When you have completed the preparation stage which includes measuring just how much artificial grass you require, installing appropriate drainage (if necessary and removing the natural grass layer, you will be able to install your artificial grass lawn. This article outlines the steps you ought to follow that will help you to complete the job 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 for good draining areas. Screw these timbers for the stakes leaving the stakes on the within the perimeter. In case the Artificial Grass meet a concrete path, wall or decking, position the timber flush with the surface height and also by using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber close to the wall leaving the area to enable you to tuck the Artificial Grass in between the timber as well as the adjoining material with a later stage.
Position the stakes against the inner perimeter timber edging and hammer in to the ground ensuring the stakes are slightly below 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 is definitely not necessary for the majority of areas and only required if you have a high water table where the ground holds water for a long period of energy after it rains. Next compact the earth using a vibrating plate which can be hired from an equipment hire company. Make sure 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 top of the timber edging and compact again.
Once and for all drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind over the soil. Next compact the earth 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. If you put more operate in at this time, your Artificial Grass Lawn will 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 possibility of weed growth through the artificial grass drainage holes.
Roll out Artificial Grass – Lay the Artificial Grass inside the desired direction working on the carpet and never on the levelled base. Guarantee the carpet is positioned to minimise cuts, joints and waste overlaying the timber edging by at least 4 inches. If the artificial grass meets a path or edge, and for those who 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 the pile running within the same direction on every piece. Lay the carpet along with the sand instead of dragging it across 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 employing a sharp Dolphin or Stanley knife or scissors.
Jointing – When jointing your outdoor carpet together, ensure the pile runs inside the same direction. Stop manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring you can find no gaps greater than 1mm between the two carpet edges. The accuracy of this determines how visible the join is after the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) in order that the edges in the carpet fulfill 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 each 3 linear metres. Reject carpet and press both edges to the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and it has no overlap. Since you are accomplishing this along with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. When the whole length is within place and you also are pleased featuring its appearance it is actually required to walk across the join several times to activate the glue and bond the grass towards the tape. Weigh down the seam to ensure good exposure to the glue until it cures. The more care taken using the operation the neater and tidier the joint will be.
b) If making use of the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of these two components before use. Apply adhesive for the rough side from the tape and spread evenly across a width of a minimum of 20cm using when possible a notched trowel. Sufficient adhesive ought to be applied so that when the artificial grass carpet is pressed in to the adhesive, a transfer on the carpet backing is done. Reject carpet and press both edges into the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and has no overlap. Ensure that the carpet does not crest on the seam and is also holding flat over the bonded area. When the whole length is at place and you also are happy with its appearance it really is required to walk across the join several times to activate the glue and bond the grass to the tape. Weight the seam to ensure good exposure to the glue until it cures. The more care taken using the operation the neater and tidier the joint is going to be.
As you should endeavour not to put adhesive to the carpet small quantities of glue can be taken off from the artificial grass fibre using White Spirit as well as a small off cut from the artificial grass. Small amounts of cured glue normally can be removed. To avert this situation and the chance of harm to the artificial grass, care and precautions ought to be come to avoid connection with the fibres at all times. When the artificial grass has been jointed and glued and you are pleased using the levels screw the xfjoaf to 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 become laid use silica sand, which can be kiln dried and brush into carpet as you go. Each product might have sand infill but this is only employed to stabilise the carpet as well as at almost no time in case the sand be visible. You must get an even spread on the surface utilizing a brush to build up the depth in layers. Tend not to apply the sand in a single application. Brush sand into pile immediately after laying as the artificial grass is dry even though weather is good. Brush vigorously against the fibres in the carpet pile to let the tufts to stand upright. Putting the correct amount of sand in helps support the artificial grass to sleep down, protects the fibres and in addition keeps them standing allow it the style of real grass.