Are you wondering if you can install artificial grass on hills and slopes?
You may be concerned that artificial grass might not be suitable because your garden is on a hill. However, good news! There’s no reason why you can’t install fake grass on a slope or hill. It’s actually a really versatile product, and it’s often surprising how many occasions it can be used!
Perhaps you’re thinking of investing in artificial grass because it’s very difficult to maintain real grass on a slope. Cutting it with a lawn mower can be tricky, and other grass treatments can be equally problematic.
So, what can you do instead? As an artificial grass specialist, let me talk you through some of your options below.
Options to install artificial grass on hills and slopes
If you’re looking to install artificial grass on your sloped garden – or indeed if your garden is on a hill – there are a couple of options to consider.
The ground can either be:
- Levelled out before installation
- Left on the gradient
Levelling out your garden first will take more time (just how long depends on the severity of the gradient). It will also be more costly, depending on how steep the slope is, and how much preparation is involved.
You may also want to consider how you’re planning to use your garden, as this will be a key decision factor. Levelling it out may be costlier, but it might be worth it if you’re going to get more use out of your garden in the long run.
How will installation differ for a sloped garden?
If you choose to install artificial grass on a hill or slope, an installer or specialist would carry out all of the same work as with a normal installation. It’d just be carried out on the slope, and levelled as normal (so that there are no bumps or dips on the surface).
However, to stop the grass sliding down, an installer will then lay timbers along the top, and if possible, around the perimeter of the slope. This is so the grass can be discreetly nailed to the timber edging, to prevent any movement.
The grass will then be weighed down, as normal, with the silica sand infill.
All of the other steps, including prep and inclusion of any other materials, will all be the same as a normal installation.
Advice from an artificial grass specialist
My best advice is to contact your chosen installer or artificial grass specialist. Often you’ll be able to get some free, impartial advice. They will be able to look at your garden and advise you on all your options, so you can make an informed decision.
We have installed a few gardens on slopes, using the same installation process as mentioned above. One of our customers had an area that was quite a steep slope, and didn’t want it levelled out, as it was an area that went down the side of her steps.
She was concerned that it wouldn’t look right, or that it wouldn’t stay in place. We advised her of the process, and how it would look great once finished – with previous examples she could see for herself. In the end, she was very happy with the results, and it has looked great for years now, with no complaints!
The good news is that yes, you can install artificial grass on hills and slopes. The process can differ slightly from a normal installation, depending on how severe the slope or hill is. You can also choose to level out the area, which can be a bit more costly.
The best thing to do is to get a free consultation from an artificial grass specialist. They can look at your lawn and advise on all your options, so you can make the right choice.
Got any questions about installing an artificial lawn on your sloped garden? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.