Category: Artificial Turf

How to install artificial grass

1. Before you begin laying the astroturf, measure the area when quoting for the job. Gridding the area in roll sizes of 2m or 4m widths. Rolls are made to a standard size of 4x25m, so you will need to consider wastage factors. Grass should always be installed in the same direction.

2. When the install date arrives, remove turf with a sharp spade or preferably a mechanical turf cutter.

3. Using a sharp spade, create a chamfered finish at perimeters. Set at approximately 30-35mm below perimeter edgings.

4. Using a rake, level the area off, as you don’t want humps or bumps before installing the stone base. Where there is no edge to butt into, install our edging product.

5. Install a liberal layer of 6mm-10mm to dust granite stone or similar. Using a rake, level the area out creating a crowned profile to produce a natural appearance to the installation.

6. Set and finish perimeter heights at approx. 15mm below the edge system.

7. Now wet down the area and compact.

8. Once complete, install the weed membrane. This should be stretched out and fixed using 4″ nails around the perimeters and then trimmed.

9. Unroll the grass and position ideally running the pile towards the house on back gardens and the reverse on front lawns (i.e. facing out).

10. When laying the artificial grass, ensure it fits up to the outer perimeters. Where there is an obstacle (like a tree or post), fold the grass back and decide the shortest route to cut. Then cut between the tufts. Take care not to trim any of the blades of grass as this will create a poor seam.

11. Where the grass fits too tight around the obstacle, splice the carpet starting at the bottom of the obstacle. This releases any tension and allows the grass to lay flat. The two edges that have been cut to go around the post should come together. If not, this indicates that the grass is still under tension and will need further cutting.

12. To join sections of grass, lay the joining tape blotting side up (shiny side down). Nail this in place.

13. Before you continue fitting the artificial grass, check the alignment and then trim at the perimeter edge near the joint. This will ensure the joint is not disturbed once the artificial grass adhesive has been applied.

14. Using a mastic gun, apply a bead of adhesive just under the edge of the grass followed by another bead to the front edge grass. Carefully bring the second piece together taking care not to bury the tufts. Lightly pressurize the seam to disperse the adhesive.

15. Using 4″ galvanised nails, nail up the seam at leading edges and stager down the seam. Open the pile up to ensure the nails do not bury any tufts.

16. Trim perimeter edges and nail at corners and approximately every 0.75m.

 17. Where the pile runs away from the perimeter edges, Kink the carpet and brush the pile with hand to encourage the pile to run into the edge.

18. Finally, once you have completed laying the artificial grass and it has been seamed and nailed, install a heavy layer of Kiln Dried Sand into the perimeters. Ensure you claw the pile open to ensure the perimeter edges are completely loaded with sand. When you do not have the use of a hopper of mechanical brush and blower, cut holes in the bags of sand and apply evenly.

19. Apply 6-8kgs per sqm. Using a stiff yard brush, brush the sand in to the pile, always brushing the pile open.

Caring for artificial grass in the winter

With the dark nights drawing in and frosty mornings not far away, December through to February can be a quiet time for your garden.  With winter also comes the inevitable icy and maybe even snowy weather conditions – and you might be concerned about how this cold weather might affect your artificial grass in winter time.

Well, you can be reassured that maintenance of your synthetic lawn is simple all year round. However, in the winter period, you may find that your grass may become slippery in wet weather conditions and the blades might freeze in sub-zero temperatures (just as you might expect with natural grass).

So how should you look after your artificial grass throughout these winter months?

You can be reassured that artificial grass is resilient, much more resilient than a natural lawn grass, and will tolerate more extreme weather conditions. The grass blades will certainly stiffen if it’s frosty, which makes the grass less pleasant to walk on. In a heavy freeze, you may cause some damage if you walk on them, so ideally, it’s better to allow the snow to melt and drain away.

A thin covering of snow is fine to walk or play on but be careful not to let it build up too much, as the snow can become compacted and turn into ice, potentially breaking the fibres of your artificial grass.

We also don’t recommend using salt to melt ice and snow as this can clog the drainage elements of your grass. Remove as much snow as you can with a plastic shovel – avoid using metal as that could damage the grass.  Take as much care when it melts as the grass can become slippery.

When walked upon, snow can get compacted and form a layer in your artificial grass. Take as much care, because this is really slippery to walk on and again, the drainage capacity of your lawn might deteriorate. In case this happens, we recommend you to remove the layer by hand to avoid damage.

Your grass may be flattened after the snow has fallen, but it’ll bounce back, and you can always help it along with a stiff brush.

Artificial grass stands up well against lots of rain and will even be ok if temporarily submerged underwater. Prolonged water-logging may cause mould, so we strongly recommend that your grass is installed correctly and by a professional so that the chance of possible waterlogging is kept to a minimum.

While artificial grass does not need the same amount of maintenance as a natural lawn, basic regular maintenance throughout the year will make sure your artificial grass is in good shape, ready for the harsher weather.

It’s essential to keep on top of any leaves or debris on the fake lawn because if it is left unchecked, they can block the all-important drainage holes in your artificial grass and water may start collecting on the surface of the lawn.

This can give rise to weeds in artificial grass and maybe moss and mould growth. A good broom/brush or even a blower will remove leaves or debris to solve this problem. Do not use a metal rake on the lawn as this will pull up the artificial lawn.

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