The look of steppingstones in artificial grass is aesthetically very pleasing; but there are several things to consider when considering this look:
- Cost. It is a common misconception that installing stepping stones in artificial grass will save money on the square footage of turf necessary for the project. However, this is not the case. The turf is installed over the space, and then the space for the stepping stones is then cut out from the turf to ensure a clean appearance and so as not to damage the integrity of the grass. There are also more plastic materials necessary as the turf is then secured tightly around the paver, which also elevates the cost.
- Drainage. It is very important when adding steppingstones to a grass project to keep the levels at a very low-grade angle to allow for proper drainage. This is especially true in southern climates that experience rainy seasons. Not only do the stepping stones need to be level so it doesn’t appear strange, but it is essential for the health of the yard as well.
- DIY (Do It Yourself) vs Hiring. Due to the intense nature of integrating stepping stones into grass installation it is possible to save thousands of dollars on labor costs. However, there is a reason it is expensive. A turf expert will spend hours choosing the correct kind of turf for the project, and dedicating themselves to common problems such as drainage, weed barriers, and specific tools to locate underground pipes and electrical wires. If you choose to DIY you will need to make sure you have the proper tools, access to truck loads of base materials, and the correct plastics/ nails/ levelers to create the desired look.