Artificial turf is an adaptable landscaping material that can be installed on nearly any surface, including slopes. The US has a varied and dynamic landscape that features hills and mountains; it keeps the scenery interesting.
While this is great for explorers looking to enjoy the view, there are pros and cons to staying on a hill. From enjoying the striking views of the landscape to dealing with the difficulties of trying to maintain a sloped garden.
If you live on a slopy landscape, you may be wondering if you can install artificial grass on a slope. Thankfully, it is possible. This guide will explain why and how you can install this turf option. The information will also address any other concerns you may have regarding artificial turf on a slope.
Why Choose Artificial Turf?
Anyone with a sloped garden knows how difficult it is to keep a naturally sloped yard looking good. From watering without creating puddles at the bottom of the slope to weeding and fertilizing, it can be unbearable and time-consuming during summer.
While you can still replace your garden with other options such as gravel and tired planters, it is all far from attaining a lush, green lawn.
Also, maintaining artificial turf is simple. Even with various sloping options available, you do not need an intricate process to keep it in pristine condition. Once installed and settled, all you need is to brush it semi-regularly to keep the blades standing upright, and once in a while, remove loose leaf litter to prevent weeds.
There is no constant watering, lawn-mowing, or worrying about patchy areas that will make your lawn appear weary.
Options For Sloping
If you are considering applying artificial turf to your slopy garden, there are two options to choose from.
The first option is to level the field. Depending on your property’s angle, this can be a costly, yet effective solution to realizing a clean, smooth yard. However, it is labor-intensive because it involves moving a significant amount of dirt around and disrupting soil if done improperly.
The next option entails leaving the slope as it is and laying artificial turf above. To do this successfully, check with your local artificial turf installer to ascertain if your landscape can hold this sloping option. They will survey the landscape and give you a quote for the installation cost.
How To Install Artificial Turf On a Slope Professionally
Synthetic grass installation requires cautious preparation if you want a durable finish. Note that laying it on a slope is similar to installing it on a flush surface. The following steps will help you install artificial turf on a sloped area the right way, so you can spend most of your time relaxing instead of maintaining it.
Prepare The Area
Before you install artificial turf on your slopy garden, ensure the area is well prepared. Clear up any dirt and grass as well as huge stones that could make the landscape uneven.
Install Timber Framework
On the upper part of the slope and preferably around the perimeter of sloped areas, install a timber framework. This helps to provide anchorage to the grass and prevent it from moving or sliding down the slope.
Sort Out Any Drainage Issue
Examine the lowest end of your slope for any puddles. Puddles mean you must tackle any drainage issues prior to installing the artificial turf.
Though superior turf contains drainage holes, water needs a place to discharge at the lowest end of the slope. Or else it will lead to logging. Drainage system installation is a DIY process for people with experience. Alternatively, you can seek the services of your local artificial turf installation company.
Install The First Weed Membrane
Weeds are among the main reasons people choose to fit artificial turf on their garden slope. Therefore, the membrane stage is essential.
It would help to use a double-layered weed membrane to provide robust weed resistance while also forming a smooth foundation for the sub-base. Place it directly onto the soil and nail it in place using galvanized U-pins.
Add a Sub-base
With the weed membrane in place, create a sub-base that will form the ideal basis for your artificial turf.
We recommend using a Type 1 aggregate as it will give you a good finish and prevent artificial turf from slipping. However, getting an even distribution of the sub-base across the slope is tricky, and you may have to secure it to the bank using your hands. Not fun but fruitful in the long run!
Add Another Weed Membrane
Happy with the sub-base? It is now time to install another layer of membrane, on top of sand or granite dust, to assist in joining the aggregate to the slope, keeping weeds at bay, and preventing the grass from slipping. After that, secure it in place using galvanized U-pins.
Fit The Artificial turf
Finally, you can fit your artificial turf in place. Roll out the grass as usual, line it up then nail it into the timber perimeter using galvanized nails so it will not roll to the lower side while working. Work your way about the edges, fitting the turf in place, and using glue or joining tape to join it till you attain a uniform finish on the entire slope.
Sand and Power Brush The Artificial Turf
This is the best way to prevent wrinkles and keep your synthetic turf blades upright.
Once the grass is well tucked around the perimeter, sand it heavily to weigh it into the bank and prevent wrinkles from occurring. Afterward, brush through the grass using a stiff broom to give it a good finish and keep the blades upright.
There you have it! Our detailed guide on turf installation across a slopy landscape.
Artificial turf is versatile. You can also use it on a patio, a newly laid or pre-existing concrete paving slab, or a concrete pour. It is the perfect option for households with children and pets since it requires minimal maintenance.
So, why not spare yourself the stress and time of maintaining a natural lawn and treat yourself to a quality artificial turf for your slopy garden.
Ready to Start?
Contact us, your nearest artificial grass installer, to inquire about your specific landscape project. We will be happy to come and assess the landscape and give you expert advice on how you can proceed with your lawn installation.