The first step in the installation process is to clear the ground of any covering or debris. A clear base is vital to the long-term quality of our installations. For existing lawns, this may include removal of sod, rocks, gravel, etc. Although new construction installations will not require the same time commitment during this phase, care should be taken to ensure that the ground is clear of any remaining construction debris, or obstructions.
Next, install Road Base (ABC) at a depth of 2”-3”, and compact until sub-base is solid under foot. Next install ¼” minus decomposed granite and compact with vibrating plate compactor to create a level smooth surface for the turf to sit on.
Determine how best to lay out the turf rolls. Our landscape and playground turf comes in 15' wide rolls, our putting green material comes in 12’ wide rolls. Due to the natural direction of the grass blades, the turf must all be laid out in the same direction. Therefore, it is very important that this layout is thoroughly thought out before cutting begins.
CUTTING THE GRASS TO FIT
This phase is where the turf is trimmed to fit your yard. The product can be cut around your existing landscape whether it is a perfect square, or a winding path that is bordered by rocks. The best method is to lay the grass out and trace from the top where you’ll be making your cuts. There are 2 different tools you’ll need for this process. 1) Long Pile Carpet Cutter. 2) Carpet knife. You’ll use the Long pile carpet cutter to cut from the top side to create long cuts that have curves (i.e. circle around tree). The carpet knife will be used to cut the turf around the edges to fit against the border.
Secure the turf by staking the edges with landscape spikes. Spikes can be 3” to 6” depending on the application and possible irrigation lines under sub-base.
SEAMING THE TURF PANELS
When the area is wider than the rolls of turf you’ll need to seam the 2 panels together. This is done by seaming 2 panels together with turf adhesive. First, you’ll need to cut your seams with your carpet knife, or by using the Super Seam tool. If your using a carpet knife cut 3 rows of yarn off the side of the turf including the ribbon on the sides. Once you have your seams cut and lined up pull both pieces of turf back so the sub-base is exposed. Lay down the seam tape with half of the seam tape under each panel. Use a synthetic turf adhesive and apply to seam tape. Cover the entire seam tape with the adhesive and use a 3/16th notched trowel to spread adhesive over seam tape. Once all the adhesive is spread carefully lay the turf back down on the seam tape while keeping all turf fibers from getting trapped under the backing. Once seam is laid down walk or better yet roll the seam to make contact with the backing of the turf. Seams can be reinforced with nails up and down seam on each side.
Round Silica Sand is the standard infill for artificial turf. Use a drop spreader to evenly drop the sand on top of the turf at 2.5lbs-3.5lbs per sqft depending on the pile height. Once all sand is spread evenly on top of turf it will need to be broomed into the turf fibers. Use a power broom to brush up turf fibers and let the sand work down in between the turf blades.
No job would be complete without the proper clean up. You can use a blower, rake, brush or broom to clean up the grass, as well as water.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Although Apex Synthetic Turf will be the most maintenance free lawn you have ever experienced there are still a few simple things you will need to know about caring for it. For more in depth information please view PDF.