Year-round lushness, savings on water, little maintenance, a surface that is perfect for both kids and pets; these are among some of the benefits every homeowner stands to enjoy with an artificial grass installation. As a homeowner, you can choose to either engage the services of a professional installation, or have a go at it yourself as a DIY project.
Perth Artificial Grass supplies top quality wholesale synthetic grass to homeowners who wish to undertake a DIY artificial grass installation, at the most competitive market prices. Not only that, but through collaborative effort, the installation team has prepared a step-by-step installation guide that will help every DIY enthusiast with the artificial installation process. The guide also includes a comprehensive list of supplies and tools needed for the job.
Must-Haves for the Job
It has been said that being thoroughly equipped for a job equates to being halfway done with job itself. And that is exactly just how crucial getting the right tools and supplies is to your DIY artificial grass project. As such, before starting out on your project, here is a list of the tools and supplies that you will need to secure
- Measure of artificial grass as required
- Tape measure
- Road base such as fine road base and blue cracker dust
- Little water
- Rake, levelor and shovel
- Very sharp knife
- Synthetic turf joining tape
- 100 mm flathead nails or ground pins
- Steady and reliable power outlet
- Power broom or a stiff-bristled broom
- Whitewash sand
- Power blower and Power Brush
Step 1: Removing Existing Turf
The very first thing to do is to remove all existing turf from your choice of a site for the installation. A simple gardening tool such as a spade would suffice for small jobs. Using a spade for a large area will definitely prove tedious; in which case you are better off using a turf cutter or a Dingo. Dig out to a depth of between 70-100 mm depending if the area will have heavy traffic passing it.
Step 2: Prepare A Base for the Installation
For the base installation, you can choose to have fine road base and blue cracker dust. Spread the base for your installation site using a rake and leveler to ensure proper drainage. For the best results, sprinkle some water over this spread before compacting. For compacting, use a power compactor going over several times. At the end of this step, you should have an evenly flat and hard base.
Step 3: Laying the Artificial Grass
After a careful preparation of the site, the next step is the actual laying of the grass. For this it is important to ensure that you carefully measure the artificial grass you will need for the area. With a tape measure in hand and a sharp knife you can cut pieces that approximately fit within the edges selected. Use the sharp knife in clean cutting strokes to trim the edges accordingly. Also ensure that each roll is laid out in the same direction as this will make the final layout even more attractive and even.
Having patches all around would not do for a beautiful finish. That is not to mention the fact that the pieces will be moving around so much and so many undesirable materials can easily get in between the pieces. That is why you will need to join the different pieces for an attractive spread. For this task, you will use the synthetic turf joining tape; being careful to ensure that no pieces overlap at the joint and that no artificial grass fibers get entangled in the tape.
Your choice of artificial grass will greatly influence your experience of this step. Perth Artificial Grass products are designed for easy installation, rolling out quite easily and without creasing. We are the supplier of choice for artificial grass installation DIY enthusiasts like you from across the region.
Step 4: Holding Down the Grass and Making Sure The Joining Line is Not Visible
Being subjected to any form of traffic will definitely make your synthetic turf move around in its place. This is very undesirable and what you can do to avoid this eventuality is to secure or hold down the artificial grass firmly onto the base. You can choose to use ground pins or hammer down flathead nails at regular intervals along the edges. The recommended interval is at about every 150-400 mm. To join two pieces of turf together, its advisable to use a combination of joining tape and pins. To ensure you get the ‘invisible line’, you need to ensure you have a super sharp stanley knife and really take your time so that when its joined, there is no gap between each piece and also does not overlap causing a bump in the turf.
Step 5: Adding Sand as an Infill
Adding sand infill has so many benefits for your DIY artificial grass installation. Spread the recommended 10-15 Kgs per square metre of your new artificial grass lawn and enjoy the benefits, These include a more solid feel on the underfoot as you walk around as well as superior drainage performance. The sand also gets in between the synthetic grass blades, helping the artificial turf remain erect at all times, regardless of the pile height.
For better results, you can always use a sand spreader or blower to spread the sand even more evenly on the synthetic turf.
Step 6: Power Brushing
Finally, finish off by using a power brush or broom to spread the the sand evenly on the the synthetic turf and bring up the turf for that fresh look. And of course, don’t forget to clean up.
A Partner for All Seasons
Creative genius has seen to an unprecedented soar in the diverse applications of artificial grass. No longer is synthetic turf just for lawns and sporting fields; today, it has found application in interior décor and pet runs among many other applications.
Perth Artificial Grass provides our customers with a wide range of grasses for the different applications. The resourceful DIY artificial grass installation guide is a brain child of our expertly trained and experienced installation team and is perfect for homeowners looking to install synthetic turf out back or on their front yards.
Our team is always ready to assist accordingly for any other type of installation on other surfaces such as concrete, wood and stone for walls, patios and decks, rooftop gardens, swimming pool surrounds among many others.
Do not hesitate to get in touch today, even as we look forward to hearing from you.
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