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Learn the importance of installing borders between turf and other hardscapes to maintain the integrity of your installation. Discover the different border options, and when they're recommended in your space.
Borders are an important addition when it comes to installing artificial grass. Without applying borders, the base won't be held in place adequately and over time the sides will begin to detach. Long story short - you'll lose all the value you put into this project. It's important to understand the different borders offered to make the best decision for your space.
What Is Edging?
Edging is when we provide a barrier between the installed turf and other surfaces; such as fences, bushes, or planters. It is important to consider edging not just for aesthetics - it also acts as a restraint for aggregates in groundwork construction. Additionally, edging provides an anchor point at the perimeter of your lawn so that you do not have any gaps or spaces between the turf and hardscapes.
Plastic Bender Boards
The most popular type of edging is a typical plastic bender board. The result is a pliable and strong board that is able to contour evenly and consistently. However, this type of material is almost impossible to place in areas where a straight line is needed. When the landscape requires a straight border, treated wood boards must be substituted.
Treated Wood Boards
Treated wood boards are made with wood that is chemically treated to resist acts of nature. This includes moisture and fluctuating temperatures. Treated wood boards will not expand with the change in temperature, and will hold a very durable straight line serving you for years to come.
Treated wood boards can be installed to be open or hidden. When it's hidden, we staple the artificial grass on top of the bender board. This type of installation is most popular when we are installing on playgrounds or pet-friendly turf. We don't use nails during this method, making it a safer option for kids and pets. Instead, we use galvanized heavy-duty staples to secure the turf. Note that a nail-free installation will raise the price.
Aluminum Bender Boards
The third type of edging is with aluminum bender boards. These are often seen in areas such as parks, commercial walkways, and hotels. Aluminum bender boards are expensive and more difficult to install. However, they won't discolor over time and are much more durable. Clients often go with aluminum bender boards for putting greens and areas that are sloped, where additional durability is required.
We also offer the option to simply install concrete in areas that need a border. When adding concrete, we can be creative by making different shapes and forms. However, concrete requires a lot of labor and is usually installed when requested by designers for customized projects.
You can see our edging options within our proposals. By default, we include the typical plastic bender boards because it's the most cost-effective. The pricing for each option is clearly laid out in the estimate for the client to ultimately make the decision.
At InstallArtificial, we stand out from other installation companies. You can see in our portfolio that the edges are smooth in every installation. We use only materials that are proven to survive acts of nature. For example, we use plastic stakes and never wooden because wood stakes will disintegrate in a few years. While other installers only care about the installation looking good today, we set your space up for success to last for years! Request an estimate today.