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How to Lay Artificial Turf (page 2 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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Apply a layer of sand.

Apply a thin aggregate layer of sand, crushed stone or grit over the membrane. Compact it to create a solid base. This layer will provide you with a firm, well-draining surface that will support the rest of the materials.

Thin Layer of Crushed Rock Goes Down on Top

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Create an even surface.

Once the layer of aggregate is in place, apply a 1/2- to 3/4-inch (1 to 2 cm) layer of sharp sand. Compact the sand and level it, smoothing the surface using a piece of wood or a flat board with a level.

Smooth Surface of Soil with Wooden Screed

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Put down a layer of shock-absorbent material.

This step is optional, but you may want to consider it to give the grass more cushioning. Square the sheet with one corner of the lawn, then cut it to shape using a utility knife.

Shock Absorbent Material is Optional Step

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