You all love to see a neat and clean lawn when you enter your property. Thus, grasses and stones surely come to your mind since they can add a tidy as well as greenish finish to your garden. However, there are a lot work when installing natural grasses between pavers. And also, you have to maintain them properly. But do not worry; artificial grasses are the best alternative to this case. So today, we will discuss how to install artificial grass strips between pavers in this blog post. If you follow the below-mentioned procedure correctly, you will be able to have a tidy lawn.
Why Should you Choose Artificial Grass Strips Between Pavers?
There are a lot of benefits from artificial grass strips. Mainly, you do not need to care for them after the installation. There is no need to water or mow them. And you do not have to remove weeds, unlike the natural grass. And they are safe for human beings as well as the environment. (vapingzone.com)
Artificial grass strips are non-slippery, but they look the same as natural grass. Although they have to face harsh sun rays, artificial grass strips do not fade away. Thus, you will never be disappointed if you choose artificial grass strips between your pavers. If you are able to install them properly, artificial grasses can last up to 20 years.
What are the Two Methods for Installing Artificial Grass Strips?
You can use the strips between the pavers or cut the grass around the pavers. Artificial grass rolls can be cut and shaped as you wish.
If you hope to directly use the strips, you will need to measure the spaces and cut them. But when you use the entire grass roll, you do not have to measure the gaps. However, there will be a wastage of the remaining pieces of grass rolls.
Here we are going to explain to you the easiest way to do this job without complexing the project with measurements. Since you are going to do this task by yourself, this method will be the most suitable.
How to Prepare the Ground for Installing Artificial Grass Strips?
Preparation is highly important before installing the grass strips. The reason why, the grass strips cannot be well-installed on unstable ground. As a result, they will slip or scratch here and there. So please adhere to these instructions.
If you want a standard grass strip installation, the first thing you should do is excavate the top layer of soil. Then the sub-base can lay well on the soil. Mostly, there might be concrete surfaces between pavers. So, you should observe the grading on your surface.
Grading means the slight slope that created while it was constructed to avoid water accumulating.
If the grading is not sufficient, you need to drill holes for proper drainage. Otherwise, there will be floods when the rainy season begins. Then, make sure to remove any larger particles of rocks, debris, etc. You can check the drainage ability of the ground by spraying some water.
If there is no concrete surface, it is possible to lay the sub-base using the normal application. It can be compacted manually using a hand tamp.
How to Install Artificial Grass Strips Between Pavers?
- Whether there is a concrete or soil base, you should put a sub-base layer for proper drainage. Use a crushed stone as the sub-base and fit them between the pavers using a brick. Secondly, use a heavy hammer to compact the layer well.
- Take your artificial grass layer and lay it on the pavers. Let it rest on the pavers for 4 to 5 hours prior to installation. It is vital to do this on a sunny day; then, the fibers on the grass strips will stand up and back to the molds between the pavers. In addition, someone can walk on the spaces between the pavers to compact the grass well.
- When the time is up, you can nail the grass down. The nails should be at least 1 inch apart. Do not hammer them down completely because you use those nails temporarily. After you nail, the grass cannot shift around. If there is a harder surface, like concrete, you have to skip this step.
- Next, you should cut the grass around the pavers. This step is the most crucial. You should make clean cuts; otherwise, the final look will be unpleasant. Avoid unnecessary gaps as well as extra grass on the pavers. Use a standard utility blade or a box cutter and cut within small increments.
- To secure the grass strips permanently, you should use heavy galvanized nails that are 5 inches long. Keep the nail in the corner of your paver and hit. Then you can remove the nails you placed temporarily. If your surface is a harder one, you will need glue that is designed to stick the artificial grasses. (Valium)
- Check whether there are any gaps and ensure to join them. So, trim the grass and make necessary joins using joining tape or glue. Wait until the glue dries completely.
- As the last step, you can install infill before brushing. Infill refers to a fine sediment that is made using different materials. They help to keep the grass blades up and cool them. Sprinkle them on the grass and brush to fluff up those fibers.
Can you Glue Artificial Grass to Pavers?
Yes, when there is a harder surface like concrete or stone, you will need a good adhesive to attach the grass to the pavers. Professional installers use special glue in order to attach the grass to the pavers.
The glue method is really beneficial when you also want to use grasses on other small surfaces like a balcony. But you should consider the condition of your surface before using glue to secure the grass.
If the surface has been cracked, the glue will not hold the grass layer for a long time since there is no even base. If you are not sure whether to use nails or glue, contact a professional and get some advice.
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