How to Install Artificial Grass

August 21, 2013 by  

Believe it or not, installing artificial grass is not a very difficult process.  It can actually be a successful DIY project with the right equipment and knowledge.  Make sure to take all of these steps to get the best looking lawn possible:

 

  1.  Clear old grass or other plants: You will want to spray a weed killer or another product that will block natural grass form growing.  This is a great step to do days before installation.  You want to remove all weeds out of the way.  This process requires a weed barrier that will last anywhere from 15-25 years.

 

  1.  Install and level the base: You need to first select a base as they can be made from various materials including decomposed granite, crushed stone or pea gravel among others.  It’s crucial to make sure that the base is level.  The turf will go directly on top of the base so it needs to be smooth and even.  The base is also what helps with drainage, so it can be helpful to have a bit of a slope.

 

  1.  Measure the area and cut the turf: Make sure to get the exact measurements correct between both the area that you’re filling and the residential artificial grass.  In some cases, it’s important to lay the turf so that all of the grass blades are pointing in the same direction.  Once you have measured everything, you can cut the turf to fit the area exactly.  It’s best to use a standard carpet or box knife.  Seaming pieces of turf together can typically be a hassle, so it’s best to cut as few pieces as possible.     

 

  1. Attach the turf to the base: This is a very important process because you want to make sure that your turf is attached correctly so that it’s secure.  It’s best to attach the turf and the base using 6” galvanized nails.  The nails should be inserted about a .5” to 1” from the edge of the turf and every 4-6” along the perimeter of the turf. 

 

  1. Add infill material: Before adding the infill material, it’s best to “fluff” the grass with a rake or broom.  Then, you want to add an infill material which can be made from different materials including sand, rocks, stone dust and compounded earth.  This material will help to keep the blades of the grass both rooted and lifted up.  It’s recommended to use about 2 pounds of infill for every square foot of the turf.  Artificial grass suppliers will carry all the materials that you need.

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