How to install artificial grass

Artificial turf is fast becoming the most desirable landscaping option for home owners in urban areas where natural grass cannot grow. However, the upfront cost of purchasing good quality grass, combined with installation fees is often prohibitive. Artificial Grass installation is best left to experienced professionals.But for those willing to risk it; this article provides a cheaper alternative for artificial grass installation by showing you how to do it yourself.

The first step is to calculate how much space the synthetic turf must cover. Thisshould be measured in metres. During installation, rolls of synthetic carpet should be positioned in such a way as to minimise the number of joints present. It would also be wise to let the carpeting exceed the predetermined boundaries by a few inches depending on the garden’s design. Artificial Grass rolls usually come with a variety of widths. Mostmanufacturers produce rolls that vary from 2m to about 4m and may extend up to 25 m. All rolls should be laid in the same direction for an ideal finish. Some synthetic grass products require additional material during installation. You might need a special membrane to prevent weed growth, adhesive, a mastic gun tool, fixing pins or a shock pad. All these materials should be purchased prior to the actual installation process.

Preparation

The synthetic turf should be laid on a compacted layer of sharp sand. However, the use of a layer of type 1 stone underneath the sharp sand would provide better results. Type 1 stone helps ensure that the product will last longer and remain firm during use.

Installation

The membrane should be laid just before the grass. It prevents seeds from falling through the turf to the sand where they could germinate the film should be allowed to overlap the edges by at least ten centimetres.  To join individual carpets, first you should place the edges together and observe them to make sure they align in one direction. Once this has been done, pull back the edges and position fiberglass backing tape under the edges and apply multipurpose adhesive onto the tape. The grass carpet edges should then be folded back into position on top of the tape.

The artificial turf should then be trimmed at the edges using a craft knife. Care should be taken to ensure that there aren’t any gaps left between the walls and the grass carpet. The blade should also be changed regularly. The turf may at times come with a material trim on one edge; this should be removed before installation as it is not meant for joining the edge.

After installation, the turf should be secured to the ground using ground pins hammered into the ground at intervals of 20 cm to secure the edges. The pins should be fixed into the ground at an angle to keep the carpet from getting loose.