How to Prep Your Lawn for Artificial Turf Installation?
A couple of steps can sum up the wide world of turf installation, including the prep work your lawn requires. Installing artificial grass is more of a professional and specialized task. If the basics are not in place, the yard will stay much healthier, and the grass will last a lifetime. However, if you wish to learn how to install artificial grass like an expert and apply the turf yourself, DFW Turf Solutions specialists are happy to help. This blog will detail the steps and answer your queries on prepping the lawn for artificial grass installation smartly and appropriately.
STEP 1 – DETERMINE GROUND CONDITIONS
Figure out what condition your ground is in. Understand the type of soil, gauge its pH level, how well it drains, and the type of aggregate you would require at a later stage. Doing this early on and adequately will help with a successful installation.
STEP 2 – MEASURE AND OUTLINE
You can use landscaping stakes to measure the area you want to install the artificial turf in. With the help of chalk, outline the perimeter and mark your turf rolls. Also, make sure to consider the direction in which you decide to lay your eco-friendly, durable, and low-maintenance artificial grass.
STEP 3 – REMOVE TOPSOIL
Now is the time for actual work – starting to prep the ground to place the artificial turf. It is an important step, so get rid of any unwanted vegetation right away. With the help of a shovel or sod cutter, remove the grass, sod, or rocks hindering the project area. You may excavate up to around 4 inches depending on the soil and weather conditions, so it allows the turf to sit well.
STEP 4 – APPLY WEED KILLER
It is always good to spray the ground with a potent weed killer once it is entirely free from anything that can hinder the installation. Also, apply a grass killer, so nothing grows back in the project area. Although vegetation may not poke through quality turf, weed and grass killers still help keep the ground stable and ideal for turf lawns. Using a weed barrier is another excellent way to lock in those weeds and prevent them from growing in the future. You can also pin the barrier in place with sod staples.
STEP 5 – INSTALL DRAINAGE SYSTEM
Artificial grass performs better over soils that have an efficient drainage system. It ensures the grass is permeable to water and does not block the water flow. If you want to install the grass in an area with inadequate drainage facilities, the project area will not last long and, in fact, damage the grass or cause accidents. Thus having proper drainage will ensure your lawn stays lush and green for long.
STEP 6 – BASE PREP
Fill the project area with about 3 inches of finely crushed rocks, gravel, and sand (particles under 10mm) to improve the drainage. If the project area does not allow sufficient drainage, you might have to add another layer of stones. A shock pad will further increase your project site’s safety, especially if it is a pet turf system or be used for schools and play areas.
STEP 7 – COMPACT THE BASE
This one is another essential step to prep the lawn for turf installation. Compact and grade the base to make it stable and leveled. You can employ an electronic compaction plate to expedite the step and make it more precise. It will allow the turf to lay just the way it is supposed to on the ground without caving or sloping as time passes by.
THERE IS A BETTER WAY TO INSTALL ARTIFICIAL TURF – LET THE PROS HANDLE THIS TASK.
Allow the people who do it every day to prepare your lawn and install the turf. It may be a better alternative for you as well as for your chosen product. At DFW Turf Solutions, we also offer top-rated turf products and services for commercial and residential applications. Our in-house specialists are well-versed with extensive and state-of-the-art techniques for working on diverse projects. We also understand that every lawn presents unique challenges and opportunities. Thus, we are very much prepared to deal with those heads-on. Our team is fast, efficient, and offers only quality craftsmanship without compromising on any of the specifics of your project.
The only prep work that you would have to do is stock up on the essential snacking supplies, sit back, and let us do the hard labor. Within no time, your lawn will be ready for you to enjoy. Call us at 940-310-3263 to discuss your requirements or schedule a free (initial) consultation, and we shall get back to you with the appropriate solution.
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