Once you have completed the preparation stage which includes measuring just how much artificial grass you require, installing appropriate drainage (if required) and eliminating the natural grass layer, you will be ready to install your artificial grass lawn. This article outlines the steps you should follow that will help you to get the job done 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 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 once and for all draining areas. Screw these timbers for the stakes leaving the stakes on the inside of the perimeter. In case the Artificial Grass meet a concrete path, wall or decking, position the timber flush using the surface height and by using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber close to the wall leaving the room to help you tuck the Artificial Grass between the timber and the adjoining material at a later stage.
Position the stakes against the inner perimeter timber edging and hammer into the ground ensuring the stakes are slightly below the timber edging. Next screw the timber stake for the timber edging.
With heavy clay soils we recommend laying a crushed stone surface as high as 3 inches. This will never be necessary for almost all areas and just required in case you have a high water table where the ground holds water for a long period of your time after it rains. Next compact the ground using a vibrating plate that can 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 using a rake. Ensure the sand is level to the very top from the timber edging and compact again.
Once and for all 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 the timber edging.
In the event you put more operate 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 to the timber edging. This weed control geo textile membrane prevents any possibility of weed growth from the artificial grass drainage holes.
Roll out Artificial Grass. Lay the Artificial Grass in 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 in case you 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 using the pile running within the same direction on each piece. Lay the carpet on the top of the sand rather than 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 utilizing a sharp Dolphin or Stanley knife or scissors.
Jointing. When jointing your outdoor carpet together, make sure the pile runs in the same direction. Shut down manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring you can find no gaps more than 1mm involving 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) in order that 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 from the tape allowing one cartridge for every 3 linear metres. Reject carpet and press both edges into the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and contains no overlap. As you are carrying this out together with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. When the whole length is in place and you are pleased using its appearance it is actually necessary to walk over the join repeatedly to activate the glue and bond the grass to the tape. Weigh on the seam to make sure good exposure to the glue until it cures. The greater care taken with all the operation the neater and tidier the joint will be, or b) If utilizing the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of these two components before use.
Apply adhesive for the rough side of the tape and spread evenly across a width of a minimum of 20cm using if possible a notched trowel. Sufficient adhesive ought to be applied in order that if the artificial grass carpet is pressed to the adhesive, a transfer over the carpet backing is finished. Turn down carpet and press both edges to the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and it has no overlap. Make sure the carpet does not crest on the seam and is also holding flat over the bonded area. After the whole length is within place and also you are happy using its appearance it really is required to walk over the join many times to activate the glue and bond the grass to zgcupa tape. Weight the seam to make certain good contact with the glue until it cures. The more care taken using the operation the neater and tidier the joint is going to be.
As you should endeavour never to put adhesive onto the carpet small amounts of glue are easy to remove through the artificial grass fibre using White Spirit along with a small off cut from the artificial grass. Small amounts of cured glue can usually be removed. To prevent this situation and the potential of damage to the artificial grass, care and precautions needs to be come to avoid exposure to the fibres constantly.
Once the artificial grass has been jointed and glued and you also are pleased using the levels screw the grass to the timber perimeter framework using galvanised screws at least of 12 inch intervals.
Spread Sand (Optional, based on Grass Selected) Once the artificial grass continues to be laid use silica sand, which can be kiln dried and brush into carpet along the way. Each product may have sand infill but this is only used to stabilise the carpet as well as at no time if the sand be visible. You have to obtain an even spread within the surface using a brush to build up the depth in layers. Do not apply the sand in just one application. Brush sand into pile soon after laying as the artificial grass is dry and even though weather is good. Brush vigorously against the fibres from the carpet pile to let the tufts to stand upright. Putting the correct amount of sand in helps hold the artificial grass to bed down, protects the fibres and in addition keeps them standing allow it the style of real grass. Once the effort continues to be done, you can relax and relax knowing that your artificial grass lawn will look great and require minimal maintenance.