Artificial grass can be used to replace natural grass or to provide beauty and comfort to your balcony, patio, or lawn. It’s easy to put in.
To start you must prepare the base by flattening any dirt and removing any vegetation. Next, apply a layer of sharp sand and a geotextile membrane over the base to create a level surface to your new turf.
Laying the Grass
If you are installing artificial grass it is important to lay it correctly. This means removing weeds as well as grass in preparation, and then installing the turf.
Spray the area with a broadspectrum insecticide prior to when you begin laying artificial grass. It can take up to four weeks to complete this process but it will make the job easier once you get started with laying the sod.
If you don’t remove the old grass and weeds, you’ll run the risk of developing drainage issues or weed issues. They can be a major problem when you’re trying complete the installation, so it’s best to take care of them prior to installing the sod.
When you’re ready to lay the sod on the surface and then roll out the artificial turf. It’s best laid in a direction that’s directed, which means that the blades bend toward your home instead of standing straight up.
Join the Grass
Artificial grass needs to be properly cut and finished to look the best. This means removing any old surface and putting infill.
To prepare your foundation for the new grass, remove all weeds and rocks from the surface. Make sure it is adequate to support the turf. This will require some compaction, but it’s important for drainage.
Once you have the base ready to be laid, spread your grass flat. Then fold back the grass 30-40cm on each side , and trim 20-30mm from the edge by cutting in between the small tufts.
It is an excellent rule of thumb to cut it in by at least 3 tufts.
Now that you have two pieces of artificial grass running parallel to one another, join them using joint tape with shiny sides down the entire length. Attach the tape to either end using nails or adhesive.
Trimming the grass
The trimming of your lawn is a crucial step regardless of whether you’re installing artificial grass for your first time or planning an extensive landscaping project. This will ensure that your lawn is level and looks stunning!
There are two ways to trim your turf in two ways: horizontally (called “edging”) or vertically (“trimming”). You can trim your turf along the edges of driveways, patios, and beds.
Be careful not to cut the turf too short that weeds may penetrate the soil. The turf that touches the ground could encourage weeds to germinate and grow faster.
Using a razor blade, cut the turf as evenly as is possible as you can, taking care not to leave any wrinkles or gaps. To ensure smooth and uniform cuts, take your time and work slowly.
Finalizing the Grass
The last step in installing artificial grass is finishing the base layer, and then securing the turf to the ground. This is a crucial step and should be taken with care.
Remove any large rocks and high spots. This is especially crucial if your construction is on a sloped surface.
To ensure a smoother appearance, be sure to brush the turf blades to smoothen the infill layer. This will ensure that the turf appears natural, and it lays flat.
Then, lay the grass over the base. Make sure that all sheets are facing the same direction. This is important to ensure the appearance of the grass and also to prevent grass from ripping in different directions.
If there are trees or other objects within the space, cut relief cuts to allow the synthetic grass to turn around them. They should be able to touch the base of the obstruction or tree and continue up.