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Hi everyone and welcome to our blog where we shall try to keep you up to date with all the latest developments and new products in the world of Artificial Grass.

Our first post is to answer a question that we are being asked all too frequently “CAN I LAY THE ARTIFICIAL GRASS MYSELF? And the first answer is that we wouldn’t advise it, the second answer would be why would you even try to install it yourself? Over the 10yrs that we have been laying artificial grass we have seen more D.I.Y disasters that you can imagine, even from supposedly professional installers! With so many new Artificial Grass companies springing up weekly, so the posting of even more useless information grows.

D.I.Y

The cost of the grass together with all the additional tools and products works out the same as if you had a professional installing the whole job from start to finish while you sat with your feet up watching the TV. You might be able to save a few pounds but as I have seen before, even a very good landscaper following the installation instructions to the letter can cock things up in a very expensive way!

Materials

The materials used for installing the artificial grass can all be brought from the net i.e. grass, tape, glue with the exception of the sand, ask many on line grass companies and they will tell you to use kiln dried silica sand available from any good D.I.Y store, the problem with using this product is it’s not free draining and will clog up after time leaving you with a moss and weed ridden lawn that will need expensive treatment to remove. The correct sand to use is s4 sports sand or synthetic sports dressing sand, this has no fine particles but instead uses grains ranging from 1mm down to 0.5mm, this will ensure rain water is free to pass through the sand without becoming clogged up and turning into the ideal environment for unwanted moss and weeds  too start breeding in your new lawn.

 

Problems you will get when using the wrong sand!

The roundabout that we sponsor at Warners farm roundabout on the A130 Chelmsford was installed using s4 sports sand dressing, this was installed two years ago now and we have never had any trouble with weeds or moss growing in the new grass, the same cannot be said for various other roundabouts across Essex that used the cheaper inferior product! But again that comes down to experience and R+D and knowing the right products to use for the job

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