Artificial Grass Customs synthetic grass believes that with any home improvement, proper installation is required to achieve high quality visual results and durability Grass, We have design this easy installation guide as a reference tool for your installation of artificial synthetic grass .
A.) Know the installation area for your artificial grass
- Mark the potential installation area for your artificial grass. You can use a color spray can or small flags.
- Measure the length and width of the installation area in lineal ft. (feet). The total squared area of synthetic grass will be required in Sq. Ft (square feet)). Measure twice the synthetic grass area before ordering the materials. Add an extra percentage of synthetic grass within the range of a few extra lineal feet (in length ) of total area measured to cover any potential waste material.
- The objective of this step is to determine the amount to be installed and the total of quantity materials needed to do the entire project depending on the current surface and potential future use.
B.) remove or cap off any existing irrigation system.
- If an irrigation system exists in the synthetic grass area, it should either be capped off or completely removed.
- If a cabling system exists in the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area, it should be relocated.
- If a piping system (water, gas, etc.) exists in the installation area, be careful when using nails, metal pins or sod staples, to avoid any damages to the pipes and also any possible hazard. Mark the path of the pipelines.
C.) PREPARE THE GROUND AREA FOR THE INSTALLATION
remove between 3 to 4 inches of sod and/or dirt from the installation area - set a rough grade for drainage at least 2% per lineal foot .- Setup off levels to avoid any future water saturation, water puddles or water build up in the synthetic grass area.- Install a drainage systems if required. This preparation in the artificial synthetic grass installation is similar to the drainage systems used in natural grass installations.
D.) PREPARED A NEW BORDER FOR THE SYNTHETIC GRASS INSTALLATION AREA
- Install A border around the synthetic grass installation area according to the shape specified in the project specifications.
- We recommend using synthetic bender boards 2” X 2” for the installation area. Use metal pins or plastic stakes to attach the bender boards to the ground to avoid any shifting or loosening in the future. Once these bender boards are attached, they should not move easily from the installation area.
E.) LAY OUT THE BASE ROCK SUB BASE AND DECOMPOSED GRANITE
- Lay out on the surface already prepared and graded 3” of class II base rock and 1” of decomposed granite
- Spread the decomposed granite evenly through the entire prepared synthetic grass installation area. Make sure that you compact the sub base about 90% before spreading the decomposed granite. (D.G. also has to be compact to have a nice and even surface.)
F.) INSTALLING A WEED BARRIER .
- Install a layer of weed barrier over the compacted synthetic grass area to avoid the germination of weeds and also to stop any weeds from coming up through the drainage perforations in the synthetic grass turf backing (weeds are very sneaky).
- The weed barrier will help guarantee the proper drainage of the synthetic grass by keeping all the drainage perforations in the synthetic grass backing free and clear from any weed obstructions.
- Use sod staples or 40d nails (6” long) to hold the weed barrier in place – Always remember where the pipes run through and the buried deepness under the installation area to avoid any damages and health hazards (gas or water pipes) when nailing or stapling on the synthetic grass installation area.
G.) INSTALLING THE ARTIFICIAL GRASS
- Pre-cut the artificial grass. This cut area is slightly longer in length and width than the prepared base on the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation area.
- Use the power broom to brush the artificial grass fibers against the direction they are laying prior to installation of artificial synthetic grass (also turf has to be roll out at least 2 hours before installation). This will make stretch the turf and spreading infill much easier.
- When laying down pre-cut sections, make sure all the artificial grass pieces are laying in the same direction.
- Seaming the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod pieces. This is probably the most challenged step though the artificial grass process. Proper seaming of two pieces of the synthetic grass will show a professional installation once the project is finished. Patience and self-control is required to do so.
- Trim the synthetic l grass to fit the installation area. The artificial grass should fit tightly against the border. Take your time when trimming the installed synthetic grass .
- Once the perimeter of the installed synthetic grass has been trimmed, you can begin to secure the artificial grass to the base. Insert either square head sod staples or 60d nails (6” long) every 6” along the perimeter of the synthetic grass, and 12” in the center. Spread the artificial grass fibers apart when inserting the sod staples or nails, do not staple down any synthetic grass fibers. Also, do not drive the staples or nails down too far; this will create indentations in the artificial grass .
H.) APPLY THE INFILL
- The infill material for the artificial synthetic grass that many of our competitors use are either sand for the first course layer and crumbed rubber on top ( WE DON’T RECOMMEND RUBBER FOR ANY ARTIFICIAL LAWNS BECAUSE IT WILL RETAIN HEAT AND MAKE TURF HOTTER THAN NATURAL GRASS) WE RECOMMEND RUBBER INFILL FOR SPORT TURF ONLY.we only use the best infill available in the market to give you the best on our installation to set an enjoyable area you can use with your kids and pets without burning your feet.
