When you have completed the preparation stage including measuring exactly how much artificial grass you will need, installing appropriate drainage (if needed) and eliminating the natural grass layer, you will be ready to install your artificial grass lawn. This short article outlines the steps you need to follow to help you to do the job right, from laying the base, connecting joints and protecting against weed growth.
Lay Gravel Base accompanied by Sharp Sand – If required, use treated timber/timber stakes to put 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 permanently draining areas. Screw these timbers to 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 also by using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber close to the wall leaving the area to help you tuck the Artificial Grass in between the timber as well as 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 towards the timber edging. With heavy clay soils we recommend laying a crushed stone surface of up to 3 inches. This will not be necessary for the majority of areas and only required for those who have a very high water table where the ground holds water for long periods of your time 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 below the timber edging by 1 inch. Infill the perimeter with sharp sand and level utilizing a rake. Ensure the sand is level to the top from the timber edging and compact again.
Permanently drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind within the soil. Next compact the earth employing a vibrating plate which can be hired from an equipment hire company. Guarantee the perimeter is compacted and level with all the timber edging. Should you put more operate in at this time, 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 probability of weed growth through 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. Make sure 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 if you have laid the timber edging correctly as previously described, then the artificial grass could be wedged between. If joining, please be sure that the artificial turf thousand oaks is laid with the pile running in the same direction on each piece. Lay the carpet on the top of the sand as opposed to dragging it across the base material. To help stop wrinkles or creasing it is best to allow 2 to three 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 within the same direction. Cut off manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring you will find no gaps greater than 1mm in between the two carpet edges. The accuracy of this determines how visible the join is following the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) so that the edges in the carpet fulfill the tape when joined.
Adhesive – a) Apply the cartridge adhesive in a zig zag motion onto the rougher side from the tape allowing one cartridge for each 3 linear metres. Turn down carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and contains no overlap. Since you are carrying this out along with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. When the whole length is in place and also you are pleased using its appearance it really is essential to walk along the join many times to activate the glue and bond the grass to the tape. Weigh along the seam to make certain good contact with the glue until it cures. The greater care taken with the operation the neater and tidier the joint is going to be.
b) If using the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of these two components before use. Apply adhesive for 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 should be applied so that when the artificial grass carpet is pressed to the adhesive, a transfer on the xggnvo backing is done. 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 will not crest in the seam and is holding flat over the bonded area. Once the whole length is within place and you also are happy with its appearance it really is essential to walk across the join many 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 to not put adhesive on the carpet small quantities of glue can be removed from your artificial grass fibre using White Spirit as well as a small off cut from the artificial grass. Small quantities of cured glue can usually be removed. To prevent this situation and the potential of injury to the artificial grass, care and precautions should be come to avoid exposure to the fibres at all times. If the artificial grass has been jointed and glued and you also are satisfied using the levels screw the grass to 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 is kiln dried and brush into carpet as you go. Each product may have sand infill but this can be only employed to stabilise the carpet and at virtually no time in case the sand be visible. You need to obtain an even spread on the surface employing a brush to formulate the depth in layers. Tend not to apply the sand in one application. Brush sand into pile immediately after laying as the artificial grass is dry and even though weather conditions are good. Brush vigorously against the fibres from the carpet pile to let the tufts to stand upright. Putting the correct quantity of sand in helps support the artificial grass to bed down, protects the fibres and in addition keeps them standing to give it the appearance of real grass.