Artificial turf installation might seem like something to leave to the pros, but with our easy step by step guide, installing your grass is a piece of cake.
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An artificial lawn is a perfect solution to that backyard problem and can give you back the use of your lawn. Instead of dealing with huge, muddy puddles every time it rains, you can enjoy gorgeous, lush grass that’s easy to maintain.
You may have always assumed that artificial turf installation is something that can only be done by the pros. But turns out that with a little preparation, it is possible to DIY the installation of your new grass.
The friendly team at Multiturf have years of experience with installing and caring for artificial turf. We’ve put together this guide to show you that with a little preparation, you can install your Multiturf yourself.
Here’s how you do it:
Step 1: Prepare for Artificial Turf Installation
First, you need to remove any existing grass or turf. You also need to dig down at least 7-9 centimeters and remove the top layer of soil. This will make room for your new base, and you may want to use a rototiller to break up the soil as you dig up your old lawn.
Remove any large plants and existing grass to prevent them from creating an uneven surface once they die.
You also need to spray any existing weeds and grass with weed killer at least two weeks before you plan to lay your new lawn. Use Round-Up or something similar to ensure that all vegetation is dead all the way down to its roots.
Step 2: Install a Waterproof Border
One of the most important parts of your artificial turf installation is installing a waterproof border.
Install a cobblestone edge or metal edging to keep your lawn from separating or slumping. Make sure the border doesn’t sit above the grass level or it may stop the area from draining.
Alternatively, pour concrete around the area for a long-term solution.
Step 3: Protect it From Weeds
The next step is to protect your turf from weeds from growing up through your turf, which would cause it to buckle.
You’ll need to buy a weed blocker, which is a geotextile barrier. Lay the barrier out along the area you’ve excavated, and use a heavy-duty utility knife to cut it to size.
Step 4: Choose your Base Material
Your base material could be sand, decomposed granite, gravel, or rock. You’ll need to fill the excavated area with the material which will improve drainage and help prevent slumping.
If your artificial turf installation will be over a hard surface like concrete, you could use a self-leveling compound or rubber shock pad instead.
Step 5: Work on the Base
Next, you’ll need to grade the base with a landscaping rake. This is when you smooth out all of the base material.
You also need to moisten and compact your chosen base. Use a garden hose to lightly sprinkle your base, and then grab a roller compactor or plate compactor to compact that material down. Aim to drop it by approximately 0.7 centimeters.
Step 6: Roll Out the Artifical Turf
Once the base has dried, you need to unroll the turf and let it regain its shape. Next, measure the area where you’ll be laying out your turf. Grab a partner, and lay each strip of turf over the prepared base.
Try not to drag the turf over your base to avoid disturbing it. You can then cut the turf to fit into each area.
Need some advice about your artificial turf installation? Multiturf can help! Get in touch today to learn more.