6 Step Guide to DIY Artificial Lawn Installation

When it comes to a gorgeous lawn, synthetic grass is a beautiful, hassle-free option. Once you’ve chosen to have synthetic grass for your yard, the next step is to have a company come in and lay the synthetic grass. The process of laying the grass is a multi step process, and this article will go over each one so you have a good idea about what factors may affect the final price.

There are six steps in the process of laying synthetic grass, and these will all have an impact on the cost.

Step 1: Excavate and Level the Soil to the Required Depth

Once you’ve measured and marked out the area, it’s time to excavate and level the soil. Before you start digging, contact your local utility company or call Dial Before You Dig. They will alert you to any possible underground issues to avoid.

If you’re laying a small area, use a shovel to remove the grass surface. If you’re laying a larger area, you may want to get a turf cutter to help. When it’s cleared, check the levels against adjoining edging or area. To create a solid base, you’ll have to dig between 70mm and 100mm out. Depending on where you are, it may be 70mm to 100mm below your existing edging. Edge the area using bricks, block edging, or timber batons.

Step 2: Fill the Area With Crushed Rock Base and Compact

Cover your finished area with an even layer of crushed rock, and spread it out using a rake. While you’re doing this, look for any natural drops as these will assist with drainage in the event of heavy rains. Next, get a piece of screed and screed out your crushed rock base until the base is flat and smooth. You can accomplish this by dragging your screed on top of the crushed rock to even it out. When it’s even, spray it lightly with water to help it set.

Step 3: Level Your Base and Compact Again

Once your base has had time to set, level your crushed rock with the compactor. Allow it to dry and set, then repeat the compacting process. By doing this step twice, it will help your final base set as hard as it possibly can. Make sure you take your time with this step to ensure the best results. This step will directly impact how your final synthetic grass result looks.

Step 4: The Rolls of Grass are Cut and Laid

When your base is completely set, start at one edge and roll out your synthetic grass. Make sure that you allow for some overhang at the edges. Next, measure your area with a tape measure and mark your cutting lines along the backside of the synthetic grass. Again, have at least 10cms of overhang.

When you’re sure you have the correct measurements, cut your grass rolls to the size you need. Please remember that synthetic grass has multiple pieces, and you want all of the fibres to run the same way for the best look possible.

Step 5: Secure your Synthetic Grass

For multiple pieces of the synthetic grass, you’ll have to join them together before you secure them. You can accomplish this by using joining tape. Fold your grass pieces back so the backsides are facing up, make sure the fibres are all running the same direction and keep 1mm between the pieces. Roll your joining tape between the two pieces and lay your grass back down. Carefully push down and make sure the glue soaks into the grass’s backing. This can take up to 30 minutes, and you may want to walk back and forth across the seams a few times. As soon as it’s dry, you’re ready to secure it.

You can purchase 150mm turf pegs and use them to secure your synthetic grass around the edges. There should be 250mm of space between each turf peg, and they should go around the entire area. Once you’ve driven the turf pegs into your base, make sure that they are flush to the surface of your synthetic grass. This will maximise the hold they have, and lock your grass in place. When it’s completely secured, you can trim away the overlapping portions.

Step 6: Dry Sand is Brushed and Scattered Over the Surface

The final step in the synthetic grass process is adding sand filling. This sand filling will add weight, and this will make your synthetic grass look fuller. The amount of sand you’ll need to finish this process depends on how large of an area you need to cover, along with how thick the grass is, and the length.

There are two steps to applying your dry sand filler. To start the first stage, you apply the sand evenly over the entire area by moving in straight lines up and back. For the second stage, get a yard broom and brush the dry sand into a pile. When you do this, continually move in the direction of the sand pile. Keep at this process until your sand level is 12.5mm. When it reaches 12.5mm, you’re done.

If you’ve followed these six steps, you should have a beautiful synthetic grass lawn. To keep it looking bright, lush, and beautiful, you can either broom or rake the area once a month. This will rejuvenate it and help to maximise the appearance.

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