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Better Than Real Artificial Grass synthetic grass turf & sod believes that as with any home improvement, proper installation is required to achieve high quality visual results and durability. Better Than Real Artificial Grass synthetic grass turf & sod has design this easy installation guide as a reference tool for your installation of artificial synthetic grass turf & sod. Follow these 12 steps to perform your artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation.

 

STEP 1: KNOW THE POTENTIAL INSTALLATION AREA FOR ARTIFICIAL SYNTHETIC GRASS TURF & SOD

- Mark the potential installation area for your artificial synthetic grass turf & sod. You can use a color spray can or small flags.
- Measure the length and width of the installation area in lineal ft (feet). The total squared area of artificial synthetic grass turf & sod will be required in SqFt (square feet)). Measure twice the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area before ordering the materials. Add an extra percentage of artificial synthetic grass turf & sod within the range of 8% to 10% of total area measured to cover any potential waste material.
- The objective of this step is to determine the type of artificial synthetic grass turf & sod to be installed and the total of quantity materials needed to do the entire project depending on the current surface and potential future use.

 Using metal sticks & cord is another alternative  to mark up the installation area        Spray paint is very useful as well

 

  

STEP 2: IDENTIFY ANY IRRIGATION, ELECTRICAL CABLING OR GAS PIPING SYSTEM RUNNING THROUGH THE ARTIFICIAL SYNTHETIC GRASS  TURF & SOD INSTALLATION AREA
- If an irrigation system exists in the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area, it should either be capped off or completely removed.
- If a cabling system exists in the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area, it should be relocated.
- If a piping system (water, gas, etc) exists in the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation area, be careful when using nails, metal pins or sod staples, to avoid any damages to the pipes and also any possible hazard. Mark the path of the pipelines.

 

STEP 3: PREPARE THE GROUND AREA FOR THE SYNTHETIC ARTIFICIAL GRASS TURF & SOD INSTALLATION
- Remove any dirt, grass, gravel, sod or other materials to leave the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area clear from obstructions. Also, remove between 2" and 3 ” of soil from the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation area if required.
- Make sure the base for the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation area will allow for proper drainage, a 1% grade should be sufficient.
- Grade the surface to meet the project specifications (contour, drainage requirements, etc) in the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area.
- Setup off levels to avoid any future water saturation, water puddles or water build up in the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area.
- Install drainage systems if required. This preparation in the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation is similar to the drainage systems used in natural grass installations.

Remove dirt, grass, weeds and all obstacles from the installation area         Use a sod cutter to remove more efficiently all grass from the installation area

Example #1: Ground preparation without grading         Example #2: Ground prepared and graded

 

 

STEP 4: FRAMING THE PREPARED SYNTHETIC ARTIFICIAL GRASS TURF & SOD INSTALLATION AREA
- Install the framing system around the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation area according to the shape specified in the project specifications.
- Better Than Real Artificial Grass recommends to use synthetic bender boards 2” X 2” for the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation area. Use metal pins or plastic stakes to attached the bender boards to the ground to avoid any shifting or loosening in the future. Once these bender boards are attached, they should not move easily from the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation area.

Frame will keep the decompose granite and the artificial grass in place and separated from outside materials 

 

 

STEP 5: LAYING DECOMPOSED GRANITE ON THE SYNTHETIC ARTIFICIAL GRASS TURF & SOD INSTALLATION AREA
- Lay out decomposed granite on the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area surface already prepared and graded between 2” and 3” high.
- Spread the decomposed granite evenly through the entire prepared artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation area.
- Use the back of a bow rake in a back and forth motion to level off the decomposed granite base on the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation area.

- You can use a 2’ X 4’ wood as a level to get rid of any holes or excess spots and distribute the compacted decomposed granite evenly on the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area.
- You can also rake out the surface evenly to the desired contour. Ensure that the decomposed granite base in the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area allows for proper drainage and water flow. The base material must be spread evenly across the entire artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation area. This step will define the final shape and finish level for the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation area.

