Next Generation Turf DIY

Your 4 Step Guide to Installing Synthetic Grass


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    Step 1 – EXCAVATION OF EXISTING AREA

    How to properly prepare the base area

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    Step 2 – INSTALL THE BASE

    Highlighting the difference between an average and a professional install

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    Step 3 – INSTALLING THE SYNTHETIC LAWN

    How to align, lay, pin the lawn properly

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    Step 4 – ADDING SAND

    Finishing the job with a proper infill

DIY Step by step guide to turf installation

EXCAVATION OF EXISTING AREA

Once you have marked out the area for your new synthetic lawn, remove the existing lawn and soil to a depth of 60mm ready to fill with 50mm of dolomite sand. If preparing for a car or high traffic area (verge area) excavate the area to a depth of 100mm ready to fill with 70mm of quarry rubble and 10mm of dolomite sand. If there is an existing irrigation system present it is simply a matter of capping each pop up sprinkler or removing the entire system if possible.

Next Generation Turf DIY soil base

Calculating the correct amount of base product to order is worked out very easily.

For example:

Total area = 40sqm.
Multiply 40 x .06 (60mm depth) = 2.4 cubic meters – 1 cubic meter dolomite sand/quarry rubble = 2 ton
The same equation applies when working out bin size for excavated soil/lawn.

INSTALL THE BASE

Once you have marked out the area for your new synthetic lawn, remove the existing lawn and soil to a depth of 60mm ready to fill with 50mm of dolomite sand.
Next Generation Turf DIY rake
If preparing for a car or high traffic area (verge area) excavate the area to a depth of 100mm ready to fill with 70mm of quarry rubble and 10mm of dolomite sand.

Next Generation Turf DIY tamping machine

If there is an existing irrigation system present it is simply a matter of capping each pop up sprinkler or removing the entire system if possible.

Next Generation Turf DIY watering

Calculating the correct amount of base product to order is worked out very easily.

Next Generation Turf DIY dolomite application

For example:

Total area = 40sqm.
Multiply 40 x .06 (60mm depth) = 2.4 cubic meters – 1 cubic meter dolomite sand/quarry rubble = 2 ton
The same equation applies when working out bin size for excavated soil/lawn.

INSTALLING THE SYNTHETIC LAWN

Synthetic lawn is manufactured with the fibers aligned in a single direction. It is very important to ensure the grain is running in the same direction when laying out the full pieces of lawn.

Next Generation Turf DIY rolling out

Invariably there will be joins where the pieces meet. You will need to ensure that the seams are cut as close to the “rib” or “grain” to allow for better placement of the two pieces when joining later.

Next Generation Turf DIY laying out

First, lay the lawn down and cut leaving about 50mm around all the edges and place the lawn together so that the joins are not visible.

Next Generation Turf DIY set-up

Allow a gap of about 5mm between pieces for best results. This can vary slightly from one lawn to another. Stand back and take a look before joining together. Trust your eyes!

Next Generation Turf DIY grounding

Now that you are happy with everything following the useful instructions supplied with your Optiseal joining tape proceed to join your pieces of turf together.

Next Generation Turf DIY instal example 1

If you don’t have an Optiseal instruction guide you are able to download byclicking HERE

Once done, using a sharp Stanley knife trim all the edges, pin around the outside edges 25-30mm in and 300mm apart around all edges including either side of your new joins. Also pin the entire turf area at a rate of 1 pin per square meter which will help hold the turf in place as you stretch and remove any wrinkles.

Take care not to trap the blades of lawn under the pins.

ADDING SAND
Next Generation Turf DIY applying sand

Brush the lawn up with a power broom or stiff garden broom, brushing against the grain. Spread the kiln dried sand over the lawn as evenly as possible either with a broadcast spreader or by hand/shovel. See below for sand application rate. Brush again to distribute the sand evenly. Repeat this process for any areas where the fibers are still lying flat. Finally, lightly wet the turf with a fine mist to help settle the sand and to prevent the sand from blowing out in the wind.

Next Generation Turf DIY workers

The sand infill is so important so don’t compromise. Not only does it improve the look of the lawn but more importantly it protects the turf backing from the UV rays.

Infill sand rate

30mm turf = 6kg/sqm

35mm turf = 8kg/sqm

40mm turf = 10kg/sqm


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