Once you have completed the preparation stage which includes measuring how much artificial grass you will need, installing appropriate drainage (if necessary and removing the natural grass layer, you will be prepared to install your artificial grass lawn. This post outlines the steps you should follow that will help you to do the job 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 for good draining areas. Screw these timbers to the stakes leaving the stakes on the inside the perimeter. In case the Artificial Grass meet a concrete path, wall or decking, position the timber flush using the surface height and also by using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber near to the wall leaving the area to enable you to tuck the Artificial Grass involving the timber and the adjoining material with a later stage.
Position the stakes against the inner perimeter timber edging and hammer in 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 as high as 3 inches. This is definitely not 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 time 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 beneath the timber edging by 1 inch. Infill the perimeter with sharp sand and level employing a rake. Make sure the sand is level to the peak in the timber edging and compact again.
Permanently drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind over the soil. Next compact the floor employing 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 function in at this point, your Artificial Grass Lawn can look 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 possibility of weed growth through 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. In the event 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 be sure that the artificial grass is laid using the pile running inside the same direction on every piece. Lay the carpet on top of the sand rather than 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 utilizing a sharp Dolphin or Stanley knife or scissors.
Jointing – When jointing your outdoor carpet together, ensure the pile runs inside the same direction. Stop manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring you can find no gaps in excess of 1mm between the two carpet edges. The precision with this determines how visible the join is after the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) so that the edges from the carpet meet 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. Turn down carpet and press both edges to the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and it has no overlap. As you are doing this together with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. Once the whole length is within place and you are pleased using its appearance it really is essential to walk along the join repeatedly to activate the glue and bond the grass to the tape. Weigh on the seam to make certain good exposure to the glue until it cures. The more care taken using the operation the neater and tidier the joint will likely be.
b) If utilizing the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of the two components before use. Apply adhesive for the rough side of the tape and spread evenly across a width of a minimum of 20cm using if possible a notched trowel. Sufficient adhesive should be applied so that once the artificial grass carpet is pressed to the adhesive, a transfer within the carpet backing is complete. Turn down carpet and press both edges into the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and has no overlap. Ensure the carpet fails to crest on the seam and is holding flat over the bonded area. Once the whole length is in place and you are happy with its appearance it is actually necessary to walk along the join many times to activate the glue and bond the grass for the 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 is going to be.
While you should endeavour never to put adhesive to the carpet small quantities of glue are easy to remove from your artificial grass fibre using White Spirit as well as a small off cut in the artificial grass. Small amounts of cured glue normally can be removed. To avoid this situation and the chance of damage to the artificial grass, care and precautions needs to be delivered to avoid connection with the fibres at all times. When the artificial grass has become jointed and glued and you are happy with all the levels screw the xfjoaf towards the timber perimeter framework using galvanised screws at a minimum of 12 inch intervals.
Spread Sand (Optional, depending on Grass Selected) – When the artificial grass has become 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 employed to stabilise the carpet and at almost no time if the sand be visible. You must obtain an even spread on the surface using a brush to formulate the depth in layers. Tend not to apply the sand in a single application. Brush sand into pile right after laying while the artificial grass is dry and while weather is good. Brush vigorously from the fibres from the carpet pile to let the tufts to face upright. Putting the right quantity of sand in helps retain the artificial grass to bed down, protects the fibres and in addition keeps them standing to give it the look of real grass.