Football play area - Ringwood, Dorset

Greenscape Grass recently completed an artificial grass project in Ringwood, Dorset.

The client wanted an area their son and his friends could play football on all year round without churning up the existing natural turf. Creating such an area would also have the affect of keeping the children playing in a confined (yet spacious) area, away from the home owners planted flower beds and of course it will also put an end to muddy foot prints in the kitchen.

The garden is very large and the new artificial grass play area covered an area of 80 square meters. As avid gardeners the client wished to keep the remaining lawn area as natural grass. and this also meant the cost of installation was minimised. As the artificial grass area is to adjoin an area of real grass we provided a solid edge from kerb edging, cemented into the ground. This will prevent the natural grass encroaching into the artificial grass area, and provide a solid border up to which the home owner can cut the natural grass to, either by lawn mower or strimmer.

Clients often under estimate the preparation of the area prior to laying of the artificial grass but as the members of the clients family were home each day of the installation they had a unique opportunity to see the stages of preparation that is required for a professional artificial grass install.

The stages of work required to complete the artificial grass install in Ringwood were;

1. Excavation of 100mm of material (grass and top soil) from the existing lawn area. Remove all excess material from site.

2. To level the dug out area and compact down with a plate compactor and cover whole area with weed membrane.

3. Bring in 4in (100mm) of type 1, 16mm path gravel and spread over complete area and compact with plate compactor.

4. Bring in sharp sand and screed 25mm over total area and compact.

5. Roll out and lay artificial grass, staple down along edgings, 1m intervals and use glued jointing strips when joining artificial grass.

This procedure should give you a long lasting artificial grass area that will last 10-20 years without further maintenance.

(Cutting corners or incorrect installation will shorten life of the project.)

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