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Artificial grass installations are an easy way to get a green lawn year-round, reduce water waste, and save yourself the hassle of mowing–if you install them right. And watching YouTube videos on “how to install fake grass” it’s easy to get misled that it’s something a novice can do (and do well).

Laying a lawn that lasts in the long run needs professional installers. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know how to install turf or artificial grass. In this article, we’ll prepare you for what to expect when you get artificial turf installed at your property.

Our article covers:

  • Steps on how to install artificial grass
  • Tips on installing artificial turf
  • Why artificial turf installation should be handled by professionals

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6 Steps for Installing Artificial Grass and Turf

Transitioning from traditional sod to artificial grass is a fairly straightforward process, but it’s good to know the process. You’ll be able to speak more knowledgeably to your artificial grass installers and ensure your grass installation is coming along nicely.

1. Remove Grass From Surrounding Surface Area

Unless you have a strong back and are good with a shovel, a professional should use a self-propelled turf remover to cut sod beneath the surface. Not only will this save you from doing grueling work for many hours, but when it comes time for sod disposal you won’t have to worry about clean up.

So, assuming that the sod’s been cut, artificial grass installers will then roll up the cut sod and dispose of it. Here’s a handy tip for checking if the surface has been prepared properly–around four inches of soil should have been removed from your existing lawn.

Afterward, the installers should clean away debris with a landscape rake.

2. Prepare Artificial Lawn Base

How To Install Artificial Grass

A solid base is extremely important as it is the foundation upon which the artificial grass is installed.

A minimum of 2” - 4” of limestone screenings is commonly used as a base. A weed barrier can also be installed to help prevent weeds from growing through. Edges of the weed barrier should overlap 1 to 3 inches on each side.

The limestone screenings should then be graded and compacted to desired grades (slightly wet with a hose before tamping/compacting). When done properly, every square foot of your artificial lawn will stay level for years to follow. Failure to do this step effectively will result in long-term challenges.

3. Have Synthetic Grass Laid by a Professional Installer

Before professionals install artificial grass, ensure the turf has had time to expand for thirty minutes to an hour in the sun.

If multiple rolls of artificial turf are being installed, ensure that the blade direction and stitch patterns face the same direction as they lay artificial turf or grass for your lawn.

Call-out/Tip

Wondering in which direction your artificial grass blades should face? There are no hard and fast rules about that, but you should make sure they’re all pointing in the same direction. Carpets facing different directions can make the lawn look disjointed.

4. Cut to Fit

After your artificial grass is in place, a cutting device like a utility knife is used to remove excess turf.

When the borders and corners are approached, ensure that 1/4” to 1/2” spare is left to aid in finishing touches.

Seaming tape and strong adhesive glue are used at the seams, where pieces or artificial grass come together.

5. Verify the Synthetic Turf Perimeter is Secure

When figuring out how to install artificial turf borders, the turf border edges left earlier will help the perimeter to be better secured and installed. Professionals will use 8" nylon spikes for your synthetic grass or astro turf installation, as galvanized steel spikes can rust over time.

These nylon landscape spikes should be used every six inches along the border to secure the synthetic grass properly to the perimeters of the lawn. At the seams, 6" landscape staples should be used to reinforce and "join" the pieces of artificial grass.

6. Enjoy Long-Term Artificial Grass Benefits

Now that time has finally come to enjoy your new and improved artificial lawn, the last recommendation is to ask your synthetic grass installers about the best maintenance practices to keep your yard looking outstanding year-round.

Next-gen artificial grass installations and putting greens resist stains and require little-to-no ongoing maintenance. That said, if you see debris building up, use a soft-bristled broom, plastic rake, or brush to remove it.


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Installing Artificial Grass

Given that even a small North American lawn can cost over $200 to mow and maintain, artificial grass can mean instant savings for property owners. You can save even more by getting professional artificial grass installation.

Averaging more than 300,000 square feet of synthetic grass installations per season, we know how to get projects done right the first time. With AGL Grass, you don’t just get “fake grass installation”, you get a professionally landscaped lawn.

Contact us to discuss your artificial grass needs, get prices, and find out why we’re the trusted supplier for contractors.

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