Once you have completed the preparation stage which includes measuring how much artificial grass you require, installing appropriate drainage (if required) and removing the natural grass layer, you will be ready to install your artificial grass lawn. This post outlines the steps you should follow to help you to get the job done right, from laying the base, connecting joints and preventing weed growth.
Lay Gravel Base accompanied by Sharp Sand. If required, use treated timber/timber stakes to place inside an area frame. We recommend 4 X 2 inches of tantalised treated timber for heavy clay soil areas and poorly draining areas and two X 2 inches of tantalised timber once and for all draining areas. Screw these timbers for the stakes leaving the stakes on the 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 near the wall leaving the room to enable you to tuck the Artificial Grass between the timber and also the adjoining material with a later stage.
Position the stakes from the inner perimeter timber edging and hammer into the ground ensuring the stakes are slightly less than the timber edging. Next screw the timber stake for the timber edging.
With heavy clay soils we recommend laying a crushed stone surface as much as 3 inches. This will not be necessary for almost all areas and merely required in case you have a higher water table where ground holds water for a long period of your time after it rains. Next compact the earth utilizing a vibrating plate which can be hired from an equipment hire company. Guarantee the perimeter is compacted and beneath the timber edging by 1 inch. Infill the perimeter with sharp sand and level utilizing a rake. Ensure the sand is level to the top in the timber edging and compact again.
Permanently drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind on the soil. Next compact the earth utilizing a vibrating plate that can be hired from an equipment hire company. Ensure the perimeter is compacted and level using the timber edging.
If you put more work in at this time, your Artificial Grass Lawn will appear better consequently.
Weed Control Layer. Apply the weed control geo textile membrane and cut as necessary. Tack using small 1 inch galvanised clout nails to the timber edging. This weed control geo textile membrane prevents any chance of weed growth from the artificial grass drainage holes.
Roll out Artificial Grass. Lay the Artificial Grass in the desired direction working on the carpet and not on the levelled base. Guarantee the carpet is positioned to minimise cuts, joints and waste overlaying the timber edging by no less than 4 inches. If the artificial grass meets a path or edge, and for those who have laid the timber edging correctly as previously described, then the artificial grass can be wedged between. If joining, please ensure that the artificial grass is laid with all the pile running within the same direction on each piece. Lay the carpet on top of the sand rather than dragging it throughout the base material. To aid stop wrinkles or creasing it is advisable to allow 2 to 3 hours to settle before continuing with jointing and adhesive. Cut grass to shape utilizing a sharp Dolphin or Stanley knife or scissors.
Jointing. When jointing your outdoor carpet together, guarantee the pile runs in the same direction. Stop manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring there are no gaps more than 1mm in between the two carpet edges. The precision with this will determine how visible the join is right after the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) so that the edges in the carpet fulfill the tape when joined.
Adhesive. a) Apply the cartridge adhesive in a zig zag motion to the rougher side of the tape allowing one cartridge for each 3 linear metres. Reject carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and it has no overlap. When you are accomplishing this with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. Once the whole length is within place and also you are pleased using its appearance it is required to walk along the join repeatedly to activate the glue and bond the grass for the tape. Weigh on the seam to ensure good connection with the glue until it cures. The greater care taken using the operation the neater and tidier the joint is going to be, or b) If making use of the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of the two components before use.
Apply adhesive towards the rough side from the tape and spread evenly across a width of at least 20cm using if possible a notched trowel. Sufficient adhesive needs to be applied to ensure that if the artificial grass carpet is pressed in to the adhesive, a transfer over the carpet backing is finished. Turn down carpet and press both edges to the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and has no overlap. Ensure the carpet will not crest on the seam and it is holding flat within the bonded area. When the whole length is in place and also you are pleased featuring its appearance it is actually required to walk across the join several times to activate the glue and bond the grass to zgcupa tape. Weight the seam to ensure good contact with the glue until it cures. The greater care taken with all the operation the neater and tidier the joint will likely be.
As you should endeavour not to put adhesive to the carpet small amounts of glue are easy to remove through the artificial grass fibre using White Spirit along with a small off cut of the artificial grass. Small amounts of cured glue can usually be removed. To avert this situation and the possibility of injury to the artificial grass, care and precautions should be taken to avoid exposure to the fibres at all times.
If the artificial grass has become jointed and glued and also you are happy with all the levels screw the grass towards the timber perimeter framework using galvanised screws at a minimum of 12 inch intervals.
Spread Sand (Optional, depending on Grass Selected) If the artificial grass continues to be laid use silica sand, which is kiln dried and brush into carpet as you go. Each product might have sand infill but this can be only employed to stabilise the carpet as well as at virtually no time should the sand be visible. You need to obtain an even spread within the surface employing a brush to develop the depth in layers. Do not apply the sand in a single application. Brush sand into pile soon after laying whilst the artificial grass is dry even though weather conditions are good. Brush vigorously up against the fibres in the carpet pile to let the tufts to stand upright. Putting the proper level of sand in helps hold the artificial grass to bed down, protects the fibres and also keeps them standing to give it the look of real grass. After the effort continues to be done, you are able to sit back and relax in the knowledge that your artificial grass lawn will look great and require minimal maintenance.