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How To Install Artificial Grass.

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Artificial grass isn’t always simple to install, which is why it is recommended that you hire professionals to lay the grass for you. However, if you still find yourself thinking and scratching your ​hea​​     ​d, perplexed over “how I should lay artificial grass” then this is the guide you are looking for. Understandably, you don’t want to hire a professional for your artificial grass installation in Sydney and believe us, it is an awesome feeling to accomplish something on your own. Here is your handy guide to installing artificial glass in five steps.

Step One: Clearing the Area 

Plan out the area to be covered before starting your project. Remove the top four inches of your existing lawn and base, ensure the removal of any existing materials whether it is soil, weeds, or any substance above ground, and then dispose of it according to local regulations. Soil builds up quickly hence it is recommended to have a dump trailer onsite.

Next, cap any existing sprinklers, not in use. As opposed to the rising it is crucial to cap sprinklers at the pipe level as this will avoid any leakage that may occur between the two. Modify sprinkler irrigation or drainage and if necessary, modify existing irrigation lines, relocate sprinklers, and add any required drainage. To avoid depressions or low spots, be sure you backfill and mark the location of any unused sprinklers.

When locating any wiring or electrical sprinklers, move them inward and away from any hardscape or perimeter by 6-8 inches. This prevents any accidental damage when it comes time to secure the grass edge with nails. Once done, fix the wiring on the top of the subgrade surfacing with u-nails. Finally, install the bender board as it provides a clean line of separation for the plants or bed and grass areas.

Step Two: Laying the Base 

Spread three inches of road base over the area where you will be laying your grass which will create a level platform with proper drainage. Next, wetting the existing base to allow for proper settling and compaction is accomplished by vibrating, tamping, and rolling the gravel. Proper base distribution and levelling are necessary to account for sloping towards the installed drainage area. A piece of timber can be used to drag the sand or dust across the application area for a smooth surface as it provides a base in which to drive the nails during the artificial grass installation in Sydney.

Step Three: Apply Weed Membrane 

Once the base has been compacted, apply the weed membrane to the area and secure it in position with 4″ galvanised steel nails 0.75m apart, around the perimeter. This prevents weed growth and also allows for water drainage. Trim off any waste membrane from the edges and overlap the edges then attach them with gaffer tape if any joining is needed.

Step Four: Lay the Artificial Grass & Trim Edges 

Lay the artificial grass over the area, being careful to not move the weed membrane. Once positioned, trim the excess artificial grass. When trimming, you should over-cut the grass by one inch along the edges as it provides the excess grass necessary for tucking. If you are in doubt, always cut the grass lesser as it can always be trimmed later.

Next, tuck the grass which involves hiding the edges of the artificial grass against any hardscape border using a metal bar called a wonder bar. Install nails every six inches on the perimeter to prevent the movement of the grass sheet. Be cautious to not drive the nails too deep into the ground as it causes the mat to be pulled down creating dimples. Ensure that the blades of each piece of grass are oriented the same way and that the space in between stitch rows matches.

Step Five: Add Finishing Touches 

To finish, apply kiln sand to the grass. This can be done using a lawn fertilizer spreader or blower and a stiff brush. The heavy bristled brush pulls against the grain of the grass causing it to stand in preparation for applying the durafill sand. It is recommended to use 6-8kg of sand per square meter of artificial grass. Spread the granules evenly throughout the grass installation and this sand dressing should be done on a dry day and the same day as the lawn installation. Add durafill sand next which acts as a balance to give the grass more weight and prevents degradation of the grass. Lastly, rinse the grass properly to get rid of any remaining dust.

This step of adding a sand kiln followed by durafill is vital to ensure the most natural-looking finish. The durafill sand is anti-bacterial and is not harmful to pets or children. For the best results, Gunner Landscapers recommends brushing the pile before, during and after.

Takeaway  

A proper base installation ensures that the artificial grass will have a smooth level appearance. Fitting the seams together correctly is essential for creating a pristine-looking yard and adding the correct amount of infill directly impacts the appearance, performance, and life span of your artificial grass.

Artificial grass is complicated to install and even routine fixes often require professional help. Hence, it is crucial for homeowners to have professional commercial and residential landscapers handle the artificial grass installation in Sydney.

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