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How to Install Artificial Grass: A Homeowner’s Guide

Did you know artificial grass for homes goes back to 17th century England?

If you cannot keep up and maintain a healthy lawn, you might have considered installing artificial grass. However, if the cost of installation has you worried, you came to the right place. 

Read on to learn how to install artificial grass.

1. Remove the Old Grass

If you want to DIY artificial grass, the first thing you need to do is start with a clean canvas. You should start by removing your current lawn to prep the terrain for the artificial grass. 

When you remove your current lawn, make sure you remove about 4 inches of the lawn. 

Before you start removing all that dirt, you should have an appropriate dumpster on site. You might need to secure local permits to have a large dumpster on your street. 

2. Lay Down the Base

Once you have removed the lawn and smoothed out the surface, it’s time to add a base. Most experts recommend you use class 2-road base to spread evenly. 

You should get enough base to cover the 4 inches of lawn you removed. The road base is necessary to provide a steady platform and allow proper drainage. 

To prevent weeds from forming, you might also want to include a weed barrier. 

3. Roll Out the Artificial Grass

After you prep your base, you should get ready to roll out the artificial grass. 

Before installing artificial grass, make sure you roll out the grass and let it sit in the sun for at least 30 minutes. The sun will allow it to expand and make it easier to install.

You mustn’t drag the artificial grass across your base, or you could ruin the foundation. 

If you have multiple rolls, you have to ensure you lay all them all facing the same way, or you could have an uneven-looking pattern. 

4. Trim the Turf to Fit 

Now that you have carefully laid the artificial grass across the base, it’s time you trim it to fit the space. The base way to cut the artificial grass is by using either razor knives or carpet cutters. 

Before you start to cut, ensure you do it from the back of the synthetic grass to see the stitch rows. Make sure you leave an extra 1/4″ to 1/2″ that you will need later on to secure it.

5. Secure the Edges

Once you have trimmed your turf, it’s time you secure it. Using a putty knife and a hammer, you will tuck away the extra 1/4″ to 1/2″ edge you left while trimming. 

You also need to get non-galvanized turf nails and staples to secure the turf. 

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Now You Know How to Install Artificial Grass

Now that you know more about how to install artificial grass, you’re ready to decide if this is the right move for you.

To install artificial grass, you need to remove the old grass, add a base, layout the turf, cut it to fit, and secure the artificial grass.

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