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 to 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 within 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 for good draining areas. Screw these timbers towards the stakes leaving the stakes on the inside the perimeter. In case the Artificial Grass meet a concrete path, wall or decking, position the timber flush with the surface height and by using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber near to the wall leaving the room to help you tuck the Artificial Grass in between the timber and also the adjoining material with a later stage.
Position the stakes up against the inner perimeter timber edging and hammer into the ground ensuring the stakes are slightly lower than the timber edging. Next screw the timber stake for the timber edging.
With heavy clay soils we recommend laying a crushed stone surface of up to 3 inches. This will not be necessary for almost all areas and only required for those who have a higher water table where ground holds water for a long time of time after it rains. Next compact the earth employing a vibrating plate that may be hired from an equipment hire company. Ensure the perimeter is compacted and below the timber edging by 1 inch. Infill the perimeter with sharp sand and level employing a rake. Ensure the sand is level to the very top from the timber edging and compact again.
For good drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind within the soil. Next compact the earth utilizing a vibrating plate which can be hired from an equipment hire company. Guarantee the perimeter is compacted and level using the timber edging.
In the event you put more work in at this point, your Artificial Grass Lawn can look better consequently.
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 chance of weed growth from the artificial grass drainage holes.
Roll out Artificial Grass. Lay the Artificial Grass in the desired direction working on the carpet and not on the levelled base. Ensure the carpet is positioned to minimise cuts, joints and waste overlaying the timber edging by at least 4 inches. In the event the artificial grass meets a path or edge, and if you have laid the timber edging correctly as previously described, then this artificial grass may be wedged between. If joining, please be sure that the artificial grass is laid with all the pile running in the same direction on each piece. Lay the carpet on the top of the sand instead of dragging it over the base material. To help stop wrinkles or creasing you should allow 2 to 3 hours to settle before continuing with jointing and adhesive. Cut grass to shape using a sharp Dolphin or Stanley knife or scissors.
Jointing. When jointing your outdoor carpet together, ensure the pile runs in the same direction. Stop manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring you can find no gaps more than 1mm in between the two carpet edges. The precision of the will determine how visible the join is after the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) so the edges in the carpet meet the tape when joined.
Adhesive. a) Apply the cartridge adhesive in a zig zag motion to the rougher side of the tape allowing one cartridge for every 3 linear metres. Reject carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and it has no overlap. As you are carrying this out together with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. When the whole length is within place and also you are happy using its appearance it really is essential to walk across the join repeatedly to activate the glue and bond the grass for the tape. Weigh down the seam to make sure good connection with the glue until it cures. The better care taken with all the operation the neater and tidier the joint will likely be, or b) If using the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of the two components before use.
Apply adhesive towards the rough side in the tape and spread evenly across a width of a minimum of 20cm using if possible a notched trowel. Sufficient adhesive should be applied to ensure that once the artificial grass carpet is pressed in to the adhesive, a transfer within the carpet backing is complete. Reject carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and has no overlap. Ensure that the carpet will not crest in the seam and is also holding flat within the bonded area. Once the whole length is in place and you also are satisfied with its appearance it is actually necessary to walk along the join repeatedly to activate the glue and bond the grass to zgcupa tape. Weight the seam to ensure good contact with the glue until it cures. The better care taken using the operation the neater and tidier the joint will be.
As you should endeavour to not put adhesive onto the carpet small quantities of glue can be removed from your artificial grass fibre using White Spirit along with a small off cut of the artificial grass. Small amounts of cured glue can usually be removed. To avert this situation and the potential of damage to the artificial grass, care and precautions should be delivered to avoid exposure to the fibres at all times.
If the artificial grass has been jointed and glued and also you are satisfied using the levels screw the grass for the timber perimeter framework using galvanised screws at the very least of 12 inch intervals.
Spread Sand (Optional, based on Grass Selected) Once the artificial grass has become laid use silica sand, which can be kiln dried and brush into carpet along the way. Each product might have sand infill but this can be only used to stabilise the carpet as well as at almost no time should the sand be visible. You must get an even spread within the surface using a brush to build up the depth in layers. Tend not to apply the sand in one application. Brush sand into pile right after laying while the artificial grass is dry and while weather conditions are good. Brush vigorously from the fibres from the carpet pile to let the tufts to face upright. Putting the correct quantity of sand in helps retain the artificial grass to bed down, protects the fibres as well as keeps them standing allow it the appearance of real grass. Once the effort has been done, you are able to relax and relax in the knowledge that your artificial grass lawn will appear great and require minimal maintenance.