How to Lay Artificial Turf | Fake Grass | All Seasons Synthetic Turf

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Either it’s your DIY project or just in the know before hiring professionals. This how to lay artificial grass is just the right materials for yours! Alright, let’s sleeve up!

Hang on! Here will be the tools and material you need for this artificial lawn project!

Artificial Grass DIY – Tools and Materials Required

  • Yard Broom
  • Hand Gloves
  • Hammer
  • Measuring-Tape
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  • Grass Cutter/ Utility Knife
  • Adhesive joining tape
  • Green-Sand
  • Turf-pegs 200mm or 150mm
  • White-sand
  • And of course: Synthetic Grass
 

Preparation – Gravel/Rocks Calculation for Fake Lawn

If you do not have a hard (concrete, cement) surface yet, you might need a good amount of rocks or gravel for the base layer before laying artificial grass. Crushed rock/gravel required should be calculated by the following formula:

Total amount of rock = Multiply the depth of the area (metres) by the length of this area (metres) by the depth of the area you wish to lay the artificial turf

DIY Artificial Grass Installation Step by Step

You should have a beautiful synthetic turf by following these steps.

Step 1. Measure-up before laying fake grass

  • Measuring the space you need. This helps you minimize the number of artificial grass joins and don’t waste materials.
  • Check in-store or online synthetic grass size. From these measurements, you can work out the amount of artificial turf you need for the measured area.
  • Best to running pile same direction for realistic and natural look/finish.
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Note: To avoid water pooling after heavy rain on your lawn, natural drainage should be allowed. Synthetic turf will only let a small amount of water draining through. But, for heavy rain, a run off is a must.

You might need to take Step 1a if you’re planning to gravel-up the floor before laying down synthetic grass.

Step 1a. Preparing surface – screeding rock or gravel for even floor

Screeding rock gravel for synthetic lawn
  • Cover and spread evenly the required area with crushed rock/ gravel.
  • Screeding out to make the surface smooth and flat
  • Water the area to help material set down.
  • Using Whacker or Compactor to level gravel base. Try to compact the space at least twice.

Step 2. Lay the artificial grass and trim

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  • Lay artificial turf from the edge, try to roll till you reach the other end.
  • Use grass cutter to cut the turf a bit longer than it needs to be. We can trim to exact size later.
  • Check to make sure the fake grass is smooth and spread evenly.
  • Cut to make it fit with the area edge
  • Ensure the synthetic grass fibre follow in the same direction

Step 3. Laying the next piece of artificial turf

  • Do the same like Step 2
  • Ensure the synthetic grass fibre follow in the same direction
  • Cut the artificial grass longer. We will cut fit right on while joining pieces

Step 4. Use adhesive tape to join the artificial lawn pieces

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  • Use adhesive tape to join synthetic turf pieces together. But the best choice will be Artificial Grass Joining Tape for its best look.
  • Check again if the lawn fibres are running in one direction. The gap between the two pieces should not exceed 1mm.
  • Position tape while rolling out correctly and should cover both turf pieces equally.
  • Peel the adhesive/ joining tape back off and push the synthetic turf down onto the tape.
  • Check the gap while taping the way down to all the length of the turf and make sure the gap is unseen and even.

Step 5. Cut artificial turf piece around any obstruction if needed

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  • If you lay your artificial grass on the area with a tree(s) or pole(s). You will need to cut around the obstruction border.
  • You either can cut then place two pieces together or just simply place them down and cut follow the obstruction border

Step 6. Peg down to secure each synthetic turf piece

  • Use 150mm grass pegs to secure
  • Spacing by 250mm throughout space
  • Pull the turf fibers away from pegs so they cover peg tops
  • Cut any leftover fibers

Note: you could paint the top of pegs to make color matched.

Step 7. Filling Sand to make your fake lawn realistic

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  • Green sand will make your synthetic lawn looking incredibly real and a layer white sand will absolutely make the lawn look even better.
  • An extra benefit is its adding weight to your artificial lawn.
  • Pour/apply sand throughout the area evenly.
  • Brushing the green/white sand into the pile by yard broom.
  • A perfect level of sand would be 12mm.

Not sure to choose what types of Artificial Grass for your lawn? Keep reading on.

Types of Artifical Grass for your Fake Lawn

Upgrading playground or a fresh look for the backyard? Or even light up pool surroundings? We will try to cover the most popular kinds of synthetic turfs below.

1. Tuff Turf – Multi TUFF

Tuff Turf - Multi TUFF
Tuff Turf – Multi TUFF

Just like its name, this is all-rounded artificial grass for both outdoor and indoor use. Its softness and comfort level will surely meet your expectation.

2. TuffTurf – Total TUFF

TuffTurf - Total TUFF
TuffTurf – Total TUFF

Are you looking for artificial grass for your patios? Decks? Pathways? Boats? or even Caravans? Yes, this synthetic turf is just right for you. You will have peace of mind with its durability.

3. Tuff Turf – Prestige TUFF

Tuff Turf - Prestige TUFF
Tuff Turf – Prestige TUFF

This type of artificial grass, by far, is the best solution for a natural look lawn. With its toned fibers and concentrated thatch, that’s how it takes to make a perfect solution for real-life grass alternative. But don’t worry, it also is manufactured to last with even heavy foot traffic.

4. Tuff Turf – Natural TUFF

Tuff Turf - Natural TUFF
Tuff Turf – Natural TUFF

Fine blad and thatch fibers are the best features of this type. Natural TUFF is also a great alternative to natural grass you can find. A great solution for either commercial or domestic use.

5. TuffTurf – Light TUFF Turf

TuffTurf - Light TUFF Turf
TuffTurf – Light TUFF Turf

Are you looking for fake the perfect choice when quality is demanded in any landscape application whether domestic or commercial? With its fiber structure, the fake turf can prove its standing ability under even the harshest weather. But it doesn’t take away the beauty of this Lifelike artificial lawn.

6. TuffTurf – Dark Turf

TuffTurf - Dark Turf
TuffTurf – Dark Turf

DarkTurf, a platinum alternative to a lifelike grass lawn, will be your best solution for a formal type of landscape application. It will definitely show a luxurious natural lawn as you expected.

7. TuffTurf – Signature Turf

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TuffTurf – Signature Turf

If your requirements are superior quality and premium lifelike lawn to replace natural grass, then you will love Signature Turf. It also proves to have great standing ability even in busy traffic pathways.

8. Coolaroo – Fresh Cut Synthetic Grass

Coolaroo - Fresh Cut Synthetic Grass
Coolaroo – Fresh Cut Synthetic Grass

An excellent choice for not only realistic but a lookalike fresh-cut artificial lawn for your required space. Despite its softness, this type of synthetic grass has the ability to hold its shape and bouncing back naturally.

9. Coolaroo – Rugged Synthetic Grass

Coolaroo - Rugged Synthetic Grass
Coolaroo – Rugged Synthetic Grass

Rugged artificial grass likes its name, can live its long-life through the harshest conditions. This type of fake turf combines thin blades with 12mm high thick fibers. Suitable for a number of places like pool surroundings, playgrounds, and yards.

10. Coolaroo – Handy Synthetic Grass

Coolaroo Handy Synthetic Grass
Coolaroo – Handy Synthetic Grass

This type of short-dense artificial turf can be set up for patios or shop displays and playgrounds. It’s also known as an affordable choice for floor-covering.

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Enjoy your yard with New Artificial Grass Lawn

You cannot beat the feeling of being done laying your own synthetic lawn. By following steps above, I’m sure you can have beautiful playgrounds or patios as you planned.

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