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ARTIFICIAL GRASS LAYING GUIDE

Preparation

• Prepare the area by digging out the existing lawn and top soil to a depth of 100mm.

• Edge the area using a tanalised timber frame and secure with timber batons or use a decorative concrete edging block/ restraint with an internal concrete haunch of approximately 100mm.

• Lay a geotextile membrane to protect the sub base.

• Cover the area with a well graded MOT Type 1 and compact to a depth of 70-75mm.

• Use sharp sand or granite dust for the bedding layer to a depth of 20mm. Screed the bedding material until it is level with the timber frame or concrete platform.

• Cover the area with weed membrane, trim any waste where required and pin to the edges.

Cutting

• Roll out the artificial grass onto the levelled area, ensuring the pile is facing towards the house or main viewpoint. The pile should be dark green in colour.

• Allow 5cm of extra grass on all sides – this will give you enough material to ensure a perfect edge.

• Once positioned, trim the grass using a sharp knife. It is recommended to cut through the latex backing and not the grass itself. Ensure you run your knife neatly next to the stitch lines, avoiding cutting into the stitches.

• Secure the grass to the timber frame using pan head screws approximately every 150-200mm. If using a concrete platform glue the grass to the edging block.

• Infill the grass using silica sand (approx. 5KG/m2) and a stiff or mechanical brush.

Laying

• Remove 2-5 rows of stitches from both individual pieces of grass, remembering to cut through the latex backing and not the grass itself.

• Position the first roll of turf loosely over the prepared sub base.

• Position the second roll so both are abutting ensuring the pile runs in the same direction.

• Carefully move the rolls into position until the joint is no longer visible (be careful not to trap any filaments between the seam).

• Fold the edges back and lay Joining Tape along the joint. The tape should be installed with the shiny side down and the grass joint on the coarse side of the tape.

• Use a cartridge gun to apply glue in an even zig-zag fashion, ensuring each roll of grass has at least 5cm of adhesive in contact with the tape, away from the centre of the joint.

• Fold the grass back and press down on the tape to spread the adhesive, take care not to trap any filaments between the two rolls. It is possible to make slight tweaks at this point by

lightly pulling at the grass edges and smoothing down until it is no longer visible.

• Leave the grass to settle and cure for 1-2 hours before subjecting to foot traffic.

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