How To Install Artificial Turf
Since its inception in the ‘60s, artificial turf, or synthetic turf, has become a popular option for home owners. Synthetic grass installation enhances the aesthetic value of their property and reduces time and saves money otherwise spent maintaining real lawn.
Synthetic grass is great because it doesn’t require mowing or edging, watering, chemical fertilizer or weed killer. There is no mess to worry about when you install fake grass because fake grass does not require dirt to grow. It’s hypo allergenic and highly durable, and maintains its sheen all year round. In the following guide we outline best practice when installing synthetic turf at your home or commercial property.
- Start by removing the current grass from your residence. A spade or a sod cutting machine will work effectively to pull up the grass. Dispose of the grass using council provided green-lidded bins.
- Next, spread about 1-1.5 inches of builder’s sand in the area you’re installing the artificial grass. Use a rake or other bevelled tool to spread the sand evenly, then tamp it down until it’s compact.
- Lay a weed barrier down over the sand to prevent any plant life growing underneath the Astroturf. Ensure there are no gaps between the floor and the boundary of your grassy area. Roll out the weed barrier and secure it in place using landscaping staples.
- The next step in the process involves laying down the artificial turf. Artificial grass has a grain to it, so ensure that each roll is facing the same direction. Lay the artificial grass down, trim the edges to make sure it’s a perfect fit for your chosen installation site.
- Synthetic lawn usually comes in widths of 12-15 feet. If your lawn is wider than 15 feet you will need to lay down multiple rolls of artifical turf. This requires joining them together underneath the surface.
Trim the edges of each roll of Astroturf with a utility knife. Do this carefully so that each roll meets without any overlap. Lay joining tape underneath the seam where the two rolls meet and press down to make sure they’re stuck together. Apply artificial turf adhesive to the joining tape and connect the two rolls together.
- Nail each roll of artificial turf down with 7-inch lawn spikes, available from Bunnings. Use a rubber hammer to secure the turf at your site. Drive the spikes into the base material, spacing the nails four feet from each other. Brush the grass up around each entry point to disguise the spikes and prevent people from stubbing their toe.
- It’s a good idea to brush down the entire lawn with a stiff bristled broom after everything is installed. This fluffs up the turf and creates a lively green environment. You can also hose everything down and begin enjoying your new pleasant backyard aesthetic.
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