Homeowner’s Guide To Replacing Turf

As a homeowner with artificial turf, you may run into a situation where you need to replace a section, repair a seam, or replace your entire synthetic lawn. This especially may be the case if you purchased a home where it was already installed. Replacing artificial turf can be a DIY project, but it requires careful planning, preparation, and attention to detail.

Here are the steps to guide you through the DIY artificial turf replacement process:

Tools and Materials Needed:

·        Utility knife or carpet cutter

·        Shovel or turf cutter

·        Rake

·        Vibratory plate compactor (optional but recommended)

·        Weed barrier fabric (if needed)

·        Artificial turf (make sure to measure the area accurately and purchase the appropriate amount)

·        Infill material (sand, rubber granules, etc.)

·        Turf nails or landscape staples

·        Power broom or stiff-bristled brush

Step-by-Step Process:

1.     Remove the Existing Turf: Use a utility knife or carpet cutter to cut and remove the old artificial turf. Be careful not to damage the base or sub-base during this process. If the turf is glued down, you may need to work carefully to separate it from the surface below.

2.     Clear the Area: After removing the turf, clear the area of any debris, rocks, or old infill material. Ensure the surface is smooth and level for the new turf installation.

3.     Inspect the Base: Check the base and sub-base for any issues like uneven areas or poor drainage. Fix any problems and ensure the base is stable and well-draining before proceeding.

4.     Install Weed Barrier (if needed): If you had issues with weeds before, you can install a weed barrier fabric over the base to prevent weed growth from underneath the new artificial turf.

5.     Lay the New Turf: Roll out the new artificial turf over the prepared area. Ensure the turf fibers are facing the correct direction for a natural look. Trim the edges to fit the space neatly, leaving some extra material around the edges to secure properly.

6.     Joining (if needed): If you have multiple rolls of artificial turf, you may need to join them together. Use seam tape and adhesive designed for synthetic grass installations to create seamless connections.

7.     Secure the Turf: Use turf nails or landscape staples to anchor the edges of the artificial turf. Space the nails or staples around 6-12 inches apart along the edges and seams to keep the turf in place.

8.     Infill Material: Spread the appropriate infill material over the turf. The type and amount of infill depend on the specific artificial turf product being used. Use a power broom or a stiff-bristled brush to work the infill into the turf fibers.

9.     Brush and Groom: Use a power broom or brush to groom the synthetic grass fibers and ensure they are standing upright and evenly distributed.

10.  Clean Up: Remove any excess materials, debris, and waste generated during the installation process.

Remember, DIY artificial turf replacement can be physically demanding and time-consuming. If you’re unsure about any step or lack the necessary tools and experience, consider hiring a professional artificial turf installer to ensure a successful and long-lasting replacement. Know that we’re here to help, give us a call at (800) 674-TURF!

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