How to Install your Artificial Grass
Artificial Grass Installation
Take every step with care when installing your artificial grass. Be sure to have a proper drainage to last your artificial grass for the next 20 years. Turf should be rolled out under the sun with blades facing down at least 1-2 hours before installation. This will allow the turf to acclimate and, as a result make, it easier to work with. To learn more on how to remove ripples or creases on your artificial grass, find out how through here.
How to Prepare your Lawn before Installation
- Remove 3 to 4 inches of existing dirt or sod. Cap or remove any sprinklers. Be sure to set a rough grade for drainage.
- Lay 2 to 2 1/2 inches of drain rock. Hose it down then using a vibrating plate compactor, compact to 90%.
- Lay 1 to 1 1/2 inches of either class II road base or decomposed granite.Note: You can add a weed barrier fabric over road base or decomposed granite. This step is optional. Landscape fabrics have their pros and cons. If the soil beneath your installation is "alive" and weeds are wildly grown prior to installation, it might be a good idea to protect your lawn from weeds with weed barrier fabric. In many cases, there is no big need for weed protection, and you can install turf right on top of decomposed granite without adding extra layers.
- Hose it down then use a vibrating plate compactor to compact to 90%. Make sure base surface is as level and as smooth as possible.
- Create a slight grade for optimal drainage.
How to Install your Artificial Turf or Grass
- Lay your artificial grass onto base and position where needed.
- Using a carpet knife or razor knife, trim off the edges or excess turf on the backside (3 stitches in from sides) to fit the area.
- Step back and take a look at the positioning of the grass before joining the edges.
- If you are happy with the placement of your turf, fold edges and put joint tape below to connect two pieces together.
- Pour the glue or adhesive across the joint tape evenly.
- Work your way carefully down the seam and join the pieces together – add pressure to ensure adhesive keeps everything in place.
- Nail the joints and perimeter by using 11 gauge 6 in. x 1 in. x 6 in. staples spaced 4 inches apart along the seam. Do not counter sink staples.Note: Be sure the seams are taut and precise, the grain of the turf is facing in the same direction, and the space at the seam is the same as the stitching gauge.
- Power broom before applying infill. Spread by brush.
- Apply infill onto turf using a drop spreader. Spread infill as evenly as possible with a grading rake or broom until infill settles into the base of the turf.Add infill then spread by brush.Never use regular sand for infill.
- Repeat step 9 so that the blades are standing straight up. Use carpet scissors to trim off the excessive turf blades. Clean the surrounding area with a blower or a broom.
- And you're done! Step back, relax, and enjoy your view!
Tools Required for Artificial Grass Installation
Almost all required tools can be found in your garage, except maybe carpet stretcher. A carpet stretcher is very useful when installing artificial turf. Specifically, you need it before you start seaming the edges of turf. As a tip, the carpet stretcher is also called a knee-kicker. You strike the padded end with your knee. Wrinkles on the seam stretch nicely. A simple carpet stretcher from Home Depot will do. Don't want your turf to buckle? Use the stretcher.
- Shovel & picks
- Grading rake
- Measuring tape
- Carpet knife
- Cutting blades
- Carpet stretcher
- Carpet scissors
- Blower for clean up
- Drop spreader (for infill)
- Vibrating plate compactor
- Power broom
- Broom (for clean up)