Artificial Grass San Diego, California
Artificial Grass San Diego, California
Serving San Diego and Southern California

Pet Grass 85 Synthetic Grass Installation Guide

Please notice that there are no stitch lines on the backing of this product. Consequently, more care and attention than usual will need to be devoted to its preparation, allocation, and seaming.

To install Petgrass-85, first remove the manufactured edges (selvage). To do this,
1.
Unfold the roll of turf.
2.
Cut along the blue colored line with carpet shears. (By using carpet shears instead of a top cutter, the yarn will not run at the edge)
(After removing the manufactured edges, you may need to cut the roll. To trim Petgrass-85, move on to step 3. To continue without cutting, continue to step 11.)
3.
Determine the desired width of the finished lot of turf.
4.
Flip the roll over so that it lies flat on the ground with the backing facing upward.
5.
At the top of the length of the roll, measure (with measuring tape) from the edge of the length side to the desired width determined in step 3, and place a mark thereat (point A).
6.
Repeat step 5 at the bottom of the length of the roll (point B).
7.
Cut a small slit in the roll at point A and point B.
8.
Apply a chalk line from point A to point B down the length of the roll. (This step requires two people to hold the chalk line at each end of the roll.)
9.
Trim the roll along the chalk line with a top cutter. (Make sure not to stretch the roll (backing) in the process.)
10.
Flip the finished lot of turf back over so that the fibers face upwards.
11.
Place the finished lot in the appropriate position in the installation sector.
12.
Fasten and seam the finished lot. Use staples only and apply them to the seam and the edge of the finished lot.
Critical note: Petgrass-85 is very elastic and can easily be stretched and crumpled while kneeling down on it. Accordingly, be sure to refrain from excessive movements while standing/kneeling on the area, as these movements will stretch and/or crumple the turf and produce a crooked seam line. (One incidental convenience of Petgrass-85’s inherent elasticity is that it makes seaming easier!)
13.
Tailor the turf in conformity with the perimeter of the installation zone. Use carpet shears (rather than a top cutter) when cutting the turf to the perimeter. Again, be sure to not stretch or scrunch the turf.
14.
Apply a minimum of 2-3 pounds per square foot of ZeoFill to the finished turf installation. Apply more ZeoFill on the seams and edges.

Artificial Grass Installation Videos

Artificial grass installation can take from 5 to 12 hours to install on average for any lawn small to average size. We have an artificial lawn installed in Auburn, California in the beautiful Lake of the Pines community. The most important part of synthetic turf installation is the base preparation. If you site is properly prepared, spread and well compacted with drain rock, road base or decomposed granite, the second step (see the second video) is easy. You just need a pair of scissors, measuring tape and a pair of strong hands to lay out the turf on the base, to seam the seams, and to fasten the turf down with staples or nails.

Seaming the Edges of Turf During Installation Videos

If you every worked with carpeting, you know that seaming can be a "dirty" business. With synthetic turf it may get even “dirtier” because you install artificial grass on the top of a granite and a road base. A couple of years ago every synthetic turf installer used special tape and glue to seam the edges of the turf. You can imagine how messy it was, not talking about time wasted on drying up glue and cleaning up afterwards. It was also impossible to get the seam apart if you made a mistake. You had to cut off the big piece of turf and replace it with a new one. If you are still using this method to seam the turf, don’t! Times of seaming with glue are over. Thanks to physicists, we have a new tool called EasySeam machine. It works on radio-waves (not micro-waves as many are mistaken). When you seam with EasySeam, it doesn’t hit up; it doesn’t burn hands; it doesn’t use any glue – only the seaming tape you lay out underneath the seam, and most importantly, you can take a seam apart at any time you are not happy with your seam. New generation of turf installers may not realize how lucky they are to have radio-waves seaming machine for artificial turf installation. In any case, Dave tells you all about it in two videos below.

Tools Required For Artificial Grass and Turf Installation

Nothing fancy. Almost all required tools you can find in your garage, except maybe for carpet stretcher. Carpet stretcher is very useful when installing artificial turf. Specifically, you need it before you start seaming the edges of turf. If you’ll watch the second installation video, you will see how to use the stretcher. As a tip, the carpet stretcher is also called a knee-kicker. You strike the padded end of it with you knee for wrinkles on the seam stretch nicely. A simple carpet stretcher from Home Depot will do. Don’t want your turf buckling? Use the stretcher.

Plate Compactor

If you don’t have a plate compactor, rent one for a day or two. Your base must be stable and well-compressed before you lay turf or pavers on top of it. If you don’t compact your base well, it will continue to shift and compress in time, causing ruts in your lawn, developing higher or lower areas which eventually will cause buckles and wrinkles of turf as well. When you compact your base with a plate compactor, constantly water the area with a hose. Compaction is a very simple process, but it takes time and patience to go over the area multiple times. Some say three to four times is good enough, but to be safe repeat the go-round compaction procedure up to ten-twelve time before introducing the sub-base material. Don’t forget to create a little slop of the area for a proper drainage.
Artificial Grass Installation Shovel & Picks
Shovel & Picks
Artificial Grass Installation Grading Rake
Grading Rake
Artificial Grass Installation Hammer
Hammer
Artificial Grass Installation Measuring Tape
Measuring Tape
Artificial Grass Installation Carpet Knife
Carpet Knife
Artificial Grass Installation Cutting Blades
Cutting Blades
Artificial Grass Installation Carpet Stretcher
Carpet Stretcher
Artificial Grass Installation Carpet Scissors
Carpet Scissors
Artificial Grass Installation Blower (for clean up)
Blower (for clean up)
Artificial Grass Installation Wheelbarrow
Wheelbarrow
Artificial Grass Installation Drop Spreader (For Infill)
Drop Spreader (For Infill)
Artificial Grass Installation Vibrating Plate Compactor
Vibrating Plate Compactor
Artificial Grass Installation Power Broom
Power Broom
Artificial Grass Installation Broom (for clean up)
Broom (for clean up)