Site Base Preparation

  • Remove 2- 3 inches of existing sod and/or dirt.
  • Cap and/or remove any sprinklers.
  • Be sure to set a rough grade for drainage.
  • Compact natural soil.
  • Lay 2-3 inches of either class II road base or decomposed granite.
  • Hose down and then compact to 90%.
  • Make sure base surface is as smooth as possible.
  • Create a slight grade for optimal drainage.
  • Sculpt or create a crown for a more natural look

Turf Installation

  •  Turf should be rolled out under the sun at least 1-2 hours before installation. This will allow the turf to
    acclimate and as a result make it easier to work with.
  • Lay out turf onto base and position where needed. Using a carpet knife/razor knife, cut turf (on backside)
    to fit area.
  • Fasten one end with 60-D nails of 6 inches in length, spaced 3-4 inches apart along the edges. Stretch turf
    and fasten with nails as you move across to the opposite end. Place a nail every 12-24 inches throughout
    center and every 3-4 inches along the perimeter.
  • Fasten together any seams using 60-D nails spaced 2-3 inches apart and U shaped landscape staples. Do
    not counter sink nails along seams.
  • After turf is installed, broom before applying infill. Apply infill onto turf using a drop spreader and spread
    infill as evenly as possible. Note: Never use regular sand (masonry sand) for infill.
  • Broom again so that the blades are standing straight up. Use carpet scissors to trim off the excessive turf
    blades. Clean the surrounding area with a blower or a broom.

Tips for a Professional-Looking Install

  • Make sure to properly compact the base material using a vibrating compactor or roller
  • One yard of base materials will cover 100 square feet at 3 inch depth (1 Yard = 1 Ton).
  • Prior to installation, lay turf out under the sun for at least 1-2 hours to allow turf to acclimate. This will
    make the backing less stiff and the turf easier to broom.
  • Always stretch and install turf taut.
  • Do not overlap seams.
  • Never drive nails into base too far because this will create a noticeable dip.
  • Always broom prior to filling.
  • Always run grain of turf in the same direction. Use a 2×4 (straight line installation) or 1×2 (curve line
    installation) of synthetic or pressure treated wood bender board around the perimeter of turf area to
    frame and protect the turf from soil and debris.
  •  Use only sized screened silica sand or acrylic coated spherical sand for infill. Amount used will vary
    depending upon pile height of turf and. A 50 lb. bag of infill will typically cover a 30 to 50 sqft. of turf.

Recommended Tools for Installation

  • Wheel Barrow, Shovels, Picks, Grading Rake, Hammer
  • Measuring Tape, Carpet Knife, Cutting Blades
  • Drop Spreader (For Infill), Compactor (For Base), Broom (for clean-up)

Materials for Installation

  • Drain Rock Decomposed
  • 6″ common nails
  • Landscape Staples
  • InfiII Materials: Medium silica sand. Depending on the pile heights, infill amount may vary (1-2lbs per
    square foot).
  • Bender Boards: May be used when needed.
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