How to Install Artificial Grass (Project Summary)

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Artificial turf made its big debut in the Astro Dome in 1966 – hence the term Astroturf – but it has come a long way since then. Artificial turf, which used to be considered only for professional sports fields, is now a real option for homeowners who want the look of a lush, untended, green lawn that creates headaches.

Artificial turf does not require water or fertilizer, which makes it environmentally friendly, and it also does not require mowing. Artificial turf can last up to 15 years in heavy traffic, the only maintenance is an occasional hose spray if you have pets (for obvious reasons!).

A professional installation can cost anywhere from $ 10 to $ 15 per square meter. But laying the lawn, which costs between $ 2 and $ 8 per square foot, on an average-sized yard is a doable project if you value physical labor.

Check out this proven technique for laying artificial turf here!

Tools & materials

Step 1

Remove the current turf that you have. Use a spade or lawn trimmer (available to rent at a hardware store for about $ 100 a day) to pull them up. If a neighbor or friend cannot use it, dispose of the lawn according to your community’s organic waste disposal rules.

step 2

You need a level surface on which to lay your artificial turf. Spread about 1-½ inch of construction sand in the area to create a level surface and use a garden rake to spread it evenly. Then use a tamper or 2X2 piece of plywood and a rubber mallet to compact the sand until it is firm and level.

step 3

Create a weed barrier to reduce the chance of weeds growing through the lawn. Roll it out to completely cover the area, overlapping the edges a few inches at all joints, and using a utility knife to secure it in place with landscaping clips every three to four feet.

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Step 4

Artificial turf has a “grain”, which means that instead of standing upright, it bends slightly at an angle. For the most natural look possible, roll it out so that the blades bend towards your house – be sure to put all of the pieces in the same direction.

If you are using more than one width of turf, it is best to stagger the end seams so that they are not in a row: they are less visible and so wear better.

Use a utility knife to trim all the edges from the back, being careful not to cut any of the lawn.

Step 5

Artificial turf typically comes in widths from 12 to 15 feet. If the space you are covering is larger than the width of the roll, then you will need to put the pieces together.

To do this, cut the edges of each of the pieces with a utility knife (from the back, being careful not to cut the lawn) so that they meet without overlapping. Then roll back the parts and place joint tape under the seam.

Apply artificial turf glue to the joint tape and lay the two pieces of turf together so that the seam fits together without overlapping.

Step 6

Using a rubber mallet, nail the artificial turf into place with 7-inch turf tips. Place the nails about every four feet. Be sure to spread the lawn blades outward and away from the base of the nail before hammering it in. After nailing, brush up the pile around the nail to hide the placement.

Step 7

When the lawn is fully installed, brush the entire lawn with a stiff-bristled broom to loosen the lawn blades. If sand was lost during installation, hose down the lawn to remove it.

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