As with any landscaping project, properly installing artificial grass takes professional skill. An improperly designed artificial lawn can cause many issues, including poor drainage, uneven surfaces, and weeds. Check out these common mistakes DIY artificial turf installers make—and then call a professional right away.

Incorrect Measurements

This is one of the most vital mistakes a DIY installer can make. Incorrect measurements will throw off your entire yard. If you choose to install your artificial turf yourself, measure the installation at least twice from different sides and directions to make sure they align. However, if you consult a professional installer, they’ll be able to cover the installation area more efficiently.

Uneven or Flat Base

Similarly, an uneven base will look unattractive and unprofessional. Most homeowners want flat, smooth yards to boost their homes’ curb appeal. Bumps or wrinkles can ruin this effect. A professional installer can remove any rocks, dirt, or other objects that would cause unevenness and use a compactor to make the base layer smooth. There should still be a slight incline from the center of your yard—this way, water will drain out the sides instead of pooling in the middle.

Wasting Leftover Turf

Some amateur landscapers throw away the scraps or leftover pieces of turf after they finish the installation. Hang on to these instead—in time, you’ll likely need to make minor repairs or patches in case something happens to your new artificial yard, such as inclement weather or dogs tearing it apart. Keep this in mind so that you don’t have to spend more time and resources to buy more turf.

Not Installing Weed Protection

Without a weed blocker, you may still notice natural weeds growing in your artificial lawn. To keep your yard green and smooth, you must use a weed blocker. Natural weeds growing over your artificial grass can ruin your curb appeal, and the uprooted plants can cause holes or ruin the blades. A weed membrane will prevent these issues and protect your artificial grass for a long time.

At Synthetic Grass Northwest, we take great care to ensure you have the best artificial grass and synthetic turf for your lawn. We take great pride in our professional installers, who supply top-quality lawn care so that you don’t experience any of the common mistakes you could make when installing artificial turf on your own. Check out our selection of artificial grasses and turfs, and then give us a call for a professional consultation.