Installing artificial turf could be a difficult or a simple process, depending on your knowledge and skills. Like any other project, you need a well-established plan that contains the materials and steps you are about to follow in order to install the artificial turf properly and safely. In terms of tools and equipment, measuring tape, wheelbarrow and shovel, utility knife, turf cutter, level, nails and hammer represent basic elements that you should gather before initiating the project. In addition, you must arm yourself with patience and determination. However, before starting such an important project, you have to ask yourself if you can do it alone or if you need help. Remember, you can always contact trusted fake turf installers who can immediately handle the situation.
Remove the old lawn
You have to start by assessing and measuring the area you intend to cover. You can use the turf cutter or a spade to remove the existing grass and other obstructions like bricks. If you have a sprinkler system, you should probably pull the heads so you obtain an even artificial turf. Do not concern yourself because if you wish, you have the possibility to re-attach them later.
- Establishing the digging depth is very important because you have to make sure that you will not touch cables and water pipes, but you will cover at least two inches of soil for good drainage. The next step is optional, but if you are going for excellent results, then you should use weed-suppressing membrane and cover the entire space because this will impede weeds from buckling or disfiguring the artificial turf. You can cut it in the shape you need with the utility knife.
- After applying the weed-suppressing membrane, you have to add a thin layer of sand, grit or crushed stone. This represents a solid base that will provide the necessary support and ensure a well-draining surface. With a piece of tinder or a flat board, you can easily drag the sand across the area in order to obtain a smooth aspect. Once again, you have the option to install an underlayment, which has the purpose to create a permeable cushioning for the artificial turf. Take the utility knife again to cut it into shape.
Install the new artificial turf
Presuming that you have purchased the exact amount of artificial lawn you need in relation to width and length, now you just have to unroll and position each stripe. Align it as straight as possible while paying close attention to the corners in order to prevent certain parts from moving. Now is the perfect time to use the hammer and nails because it allows you to secure each corner. Make sure the grass is facing the same direction and that you join the stripes perfectly meaning that you should no longer notice a space or difference between them. After the new artificial turf is nice and neat, you have to trim excess grass. Use a blower to apply sand over the lawn for a natural look. Avoid rainy days for this practice.