Remove all existing sod or decorative rock, down to bare soil, you want a clean slate that is 3-4″ lower than where you want the finished height. A sod cutter is great for removing existing natural grass.
Bring in the base material, use a wheelbarrow or a bobcat to bring in your base material and spread evenly across your grade. Depending on your region you’ll want a base of at least 2 inches. We recommend 2-4 inches, this will allow for adequate drainage beneath the turf as water passes through.
Compact the base, using a tamper or compactor, you’re going to need to lightly soak the base to get it to start packing. You’ll want an almost concrete-like surface. The base needs to be able to irrigate water through and hold its shape for years, so spend some time on it and make sure you’re happy with the compaction. Soft spots mean it’s too wet and needs to dry a bit before it will compact.
Lay a weed block material, this is optional but always recommended, should anything try to grow up from underneath you’ll wish you did! Use nails or staples to secure it to the ground.
Start laying turf! Bring your roll to the space you’re working and roll it out. Use a carpet knife to make a rough cut just outside the existing border. This will make moving the material more manageable.
Now you need to stretch it out, if it’s the warm season you may just be able to kick this out by foot but we always recommend using a stretcher to get a tight stretch, turf expands in the heat and you’ll get summer wrinkles if you don’t. Nail down one end and kick in the other direction, stick a nail in every few feet to hold the stretch across.
At this point you’re going to seam sections together (if you need more than one piece to complete your shape). Seaming is the toughest part to installing turf, if the seam is visible people will always be able to see it.
There are many techniques, you can nail it, staple it, glue it, or combine methods for additional security. Ultimately, it just takes time and finesse to get a good seam, just make sure it’s tight!
You’re going to start making precision cuts now, only cut turf at the backing, never from the top unless you want to cut through all the beautiful grass blades that will meet the border. Take your time and make sure you don’t cut yourself short, turf does not grow once it is cut!
Now you have to secure it, use nails or staples to secure the perimeter, if you secure the edges well enough you will not need many fasteners in the field of the lawn. We recommend going every 3″- 6″ with fasteners. You can put a few in the field for additional security if you desire.
You’re almost there! Infilling is easy, simply use a drop-spreader to evening spread 1-2 pounds of infill media across the lawn, this adds balast (weight) to the surface for added security and also helps support the grass blades during periods of heavy trafficking. Use your carpet rake or a power broom the stand the turf up and drop the fill in, further use the powerbroom to work the infill into the thatch.
Now You’re Done! We almost everything needed for installation in stock, should you have any questions regarding installation or products you can contact us by visiting the Request An Estimate Page