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 able to install your artificial grass lawn. This article outlines the steps you need to follow to help you to get the job done right, from laying the base, connecting joints and preventing weed growth.
Lay Gravel Base then 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 for the stakes leaving the stakes on the within the perimeter. If 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 close to the wall leaving the space 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 in to the ground ensuring the stakes are slightly less than the timber edging. Next screw the timber stake to the timber edging. With heavy clay soils we recommend laying a crushed stone surface of up to 3 inches. This is definitely not necessary for the majority of areas and merely required in case you have a high water table where ground holds water for a long period of time after it rains. Next compact the ground employing 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 top in the timber edging and compact again.
For good drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind on the soil. Next compact the ground utilizing a vibrating plate that may be hired from an equipment hire company. Guarantee the perimeter is compacted and level using the timber edging. In the event you put more work in at this time, your Artificial Grass Lawn can look 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 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 may be wedged between. If joining, please ensure that the artificial grass is laid with all the pile running in the same direction on every piece. Lay the carpet along with the sand as opposed to dragging it over 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 employing a sharp Dolphin or Stanley knife or scissors.
Jointing – When jointing your outdoor carpet together, make sure the pile runs inside the same direction. Cut off manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring you will find no gaps more than 1mm involving the two carpet edges. The precision of the will determine how visible the join is right after the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) so 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 in the tape allowing one cartridge for each and every 3 linear metres. Reject carpet and press both edges into the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and contains no overlap. Since you are accomplishing this along with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. Once the whole length is within place and also you are happy with its appearance it is necessary to walk along the join repeatedly to activate the glue and bond the grass to the tape. Weigh along the seam to ensure good exposure to the glue until it cures. The better care taken with the operation the neater and tidier the joint will be.
b) If using 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 ought to be applied to ensure that if the artificial grass carpet is pressed to the adhesive, a transfer on the carpet backing is done. Turn down carpet and press both edges into the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and it has no overlap. Ensure that the carpet will not crest on the seam and is holding flat within the bonded area. After the whole length is in place and you also are happy using its appearance it is actually required to walk across the join several times to activate the glue and bond the grass to the tape. Weight the seam to make sure good contact with the glue until it cures. The better care taken with the operation the neater and tidier the joint will likely be.
When you should endeavour never to put adhesive to the carpet small quantities of glue are easy to remove from 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 chance of injury to the artificial grass, care and precautions ought to be delivered to avoid connection with the fibres all the time. When the artificial grass has been jointed and glued and also you are satisfied 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) – If the artificial grass has become laid use silica sand, which is kiln dried and brush into carpet as you go. Each product could have sand infill but this is only used to stabilise the carpet and at virtually no time should the sand be visible. You have to get an even spread on the surface using a brush to formulate the depth in layers. Usually do not apply the sand in one application. Brush sand into pile soon after laying as the artificial grass is dry even though weather conditions are good. Brush vigorously from the fibres from the carpet pile to let the tufts to face upright. Putting the correct quantity of sand in helps support the artificial grass to sleep down, protects the fibres and in addition keeps them standing to give it the appearance of real grass.