How to install artificial grass？
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Time to remove the lawn that has frustrated you so much over the years! Water bills, brown spots, lawn mowing and mud; say goodbye to all that! Artificial grass liquidators recommend removing 4 inches of existing lawn or base. Remember, the earth does add up quickly. We recommend installing a dump trailer on site. Make sure you take the appropriate steps to properly dispose of the existing base. Check your local city's website for the information you need to properly dispose of your soil. Seems like a lot of work? UDINE TURF can equip you with the right equipment and tools to ensure your project is done correctly.
02. Prepare the base
Evenly spread 4 inches of Class 2 road base (or similar). A level 2 road foundation will make it easy to create a level platform with proper drainage. AGL does recommend using a weed barrier to prevent vegetation from growing, and you can also install gopher wire if applicable. Lightly wet the area and sand it with a compactor until you get a smooth finish.
03. Laying the turf
Introducing new artificial grass. Be careful not to drag the sod across the newly prepared base. It is best to let the turf sit in the sun for 30 minutes to an hour before installation to allow it to swell. If you are using multiple rolls, it is important that the blade orientation and stitch pattern face the same direction. Cross blade orientation will result in poor appearance. Carefully nudge the artificial grass and move it into place. Wear knee pads to protect knees and calves when operating lawns. A rug kicker will come in handy to stretch and maneuver the turf.
04. Cut to fit
Now that your sod is in the desired area, it's time to make a proper cut. The best cutting equipment is a razor and a carpet cutter. All cuts should be made from the back of the synthetic grass so you can see the rows of stitches. This will help with finishing touches at the end of the project when cutting to leave 1/4" to 1/2" of sod around the edges of your boarders. If you are working with multiple sheets of synthetic grass, this is the perfect time to secure the seams with AGL seam tape and turf glue. Make sure the blades of the sod are in the same direction when stitching, and that the space between each row of stitches matches to ensure the best visual effect. Place the red line of the AGL seam tape just below the center of the seam and make an "S" pattern with glue on the seam tape. Move the sod into place and let the glue set for 15 minutes. Once the seam is brushed up, it goes away. Place the fill bag evenly over the seam to enhance contact with the seam tape.
05. Security Boundaries
It's time to anchor your artificial grass to the ground. Start by tucking the 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch edge you left into the border with a metal putty knife and hammer. We recommend using AGL 40-D 5'' non-galvanized sod nails or staples. Tap the nail or staple lightly with a hammer until it pierces the backing. Use your fingers to spread the turf blade and drive the nails or staples into the ground. Nails or staples should be placed every 6 inches along the outer perimeter and every 2 feet in the interior area. Be sure to reinforce the seam area with some nails or staples. Before filling, be sure to brush the sod with an electric broom or push broom. This will make the blade memory vertical.
06. Fill with sand or rubber particles
Meeting the proper infill requirements for the turf system you purchase is extremely important to the appearance, performance and longevity of your artificial grass. Please consult your UDIEN TURF product specialist for filling requirements. Many different types of suitable fillers can be used. Options include: acrylic coated sand, zeolite, silica sand or rubber chips. We recommend using a dripper to spread the right amount of filling evenly.
07. Brush the grass
After placing the fill, use an electric broom or other stiff-bristle broom to brush the sod. This will help the turf blades stand upright and make your new artificial turf look like freshly mowed grass. Repeat this process until your filling is evenly brushed in and your seams are gone. If you have pets, in addition to proper sanitation, the only quarterly maintenance UDINE TURF recommends is cleaning your turf blades.
08. Enjoy your new site!