Looking for some helpful hints or have some questions regarding synthetic turf. Look no further we have come up with some of our most common questions that people ask when looking at putting synthetic turf in.
1. Will weeds grow in the synthetic turf?
While weeds don’t tend to grow through the turf, the turf does have drainage holes through out the backing and sometimes the weeds make there way through these holes. Weeds may also form on the edges where the turf is close to a garden bed etc. If any weeds appear we recommend that you either pull them out or use a weed killer to remove them as soon as you see them. Weed killers bought from any garden or hardware supplier store should be suitable to use however if unsure we do recommend that you test the weed killer on a small patch of turf.
Sometimes the seedlings from the weeds also blow onto the turf and may start to grow through sand, if this is the case these types of weeds can easily be remove by hand.
2. Will turf heat up if I have glass fencing or reflective surrounds from nearby building?
Great question! You should be careful regarding the surrounding area when installing synthetic turf. Our turf has been tested against extreme heat, however sometimes when nearby building have reflective glass which may shine down on a roof top balcony, of when you have a glass pool fence reflecting light, this concentrated light does heat up the turf considerably and may cause some melting damage. We always suggest in these instances that you order our samples and place it in the area of concern and test it on a sunny day. That will give you an idea of how hot the area will be along with how hot the turf will get.
3. Can I install the turf directly onto dirt?
The answer to this would be no. We do believe that you should ensure a proper base is prepared before laying the turf. We recommend a crushed rock base along with a layer of crusher dust on top before you lay the turf. This will ensure the area is stable and even and minimise any movement.
4. I have recently dug up a section to lay pipes and have now infilled the area with soil, can I prepare a base and lay turf down straight away.
When digging out an around around a pool, when your laying pipes, back filling etc we suggest that these holes are filled with crush rock with stabilisers through it and compacted at regular intervals. If this hasn’t been done, and the area has just been filled with dirt we would recommend before you prepare a base and lay turf you let the area settle for around 6 months to avoid future dipping. The earth will move in this area over that time and if you do prepare a base and lay turf immediately after this work you may see significant movement in the earth which will result in movement in the turf.
5. My dogs love to use the area to urinate and dig up, will they do this with the synthetic turf once its laid.
Every dog is different, most dogs don’t tend to try and dig up the turf however they may go to the corners and try and pull up the turf. We always recommend you have edging around the area where the turf is laid so it can be tucked in and well secured. We always recommend you add some extra nails around the corners and lay some extra sand infill into these area which will way down the turf and prevent it from being pulled up
If your dogs does use the turf to urinate etc we always recommend that the area is washed down and cleaned on a regular basis to prevent any nasty smells lingering.