How to Install Artificial Grass
When you buy
artificial grass from Grn Envy, you can count on installation services from
professional, expert installers. Rest assured that if you do not want to deal
with installing artificial turf yourself, you certainly do not have to.
However, we also know at Grn Envy that many of our customers and clients love to do things themselves on their house. It can be a lot of fun to undertake a big project like installing artificial turf. It gives a huge sense of satisfaction once it is done and you know you made it happen.
If you are interested in installing your own artificial grass, we will give you guidance and assistance to make it happen. Here are the steps you should take to install your own artificial grass as a DIY project.
Here are 10 Installation tips for the "Do it yourself" Home owner, and for landscape installers too.
- Start with bare dirt. Clear all the existing grass and weeds. You want to make sure that nothing is going to sprout and grow through your artificial grass. Spray the space you are going to be covering with artificial grass with herbicide several days before the installation. Then remove the dead grass and put down a weed barrier cloth so that seeds do not sprout.
- Apply the rock base layer. (optional in most installations ) First, you need a crushed stone aggregate, which is available at your local building supply warehouse. Then you need to put down a layer of decomposed granite. The crushed stone aggregate may be optional, depending on what kind of artificial grass you are installing. The decomposed granite is always required to maintain the warranty on the turf.
- Flatten the rock layer. Use a water sod roller to make sure your rock layer is completely smooth. Remember that the artificial grass is going to be installed directly on the rock layer, with no padding between the rock and the grass. If there are any irregularities or uneven spots on your rock base, they will show in your artificial grass lawn. However, you will probably want a slight slope on your yard base to facilitate drainage.
- Roll out the turf. If your space will not require multiple pieces of turf, this is the only part of the step you really need to worry about. However, if you have a very large or unevenly shaped space and will be using multiple pieces of turf, you need to make sure that all the grass fibers face in the same direction. Otherwise you may end up with a noticeable seam in your lawn.
- Cut the turf to size. Use carpet cutters or a box knife to cut the turf to the size and shape it needs to be. Cut as conservatively as possible, since any spots that need to be seamed will take additional work. If you do need to seam your turf, it is recommended that you use either 6” carpet staples or 4-6” carpet tape.
- Nail the turf down. After the turf is in the right place, it is time to nail it down. Use 6” nails; either galvanized or non-galvanized will work. Your nails should be placed 1 inch from the edge of the turf and between 4 and 6 inches apart from each other. Secure one side of the turf and then move across the lawn; this will allow you to stretch the turf and make sure that it is completely taut.
- Fluff the grass. Once the turf has been nailed down, you will need to fluff the grass up so that you can apply the infill. Use a rake or a power broom to make sure that all the blades of grass are standing straight up.
- Add the infill. The infill is the material which settles at the base of the blades of grass. It weighs down the turf and gives you a firm surface to walk on. It also helps to keep the grass blades standing straight up, and it gives the characteristically soft texture to the artificial turf so that it feels soft and springy when you walk on it. There are several different kinds of infill you might choose, based on what kind of artificial grass you have chosen and what sort of traffic it is going to get.
- #30 Sandblasting Sand: This is the most commonly used infill. It is a specially formulated dust free sand which will not harm your lungs.
- Silica Sand: This is another kind of sand infill. Silica sand is simply sand which has been tumbled and polished to remove the rough edges from each grain of sand.
- Sandblasting Sand: Any kind of sandblasting sand has been screened to remove the dust, regardless of sand size. Size #30 is the most common, but all sandblasting sand is better for your lungs than non-screened sand.
- Zeofill: Zeofill is a type of sand that has a green poly product coating on it.
Regardless of what kind of infill you choose, you should plan on applying about 2 lbs of infill per square foot of artificial grass. A drop spreader is the most efficient way of applying your infill. If you do not have a drop spreader you can apply it by hand, though this method is more labor intensive. After the infill has been placed on the grass, you use a push broom or a rake to settle it down at the base of the grass blades.
Just keep working the infill in until the blades of grass stand straight up again.
- Check for evenness. Adding the infill takes precision. You must work it in against the grain of the grass so that it will go down to the base of the grass blades. You must also make sure that your infill layer is even, because any unevenness will be obvious and bothersome. A good way to check and make sure that the infill is even is simply to walk over your grass. Your feet and sense of balance will tell you whether there are any lumps or dips, and you can use a push broom or a flat head rake to even out the infill material.
- Enjoy your grass! Once your turf is installed and the infill has been filled, your grass needs no more maintenance for its lifetime. You will never need to add more infill for the life of your grass. You may spray it down with water to remove dust or animal odors, and you will definitely want to blow leaves off it if there is a tree nearby, but otherwise you can look forward to more time to enjoy your yard!