Artificial Grass Water Drainage
Compared to natural grass, artificial grass requires fairly little maintenance. The grass never grows, so it won’t require any form of mowing, fertilization, or the spraying of pesticides for weed control. The only major form of maintenance that is necessary to educate yourself in would be any artificial grass drainage problems and their solutions. Much like natural grass, artificial grass is susceptible to all sorts of water damage that can affect your entire property so preparing for these problems before they arise is the best prevention method of all. It also will avoid any unexpected repair costs.
California has seen incredible amounts of rainfall in the past few months and owners of artificial turf have struggled with issues of flooding and turf drainage. Whether you have artificial turf on your deck, patio, or rooftops, you’ll have to install the proper drainage systems to guide the water in the right direction and prevent any water damage. Besides property damage, increased exposure to water will shorten the lifespan of your artificial turf and make it more susceptible to other forms of physical and structural damage.
An easy DIY artificial grass drainage system can be done during the initial installation process. Whoever does the installation (a landscaper, yourself, or an industry profession) can actually create strategic slopes in the ground before laying down the new grass that will recruit the power of gravity to divert the water in the right direction.
Many people also choose to invest in a vinyl drainage mat, such as the Cactus Mat, which you can place underneath your turf before the initial installation. These mats interlock with others so you can easily create your specific layout in any size. It’s a cost-effective way to prevent flooding and avoid the build-up of excess water. Some mat sets cost as little as $13.
One of the biggest influencers in any artificial turf drainage problem is the condition of the soil underneath. Denser earth, with more of a clay-like texture, will require more extensive turf drainage, as it is already thicker and damper in general. Some people also choose to add a layer of gravel (such as river sand) beneath the turf, which allows for a sturdy, but effective drainage measure. The holes between the rocks will guide the water away from the artificial turf, acting as natural drainage under artificial grass. Once it’s installed, you won’t have to worry about maintaining it.
Many people want to invest in an artificial grass drainage system but feel uncertain that they can do it on their own. Those people will often turn to artificial turf industry professionals. If that’s the route you’re wanting to take, please consult JusTurf. We employ some of the most experienced professionals in the area and can provide quick and thorough service!