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How to Lay Artificial Turf (page 4 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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Cut the turf to the shape you want.

Wait until the artificial turf is in place and completely covers the desired area. Use a utility knife to cut along the edges, and use a bubble level as a guide if you do not have a brick edge to work from.

Cut Turf Once Placed Correctly

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Nail the grass into place.

First, make sure the grass is the correct shape and size. Start by securing each corner, then insert nails every 12 to 16 inches along each edge. Use adhesive if you are covering a vertical surface.

Nail Grass in Place to Secure

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Apply a layer of silica sand.

Apply a thin layer of silica sand directly to the lawn surface. Use a spreader to ensure even coverage. This will help to provide a stabilizing effect on the artificial grass and will help to prevent it from moving.

Silica Sand Spread Over Artificial Turf

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Brush the sand into the grass.

Using a coarse broom, brush the sand into the grass. The grass will require little upkeep, although if the blades become flattened, lift them by sweeping them with a broom. If necessary, wash with warm, soapy water.

Brush Sand Into Turf Using Coarse Broom

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