24 Jan DIY ARTIFICIAL GRASS INSTALLATION PROCESS
We know there are a few handy folk out there, so we have an easy-to-follow process on how to install our artificial grass yourself.
1. PREPARE THE BASE
This is, in fact, one of the most important steps. Ensuring that your base is ready for the installation can be a tedious task, but getting this part right can mean a lengthy lifespan for your artificial grass.
You need to remove all grass, weeds, or any plant life from the area you wish to install your artificial grass on. Ensure you dig as deep as 25mm to 100mm down, so that you can be assured you have pulled up all possible root growth. To make doubly sure, spray a weed and grass blocker all over the area. Even go back a day later and do this again. This way, you will ensure that no further growth occurs down the line once your artificial grass is in place.
2. FIX THE PERIMETER
Knowing exactly where you want your artificial grass installed is as important. Prepare the perimeter by marking it out with either a border bender or extruded concrete curbing. Once you have your perimeter marked out, you need to level the ground. G5 or G7 crusher dust or gravel is perfect for this purpose. Lay this material down quite heavily and you can be assured that it will provide great drainage.
A slight slanting of the ground will help further with drainage. Further, a roller compactor will tighten the area up, and make sure there are no bumps or uneven surfaces.
3. LAYING OF THE TURF
This can always be the most challenging part, much like applying wall paper to a wall. Be patient and careful as you lay the turf onto the prepared area. You want to ensure that there are no wrinkles or bumps. Often, leaving the turf to settle for a bit, will help smooth a few wrinkles away.
If you are going to use joints, then ensure the grain of the grass is going the same way. If you don’t, you will find difficultly in finishing off. If your turf does not fit exactly, use a very sharp cutter, such as a carpet cutter or razor knife. Cutting the turf must be performed on the backside of the turf, not the front side. If you need to seam, trim the edges neatly, so it fits snug into the prepared area. To further secure your turf, use artificial staples or nails, and weather resistant adhesive.
4. THE INFILL AND POWER BLOW PROCESS
The final stage consists of artificial grass infill. This process helps the grass to stand straight up. The infill is made up of washed sand, cryogenic rubber or acrylic coated sand. You can use a drop spreader to spread the infill neatly between the grass.
It is tempting to just dump the infill down, but this actually makes the spreading process more difficult, and will result in an uneven spread. A power broom is a handy tool to use, which will help the grass stand up even straighter. Ensure you brush in the direction of the grain of the grass.
Once you are finished spreading, use a leaf blower to sweep excess away.
And, then you are done!
It is advised to leave the artificial grass for a few hours to settle and dry. In addition, preferably to ensure there is no rain forecast, should you have installed in an outside area, exposed to the elements.
Should you have any questions, or run into a problem, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
AND, OF COURSE, ENJOY YOUR NEW INVESTMENT!