Artificial Grass Installation Guide
01. Remove Grass
02. Prepare Base
Evenly spread 4 inches of class 2-road base (or similar). The class 2-road base will make it easy to create a level platform with proper drainage. AGL does recommend using a weed barrier to prevent vegetation from growing, and if applicable you can also install gopher wire. Lightly wet the area and go over it with a compactor until you achieve a smooth surface.
03. Lay Turf
Roll out your new Artificial Grass. Be very careful not to drag your turf across your freshly prepped base. It is best to let the turf sit in the sun for 30 mins to an hour to let it expand prior to install. If you are working with multiple rolls, it is very important that the blade direction and stitch patterns are facing the same way. Crossing blade directions will result in poor appearance. Carefully nudge and move your artificial grass into the proper position. Wear knee pads to protect your knees and shins while manipulating the turf. A carpet Kicker will come in handy to stretch and maneuver the turf.
04. Cut to Fit
Now that your turf is in the desired area, it is time to make the appropriate cuts. The best cutting devices are razor knives and carpet cutters. All cuts should be made from the back of the synthetic grass so you can see the stitch rows. When making the cut leave 1/4’’ to 1/2’’ of turf over the edge of your boarder, this will help with the finishing touches toward the end of your project. If you are working with multiple pieces of synthetic grass this the perfect time to secure your seams with AGL seam tape and turf glue. Be sure that the blades of your turf are laying the same direction when seaming and that the space between each stitch row matches to ensure the best visual result. Place the red line of your AGL seam tape right down the center of the seam, and make an “S” pattern with your glue on the seam tape. Move turf into place and let the glue set for 15 minutes. Once the seam is brushed up it will disappear. Place your infill bags evenly on the seam to enforce contact with the seam tape.
05. Secure Perimeter
Time to secure your Artificial Grass to the ground. Start by tucking the 1/4’’ to 1/2’’ edge you left into the border with a metal putty knife and hammer. We recommend using AGL 40-D 5’’ non-galvanized turf nails or staples. Using a hammer, gently tap the nail or staple until it pierces the backing. Disperse the turf blades with fingers and drive the nail or staple into the ground. A nail or staple should be placed every 6 inches along the outside perimeter and every 2 feet on the inside areas. Be sure to reinforce your seamed areas with a few nails or staples. Before you infill, make sure to brush up the turf with a power broom or push broom. This will get the blade memory vertical.
06. Spread Infill
Meeting the proper infill requirements for the turf system you have purchased is extremely important to the appearance, performance, and life span of your artificial grass. Please ask your AGL product specialist for infill requirements. There are many different types of appropriate infill that can be used. Options include: Acrylic Coated Sand, Zeolite, Silica Sand or Crumb Rubber. We recommend using a drop spreader to evenly disperse the proper amount of infill.
07. Brush Infill
Once the infill has been placed, using a power broom or another stiff bristled broom brush the turf. This will assist the turf blades in standing straight up to make your new artificial lawn look like freshly mowed grass. Repeat the process until your infill is brushed in evenly and your seams disappear. Brushing up your turf blades will be the only quarterly maintenance AGL recommends outside of proper sanitation if you have pets.
08. Enjoy your new turf!
Enjoy your newly installed artificial grass from AGL! If you have any questions please contact our client service center at the number below. A representative will get back to you within 24 hours.