After you have completed the preparation stage which includes measuring just how much artificial grass you need, installing appropriate drainage (if required) and taking out the natural grass layer, you will be able to install your artificial grass lawn. This article outlines the steps you ought to follow to help you to complete the job right, from laying the base, connecting joints and protecting against weed growth.
Lay Gravel Base then Sharp Sand – If neccessary, 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 two X 2 inches of tantalised timber once and for all draining areas. Screw these timbers towards the stakes leaving the stakes on the inside the perimeter. In case 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 the wall leaving the space to help you tuck the Artificial Grass involving the timber and also the adjoining material with a later stage.
Position the stakes from the inner perimeter timber edging and hammer into the ground ensuring the stakes are slightly below the timber edging. Next screw the timber stake to the timber edging. With heavy clay soils we recommend laying a crushed stone surface as high as 3 inches. This will never be necessary for almost all areas and only required in case you have a higher water table in which the ground holds water for a long period of your time after it rains. Next compact the earth using a vibrating plate that can be hired from an equipment hire company. Guarantee the perimeter is compacted and below the timber edging by 1 inch. Infill the perimeter with sharp sand and level using a rake. Ensure the sand is level to the peak in the timber edging and compact again.
Once and for all drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind on the soil. Next compact the earth employing a vibrating plate which can be hired from an equipment hire company. Guarantee the perimeter is compacted and level with the timber edging. In the event you put more operate in at this stage, 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 towards the timber edging. This weed control geo textile membrane prevents any possibility 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 rather than on the levelled base. Guarantee the carpet is positioned to minimise cuts, joints and waste overlaying the timber edging by at least 4 inches. In the event the artificial grass meets a path or edge, and for those who have laid the timber edging correctly as previously described, then the artificial grass could be wedged between. If joining, please be sure that the fake grass thousand oaks is laid using the pile running inside the same direction on every piece. Lay the carpet on the top of the sand as opposed to dragging it across the base material. To assist stop wrinkles or creasing it is advisable to allow 2 to three 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 in the same direction. Shut down manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring there are no gaps more than 1mm between the two carpet edges. The accuracy of the will determine how visible the join is right after the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) in order that the edges of the carpet fulfill the tape when joined.
Adhesive – a) Apply the cartridge adhesive in a zig zag motion onto the rougher side in the tape allowing one cartridge for each and every 3 linear metres. Turn down carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and contains no overlap. As you are accomplishing this along with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. After the whole length is in place and also you are happy using its appearance it is actually required to walk across the join repeatedly to activate the glue and bond the grass for the tape. Weigh down the seam to ensure good connection with the glue until it cures. The greater care taken using the operation the neater and tidier the joint will likely be.
b) If making use of the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of the two components before use. Apply adhesive towards the rough side of the tape and spread evenly across a width of a minimum of 20cm using when possible a notched trowel. Sufficient adhesive needs to be applied so that if the artificial grass carpet is pressed into the adhesive, a transfer within the xggnvo backing is finished. Turn down carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and it has no overlap. Ensure the carpet fails to crest in the seam and it is holding flat within the bonded area. Once the whole length is within place and also you are happy featuring its appearance it is essential to walk along the join repeatedly to activate the glue and bond the grass to the tape. Weight the seam to ensure good contact with the glue until it cures. The better care taken with the operation the neater and tidier the joint will likely be.
As you should endeavour not to put adhesive on the carpet small amounts of glue can be taken off through the artificial grass fibre using White Spirit along with a small off cut in the artificial grass. Small amounts of cured glue usually can be removed. To avoid this situation and the chance of injury to the artificial grass, care and precautions needs to be come to avoid exposure to the fibres at all times. If the artificial grass continues to be jointed and glued and you are satisfied with all the levels screw the grass for the timber perimeter framework using galvanised screws at the very least of 12 inch intervals.
Spread Sand (Optional, based on Grass Selected) – When the artificial grass has become laid use silica sand, which can be kiln dried and brush into carpet along the way. Each product may have sand infill but this really is only used to stabilise the carpet and at no time if the sand be visible. You need to obtain an even spread over the surface using a brush to build up the depth in layers. Tend not to apply the sand in a single application. Brush sand into pile immediately after laying whilst the artificial grass is dry and while weather conditions are good. Brush vigorously up against the fibres of the carpet pile to let the tufts to stand upright. Putting the right amount of sand in helps support the artificial grass to bed down, protects the fibres and also keeps them standing to give it the look of real grass.