Lay out the decompose granite once the installations area has been prepared and framed         Spread the decomposed granite evenly through the installation area

 Example #1: Use the back of a bow rake to level off the decomposed granite        Example #2: You can also rake out the the surface evenly to the desired contour

 

 

STEP 6: COMPACTING THE DECOMPOSED GRANITE BASE ON THE SYNTHETIC ARTIFICIAL GRASS TURF & SOD INSTALLATION AREA
- Compact the already laid out decomposed granite on the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area between 85% and 90% with a vibrating plate compactor. Vibrating plate compactors are available at most equipment rental stores.
- For proper compaction in the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation area, spray water on the decomposed granite base. Also, this will help reduce the dust.
- Make as many passes as necessary to create a firm and hard base on the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area.
- Do not make sharp turns with the vibrating plate compactor; this will create ridges in the base of the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area.
- High spots must be leveled off and low spots must be filled in and compacted on the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area.
- Use the hand tamper to compact any areas that were not compacted by the vibrating plate compactor on the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area.
- The smooth side of the trowel can be used to compact any build up around the edges and corners of the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area. Your goal is to create a smooth and uniform base on the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area; the grass will not hide irregularities in the base of the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area.
- The final base should be ½” below the top of the bender board or at the same level of the ground surrounding the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area.
- Allow the compacted decomposed granite to dry on the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area before proceeding to the next step.

Use a plate compactor for proper compaction of the laid out decomposed granite         Plate compactors are available for rent at most rental equipment stores

 

 

STEP 7: INSTALLING A WEED BARRIER ON THE SYNTHETIC ARTIFICIAL GRASS TURF & SOD AREA
- Install a layer of weed barrier over the compacted artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area to avoid the germination of weeds and also to stop any weeds from coming up through the drainage perforations in the synthetic artificial grass turf & sod backing (weeds are very sneaky).
- The weed barrier will help guarantee the proper drainage of the synthetic artificial grass turf & sod by keeping all the drainage perforations in the synthetic artificial grass turf & sod backing free and clear from any weed obstructions.
- Use sod staples or nails (6” long) to hold the weed barrier in place on the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area.
- Always remember where the pipes run through and the buried deepness under the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation area  to avoid any damages and healthy hazards (gas or water pipes) when nailing or stapling on the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation area.

Install the weed barrier after the decomposed granite compaction is completed         For playgorunds and indoor installations, use rubber matting instead to add cushion and reduce fall impact

 

 

STEP 8: INSTALLING THE SYNTHETIC ARTIFICIAL GRASS TURF & SOD
- Pre-cut the synthetic artificial grass turf & sod. This cut area is slightly longer in length and width than the prepared base on the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation area.
- Use the power broom to brush the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod fibers against the direction they are laying prior to installation of artificial synthetic grass turf & sod. This will make spreading infill much easier. 
- When laying down pre-cut sections of artificial synthetic grass turf & sod, make sure all the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod pieces are laying in the same direction.
- Seaming the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod pieces. This is probably the most challenged step though the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod installation process. Proper seaming of two pieces of synthetic artificial grass turf & sod will show a professional installation once the project is finished. Patience and self-control is required to do so.
- Before seaming the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod pieces make sure the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod fibers are laying in the same direction.
- Trim the synthetic artificial grass turf & sod to fit the installation area. The synthetic artificial grass turf & sod should fit tightly against the border. Take your time when trimming the installed artificial synthetic grass turf & sod.
- Once the perimeter of the installed artificial synthetic grass turf & sod has been trimmed, you can begin to secure the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod to the base. Insert either square head sod staples or nails (6” long) every 2ft along the perimeter of the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod, 1” away from the border. Spread the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod fibers apart when inserting the sod staples, do not staple down any artificial synthetic grass turf & sod fibers. Also, do not drive the staples down too far; this will create indentations in the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod.

The pre-cut artificial grass area is slightly longer in lenght and width than the installation area         Seam all pre-cut pieces together and allow glue to dry

 Trim the laid out artificial grass to fit in the installation area        Secure the installed artificial grass down to the ground using 6 inch nails or squared head sod staples

 

STEP 9: INFILLING THE SYNTHETIC ARTIFICIAL GRASS TURF & SOD
- The infill material for the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod is either sand coated with rubber or crumbed rubber.
- Do not infill the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod until the seaming adhesive has been allowed to dry.
- Infill material required averages 1 ½ or 2 lbs. per squared foot of artificial synthetic grass turf & sod area.
- Spread the infill material over the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod. The infill can be distributed on the installed artificial synthetic grass turf & sod by using a drop spreader or broadcast with a shovel. Begin brushing the infill material with a large nylon push broom or a power broom into the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod against the direction the fibers are laying causing them to stand upright. This step can be done easily with a power broom. A street broom can be used for corners and small areas. This process will be repeated several times until the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod has been filled leaving a free blade height of approximately 3/4” and the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod blades are completely standing up.
- The infill material makes the blades completely stand up, adds cushion and fills all the gaps in the bottom on the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod.

