LazyLawn FAQ

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Here are some of the opportunities to think about.

  • General garden areas that you would normally grass, and be a slave to future maintenance!
  • Shade areas where real grass is hard to grow – Artificial Grass looks great all year round.
  • Children’s play surfaces – Helps to protect from injury when kids fall on hard surfaces
  • Balconies upper terraces and open patio areas
  • Flat roofs – protects flat roofs and enhances appearance where overlooked
  • Scruffy paved areas where you want to enhance the appearance without the cost of re-paving or tiling
  • Small back garden or yard areas – even in the drying area will look better
  • Patio’s – Covered or open to weather
  • Around water features
  • Swimming pool surrounds, sauna’s and general pathways
  • Take a square when you go into the bush or go camping and keep the dust down
  • Decks
  • Boat decks and general lounging areas

The list goes on and on……

There are many products available on the market, some much better in quality and appearance than others. The Density and length of grass generally determines the quality and “Real Look” and feel of the grass.

Short tuft grass (15mm and below) generally looks more like a green carpet after a while, so take care in choosing a tuft length. The tuft density determines appearance of the grass after a while. Remember, most new grasses look good on the roll but its density that defines how they look after a few months on the ground.

Always ask about the density rating and manufacturing specification, and if the sales person cannot provide you with one, think carefully before you buy…

There are several points to consider with artificial grass, but the single most important is the product density. That is the number of tufts per m2.  We would normally look for a specification higher than 14000 per m2 for a premium grass. Refer to our Product section for more details about specification.

LazyLawn 20 and 35 Density are both 16,800 tufts per m2.

LazyLawn standard is generally significantly higher than most products commonly available in South Africa. However, we suggest that you use the LazyLawn specification as a good starting point. Ask any potential supplier about their specification and compare the results. Take care not to just “hear” what the sales person says, always ask for a copy of the manufacturers specification sheet, and if that’s not available, we suggest you think carefully before buying. Our Specification sheet is generally available at the point of sale, but if it’s not please look click here to download SPECIFICATION SHEET

Remember that almost all artificial grass looks quite good on the roll, but it’s how well it wears and stand up to use that really matters, and that comes back to the manufacturing specification.

Buying grass it’s a capital purchase which should last and look good for 15 to 20 years.

The following key points are important to consider and ask about.

LazyLawn 20 (Abridged specification)

Tuft (grass) length 20mm
Tufts/m2 16,800 (each tuft has about 15 to 18 yarns or threads per tuft)
Yarn Weight 1.000 kg/m2
Total Weight 2.400 kg.m2

LazyLawn 30 (Abridged specification)

Tuft (grass) length 30mm
Tufts/m2 18,900 (each tuft has about 15 to 18 yarns or threads per tuft)
Yarn Weight 1.560 kg/m2
Total Weight 2.960 kg.m2

See the “Technical” section of this web site for the full LazyLawn specification.

LazyLawn is easy to install especially with the LazyLawn wide format roll (4m wide) because with wide roll you will probably experience fewer joints than with the narrower 2m wide formats. If you follow the simple instructions on our web site you can’t go wrong. See “Installation” section of this web site. Optionally we can always recommend a professional to do this work for you.

LazyLawn comes in 2m and 4m wide rolls with lengths up to 25m long.  If you’re installing yourself, all you need do is measure the length and width of the area to be covered and order a suitable size piece to cover the widest part.

If the area you need to cover is greater than what can be covered by a single piece cut off the 2 or 4m wide roll you can easily join sections, using our standard jointing tape and a suitable waterproof adhesive.

LazyLawn is designed to be simply rolled out, trimmed to suit the shape and fixed down with pins if need be. You should however give new grass a good strong brush with a stiff brush once the installation is completed. This is important because the grass has been stored in rolls since manufacture and the tufts will be laying down. Exposure to the sun helps lift the tufts but a stiff brush is all you really need.

Some less dense grasses require you to use a fine dry sand or silica sand, after laying the grass to partly fill between the tufts – normally up to 30 or 45% of the depth of the grass.

However, sand in-fill is normally not needed with the higher density heavy grasses. If you have children that play a lot of football or if you have large powerful dogs, the sand in-fill adds extra weight to lighter weight grasses, and the sand helps keep the grass tufts upright.

A disadvantage to using sand in-fill is that over time it washes out or blows away and will need some maintenance over time to re-sand and brush. Equally if you have dogs you may need to hose the grass to clean any mess which tends to wash out the sand in-fill if you are not careful.

Some grasses recommend that you use a fine dry sand or silica sand, after laying the grass. This would normally be spread over the grass to 30 or 45% of the depth of the grass to add weight to the grass and assist in keeping the tufts upright. However, with the higher density and heavier grasses this is generally not necessary.

Equally if you have children that play a lot of football or if you have large powerful dogs, the sand in-fill adds extra weight to lighter weight grasses, and the sand helps keep the grass tufts upright in these heavier applications.

A disadvantage to using sand in-fill is that over time it washes out or blows away and will need some maintenance over time to re-sand and brush. Equally if you have dogs you may need to hose the grass to clean any mess which tends to wash out the sand in-fill if you are not careful.

Because LazyLawn is a high density grass in-fill is not normally used.

