When you have completed the preparation stage which includes measuring just how much artificial grass you require, installing appropriate drainage (if necessary) and removing the natural grass layer, you will be able to install your artificial grass lawn. This post outlines the steps you should follow to help you to do the job right, from laying the base, connecting joints and protecting against weed growth.
Lay Gravel Base followed by Sharp Sand – If neccessary, use treated timber/timber stakes to put 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 to the stakes leaving the stakes on the inside of the perimeter. In case the Artificial Grass meet a concrete path, wall or decking, position the timber flush with all the surface height and also by using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber near the wall leaving the area to help you tuck the Artificial Grass in between the timber and also the adjoining material in 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 towards the timber edging. With heavy clay soils we recommend laying a crushed stone surface of up to 3 inches. This will never be necessary for almost all areas and merely required if you have a high water table where ground holds water for a long period of energy 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 below the timber edging by 1 inch. Infill the perimeter with sharp sand and level using a rake. Ensure the sand is level to the peak of the timber edging and compact again.
Once and for all drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind over the soil. Next compact the earth utilizing a vibrating plate that may be hired from an equipment hire company. Guarantee the perimeter is compacted and level using the timber edging. Should you put more work in at this stage, 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 for the timber edging. This weed control geo textile membrane prevents any possibility of weed growth from the artificial grass drainage holes.
Roll out Artificial Grass – Lay the Artificial Grass within the desired direction working on the carpet and not on the levelled base. Ensure 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 if you have laid the timber edging correctly as previously described, then your artificial grass can be wedged between. If joining, please be sure that the artificial turf thousand oaks is laid with all the pile running inside the same direction on every piece. Lay the carpet on top of the sand as opposed to dragging it throughout the base material. To help 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 employing a sharp Dolphin or Stanley knife or scissors.
Jointing – When jointing your outdoor carpet together, make sure the pile runs within the same direction. Stop manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring there are no gaps greater than 1mm involving the two carpet edges. The accuracy 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 satisfy 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 and every 3 linear metres. Reject carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and contains no overlap. When you are doing this along with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. After the whole length is in place and also you are happy using its appearance it is actually required to walk along the join many times to activate the glue and bond the grass towards the tape. Weigh on the seam to make sure good exposure to the glue until it cures. The greater care taken with all the operation the neater and tidier the joint is going to be.
b) If utilizing the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of these 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 ought to be applied so that if the artificial grass carpet is pressed to the adhesive, a transfer on the xggnvo backing is finished. Reject carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and it has no overlap. Ensure that the carpet does not crest on the seam and is holding flat within the bonded area. After the whole length is within place and you also are happy using its appearance it is required to walk over the join repeatedly to activate the glue and bond the grass towards the tape. Weight 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 will likely be.
While you should endeavour not to put adhesive onto the carpet small quantities of glue are easy to remove from your artificial grass fibre using White Spirit along with a small off cut from the artificial grass. Small amounts of cured glue usually can be removed. To avoid this situation and the possibility of injury to the artificial grass, care and precautions should be taken to avoid exposure to the fibres constantly. If the artificial grass has been jointed and glued and also you are happy with the levels screw the grass for the timber perimeter framework using galvanised screws at the very least of 12 inch intervals.
Spread Sand (Optional, according to Grass Selected) – When the artificial grass has been laid use silica sand, that is kiln dried and brush into carpet as you go. Each product may have sand infill but this really is only utilized to stabilise the carpet and at virtually no time should the sand be visible. You have to obtain an even spread on the surface utilizing a brush to develop the depth in layers. Do not apply the sand in a single application. Brush sand into pile right after laying while the artificial grass is dry and even though weather conditions are good. Brush vigorously from the fibres of the carpet pile to encourage the tufts to stand upright. Putting the correct quantity of sand in helps hold the artificial grass to bed down, protects the fibres as well as keeps them standing to give it the appearance of real grass.