Step 4 – TURF INSTALLATION
Before you begin to install the synthetic turf draw up a plan of the area with measurements to help you confirm the square meters needed to cover you area, and also help you decide the direction to lay the turfs.
What you will Need
- Stanley knife – extra blades
- Commercial scissors
- Synthetic turf glue (oil based)
- 75 mm Plastic disposable applicator
- 100mm x 4.5 nails 1/sqm
- Joining tape
- Chalk line
- Carpet kicker
- Measure tape
- Bag of rags
- Wd-40 for clean up glue
Rolls generally come in 2 or 4 meter wide so when measuring up the area longest length and widest width will help you to decide which direction the turf is to be laid and which is the most economical and will require the least waste.
Depending on the size of your area the best area to cut the roll of turf maybe the driveway, roll the turf out and use the tape measure to mark out the first length you need, roll turf back up one turn and use chalk line to flick a straight edge and use the Stanley knife to cut along the chalk straight line.
Cut all the lengths you need to cover the area. The outside two stitch rows of both sides must be cut off. Make sure your cut is neat and tidy and straight making sure you don’t cross stitch rows stay between row two and three .
Roll the turf pieces out in place pulling them closer together so there is an even 2-3 mm gap between the two edges.
Once you have lined up the lengths you have laid out over your area, stand back and see if colour looks the same on all pieces you have installed, if the colour is a different shade of green then you may need to turn one piece 180 degrees so the colours match. Once you have all pieces in place and joins glued with 2-3 mm gap between backing you are ready to put 4 pins at least in the middle of each large piece to prevent the synthetic turf moving while you glue join and cut in around the edges.
Flap the joining tape underneath the turf at the join, (between two pieces) making sure the joining tape is underneath join and put a nail in either end of the tape to hold it in place while glueing. Plastic disposable applicator will apply the exact amount needed to give you best adhesion. Evenly apply the glue 2-3mm thick across the joining strip. Like a zipper, flap back the two half’s of the turf and bring them together a same time ensuring to keep fibres out of the glue as you go.
If you do get glue on the fibres remove glue by spraying wd-40 on the affected area.
Once all the joins are glued place u-pins across the joins one pin on either side of the join place them every 200-300 along the join making sure you hold fibres back from getting caught under the top hoop as you drive the pins in to the ground. Use the 150mm nails into the edges and middle of the turf at the rate of 1 per sqm.
To cut in the perimeter of the turf there are many ways to cut the edges so they are accurate one way is to roll the turf back on itself and find the point where the backing meets the edge and leave a mark on the backing move around the entire perimeter of the area cutting between the marks you have made in the edge. (We recommend you change blades on the Stanley knife regularly for a neat job)
CLEAN UP: Once you have cut in used the black garbage bags to put all the small off cuts in. Use a blower to clean al the excess and loose fibres.