You will need…
WHITE WASHED SAND
SYNTHETIC TURF PINS
Step 1 – Preparation
Calculate the turf area required by measuring width and length. Try our area calculator.
Remove any paving, vegetation and debris from the area.
Excavate area to a depth of 80-90mm below your marked edges.
Cap or remove any existing sprinkler hoses in the area.
Once excavated, rake the area level for the sub-base.
Step 2 – Laying the sub-base
Spread and compact approximately 50-60mm of crushed rock as sub-base.
Lightly spray water over the crushed rock after it has been compacted.
Compact the crushed rock until it becomes firm. A vibrating plate will produce the best result.
Using a Spirit Level, ensure a fall on the base to allow for water drainage (away from any buildings), but not a slope.
To provide an even finish, add a fine 20-25mm layer of crushed stone over the top of the base and level it out again following the same procedure.
After compacting, the base should be approximately 15mm below the finished height of the surrounding edging/paving/rope or paint mark.
Calculating the amount of crush rock required. Let’s say your total area = 40sqm.
Multiply 40 x 60 = 2,400; which calculates to 2.4 cubic metres.
Step 3 – Laying the turf
Lay out the artificial grass and allow it to settle for several hours to remove any creases.
Always run the grass pile in the same direction.
Remove the ‘salvage’ black strip from both sides of the grass.
Join the turf (see the next step for more detail).
Using a sharp utility knife, cut the artificial grass along the edges, around trees and flower beds to fit. Take your time to ensure a flawless finish.
TIP: Keep changing your blade as this will make cutting the artificial turf easier.
Step 4 – Joining the turf
Pull the two sections of artificial grass together so they are as close as possible. Make sure they are not touching or overlapping. There should never be more than a 5mm gap.
Once in place, position a marker at both ends where the two pieces join together.
Join using either tape + adhesive or self-adhesive tape. The following two steps relate to using the self adhesive tape, which is cleaner and faster.
Fold back both sides of your turf and roll out and centralise the adhesive tape between the two markers.
Cut the tape at one end and gently peel off the foil along the entire length. Gently place both sides of the artificial grass onto the adhesive tape and continue this process down the entire length of the join. Walk along the seam several times to ensure it sticks down securely.
Step 5 – Securing your turf
Secure the edges with 100mm or 150mm flat head nails into the rock base as close to the edge as possible and continue nailing along the edge every 200-300mm.
Make sure you pull the fibre of the grass apart so the nail goes in smoothly and does not hold the fibre down. At the completion of this step the nails should be hidden.