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HOW TO INSTALL ARTIFICIAL TURF

Required tools for a Artificial Turf Installation

Tips for Professional-Looking Installation

• Vibrating Plate Compactor
  (available for rent -$ 45/day)
• Carpet Knife or Box Cutters
• Hammer
• Carpet Scissors-Wheel Barrow, Shovels, Picks, Grading Rake
  (for demo and base prep)
• Drop Spreader (for Turfill)
• Power Spreader (for Turfill)
• Power Broom (available for rent – $45/day)
• Blower and/or broom (for cleanup)

1. One yard of base material will cover 80sq ft at 4" depth ( 1 yard = 1 ton)
2. Allow turf to acclimate prior to install
3. Always stretch and install turf tight
4. Do not overlap seams
5. When nailing, be sure no blades or thatch is stuck under nail head
6.Never drive nails into base too far – this wil create a noticeable dip
7. Always power broom prior to filling
8. Always run grain of turf in the same direction

Base Preparation:

1. Remove 3-4 inches of existing sod and/or dirt. Cap and/or remove any sprinklers. Be sure to set a rough grade for drainage.

2. Lay 3-4 inches of either Class 2 road base or decomposed granite. Using a plate compactor, compact base to 90%. Be sure base surface is as level and smooth as possible. Create a slight grade for optimal drainage. (For pets: spread a layer of Turfresh on top of base at 1/2 pound per sq ft and compact) 3. Install weed barrier (fabric) overlapping seams 6-12 inches. Secure to base with 20D nails or landscape staples. Optional: If in a area where soil shifts or swells when saturated with water, install weed barrier underneath base. By installing the barrier beneath the base, materials on top will retain better compaction integrity.
*Remove all dirt & debris from surface of weed barrier prior to turf installation.
     
Artificial Turf Installation:
1. Turf should be rolled out at least 2 hours before installation. (This allows it to acclimate, making it easier to work with.) 2. Lay out onto base and position where needed. Using a razor knife, cut off salvage (the black & red part along the sides of the turf – 3 stitches in from the sides.) 3. Cut turf (on backside) to fit in area.
     
4. Fasten one end with 40D nails, spaced 3-4 inches apart. Stretch turf and fasten with nails as you move across to the opposite end. Place a nail every 12-24 inches throughout center and every 3-4 inches along perimeter. 5. Fasten together any seams using 20D or 40D nails, spaced 1-2 inches apart. ( Do not counter sink nails along seams) Seaming tape, such as Jiffy Seal, can also be used to secure seams. Apply tape lengthwise to bottom side of turf, leaving 3" stuck to turf and 3" hanging off. Lay turf back down (tape should be sticky-side-up – do not peel away liner) and secure opposite piece of turf to tape.

 

 

Note: Be sure seams are tight and precise, and that the grain of your turf is all facing the same direction.

6. Apply Turfill and/or Turfresh onto turf. Power broom before infilling. Using a drop spreader, apply infill as needed. If you don't have a spreader, shovels or wheel barrows can be used – just spread as evenly as possible.
(Refer to chart 6A below for thre amount of infill required)
     
   
7. Power broom again to spread around infill and work it into the turf. Broom as much as needed to work in the infill and get the blades standing straight up. 8. Cleanup surrounding area with blower and/or broom.  

 

6A.        
Face-Weight /SLS Turf Name 40oz
Mt. Woodson, Mt. Woodson Ultra
60oz
LaCosta
Torrey Pines
Pebble Beach
80oz
Torrey Pines Ultra
Singing Hills Ultra
36oz
Augusta Pro Putt
Pounds per sq. ft. 2-3lbs 1-2lbs 1/2-1lb 2-4lbs

 

 

 

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