Artificial Grass, Preparing the ground

Getting Ready to install your new artificial lawn

There are several installation options available, below is a outline of the most commonly applied
methods for your information.

we have also provided a helpful guide on, Installation of artificial grass, and how to Maintaining your artificial lawn

 

How much Artificial grass do you need?

When determining the length and width of lawn you require, do not forget to add a little extra that will be lost during cutting. It is recommended to make a draft design, and determine how the turf
can best be applied from the available roll widths. If you require several rolls, we would like to point out that all rolls should be installed in the same direction, as the fibres of the lawn tend to settle a little towards one direction.
When installing the rolls, it is recommended that you position yourself so you are looking against
the natural fibre direction of the lawn.
We advise against installation at temperatures below 10° Celsius and in damp weather conditions
(rain, fog).

Ground Preparation

Remove all grass, vegetation and stones from the area. Ensure that there is proper drainage of the soil is essential. If the turf is installed on an existing hard surface, it is recommended to repair or remove any
irregularities. Ensure that sufficient drainage is possible. A drainage mat could act as a suitable
substrate solution in this environment In other cases, you may opt to install the substrate using compacted material, or, if you prefer a perfectly level and stable substrate, you could install a stabilised substrate of cement and sand.
Depending on the type of substrate, sufficient soil must be excavate until a level and stable base
is achieved, the escavating depth will depend on the existing substrate.
It is recommended to fit a (water/rot-proof) wooden frame around the complete installation. This
will not only guarantee a perfect edge for the lawn on the one hand, but also allow the frame to
secure the artificial turf. The frame is best placed immediately underneath the edge of adjacent
zones (terraces, plants, …).

Existing hard surface
Cement and sand

± 10 – 15 cm
Fill the excavated area with a moist
combination of cement and sand (ratio 1/7).
Spread out this mixture , then level and
compact, ideally using a vibrating plate.
Leave enough time for the substrate to dry.
Compacted material
± 5 – 15 cm
Fill the excavated area with fine gravel (up to
10 mm). Spread this mixture out, then level
and compact, ideally using a vibrating plate.
If necessary, finish with a layer of moist clay
or angular sand, and compact once again
with a vibrating plate until a perfectly smooth
and level surface is obtained.
After finishing the preparation of the substrate, spread an anti-rooting membrane/geotextile
fabric over the surface. An overlap of ± 10 cm between the different rolls is ideal. If appropriate,
the membrane can be fixed to the wooden frame with stainless steel screws.
If you prefer not to work with a wooden frame, curb stones to which the artificial turf can be
glued can be used as an alternative.

 

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