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 article outlines the steps you should follow that will help you to do the job right, from laying the base, connecting joints and preventing weed growth.
Lay Gravel Base then Sharp Sand – If required, use treated timber/timber stakes to put 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 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 through using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber close to the wall leaving the area to enable you to tuck the Artificial Grass involving the timber as well as the adjoining material at a later stage.
Position the stakes up 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 of up to 3 inches. This will not be necessary for almost all areas and just required for those who have a high water table where ground holds water for long periods of time after it rains. Next compact the floor utilizing a vibrating plate that can be hired from an equipment hire company. Make sure the perimeter is compacted and below the timber edging by 1 inch. Infill the perimeter with sharp sand and level utilizing a rake. Make sure the sand is level to the very top in the timber edging and compact again.
Once and for all drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind over the soil. Next compact the earth using a vibrating plate which can be hired from an equipment hire company. Ensure the perimeter is compacted and level with all the timber edging. Should you put more operate in at this stage, 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 probability 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 rather than on the levelled base. Make sure the carpet is positioned to minimise cuts, joints and waste overlaying the timber edging by a minimum of 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 your artificial grass may 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 top of the sand as opposed to dragging it across the base material. To help 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 using a sharp Dolphin or Stanley knife or scissors.
Jointing – When jointing your outdoor carpet together, ensure the pile runs inside the same direction. Cut off manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring you can find no gaps in excess of 1mm involving the two carpet edges. The accuracy of the determines how visible the join is after the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) so the edges from the carpet meet the tape when joined.
Adhesive – a) Apply the cartridge adhesive in a zig zag motion on the rougher side from the tape allowing one cartridge for each 3 linear metres. Reject carpet and press both edges into the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and contains no overlap. As you are accomplishing this with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. When the whole length is at place and you also are satisfied featuring its appearance it really is necessary to walk along the join repeatedly to activate the glue and bond the grass for the tape. Weigh down the seam to make sure good connection with the glue until it cures. The better care taken using the operation the neater and tidier the joint will be.
b) If making use of the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of these two components before use. Apply adhesive towards the rough side of the tape and spread evenly across a width of at least 20cm using if possible a notched trowel. Sufficient adhesive ought to be applied in order that when the artificial grass carpet is pressed in to the adhesive, a transfer within the carpet backing is done. Reject carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and has no overlap. Make sure the carpet will not crest at the seam and is holding flat over the bonded area. Once the whole length is in place and also you are satisfied using its appearance it really is essential to walk along the join several times to activate the glue and bond the grass towards the tape. Weight the seam to ensure good contact with the glue until it cures. The better care taken with the operation the neater and tidier the joint is going to be.
While you should endeavour never to put adhesive onto the carpet small quantities of glue can be taken off through the artificial grass fibre using White Spirit along with a small off cut from the artificial grass. Small amounts of cured glue usually can be removed. To prevent this situation and the potential of damage to the artificial grass, care and precautions needs to be delivered to avoid connection with the fibres constantly. If the artificial grass continues to be jointed and glued and also you are pleased with all the levels screw the xfjoaf to the timber perimeter framework using galvanised screws at the very least of 12 inch intervals.
Spread Sand (Optional, depending on Grass Selected) – If the artificial grass has become laid use silica sand, which is kiln dried and brush into carpet along the way. Each product could have sand infill but this really is only employed to stabilise the carpet and at almost no time if the sand be visible. You need to get an even spread over the surface employing a brush to build up the depth in layers. Tend not to apply the sand in a single application. Brush sand into pile right after laying while the artificial grass is dry and while weather is good. Brush vigorously up against the fibres of the carpet pile to encourage the tufts to face upright. Putting the proper quantity of sand in helps support the artificial grass to bed down, protects the fibres and also keeps them standing to give it the style of real grass.