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 put in.
First prepare the base by eliminating all vegetation and dirt. To create an even surface for your turf put down a layer sand to the base and a geotextile membrane.
Laying the grass
If you are installing artificial grass it is crucial to install it properly. This includes removing the existing grass and weeds, preparing the ground, and then laying the turf.
Spray the area with a broadspectrum insecticide before you begin laying artificial turf. This could take between two and four weeks however it will make the job much easier once you begin laying the sod.
You risk having drainage issues or weed problems if you do not get rid of the old grass and weeds. These issues can cause problems when you attempt to finish the installation. It’s worth taking care before installing the sod.
When you’re ready to lay the sod over the surface and then roll out the artificial turf. It is recommended to lay the sod in a straight direction which means that the blades should bend towards your home, and not stand straight up.
Join the Grass
Artificial grass must be properly cut and finished in order to appear its best. That means removing the old surface and applying infill.
To prepare your base for the new grass, clear all weeds and rocks off the surface and ensure it is adequate to accommodate the turf. This may require some compaction, but it’s worthwhile for drainage purposes.
Once you have the base ready, roll your grass flat. Fold the grass down 30-40cm away from each end. Trim 20-30mm from each edge.
A good rule of thumb is to cut in by at least 3 tufts.
Once you have two pieces of artificial grass that are parallel to each other, attach them using joint tape, shiny side up throughout their 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 preparing for an important landscaping project, trimming your lawn is an important step. This will ensure that your lawn is even and looks fantastic!
You can trim your turf in two ways either vertically (called “edging”) and horizontally (called “trimming”). You can trim your turf along the borders of driveways, patios, and bed spaces.
Be careful not to cut the turf too short so that weeds can get into the soil. The turf touching the ground can encourage the weeds to sprout and grow faster.
With a sharp blade, cut the turf as evenly as possible and be sure to not leave any wrinkles or gaps. Be careful and slow to ensure that the cuts are uniform and smooth.
Finalizing the Grass
The final step of installing artificial grass is completing the base layer and securing the turf to the ground. This is a crucial step to take with care.
Make sure you level the area and rake away any large stones or high points. This is especially crucial if your construction is on a sloped surface.
For a better finish, make sure to brush the turf blades to smooth out the infill layer. This ensures that the turf appears natural and lays flat without bumps.
Then, spread the grass on the base, ensuring that all sheets that are adjacent face the same in the same direction. This is vital for an attractive appearance and also prevents grass from ripping in different directions.
Cut relief cuts if there are trees or other obstructions in the area, to allow the synthetic turf to bend around them. The cut should be at the tree or obstruction’s base and run from the base going up.