Once you have completed the preparation stage which include measuring how much artificial grass you will need, installing appropriate drainage (if necessary) and removing the natural grass layer, you will be prepared to install your artificial grass lawn. This post outlines the steps you should follow to assist 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 required, use treated timber/timber stakes to set in 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 to 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 with all the surface height and through using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber close to the wall leaving the room to enable you to tuck the Artificial Grass in between the timber and the adjoining material in a later stage.
Position the stakes against the inner perimeter timber edging and hammer into 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 as much as 3 inches. This is definitely not necessary for the majority of areas and only required in case you have a higher water table in which the ground holds water for a long period of your time after it rains. Next compact the ground utilizing a vibrating plate which can be hired from an equipment hire company. Make sure the perimeter is compacted and beneath the timber edging by 1 inch. Infill the perimeter with sharp sand and level employing a rake. Make sure the sand is level to the peak of the timber edging and compact again.
Permanently drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind on the soil. Next compact the ground employing a vibrating plate that can be hired from an equipment hire company. Guarantee the perimeter is compacted and level using the timber edging.
In the event you put more function in at this time, your Artificial Grass Lawn can look better as a result.
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 not 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. When the artificial grass meets a path or edge, and if you have laid the timber edging correctly as previously described, then your artificial grass may be wedged between. If joining, please be sure that the artificial grass is laid with the pile running within the same direction on each piece. Lay the carpet on top of the sand as opposed to dragging it over the base material. To help stop wrinkles or creasing it is best 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, make sure the pile runs within the same direction. Stop manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring there are no gaps in excess of 1mm 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 from the carpet satisfy the tape when joined.
Adhesive. a) Apply the cartridge adhesive in a zig zag motion on the rougher side of the tape allowing one cartridge for each and every 3 linear metres. Turn down carpet and press both edges into the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and has no overlap. When you are accomplishing this along with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. Once the whole length is within place and you are happy featuring its appearance it is actually essential to walk along the join repeatedly to activate the glue and bond the grass to the tape. Weigh along the seam to make certain good exposure to the glue until it cures. The better care taken with all the operation the neater and tidier the joint will likely be, or b) If using the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of these 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 possible a notched trowel. Sufficient adhesive needs to be applied so that if the artificial grass carpet is pressed into the adhesive, a transfer on the carpet backing is done. Reject carpet and press both edges into the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and has no overlap. Ensure that the carpet fails to crest at the seam and is also holding flat within the bonded area. After the whole length is within place and you also are satisfied with its appearance it is essential to walk over the join several times to activate the glue and bond the grass to zgcupa tape. Weight the seam to make sure good contact with the glue until it cures. The more care taken with all the operation the neater and tidier the joint is going to be.
As you should endeavour not to put adhesive to the carpet small quantities of glue are easy to remove from your artificial grass fibre using White Spirit and a small off cut in 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 should be delivered to avoid connection with the fibres constantly.
Once the artificial grass has been jointed and glued and you are happy with the levels screw the grass towards the timber perimeter framework using galvanised screws at the very least of 12 inch intervals.
Spread Sand (Optional, depending on Grass Selected) Once the artificial grass has been laid use silica sand, which is kiln dried and brush into carpet along the way. Each product may have sand infill but this can be only used to stabilise the carpet and at no time in case the sand be visible. You have to get 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 as the artificial grass is dry and while weather is good. Brush vigorously from the fibres of the carpet pile to let the tufts to stand upright. Putting the correct level of sand in helps hold the artificial grass to sleep down, protects the fibres as well as keeps them standing to give it the look of real grass. When the hard work has become done, you are able to unwind and relax knowing your artificial grass lawn will appear great and require minimal maintenance.