- Infill material required averages 1 ½ or 2 lbs. per square foot of synthetic grass area.
- Spread the infill material over the synthetic grass. The infill can be distributed on the installed synthetic grass by using a drop spreader or broadcast with a shovel. Begin brushing the infill material with a large nylon push broom or a power broom into the artificial grass against the direction the fibers are laying causing them to stand upright. This step can be done easily with a power broom. A street broom can be used for corners and small areas. This process will be repeated several times until the artificial grass has been filled leaving a free blade height of approximately 3/4” and the artificial grass blades are completely standing up.
- The infill material makes the blades completely stand up, adds cushion and fills all the gaps in the bottom on the artificial grass.
I.) GROOMING THE INSTALLED SYNTHETIC ARTIFICIAL GRASS TURF &SOD -Brush the finished installed synthetic artificial grass turf & sod again with a plastic brush to help the blades completely stand up. With the infill properly distributed throughout the artificial grass the blades look and feel like natural grass.
J.) CLEANING UP THE INSTALLATION JOB SITE.
- Walk through the artificial grass job site to remove and pick up any leftover artificial grass left over on the installed area, along with any tools, equipment, etc. Pick up and dump all industrial and green waste materials according to the safety guidelines.
Note for homeowners, Periodically brush the synthetic grass using a push broom. This will help stabilize the artificial grass fibers, and keep the artificial grass clean. Any spills that occur can be cleaned using a mild detergent and water. A plastic leaf rake or leaf blower can be used to remove any debris or foliage from the synthetic grass.
K.) ENJOY YOUR NEW SYNTHETIC LAWN FOR MANY YEARS TO COME!!
artificial grass can be installed on any type of surface, but the installation procedures may vary depending on the type of surface. Some of these different surfaces you will encounter are: Concrete surface, Stone surface, Wood surface, Roofing areas and the most common surface where synthetic grass is installed, sod and soil surface.
|BENEFITS OF NATURAL GRASS VS SYNTHETIC GRASS|
|Benefits||Natural grass turf & sod||Artificial synthetic grass & turf .|
|Eco-friendly||Natural grass needs fertilizers, insecticides & gas operated equipment to keep it up in good shape.||There is no need of chemicals to be used on Synthetic Grass that harm the environment.|
|Fading||Natural grass fades & dies due to poor maintenance.||No. Artificial synthetic grass is resistant to UV rays and climate changes.|
|Fertilizers||They might be toxic to human beings and pets, But are needed regularly on natural grass||No Chemicals are ever needed.|
|Insecticides||Yes, They are needed regularly on natural grass but they are very dangerous to the ecosystem||No. they are not ever needed.|
|Maintenance||Yes. A regular maintenance is required to keep it up in good shape.||Very low maintenance.|
|Patches||Yes. Diseases, lack of water, pets use, shady areas, traffic, etc cause patches though the grass areas.||No.|
|Temperature||Natural grass stays a normal temperature.||Artificial synthetic grass is between 5% and 8% warmer than natural grass in a sunny day.|
|Daily Use||Natural grass requires a moderate use to stay in good shape, especially in playgrounds & sports fields.||Unlimited use. Artificial synthetic grass is designed to resist continuous use.|
|Water||Yes. 75% of water use in a household is spent in the grass areas.||No Water Required.|
The many Artificial Grass lawns and sport field turf applications includes, but are not limited to: Fake Grass Around the Pool – Synthetic grass in Apartments – Artificial Lawns for Backyard – Fake grass for Condominiums – Artificial Sod On/Around Decks – Synthetic Lawns for Dogs – Artificial Sod for Dog Run Areas – Synthetic Sod for Drive Ways – Erosion Control – Artificial Grass for Golf Fields – Synthetic Turf for Football Fields – Artificial Lawns in Front Yards – Artificial turf for Homes- Synthetic Turf for Hospitals - Fake Grass for Indoors – Fake Sod for Outdoors – Artificial Turf for Pets – Fake Grass for Play Grounds – Fake Lawns for Party Areas – Synthetic Grass for Putting Greens – Artificial Sod for Road Sides – Fake Grass for Shopping Centers – Artificial Lawns for Side Yards – Synthetic Sod for Side Walks – Artificial Turf for Soccer Fields – Synthetic Grass for Sport Fields - Artificial Turf for Tennis Courts - Fake Lawns for Townhouses – Fake Sod Under Trees – Artificial turf for Vacation Houses – Synthetic Turf for Wedding Areas – Fake grass with Step Stones Projects and many more.
Artificial Grass Customs offers installation and distribution services of artificial synthetic grass turf & sod in these locations (contact the office for location availability near you).
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