There are many reasons why you might want to consider installing your artificial turf yourself. You might be good with tools, enjoy the work, or you might wish to save on the cost of getting a professional to do the job.
Regardless of the purpose for your DIY project with your artificial lawn grass, there are certain things you need to check off your list as you work to make sure the end result live up to your expectations.
Your first task will be to remove any existing grass. You can do this using a cutter or a sharp turf spade. Following this, you will have to continue excavating and shifting till you find a solid base, after which you can compact the ground.
Do this using a vibrating plate or the back of a spade. Most professionals restrict the work to removing the original grass and the leveling requirements are fulfilled only on request. Another reason why you might want to do the job yourself!
Depending on how far you have excavated, you will need to back-fill the area, using granite dust, sharp sand, grit sand or limestone dust. For excavations crossing the 3 inch mark, use a two tier back fill. It is a good idea to level out any troughs and crests in the fill using a rake or a brush. You might want to ensure that no plants or weeds subsequently grow under your artificial lawn, so use a weed killer over the area to prevent any accidental growths.
Next comes the laying and seaming. You should cut the pieces with a margin of about 20 centimeters all around. When you put them into position and are seaming two pieces together you can cut the excess. Instead of applying glue directly, add tape under the seams and glue to the tape which you can fold down. Press the synthetic turf onto the tape and make sure it does not separate.
The final step is to dress the grass. The levels of dressing performed depend upon the pile height of the Astroturf. If your surface is a non-sand filled fake lawn, you do not need to perform this step. About 25mm of sand filled artificial turf requires 7 kg of sand for every square meter. With pile lengths that fall in the 45mm to 55mm range, the grass will need about 25 kg of sand.
You should make sure that you are applying it evenly and that the day you decide to work on is not a rainy one! This is done best on a dry day and using a drop spreader. All you have to do is puncture the bags and spread the sand out slowly and evenly over the surface, working at the same rate for each area. Avoid using a spade as you will risk creating uneven sand levels.
Installing your artificial lawn grass on your own is not as daunting a task as it seems at first! Follow these simple steps and you should have no trouble at all.