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How to Lay Artificial Turf (page 1 of 4)

If your natural lawn is less than optimal, then you may want to consider artificial turf to cover your outdoor space. Learn how to do it yourself with this step-by-step landscaping guide.

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Artificial Turf Available in Variety of Textures

It may not be for everyone, but artificial grass has seen a rise in popularity in recent years. With its easy upkeep and year-round vibrancy it's easy to see why. It is available in a range of textures and shades and can be fitted to any design.

Materials needed:

artificial turf
spade or turf cutter
wheelbarrow
weed-suppressing membrane
utility knife
sand, crushed stones or grit
piece of wood or flat board
level
shock-absorbent material (optional)
adhesive (optional)
plank of wood
nails
hammer
silica sand
lawn seed spreader (for silica sand)
coarse broom
warm, soapy water (optional)

Remove existing turf.

Using a spade or turf cutter, remove existing turf. Dig the soil out to a depth of approximately 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches. The artificial grass will need to sit approximately 1/2 inch above any edging.

Remove Existing Turf and Dig Out Soil

Courtesy of DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Protect your turf from weeds.

In order to prevent weeds from growing up through the turf and causing it to buckle or disfigure, lay a sheet of weed-suppressing membrane over your lawn space, and cut it to shape using a utility knife.

Weed Suppressing Membrane Laid Down

Courtesy of DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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