ARTIFICIAL GRASS
PLAY SURFACING

ARTIFICIAL PLAY GRASS OVERVIEW

Play grass is manufactured from sports yarn, so it is harder wearing and can sustain a higher footfall than that used for landscape grass.

When used for play surfaces, a soft rubber base, or shockpad, is installed beneath the grass. The depth of the shockpad is dependent on whether play equipment is present. Artificial grass is porous and can be used all year round making it ideal for school playgrounds and public play areas. The grass can also be used effectively as a cover for mounds and slopes.

 

Types of Grass

Colours shown are for reference only. For exact colour matches, please request a sample.

MOUNDS & GRAPHICS

3D Mounds and Shapes

3D Mounds and Shapes are perfect for adding colour to smaller play areas.

– At least 10mm thick
– Options include hopskotches, traffic signs and geometric shapes
– Each mound and shape is manufactured from coloured EPDM granules
– Install onto artificial grass, rubber mulch or Wetpour
– Retains colour for at least 5 years




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ARTIFICIAL GRASS INSTALLATION

Installers arrive on site wearing full PPE and sign in if required. Once equipment has been unloaded, installers measure area, take photos, check dips and report temperature.

The area is then dried with a gas lance and cleared of leaves and debris. Edges are primed twice to reduce shockpad shrinkage.

If a safety surface is required, the impact absorbing layer is first installed using SBR rubber. Materials are mixed with a resin-binder and transported by wheelbarrow to the area for laying. The mixture of rubber and resin is levelled to the required thickness, and a screed, roller or hand trowel is used to smooth and lightly compact the surface to gain an even, level finish.

Once the SBR layer has cured, the artificial grass layer is rolled out and cut to size using a stanley knife.

Binder is used to seal joints and prevent lift around edges. Once fixed in place, sand is spread onto the grass. This extra weight means that the grass stays in place. The sand provides stability and protects the turf. As a result, no wrinkles or folds develop through use. The sand also surrounds the long blades of artificial grass and ensures that they remain erect.

PROJECTS

ARTIFICIAL GRASS PROJECTS

  • Singlegate Primary School

    Singlegate Primary School

    Site Name: Singlegate Primary School
    Location: London
    Surface Type: Wetpour & Artificial Grass

    Singlegate Primary School is part of a federation within London Borough of Merton, offering its pupils the highest possible standard of 21st Century innovative learning and teaching.

    The theme for the school playground was ‘The London Underground’, creating a track from one end of the playground to the other in colours and style of the underground map. The best product to use for this design was Wetpour as it has a variety of colours and is flexible when forming shapes and graphics. The new and improved Wetpour surface complimented the play equipment and the surrounding environment.

    DCM also installed a new multi-use sport pitch area for ball games and other activities. Blue Artificial Grass was the chosen surface, providing a colourful, accessible and all-weather surface for the pupils to use. For the finishing touches, lines were painted onto the area to form goals and the relevant pitch markings.





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Aftercare

AFTERCARE

Artificial Grass is a low maintenance product. However, it should undergo regular inspection and maintenance to keep it in optimum condition.

INFILL AND BRUSHING

It can take 6-8 weeks for your artificial lawn to reach its optimum condition.

All artificial grass products require an evenly distributed infill and this ‘bedding in’ period allows the infill material to fully penetrate and settle into the structure of the turf.

It is important to brush your lawn on a regular basis. Brushing should take place at least once every month depending on your usage and should be carried out using a stiff brush.

Brushing should be undertaken in a number of directions to help remove debris and leaves. It is important that the turf pile is maintained vertically – this can be achieved by brushing against the pile direction to avoid pile flattening.

From time to time, some infill may appear on the surface of your lawn. This only requires light brushing to return it into the turf structure.

WINTER CARE

In adverse weather conditions the surface may be prone to frost and/or ice. The surface will not be affected by the application of granular sodium chloride.

ARTIFICIAL SPORTS GRASS INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

A routine visual inspection is recommended. This should consist of the following as a minimum:

Leaves
All debris should be removed from the surface by brushing or raking with a large plastic fan rake; or with the use of a leaf blower. It is important to prevent organic matter from building up in the turf structure. Letting it accumulate will affect drainage and also encourage weed growth.

