Artificial grass can transform dull lifeless lawns into a such green areas, prefect for all the family and their pets to enjoy, whilst demanding very little maintenance. With today’s advances technology, it’s now difficult to tell the difference between real and fake grass. Because of the wide range of benefits, it is little to wonder that many people are now choosing to have artificial grass installed in their gardens.
When it comes to installation of the artificial grass, it’s always recommended that you use an experienced professional for the best results. Their knowledge and experience will ensure a perfect finish that will prove to be an excellent investment and prolong the lifespan of your artificial lawn. However, if you have time, patience and the correct tools, it’s certainly not impossible for a DIYer to install their fake grass themselves. In this article, you are looking at tools that are essential for artificial grass installation. There are additional tools and machinery that for a one-off DIY installation are unnecessary, but which the professional installer will be sure to find make their life much easier, while it’s also increasing productivity and saving them money in the long run. Having the correct tools to install artificial grass is the key to success. It can be the difference between a good or a bad installation, as well as saving you hours of time.
Nice Backyard offers every tool and machines for hire listed below needed to cut and fit artificial grass, besides carrying the most exclusive Synthetic Grass Turf products available, we stock every tool and accessory you can imagine completing the job. Think of us as a one-stop-shop for all turf demands. Whether you are an experienced installer or a homeowner, we help you get the job done faster and more efficiently.
- Whether you’re a pro or a DIYer, we highly recommend using a turf cutter to remove an existing lawn.Turf cutters will cut existing lawns into easily removed sections of turf that can be rolled up and disposed of, and they can remove several inches of soil with each pass.
- You’ll need a good quality wheelbarrow to cart the excavations out of the garden and you’ll find it essential again to bring in the aggregates for the sub-base.
- A good quality shovel will be needed to scoop up rolls of sod and to load up your wheelbarrow with the aggregates needed for the sub-base.
- You’ll need a claw hammer to install nails around the perimeter of your lawn if you’re using timber as a retaining edge, or U-pins if you choose not to use timber.The claw of the hammer can be used to remove any bent nails or U-pins that may bend during the installation
Installation Nails, Turf U-Pins and Galvanized Nails
- Used to install around the perimeter of your lawn to secure the artificial grass.
- Rotary washing lines can easily be placed within an artificial lawn – the base/spike will just need to be cut around to ensure easy access. Washing line base/spike will need to be set into concrete to secure it in place, and a spirit level will be useful to ensure the washing line will sit level.
Tape Measures (Long and Short)
- It is recommend having an 8m tape or, if you have a large lawn, a 30m tape, to ensure accurate measurements of your lawn are taken and carefully marked out.
- When grading aggregates, it’s highly recommended that you use a good quality rake to make light work of achieving a level finish for your new lawn.
- Another essential tool on our list is a vibrating plate compactor.We recommend thoroughly compacting your sub-base layers by passing over them in several different directions
- After thoroughly compacting the laying course you’ll notice minor surface marks left by the plate compactor.These marks can be quickly and easily ironed out with a float.
- It is highly recommend spraying enough water to dampen the laying course.This helps the particles to bind together, or compact, to provide a solid finish and prevent the dust from picking up and blowing around the garden
- You’ll need a good quality retractable knife to cut your synthetic grass to fit your garden, as well us cutting any joints, as necessary.
Spare Blades (Hooked and Standard)
- The key to successfully cutting artificial grass is using good quality, razor-sharp blades.The tough latex backing of artificial grass can quickly blunt Stanley knife blades and therefore it’s essential to buy good quality blades and have plenty of spares to hand.
- Used to secure 2 pieces of grass together. There are two types of joining tape, the one that needs Glue to be applied to it and the other one which is Self Adhesive which has already got glue on it. The tape should always be placed shiny side down and the glue applied to the textured side to ensure proper bonding.The glue will last for many years (longer than the lifespan of the artificial grass) and will certainly be secure enough not to come apart due to any form of usage, whether that’s a football match or the pet dog.
- You’ll want to apply the adhesive to the entire width of the joining tape or if you are gluing it to the concrete, you would need the Synthetic Grass Adhesive. Be careful not to go too thick with the glue or it may need up getting on the fibers when you flap the grass back over.
- Pulls two pieces of artificial grass together.
- Artificial grass is transported in rolls which results in the fibers lying flat against the latex backing when you first unroll your fake grass.If you don’t have access to a power brush then a stiff broom can be used to invigorate the fibers and ensure that the sand dressing is brushed to the bottom of the pile.Of course, a broom is great for clearing up any mess at the end of the job, too.
- Professional strength Urine Free for synthetic grass is the best solution to neutralize unwanted pet smell.
- Help to prevent and to reduce injuries and traumas. While required for athletes and children, homeowners may love to feel smooth and delicate surface under their feet as well.
Weed Control Mat
- Before synthetic turf installation you can choose to utilize the weed barrier.
Crushed Rock / Crusher Dust
- Use as a base before for support and water drainage to the sub grade below your Artificial Grass
- Most economical way of infill to spread to your Artificial Grass.
- The dropspreader will ensure even distribution of the sand and prevent excessive infill, which can affect the feel of the grass underfoot. You can also contact Nice Backyard as they have Sand Spreader for Hire if you are doing DIY in installing you Artificial Grass.
- Power brushes are used at the end of an installation to fibrillate the fibers prior to installing a silica sand infill.The brush is then passed over the grass for a second time after the dressing has been applied to ensure the sand sinks to the bottom of the pile.Power brushes can also be used to reinvigorate old worn artificial grass back to an upright position. If you don’t own or you did DIY for your lawn in installing artificial grass, you can contact Nice Backyard as they have Power Brush for Hire that you can use.
You will find this list to be a useful checklist. We recommend you refer to it first before starting a project, as it’s very important to make sure you have the correct tools ready to go; after all, there’s nothing more frustrating than having to dash out to your local DIY store halfway through the job. At Nice Backyard we can supply you everything that you need for the Synthetic Grass Installation Job, We have even the machines( Plate Compactor, Sand Spreader, Power Broom) available for hire.?