When you have completed the preparation stage which includes measuring how much artificial grass you require, installing appropriate drainage (if needed) and removing the natural grass layer, you will be able to install your artificial grass lawn. This short article outlines the steps you ought to follow that will help you to do the job right, from laying the base, connecting joints and preventing weed growth.
Lay Gravel Base followed by Sharp Sand – If neccessary, use treated timber/timber stakes to place 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 for good draining areas. Screw these timbers to 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 also by using 10mm temporary fillet, pack the timber close to the wall leaving the space to help you tuck the Artificial Grass involving the timber and also the adjoining material in a later stage.
Position the stakes up against the inner perimeter timber edging and hammer into the ground ensuring the stakes are slightly below the timber edging. Next screw the timber stake towards the timber edging. With heavy clay soils we recommend laying a crushed stone surface of up to 3 inches. This will not be necessary for almost all areas and merely required if you have a high water table where the ground holds water for a long period of time after it rains. Next compact the ground utilizing a vibrating plate that may be hired from an equipment hire company. Guarantee the perimeter is compacted and below the timber edging by 1 inch. Infill the perimeter with sharp sand and level using a rake. Make sure the sand is level to the top in the timber edging and compact again.
For good drainage areas spread a layer of sharp sand to blind over the soil. Next compact the floor utilizing a vibrating plate that can be hired from an equipment hire company. Ensure the perimeter is compacted and level with the timber edging. If you put more function in at this time, your Artificial Grass Lawn can look better because of this.
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 through the artificial grass drainage holes.
Roll out Artificial Grass – Lay the Artificial Grass within the desired direction working on the carpet rather than on the levelled base. Ensure the carpet is positioned to minimise cuts, joints and waste overlaying the timber edging by at least 4 inches. In the event the artificial grass meets a path or edge, and if you have laid the timber edging correctly as previously described, then the artificial grass may be wedged between. If joining, please be sure that the artificial grass is laid with all the pile running within the same direction on every piece. Lay the carpet on top of the sand instead of dragging it over the base material. To aid stop wrinkles or creasing it is best to allow 2 to 3 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 in the same direction. Stop manufacturer’s edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together ensuring you will find no gaps more than 1mm between the two carpet edges. The accuracy of this will determine how visible the join is after the completion. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) so that the edges of the carpet fulfill the tape when joined.
Adhesive – a) Apply the cartridge adhesive in a zig zag motion to the rougher side of the tape allowing one cartridge for each 3 linear metres. Reject carpet and press both edges in to the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and it has no overlap. As you are carrying this out 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 really is required to walk over the join repeatedly to activate the glue and bond the grass to the tape. Weigh down the seam to ensure good exposure to the glue until it cures. The greater care taken with the operation the neater and tidier the joint will be.
b) If making use of the 2-component multi-purpose adhesive, ensure thorough mixing of the two components before use. Apply adhesive to the rough side in the tape and spread evenly across a width of at least 20cm using if at all possible a notched trowel. Sufficient adhesive should be applied in order that when the artificial grass carpet is pressed to the adhesive, a transfer on the carpet backing is done. Reject carpet and press both edges into the wet adhesive, ensuring every piece marries up and contains no overlap. Make sure the carpet will not crest on the seam and it is holding flat within the bonded area. After the whole length is within place and also you are happy featuring its appearance it is actually required to walk across the join several times to activate the glue and bond the grass for the tape. Weight the seam to ensure good exposure to the glue until it cures. The better care taken with all the operation the neater and tidier the joint will likely be.
When you should endeavour not to put adhesive to the carpet small amounts of glue are easy to remove from the artificial grass fibre using White Spirit as well as a small off cut from the artificial grass. Small amounts of cured glue usually can be removed. To prevent this situation and the potential of damage to the artificial grass, care and precautions ought to be taken to avoid vhhfqr with the fibres at all times. Once the artificial grass has become jointed and glued and you are pleased with all the levels screw the grass to the timber perimeter framework using galvanised screws at the very least of 12 inch intervals.
Spread Sand (Optional, depending on Grass Selected) – If the artificial grass has become laid use silica sand, which can be kiln dried and brush into carpet along the way. Each product may have sand infill but this really is only utilized to stabilise the carpet as well as at no time if the sand be visible. You need to obtain an even spread on the surface using a brush to develop the depth in layers. Do not apply the sand in just one application. Brush sand into pile immediately after laying as the artificial grass is dry and while weather is good. Brush vigorously up against the fibres of the carpet pile to let the tufts to stand upright. Putting the right quantity of sand in helps hold the artificial grass to sleep down, protects the fibres and also keeps them standing to give it the appearance of real grass.