Once you have completed the preparation stage which include measuring just how much artificial grass you require, installing appropriate drainage (if necessary) and eliminating the natural grass layer, you will be ready to install your artificial grass lawn. This short article outlines the steps you should follow that will help you to get the job done right, from laying the base, connecting joints and preventing weed growth.
Lay Gravel Base then Sharp Sand. If neccessary, use treated timber/timber stakes to put in an area frame. We recommend 4 X 2 inches of tantalised treated timber for heavy clay soil areas and poorly draining areas and 2 X 2 inches of tantalised timber permanently draining areas. Screw these timbers for the stakes leaving the stakes on the inside of the perimeter. In case the Artificial Grass meet a concrete path, wall or decking, position the timber flush using the surface height and also by using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber near the wall leaving the space to enable you to tuck the Artificial Grass involving the timber and also the adjoining material in a later stage.
Position the stakes from the inner perimeter timber edging and hammer in the ground ensuring the stakes are slightly less than the timber edging. Next screw the timber stake to the timber edging.
With heavy clay soils we recommend laying a crushed stone surface as much as 3 inches. This will never be necessary for almost all areas and just required if you have a high water table in which the ground holds water for long periods of energy after it rains. Next compact the ground using a vibrating plate which can be hired from an equipment hire company. Guarantee the perimeter is compacted and beneath the timber edging by 1 inch. Infill the perimeter with sharp sand and level employing a rake. Make sure the sand is level to the top of the timber edging and compact again.
Once and for all drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind within the soil. Next compact the floor employing a vibrating plate that may be hired from an equipment hire company. Make sure the perimeter is compacted and level using the timber edging.
In the event you put more work in at this stage, your Artificial Grass Lawn will 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 towards the timber edging. This weed control geo textile membrane prevents any probability of weed growth with the artificial grass drainage holes.
Roll out Artificial Grass. Lay the Artificial Grass within 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 no less than 4 inches. If the artificial grass meets a path or edge, and if you have laid the timber edging correctly as previously described, then the artificial grass can be wedged between. If joining, please ensure that the artificial grass is laid using the pile running inside the same direction on each piece. Lay the carpet on the top of the sand rather than dragging it across 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, guarantee the pile runs inside the same direction. Shut down manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring you can find no gaps more than 1mm between the two carpet edges. The precision of the will determine how visible the join is following the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) so the edges from the carpet fulfill the tape when joined.
Adhesive. a) Apply the cartridge adhesive in a zig zag motion on the rougher side from the tape allowing one cartridge for every 3 linear metres. Reject carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and has no overlap. As you are doing this with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. Once the whole length is within place and also you are pleased featuring its appearance it really is essential to walk over the join several times to activate the glue and bond the grass to the tape. Weigh along the seam to make certain good connection with the glue until it cures. The better care taken with all the operation the neater and tidier the joint will be, or 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 from the tape and spread evenly across a width of at least 20cm using when possible a notched trowel. Sufficient adhesive needs to be applied to ensure that once the artificial grass carpet is pressed in to the adhesive, a transfer over the carpet backing is done. Reject carpet and press both edges into the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and it has no overlap. Ensure the carpet fails to crest at the seam and is also holding flat on the bonded area. When the whole length is in place and you also are pleased featuring its appearance it really is necessary to walk over the join many times to activate the glue and bond the grass to zgcupa tape. Weight the seam to ensure good connection with the glue until it cures. The better care taken with all the operation the neater and tidier the joint will be.
While you should endeavour to not put adhesive on the carpet small quantities of glue can be removed from the artificial grass fibre using White Spirit along with a small off cut in the artificial grass. Small quantities of cured glue usually can be removed. To avert this situation and the potential of harm to the artificial grass, care and precautions needs to be come to avoid exposure to the fibres at all times.
If the artificial grass has been jointed and glued and also you are pleased with the levels screw the grass towards the timber perimeter framework using galvanised screws at the very least of 12 inch intervals.
Spread Sand (Optional, according to Grass Selected) When the artificial grass has been laid use silica sand, that is kiln dried and brush into carpet as you go. Each product may have sand infill but this really is only used to stabilise the carpet and also at no time in case the sand be visible. You need to get an even spread on the surface using a brush to develop the depth in layers. Usually do not apply the sand in one application. Brush sand into pile immediately after laying whilst the artificial grass is dry even though weather conditions are good. Brush vigorously from the fibres of the carpet pile to let the tufts to face upright. Putting the correct amount of sand in helps hold the artificial grass to sleep down, protects the fibres and in addition keeps them standing to give it the style of real grass. After the effort has been done, it is possible to unwind and relax knowing that your artificial grass lawn will look great and require minimal maintenance.