Dig down approximately 4”- 6”, and remove the sod. A gas powered sod cutter works best. Roll up the grass and discard (contact your local dump prior to loading your truck, as many local dumps do not accept sod).
Remove any high spots and ensure you dig out the perimeter areas. Cap off all sprinkler heads and install bender board or wood around lower fence support beams.
There are a variety of crusher fines in our area. We prefer to use the Lafarge crusher fines, as they compact better, resulting in a smoother surface.
Ensure all edges are 1” below grade. This means anywhere there is concrete, a deck or bender board, ensure that the crusher fines sit 1” below the structure.
Use a gas powered tamper to do most of the work. Use a 10lb hand tamper around the edges (where the power tamper will not go) then finish with a roller.
Install Synthetic Grass.
Decide which way the “fibers/grain” of the grass will go. You will want the fibers either facing away or towards the house.
Backyards usually have the fibers facing the back door or patio. Front yards have the grass fibers facing the street. Decide where your seams will go prior to making any cuts.
Make all cuts.
Use a synthetic grass glue to adhere the backing of the synthetic grass to synthetic grass seam tape.
Ensure the seam is as unnoticeable as possible. Do this by lining up the stitch rows accordingly.
Attach Grass to Ground.
Spike in the perimeter using 8” nails. Hammer the nails approximately 2” back from the end of the grass and 18” between each nail.
Ensure the fibers do not get trapped when doing this.
Either use silica sand or zeofill as your infill. In most circumstances, the rate of infill is 1-1.5lb of sand per square foot.
Use a drop spreader to evenly spread the infill. Use a gas-powered power broom to help spike the grass, and pack the infill into the bottom of the grass.