How to get rid of weeds in artificial grass? Find out in 5 steps
Before installing synthetic grass, you must prepare the field to guarantee a successful result. There are five steps to achieve that, and we'll share them with you.
Before beginning the excavation, you must eliminate all the weeds and the remains of natural grass, but it is not enough to cut or tear it all off. You will see why:
1) Two days before removing all the vegetation layer from the ground, you should apply a weed killer to the entire area with a sprayer.
After that, the weed should have died, as well as the rest of the natural grass, all the way to the roots. This will prevent as much as possible that the weed sprouts again on the surface after the installation of the artificial grass is done.
But if you miss this step, in a short time you'll start seeing new weeds.
An important warning is that the client must be advised that after the weed killer is applied, everyone must avoid the area to prevent children, adults, and pets from getting any allergies or poisoning. However, this doesn't damage the artificial grass at all.
2) After the vegetation is removed, just make sure there are no remains of any kind on the surface or under the ground.
3) After that, you should start to excavate the ground and then flatten it and level it to avoid air bubbles or undulations that could cause wrinkles to the synthetic grass.
How much should be dug? It is advisable to dig to a depth of 4 to 6 inches minimum from the surface to remove all the topsoil and thus be able to reach the sandy part.
After the excavation
4) The fourth step is focused on the weed barrier. This is a plastic fabric with a hydrophilic treatment that controls the emergence of weeds and allows the passage of air and water. It is also easy to use and safe for the environment. At Diamond Artificial Grass we offer it to you in 300, 1500, and 2500 square feet:
It is recommended to place two layers of weed barrier as follows:
- The first layer is placed on top of the soil and then about 4 to 6 inches of the base is added on top. Recycled concrete should preferably be used. This is then leveled and compacted. Recycled concrete prevents weeds from growing again. And if there are any roots left, they will grow sideways and come out on the outer edges.
- Then the second layer of mesh is installed right before installing the artificial grass.
5) Once the artificial grass project is all set, the client must consider scheduling maintenance carried out every six months. Since some sprouts may appear again in the grooves that separate the project from the concrete walkways, or in the edges that separate the grass from the fences or separation fences, or between the grass and the poly boards.
That is inevitable, especially where the natural vegetation is very lush due to the climatic characteristics and the richness of the soil, especially during spring and summer. However, it can be easily controlled by weed killer spray.
If you are interested in this topic and want to learn more tips and advice about artificial grass, we invite you to continue checking our blog. If there is a specific topic you want to ask us about, you can always contact us. Any of our experts can give you a preview.