Good preparation is the key to a beautiful artificial lawn. Spending the time and not rushing the process will give you a result that great finish you’re looking for, unless you are not very good as a DIYer.
Tools & materials you will need to complete this project
ROPE OR MARKER PAINT
UTILITY KNIFE & SPARE BLADES
STIFF BRISTLED BROOM
SHOVEL & RAKE
WATER HOSE OR CAN
CRUSHED ROCK (L x W x 0.6 )
SILICA SAND (10-15KG/SQM)
Step 1 - Preparing the area
Calculate the area to be laid by measuring the length and width. Mark out the space using garden borders or edging or if not available, use the rope or spray paint.
Remove all vegetation and debris with the marked area.
Dig out to a depth of 75 to 80mm below the existing surface.
If there are any existing sprinklers, ensure they are either capped or removed – you won’t need these any longer.
Once the area is dug out, use a rake to level it out in preparation for the sub-base.
Step 2 - Laying the Sub-base
Rake and compact approximately 60mm of crushed rock for the sub-base.
Lightly sprinkle water over the crushed rock.
Compact the wet base so it becomes firm. Ideally, a vibrating plate will produce the best finish.
Using the spirit level, ensure a fall on the base is achieved to allow for water drainage away from any buildings.
To give a more even finish, add a fine 20mm layer of crushed stone over the top of the base and levelling it.
After compacting, the base should be approximately 15mm below the finished height of the surrounding edging or paving.
Step 3 - Laying the turf
Layout the turf and allow it to relax for several hours to remove any creases and allow the Eco-Grass to settle.
Always run the grass in the same direction.
Remove the salvage black strip from both sides of the turf.
Using the sharp knife, cut the Eco-Grass along the edges, around trees and flower beds to fit the area. Taking your time will end with a better finish.
Step 4 - Joining the turf
Pull the two pieces of turf together so they are close together, making sure they don’t touch or overlapping one another, and making sure there is no more than 5mm gap.
When in place, position a market at both ends where the two pieces join.
Fold back both sides of your turf and roll out and centre the joining adhesive tape between the markers.
Cut the tape at one end and gently peel off the foil along the entire length. Gently place both sides of the Eco Grass onto the adhesive tape and continue this process along the entire length of the join. Walk along the seam several times to ensure it sticks down securely.
Step 5 - Securring the Eco-Grass
Secure the edges with the U-Pins, placing them as close to the edge of the turf as possible, then following the edges, place a nail at 200 to 300mm intervals.
Make sure to pull the fibre of the grass apart so the U-Pin goes in smoothly and does not flatten the grass fibres down. All U-Pins should be hidden if done correctly.
Step 6 - Adding sand infill
It is recommended to spread 10 to 15 kg of sand per square metre of turf.
Using a power broom or stiff bristled broom, brush the turf blades of grass upwards. This makes it easier to distribute the sand infill evenly.
Gently spread dried silica sand across the entire area. The sand should be spread as evenly as possible, for larger areas it will be beneficial to hire a sand spreader.
For small areas, a seed dropper or shovel works best. Aim to get the sand in between the blades of grass, large volumes of sand spread unevenly will cause a lumpy finish.