How to Install Artificial Grass
With artificial grass you can enjoy a luxuriously ever green landscape all year round and make huge savings in terms of effort, time and money among so many other benefits. With the right instruction, you can quite easily do the installation yourself as opposed to engaging an artificial grass installation expert for the project.
Here is an artificial grass DIY installation guide with valuable tips for the DIY enthusiasts for a successful project, including a comprehensive list of all the tools and materials you will need.
What You Need
The right tools will always help you do the job right. Here is a list of tools and materials to help with your DIY installation project for the best results.
- Artificial grass
- Wheelbarrow for carrying the artificial turf
- Tape measure
- Shovel and rake
- Road base
- Synthetic turf adhesive tape
- sharp-blade utility knife
- 100 mm flathead nails
- Power broom or stiff-bristled broom
- White –washed sand
Highlighted below is a 5-step, step by step instructions on the process that goes into a successful DIY installation of fake grass. The amount of work that goes into each step will ultimately depend on the size and condition of the site where the fake grass is to be installed.
Step 1: Site Preparation
Identify, measure and map out the area on which you wish to install the synthetic turf. After area mapping, remove any existing lawn, natural or otherwise using a turf cutter or simple gardening tools such as a spade. This should then be followed by digging out the soil to a depth of between 70-100 mm, depending on the amount of traffic expected in the area. As you dig out, ensure you remove any vegetative matter, stones, debris or any other obstructions from the site. You should then use a rake, or the back of a shovel to evenly level the surface and make it more compact.
Step 2: Base Installation
On the approximately level ground, spread road base such as crushed rocks across it. Sprinkle some water lightly over the crushed rocks and use a vibrating plate compactor to achieve a particularly hard base.
Screeding with cracker dust will help achieve an even better finish. Apply the same wet-and-compact procedure for the best results. Additionally, you can choose to screed two or more layers depending on the height or level you wish to achieve.
Step 3: Laying Down the Synthetic Turf
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Gently lay down your synthetic turf, allowing it to sit and properly straighten out, which should remove any unattractive creases. It is important to ensure that you run or lay it in the same direction. This is because artificial grass has grain and it would look very unsightly if the turf pile is laid down in just about every other direction.
A sharp knife will be just perfect to cut and edge the turf according to the shape of your site and around obstacles such as trees. Cutting may not be as challenging and you can achieve great precision if you pay careful attention.
Joining the pieces on the other hand is a little more technical and requires even more careful attention if the job is to be done right. You will need synthetic turf joining tape for this process. Always ensure there is no overlapping of the joined pieces. It is also important to ensure none of the artificial grass fibers stick to the tape. Getting all this right will definitely ensure you have a great and attractive synthetic turf cover.
Step 4: Securing the Turf
After cutting and joining all the pieces, use 100 mm flat head nails to securely hold down the turf. Ensure that you gently hammer in the nails as close to the edge as is possible, all along the edge at desired intervals. You do not have to worry about the nails sticking out as a sore sight because; if done right the lush turf fibers will cover the nail heads.
Step 5: Adding Sand Infill and Brushing
Artificial grass infill is very important in that it helps with the drainage performance of the installed grass as well as ensuring that the grass piles remain erect. It also helps to weigh down the installed turf and prevent it from shifting around, ensuring that it stays in place at all times.
Sand is an excellent choice for infill. Use an average of 10-15 Kgs for every square metre of turf. This is a generous amount that should optimize the performance. For an even spread, use a power broom /brush or a broom with stiff bristles to brush in the sand across the installed artificial turf. Enough emphasis cannot be placed on just how important it is to ensure that you spread the infill evenly. To this end, a blower will help in blowing the sand into the fake grass pile as well as evenly spreading it across the turf-covered area.
Support for You
A DIY artificial grass installation project is perfect for small and medium-sized lawns. The tools are inexpensive and quite easy to secure and the process is not very tedious. For very extensive and large lawns, you will need to bring in some commercial-duty equipment and put in more work to every step, which is why hiring a contractor for large-scale artificial grass installations is always recommended.
That said, a DIY artificial grass installation can be a great and fun challenge for the enthusiasts. a proper guide definitely makes the process much easier. Our DIY guide is a compilation of tips and expert advice from our team of installation specialists and we hope that it will prove an invaluable resource for everyone looking to do a DIY artificial grass installation project.
Get in touch today for any questions you may have as you get into your DIY project. Our technical team will readily assist you accordingly through every step of the artificial grass installation process.