Artificial grass installation guide: Before beginning the installation, walk around the site and take a quick survey of the area and surroundings. Pre-planning helps ensure an easy and successful installation. Clear the work area, set up and stage tools for easy access, and create a pathway to the area in which you’ll be working.

STEP 1 :
Remove the Old Dirt and Grass

You will need a sharp spade shovel, or rent a mechanical sod cutter to remove the old turf. Make sure to remove the clumps of grass and level the area.
If there is a sprinkler system installed, you can either pull it up or just leave it. It's probably best to just pull the exposed sprinkler heads to help even out the ground, and if you or a new homeowner ever wants to install grass again, you can just re-attach the heads. We would like to dig about 2-4" down from the ground level.

STEP 2 :

In order to choose the perfect subbase, it depends on what kind of installation you are going to do. If you are planning to do a putting green installation, then it requires to use decomposed granite to achieve the certain level, whereas the landscape project can work with any gravel/concrete mixture, such as type2road base. A 2-inch layer of subbase material should be applied to the excavation, lightly wetted and compacted two or three times. This can be accomplished with a vibratory plate compactor, but smaller applications and hard-to-reach corners should be compacted with a manual tamper. The amount of subbase material you need to install depends on how deep your excavation is and how much of the artificial grass’ pile height you want exposed.
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