Outdoor Astroturf Installation: Advice And Instructions

Need a practically maintenance - free tennis court? How about a putting green that never needs mowed? Find out about Outdoor Astroturf by reading this informative article!

Outdoor Astroturf isn't a new material, because it actually first became popular in the 1970's when it could be seen on tennis courts and football fields. That Astroturf, though, which was only available in a green color, was found to be an inferior substitute for grass. The seams pulled apart, and the artificial blades of grass matted down after a period of use.

Today, Outdoor Astroturf has been improved, and many tennis enthusiasts, as well as amateur golf players, have it installed to make a tennis court or a putting green in their own back yards. This artificial grass has many advantages over the real thing. The biggest advantage, obviously, is that Outdoor Astroturf never needs to be trimmed. It never needs to be sprayed for weeds, and it retains its color. This artificial grass won't turn brown no matter what the weather. It now comes in a "Grass Green" or "French Clay" color. It doesn't need watered or fertilized either, and any leaves or other debris that accumulates on it can just be blown or swept off.

It's a costly investment, though, as a piece of Outdoor Astroturf can run into the thousands of dollars. Maintenance isn't cheap either, and the cost depends on the size of the piece you have. You can plan on spending somewhere around a thousand dollars a year on that alone. But, with the average life expectancy of artificial grass being fifteen to twenty - five years, if you figure in all of money you will save on fertilizer, weed killer, mowing, et cetera, your Outdoor Astroturf could actually pay for itself.

In order to save some money, you an install your own Outdoor Astroturf in your back yard if you have the know-how. Astroturf can be purchased at several companies, and they can be found by doing a search on the Internet. This artificial grass is mostly used at private homes for backyard tennis courts or putting greens, but you can also create a "clean" play area for your children, a batting cage, or a nice green carpet around your deck, patio, or swimming pool.

If you are going to install Outdoor Astroturf on ground, the first step is to choose the area where you want to install it. The area must be flat, and it must be in a dry area that drains water off well. This way, you won't have to worry about your Outdoor Astroturf getting holding water because it has tiny drainage holes through it. So, any water that gets on it will soak through to the ground below.

The second step is to prepare the area. You will need to measure out the space where your artificial grass is going to be installed. Then, pound wood stakes in the ground around the diameter. Wrap heavy string around the stakes so you now have the area outlined.

The third step is to dig out the sod in the area with a spade; remove any stones, sticks or other debris. Then, you will need to cover the entire dug - out area with layer of finely crushed rock. After the rock is spread out evenly, it will need to be compacted down to form a hard surface.

The final step is to spread out your Outdoor Astroturf across the area you have prepared. Pull it out tightly so there are no wrinkles. Then, you will need to cover it with plenty of sand. The sand holds the artificial grass in place, plus, it adds traction to the surface. It also helps the area to drain water off properly too.

If, on the other hand, you are going to install Outdoor Astroturf on top of an area that is already covered in cement or asphalt, all you need to do is to sweep the area clean. Then, unfold the artificial grass out on the area. Make sure that you remove any wrinkles, and that the Astroturf is lying flat. You will need to use a glue that is specially - made for this application to glue down the edges. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the container in order to achieve the best results. Then, you will need to cover the entire dug-out area with an even layer of sand. The sand helps to hold the Outdoor Astroturf down.

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