How To Lay Artificial Grass On Concrete
Installing artificial grass on concrete is not as difficult as it sounds. As the saying goes, if there’s a will, there’s a way. Assuming that the concrete is installed properly, it is a very ideal place for artificial grass as it is already leveled.
The following are important things to do before installing artificial grass
Plan, list down, measure
Before ordering or buying anything, make sure to plan first. Take accurate measurements of the area where the artificial grass is to be installed. Have the measurement ready before buying the turf. Make sure to list down the materials and tools that you are going to need for the installation to maximize time and effort.
Check for gaps
Before proceeding with the installation, make sure to check for gaps or cracks in the concrete. If the gap is wider than half an inch, it should be filled with quick-drying cement, so the artificial grass will not sag after installation.
Check the drainage
Make sure that the concrete where the grass is to be installed drains well. If it does not, drilling holes on poorly draining areas can be an option. Drainage problem would cause the installed artificial grass to become dilapidated easily.
If the area where the artificial grass is to be installed is exposed to rainfall, it would be good to leave drainage gaps of 6 inches around the perimeter.
Clean the concrete
Make sure that the concrete is free from any dust, stain, grease, or debris. Give the concrete a good cleaning after checking and filling the gaps to make sure that the adhesive and the grass will stick properly.
As installing artificial grass takes time, make sure that everything is done correctly and that the surface is ready for installation. The presence of any debris may cause the grass to fall out or to not adhere properly. Cleaning the concrete will help make sure that the artificial grass will last for a long period of time.
Once the concrete is clean and ready, installation can then be done.
- Using the plan made before the installation, carefully lay out the artificial grass. If the grass comes in several rolls, position them so that there are only a minimum number of joints.
- In order to keep the artificial grass from slumping or separating, a plastic bender board or any waterproof border can be installed. For an overhaul, pouring cement to make a concrete curb around the perimeter is also an option. Make sure that the border is not thicker than the artificial grass; otherwise, it will block the drainage.
- Unroll the artificial grass one at a time. It is recommended to put something heavy on top of each roll to make sure that they do not move during the application of the adhesive. Most artificial grass available on the market have leaf blades that bend in one direction. Make sure that all rolls are installed with the grass bending on the same direction.
- Cut the artificial grass when and where necessary. If the grass roll is longer or wider than the remaining area, use a carpet cutter or a sharp utility knife to cut it. When a long strand is to be cut, make sure to cut it shorter to make sure that there are no gaps. A marker or chalk, whichever may be appropriate, can also be used to draw the cutting mark.
- Before fastening the artificial grass to the concrete, it is best to use a carpet stretcher to stretch out the rolls. This will make sure that the artificial lawn has no wrinkles. It also helps in avoiding expansion if the area is exposed to the sun, and helps in securing the grass rolls.
- Afterwards, the grass rolls should be seamed or glued together. There are several ways of doing this. One option is through the use of an artificial lawn seaming material on the concrete below the edges of the grass rolls. The seaming material should then be covered with adhesive before folding back the rolls.
A seaming tape or any strong outdoor tape can also be used to keep the rolls in place. Another less popular option is securing the grass rolls using stakes placed every three inches of the artificial grass.
- Once the rolls are secured in place, fasten the perimeter of the artificial grass. Galvanized stakes or landscaping pins can do the job effectively. Make sure to hammer them properly – not too tight, which may cause dips, but not too loose either.
After fastening the edges, brush the entirety of the artificial lawn to make the leaf blades stand up and the lawn even looking. A landscape rake or a broom can be used to brush the blades. Afterwards, rinse the lawn with a garden hose to remove dirt or dust accumulated during installation.
Most artificial grass retains heat and can become too hot during summer. So make sure that kids always have their shoes on when stepping on the artificial grass. With regards to pets soiling the grass, simply clean it with water and/or artificial grass odor eliminator.