Artificial grass can be used to replace natural grass, or to add beauty and comfort to your patio, balcony or lawn. It’s simple to install.
First, prepare the base by getting rid of all vegetation and dirt. To create a level surface for your turf then add a layer sand to the base and a geotextile membrane.
Laying the Grass
When you install artificial grass it is essential to lay it in a proper manner. This includes removing weeds and grass in preparation, and then laying the turf.
Spray the area with a broadspectrum insecticide before you start laying artificial grass. It can take up four weeks for this process but it will make your work simpler once you start with laying the sod.
If you don’t take care to remove the old grass and weeds, you could be at risk of developing drainage issues or weed issues. These can be a problem when you try to complete the installation. It’s important to be careful prior to putting in the sod.
Once you’re prepared to lay the sod, roll out the artificial grass on the prepared surface. It’s best laid in a direction with directionally, meaning that the blades incline towards your home rather than being straight up.
Joining the Grass
Artificial grass needs to be properly cut and finished in order to look the best. This requires getting rid of the old grass and then putting infill.
The process of preparing your lawn for new grass will require you remove all weeds and rocks and make sure it is sturdy enough to support the turf. This may require some compaction, but it’s worthwhile for drainage purposes.
After you have prepared the base, roll your grass flat. Fold the grass down 30-40cm at each end. Cut off 20-30mm from each edge.
It is an excellent rule of thumb to cut in by at most 3 tufts.
Now that you have the two pieces of artificial grass that are adjacent to each other join them by gluing joint tape that is shiny-side up along the entire length. Attach the tape to either side using nails or adhesive.
Trimming the Grass
The trimming of your lawn is a crucial step when you’re installing artificial grass for the first time or planning a major landscaping project. This will ensure that your lawn is even and looks great!
You can trim your turf in two ways: vertically (called “edging”) and horizontally (called “trimming”). You can trim your turf along the boundaries of driveways, patios, and beds.
When trimming the turf, try to avoid cutting it so that weeds may enter the soil. The turf being close to the ground allows weeds to germinate quickly and grow faster.
Use a blade for cutting to cut the turf as evenly as possible. Work slowly and carefully to make sure that the cuts are smooth and uniform.
Finalizing the grass
Final steps in installing artificial grass includes finishing the base layer before securing it to the ground. This is an essential part of the process and must be done with care. care.
Get rid of any large rocks and high spots. This is particularly important if the installation is located on a sloped area.
For a cleaner finish, you should brush the turf blades back and smooth the infill layer. This will ensure that the turf looks natural and is laid flat.
Then, roll the grass on the base. Make sure that all sheets are facing the same direction. This is essential for an attractive appearance and also prevents grass from cutting in different directions.
If there are trees or other obstructions in the area, cut relief cuts that allow the synthetic grass to be able to bend around them. These should touch the ground of the tree or obstruction and run upwards.