Fake grass is a form of turf that is composed of synthetic fibers which are creatively designed, so as to make them appear like a natural grass lawn. With this type of turf, your lawn would always look green without any need for you to drain a lot of water to make grass grow well. Here are the steps to lay an artificial grass lawn.
Manage the materials
First, you have to consider which materials you would have to lay on your turf. These would comprise of:
1. Accessories like glue and tape
2. A Stanley knife
3. A turf cutter and
4. A geotextile weed killer
Evaluate the dimensions
Next, you have to assess the length, width, and height of the space that would be filled by fake grass. Make sure that the space you want to work on is clear.
Get rid of the existing surface
You can do it manually, in case it is a comparatively small space and has artificial grass. Use a turf cutter for bigger areas. But you must take care not to build the base over the topsoil.
Compact the ground
Use a roller or vibrating plate for compact settlement of the ground. You can generally hire these at low costs from equipment hire agencies.
Prevent weed growth
After you compact the base, use a weed killer membrane over the space that you have to cover with fake grass. It will reduce the risks of weed growth through grass, as well as permit drainage that is essential.
Lay the stone/sand base
Lay at least 40 mm of compact pieces of stone or sand. In case of too dry sand, add a small amount of wet sand. Use your roller or vibrating plate for compacting.
Put down the grass edging
If you want to use some type of edging, such as timber, put it down now. Make sure that the edging does not go over the final line of grass, to let the water runoff your fake grass turf.
Roll the grass out
Roll the fake grass turf out with care, ensuring that the weed killer membrane is not disturbed. Otherwise, it will cause damage to the base layer’s leveling work. Keep in mind that there is a directional pile of grass, and in case of any joins all of it has to face the same direction. It is advised that you lay the grass with the pile that leans towards your main area or home, so as to make it appear more natural.
Allow the turf to settle
It is now recommended that you allow the artificial grass to settle for at least 3 hours, and even overnight if possible. It would prevent the creasing or wrinkling of the grass.
Cut the edges and trim them
Once the settling process comes to an end, cut the fake grass and trim it with the help of a sharp Stanley knife. Make sure that the grass is neatly cut around the edges.
Join your grass
Use superior glue and outdoor tape to make up the grass joins, following all the directions that are given on the products. Lay your tape and apply adhesive, before you pull together the edges of the grass and give some weight to the same. You can achieve this with stones, plant pots or some other heavy material.
Pin it down
Use landscaping pins to pin the fake grass turf and fit it in place. You have to use galvanized flat-headed nails if you use a timber frame.
Brush up the grass