An artificial lawn is the perfect way to get a beautiful garden without the high maintenance required for a natural one. With proper installation, you will only need to keep it clean with occasional spray. The installation process itself might be a little tedious and intense, however, with a few friends to help along, it will be fun and worth the effort. Here are some quick steps to help you prepare the area:
Spraying the area
It is important to spray the area with weed killer in order to remove any grass or weeds in the existing area that you want to install your turf at. You would have to spray the area at least two weeks prior to installation of the synthetic grass as the spray needs time to work and remove all of the vegetation in the area. This time period will ensure that there are no unnecessary weeds remaining when installing.
Removing the top layer of soil
Next step is to remove the top most layer of the soil, if you intend to install the cheap turf http://www.easyturf.com.au/turf-grass-range/ over soil. This can be done by digging up about 3 to 4 inches to create space for the new base. Make the soil base even by removing any large debris and existing grass or plants and walk over it or use a hand tramp to make the soil more compact. Having a slight slope on the ground will help improve drainage.
Planning the drainage system
When the soil is well draining, the installation of the turf should create few problems when it comes to drainage. The aggregate base that you create will make an additional drainage layer; this will especially help if you are installing it over a concrete base or a poorly draining soil.
Installing a border
A waterproof border along the edges of the turf needs to be installed if it is not already available. This is especially helpful to prevent your lawn from slumping or separating later on. A plastic bender option is also available for a border or a more long term overhaul would be to pour concrete in the curb as a border. Make sure it is not above the turf level as this may inhibit the drainage.
Addition of a weed barrier is optional
If you are concerned about weed growth, then add a layer of weed kill or geo textile barrier at the bottom of the turf. This will also prevent insects, rodents and earthworms digging up through your turf. A rodent wire along the edges of the synthetic turf will help keep away pests.