When you are installing artificial turf, you have to follow some pre-installation steps before laying artificial grass for a perfect finish at the end. Not everyone is willing to hire an expensive professional or an installation company to install artificial grass. It is not impossible at all to install it yourself and get a perfect finish without having to bear huge costs. It is the cheapest way to lay artificial grass. So here are some tips to guide you throughout the process of installing artificial grass.
Check for Underground Hazards
First you must check for any underground hazards. This means checking the water lines and electric lines under the surface where you are planning on installing artificial turf. You can either cover the sprinklers or remove them if those are not needed anymore.
This step is important to get an even surface. Apart from that, make sure you move the electric wires if there are any, at least six inches away from the perimeter in order to keep them out of damages when you secure the edges of the artificial grass with the turf pegs. You can lay those wires on the top of the subgrade also known as crushed rock surface with u-nails later.
This has to be done before installing the base material for artificial grass on soil or dirt surface. Firstly, you have to get rid of weeds and grassroots. Then spray the area with non-toxic weed killer. This has to be done at least two weeks prior to installing the artificial grass. Make sure there are no left out roots anywhere in the desired area. After, you must remove the top layer of the soil. For that, dig the top three to four inches and apply pressure to the loose soil by walking over it or using a hand tramp.
After the ground preparation, you must plan your drainage. If there is a well-draining soil underneath your artificial grass, then you will have no problems because the artificial/synthetic grass drains well. If the soil is not draining well, you must install a good drainage system to absorb the water. If your location gets only a very light rain, it is sufficient to insert drainage gaps every six inches around the perimeter.
Follow the Right Methods
Make sure you keep your turf in the designated area. You can install a bender board by separating the perimeter by a clean line from the other components of your garden. You can install a gopher wire by slowly rolling it on the installation area and securing it by u-shaped staples just enough to keep it in place. You can trim the edges after you lay it and secure it. Finally, you can install a geotextile layer at the bottom of the area you dug up previously as a weed barrier. This has to be installed before applying the grass base material.
Even when you are doing a DIY project, you need to follow the right steps to achieve good results. Following these steps will ensure you the perfect finish you desire in your artificial turf.