Artificial grass isn’t the low grade, carpet effect stuff you remember grazing your knees on in days gone by! Now, artificial turf is being used in gardens, sports areas and even stadiums more than ever thanks to the similar feel and look it can have to natural grass without the maintenance. Our guide will help you through all the steps of removing our old turf and replacing it with artificial turf!
1. Remove Your Turf
Depending on the thickness and composition of your lawn and soil underneath, you can remove the turf with a spade or shovel or, to make things easier, you can use a lawn cutter instead, which neatly removes and rolls turf to keep the job neat, efficient and also allows you to relay the grass elsewhere if you wanted to. We stock hand tools, including garden spades, as well as turf cutters - all of which are available for hire nationwide.
2. Form your base layer
Once you have gotten down to a good depth, between 35-40mm is plenty, you now need to place down a solid base on which your artificial turf will sit on. Builders sand or a firm membrane are the most appropriate and this should be spread across the entire area you wish to lay. Why not hire a wheelbarrow to move the sand around more easily?
3. Level the base layer
It is vital to thoroughly compact your base layer because if you don’t your artificial turf won’t sit level which won’t just ruin the look of the surface, but may also lead to issues in drainage and subsidence further down the line. We stock a range of both manual and automatic compaction tools including plate compactors/whackers that will be perfect for the job.
4. Lay membrane protection
The last thing you want is for weeds or pests to penetrate under the artificial turf once it's been fitted, so it is always a good idea to install a membrane on top of your base layer for that extra added protection, ensuring it overlaps joints by over 300mm for the best results. Transporting membrane or turf for larger areas may be quite strenuous, so some help in the form of a turntable truck will make the job that bit easier.
5. Placing down the artificial turf
Unlike natural grass, the blades on artificial turf have more of an angle to it and do not stand straight up. This means the grass will look different depending on the angle you are looking at it from, so it is recommended to roll the artificial turf out facing towards the area you are most likely going to view it from, be it the house, patio, summerhouse etc. It is important that every roll has the blades facing the same way and once this is complete you can easily cut off any excess with a craft knife, taking care to always cut away from your body to avoid injury.
6. Fix your turf down
Because artificial grass doesn’t have any roots to take hold, you will need to attach each roll together. The easiest way of doing this with high strength adhesive that has been applied to a flat surface such as tape. So apply jointing tape to the edges of the roll, put the glue on the tape and stick the rolls together. Pins should be used along the edges, very 20-25cm should is the optimum distance. You may see the joints and pins initially, but if you ruffle up these areas then it should make the turf look more seamless.
That’s that! You can now enjoy a relatively maintenance-free lawn and a year round lush look! We have plenty more informative and helpful blogs available here, and you can check out our incredible range of tools, machinery and equipment for hire nationwide to help with almost any job!
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