Once you have completed the preparation stage which include measuring how much artificial grass you require, installing appropriate drainage (if necessary) and taking out the natural grass layer, you will be able 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 followed by Sharp Sand. If required, use treated timber/timber stakes to put inside 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 once and for all draining areas. Screw these timbers for the stakes leaving the stakes on the inside the perimeter. Should the Artificial Grass meet a concrete path, wall or decking, position the timber flush with all the surface height and through using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber near to the wall leaving the area to help you tuck the Artificial Grass between the timber as well as the adjoining material in a later stage.
Position the stakes against the inner perimeter timber edging and hammer in the ground ensuring the stakes are slightly lower than the timber edging. Next screw the timber stake towards the timber edging.
With heavy clay soils we recommend laying a crushed stone surface as much as 3 inches. This will not be necessary for the majority of areas and only required for those who have a high water table in which the ground holds water for a long period of your time after it rains. Next compact the floor utilizing a vibrating plate that 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 utilizing a rake. Guarantee the sand is level to the very top of the timber edging and compact again.
Once and for all drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind within the soil. Next compact the ground using a vibrating plate that can be hired from an equipment hire company. Make sure the perimeter is compacted and level with the timber edging.
In the event 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 to the timber edging. This weed control geo textile membrane prevents any probability 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 no less than 4 inches. When 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 can be wedged between. If joining, please be sure that the artificial grass is laid with all the pile running in the same direction on every piece. Lay the carpet on the top of the sand instead of dragging it over the base material. To aid stop wrinkles or creasing you should allow 2 to three 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, guarantee the pile runs inside the same direction. Shut down manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring you can find no gaps greater than 1mm involving the two carpet edges. The precision of this determines how visible the join is following the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) so that the edges from the carpet fulfill the tape when joined.
Adhesive. a) Apply the cartridge adhesive in a zig zag motion onto the rougher side in the tape allowing one cartridge for every 3 linear metres. Reject carpet and press both edges into the wet adhesive, ensuring each piece marries up and contains no overlap. When you are doing this with your fingers, mix the fibres together to conceal the join. After the whole length is at place and you also are satisfied using its appearance it is essential to walk across the join repeatedly to activate the glue and bond the grass to the tape. Weigh along the seam to make sure good contact with the glue until it cures. The better care taken with the operation the neater and tidier the joint is going to be, or b) If making use of the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of these two components before use.
Apply adhesive towards the rough side of the tape and spread evenly across a width of at the very least 20cm using if at all possible a notched trowel. Sufficient adhesive needs to be applied in order that once the artificial grass carpet is pressed into the adhesive, a transfer over the carpet backing is finished. Reject carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and contains no overlap. Make sure the carpet does not crest on the seam and is also holding flat over the bonded area. Once the whole length is in 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 to zgcupa tape. Weight the seam to make certain good contact with the glue until it cures. The greater care taken using the operation the neater and tidier the joint will be.
While you should endeavour not to put adhesive onto the carpet small amounts of glue can be taken off from the artificial grass fibre using White Spirit and a small off cut of the artificial grass. Small amounts of cured glue usually can be removed. To avert this situation and the possibility of injury to the artificial grass, care and precautions needs to be delivered to avoid connection with the fibres at all times.
When the artificial grass continues to be jointed and glued and you are happy with 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 continues to be laid use silica sand, which can be kiln dried and brush into carpet along the way. Each product may have sand infill but this can be only employed to stabilise the carpet and at no time should the sand be visible. You have to obtain an even spread on the surface employing a brush to develop the depth in layers. Do not apply the sand in a single application. Brush sand into pile right after laying while the artificial grass is dry and even though weather conditions are good. Brush vigorously up against the fibres in the carpet pile to let the tufts to stand upright. Putting the proper level of sand in helps retain the artificial grass to sleep down, protects the fibres as well as keeps them standing allow it the style of real grass. Once the effort has become done, you can relax and relax knowing your artificial grass lawn will look great and require minimal maintenance.