How to Prevent Artificial Grass Theft
Over recent years, having artificial grass installed in front gardens and areas for public use has become extremely popular.
There are, of course, numerous benefits of fake grass, including that it’s low maintenance, it’s hard-wearing, there’s no mud or mess, it’s child and pet friendly, it can save you money, and it’s even good for the environment.
For many homeowners, maintaining their gardens is a chore they could do without.
With today’s busy lifestyles, many people are choosing to make their gardens as low-maintenance as possible.
Because of this, artificial grass has become particularly popular for both back gardens and front gardens.
In the case of large areas of artificial grass, the cost of having it installed can run into the thousands of pounds.
If you have spent your hard-earned money on having a fake lawn installed, naturally you want to make sure that you protect the investment you have made in your property and prevent – or at least, very much reduce – the chance of theft.
Of course, some types of application are more susceptible to theft than others.
Those that are out on public display and in parks and schools are more likely to be the target of theft than a back-garden installation, for example.
Luckily there are a couple of tricks up the sleeve of the artificial grass contractor to help prevent your fake grass from being stolen.
It’s always a difficult task to stop any form of theft, particularly when you are up against a determined thief.
But you do have options available to you to stop an opportunist thief dead in their tracks and prevent them from stealing your artificial grass, whatever the application.
In our latest blog post you’ll learn some of the installation tricks of the trade that will make your artificial lawn far more secure and deter even the most determined thief.
Secure the Perimeter of Your Artificial Lawn
Our first tip to stop your fake grass from being stolen is to make sure you properly secure the edges of your lawn.
There are several methods for doing this and the best method for you generally depends on the type of edging you have used.
Securing your artificial grass can be done in the following ways:
1. Using Galvanised Nails
If you have installed a timber edging, then the best way to secure the perimeter of your artificial grass is by using galvanised nails.
Using a hammer, insert nails approximately 100mm apart, all around the edges of your fake lawn.
You can also tuck the edges of your grass around the timber, to further help secure the perimeter.
2. Using Adhesive
Again, if you have used timber edging or if you are securing your artificial grass to some form of concrete, then you can secure the perimeter using artificial grass adhesive.
If you are applying the glue to a thin strip of concrete or timber, say 50mm wide, you’ll find that it is easiest to apply Aquabond adhesive through an applicator gun.
Alternatively, you could use a two-part adhesive.
3. Using U-Pins
Another method involves using galvanised U-pins.
These pins are installed just at the edge of your artificial grass. You can also install them further in, near the middle of your artificial lawn.
For front gardens and other types of application vulnerable to theft, we highly recommend that you install U-pins across your entire lawn area, even if you are securing the edges of your artificial grass using one of the other methods listed.
By doing so, you’ll be increasing the difficulty of lifting your artificial lawn.
However, as long as your lawn is properly secured at the edges, you’ll be making it extremely difficult for a potential thief to detach your artificial grass in order to roll it up and steal it.
Always Use a Sand Infill to Add Ballast and Prevent Cutting
You should be using a sand infill as part of your installation anyway, but whenever you are installing artificial grass in an area vulnerable to theft, it’s even more important.
Even though some manufacturers claim that their artificial grass products are non-infill, unfortunately there really is no such thing, as every artificial grass installation requires a sand infill.
There are numerous benefits of adding one, but one big benefit is that it helps in the fight against theft.
Using a sand infill helps in the following ways:
1. It Makes Your Artificial Lawn Difficult to Roll Up and Carry Away
Installing a sand infill helps to prevent theft, as it adds additional weight to your artificial lawn.
You might be surprised at just how heavy rolls of artificial grass are, even without a sand infill.
For instance, Aberdeen is our heaviest product and it weighs 3.2kg per square metre.
Therefore, a 4m x 6m roll weighs 76.8 kg.
Carrying a roll of this weight will require at least two people.
We recommend that you add 4-5kg of sand infill per square metre of artificial grass.
For areas such as front gardens, using 5kg per square metre is best.
Adding an additional 5kg of sand to every square metre of turf is going to make that 4m x 6m roll now weigh a whopping 196.8kg.
Lifting and carrying a roll of this weight would take six or seven people of good strength. Trust us on this one – we’ve tried! (In the line of our work, naturally!)
The other issue for the would-be thief is that they would find it virtually impossible to roll up a 4m x 6m artificial lawn.
The layer of sand infill at the bottom of the grass prevents the turf from curling or bending, making it virtually impossible to roll it up.
To calculate how much sand infill your artificial lawn installation will require, you may find that our artificial grass calculators come in handy.
2. Sand Infill Will Blunt Knives
If a thief cannot lift your artificial lawn in one entire roll, then their only other option is to cut it into smaller strips.
Of course, doing so makes the grass virtually unusable and worth very little.
But even doing this would be extremely difficult, as the sand infill has the added advantage that it very quickly will blunt the blade of any knife.
This, of course, will slow down any thief and there’s a good chance, with the odds stacked firmly against them, that they will give it up.
If somebody does attempt to cut your artificial grass, it’s actually a relatively straightforward process to repair the damage as, of course, any cuts can be repaired using joining tape and adhesive, using the same process as is used to secure a join.
Preventing the theft of any item of your property is always a difficult task, especially when you are up against a determined thief.
However, if you follow the advice in this article, you can stack the odds in your favour and we’re confident you will deter the vast majority of thieves.
Lifting it would be such a long and difficult process that the effort of stealing your artificial grass wouldn’t be worthwhile, as they won’t be able to take it in a reusable condition.
We hope you have found this article useful and if you have any questions regarding artificial grass, then feel free to leave them in the comments section below and we’ll be glad to assist.
As always, thanks for reading.