We looked at the advantages of installing artificial grass yourself earlier this week. Now consider the alternative: hiring a contractor to install artificial grass for you. People considering artificial grass are usually concerned with benefits such as reducing water use, saving time and energy on lawn maintenance, or simply providing a great-looking lawn year-round, just as they are with a DIY application.
As we previously said, if the conditions are correct, implementing artificial grass yourself is a project you can complete. So, let's look at some of the situations where hiring someone to plant artificial grass for you could be advantageous. While a professional installation will cost more up front, the long-term benefit you will get from it is worth considering.
If you have a big yard and want to plant artificial grass, you can hire a specialist to do it for you. Large yards necessitate a lot of grass, which ensures that seaming can be used several times during the installation.
The most technically challenging aspect of any artificial grass construction is seaming. It is the method of linking two or more artificial grass cuts together. Seams that are well-done are almost undetectable. Seams that aren't handled correctly stand out like a sore thumb. If you begin seaming without extreme caution, you will be dissatisfied with the final appearance of your project.
Consider how a poster will be rolled up. When attempting to perform a roll, we've all witnessed misalignment. You end up with paper jutting from one end of the rolled-up poster instead of sharp, clean edges. Seaming your artificial grass can have the same impact. A minor blunder in the beginning will compound exponentially as time goes on.
Artificial grass would have been seamed several times by a decent installer. When the job is done, his or her expertise will show (or, rather, not show). If seaming is needed as part of your installation, the additional cost of hiring a qualified contractor may be justified.
Soil that is difficult to work with
Digging a hole isn't always as simple as jamming the shovel into the dirt, as it appears on TV or in cartoons. Many homeowners must deal with rocky soil, dense mud, or soil that has deep root systems. Excavation is needed for proper artificial grass installation, and excavating the required 3 inches deep in such soils can be difficult. Inexperience, particularly if there are a lot of roots, can have serious implications for the surrounding plant life.
You can also come across old stumps, huge boulders, old irrigation pipes, and a variety of other obstacles. Both of these items must be removed and either repurposed or discarded. The excavation process can produce many tons of soil in broad yards. You'll also have to dispose of the excavated soil if you don't have any other places on your land to position it.
Both of these items will be taken care of by a competent installer. So, if you don't want to do some strenuous manual labor and/or aren't sure what to do with your excavated dirt, hiring an installer for your project is probably your best bet.
The passage of time
It's no secret that we've all grown accustomed to receiving items in a timely manner. We can now get instant answers to almost every question thanks to technological advancements. We can order anything from Amazon and have it delivered the next day. Hiring an installer is the best option if you need an artificial grass lawn quickly.
Even if it's a small project, going the DIY route would almost certainly mean you'll be spending several weekends prepping the site and installing it. Since the majority of us have daily jobs, the installation process would be spread out over our limited free time.
If you don't want to spend your evenings and weekends digging and wheel-barrowing dirt and rock, an installer will get your new artificial grass lawn installed in a matter of days. Granted, each yard is unique and offers varying degrees of difficulty, but an accomplished installer with a capable crew can complete a job that would otherwise take you a long time.
What is the best option for you?
It's crucial to decide whether you want to plant artificial grass yourself or employ someone to do it for you. Remember that a decent, professional installer will charge between $8 and $12 per square foot. You can expect to pay $3-$4 per square foot if you do it yourself.
Contact us for more information about artificial turf, and ask us about our turf protection products to help protect your turf from the sun and melting.