Artificial Turf Installation

A few months ago we were tasked to reconstruct our football field in school so we formed a committee to handle all the tasks. The problem with the football field is it’s now just all sand and dirt. When it rains, the whole football field is covered in mud so it makes it impossible for the students to play. Initially our choices for grass are bluegrass, fescue and perennial ryegrass but we realized that it’s very expensive as the school can’t afford it as of the moment.

We then chose to use artificial turf instead as suggested to us by a former alumnus of the school. It is made of polyethylene plastic grass and rubber from old tires.

Some of the advantages of artificial turf are:

  • It cheaper and with low maintenance cost
  • No need for pesticides
  • More durable than ordinary grass
  • Nice playing surface
  • No need for water

So far everything went well and we are all quite happy with the outcome. We were even commended by our school principal for all our effort. The new and improved football field was also featured in our school newspaper.

To help other people and to share the knowledge, we’ve create this post to help home and garden enthusiast with their effort in beautifying their home.

Here it is. Enjoy!

artificial turf

Want to have that garden feel for your home? Do you think it’s too expensive? Not anymore! You can install synthetic artificial turf to have that green lawn feel on your outdoor space. Its advantage is that it requires lesser maintenance and you can do it by yourself – it’s fairly easy to do. In fact, even someone who doesn’t have much experience in gardening can easily do it. Before getting your hands into the dirt, be sure to take not of all necessary precautions.

Here’s a list of the materials and tools that you would need:

  • artificial turf-
  • turf cutter
  • wheelbarrow – Target always has the widest choice for different wheelbarrow.
  • knife – check kitchen.
  • coarse broom
  • sand
  • crushed stones – got mine from online gardening site.
  • flat board
  • adhesives
  • level
  • hammer
  • nails
  • silica sand – also from target
  • lawn seed spreader— well this one is easy to find if you know your resources…try Japan stores or Chinese stores.

If you don’t have artificial turf yet you can order from Phoenix Artificial Turf

STEP1: Remove Exisiting Turf. The first thing you’ll have to do is remove existing turf in your lawn. Clear up the soil around 1 ½ inches deep and make sure that no grass or any other plant, weed or root will be left. Remove everything as much as possible, do not rush it or you will see the outcome in a month where you see other grass or weeds starting to show up.

STEP2: Install a Weed barrier. This is very important. Be sure to protect your turf from weeds that may grow. You can use a weed suppressing sheet and cut it in shape for your lawn.

STEP3: Cover the turf with some layer of sand and stones. This layer would provide some support so make sure that it is firm. Don’t forget to level the surface using a plank and a level.

STEP4: Lay Down the Turf. Artificial turf is usually delivered in rolls so it somehow holds an odd shape. Turf should be rolled out for at least a couple of hours before rolling it. This makes it easier to work with.

STEP5: Ensure Grass is aligned. Straighten the grass against the edge by all means. Push the artificial turf going to the corner to prevent further movement. Make sure to straighten it perfectly or you will lose the foundation of your turf and the outcome may not look good.

STEP6. Secure the Turf. Upon laying down the turf, it’s now time to secure it to the base. Trim the edges and connect all sections. Use 40D nails in securing the base. Ensure a distance of 3 to 4 inches between each nail.

STEP7. Apply Silica Sand. Apply a thin layer of silica sand to your artificial turf to avoid the grass from moving. You can use a spreader so that silica sand is spread out evenly. Carefully Brush the sand using a coarse broom.



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