If you’re looking to replace natural grass or add a new level of beauty and ease to your balcony, patio or lawn installing artificial grass is a straightforward procedure.
First prepare the base by getting rid of all vegetation and dirt. To create a level surface for your turf you can add a layer of sand over the base, and a geotextile membrane.
Laying the Grass
When you install artificial grass it is essential to lay it properly. This means removing existing grass and weeds and preparing the ground and then laying the turf.
Spray the area with a broadspectrum insecticide before you begin to lay artificial grass. This could take between two and four weeks however, it will make the task much easier once you begin placing the sod.
There is a chance of experiencing drainage issues or weeds if you do not get rid of the old grass and weeds. They can be a huge hassle when you’re trying to finish the installation, so it’s worth taking good care of them prior to putting in the sod.
Once you’re ready to lay the sod on the ground, roll out the artificial turf. It is best to lay it in a direction that’s directionally, meaning that the blades incline towards your home rather than standing straight up.
Join the Grass
Artificial grass should be properly cut and finished in order to look its best. This means removing the old surface, and then putting infill.
To prepare your ground for the new grass, take out all weeds and stones from the surface and make sure it is adequate to accommodate the turf. This will require a good amount of compaction, but it is worth it for an efficient drainage.
Once you have the base ready and your grass is laid flat, roll it out. Then fold it back 30-40cm on each side , and trim 20-30mm from the edge, cutting between tufts.
It is a good rule of thumb to cut it in by at most 3 tufts.
Now that you have two pieces of artificial grass running adjacent to one another Join them with joint tape, shiny-side-down along the entire length. Attach the tape to either end using nails or adhesive.
Trimming the Grass
If you’re installing artificial lawn for the first time or planning for an important landscaping project, trimming the lawn is a crucial step. This will ensure that your lawn is level and looks great!
You can trim your turf in two ways horizontally (called “edging”) and horizontally (called “trimming”). You can trim your turf along the boundaries of driveways, patios, and beds.
When trimming the turf, make sure to avoid cutting it so that weeds may get into the soil. Making the turf touch the ground allows weeds to germinate easily and grow faster.
Utilizing a razor blade cut the turf as evenly as you can while making sure not to leave any gaps or wrinkles. To ensure smooth and uniform cuts, work slowly and with care.
Finishing the Grass
The final steps of installing artificial grass includes finishing the base layer, and securing it to the ground. This is an important step to take with care.
Get rid of any large rocks or high points. This is especially important if you’re building on a sloped or sloped surface.
For a better look, be sure to brush the turf blades back and smooth the infill layer. This ensures that the turf appears natural and has a flat surface without bumps.
Then, you roll the grass over the base. Make sure that all sheets are facing the same direction. This is essential for a good appearance and prevents grass from cutting in different directions.
If there are trees or other obstructions in the area, make relief cuts to allow the synthetic grass to bend around them. These should reach the base of the tree or obstruction and continue up.