Artificial Grass Installation
Tips for Installing Turf
The installation of an artificial lawn or artificial putting green is a step by step process.
- Step 1 remove any existing sod and capping off the sprinkler system. The goal is to begin with a dirt surface. If you are in a new home, obviously that is the most ideal condition to begin the installation process.
- Step 2 The second step is building a sub-base which will go over the top of a dirt surface. The U.S. Turf Company uses 1/4 minus decomposed crushed granite to build the sub-base. Depending on whether we are installing an artificial lawn artificial putting green we might install a sub-base with a depth of 2″-4″ on a lawn, or 4″-24″ on a putting green.
- Step 3 after the sub-base is built is to roll out the turf and cut the turf to the shape of the design or area.
- Step 4 (The final Step) is infilling the artificial turf. This infilling process accomplishes several things with the installation of artificial turf. On an artificial lawn it helps to weight the turf to the ground. On an artificial putting green it helps to weight the turf to the ground, but also stiffens the fibers to increase the speed of the ball on the putting green surface.
Securing artificial grass to the ground.
The U.S. Turf Company believes that the best is Gravity Max. This is a ceramic coated infill that is a light green color for lawns or darker green color for putting greens. The Gravity Max infill is smooth to the touch and non-abrasive. We typically use between (1) one to (2) two pounds of this infill per square foot to weight the turf to the ground. Do not be confused! Infill is what goes on top the turf not underneath the turf.
Types of infill that are used for securing artificial turf to the ground:
There are many ways to secure artificial turf to the ground here are a recommended few
- Sand – There are several downsides to using this type of infill. Sand typically has jagged edges and will pack over time. The jagged edges of the sand will rub against the fibers of your turf and strip the UV coating off. Remember that the UV coating is what protects the turf from discoloring and fading. Another result of jagged edges is the “packing effect”. As time elapses you will need to add additional sand to help support the fibers or get the fibers to stand up. By adding more sand you will start to notice that the sand will pack and become hard. This type of infill is not recommended by the U.S. Turf Company especially for pets. Pet urine will turn a sand filled artificial turf lawn putting green into a kitty litter box.
- Copper Slag – There are also several downsides to using this type of infill. Copper slag is an enert product that is primarily used for sand blasting. It is very abrasive and is black in color. The abrasiveness will strip the UV coating the fibers and the black color will add additional heat to the surface of the artificial turf.
- Nails, Sod staples, Pins – Anyone one of these products are used to secure the artificial lawn or artificial putting green by pounding into the ground. The biggest problem that will arise is eventually you will find that the nail, sod staple, or pin will become loose because of being secured into a dirt underlay. As time elapses you will notice that artificial lawn or artificial putting green may start to buckle.