Artificial Grass Base Work. The Key to a Successful Installation!
During the installation process so many times we see the wrong kind of elements in base work. Your base is one of the most vital potions of your installation. It like your golf swing. You have your approach to the ball, your grip, then your swing. These factors lead up to the perfect golf shot! It's the same with artificial grass, if you don't your tear-out, base and installation methods on point you are in for a world of maintenance and repairs. Here's our steps for a perfect installation!
WALK THROUGH WITH CLIENT - Always do a walk through before you start any installation with your installer. That way you can make sure everyone is on the same page. Verify your installation, type of turf being installed, and any extra objectives you are trying to have completed.
TURN ON SPRINKLER SYSTEM - You want to do this to verify any and all heads that are within the synthetic grass installation area.
CAP OR LEVEL SPRINKLER HEADS - Whatever you determine with your installer is what will be performed during this step. We recommend leaving the heads especially with pets. That way you can flush your artificial grass when you want to, or just have fun running through the water.
BEING TEAR OUT 2-4' OF EXISTING SOIL - At this your installer will begin all tear out. We use commercial grade dos cutters, picks, or any equipment needed to achieve removing 2-4" below grade.
INSTALL CARBON FIBER FABRIC - This is a great weed prevention, and it also help to deter sinking or settling of the base materials.
BACKFILL WITH BASE MATERIALS - This is the important part. A very flat, well raked, leveled base is vital to the longevity of your synthetic grass.
LAY OUT ARTIFICIAL GRASS - At this time your installer will layout the artificial grass and make sure of all seams and the direction the turf needs to lay.
SEAM AND CUSTOM CUT - When you seam and custom cut our turf is when you need to have the best installers doing this. It can't be undone and if not done correctly you will always be able to see anything and everything done. Two of the most common ways to seam turf is to glue or staple your seams. I prefer to staple the seams of the artificial turf that way you can always get back in to the middle if needs for repairs.
INFILL TURF - Once you have seamed, cut, and attached the turf it is time to infill. We use 2lbs of Silica sand per square foot in the turf. If you have pets we add in Zeo Fill Deodorizer to help break down urine and defecation smells within the synthetic grass.
FINAL WALKTHROUGH - Do a final walk through on the installation. At that time you can identify any issues, check your sprinklers, make sure the area is cleaned to your satisfaction.
Following these steps with your installed will make for a seamless installation, no worries install, and lifetime of enjoyment on your new artificial grass back yard!