Having a vibrant, lush lawn is a dream for many an Aussie homeowner, and DIY fake grass in Sydney can help make that dream a reality. With tight water restrictions and bothersome maintenance, artificial turf is an easy way to get the lawn of your dreams.
Artificial turf is super easy to maintain and looks great all year round. So without further ado, let’s bring your yard to life!
Tools you will need
To start, make sure you have the tools you need at hand (or go to a trip to the hardware store to grab them) before you start installing your fake grass in Sydney. Here are the essentials:
- Tape measure
- Synthetic turf tape
- Utility knife
- Finely crushed rock
- Power blower
Step 1: Get rid of your current turf
Before you can lay your fake grass in Sydney you will need to remove the old stuff first. Start by moving any debris that could get in the way. Then begin to excavate to a depth of about 70-80mm. This will create a bed for laying out your fresh turf. You will then have to level the base using a rake – ensure this is smooth to avoid leaving large chunks.
Step 2: Make things compact
Now that your base is flat, you’ll need to lay down some finely crushed rock – spread it evenly and use a rake to make it smooth and flat. You can then use your compactor to really compact the rock down. Once you’re done, spray some water over the rock and flatten it again. You want the sub-base to be at a depth of about 15-20mm to make your fake grass in Sydney look natural.
Step 3: Place your turf
Now for the fun part – rolling out the turf! Ideally you should leave it unrolled for several hours before placing it to avoid any creases. Once you’re ready, make sure to lay them out in the same direction for perfect fitting. Cut through your turf using your knife; a clean cut is ideal to make joining them easier. Change your blade if it starts to feel dull.
Step 4: Join your turf
This step is essential for making your fake grass in Sydney appear realistic. Keep each piece very close to each other but avoid having them touch or overlap – you want a small gap of 2mm. Then roll out and place your turf tape across this gap. Walk over it a few times to make sure it’s secure.
Step 5: Trim each piece
Go for a walk around the edges of your new lawn and trim any part that is protruding using your utility knife (make sure it’s still sharp). Don’t trim too much or it won’t look natural.
Step 6: Adjust and set the turf
You’re almost done! Keep your new fake grass in Sydney in place by hammering it down with some flat head nails at 30cm intervals. Thin nails are ideal as they won’t be as noticeable. To blend them in even more, try using a dark green permanent marker over the top of the nail.
Step 7: Sand your turf
Finally, keep your gorgeous new lawn protected by spreading sand over the top of it and raking it to ensure it is evenly spread. You will need approximately 12kg sand for every square metre of turf.
And you’re done! While it’s not too difficult, installing fake grass in Sydney can be time consuming. If you’d rather save the work for the experts, consider hiring a professional to do it for you.