Create A Stunning, Low Maintenance Commercial Space
Artificial grass is a popular choice, not just in private gardens but more and more local businesses, hotel chains, amusement parks, pubs and government authorities are choosing fake grass to transform lifeless areas in lush green lawns for public use.
Artificial turf is sure to turn heads and make any business or public area the talk of the town. The low maintenance nature of artificial grass also makes it a cost-effective solution for commercial and public use. It can brighten up spaces with some greenery, without anyone having to worry about it getting boggy in the winter months or needing to be cut regularly during the summer.
Artificial Grass for Public Areas
Artificial grass for parks and playgrounds makes for a highly durable, safe playing surface, with minimal maintenance. Public areas endure continuous foot traffic, which can be handled far better by artificial grass than natural grass. It’s soft, non-abrasive and provides comfort when walking and playing on it.
Artificial grass for public areas provides a safe environment which is free from harmful substances and reduce the risk of injury at parks and playgrounds for children.
Commercial Areas Suited to Artificial Grass
- Paths and path edges
- Caravan parks
- Office gardens
- Construction site entrances
- Swimming pool surrounds
As artificial grass doesn’t require any water or sunlight, you can make just as much use of the surfaces indoors as the ones outdoors. Commercial artificial grass can provide a welcoming atmosphere in any commercial property, such as on the walls of an office, on a shop floor or even on the balcony or rooftop of a commercial building.
The possibilities for using artificial grass are numerous; it’s ideal for use in circumstances where ordinary grass would need extra special care to grow – but also for creative purposes! Artificial grass for hotels is becoming increasingly popular and highly requested in the hospitality industry, for use in gardens, around swimming pools, on rooftops and as feature walls in rooms. Hotels often aren’t allowed to irrigate in order to save water, so artificial grass is the perfect solution to have a perfectly green garden all year round.
The Advantages of Commercial Artificial Grass
Our commercial artificial grass has all the advantages that it does for residential customers, as well as providing suitable flooring for heavy footfall areas, requiring very little maintenance and it looks fantastic all year round. Installing artificial grass can also help businesses increase their profits and help to reduce health and safety risks, by providing a non-slip surface that can be used all year-round.
Artificial grass can be laid on top of concrete or tarmacadam as long as it is even and is able to drain water correctly. However,regardless of if the concrete is even or not, we recommend using an underlay to properly make sure your artificial grass is looked after in the best way possible.
The short answer is yes. However, as with concrete you need to take the right precautions before doing so. You must make sure the wood is strong and fresh- not weak and /or mouldy. You must also be sure use some sort of underlay and weed membrane to make sure your artificial grass remains in tip top shape!
Unfortunately, it is not recommended that you lay your artificial grass down on a soil base. This is because soil can become a victim of weather induced wear and tear quite easily- leaving you with a base that is compromised. Ultimately, this will ruin your artificial grass, so it is recommended to lay your artificial grass on a stronger base (such as sharp sand).
To keep things simple, you can lay artificial grass by using the required tools and by following our 6 easy steps below (read onbelow for further info):
- Plan & clear the area
- Create an edge
- Lay the base
- Apply weed membrane
- Lay the artificial grass and trim edges
- Add finishing touches
1: Plan & clear the area
Before starting your project, plan out the area to be covered. Ensure that cables and water pipes are below the digging depth. Remove the turf to a depth of 300mm using a turf cutter or spade and remove any large stones, bricks, or other obstructions. Lay down a type 1 stone base (limestone is sized from 40mm down to dust and is mainly used as a bulk fill) to .
2: Create an edge
If there are no perimeters for the product to butt up against, install an edging system. We recommend Tanalised timber. Knock the edging into the soil with a hammer and piece of wood, leaving around 3cm exposed.
3: Lay the base
Apply around 25mm of granite dust or sharp sand where granite is not an option. Use a piece of timber to drag the sand or dust across the application area to provide a smooth surface. If using sand, the depth should not be more than 20mm. Use hardcore to level out larger imperfections (i.e. over 20mm) before applying sand.
4: Apply weed membrane
Once the base is compacted, apply weed membrane to the area and secure in position with 4″ galvanised steel nails every 0.75m around the perimeter. This will prevent weed growth whilst allowing water drainage. Trim off any waste membrane from the edges. If any joining is needed, overlap the edges then attach them with gaffer tape.
5: Lay the artificial grass and trim edges
Unroll the artificial turf over the area, being careful to not move the weed membrane. Having the pile direction running toward the house will give the best look from the windows of the house. Once positioned, trim the excess artificial grass. Everedge gives you a useful edge to run your knife around. We recommend changing blades every 3-5 metres to ensure the blade stays sharp enough.
6: Add finishing touches
To finish, apply kiln sand to the turf. This can be done using a blower and stiff brush or a lawn fertiliser spreader. We recommend 6-8kg of sand per square metre of product. This step is vital to ensure the most natural-looking finish. For the best results, we recommend brushing the pile before, during and after. This sand dressing should be done on a dry day and the same day as the lawn installation.
1: Prepare the Join
If a join in the turf is required, butt both of the surfaces together ensuring the pile is running in the same direction. Fold back 30-40cm on each side along the length of the join and trim 20-30mm from each edge, cutting between tufts.
2: Apply Glue and Join Tape
Unroll join tape shiny-side down along the entire length of the join. Apply the adhesive along each edge of the backing in 2 lines. Fold one side of the turf onto the join tape then slowly fold over the other side of the join. A gap of 2-3mm between the sections generally gives the best results.
3: Allow Time to Dry
Once joined, laying weighted planks along the join is a good idea to ensure an invisible joint. Allow 2-3 hours to dry and then sand infill the product.
Unfortunately, laying artificial grass isn’t as simple as just laying the turf down. However, the following tools will make the installation of your artificial grass a whole lot easier:
- Turf Cutter
- Stanley Knife
- Joining Tape
- Joining Adhesive
- Tape Measure
- Planks for Compacting
- Ground Pins
- Broom/Stiff Brush