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How to Install your Turf

Installing turf from Total Artificial Turf

Tools for the Job

  • Turf Cutter
  • Geo-Textile Membrane
  • 2 x 1 Tanalised Timber
  • Wooden Stakes
  • Mitre Saw
  • Crushed Rock
  • Grit Sand
  • Vibrating Plate
  • Turf
  • Stanley Knife
  • Seaming Tape and Glue
  • Kiln Dried Silica Sand
  • Rake or Brush
  • Staples
  • 25mm Self-tapping Screws

 

Step 1: Assess your lawn area

Assess the lawn that needs replacing, check levels of beds, fence, containing walls as you may need to excavate or build up the area.

Step 2: Remove the lawn

The lawn should be removed by either a mechanical turf cutter or by hand with shovels.

Step 3: Clear Area

The whole area needs to be cleared to a 100mm depth. Depths are provided as a guide only as depths will vary depending on the garden’s requirements.

Step 4: Cover with membrane

Cover area with a geo-textile membrane. The geo-textile membrane can also be laid over the MOT layer

Step 5: Install the tanalised timber

Install tanalised timber inside membrane, the timber frame is staked into the ground with 12 inch stakes at appropriate intervals. The stake should be secured to the timber using exterior screws creating a solid frame.

Step 6: Secure membrane

Membrane can be wrapped around the timber to contain ground and prevent any settlement, membrane can be secured to the timber using a heavy duty staple gun.

Step 7: Lay base layer of rock/stone

Cover area with 75mm crushed rock. The depth of MOT is provided as a guide only as depths vary depending on the garden, some will require more while others will take less. Ground conditions can affect the amount of aggregate required, if unsure please seek professional advice.

Step 8: Compact the base layer

The crushed rock should be wackered stable

Step 9: Lay Sand Grit

Area blinded off with 25mm grit sand which is watered and wackered to produce a firm level surface. Again, the depth of sand is provided as a guide only as depths will vary depending on the garden.

Step 10: Lay Total Artificial Turf

The area now has a finished level and the turf is laid out over it.

Step 11: Finishing Edges

The turf is set in place and trimmed in neatly. Roll out the turf and mark the latex where it needs to be cut to the top of the timber. Fold the latex back over and carefully cut along the marked line using a sharp bladed knife. Fold the turf back over to give you a neatly finished edge

Step 12: Finishing Seams

Seams should be prepared for bonding. If a joint is required lay the two pieces of turf out on the area so they are ready to be butted up next to each other. Carefully cut along the rib at the back of the turf, as close as you can get to the rib without cutting into it, repeat this procedure for the other piece of turf. This can be done using a sharp bladed knife.

Seams now need to be taped and bonded. Fold back both pieces of turf, lay the adhesive strip along the whole length of the joint, rough side up. Evenly apply the Aquabond adhesive to the tape and spread out using a trowel. It is advisable to wear gloves when completing this. Fold the turf back over onto the tape making sure that the ribs don’t overlap each other or the gap in between them isn’t any wider than 5mm.

Step 13: Secure Turf

The turf should now be screwed to the top of the timber at 300mm intervals using 25mm self tapper screws. Neatly trim off any excess with scissors if required.

Step 14: Finish with Sand

Sand should be brushed into the pile using a power brush or a stiff brush.