border. This border take the most maintainance, but also is one of my favorites.

Wheels

It may take some time to gather old wheels from thrift stores or flea markets, but wired together they make absolutely stunning edging to your flower bed.

25 Fabulous Garden Path and Walkway Ideas

Besides being aesthetically pleasing, walkways and paths can give the area a logical flow by connecting important and useful parts of your garden or lawn. This means you’ll use the area more often and more effectively. For this reason, beautiful and practical garden pathways can add value to your home. When choosing garden paths or walkways, there are a few key things to keep in mind. If this is a brand new project, consider what features of your garden you’d like to connect and highlight. Decide what style you want for your outdoor space, or see if a particular style is suggested by the existing plant life and structures.

If you’re remodeling, first look at your current garden path and walkway designs about what you’d like to change; what do you not like about your current layout? What look and function would you like to have instead? Asking these questions will help guide your choice. Whether you’re building from scratch or considering a pathway makeover, we think you’ll come up with the perfect garden path and walkway ideas we’ve put together here.

1. Clean Stone And Wood Ladder Effect

Clean Stone And Wood Ladder Effect

2. Simple Stone Pathway Sets Off Beautiful Plants

Simple Stone Pathway Sets Off Beautiful Plants

3. Modern And Minimalist Wood Decking

Modern And Minimalist Wood Decking

4. Romantic Aged Wood Parquet And Stone

Romantic Aged Wood Parquet And Stone

5. Garden Path And Walkway Ideas Inspire Smart Use Of Space

Garden Path And Walkway Ideas Inspire Smart Use Of Space

6. Whimsical Waves Using Ombré Stone Pattern

Whimsical Waves Using Ombré Stone Pattern

7. Lush Lantern-lit Irregular Flagstone

Lush Lantern-lit Irregular Flagstone

8. Scandinavian-inspired Stone Circle Simplicity

Scandinavian-inspired Stone Circle Simplicity

9. Natural Beauty Of River Stones

Natural Beauty Of River Stones

10. Earthy Red Wood-grain Pops Against Green

Earthy Red Wood-grain Pops Against Green

11. Rustic Beams Offset For A Relaxed Look

Rustic Beams Offset For A Relaxed Look

12. Semi-crushed Gravel For A Clean Effect

Semi-crushed Gravel For A Clean Effect

13. Pair Regular Angles With A Winding Walkway

Pair Regular Angles With A Winding Walkway

14. Clean Modern Slabs Contrasted With Natural Stone

Clean Modern Slabs Contrasted With Natural Stone

15. Traditional Red Brick With A Modern Design Twist

Traditional Red Brick With A Modern Design Twist

16. Dramatic Mandala-inspired Stone And Brick Spiral

Dramatic Mandala-inspired Stone And Brick Spiral

17. Romantic Stone Walkway Embraces A Garden Fountain

Romantic Stone Walkway Embraces A Garden Fountain

18. Show Off Custom Tiles Against Dark Mulch

Show Off Custom Tiles Against Dark Mulch

19. Show-stopping Intricate Stone Mosaic

Show-stopping Intricate Stone Mosaic

20. Simple And Neutral Brick Chevron Understatement

Simple And Neutral Brick Chevron Understatement

21. Clean, Green, Asian-inspired Simplicity

Clean, Green, Asian-inspired Simplicity

22. Natural Flagstone For A Classic Look

Natural Flagstone For A Classic Look

23. Rough-hewn Stone Contrasts With Crisp Zigzag Lines

Rough-hewn Stone Contrasts With Crisp Zigzag Lines

24. Unexpected Vertical Placement Of Wooden Planks

Unexpected Vertical Placement Of Wooden Planks

25. Rustic Wood And Stone Accented With Thyme

Rustic Wood And Stone Accented With Thyme

Top 8 Mistakes DIY Installers Make

Top 8 Mistakes DIY Artificial Turf Installers Make #SyntheticGrass #DIY #InstallationTips

Installing your own artificial turf is easy…as long as you have detailed instructions, all the proper tools, and some real experience working with artificial turf. We can give you the installation guide, and recommend some tools, but since you can’t get experience off the internet, we can give you the next best thing: some common turf installation mistakes to avoid. Keep these in mind as you start your artificial turf installation project for a much smoother artificial turf installation process.

Mistake 1: Incorrect measurements

You’ve probably heard this before, but we can’t emphasize it enough: double-check your measurements! Measure your installation area at least twice, and from different directions. Make sure you’re getting the right amount of turf to cover your installation area most efficiently by going over your calculations with one of our turf consultants.

Mistake 2: Incorrect base material

We usually recommend ¼” to ¾” crushed drain rock as your base material. The coarseness of the base rock determines the amount of drainage your new lawn will have, so choose a coarser material if you have drainage issues. Also, never use rounded rocks like pea gravel because they will slide around as you try to compact them.

Mistake 3: Uneven base

An artificial turf lawn looks best when laid over a smooth surface. Any bumps or wrinkles stand out and make your lawn less attractive. When removing the existing landscaping, make sure you’ve also removed any roots or rocks that will cause unevenness. Then, we recommend using a sod roller or plate compactor to compact your base layer until it’s smooth.

Mistake 4: Flattening your base too much

Didn’t we just say you needed to compact your base until it’s completely smooth? Yes, make your base smooth, but shape it with a 1% incline towards the center. This will make your lawn look more natural, and allow water to drain away from the middle.

Mistake 5: Ignoring the grain

Blades of artificial turf have a natural “grain” or directionality. Pay attention to this grain, and always lay the turf in the same direction to avoid obvious seams in your lawn. For best results, we recommend facing the grain towards the viewer.

Mistake 6: Buying turf in batches

Different batches of artificial turf have slight color variations between them. If you order half your turf now, and half next month, you may get turf that looks a little different. For best results, buy all of your turf at once.

Mistake 7: Not installing a weed blocker

One of the benefits of artificial turf is that you no longer need to weed your lawn. However, for that to become reality, you need to apply a week blocker layer underneath your artificial turf to discourage weeds and other plants from growing through your lawn.

Mistake 8: Throwing away your scraps after your installation is done

Hand on to your leftover scraps of turf! They can be used for minor repairs or patches. Furthermore, you can use them as reference swatches if you need to buy more artificial turf in the future.