This is an age old question that brand new owners of artificial grass always wonder about. Can you just put artificial grass on the soil. Yes you can, with preparation. If you prepare the area properly, you can absolutely have artificial grass on soil without any issues.
Artificial grass area preparation tips
Preparation is very important before you do anything because you’ll need to make sure that the area that you are planning to lay artificial grass on is ready. To prepare you’ll need to do the following.
- Make sure all the vegetation has died off, it’ll take at least 2 weeks or so. If there’s any life in the ground, it will cause issues with the artificial grass. You can make sure that all the vegetation has died off by mixing vinegar and salt. You can also use dish liquid as well to help make sure it will stick to the area that you’re trying to kill off the vegetation. The salt will actually sterilize the area to make sure that nothing will ever grow again. For every gallon, you’ll want to use 2 cups of salt and one cup of vinegar. This is the cheapest and non-toxic way of killing off all vegetation that won’t harm humans and animals
- Make sure the area has good drainage
- Remove the topsoil so that there’s sufficient space for the artificial lawn
- Install the border. You can use our product, which is the Vertedge that will help to keep the border in place.
- Add a weed barrier. This is important because you do not want to deal with weeds as well as earthworms and such if there’s no barrier. If you want to keep out small creatures such as rodents, you may want to consider a rodent barrier as well
- Add the base material. Before you lay down the artificial grass, you’ll want to add the base so that the artificial grass doesn’t sink in or sag.
- Don’t’ forget to moisten the base so that you can easily lay down the artificial grass
- When the base is dry, you can start rolling out the artificial grass over the area. Make sure that it’s firm and smooth. If the base is not perfect, you may have to fix it until it’s on the level that the artificial grass is on.
If you follow the above steps, you can easily use artificial grass on top of the soil. It’s becoming extremely popular to use artificial lawns for green space because it’s cost effective and it looks beautiful. You never have to worry about it coming off and exposing the soil, providing that you (or a company) installed it correctly.