Weeds
Moss and weed killing should take place once a year or as required, ensuring that there is no accumulating vegetation on the surface. The moss and weed killer agent must be a water-based product and have a maximum pH balance of 8.

Please also ensure that when the moss and weeds have died off, all dead matter, including roots are removed or in the case of moss swept out of the turf structure.

PETS

Pet stains should be removed straight away. This can be done using a solution of lukewarm water mixed with a gentle household detergent such as washing up liquid.

Additionally, rinse the area down with a garden hose – this will help to remove any lingering odours created by pet waste.


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FAQ’s

FAQ’S

Q: Are there different types of artificial grass?
A: Yes, artificial grass comes in various types; some have a shorter pile, a firm touch and more durable. Others have a longer pile, a softer touch and look more authentic. Fine Fibrillated & Monofilament yarns are used to create different version of grass.

Q: Is sand essential for installation of artificial grass?
A: Ideally, yes. Sand helps to keep the pile of the grass standing up right, it acts as a weight and more importantly reduces static build up. It also keeps the grass cool in the summer months by retaining moisture and helps the porosity through the system.

Q: Is artificial grass suitable for pets and children?
A: Yes, our artificial grass is engineered from the highest quality yarns, ensuring that they contain no toxic properties, such as lead, and making the products safe for children and pets. Any pet waste can be cleaned away easily using lukewarm water and a garden hose, leaving no long lasting effects on the grass.

Q: Does artificial grass require any maintenance?
A: Once the grass has been installed, it requires a minimum level of maintenance. We recommend a ‘light and often’ technique; meaning regular light brushing to reduce the risk of the fibres flattening and the infill from settling. Over time, you may also want to top up the infill to help rejuvenate the overall look of the grass.

Q: Can weeds penetrate the surface?
A: The fibres in the artificial grass are tufted into a very strong backing cloth which helps prevent roots and weeds growing through the surface. However, weeds may occasionally appear on the surface as a result of windblown seeds. Smaller weeds can be removed by hand without damaging the surface. If weeds are removed by hand, it is important to ensure that the root is fully extracted, not just broken off. It is okay to treat the surface for moss & algae twice a year to stop any growth but keep debris/leave free.

Q: What is artificial grass made from?
A: Artificial grass is made from either polypropylene or polyethylene yarns, depending on its end purpose. These materials are durable, UV stabilised and are sourced from TenCate Grass, the world’s leading yarn manufacturer. The yarn is tufted into a polypropylene backing cloth and latex back for maximum turf retention and impervious bond.

Q: Is artificial grass porous?
A: Artificial grass is porous; our systems have specially designed drainage holes place consistently throughout the turf to ensure water sheds quickly and efficiently, reducing the risk of pooling on the surface. The sub-base, in which our systems are installed on, are designed to provide superior drainage properties.

Q: Why is artificial grass more beneficial than tarmac when it comes to play and sport surfacing?
A: There are many reasons why artificial grass is more beneficial than tarmac when it comes to play and sport surfacing; users are more active and more likely to participate on artificial pitches and areas, the rate of injuries is reduced because of the consistency and accessibility of the all-weather surfaces and users can reach their full potential when playing on high quality surfaces. Artificial Grass can be fitted with shockpad to provide comfort under foot and meet the sports performance requirements.

Q: What can artificial grass be laid onto?
A: Artificial Grass can be laid onto MOT Stone Type 1, Tarmac and Concrete. The grass must be installed to an edge and free draining is required.

Q: How long will the artificial grass last for?
A: It depends on how heavily it will be used and how well it is maintained. DCM have been back on sites over 10 years old and the grass is still in great condition.

Q: Does artificial grass fade in sunlight?
A: The product is UV stable and the colour will not be affected over 7 years. After this time, it will start to slowly fade.

Q: How long will the artificial grass last for?
A: It depends on how heavily it will be used and how well it is maintained. DCM have been back on sites over 10 years old and the grass is still in great condition.

Q: Is artificial grass environmentally friendly?
A: Artificial Grass is manufactured with full environmental awareness and all waste materials are recycled into other products. The yarn needs to be virgin as this needs to be UV stable.

Q: Can artificial grass be installed in the rain?
A: Unfortunately, artificial grass can only be installed in dry weather conditions.

 

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