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    Users Guide to Artificial Grass Installation


    Are you up for the Artificial Grass Installation challenge? Artificial Grass Installation is not an easy task, but Turfinet has taken the time to create a step by step guide to help you along the way. We’re happy to provide you with premium artificial grass and putting green materials so that you can learn how to complete an artificial grass installation. Please contact us directly by phone or send us your specific requirements through our Request a Quote tab on our website. Turfinet is happy to guide you and teach you how to install artificial grass.  Artificial Grass Installation is easy once you view our artificial grass installation guide below.

    Artificial Grass Installation Professionals

    Turfinet is happy to be your artificial grass installation professionals. Artificial grass installation can be a time consuming and challenging process if you do not have the proper tools for the job.  Turfinet has provided an artificial grass installation guide for you if you do decide to do this project on your own. It is also a great way to learn the process so that you fully understand what goes into laying artificial grass. Turfinet is the best artificial grass installation company in the Valley and we make sure the job gets done right the first time.

    A Quick Artificial Grass Installation Guide

    Click any of the underline links below to view the extended version of our artificial grass installation.

    Step 1: Remove Existing Lawn

    a. Fix drainage (cap sprinklers)
    b. Electric Lines (identify and move if necessary)
    c. Install Edging
    a. Fix drainage (cap sprinklers)
    b. Electric Lines (identify and move if necessary)
    c. Install Edging

    Step 2: Install Base

    a. Distribute the base evenly at a depth of 3
    inches.

    Step 3:Wet Base

    a. Wet the gravel or dirt to prepare for
    compaction, tamping, and rolling

    Step 4: Apply Deodorizer

    if installing Pet Lawn (skip this step if not installing pet lawn)

    a. Install drainage membrane and cut to fit the area

    Step 5: Weed Retardant Layer

    a. Cut to fit your lawn area

    Step 6: Lay Artificial Grass

    a. Square it to fit your area

    Step 7: Custom Fit the Grass to Your New Landscape Area

    a. Secure using nails – secure the seems
    with U-nails.

    Step 8: Tuck the Grass Using a Wonder Bar

    a. This provides for clean edges

    Step 9: Spread 2nd Application of Deodorizer

    if installing Pet Grass (skip this step if not for pets)

    a. Then apply specialty sand

    Step 10: Brush Out Your Artificial Grass and Enjoy

    Do It Yourself Artificial Grass, Full Artificial Grass Installation Guide

    Step 1: Pre- Installation
    a. Remove existing materials (demolition); remove any substance above ground (sod, leaves, etc.)

    b. Rough grade the area – uncover everything underneath – irrigation, pipes, electrical wiring, etc. (This creates a solid sub-grade for the installation project.)

    c. Cap sprinklers – At the pipe level as opposed to the top of the riser to prevent any leakage that may occur between the two.

    d. Modify sprinklers, irrigation or drainage

     Re-locate sprinklers, modify irrigation existing lines and add any required drainage if necessary

    e. Backfill and tamp (compact the earth) any un-used sprinklers to avoid depressions or low –spots

    f. Locate underground wiring – electrical etc.

     Move it inward and away from the hardscape or the perimeter 6 to 8 inches should prevent. Should prevent accidental damage when it comes time to secure the edge with nails.

     Once moved, lay all wiring on top of the sub-grade surface and secure it with U-nails

    g. Install bender board – provides a clean line and separation between the planter bed and synthetic lawn areas.

    Step 2: Base Preparation

    a. Gravel/ DG mix – install aggregate base material (a special mixture of gravel and sand which allows proper drainage)

    b. In the dog run area the base will be installed at a 2″ level to account for the ½” drainage membrane, which will later be installed at the top of the base.

    c. Install 3 inches in depth – base material

    – Proper base distribution and leveling is important in order to account for sloping away from the living areas and towards the installed drainage system.

    – Proper base distribution also ensures the lawn will have a smooth level appearance upon completion of the project.