LazyLawn is largely maintenance free and all you need to do is to remove debris and leaves (a leaf blower works well with LazyLawn). You might also want to give it an occasional brush with a stiff brush to lift the turf up so that you can enjoy the true beauty of LazyLawn.

Remember – you never need to water, mow, top soil, fertilise, roll or get frustrated by dead patches of grass under trees, and in shade areas. So just relax and enjoy your grassed surroundings!

Urine has no effect on LazyLawn as it has 50 water holes per m2 to allow liquid to pass through to the soil below. (Assuming that it’s fitted over a garden soil area). Any defecation on the grass can be lifted and hosed away, if necessary, just as you would on normal grass.

LazyLawn is designed to allow water to drain straight through on ground installations. Otherwise rain water naturally cleans the grass and removes any accumulation of dust and dirt, so that’s a plus.

We estimate that, in South Africa, to maintain a good natural lawn, taking into account the cost of watering, fertilising, feeding and top soiling, as well as the cost of cutting, lawnmower depreciation and servicing, there will be a break even on cost after 2 to 3 years. Thereafter think of it this way – its a free lawn for the next 10 or more years!

It is estimated that over 70% of domestic household water consumption is used in gardens, and a large part of that is on lawns, so if you install LazyLawn your contribution to the ecology will be very significant.

LazyLawn is environmentally friendly: It eliminates the need for regular watering, and use of harmful chemicals that seep into the soil (fertilizers, pesticides, weed killer, etc.) Additionally LazyLawn is totally recyclable.

LazyLawn is largely unaffected by the elements as it has a primary backing of UV stabilised, Polypropylene material which is water-resistant and has a coating of latex rubber styrene butadiene as a backing.

LazyLawn can be installed for use in all weathers ranging from high temperature sun to excessive rains and even heavy snow and freezing temperatures. We offer an 8 year warranty with LazyLawn.

We would recommend that you dig up the existing grass and rake the ground smooth, removing all loose stones, and stamp the ground hard, before laying the new grass in place You can if you wish additionally use a standard builders river sand, as a light fill over the prepared soil, before you lay the new grass, as this help smooth the area.

If the ground drainage is really-poor (for example a high clay content soil) you should consider digging out the poor soil, up to 100 or 150mm deep, and infilling with a light hardcore base and repeat the process above.

However, if the ground drainage is reasonably normal or if the water run-off is good, you can lay LazyLawn directly onto a well compacted garden soil base as above.

If you wish you can spray the area with a weed killer before laying LazyLawn, but this is not a requirement as the base on the grass is so strong that weeds do not survive under the grass.

Keep in mind that it’s not necessary to level the garden area, unless you particularly want a flat level lawn. Garden lawns are normally undulating and that’s what creates a more natural overall effect.

Remember that you can also lay LazyLawn directly on to timber floors, decks, tiles surfaces, concrete stairs and any other hard surfaces. Either as a straight lay down or stick down, to suit your requirements.

We suggest that you download “Installation guide” section of this web site (on the home page) for full details of how to install LazyLawn

Very often the sheer weight of a good quality grass, such as LazyLawn, will not move around much, especially if there are edges which are contained in a closed section. However, if you are experiencing movement (with big dogs or lots of physical activity with kids at play) we would suggest that you pin down the edges with spikes (often 120 to 150mm long nails are used for this). These only need to be spaced approximately 1 meter apart, or as required.

A further option is to use an infill material (usually fine dry sand or silica sand) which can simply be is brushed into the top of the grass and this adds weight to the installed grass and acts as ballast.

Yes there is – As with any woven material, there is a grain or pile and you need to consider this when laying your grass, especially where you join two pieces together to make a larger area. You will also need to be VERY CAREFUL to make sure that the joining section pile runs the same way as the other piece to which you are jointing. Otherwise the colours can look different when laid down.

It is recommended that you lay the pile facing the area from where it is most viewed. That is to say if you are laying in your garden you should consider laying the pile to face the house, whereas when you are laying it in on the street side of your house, you may prefer to lay the pile towards the street. Either way there is no right or wrong way but remember, you must ensure that when jointing sections that the pile runs the same way with both parts.

If the grass is just off the roll you should ideally lay it out in the sun and let breath before laying. This allows the grass to expand and get slightly softer, which makes laying easier. Also as the grass gets exposure to the sun the blades of grass will lift up, from having been squashed flat in the roll.

You may experience a slight depression in the grass as you roll it out. This is caused by the grass having been rolled up in storage and shipping due to the weight of the roll, but a stiff brush after laying will ensure that the tufts return to normal and that they are all standing up and looking their best.

Joining is easily done with a special cloth tape and glue. The jointing width of the backing tape is approximately 250mm wide and when glued with a special outdoor waterproof adhesive it will look like one continuous grass area when laid.

To create a good joint, you should carefully trim the edge of each side to be joined to ensure that when the two pieces are fitted together that you don’t see a joint line. This should be done in situ by butting the pieces to be joined together and making sure that there are no imperfections in the joint line, before applying the jointing tape and glue. See the download of Installation Instructions on our home page.

There are many great YouTube video’s available on the internet that deal extensively with this subject, and we strongly suggest that you view a few of these before tackling and complex installation with lots of joints. If you need further guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us for more help and advice.

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