Green Landscaping of San Jose

How to Install Artificial Grass – A Comprehensive Guide

How to Install Artificial Grass - A Comprehensive Guide

A beautifully green and lush lawn is the dream of every homeowner in San Jose. But traditional grass lawns require a lot of water and upkeep, especially during the summer heat and long droughts we experience here. Fortunately, installing artificial grass provides a gorgeous, always-green landscape without the high water use and maintenance. Installing an artificial lawn yourself in San Jose is easier than you may think. In this blog post, I’ll give you a step-by-step guide for how to prepare your yard and properly install synthetic turf so you can have the vibrant green yard you want, without wasting water or spending every weekend mowing and edging. You’ll be so proud of your new water-wise, low maintenance lawn – your neighbors will be envious! With the right materials and tools, which I’ll outline for you, you can upgrade your yard on your own timeline and budget. So if you’re ready to say goodbye to irrigation, fertilizer and never-ending mowing but still want a magazine-worthy lawn, read on! I aimed to make the introduction informative by overviewing the benefits of and steps for installing artificial turf. I tried to engage readers by empathizing with the desire for a nice lawn and suggesting they can do this project themselves. And I attempted to persuade by highlighting the advantages of artificial grass over natural grass in San Jose specifically. Please let me know if you would like me to modify or refine the introduction further! Tools Required To Install Artificial Grass Installing artificial turf is an accessible project for most DIYers with the right tools on hand. Luckily, you likely have most of what you need already or can easily purchase or rent the specialty items. The essential tools you’ll need to properly lay your synthetic lawn include: What do you put under artificial grass? A proper base is crucial for allowing artificial turf to last for years while draining well. The ideal material to put under fake grass is crushed stone, also called gravel screenings or #8 clean stone. The crushed stone should be a minimum of 3/4 inch size without any fine materials or dust. A porous crushed stone base allows water drainage, prevents erosion or soil movement, and provides a supportive layer that will keep the blades upright. Spread the gravel 2-3 inches deep across the lawn area, raking smooth. Compact it down with a plate compactor rented from your local home improvement store. The compacted stone layer should be 1-1 1⁄2 inches deep. You can also use a layer of weed barrier fabric atop the stone to hamper weed growth before laying your turf. Just be sure no plastic touches the grass backing as that could lead to heat damage. With the right underlayment, your artificial grass will thrive for 10-20 years depending on traffic. Choosing crushed stone as a base beneath synthetic lawn ensures good drainage and a smooth, comfortable surface. Step by Step Guide of How To Install Artificial Grass Step 1: Plan the Layout First, map out the shape and boundaries for your new artificial lawn using stakes and string. Sketch the dimensions or use spray paint to delineate the area. Make sure to measure the total square footage so you know how much synthetic turf to purchase. Plan for an extra 10-15% more than measured to account for edging and seaming allowances. Step 2: Remove Existing Grass or Weeds Strip away any existing grass, plants, leaves, rocks and debris from the installation area. For best results, dig down 4-6 inches deep to remove all organic matter which could rot or cause sinking underneath the turf. Properly disposing of debris ahead makes for an easier base prep. Step 3: Level the Ground With the old lawn stripped away, till and rake the soil until flat and smooth. Use a long board and carpenter’s level to identify any low or high spots. Fill dips with masonry sand or dirt and compact raised areas with a hand tamp. A rental plate compactor from your local home store is perfect for ensuring a perfectly flat, dense base. Step 4: Install Edging Dig perimeter trenches around your lawn area at least 1 inch deeper than your base depth will be. These trenches will hold your border edging pieces, keeping them stable. Use 4 inch spikes spaced every 6 inches to securely hammer landscape edging into the ground around the entire lawn border. Step 5: Add Drainage System If your lawn area has drainage issues, now is the time to install catch basins, french drains and perforated pipe to redirect water away from the turf’s base. Ensure at least a 1 inch slope for every 10 feet distance to allow flow. Step 6: Lay Weed Barrier Fabric Before adding base material, unroll overlapping widths of geotextile landscape fabric over the whole area. Overlapping the seams by 6-12 inches prevents weeds and roots from penetrating up into your new lawn. The barrier lets water pass through while blocking other growth. Step 7: Install Base Material Artificial grass requires a porous base that facilitates drainage while offering support. Spread crushed stone or gravel screenings 2-3 inches over the surface. Use a plate compactor to settle stone to a final depth of 1-1 1⁄2 inches. A compacted layer prevents erosion or sinking from occurring under the synthetic turf. Step 8: Lay the Turf Carefully unroll synthetic grass over prepared base. Ensure tight, interlocking seams and trim excess from ends. Stretch edges taut lengthwise and secure firmly to edges using 6 inch turf staples staggered every 12 inches around entire perimeter. This prevents buckling or lifting. Step 9: Infill With Rubber or Sand Using a stiff bristled broom, brush infill like rubber pellets or silica sand into the synthetic grass blades evenly across the lawn, 1-1 1⁄2 pounds per square foot. This helps blades stand up and offers cushioning for use. Follow packaging recommendations. Step 10: Enjoy Your New Lawn! Give your new artificial turf a drink with the sprinkler when done to