Artificial grass has been gaining ground—and a reputation for being eco-friendly because it doesn’t need water, fertilizer, or to be mowed. Plus, the newest generation of artificial grass often looks good enough to fool us into thinking it’s real.
Artificial turf is becoming more popular, and I expect that will see more of it used and specified on projects featuring CS systems. It has some significant advantages for the homeowner and certain challenges for system installers.
First off, the turf is held down by hundreds of 6” spikes that can easily puncture cables and connectors 6” or so below grade. Secondly, the turf is not easy or inexpensive to accurately lift and reinstall to access/service cables, connectors, or other underground utilities.
For these reasons we highly recommend adequate diameter PVC sleeving from point A where cables enter the artificial turf area and where they exit allowing relative easy replacement of cables if ever needed. If multiple cables and junctions are required junction (irrigation style in the ground) boxes should be located at all appropriate locations.
Although these steps are not inexpensive the serviceability and added future flexibility is well worth the investment!