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How to replace natural turf with artificial grass – that’s perhaps the most popular question we get from our customers. And while we’re happy to do all the work for you, it is generally cheaper to do it yourself, and generally not all that difficult. That’s why we’ve created this quick guide on fake grass installation – so that each of you can attempt it yourself!
Preparing the correct materials is the most important part. You’ll need a turf cutter, geotextile weed killer, a Stanley knife and some additional accessories, which include glue and tape.
Next, you’ll need to assess the width, height and length of your fake grass. Also, prepare your working place – rid the area which is to be managed of all clutter and objects which you do not need.
If the area isn’t too big, you shouldn’t even need the turf cutter. However, if we’re talking about large patches of turf, you’re going to need the turf cutter which we’ve mentioned before.
A roller or a vibrating plate are excellent tools to compact the ground. Do so confidently – don’t be afraid at this stage. If you don’t have a roller of your own, it’s generally inexpensive to borrow one from most local equipment hire centres, so ask around.
Use the weed-killing membrane to make sure that no weeds get in your way, both now and in the future. An added advantage of using geotextile weed killer is that it allows drainage.
Now’s the time to place either sand or stone base for your artificial grass. The minimum of 40mm of the base is required. Remember that the sand shouldn’t be TOO dry – if that’s the case, add some wet sand and then use your roller again.
Make sure it’s not higher than the final grass line.
Roll out the grass carefully – do not disturb the membrane, which would in turn damage the membrane. IMPORTANT: Artificial grass has a directional pile, so place all the same way.
Let it be for a night or a minimum of 3 hours.
Even out your grass with your Stanley knife.
Join your artificial grass using either glue or a high-quality outdoor tape (or the combination of both). Follow the instructions on the product closely. After joining the edges covered in adhesive, apply some weight to them (put something moderately heavy on them).
Use landscaping pins to do that.
Now just brush your artificial grass and enjoy a beautiful, almost everlasting grass!
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