WHERE TO BUY YOUR ARTIFICIAL GRASS FOR YOUR DIY PROJECT
DIY Synthetic Grass. Before you start on your DIY artificial grass laying, you will need to decide on the variety of synthetic grass. We have four different varieties as below, all four varieties carried the same 10 year full replacement warranty. Check out the different specifications and price points following the links below.
Summerset Supply $29/sqm, country of origin: China
Matt Buffalo Supply $36/sqm, country of origin: China
Calypso Supply $39/sqm, country of origin: Australia
Royal Delux Supply $49/sqm, country of origin: Holland
DIY Synthetic Grass Installation Guide
To start your DIY synthetic grass, you excavate the area to be grassed at least 70 mm below existing grass, pavers, driveway or garden bed borders.
Make sure all cellulose material (leaves, roots, bark and twigs) have been removed.
Light, loose, sandy soil, wet and compact.
Add approximately 60 mm base material Craka Dust (crushed blue metal 0 – 3 mm) or limestone 0 – 5 mm. Dampen, double compact.
Verge areas (possible vehicle traffic) – recommended 100 mm base. 70 mm of road base (blue metal 5 – 20 mm) 30 mm of Craka Dust. Double compact.
LEVELLING AND LAYING
Roll out grass early to flatten out.
Smooth base material to contour of land or level to borders, allowing a slight fall from house foundations where possible. Allow approx. 15 mm below the border level for the grass and pile height after compaction.
Wherever your entry traffic and windy areas are, have the grass height edges approx.. 5 mm deeper (the grass is less likely to rise up and create a leading edge).
Remove excess backing as close as possible to bead line. This ensures a close join.
Lay the grass out into the exact position, making sure all fibres follow the same direction.
Make sure grass is lying flat and smooth before joining.
JOINING AND PINNING
With a stiff broom, brush the pile against the fibre direction approx. 50 cm along the joining edges to raise the pile.
Butt the two pieces to be joined as close as possible.
Fold back each side to be joined approx. 40 cm. Hold back in place (pins are handy for this).
Roll out the tape to the centre of the join line. Remove the protected covering from one side of the self-adhesive tape. Fold over grass to adhesive.
Remove other side of adhesive and fold the lawn back, making sure the fibres are upright and not in contact with the adhesive. Press firmly and add turf pins (150 mm galvanised wire staples) every 750 mm.
JOINING WITH PASTE AND TAPE
Add glue to tape in small stretches. Fold back grass and press firmly.
CUTTING AND PINNING
A sharp knife will assist in neat trimming.
A straight edge will assist in cutting lawn to straight borders. Cut and trim from the back. Trim to borders allowing an expansion gap of approx. 3 mm. Pin every 750 mm.
INFILL AND STABILISATION
Recommended – fine white sand or rubber granules.
Short pile – 20 – 30 mm 2 – 5 mm of sand (equates to 2 – 5 kg per sqm)
Medium long pile – 30 – 45 mm 5 -10 mm of sand (equates to 5 – 10 kg per sqm)
Before spreading sand, brush the grass against its grain with stiff broom to raise fibres to upright position. This ensures the infill settling to the base.
When spreading sand or rubber granules, go over the area 2 or 3 times to spread evenly.
Add extra sand to edges (fills in cutting irregularities and weighs down grass). Important in windy conditions and high traffic areas.
Brush in against the grain and water in with a light hosing.