how to install artificial grass

Get Your Turf On: How to Install Artificial Grass

Having a pristine yard is a great way to increase your home’s curb appeal.

Even if you aren’t putting your home on the market, there’s something deeply satisfying about having a yard full of healthy, green grass. But, it’s not always easy to maintain this level of quality.

This is especially true during the colder months of some regions.

Luckily, artificial turf is a viable alternative.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about how to install artificial grass.

Preparation

As you can expect, you’ll need to remove everything from the surface before you can install artificial grass. This means soil, plants, existing grass, etc.

What complicates things, though, is when you’re left with the base-level ground and a handful of wires and pipes. You’ll need to carefully relocate these if they’re along the perimeter of where the artificial grass will be placed, as they could become damaged during installation.

You can follow these steps to make sure you relocate properly.

From here, you’ll be able to place the base material. This typically consists of a gravel/sand mixture that allows the turf to drain when saturated.

The mixture should be spread evenly across the surface and have a depth of approximately three inches.

Compacting

After wetting the newly-installed base, the next step is compacting.

This process consists of rolling and tamping the gravel mixture in order to make it denser, which will allow you to properly drive nails through the turf.

This step is vital, as a secure, uniform installation isn’t possible without proper compacting.

Fitting + Installation

As you lay the turf down on the surface, you should leave approximately one inch over the perimeter. This will allow you to tuck it underneath itself, leading to a more secure installation.

Along the turf’s edges, you’ll need to place u-nails every five or six inches. Don’t drive them all the way in yet, though. About 75% of the way is fine for now.

Then, you’ll want to walk along the turf and add more nails where necessary, such as an area where two seams join.

After covering the nails up with the artificial blades of grass (and flattening out any divots or other areas of concern), drive them down to the ground to secure the turf.

Final Touches

Tucking the edges of the turf will give it a much more natural appearance, especially when paired against surfaces like brick or concrete.

Then, infill is applied evenly across the surface of the turf. This will help the artificial blades stay upright and give more weight to the turf.

If you have pets or children, it’s a good idea to use infill that’s anti-bacterial.

Grooming

Lastly, you can power brush the turf’s surface to evenly spread the infill and remove any debris. In the future, you can repeat this process when needed to give your turf a newer, more vibrant look.

Understanding How to Install Artificial Grass Can Seem Difficult

But it doesn’t have to be.

With the above information about how to install artificial grass in mind, you’ll be well on your way to keeping your yard as beautiful as possible all throughout the year.

Want to learn more about how you can implement artificial grass on your property? This page has plenty of useful information.