DO IT YOURSELF INSTALLATION Everyone likes to save money; and by installing your Artificial Grass yourself, you can do just that. Most of the time, it's best to have the professionals do the install for you, but with some good planning and support, some decent handyman skills and maybe some help from a few friends, it's possible for you to successfully complete your project Artificial Grass Solutions has all the products you need to complete your project and the following steps will give you all the information you need to carry it out. However, if you feel you would rather leave it to the professionals, give us a call or click on the Free Quote icon at the top of the page. EXCAVATION OF YOUR CURRENT BASE. Our Artificial Grass comes in roll widths of 3660 mm usable width by 20 linear metres long. Use this width measurement to work out how your project will be set out and if designing a new area, you can make your job suit your needs. Once you've marked out the area for your lawn, remove the existing sand, dirt, soil or grass to a depth of between 110mm to 140 mm, depending on what type of traffic is expected on your Artificial Grass project. Shovels and wheelbarrows can be used for this, but invariably there will be areas that are readily accessible by machinery and more often than not, you will be happier to leave it to the Bobcats and Mini excavators to get the job done easily and accurately for you. Get some quotes; it’s not as expensive as you think. PREPARING THE SUB BASE Once the area is excavated, give the area a good wetting down and mechanical compaction to consolidate the existing base material. A compactor can be hired from your local hire company. Then if required you can install your bordering product be it Aluminium edging, brick, timber, plastic edging...making sure it is secure to retain the edge of your Artificial Grass. Next, fill up to the required depth allowed with crusher dust then, level, compact and screed until you have the required even finish you desire, a 70 mm minimum for residential pedestrian traffic is recommended. Ensure that you have allowed for some run-off as although an Artificial Grass Installation will drain extremely well there are those times when even real grass will have a flow off the surface so prepare for the worst and you will be covered. CUTTING YOUR PANELS Make sure your measurements are as precise and exact as possible so you purchase the appropriate amount of Artificial Grass for your entire project and you will see a manufacturer’s bead on each side of the roll and this will need to be trimmed off (approximately 25mm each side) Our Artificial Grass is delivered in rolls or can be cut off your measurements ready for you to trim into place. You can cut your panels with a Stanley knife or similar cutting tool and leave them to settle out in the sun while you check and make sure all is ready to start putting the panels together. Remember to measure twice and cut once as even the experts make mistakes so, as a tip, leaving bit extra on can be a money and time saver INSTALL YOUR ARTIFICIAL GRASS Bring your pre-cut panels into the areas they are cut for and start to align the seams, and this is where a degree of patience and skill comes into play. You will need to make sure the seams that will be joined are cut, taped and glued with a degree of precision to ensure that they are unnoticeable; there should be no gaps between seams, and you should have as few seams as possible and don’t forget that to get a consistent looking finish the Artificial Grass fibres have to be laid in the same direction. You might need to reconfigure your panels a few times to arrive at the best positioning as improper joining will result in an unsightly seam running down the length of your Artificial Grass. At the seams, apply Ezi tape under each side of the Artificial Grass to be joined and then press firmly to glue the grass down onto the adhesive tape. Ensure that none of the grass fibres get glued into the seam and make sure all the seams are smooth and even. Take your time during this step, and try not to directly disturb the joins until they have had a chance to set. BROOMING UP THE FIBRES You are now ready to broom up the fibres, working them back against the direction that they are laying. This needs to be done before any infill sand is applied as this is the finished look you are going for. A Power broom can be hired and this will give you a professional finish. FILLING WITH SAND Now you are ready to put in the kiln-dried white sand which is recommended for use in your Artificial Grass installation as a part of the manufacturer’s warranty. This sand fills the gaps between the Artificial Grass fibres and ensures that the grass sits up properly and remains as such. Aim for a depth of about 1/2  the height of your chosen Artificial Grass and evenly distribute the sand. Power broom the job again to work the fibres up and evenly distribute the sand into the base and if visible rubber fines can be applied as a finish to cover the sand. And don’t forget along the way you can call Artificial Grass Solutions for a tip or two. Now sit back and enjoy your workmanship and be the envy of all your friends and neighbours. Copyright 2011-2014 ARTIFICIAL GRASS SOLUTIONS, All Rights Reserved. Phone - 0402 438 333 Email - admin@artificialgrasssolutions.com.au