If the surge in product popularity is anything to go by, then the undisputed fact remains that artificial grass is surely here to stay. As more and more people become more informed on the many benefits of synthetic grass, the number of artificial grass installations across the country and even globally is ever on the increase.
DIY installations are also becoming very popular. For some, it is due to economic considerations, yet for so many others, it is a passion-driven experience, a love for hands-on activities and challenging self to see what they can achieve. DIY artificial grass installations are no different. Whatever the case may be, we have a resourceful tool in the form of a guide to ensure that your experience through the process is hassle-free even as you look forward to enjoying the long and short-term rewards of your investment and ultimately the work of your hands.
Tools and Supplies Checklist
For your DIY artificial grass installation, you will need the following
- Artificial grass from your number 1 supplier
- Tape measure
- Crushed stones
- Sharp knife
- Synthetic turf joining tape
- 100-150 mm flathead nails and hammer
- Broom with stiff bristles
- A measure of sand infill
- Power blower
With the right tools and supplies in hand, you can now start your project in earnest. Our team of experts has put together a straightforward, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide on how to go about doing so. The simplistic presentation makes it perfect for both the first-timer and the seasoned DIY-er. Read on for the guide.
1. Removal of Existing Turf
After measuring the area for your installation and demarcating this perimeter use a turf cutter or spade to remove any existing turf to a depth of approximately 70-100 mm. Ensure that you remove all vegetation, as this will rot gradually and contribute to unsightly unevenness on your turf some time down the road.
2. Preparing the Ground
Remove any stones and debris that may be on the area you have dug out. After clearing the area of all such obstructions, use a rake to make it level, making certain that you observe the boundaries or edges set.
3. Laying Down the Base
After raking the area to an approximately level surface, fill that space with crushed rocks similar to what is used for road base. Yet again, make use of the rake in spreading the crushed rocks. Sprinkle a small amount of water over this approximately level surface to create a wet base. Use a plate compactor to compact the surface and make it hard.
You can add a second layer of crushed stones of about 20 mm and repeat making it wet and compacting the base. This makes it a more level surface and puts your base at just the perfect height below the surrounding edging.
4. Laying Out the Grass
You can expect a relatively easy time laying out Metro Synthetic Turf’s artificial grass products owing to their top quality. As others cringe at this step, yours will be a hassle-free experience.
Ensure that you gently lay down the turf, all in the same direction. Be keen to observe the edges set out for a more meticulous spread. If there be need for cutting along edges or around obstacles such as trees, use a knife with a sharp blade for a clean and flawless cut.
When joining any two pieces, pull them together allowing for a maximum of a 5 mm gap between the pieces, but also being careful to ensure that they pieces do not overlap, or even touch. After proper aligning, run the synthetic turf joining tape along the length of the join. If done right, the joins should be quite unnoticeable.
5. Holding Down the Grass
Gently hammer in 100-150 mm flathead nails at intervals of approximately 200 mm along the edges. With great precision, the nails should perfectly get into the rock base, as the artificial grass fibers keep the nail heads covered. With the grass completely secured in place, you do not have to worry about constantly having to adjust or fix the layout.
6. Sanding, Brushing and Blowing
Sand is always a great choice for infill. Spread the sand evenly over the artificial grass installed. The recommended amount is 10-15 Kgs per square metre of installed synthetic turf. use a stiff-bristled broom to brush in consistent upward strokes. This will help to spread and evenly distribute the sand. A power broom would also do a good job of this task. Using a blower over the turf will also help spread the sand even better.
Using sand infill for Metro Synthetic Turf grasses will ensure that the turf holds down properly without moving around as well as ensuring that your turf drains out perfectly during regular cleaning and even in the rainy seasons. Metro Synthetic Turf grass is very realistic in texture but adding a sand infill will make for a more naturally solid feel for anyone standing on the turf.
As with everything else, you can expect the very best out of your DIY artificial grass installation if you are equipped with the right information and the necessary tools for the job.
A Helping Hand
You may wish to take up the DIY artificial grass installation all by yourself and for yourself; but we have a dedicated team of installation experts that will help you in every aspect of your project . Right from the selection process that will see you choose synthetic turf that is perfectly suited to your specific needs and budget, our technicians will help will any queries you may have along the way up to the point when your artificial grass lawn is ready for use.
Unsure about what to use or where to get it from? Are you finding any step of the process too great a challenge to figure out on your own? We are all about guaranteeing the best possible customer experience. Get in touch and one of our team members will promptly assist you as you journey towards a successful DIY installation.