Use a power broom to evenly distribute the infill on the artificial grass and completely raise the blades up        Use a drop spreader to distribute the infill evenly on the installed artificial grass 

 

 

STEP 10: GROOMING THE INSTALLED SYNTHETIC ARTIFICIAL GRASS TURF & SOD
- Brush the finished installed synthetic artificial grass turf & sod again with a plastic brush to help the blades completely stand up. With the infill properly distributed throughout the synthetic artificial grass turf & sod, the blades look and feel like natural grass.
- After you have leveled the infill material, slightly water the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod to settle any infill particles that may remain on the surface of the installed artificial synthetic grass turf & sod.

 To finish off, use a large plastic push broom to completely raise the blades up already infilled for the final touch

 

 

Step 11: CLEANING UP THE SYNTHETIC ARTIFICIAL GRASS TURF & SOD INSTALLATION JOB SITE
- Walk through the artificial synthetic grass job site to remove and pick up any leftover artificial synthetic grass turf & sod remnants, materials, tools, equipment, etc. Pick up and dump all industrial and green waste materials according to the safety guidelines.
Note for homeowners: Periodically, brush the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod using a push broom. This will help stabilize the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod fibers, and keep the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod clean. Any spills that occur can be cleaned using a mild detergent and water. A plastic leaf rake or leaf blower can be used to remove any debris or foliage from the artificial synthetic grass turf & sod.

 The finished installation area must be clean and clear before leaving the jobsite

 

STEP 12: ENJOY YOUR NEW SYNTHETIC ARTIFICIAL LAWN FOR MANY YEARS! 

                 

 

 

As a reminder, artificial synthetic grass turf & sod can be installed on any type of surface, but the installation procedures may vary depending on the type of surface. Some of these different surfaces you will encounter are: Concrete surface, Stone surface, Wood surface, Roofing areas and the most common surface where artificial synthetic grass turf & sod is installed, soil surface. That's why Better Than Real Artificial Grass synthetic grass specially focused this Installation Guide for Artificial synthetic grass turf & sod on soil surfaces.

Better Than Real Artificial Grass encourages both Contractors & Homeowners to install artificial synthetic grass turf & sod in future landscape projects because the benefits of installing artificial synthetic grass turf & sod are many compared with those of natural grass turf & sod.

 

 

BENEFITS OF ARTIFICIAL SYNTHETIC GRASS TURF & SOD

Benefits

Natural grass turf  & sod       .                                                                                                  Artificial synthetic grass turf & sod     .                                                                                                     
Eco-friendly This grass needs fertilizers, insecticides & gas operated equipment to keep it up in good shape. Yes. There is no need of chemicals to be used that harm the environment.
Fading Natural grass fades & dies due to poor maintenance. No. Artificial synthetic grass is resistant to UV rays and climate changes.
Fertilizers Yes. They might be toxic to human beings and pets. No.
Insecticides Yes. They are very dangerous to the ecosystem. No.
Maintenance Yes. A regular maintenance is required to keep it up in good shape.

 Very low maintenance.

Patches Yes. Diseases, lack of water, pets use, shady areas, traffic, etc cause patches though the grass areas. No.
Temperature Natural grass stays a normal temperature. Artificial synthetic grass is between 5% and 8% warmer than natural grass in a sunny day.
Daily Use Natural grass requires a moderate use to stay in good shape, especially in playgrounds & sports fields. Unlimited use. Artificial synthetic grass is designed to resist continuous use.
Water Yes. 75% of water use in a household is spent in the grass areas. No Water Required.

 

 

Better Than Real Artificial Grass artificial grass offers installation and distribution services of artificial synthetic grass turf & sod  in these locations (contact the office for location availability):

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