When you have completed the preparation stage which include measuring just 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 need to follow that will help you to do the job right, from laying the base, connecting joints and preventing weed growth.
Lay Gravel Base then 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 two X 2 inches of tantalised timber once and for all draining areas. Screw these timbers for the stakes leaving the stakes on the inside of the perimeter. If the Artificial Grass meet a concrete path, wall or decking, position the timber flush with the surface height and by using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber near to the wall leaving the room to help you tuck the Artificial Grass involving the timber and the adjoining material with a later stage.
Position the stakes against the inner perimeter timber edging and hammer in to 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 as high as 3 inches. This is definitely not necessary for almost all areas and just required for those who have a high water table where the ground holds water for a long period of energy after it rains. Next compact the earth employing a vibrating plate that may be hired from an equipment hire company. Make sure the perimeter is compacted and below 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 very top of the timber edging and compact again.
For good drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind within the soil. Next compact the floor employing a vibrating plate that may be hired from an equipment hire company. Ensure the perimeter is compacted and level using the timber edging. Should you put more work in at this time, your Artificial Grass Lawn can look better consequently.
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 possibility of weed growth with the artificial grass drainage holes.
Roll out Artificial Grass – Lay the Artificial Grass in the desired direction working on the carpet and never on the levelled base. Ensure the carpet is positioned to minimise cuts, joints and waste overlaying the timber edging by no less than 4 inches. If the artificial grass meets a path or edge, and if you have laid the timber edging correctly as previously described, then the artificial grass may be wedged between. If joining, please ensure that the artificial grass is laid with the pile running inside the same direction on each piece. Lay the carpet on top of the sand rather than dragging it across the base material. To help stop wrinkles or creasing it is advisable to allow 2 to 3 hours to settle before continuing with jointing and adhesive. Cut grass to shape utilizing a sharp Dolphin or Stanley knife or scissors.
Jointing – When jointing your outdoor carpet together, ensure the pile runs inside the same direction. Shut down manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring you will find no gaps more than 1mm between the two carpet edges. The precision of the determines how visible the join is after the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) in order that the edges of the carpet satisfy the tape when joined.
Adhesive – a) Apply the cartridge adhesive in a zig zag motion to the rougher side of the tape allowing one cartridge for each and every 3 linear metres. Reject carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and it has no overlap. Since you are doing this together with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. After the whole length is in place and you also are happy using its appearance it really is necessary to walk over the join many times to activate the glue and bond the grass for the tape. Weigh along the seam to make certain good connection with the glue until it cures. The greater care taken with all the operation the neater and tidier the joint will be.
b) If using the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of the two components before use. Apply adhesive for the rough side from the tape and spread evenly across a width of a minimum of 20cm using when possible a notched trowel. Sufficient adhesive ought to be applied so that when the artificial grass carpet is pressed to the adhesive, a transfer over the carpet backing is finished. Reject carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and it has no overlap. Ensure the carpet will not crest in the seam and is holding flat over the bonded area. When the whole length is at place and you also are pleased using its appearance it really is necessary to walk along the join several times to activate the glue and bond the grass to the tape. Weight the seam to make sure good connection with the glue until it cures. The better care taken with all the operation the neater and tidier the joint will likely be.
As you should endeavour to not put adhesive on the carpet small amounts of glue can be taken off through the 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 chance of injury to the artificial grass, care and precautions needs to be delivered to avoid exposure to the fibres all the time. If the artificial grass continues to be jointed and glued and you are happy with all the levels screw the xfjoaf to the timber perimeter framework using galvanised screws at least of 12 inch intervals.
Spread Sand (Optional, depending on Grass Selected) – Once the artificial grass has become laid use silica sand, that is kiln dried and brush into carpet as you go. Each product might have sand infill but this is only employed to stabilise the carpet as well as at no time should the sand be visible. You must obtain an even spread over the surface using a brush to build up the depth in layers. Usually do not apply the sand in a single application. Brush sand into pile immediately after laying while the artificial grass is dry and even though weather conditions are good. Brush vigorously against the fibres in the carpet pile to let the tufts to stand upright. Putting the correct amount of sand in helps hold the artificial grass to bed down, protects the fibres as well as keeps them standing allow it the appearance of real grass.