    Step 3: Compacting Base

    a. Wet base areas- to allow proper settling

    b. Compaction – vibrating, tamping, and rolling the gravel aggregate to establish a solid base to drive the nails when installing the synthetic lawn.

    Step 4: Apply Drainage Membrane

    a. ATD: Artificial turf deodorizer – serves to neutralize the ammonia in pet urine to reduce the odor – it is applied directly to the top of the base.

    b. Install and trim drainage membrane: Has ½” dimples raised off the ground providing for aeration and drainage. The membrane has perforated hole at its base for water and fluids to flow through the turf and into the drainage system.

    c. Secure seams with U-nails to secure a-joining sections of the membrane. Apply as necessary to anchor the membrane and prevent movement when laying the synthetic lawn.

    Step 5: Weed Retardant Layer

    a. Install weed cloth – roll out cloth – the barrier prevents any growth from coming up through the base and into your new lawn.

    b. Overlap weed cloth edges by 6″ and secure it with as many flat head nails as necessary to prevent movement or wrinkling of the cloth when laying the synthetic grass.

    c. Trim cloth – to fit the landscape area, leave a ¼” gap along the hardscape or border areas, which allows an easier tucking effort later on.

    – Don’t drive the nails too deeply into the ground, it will cause the weed cloth to be pulled down creating dimples on the surface once the grass is installed.

    Step 6: Laying the Artificial Grass

    a. Lay out the synthetic grass– find a straight edge or two perpendicular edges for alignment

    b. Square off the turf – along your chosen location to minimize cutting and fitting on all 4 sides

    – Once square, secure the squared edges with temporary nails to hold it into place while cutting the opposite sides.

    Step 7: Custom Fitting Your Artificial Lawn

    a. When trimming the artificial grass to fit an area properly, overcut it by 1/8″ along the edges to provide excess turf for tucking – when in doubt cut thicker

    b. Install nails every 6″ along edge – drive them down ¾ of the way

    – Nails should be applied as necessary to prevent movement of the artificial grass (remember all nails should drive down ¾” of the way)

    c. Finish nails – separate the grass to avoid pulling the blades down along with the nails – the nails are hidden within the grass blade at the base of the base of the mat.

    – Don’t drive the nails too deeply into the ground as it will cause the turf to be pulled down creating dimples on the surface.

    d. Secure seams with U-Nails every 6″

    – U-nails are used to join the sections of artificial grass together

    – 2 pieces are budded up against each other with U-nails while spaced 6″ apart and driven ¾ of the way down.

    e. Finish U-nails

    – Separate the grass to avoid pulling the blades down along with the U-nail

    – U-nail is driven to the same level as the mat hidden within the grass blades

    Step 8: Tucking The Edges

    a. Hide the edges of the lawn against hardscape and edging border by using a metal bar called a wonder bar

    – Hides the edges of the lawn, giving it a good, clean, flush look

    Step 9: Applying Filler

    a. A power brush is used – heavy bristled brush is pushed against the grain of the grass causing it to stand up in preparation for applying the durafill sand.

    b. Final application of ATD and durafill sand after the initial pass with the power brush, apply a second coat of artificial turf deodorizer directly to the synthetic grass. This application ensures the maximum prevention of odor retention at the base level.

    c. Apply durafill sand – apply infill or durafill sand ( durafill sand is anti-bacterial and not harmful to pets or children)

    – Spread granules evenly throughout the artificial grass with a seed spreader. This holds the blades upright and gives the turf more weight.

    Step 10: Final Groom

    a. Brush out grass – power brush the grass again lightly, to force the durafill granules into the base of the grass, for settling and optimal stability.

    b. Rake lawn – use a plastic leaf rake to remove any excess debris and give the lawn a finished look.

    c. Maintain an odor free artificial lawn, use turf fresh periodically – a spray system

    d. Enjoy! You have completed your artificial grass installation!