Laying Artificial Turf On Soil

Laying artificial turf on soil involves several steps to ensure a stable and long-lasting installation. It is never recommended to install your synthetic grass directly on soil because you’ll end up not having adequate drainage. This is why it’s always important to include a base and to research what goes under artificial turf.

Here is a general guide on how to lay artificial turf on soil:

  1. Prepare the Soil:
    • Clear the area of any existing vegetation, rocks, or debris. Level the soil using a rake to create a smooth and even surface.
  2. Install Edging:
    • Install edging around the perimeter of the area to contain the artificial turf. This can be done using flexible plastic or metal edging secured to the ground.
  3. Add a Weed Barrier:
    • Lay a weed barrier fabric over the prepared soil to prevent weeds from growing through the artificial turf. This helps maintain a clean and even surface.
  4. Apply a Base Material:
    • Depending on the specific requirements of your project, you may need to add a base material to the soil. This can be a layer of crushed stone or decomposed granite, leveled and compacted to provide a stable base for the turf.
  5. Compact the Base:
    • Use a compactor to firmly compact the base material. This step is crucial for creating a stable surface that minimizes the risk of uneven settling over time.
  6. Install a Drainage System (If Needed):
    • If your area is prone to poor drainage, consider adding a drainage system to prevent water from pooling under the turf. This may involve installing perforated pipes or creating a slope in the base layer.
  7. Roll Out and Cut the Artificial Turf:
    • Roll out the artificial turf over the prepared area. Ensure that the turf is positioned correctly, and there are no wrinkles or folds. Cut the turf to fit the space using a utility knife.
  8. Secure the Turf:
    • Secure the edges of the artificial turf using landscape staples or nails. Place these at intervals around the perimeter and along seams to keep the turf in place.
  9. Join Seams and Trim Edges:
    • If your installation involves multiple rolls of turf, join the seams according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Trim excess turf along the edges for a clean finish.
  10. Infill Material (Optional):
    • Some artificial turf installations benefit from the addition of infill material, such as silica sand or rubber granules. This helps provide weight, stability, and a more natural feel to the turf.
  11. Brush and Fluff the Turf:
    • Use a stiff brush or power broom to brush the turf fibers in the opposite direction of their natural lay. This helps the blades stand upright for a more natural appearance.
  12. Water and Settle:
    • Water the artificial turf to help it settle and conform to the contours of the base. This also helps to cool down the turf, especially in warmer climates.

Always follow the specific installation guidelines provided by the manufacturer of your artificial turf, as there may be variations based on the type of turf you are using. Proper installation is essential for the longevity and performance of artificial turf. Our trained professionals are happy to assist you! Contact us at (800) 674-TURF. You can also check out our blog for more installation tips.

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