When you have completed the preparation stage which includes measuring how much artificial grass you will need, 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 to 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 within 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 towards the stakes leaving the stakes on the within the perimeter. Should the Artificial Grass meet a concrete path, wall or decking, position the timber flush with the surface height and also by using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber close to the wall leaving the space to help you tuck the Artificial Grass involving 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 lower 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 high water table where the ground holds water for a long time of your time after it rains. Next compact the ground employing a vibrating plate which can 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 using a rake. Make sure the sand is level to the top from the timber edging and compact again.
For good drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind on the soil. Next compact the earth utilizing a vibrating plate which can be hired from an equipment hire company. Make sure the perimeter is compacted and level with all the timber edging. Should you put more operate in at this stage, your Artificial Grass Lawn will appear better consequently.
Weed Control Layer – Apply the weed control geo textile membrane and cut as necessary. Tack using small 1 inch galvanised clout nails towards the timber edging. This weed control geo textile membrane prevents any chance 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 rather than 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. When the artificial grass meets a path or edge, and if you have laid the timber edging correctly as previously described, then this artificial grass could be wedged between. If joining, please ensure that the artificial grass is laid with the pile running in the same direction on every 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 employing a sharp Dolphin or Stanley knife or scissors.
Jointing – When jointing your outdoor carpet together, guarantee the pile runs within the same direction. Stop 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 precision with this will determine how visible the join is after the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) in order that the edges of the carpet meet 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. Reject carpet and press both edges to the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and has no overlap. When you are carrying this out together with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. After the whole length is in place and you also are pleased featuring its appearance it really is essential to walk across the join repeatedly to activate the glue and bond the grass for the tape. Weigh down the seam to ensure good contact with the glue until it cures. The better care taken with all the operation the neater and tidier the joint will likely be.
b) If using the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of the two components before use. Apply adhesive towards the rough side from 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 in order that if the artificial grass carpet is pressed to the adhesive, a transfer on the carpet backing is done. Reject carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and it has no overlap. Ensure the carpet fails to crest on the seam and is also holding flat over the bonded area. Once the whole length is in place and you are happy with its appearance it really is necessary to walk over the join many times to activate the glue and bond the grass for the tape. Weight the seam to ensure good connection with the glue until it cures. The greater care taken using the operation the neater and tidier the joint will be.
As you should endeavour to not put adhesive on the carpet small amounts of glue can be taken off from your artificial grass fibre using White Spirit and a small off cut of the artificial grass. Small quantities of cured glue normally can be removed. To prevent this situation and the potential of damage to the artificial grass, care and precautions ought to be delivered to avoid connection with the fibres constantly. If the artificial grass has become jointed and glued and also you are satisfied using the levels screw the xfjoaf for the timber perimeter framework using galvanised screws at the very least of 12 inch intervals.
Spread Sand (Optional, according to Grass Selected) – If 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 really is only employed to stabilise the carpet and at virtually no time should the sand be visible. You need to obtain an even spread over the surface employing a brush to build up the depth in layers. Usually do not apply the sand in one application. Brush sand into pile right after laying whilst the artificial grass is dry even though weather is good. Brush vigorously up against the fibres from the carpet pile to encourage the tufts to stand upright. Putting the correct level of sand in helps support the artificial grass to bed down, protects the fibres and in addition keeps them standing allow it the look of real grass.