Once you have completed the preparation stage which include measuring how much artificial grass you need, installing appropriate drainage (if necessary and removing the natural grass layer, you will be ready to install your artificial grass lawn. This short 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 accompanied 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 2 X 2 inches of tantalised timber for good draining areas. Screw these timbers towards the stakes leaving the stakes on the inside the perimeter. If the Artificial Grass meet a concrete path, wall or decking, position the timber flush with all the surface height and by using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber near the wall leaving the area to enable you to tuck the Artificial Grass in between the timber as well as 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 for 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 almost all areas and just required in case you have a higher water table where the ground holds water for a long period of energy after it rains. Next compact the floor employing a vibrating plate that may 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 employing 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 within the soil. Next compact the earth using a vibrating plate which can be hired from an equipment hire company. Ensure the perimeter is compacted and level with the timber edging. Should you put more work in at this stage, your Artificial Grass Lawn can look better because of this.
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 within the desired direction working on the carpet and never on the levelled base. Guarantee the carpet is positioned to minimise cuts, joints and waste overlaying the timber edging by a minimum of 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 ensure that the artificial grass is laid with all the pile running inside the same direction on each piece. Lay the carpet along with the sand instead of dragging it across the base material. To assist stop wrinkles or creasing it is best 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, ensure the pile runs within the same direction. Shut down manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring you will find no gaps more than 1mm in between the two carpet edges. The precision of this determines how visible the join is right after the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) so the edges from the carpet satisfy the tape when joined.
Adhesive – a) Apply the cartridge adhesive in a zig zag motion onto the rougher side in 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 has no overlap. When you are accomplishing this along with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. After the whole length is in place and you also are happy featuring its appearance it really is necessary to walk along the join many times to activate the glue and bond the grass towards the tape. Weigh on the seam to make certain good contact with the glue until it cures. The better care taken using the operation the neater and tidier the joint will be.
b) If utilizing the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of the two components before use. Apply adhesive towards the rough side in the tape and spread evenly across a width of a minimum of 20cm using if at all possible a notched trowel. Sufficient adhesive needs to be applied so that once the artificial grass carpet is pressed in to the adhesive, a transfer within the carpet backing is finished. Turn down carpet and press both edges into the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and has no overlap. Ensure the carpet does not crest at the seam and is holding flat on the bonded area. Once the whole length is in place and you are satisfied with its appearance it is required to walk along the join many times to activate the glue and bond the grass to the tape. Weight the seam to make certain good exposure to the glue until it cures. The better care taken with all the operation the neater and tidier the joint is going to be.
As you should endeavour to not put adhesive to the carpet small amounts of glue are easy to remove from the artificial grass fibre using White Spirit as well as a small off cut of the artificial grass. Small quantities of cured glue can usually be removed. To prevent this situation and the possibility of harm to the artificial grass, care and precautions ought to be taken to avoid exposure to the fibres constantly. Once the artificial grass has been jointed and glued and you also are satisfied with the levels screw the xfjoaf to the timber perimeter framework using galvanised screws at a minimum of 12 inch intervals.
Spread Sand (Optional, based on Grass Selected) – Once the artificial grass has become laid use silica sand, that 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 and at no time in case the sand be visible. You must obtain an even spread on the surface utilizing a brush to build up the depth in layers. Tend not to apply the sand in just one application. Brush sand into pile immediately after laying while the artificial grass is dry and while weather conditions are good. Brush vigorously against the fibres in the carpet pile to encourage the tufts to stand upright. Putting the right amount of sand in helps hold the artificial grass to sleep down, protects the fibres and also keeps them standing allow it the look of real grass.