Follow these steps to DIY install artificial grass.
Plan the Area
You firstly need to plan out the area to be covered in artificial grass. Ensure cables and pipes are below the digging depth. Remove the existing turf to a depth of 2” using a turf cutter or sharp spade making sure to remove large stones, bricks, or other obstructions. Using a rake, level the area to natural falls to prevent bumps in the base.
Use a steel edging for circular edges or timber battens for straight edges.
Knock the edging into the soil using a hammer and piece of wood, leaving around 3 cm exposed. Chamfer the outer perimeters to a depth of 40 mm for a more natural look and allow the grass to run neatly into the perimeter edging.
Lay the Base
Apply approximately 10-15mm of 6mm to dust granite the base.
Drag the granite 6mm – dust using a timber beam or rake to level the area until the surface is smooth, flat and even.
If using sand as a last resort, make sure the depth does not exceed 20mm and use hardcore to level out larger imperfections before applying the base. Chamfer the dust stone or sand into the edging system.
Wet the area and compact with a compactor plate to bind together the dust stone.
Apply Weed Membrane
Once the base is compacted, apply weed membrane to the area to allow sufficient water drainage and prevent weed growth.
Stretch taught and fix into position using 4” nails every 0.75 metres around the edges.Trim any excess membrane from the edges to fit.If jointing is needed, overlap the edges and attach them with gaffer tape.
Fit the Lawn
Unroll the artificial turf over the area making sure to keep it level and not to move the weed membrane. It is recommended to lay the turf toward the property for back gardens and away from the house on front gardens for a more attractive and natural look from the windows of the house.
Trim any excess artificial grass, changing blades every 3-5 metres to ensure the blade remains sharp enough.
Join the Turf
If a join in the turf is required, butt both surfaces together, ensuring the pile is running in the same direction.
Fold back 30-40 cm on each side along the length of the join and trim 20-30 mm from each edge, cutting between tufts. Unroll joint tape shiny side down along the length of the join and nail in place. Using a caulking gun, apply adhesive along each edge of the backing in 2 lines. Fold one side of the turf onto the join tape and fold over the other side of the join to bring them together, being careful not to trap any tufts of grass under the edge of the carpet. For best results, leave a gap of 2-3 mm between the sections. Pressurise the seam to disperse the adhesive. Nail the seam using 4” nails. Once joined, lay weighted planks along the join to ensure the join is hidden from view. Allow 2-3 hours to dry.
Finish with Kiln Sand
To ensure a natural-looking finish, apply kiln-dry sand to the turf using a blower and stiff brush or lawn fertiliser spreader, applying 6-8 kg of sand per square metre of turf always brushing pile open.
For best results, brush the pile before, during, and after on a dry day and the same day as the lawn installation.
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