Get Your Yard Ready for Synthetic Turf: A Comprehensive Guide to Preparation

June 30, 2023

If you’re looking to transform your backyard and create a beautiful place to entertain, installing wholesale synthetic grass is one of the most popular options. Artificial turf has a lot of benefits: it’s low-maintenance, cost-effective and visually pleasing.

However, it’s important to properly prepare your yard in order to get the most out of your investment. From leveling the area to having the right installation accessories, here are some essential steps to getting your yard ready for synthetic turf installation.

Clear the Area

The first step to preparing your yard for fake grass is to clear the installation area. This includes removing flowers, bushes, trees, and any other plant growth in the area. Although beautiful, natural plant life can often disrupt the turf installation by growing through the surface or causing buckling and wrinkling later down the line. Make sure you remove any roots, especially large tree roots, to avoid later issues.

If you want to preserve your existing plants, install them in an area away from the installation site. Turf grass can often be installed around a tree if needed, so consult a professional synthetic grass installer if you have a large tree you want to keep in your lawn. 

Decide on Drainage

Once the area has been cleared of natural plant life and completely leveled, the next step is to prepare the drainage system. This is a crucial step, as it ensures that the area near your synthetic turf will not become waterlogged in the rain. Standing water can become a major concern for your lawn, your family’s health and safety, and your home’s foundation, so ensuring adequate drainage is one of the most important steps in preparing for turf installation.

To prepare your yard for drainage, you’ll need to install a system of drainage pipes connected to a drain box. You can also utilize drainage grids such as AirDrain or Drain Core, which pair well with SGW wholesale synthetic grass. If you’re unsure of the best way to tackle your drainage issues, SGW Bay Area can assist you in choosing the right drainage accessories or pair you with a professional installer who can handle this as part of the installation process.

Prepare the Base

Once you’ve decided on drainage, it’s time to prepare your installation site’s sub-base. This involves creating a level area for turf installation and adding base filler to support the turf. 

To begin, you’ll want to remove approximately three inches of topsoil from the area. Depending on the severity of the unevenness of your installation site, you may need to add back some topsoil to help level it out. Use a laser level to easily ensure that your installation site is perfectly level and ready for the remaining installation process.

Once the site is level, smooth out the surface by laying a sub-base of crushed rock, sand or gravel on top of the soil. This will create a firm, even surface upon which you can install your wholesale synthetic grass.

Install a Weed Barrier

The last step in the preparation process before adding your turf roll is to install a weed barrier. Although synthetic turf discourages weed growth, it doesn’t prevent it altogether, and adding a weed prevention fabric will help ensure that weeds can’t grow between seams in your new turf installation.

Once your base is prepped, roll out a section of synthetic turf weed barrier cloth. The weed barrier should be installed prior to the turf installation and should completely cover the sub-base.

Lay the Synthetic Turf

Now your installation area is fully prepared for your wholesale synthetic grass. The next step is to lay the turf over the installation area evenly and precisely, and ensure that each turf strip is properly aligned. Make sure to measure the rolls carefully before cutting them to fit. Push the grass into the corners for a snug fit with no gaps.

Once the turf has been stretched across the sub-base, nail it into place using landscape nails or staples every foot or so. You should also use synthetic turf adhesive to firmly secure the new turf grass wherever necessary, most notably in the seams and on steep slopes.

If you need guidance in choosing the right artificial turf installation accessories, speak to your installer or contact your local Synthetic Grass Warehouse location. We can help you find the perfect synthetic grass products for your home or business. SGW Bay Area has been an industry leader for more than 20 years, helping distributors, installers and homeowners alike with all their artificial grass installation needs. To find out more about artificial grass wholesale or to receive guidance with your next turf grass installation, contact Synthetic Grass Warehouse Bay Area today.

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