The Simple Grass range caters for residential, commercial and outdoors sports applications alike. Artificial grass gives you an all year round natural look and feel without all the maintenance. Once you install artificial grass, you will no longer have to deal with watering, weeding, mowing or any of the many chores you would expect!
At Simple Grass we understand how important it is for synthetic grass to be installed properly and so if you are not using one of our recommended installers we have provided this installation guide to help make sure you can enjoy the benefits of our products for years to come.
Materials You Need
Before you start, make sure you have the following items:
- Artificial Grass
- Stanley knife
- large pair of sharp scissors
- Rake or shovel
- Tape measure
- Stiff-bristled brush
- Mixer to mix the bi-component adhesive
- Spade, hand roller or vibrating plate
- Sand infill (minimum 30 grit)
- Stainless nails and screws
Preparing the Area for Simple Grass
The key to smooth and even turf is a solid foundation. By taking steps to prepare the area before installation, you help create the best environment for your turf. Remove 3 to 4 inches of soil from the top layer. Make sure all vegetation growing within this layer is gone. This helps ensure that your artificial turf has an even surface.
Eliminate potential drainage issues
Simple Grass is designed to allow water through, so you shouldn’t have issues if your soil has good drainage. When you are putting turf on soil with poor drainage or over concrete, leave gaps about every 6 inches around the outer edges to allow water to drain. If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain, you might need to install a drainage system before installing our grass. Install a waterproof border Insert a plastic bender board or other waterproof border along the outer edges to protect your lawn. It should not be higher than grass level to ensure proper drainage. Install a weed barrier if you are concerned about weeds growing, you can prevent this by installing a geotextile barrier around the outer edges. Alternatively, this weed barrier can be installed at the base.
Installing the Base
Make sure you prepare the base correctly, avoid any bumps or unnecessary slopes, this will help to improve water drainage. Remove all vegetation and rocks, down to the bare earth
Pour the base material
Add sub base of mot type 1 and sand. This base should be porous.
During dry conditions wet the sub base a day before the installations
Nail a geotextile weed barrier to the base
Level the base material
Smooth over with a rake until even. Flat surfaces should have a 2 to 3 percent slope, use a ruler or bubble level and string for this making sure the slope leads to the curb or a drainage system if you have one.
Compact the base material
Sprinkle the base with water using a watering can or hose, then compact it with a roller compactor, vibratory plate compactor, or hand roller. You may need to do this several times over the area. Once the base has dropped approx. 0.3 inches from its original depth, it is ready. Add another layer of base material if you think it is too low.
Prepare the artificial turf
While waiting for the base material to be fully dried, roll out the artificial turf next to the area. Compact the base material again if it is still not smooth after drying. Add another layer of base material if the base ends up being too low.
Installing the Grass
It’s finally time to install your artificial grass! Be sure to lay it out ahead of time to work out any misshapen spots.
Place; take measurements of the area where the turf will be installed, along with measurements of each turf strip. Have another person help you stretch each piece of turf, lift it up, and place it on the base. Do not drag the turf onto the base, since doing so can make the surface uneven.
Cut; pieces of turf on the underside with a utility knife if needed. When you need to make longer cuts, make a series of shorter cuts along the length.
Attach; Fold the edges of adjoining pieces back, then use artificial lawn seaming material on the base. Apply adhesive to the top surface of the seaming tape, then put the edges back in place and press down matching the directional pile.
Borders; Fix the grass around the outer edges, fix with stainless screws on to wooden beams (treated to prevent moisture) or with stainless nails in the sub base. Flatten them with a hammer.
Place ballast or infill; This helps weigh the turf down while allowing the bristles to remain upright. It also adds cushioning on athletic surfaces. Materials that are commonly used include black crumb rubber and washed silica sand.
Brush; the grass with a broom in between each application of ballast or infill material.
Water; Watering the turf after installation helps the ballast or infill work properly.
That is is it you have finished installing your Simple Grass..
While your artificial grass does not much maintenance compared to a real grass lawn, it’s still important to keep it maintained and clean.