What’s Involved in the Process of Artificial Turf Installation

Posted by Sunburst Landscaping on June 27, 2018
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Laying artificial grass turf onto sand in a back garden yard

Are you looking to upgrade your lawn, garden, or field for a more beautiful look? Artificial turf is moving beyond sports’ fields into home and business landscapes and could be a great option for you, especially considering Arizona’s dry climate! Read on to learn all about the artificial turf installation process and how to prepare your yard for a makeover!
the process of artificial turf installation

1. Removing Natural Grass and Weeds

The first step in installing artificial turf is determining which areas of natural grass will be replaced.
This grass might be sparse due to dryness or heavy if it covers a large enough surface area. You’ll also have to pull out any weeds that are growing in the area.
A grounds crew will arrive to cut and remove natural grass in small square segments.
You may have the opportunity to resell the sod squares to a local landscaper or contractor.

2. Measurements and Leveling

The next step in turf installation is working the lawn.
Measurements of the yard are taken, along with notes on the level of the soil. The team will also break up any rocks or hard surfaces and loosen the dirt in the yard.
Then the ground will be leveled out so that the turf can be laid on an even surface.

3. Laying the Foundation for Drainage

Artificial turf needs a proper plan for drainage to prevent flooding. Usually, there will be a planned channel for water to flow from the yard away from the property.
The installation team will add an infill made up of either rubber pellets, crushed stone, or natural materials.
Once that’s done, the drainage channel will be created and tested.

4. Artificial Turf Installation

The next step in the process is actually installing the artificial turf roll.
The process is similar to laying sod, where the installation team lays out large grass squares or rolls.
To create a pristine, manicured look to the yard, the edges of the turf will be trimmed and secured in place to your liking.

5. Post-Installation and Maintenance

A few days after the turf installation, the team will use equipment to press down on the turf rolls and settle the soil below the grass.
They’ll also do an inspection in case any problems pop up in the first few days.
Maintenance from here on out is simple. You won’t need any fertilizers or waste money watering the grass each week. An occasional wash to remove debris, dust, and stains will keep your new lawn looking healthy and natural!

Is Artificial Turf the Right Grass for You?

Now that you know a bit about the installation process of artificial turf, you can decide whether it’s the right choice for your home or business!
Upgrading your lawn to artificial turf has a number of benefits including reduced water bills, easy maintenance, and fewer chemicals around your property for kids and pets!
Do you have questions about artificial grass? Wondering how it might work for your garden? Contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions or help you with a quote!