In the previous article [here] we dealt with the surface preparation steps required to install and artificial turf lawn. We covered an actual installation taking place with a customer of ours in Illinois. In this next section we’ll take a look at installing the actual turf.
When you purchase a SmartGrass© artificial turf system it will arrive with you in one or more rolls. When you are installing turf for a larger project, it’s important to talk with us first so we can decide on weave directions and how to organize the product for minimal waste. Artificial turf isn’t cheap, so it’s important to plan carefully and manage your costs.
Once your surface is prepared, it’s time to lay the turf. The grass is laid in a manner not dissimilar to installing a carpet. The main difference is that the under-surface of your lawn can be disturbed if you try to drag or move around the roll as you’re installing it. So it’s important not to drag the turf role as you lay it down.
For larger coverage where multiple rolls are involved, ensure to match the weave and blade directions. The blades will be flattened from storage so you’ll need to look at the weave and ensure side-by-side rolls are laid in the same direction.
Once you’re ready to begin cutting the turf, use a sharpened carpet knife or cutter. Avoid using box cutters as you’ll damage and fray the edges. You should always cut in this manner from the underside of the turf, cutting into the weave. If you’re cutting around shapes or other objects, use a marker or better still, create a pattern from cardboard and overlay it onto the weave.
Where the cut is butted up against a retaining wall, you can get away with a rough edge, but when you’re piecing together you need to ensure the edges are straight and smooth.
Position the two adjoining sections and match up the stitch lines in preparation for joining together and creating the seam. Utilize the supplied joining strips to attach to the underside of the turf, or on certain surfaces we’ll recommend a procedure involving staples. Clear instructions are provided with the product when you receive it from us.
To prevent animals from trying to pick at the edges, it’s often sensible to attach the artificial turf to any edging strips. This is where it’s advisable to use treated wood for edging, as you can attach the turf with staples or small nails. To strengthen the edges of the turf to facilitate nailing or stapling, you can use a water resistant adhesive on a 1/2 wide strip down the edge. This will allow you to staple through the edge into the edging wood and the adhesive will prevent the weave from separating. You can also secure turf edges into the ground with landscape pins or nails.
Careful cutting and edge preparation will result in a seamless surface, no matter the size of the coverage area.
Once the lawn is laid it’s time to add the infill material. Our infill is unique and we highly recommend that you don’t use any other type of infill on SmartGrass© turf. Our infill material is an organic product made from volcanic ash and it has inherent anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties to prevent the development of mold and fungi and to minimize odors from pet urine etc.
The infill also helps the synthetic blades retain an upright position, making the synthetic turf look even more real and natural.
Spread the infill material over the surface of the lawn following the supplied instructions, then brush the infill/blades until the infill settles and is invisible.
Once you’ve installed the infill it’s time to clean up all debris and water/wash down the surface. If you see any ripples or bubbles, it’s better to let those sit and generally the sun will take care of them after a few days.
Once your new artificial lawn is dried out, it’s OK to begin using it.
We recommend occasional brushing of the lawn surface to restore luster and direction to the synthetic fibers. We also recommend cleaning up after pets, much like you would with a natural lawn. Remove solid debris then use a wet cloth to sponge away any residue. With pet urine, you can use a cloth and one of our recommended cleaning products. You’ll receive full instructions when you receive the turf from us.
We careful installation and some very basic ongoing maintenance, there’s no reason why your new synthetic lawn shouldn’t last for two decades or more. And since our artificial fibers are UV resistant, your lawn will retain its color and aesthetic appeal for the duration.
For more information on our products, installation and ongoing maintenance, please contact us to speak with a representative. You can call us on the number at the top of this page or use the contact form here.
We’re happy to provide you with all of the information you need to ensure a successful installation o SmartGrass© products, and to ensure that you enjoy a beautiful green lawn for many years to come.