Today, artificial lawns is regularly used in residential areas as well as fields. While it isn’t difficult to install, it still requires proper installation to function and look as intended. The steps below will help you get your lawn ready for artificial turf installation.
The first thing you need to do before installing artificial turf is assessing the ground conditions as well as the soil type in the area you plan to do the installation. Figure out ho well it drains and what type of stone or sand aggregate has to be added. You will have a successful installation only if you do this early in the process.
To have a successful installation, you will also need to prepare the current area. Apply weed killer about two weeks prior to the installation to get rid of all unwanted plants. Next, remove the top level of soil, about three inches of sod to make room for your new artificial turf. All other plants including grass should be removed completely. You can use a turf cutter to help with the process.
Artificial turf does great over soil that drains well since the grass need to be permeable to water. Water shouldn’t be pooling on your existing lawn. If you want to install artificial turf over a poorly-drained area, you should first install a drainage system. Doing that will ensure that the artificial lawn lasts for a long time.
You require finely crushed rock, gravel, or sand whose particles are less than 10mm in size. Use about three inches of material to fill in the area and improve drainage. You require approximately one cubic yard of material for every 100 square feet of lawn. If an area doesn’t drain properly, you might need to add another stone layer base. If the lawn is to be installed in a residential property or a playground where children will be playing, you can use a shock pad to increase the safety of the area.
Compacting the base is another critical step in the preparation process. You should then grade and compact the base to make the base area stable. You can use an electric compaction plate to ensure the area is level. That will ensure that your artificial turf lays the way it is intended to without any caving or sloping as time goes on.
While you might have filled the area with sand or rock, keep in mind that this is not enough to prevent organic growth beneath the surface. You should install a geotextile layer above or below the layer of rock or sand to ensure that natural plants don’t grow up into the artificial turf.
Once you have finished preparing the ground, the artificial turf layer is now ready for installation. Taking the time to prepare the area properly will guarantee the best possible outcome after you have installed the artificial lawn.