What Is the Typical Process for Installing Artificial Turf?

With artificial turf, you can enhance the appearance and functionality of your property. Our team at Goat Turf works to provide our customers with quick and efficient artificial turf installations. Here’s what the typical process for installing turf looks like:

Site Evaluation and Preparation

The best way to start is with a thorough site evaluation. Professionals assess the area to identify potential challenges and determine the most effective approach. This step involves measuring the dimensions, analyzing the existing soil, and considering factors like drainage and sunlight exposure. Proper site preparation is key to laying the foundation for a successful installation.

Clearing and Grading

Before an installer can lay the turf down, a team will need to clear vegetation, debris, and obstacles. This provides a clean and level surface for the turf. Grading follows, involving reshaping the terrain to promote proper water drainage and create a smooth, even base.

In some cases of artificial turf installation, excavation may be necessary to remove excess soil or create a consistent substrate. Once the ground’s prepped, a strong base is needed for the turf’s longevity. The team will spread a layer of crushed aggregate and compact it to create stability, followed by a finer layer, such as decomposed granite or crushed rock, to maintain a smooth and level surface.

Edging and Border Installation

Edging materials are installed along the perimeter of the turf area to define its boundaries and prevent the turf from shifting. These materials, including treated wood, plastic bender board, or metal edging, provide a clean separation between the turf and other surfaces.

Artificial Turf Unrolling and Cutting

With the groundwork laid, rolls of synthetic grass are carefully unrolled and positioned over the prepared base. The turf is then carefully cut and shaped to fit the area’s contours, including around trees, flower beds, or other landscaping features.

Seam and Adhesive Application

In cases where multiple rolls of artificial turf are required, installers will carefully join seams. Specialized adhesive and seaming tape are used to create a seamless transition between sections of turf. Proper seaming helps achieve a natural and cohesive look across the entire area.

Securing and Anchoring

To prevent movement or shifting, the edges of the artificial turf are securely anchored to the previously installed edging using nails or staples. This step helps the turf remains in place, even during heavy use or adverse weather conditions.

Infill Application

Infill materials provide stability, cushioning, and support for the turf fibers. Depending on the type of turf and its intended use, various infill materials such as silica sand, rubber granules, or organic infill are spread evenly over the turf and brushed into the fibers.

Turf Grooming and Final Touches

Once the infill is evenly distributed, the artificial turf is groomed to create a natural and inviting appearance. Grooming involves brushing the turf fibers to achieve a uniform texture that emulates the look and feel of natural grass. Any excess infill is removed, and the turf is inspected for imperfections or adjustments.

Artificial Turf Installation Done Right

Professional installation yields the best outcomes in terms of quality, process efficiency, and durability. Without proper preparation, the turf base may not drain and could start to sink over time. Goat Turf teams are experienced in installing artificial turf. Contact us for premium synthetic turf installation today.