A SIMPLE ARTIFICIAL GRASS INSTALLATION GUIDE: HOW TO LAY ARTIFICIAL TURF

Artificial turf laying by a landscaper in Derby

Are you looking to give your yard that upmarket look? or tired of having a water-logged lawn or you no longer want to have to mow your lawn every other week? Then installing artificial turf is a great idea. If you are willing to invest in the proper tools and knowledge, then you have a pretty good shot at installing your artificial grass the right way.
The steps below go over the process of laying artificial turf for both soil and concrete surfaces. If you need any help, don’t hesitate to employ our artificial turf laying service in derby.

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For Dirt/Soil Surfaces

  • Measure the area: First figure out the width and length of the area where the grass is to be laid. Depending on where you source your artificial turf, they come in different sizes, so, you need to consider any joins required.
  • Check for underground hazards: There may be electric lines or water pipes underneath the area where you want to install the turf. If they are no longer useful, remove any underground pipe or line, otherwise move them from harm’s way (the edges of the turf meant to be secured with nails).
  • Prepare the area: Turn over the topsoil. Go as deep as 4 inches. Compact the soil by walking over the area, or by using a hand tamp or vibrating plate. Depending on how well the soil drains, you may have to install a drainage system.
  • Install a boundary: Install grass edging to separate your grass area from other areas of your yard. So water can run off easily, ensure that the height of the boundary isn’t higher than the final grass line.
  • Roll out the underlay: In order to ensure that weeds never grow in that area, an underlay is necessary.
  • Lay your base: For the base sharp sand is the prefered option. The idea is to use a base that absorbs water fast. Once the base is in place, level the area.
  • Compact the area: With the help of a vibrating roller or plate, compact the base. It should feel tough but also be able to drain water. You can use a hand tamp around obstructions.
  • Lay the grass: Once the underlay is in place, then it’s time to roll out the artificial grass. Remember to lay the different sections in the same direction, so that the entire area maintains a uniform and natural look. With the help of a carpet stretcher, stretch the turf to eliminate wrinkles.
  • Join pieces (if any) together: You can use tape and glue for this. Spread tape underneath the area where the two sections meet. Spread glue across the entire tape and then join the sections together. You then have to apply weight over the seam. You can use stones, flower pots, or other heavy objects.
  • Pin the turf in place: Pin the turf down using landscaping pins or galvanized stakes. Be sure to space out the stakes along the perimeter and along the seam of the turf by up to 7 inches.
  • Trim the edges: Trim the edges of the turf as neatly as possible using a knife or carpet cutter.
  • Final touches​: Brush the grass and add the infill. The infill will help the blades of the artificial turf stand upright like those of natural grass. Your artificial turf is done.

For Concrete Surfaces

For the most part, the process of laying artificial turf on concrete surfaces is very similar to that of soil surfaces with very few differences. 
  • Clean the surface: Ensure that there is no debris on the area where the grass is to be laid. Sweep and hose the area thoroughly. Once the area is clean, proceed to check how level it is. It’s best to install the grass on level areas.
  • Install shock pads: To reduce the risk of injury, installing a shock pad before laying the turf is a good idea. Before spreading the shock pad, apply glue (a glue and hardener mixture) to the surface. Be sure to work fast as the glue dries quickly. 
  • Lay your grass: Once the shock pad is in place, lay the grass turf.
  • Join pieces: If you used more than one roll, then you will have to join the different parts. Using the method described in the previous section to join the different rolls together.
  • Secure the turf: Use glue around the edges of the turf and leave it to dry. You could also use garden accessories like plant pots to weigh down the grass.
  • Apply finishing touches​: Trim the edges. Brush the grass and add the infill. Your artificial turf is done.

​Following the above-listed steps, you should be able to do a pretty decent job of installing your artificial turf. Bear in mind that “properly” installing artificial turf is no mean feat, even the professionals get it wrong sometimes. Also, considering how expensive it can be to lay artificial turf, mistakes can be costly too. We advise that you seek out professional help. Go for professionals with a proven track record of quality work. Cheers.
If you are looking for a reliable and experienced landscaper in Derby or synthetic turf laying services in Derby, then you are in the right place. Call us today.

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