Once you have completed the preparation stage which includes measuring just how much artificial grass you need, installing appropriate drainage (if required) and eliminating the natural grass layer, you will be prepared to install your artificial grass lawn. This article outlines the steps you should follow to assist you to get the job done right, from laying the base, connecting joints and preventing weed growth.
Lay Gravel Base followed by Sharp Sand. If required, use treated timber/timber stakes to place within 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 permanently draining areas. Screw these timbers to 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 using the surface height and by using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber near the wall leaving the room to help you tuck the Artificial Grass in between the timber as well as the adjoining material in a later stage.
Position the stakes from the inner perimeter timber edging and hammer in to the ground ensuring the stakes are slightly below the timber edging. Next screw the timber stake to the timber edging.
With heavy clay soils we recommend laying a crushed stone surface as much as 3 inches. This will never be necessary for almost all areas and merely required for those who have a high water table in which the ground holds water for a long period of time after it rains. Next compact the ground using 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 using a rake. Make sure the sand is level to the peak in the timber edging and compact again.
For good drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind over the soil. Next compact the earth employing a vibrating plate that may be hired from an equipment hire company. Make sure the perimeter is compacted and level with all the timber edging.
If you put more work in at this point, your Artificial Grass Lawn will appear better as a result.
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 with the artificial grass drainage holes.
Roll out Artificial Grass. Lay the Artificial Grass inside the desired direction working on the carpet and never on the levelled base. Ensure the carpet is positioned to minimise cuts, joints and waste overlaying the timber edging by at least 4 inches. When the artificial grass meets a path or edge, and if you have laid the timber edging correctly as previously described, then the artificial grass could be wedged between. If joining, please ensure that the artificial grass is laid using the pile running in the same direction on every piece. Lay the carpet along with the sand rather than dragging it throughout the base material. To assist stop wrinkles or creasing it is advisable to allow 2 to three 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, ensure the pile runs within the same direction. Cut off manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring you can find no gaps in excess of 1mm involving the two carpet edges. The precision of this determines how visible the join is following the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) so that the edges of the carpet satisfy the tape when joined.
Adhesive. a) Apply the cartridge adhesive in a zig zag motion onto the rougher side of the tape allowing one cartridge for every 3 linear metres. Reject carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and has no overlap. When you are carrying this out with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. After the whole length is within place and you are pleased with its appearance it really is necessary to walk across the join many times to activate the glue and bond the grass towards the tape. Weigh on the seam to ensure good connection with the glue until it cures. The more care taken with all 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 for the rough side in the tape and spread evenly across a width of at the very least 20cm using if possible a notched trowel. Sufficient adhesive should be applied in order that if the artificial grass carpet is pressed to the adhesive, a transfer over the carpet backing is done. Reject carpet and press both edges into the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and has no overlap. Ensure the carpet will not crest on the seam and is also holding flat within the bonded area. After the whole length is in place and you also are pleased featuring its appearance it really is required to walk over the join many times to activate the glue and bond the grass to zgcupa tape. Weight the seam to make sure good exposure to the glue until it cures. The better care taken using the operation the neater and tidier the joint will likely be.
When you should endeavour to not put adhesive onto the carpet small quantities of glue can be removed through the artificial grass fibre using White Spirit as well as a small off cut of the artificial grass. Small amounts of cured glue can usually be removed. To prevent this situation and the potential of harm to the artificial grass, care and precautions should be come to avoid contact with the fibres at all times.
When the artificial grass has been jointed and glued and you also are pleased with all the levels screw the grass to the timber perimeter framework using galvanised screws at least of 12 inch intervals.
Spread Sand (Optional, according to Grass Selected) Once the artificial grass has been laid use silica sand, which can be kiln dried and brush into carpet along the way. Each product might have sand infill but this really is only used to stabilise the carpet and at virtually no time should the sand be visible. You need to obtain an even spread over the surface employing a brush to develop the depth in layers. Do not apply the sand in a single application. Brush sand into pile immediately after laying as the artificial grass is dry and even though weather conditions are good. Brush vigorously from the fibres from the carpet pile to let the tufts to face upright. Putting the proper quantity of sand in helps support the artificial grass to sleep down, protects the fibres and also keeps them standing allow it the appearance of real grass. Once the effort has become done, it is possible to sit back and relax in the knowledge that your artificial grass lawn will look great and require minimal maintenance.