Landscaping can be a huge job, but the end result is just as fulfilling. The road to achieving the low maintenance garden solution of your dreams may not be an easy one, but thankfully there are plenty of professionals who can help you make it a reality.
But how do they really go about installing artificial grass in a way that ensures it lasts long and withstands wear and tear? Here’s a quick glimpse at the process of installing artificial grass.
Prepare for Installation
First, the team will remove any debris that could affect installation. This could include weeds, soil, and other substances above the ground. By rough grading the area, or shaping the installation site, the service providers can also uncover everything underneath that could interfere with the longevity of your artificial grass such as irrigation, electric wiring, and pipes. Once all this has been removed, they now have a solid sub base for the project.
Lay Down the Base
The next step is to install the base material, which is a special mixture of gravel and sand. This gives room for proper drainage and it is installed at a depth of three inches. It will be distributed and leveled carefully so that it slopes away from living areas and into the drainage area. A good base also ensure that the artificial grass turf will have a smooth appearance at the end of the project.
After the base is down, it is made wet and compacted. Compaction refers to vibrating, tamping, and rolling the gravel. This solidifies the base, laying groundwork for further leveling or grading if needed and creating a place where the experts can drive the nails into during installation.
Trim and Fit the Turf
It is now time to fit the turf to your backyard. This is an activity that we recommend you leave to the professionals because it is easy to go overboard with cutting the turf. It takes a lot of patience; you’ll need to work steadily along the edges with the seaming tool and cut in an s-shape so the turf pieces do not push against its angles.
Once the turf has been fitted, it is time to install the nails. These are spaced every six inches along the edge and applied as necessary throughout the rest of the field, driven down three-fourths of the way. Once the entire turf has been laid out, the nails are secured and then hidden with the grass blade at the base with the mat.
Tuck in the Turf Edges
After the nails have been secured, a wonder bar is used to hide the edges of the turf against any hardscape or edging border. This gives it a clean, seamless look; however, it is completely optional and can be omitted based on the needs of the project.
Applying the Filler
The last step involves using a heavily bristled power brush to pull against the grain of the grass. This forces the grass to stand straight up, in preparation for the infill. Infill is antibacterial and it does not pose a risk to children or pets.
Finally, the turf goes through one more power brush to push the infill granules into the base.