After you have completed the preparation stage which include measuring just how much artificial grass you require, installing appropriate drainage (if required) and eliminating the natural grass layer, you will be able to install your artificial grass lawn. This article outlines the steps you ought to follow that will help you to do the job right, from laying the base, connecting joints and protecting against unwanted weeds.
Lay Gravel Base followed by 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 for good draining areas. Screw these timbers towards the stakes leaving the stakes on the inside the perimeter. Should the Artificial Grass meet a concrete path, wall or decking, position the timber flush with the surface height and through using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber near the wall leaving the room to enable you to tuck the Artificial Grass involving the timber as well as the adjoining material at a later stage.
Position the stakes against the inner perimeter timber edging and hammer in the ground ensuring the stakes are slightly below the timber edging. Next screw the timber stake towards 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 the majority of areas and only required for those who have a higher water table where the ground holds water for a long period of time after it rains. Next compact the ground using a vibrating plate that can be hired from an equipment hire company. Make sure the perimeter is compacted and underneath 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.
For good drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind on the soil. Next compact the floor using a vibrating plate which can be hired from an equipment hire company. Make sure the perimeter is compacted and level using the timber edging. Should you put more work in at this point, your Artificial Grass Lawn can look better because of this.
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 chance of weed growth with the artificial grass drainage holes.
Roll out Artificial Grass – Lay the Artificial Grass inside the desired direction working on the carpet rather than on the levelled base. Make sure the carpet is positioned to minimise cuts, joints and waste overlaying the timber edging by a minimum of 4 inches. When the artificial grass meets a path or edge, and in case you have laid the timber edging correctly as previously described, then the artificial grass could be wedged between. If joining, please be sure that the irrigation thousand oaks is laid using the pile running within the same direction on every piece. Lay the carpet on the top of the sand instead of dragging it throughout the base material. To assist stop wrinkles or creasing it is best to allow 2 to 3 hours to settle before continuing with jointing and adhesive. Cut grass to shape employing a sharp Dolphin or Stanley knife or scissors.
Jointing – When jointing your outdoor carpet together, make sure the pile runs within the same direction. Shut down manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring you will find no gaps greater than 1mm in between the two carpet edges. The accuracy with this determines how visible the join is following the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) so that the edges of the carpet meet the tape when joined.
Adhesive – a) Apply the cartridge adhesive in a zig zag motion to the rougher side in the tape allowing one cartridge for every 3 linear metres. Turn down carpet and press both edges to the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and it has no overlap. When you are carrying this out along with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. After the whole length is within place and you also are happy featuring its appearance it really is necessary to walk across the join many times to activate the glue and bond the grass towards the tape. Weigh along the seam to make certain good exposure to the glue until it cures. The more care taken with the operation the neater and tidier the joint will likely be.
b) If using the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of the two components before use. Apply adhesive to 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 should be applied to ensure that if the artificial grass carpet is pressed to the adhesive, a transfer within the xggnvo backing is complete. Reject carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and it has no overlap. Ensure that the carpet fails to crest in the seam and it is holding flat over the bonded area. 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 to the tape. Weight the seam to make certain good exposure to the glue until it cures. The more care taken with the operation the neater and tidier the joint will be.
When you should endeavour to not put adhesive to the carpet small amounts of glue can be removed from your artificial grass fibre using White Spirit along with a small off cut of the artificial grass. Small quantities of cured glue usually can be removed. To prevent this situation and the chance of harm to the artificial grass, care and precautions needs to be come to avoid exposure to the fibres constantly. If the artificial grass continues to be jointed and glued and you are pleased with all the levels screw the grass to the timber perimeter framework using galvanised screws at least of 12 inch intervals.
Spread Sand (Optional, based on Grass Selected) – When the artificial grass has been laid use silica sand, which is kiln dried and brush into carpet as you go. Each product might have sand infill but this really is only used to stabilise the carpet as well as at no time if the sand be visible. You must obtain an even spread over the surface using a brush to develop the depth in layers. Do not apply the sand in a single application. Brush sand into pile immediately after laying whilst the artificial grass is dry and even though weather conditions are good. Brush vigorously up against the fibres of 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 style of real grass.