When you have completed the preparation stage which includes measuring 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 that will help you to complete the job right, from laying the base, connecting joints and preventing weed growth.
Lay Gravel Base followed by Sharp Sand – If neccessary, use treated timber/timber stakes to place in 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 within the perimeter. In case the Artificial Grass meet a concrete path, wall or decking, position the timber flush using the surface height and through using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber close to the wall leaving the space to enable you to tuck the Artificial Grass involving the timber as well as the adjoining material at 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 to the timber edging. With heavy clay soils we recommend laying a crushed stone surface as much as 3 inches. This will not be necessary for almost all areas and only required in case you have a higher water table where the ground holds water for a long period of your time after it rains. Next compact the floor using a vibrating plate that can be hired from an equipment hire company. Ensure the perimeter is compacted and beneath the timber edging by 1 inch. Infill the perimeter with sharp sand and level using a rake. Ensure the sand is level to the very 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 floor using a vibrating plate which can be hired from an equipment hire company. Guarantee the perimeter is compacted and level with all the timber edging. If you put more function in at this stage, 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 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. Guarantee 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 for those who have laid the timber edging correctly as previously described, then this artificial grass may be wedged between. If joining, please be sure that the artificial grass is laid with the pile running inside the same direction on each piece. Lay the carpet on top of 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 utilizing a sharp Dolphin or Stanley knife or scissors.
Jointing – When jointing your outdoor carpet together, guarantee the pile runs inside the same direction. Shut down manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring there are no gaps in excess of 1mm in between the two carpet edges. The accuracy with this determines how visible the join is right after the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) so that the edges from the carpet fulfill the tape when joined.
Adhesive – a) Apply the cartridge adhesive in a zig zag motion onto the rougher side of the tape allowing one cartridge for every 3 linear metres. Turn down carpet and press both edges to the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and has no overlap. Since you are doing this with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. After the whole length is within place and you are satisfied with its appearance it really is necessary to walk across the join repeatedly to activate the glue and bond the grass to the tape. Weigh along the seam to ensure good contact with the glue until it cures. The greater care taken with all the operation the neater and tidier the joint will likely be.
b) If utilizing the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of these two components before use. Apply adhesive to the rough side in the tape and spread evenly across a width of at least 20cm using if possible a notched trowel. Sufficient adhesive needs to be applied to ensure that once the artificial grass carpet is pressed to the adhesive, a transfer over the carpet backing is finished. Turn down carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and contains no overlap. Ensure that the carpet fails to crest in the seam and is holding flat on the bonded area. After the whole length is at place and you are satisfied with its appearance it really is required to walk over the join several times to activate the glue and bond the grass towards the tape. Weight the seam to ensure good exposure to the glue until it cures. The greater care taken with all the operation the neater and tidier the joint will be.
When you should endeavour never to put adhesive to the carpet small amounts of glue can be taken off through the 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 avert this situation and the chance of harm to the artificial grass, care and precautions ought to be taken to avoid exposure to the fibres at all times. If the artificial grass has been jointed and glued and also you are happy with all the levels screw the xfjoaf for the timber perimeter framework using galvanised screws at the very least 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 may have sand infill but this can be only utilized to stabilise the carpet as well as at no time in case the sand be visible. You must obtain an even spread within the surface using a brush to build up the depth in layers. Usually do not apply the sand in just one application. Brush sand into pile immediately after laying while the artificial grass is dry and while weather is good. Brush vigorously from the fibres of the carpet pile to let the tufts to stand upright. Putting the correct level of sand in helps support the artificial grass to sleep down, protects the fibres as well as keeps them standing allow it the style of real grass.