When you have completed the preparation stage which include measuring exactly how much artificial grass you need, installing appropriate drainage (if needed) and taking off the natural grass layer, you may be ready to install your artificial grass lawn. This article outlines the steps you should follow to assist you to to finish the job right, from laying the base, connecting joints and preventing weed growth.
Lay Gravel Base accompanied by Sharp Sand
If neccessary, use treated timber/timber stakes to put in an area frame. We recommend 4 X 2 inches of tantalised treated timber for heavy clay soil areas and poorly draining areas and 2 X 2 inches of tantalised timber forever draining areas. Screw these timbers for the stakes leaving the stakes within the perimeter. Should the Artificial Grass meet a concrete path, wall or decking, position the timber flush with the surface height and by using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber close to the wall leaving space to enable you to tuck the Artificial Grass between timber and the adjoining material in a later stage.
Position the stakes up against the inner perimeter timber edging and hammer within the ground ensuring the stakes are slightly less than the timber edging. Next screw the timber stake to the timber edging.
With heavy clay soils we recommend laying a crushed stone surface of up to 3 inches. This is definitely not necessary for almost all areas and only required when you have a very high water table the place that the ground holds water for a long period of energy after it rains. Next compact the ground employing a vibrating plate that can be hired from an equipment hire company. Make sure the perimeter is compacted and below the timber edging by 1 inch. Infill the perimeter with sharp sand and level with a rake. Ensure the sand is level to # 1 of your timber edging and compact again.
For better drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind within the soil. Next compact the soil using a vibrating plate that may be hired from an equipment hire company. Make sure the perimeter is compacted and level using the timber edging.
If you put more operate in at this point, your Artificial Grass Lawn will appear better for that reason.
Weed Control Layer
Apply the weed control geo textile membrane and cut as necessary. Tack using small 1 inch galvanised clout nails on the timber edging. This weed control geo textile membrane prevents any probability of weed growth from the drainage board drainage holes.
Roll out Artificial Grass
Lay the Artificial Grass in the desired direction focusing on the carpet and not around the levelled base. Ensure the carpet is positioned to minimise cuts, joints and waste overlaying the timber edging by at the least 4 inches. In the event the artificial grass meets a path or edge, and in case you have laid the timber edging correctly as previously described, than the artificial grass may be wedged between. If joining, please ensure that the artificial grass is laid using the pile running in the same direction on each piece. Lay the carpet on top of the sand rather than dragging it all over the base material. To help you stop wrinkles or creasing make sure you allow 2 to 3 hours to settle before continuing with jointing and adhesive. Cut grass to shape with a sharp Dolphin or Stanley knife or scissors.