Turf and artificial grass solutions

The Best Base for Artificial Grass

Underneath the bright green turf of any artificial grass is one of the most important components of successful turf installation: the base layer. This layer facilitates drainage, adds long-lasting structures, and makes artificial grass pristine and enjoyable for years. But every backyard has unique requirements and considerations when choosing a base for artificial grass, and that’s where HomeTurf shines. We go the extra mile to install high-quality materials and ensure the finished product is built for your unique San Diego property. Learn more about popular base materials and how to compare them.

Types of Bases and Their Considerations

Every artificial grass lawn needs artificial grass base material. It provides stability and can help hold the artificial turf in place. Just imagine how much artificial turf could shift and wrinkle as soil directly beneath it moves and compacts throughout seasonal rain or long drought stretches. Base layers also counteract movement from lots of foot traffic and outdoor furniture.

Another important reason to add base material is for cushioning and comfort (as well as a more realistic sensation of grass under your feet). Even if you have a deck or concrete surface underneath and don’t need artificial grass base material for structural support, some options provide cushioning for a gentler footfall.

Consider these different types of popular artificial grass bases and their benefits:

Class II Road Base

Class II road base is one of the most popular base materials because it is rigorously tested with recycled concrete and asphalt material. It is a premium alternative to CMB. It is finer than CMB and may include new material instead of recycled material.

Decomposed Granite (DG)

Decomposed granite is a relatively fine mixture of broken granite that has particles ranging in size from gravel to sand and silt. This blend creates a smooth finish but is significantly more expensive than CMB and Class II road base. Landscapers typically reserve it for putting greens and other surfaces that must be incredibly consistent.

Choosing the Right Base for Artificial Grass

The right choice for your yard will vary based on the factors that most matter to you. Consider these different factors:

  • Smoothness: If you have a backyard putting green or other precision recreation areas, decomposed granite creates the smoothest and most consistent finish of the popular bases for artificial turf.
  • Drainage: If you’re worried about pooling water on your property, decomposed granite has the best drainage characteristics, followed by a Class II road base.
  • High traffic: If you have a lot of foot traffic across your yard or installing artificial turf in a commercial location or public space on a multi-family property, a Class II road base is often the best choice for reliability and low maintenance requirements over time.

HomeTurf: Your Expert in Artificial Grass Solutions

Still, trying to figure out what base material is right for you? Call in the experts at HomeTurf. We specialize in determining what is the best base for artificial turf and managing all other aspects of your artificial grass installation project. Reach out today to learn more about turf installation or to schedule an onsite visit.


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