The Ultimate Guide to TurfMesh Grass Reinforcement Mesh
TurfMesh Reinforcement Mesh is a light-duty grass protector, which is used on green surfaces employed for occasional vehicles and pedestrian use.
Meshes can be used to protect the root of the grass below whilst holding the weight of vehicles and pedestrian traffic.
Once installed and the grass below has grown sufficiently, TurfMesh is discreet and can be treated, weeded and mowed like normal grass.
What is TurfMesh?
TurfMesh is non-slip grass reinforcement mesh which are regular used on grass areas by HGVs, emergency vehicles and pedestrians.
It is made from high density polyethylene. The mesh is chemical, rot and UV resistant. It is strong, durable and easy to install.
TurfMesh is also built for long-life. It has an estimated 10-20 year lifespan.
Where is TurfMesh used?
It is used for a multitude of applications.
With a capability of withstanding weight of vehicles, and being strong, easy to install and flexible, it is ideal for a number of purposes.
Grass Driveways: Grass reinforcement mesh can transform grass at the front of a home into a strong, durable grass parking space. Simple to install, by simply unrolling the mesh, trim if needed and pin in place covering a desired area.
Grass Car Parks: Grass meshes can be used at commercial properties where there is a grass patch being damaged. The mesh provides the facility with a strong, permeable and non-slip surface that will support the weight of vehicles for years to come.
Grass Acess Routes: TurfMesh is used events, festivals, campsites etc that are mainly covered in grass. It is a vital product used by emergency service access who need a reliable route in. It can be installed temporarily at events and can be unpinned and relocated to create new access routes.
Equestrian and Livestock Areas: Horse and livestock owners often see TurfMesh as a popular choice for a number of reasons. It protects the root of the grass and ground below from direct contact and weight from animals.
Paths and Walkways: It can be used in grassed areas that experience traffic which could damage the turf and the ground below. Failing to protect the ground could lead to muddy areas that can take months to recover. TurfMesh paths are used increasingly at golf courses to allow them to be used all year round.
What are key features of TurfMesh?
EVA Foam Weave: The raised EVA foam weave ensures increased traction for pedestrians and vehicles.
Multi-Grade: Multiple different thicknesses of the mesh means there is a variant to suit applications ranging from domestic to commercial, to industrial.
Eco-friendly: It is manufactured from 100% recycled polyethylene and is fully recyclable at end of life.
Durable: It is high-tensile, weather-resistant and UV-resistant, meaning it can last up to 20 years.
Contourable: It is designed to closely follow the ground contours in order to reduce installation time and cost.
Versatile: It is highly useful for lots of different applications, including pedestrian areas, access routes, car parking and grass verges.
Non-Slip: It has a textured upper surface and means it creates a non-slip path or roadway.
How to install TurfMesh
You can install TurfMesh in eight simple steps:
- First, identify the area where the new TurfMesh will be installed. Cut the existing grass on the shortest setting and remove any clippings by rake, garden vacuum or leaf-blower.
- Level out the existing area. Do this by filling in rutes or divots with a 70:30 mix of sharp sand and topsoil and then compact. Seed the area, following instructions by the seed supplier.
- Before laying the TurfMesh, unroll the mesh and leave it for a minimum of one hour to help the mesh regain its flatness. It can be cut prior to install with garden secateurs.
- Install it onto existing ground, avoid overlapping. If installation is undertaken in spring or summer, it is recommended that a 15mm gap is left between adjacent rolls and rolls are also pinned individually.
- The mesh can be pinned to the ground. Use the metal pins or plastic anchors following our pinning diagram (this contains the recommended location of pins and how many pins are required per roll).
- Install the first row of pins along the longest edge of the roll. Start in one corner and ensure the mesh is as flat as possible.
- Subsequent rows of pins should be inserted in the same manner as the guidance above. Use the pinning diagram to assist installation.
- The TurfMesh is fit for use straight after install. This is providing it is fitted on well drained, firm ground. The grass can be mowed, seeded and treated as normal when the grass has grown through the mesh. The best results are achieved through waiting for the grass to be established before allowing traffic to use the mesh.
TurfMesh Case Study: Grange Sports Club
The Grange Sports Club is located in Edinburgh. The club regularly hosts Scotland international cricket matches, as well as hockey, squash and tennis.
Neil, Ground Conveyor at the club, had noticed a couple of issues surfacing on a large grassed area at the club, which was occasionally used as an access route, vehicular parking and servicing and servicing the ground during large cricket matches and other events.
Due to their need of an efficient grass reinforcement solution – their attention was soon brought to the TurfMesh 1800.
The Sports Club were impressed by the TurfMesh’s capabilities and discreetness once grass had grown. They ordered 1000m² of the TM1800 with enough U-Pins to secure the mesh to the ground. It was delivered by pallet delivery a few days later.
The TurfMesh was simple product to install. it was simply unrolled, positioned over the area they wanted to cover and pinned evenly. They added sand to compact the area further.
They left the grass below to go through and disguise the mesh – giving them a strong and natural looking surface.
Neil said: “The grass has grown very well at this end. There is still a bit of sand, which we dressed in, on the surface at the south end but we’re very happy with the way it is working. We have a couple of One Day Internationals coming up in the next few weeks, Scotland v England and Scotland v Pakistan, so we are hoping the grass will look pristine by then.”
Read the case study here.