Artificial grass can be used to replace natural grass, or to add beauty and comfort to your patio, balcony, or lawn. It’s easy to install.
To begin with, prepare the base by flattening out any dirt and eliminating any vegetation. Then, apply a layer of sharp sand and a geotextile fabric to the base to create a level area for your new turf.
Laying the grass
It is crucial to correctly lay artificial grass when installing it. This includes removing the grass and weeds that are already there making the ground ready, and finally, laying the turf.
Before you lay the artificial grass spray the area with a broadspectrum herbicide to kill all existing vegetation (grass and weeds) within the area. This could take between two and four weeks, but it will make the job much easier once you start laying the sod.
There is a chance of having drainage issues or weed problems if don’t get rid of the grass and weeds that have grown up. These issues can cause problems when you attempt to complete the installation. It’s important to be careful before installing the sod.
Once you’re prepared to lay the sod down, roll out the artificial grass on the prepared surface. It is best to lay the sod in a direction which means that the blades should curve towards your home and not straight up.
Joining the Grass
If you want your artificial grass to appear as good as possible, it needs to be properly cut and finished. That means removing the old surface, and then putting infill.
Preparing your yard for the new grass will require you get rid of all weeds and stones and ensure that the ground is stable enough to support the turf. This will require a deal of compaction but is worth the effort for an efficient drainage.
After the base is ready to lay your grass flat, roll it up. Then fold back the grass 30-40cm on each side , and trim 20-30mm from each edge by cutting in between the small tufts.
A good rule of thumb is to always cut in by at minimum 3 tufts.
Once you have two pieces of artificial grass that run parallel to each other Join them with joint tape with shiny sides along their entire length. Join the tape at the opposite end using nails or adhesive.
Trimming the grass
If you’re installing artificial turf for the first time or are preparing for an important landscaping project, trimming your lawn is an important step. This will ensure your lawn looks fantastic and is well-maintained.
There are two ways to trim your turf vertically (called “edging”) or vertically (“trimming”). You can trim your turf along the edges of patios, driveways, and beds.
Be careful not to cut the turf too short so that weeds can get into the soil. The turf touching the ground allows weeds to germinate quickly and grow faster.
Make use of a razor blade to cut the turf as evenly and cleanly as you can. Be careful and slow to ensure that the cuts are smooth and uniform.
Finalizing the Grass
The final steps of installing artificial grass is finishing the base layer before securing it to the ground. This is a crucial step and should be taken very seriously.
Remove any large rocks or high spots. This is especially crucial if you’re installing on a sloped surface.
To get a more polished finish, make sure to brush the turf blades to smooth the infill layer. This will ensure that the turf looks natural and is laid flat.
Then, spread the grass onto the base, making sure that all sheets facing the same way. This is crucial for a good appearance and prevents grass from ripping in different directions.
Cut relief cuts if there are trees or other obstructions within the space , allowing the synthetic turf to turn around them. The cut should be at the tree or obstruction’s base and continue to run from the base going up.