Installing Artificial Grass + Installation Steps

So, you’re looking for a new DIY project and want to install artificial turf yourself? Here are the exact steps you’ll need to take to ensure a smooth application and transition of your property to a beautifully manicured masterpiece.

If you choose to let FG Artificial Suppliers install premium FG-Lawns, you can expect us to conduct an assessment of the area before installation. In order to confirm the best fit possible, the size, shape and base of the area need to be assessed to provide you an accurate estimate and time-frame for completion.

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Keep in mind that in order to preserve your 10-year manufacturer’s warranty, you must have a professional installer from FG Artificial Suppliers fit your synthetic turf.

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A Warning Before you start your project:

We understand you may be roaring to go and comfortable starting a new DIY project. But before you start tearing up your grass and laying down synthetic turf, you should consider what you’re likely missing—that the experts DON’T miss.

Things that could be catastrophic to your lawn or property’s health.

Laying the wrong turf, or applying it in an incorrect manner could not only create a huge black-hole of money, but create a labour intense repair for you to fix.

In fact, your property may not even be a good candidate for installation… but how will you know for sure without the professional consultation who will know what to ask.

Why take the risk without talking to the experts that have be working with artificial turf for years?

When you arrange a no-obligation consultation with FG Lawns, we’ll assess your grass situation and explain exactly what you need to do, to ensure you get the look you want!

We want to know your current frustrations with the space, and what you’re hoping to solve. In fact, you may be surprised at what you can accomplish (personally and cosmetically) with the long-term solutions of artificial grass.

How To Install Your FG-Lawns Artificial Grass:

1. Getting the area ready before installing artificial grass is very important. Prepare the area by removing the real grass if present. Depending on the size of existing lawn, 4 – 5 inches is recommended. Remove all debris and cap off sprinkler heads if needed. Keep the same depth throughout.
2. Level and smooth out the area. We recommend you compact the earth before you start to fill the area. It’s a good idea to apply a thin coat of crushed rock so the vibrating plate flows nicely instead of sticking to the dirt and staying in one spot. Then start to add crushed rock to act as a base for the synthetic grass to rest on. You will need to compact the rock every two inches for best results. Make sure the crushed rock is wet when compacting so it locks in together. For the areas where the compactor is hard to get to, a hand tamper will be needed.

Steps: Installing Fake Grass

3. Water the crushed rock again if needed and compact again one final time before play sand is applied. Fill in any low spots if needed. Make sure you have the middle a little higher than the edges. Make the area with a little crown, otherwise rippling will occur.

Apply one inch of sand evenly over the total surface area after it’s been leveled with a crown (about a couple of inches taller than the edges). DO NOT FILL IN LOW SPOTS WITH SAND. Compact the sand and smooth out the crushed rock when near final completion with the flat edges made from the compactor with a landscape rake or a push broom. Again, use a hand tamper in areas where a compactor is hard to get to to tamper the sand.

4. Before rolling out your synthetic lawn, make sure your area is clear from debris that may get into your new turf. Place the synthetic lawn in the direction you wish and trim in areas where needed. Make sure you have all the artificial grass face one direction. Once the lawn is set in place,  anchor it down with Galvanized nails. These anchors should be placed about a foot apart from each other.

Nail close to the edge. Do not over hammer the head of the nail down, otherwise you will see indents where the grass was nailed down. Hammer  just enough so it does not sit up too high. Move the yarn out of the way so it does not get trapped under the head of the galvanized nail when nailing. The yarn should cover the head once in. Brush up the area and move on. Start nailing in one corner and push out the turf so you don’t cause any rippling.

5. You’ll have to align the turf when making a seam. It may have to over lap in some parts as this is raw material. Cutting it and brushing it up as you go along will be the trick. Cut enough that the gap between the yarn is the same (If you are too far apart, you’ll see a lot of seam. Too close, however,  and it will mohawk and the seam will also become exposed.)

At the end there will be a seam that should be unnoticeable to others. You can set it with glue (contact cement) or simply nail it down on both sides (off set about every 8 inches). Nailing it down is the best for the do-it-yourself home owner. If you’re installing artificial grass and have any further questions, we’re here to help!

For decks, simply use indoor/outdoor tape on both sides of the seam (if a seam is needed).

6. The final step is to brush up your new artificial grass. The yarn is flat and needs to be raised. Having it sit in the sun will help bring most of the yarn upright but you can use a plastic rake or a push broom to push up your new artificial turf yourself. Keep free from all debris and enjoy your turf!