|My back lawn this morning after artificial turf installation and a cleansing rain.|
|Testing samples of turf options and blade density for the back yard.|
And that was this week.
|How the back real grass turf looked this spring. Not unlike how the artificial turf appears now!|
|Removal of the struggling turf begins.|
|Turf removal is a labor intensive job; more exacting than you would think.|
|And yes, it took a village. Of hard-working, sweaty, good-natured guys. And some good tunes on the radio.|
|Existing brickwork and brick border was left undisturbed and in place.|
|Thankfully it rained the night before rendering turf removal much easier.|
After the turf removal, flexible edging was put in place using the old bed lines as a template. These guys were uber accommodating as I moved the edging an inch here and an inch there.
|Edging is in place on west side! Workers survey the work thus far.|
|Stakes hold the parabola of the curves in place.|
I made sure there was a void between the brick and the grass. This was very important to me...I think it enhances the realism of the synthetic turf, softens the look, and really mimics the way I have always trimmed, groomed and mowed my turf in the past. Aka, the 'signature' look in the garden I have worked hard to create. And, it just makes me pleased and happy with the overall appearance of the garden, no matter what the season.
|Large quantities of crushed gravel was brought in as the base to the synthetic turf.|
They then put down a layer of black porous weed barrier inside the edging. Here is where I made a departure from the front process of installing the grass. Rather than using the Airfield Systems (here) grass drainage system (if you want to see installation images of my front lawn, they used it as a case study on their website here) I opted to use gravel as the substrata to the turf. Largely because the area was so small and sinewy in a tight space.
|Another labor intensive process: bringing large amounts of crushed gravel|
Copious amounts of first crushed gravel, then a slightly larger gravel were wheelbarrowed in and then shoveled and tamped and prodded into place. Again, with exacting detail. I was so impressed with their professionalism and craftsmanship.
|Stepping stones are placed, leveled, and then 'graveled' in.|
I then, with their help, strategically placed the stepping stones where they had been before. We took pictures to ensure the look and cadence of the placement was the same.
|Minor tweaking of the edging was not an issue for them; they were eager to please.|
|The packed gravel looked so good I was tempted to leave it that way!|
|Notice that the gravel is now level with the top of the edging, and border is tailored, crisp and neat.|
|They thought I should at least help a bit by securing some of it in place...as I was so fascinated with the process.|
|Cutting around the stepping stones is an exacting, slow, careful, methodical process|
|After completion: artificial turf.|
|After completion: artificial turf|
|Real turf in early summer. I can hardly tell the difference!|
|Real turf, late spring.|
|After completion: synthetic turf, mid - late summer|
After on the left, before on the right.
Artificial on the left, real on the right.
No maintenance or water on the left.....water, seed, fertilizer, fungicides, mowing, edging, blowing and frustration on the right.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? TELL ME!