Once you have completed the preparation stage which include measuring just how much artificial grass you need, installing appropriate drainage (if necessary and removing the natural grass layer, you will be ready to install your artificial grass lawn. This post outlines the steps you ought to follow to assist you to complete the job right, from laying the base, connecting joints and preventing weed growth.
Lay Gravel Base accompanied by Sharp Sand – If required, use treated timber/timber stakes to set 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 for good draining areas. Screw these timbers for the stakes leaving the stakes on the within the perimeter. If the Artificial Grass meet a concrete path, wall or decking, position the timber flush using the surface height and through using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber near the wall leaving the room to enable you to tuck the Artificial Grass in between the timber and the adjoining material with a later stage.
Position the stakes up against the inner perimeter timber edging and hammer in the ground ensuring the stakes are slightly less than the timber edging. Next screw the timber stake for the timber edging. With heavy clay soils we recommend laying a crushed stone surface of up to 3 inches. This will never be necessary for almost all areas and merely required in case you have a very high water table in which the ground holds water for a long time of your time after it rains. Next compact the earth using a vibrating plate which can be hired from an equipment hire company. Make sure the perimeter is compacted and underneath 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 of the timber edging and compact again.
For good drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind over the soil. Next compact the earth using a vibrating plate that can be hired from an equipment hire company. Ensure the perimeter is compacted and level with all the timber edging. In the event you put more function in at this time, your Artificial Grass Lawn will 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 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 and not on the levelled base. Make sure the carpet is positioned to minimise cuts, joints and waste overlaying the timber edging by at least 4 inches. When 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 could be wedged between. If joining, please be sure that the artificial grass is laid with all the pile running within the same direction on each piece. Lay the carpet on the top of the sand instead of dragging it across the base material. To assist 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 you can find no gaps in excess of 1mm between the two carpet edges. The accuracy of this determines how visible the join is right after the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) so the edges from 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 each and every 3 linear metres. Turn down carpet and press both edges to the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and contains no overlap. Since you are doing this together with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. After the whole length is within place and also you are happy with its appearance it really is essential to walk along the join several times to activate the glue and bond the grass to the tape. Weigh on the seam to ensure good contact with the glue until it cures. The better care taken using the operation the neater and tidier the joint will be.
b) If utilizing the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of the two components before use. Apply adhesive for the rough side of the tape and spread evenly across a width of at least 20cm using when possible a notched trowel. Sufficient adhesive ought to be applied in order that if the artificial grass carpet is pressed into the adhesive, a transfer over the carpet backing is finished. Reject carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and contains no overlap. Make sure the carpet will not crest on the seam and is holding flat over the bonded area. When the whole length is within place and you are pleased with its appearance it really is essential to walk over the join repeatedly to activate the glue and bond the grass for the tape. Weight the seam to make sure good exposure to the glue until it cures. The better care taken using the operation the neater and tidier the joint will be.
While you should endeavour never to put adhesive on the carpet small quantities of glue can be removed from the artificial grass fibre using White Spirit along with a small off cut in the artificial grass. Small quantities of cured glue can usually be removed. To prevent this situation and the chance of injury to the artificial grass, care and precautions ought to be delivered to avoid contact with the fibres constantly. When the artificial grass continues to be jointed and glued and you are happy with all the levels screw the xfjoaf for the timber perimeter framework using galvanised screws at a minimum of 12 inch intervals.
Spread Sand (Optional, based on Grass Selected) – Once the artificial grass continues to be laid use silica sand, that is kiln dried and brush into carpet as you go. Each product may have sand infill but this really is only utilized to stabilise the carpet as well as at virtually no time should the sand be visible. You have to get an even spread within the surface employing a brush to develop the depth in layers. Do not apply the sand in a single application. Brush sand into pile immediately after laying while the artificial grass is dry even though weather conditions are good. Brush vigorously against the fibres in the carpet pile to let the tufts to stand upright. Putting the proper amount of sand in helps hold the artificial grass to sleep down, protects the fibres and also keeps them standing allow it the appearance of real grass.