Laying Astroturf Over Stone Flags: What You Need to Know
With lifestyles becoming progressively busier, few of us these days have sufficient free time to give our gardens the attention and upkeep they require. This is the reason behind the astronomical rise in the popularity of Astroturf.
However, sometimes it can be difficult to see the sports pitch through the sales pitch. Astroturf seems a good choice if you wish to create a lawn over stone flags, but it is important to know the facts before you make your decision.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Astroturf
It’s an appealing idea; a low-maintenance, high-quality lawn all year round, but as with all things, there are pros and cons to having artificial turf.
Here are some of the myths and facts associated with Astroturf.
- Lower maintenance. Obviously, with Astroturf there is no more need for mowing; however, it is a misconception that it needs little to no upkeep. Astroturf can still be prone to moss and algae, meaning that you will still have to sweep and possibly power-wash your lawn regularly.
- Durability. Artificial lawns do not last forever, but are usually guaranteed for between seven and ten years.
- Environmental factors. Having an artificial lawn negates the carbon emissions associated with petrol lawnmowers and certain fertilisers. However, you may find you do not see as great a variety of birds and insects, as many require real grass as part of their habitats.
How to lay Astroturf Over Stone Flags
Stone flags are a good foundation for Astroturf, but before you begin, you must make sure they are clean and even. Gaps between your flags could cause your artificial lawn to sag. Filling them in with cement first will prevent this. In order to create a more even surface that is softer underfoot, many people choose to lay a foundation of sharp sand underneath. It is also worth considering laying a membrane beneath your Astroturf if you want to avoid regular weeding.
Cutting and Securing
Artificial turf is available in a variety of widths. Once you have chosen the appropriate one for the area you wish to cover, it can then easily be cut to size using a Stanley knife. Some owners choose to edge the perimeter with timber so the turf can be nailed into place; however, glue is a more popular choice. If you choose to glue your Astroturf in place, it is essential to leave gaps in the glue to allow for drainage; otherwise your new lawn could become waterlogged.
All in all, Astroturf is a convenient means of creating a lawn over your stone flags, and will provide you with a lush, green garden all year round.