By ARTTRA Grass, Oct 28 2017 09:06PM
Your garden requires a certain amount of upkeep throughout the year in order to keep it looking good. This includes cutting overgrown trees or bushes, mowing lawns, cutting hedging and dealing with weeds. A garden requires so much time throughout the year that often, moles can become a real problem.
As small and cuddly as moles look, they can seriously damage a grass lawn, in fact, they can tear it apart and that can seriously damage the look of a garden. After spending time on your lawn, having a little rodent dig it up is almost unbearable. However, artificial grass provides a solution because of the material it is made of in comparison to real turf.
Instantly, a mole will find it difficult to penetrate artificial grass although they can still cause some damage and so, it is important that you prevent them from damaging your artificial grass as much as you possibly can. If you know that you have moles before installing artificial grass, you can use pest control to try to remove them but that is not always successful as they can return. Therefore, it is important that the correct work is carried out so that moles do not stand a chance against the artificial grass installation.
For any artificial grass installation to be successful, it will need to be installed correctly from start to finish. This includes the substrate, weed control and the grass itself. The substrate is especially crucial because this is the first level of the installation that the mole will come across. If they find that the substrate forms a level of resistance, then the chances are, they will head to your next-door neighbour’s lawn and will pop up there.
The substrate that often proves to be tricky for moles is cement-stabilised sand as it will prove to be dense enough for them to be unable to penetrate. We have used a galvanised mesh on several occasions If this is successful then you can wave goodbye to your mole problem but the other elements of the installation also come into play. Of course, weeds can be a problem and so, a thick weed membrane will not only stop weeds but it will also make it difficult for moles. If they miraculously manage to get through all of those barriers, they will eventually come up against the artificial grass and that is where they really will cause problems because they will not be able penetrate that.
If they do get through to the artificial grass, they will simply make the surface look uneven as they try to break through but that is about as far as it will go. In the main, artificial grass on its own is enough to deter moles but they can still cause damage. However, adding extra levels of prevention and barriers will only make life more difficult for them. Ensuring that your lawn is protected in every way will ensure that your artificial grass lawn remains looking smooth and even.
ARTTRAGrass are specialist in installing artificial grass in mole infested areas and can give the best advice and service. See picture attached.