Steps to "Plant" Artificial Grass

Artificial grass has a host of benefits – it doesn’t require mowing, expensive lawn equipment or fertilizers, and doesn’t require watering. But how do you make the transition from natural to artificial? It can seem like a troublesome process but it isn’t all that complicated in reality. Once the dust settles and the turf laid you’ll feel much more at ease with keeping a classy lawn appearance. This article will take you through the entire operation.

• Removing sod – If not removed past the root grass may grow back. This can be a serious hassle after placing artificial turf over the top of the grass. It can create unsightly lumps and unevenness throughout the yard. General rule is that you should scrape away 2-3 inches into the soil to remove grassroots. You may do this either by yourself or via private contractor. DIY may be accomplished with a personal sod cutter or sod-cutting tractor plow. Following complete sod removal, till the soil thoroughly to prevent subsequent weed problems. To be safe, spray weed killer or appropriate herbicide to ensure no undergrowth occurs.

• Level the soil and ensure uniform soil plane.

• Apply crushed aggregate (rock/stone/decomposed granite) evenly throughout the plot. Again ensure this is applied as flat and evenly as possible.

• Apply weed barrier above the aggregate. Weed barrier will prevent any weeds growing through the aggregate and into the turf layer. Weed barrier is sold in rolls at your local gardening or home improvement store.

• Lay down the turf rolls. Depending on the type of turf you desire to apply there will be differences in regards to blade direction and length and width of turf sections. Step back from the lawn by 10-15 feet to give yourself a good perspective of what others will see while walking or driving by. This step will allow you to ensure uniform application of the turf has been completed.

• Once turf is laid accordingly, use galvanized nails to keep the turf in place on the perimeters and at the seams. It is recommended to allow 4-6 inches between nails on the perimeter of the turf. Infill will keep the nails firmly placed to the base.

• Use a broom to “fluff” the turf after properly installed.

• Add infill material. This is generally done with dust-less sandblasting sand or rubber particles. Infill material keeps the turf weighted and prevents wind from uplifting turf sections.

And there you have it! Artificial grass installed and ready to be walked upon. You’ll never have to worry about irrigation, weeds, or mowing again! Enjoy a beautiful lawn which never yellows, browns, or becomes infested with insects. Enjoy cutting the unnecessary expenses associated with natural grass too!

Lisa Henfield is an exterior designer who spent a few years designing patio furniture covers for hotels along Las Vegas. She mostly writes about her design experiences, providing tips on outdoor accessories and furniture for both businesses and the average person's home. When she isn't giving design tips, her life is occupied by reading classic fiction by the lakeside.