Installing Artificial Grass and Replacing Traditional Turf.
Artificial Grass Installation varies depending on what it is being installed on.
N.B Please note there are quite a few different methods for installing artificial grass. It is different if for example going over concrete or a hard surface and different again if going over decking for example.
- Step 1 – Removing existing lawn using a turf cutter to take out evenly.
- Step 2 – Install batons or MDE pipe and stake in to ground to secure.
- Step 3 – Introduce approximately 120mm of hardcore, rake out evenly , damp down, and compact with a vibrating plate.
- Step 4 – Introduce a further 60mm of Eco-sand (Half sharp sand/Half recycled concrete). Eco-sand is perfect for installing artificial grass.
- Step 5 – Invest in a good quality, commercial standard weed membrane install throughout the whole area where the artificial grass is being installed. Try to avoid any ripples as these may show throw the artificial grass when installed. Pull tort, and use a brush to brush out any ripples then secure to the batons or pipe with an industrial stapler.
- Step 6 – Plan which is the most cost effective way of laying artificial grass. You should try and avoid as much wastage as possible to keep your costs down. Roll out artificial grass and if necessary butt your pieces of artificial grass together.
- Step 7 – Joining Artificial Grass. Once the two pieces are butted up roll each side back and carefully take a sharp stanley knife and cut out 4 rows either side. One side as close to the stich mark as possible and the other side as far away from the stich line as possible. This will produce a seamless join that won’t be visible when you artificial grass installation is complete.
- Step 8 – Install a joining strip. Roll one side of artificial grass down then draw a chalk line along the face of the artificial grass. Fold the artificial grass back again and position a roll of joining tape over the line you have just drawn, roll it out and nail in to ground to to secure the join tape. Use a skeleton gun / Caulker gun to dispense artificial grass glue in diagonal lines right the way down the joining tape. Use a spreader to then spread the artificial grass glue evenly down the line.
- Step 9 – With the help of 2 colleagues carefully feed the two sides into place and onto the glue, feeding the leading edges in together. Stamp along the joined line to help cure. Leave for 30 mins.
- Step 10 – Utilize a electric power brush to brush artificial grass into life.
So, there we have it a simple step-by-step guide to installing artificial grass and replacing a traditional lawn. Low maintenance gardening. You can now spend your free time enjoying your garden as oppose to never ending mowing throughout the summer. You will also notice you have virtually eliminated the mud! No more muddy kids or dogs.
Most of the artificial grass we supply is polyurethane backed and not latex. This is what we call dog friendly grass. It does not hold the odour from dog urine. Which is obviously a very important factor when installing artificial grass. Artificial grass is the perfect solution for dog lovers and dogs love it.
On the odd occasion we have come across some dogs that have a particular liking for digging holes in traditional lawns. Basically they wreck what were once pretty lawns. If this is the case with your dog, Please don’t worry. We have the solution. In effect we double up on all the fixings. The edging we will use the industrial stapler but also secure with screws and washers hidden in the pile around the whole perimeter of the artificial grass installation. We will also use ground hooks along the joins, again hidden in the pile to prevent any attempts of digging.
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