Here are the 12 steps to installing artificial grass. If you want your lawn look professional, to have a proper drainage, to last you for the next twenty years, take every step with care. You will find tools that you will need for the installation at the bottom of this page. There are also four videos (down below) with Dave who will explain and show every step of synthetic turf installation in great details. Don’t miss these instructions if you really want your synthetic lawn look good and last long. We’ve got the best artificial grass installation videos (2014).
Artificial Lawn – Site Base Preparation
1. Remove 3 – 4 inches of existing sod and/or dirt. Cap and/or remove any sprinklers. Be sure to set a rough grade for drainage.
2. Lay 2 – 2 ½ inches of drain rock, hose down, then using a vibrating plate compactor, compact to 90%.
3. Lay 1 – 1 ½ inches of either class II road base or decomposed granite.
4. Lay the weed barrier * fabric over road base or decomposed granite. This step is optional. Landscape fabrics have their pros and cons. If the soil beneath your installation is “alive” and weeds are wildly grown prior to installation, it might be a good idea to protect your lawn from weeds with weed barrier fabric. In many case scenarios, there is no big need in weed protection, and you can install turf right on top of decomposed granite without adding extra layers.
5. Hose down and then use a vibrating plate compactor to compact to 90%.
6. Make sure base surface is as level and as smooth as possible.
7. Create a slight grade for optimal drainage.
Synthetic Turf Installation
CAUTION: Turf should be rolled out under the sun with blades facing down at least 1-2 hours before installation. This will allow the turf to acclimate and as a result make it easier to work with.
8. Lay out turf onto base and position where needed. Using a carpet knife/razor knife, cut off excess turf on the backside (3 stitches in from sides). Cut turf (on backside) to fit area.
9. Fasten one end with 40D or 60D Bright Common nails or of 5-6 inches in length, spaced 3-4 inches apart along the edges. Stretch turf and fasten with nails as you move across to the opposite end. Place a nail every 12-24 inches throughout center and every 3-4 inches along the perimeter.
10. EasySeam machine and seaming tape should be used to secure seams. Apply tape lengthwise to the bottom side of turf, lining up the turf edges with the orange lines on the seaming tape. Use EasySeam machine to activate the glue on the seaming tape. Fasten together seams by using 11 gauge 6”x1”x6” staples spaced 4 inches apart along the seam. Do not counter sink staples.
Note: Be sure the seams are taut and precise, the grain of the turf is all facing in the same direction, and the space at the seam is the same as the stitching gauge.
11. After turf is installed, power broom before applying infill. Apply infill onto turf using a drop spreader.
Spread infill as evenly as possible with a grading rake or broom until infill settles into the base of the turf.
Note: Never use regular sand for infill.
12. Hand or power broom again so that the blades are standing straight up. Use carpet scissors to trim off the excessive turf blades. Clean the surrounding area with a blower or a broom.