Find out how to get the lawn of your dreams in six easy steps as well as the cost of completing the project.
Have you ever looked around your neighbourhood and wondered how your neighbours seemed to have a beautiful and lush lawn no matter how hot or dry it was? There is a very good reason why your neighbours don’t seem to have to do any maintenance on their grass. It’s most likely synthetic lawn, or what stores sell as artificial turf or grass.
Synthetic lawns come in a variety of material blends, including ones that are designed to reflect the sun and remain cool under your feet. You can also get them in several different piling lengths, from long to mimic the look and feel of real grass to shorter options like you see on tennis and golf courses.
People love their synthetic lawns because they’re very easy to maintain. You simply rinse them down with the hose when they get dirty and rake the pilings back up when they go flat. There is no more trimming, mowing or watering to get that gorgeous green look all season long.
How much your synthetic lawn costs depends on several factors, including the installation process. For this reason, we’ll talk about the installation process first and then get into the hard and fast numbers and costs that come with getting a beautiful artificial lawn.
How to Install a Synthetic Lawn
You can break the synthetic lawn installation process down into six basic steps. If you’re planning on installing your synthetic lawn yourself, it’s important that you follow each tip exactly so you have a beautiful finished project.
Step One: Remove and Level the Soil to the Required Levels
You have to measure and mark off your desired area as the first step in the process. Once you finish this, it’s time to take the top layer of grass and soil out. You can do this with a shovel for a smaller area, but you’ll most likely want a turf cutter for larger areas. You can plan to dig out between 70mm and 100mm to get a solid base. Remember to contact your utility company to ensure that you don’t hit any lines.
Step Two: Fill in the Area with a Base of Crushed Rock and Compact It
Spread an even layer of crushed rock over your soil. Use a rake to spread it evenly, and be on the lookout for dips or natural drops because these areas will funnel water away from your lawn during heavy rains. Get a piece of screed and work it over your crushed rock layer until you have a flat and even space. Lightly spray the evened out crushed rock base with water to help it settle and set.
Step Three: Level Out the Base and Compact it Again
Let your base set, and then get a compactor and level your crushed rock. Give it time to dry and then compact it again. As this directly impacts how your final synthetic lawn will look, you do want to take your time with this step. The last thing you want is odd lumps or an uneven lawn because it settled more when you moved on to the next step.
Step Four: Cut and Lay the Grass Rolls
Pick an edge to be your starting point and roll out your synthetic lawn strips. Make sure that you have at least 10cm of overhang around all of the edges. Measure your synthetic grass and mark along the edges. When you’re sure that you have the correct measurements, cut your synthetic lawn. The goal is to get the grass to fit the area and to have all of the fibres going in the same direction.
Step Five: Secure the Synthetic Lawn
Get joining tape and join all of the smaller pieces of your synthetic lawn together. To do this, fold the synthetic lawn pieces back so that the backsides are facing up and easy to reach. Keep 1mm between each piece, and double check that all of the fibres are going the same direction. Push down to make sure that the glue soaks in. Secure it when it’s dry. You can buy 150mm turf grass pegs to secure it. Place a turn peg every 250mm along the edges of the turfgrass. Make sure that they’re flush to the grass’s surface and trim away any overlap.
Step Six: Brush and Scatter Dry Sand Over the Synthetic Lawn
You brush and scatter dry sand over the top of your synthetic lawn to add weight and make your finished product look fuller. Start by going in a straight line and applying an even layer of the dry sand. Next, get your yard broom and brush the dry sand into the synthetic lawn. Once your sand reaches 12.5mm, you can stop brushing it in.
These six steps walk you through the process of installing your synthetic lawn. This is what directly affects the final cost of the project.
Average Price of a Synthetic Lawn
Now that you know why installation can make the price fluctuate, it’s important that you know a rough estimate of the cost. Depending on the size of the area you want to cover, how much work goes into preparing the area, and what type of pile you want, you can expect to pay:
- $50 to $75 for every square metre of low or mid-priced synthetic lawn
- $75 to $100 for every square metre of a higher-quality synthetic lawn or for a yard that requires more preparation
If you’re wondering how these prices compare to regular turf, it costs between $25 to $35 per square metre to install, but you’ll pay more in upkeep and general maintenance costs.
You may be tempted to tackle this project on your own, but hiring a professional company is one way to ensure that you’ll have a beautiful and lush finished project. Lifestyle Lawns Australia are industry professionals who will give you a free, no-obligation quote when you call them.
Get the lawn of your dreams that you’ll enjoy all summer long, and call Lifestyle Lawns Australia today!