Installation Process

Learn how to install artificial grass in this step-by-step breakdown of our turf installation process.

Artificial Grass Installation Process

Plano Turf Installers has been one of the leading names in artificial grass product installations in Plano for years. With decades of combined experience, we know what our customers are looking for, and we do everything we can to deliver a quality turf installation each and every time.

Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we’re not done with a project until you’re happy with your new artificial turf lawn or landscape. In addition to premium-quality artificial grass, we use the latest installation techniques to ensure longevity. You can enjoy the year-round green, maintenance, and water cost savings of your fake grass lawn for up to 20 years!

Our installation crews are highly-professional and polite. We are artificial turf specialists and we take pride in creating jaw-dropping artificial grass installations. One of the biggest advantages of choosing Plano Turf Installers is our years of experience installing artificial grass for a variety of residential and commercial applications. 

Step-By-Step Breakdown of How to Install a Fake Grass Lawn

Below is a step-by-step overview of our artificial grass installation process for you to review. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Step #1: Pre-Installation & Site Preparation

Before we can install your artificial grass, the existing natural grass will be removed along with the top few inches of soil. The native soil that’s excavated will be replaced with a sub-base.

The top layer of soil is removed using a “Sod Cutter.” Excavating the soil is a critical step in the artificial grass installation process. Rough grading the area uncovers everything underneath like irrigation, pipes, electric wiring, etc.

At this point, we also cap any existing sprinklers that will not be used. This avoids any leakage that may occur and if necessary, we’ll relocate sprinklers, and modify existing irrigation lines.

1. Pre-Installation & Site Preparation

Step #2: Install Edging & Weed Barrier

Any existing edging like fences, sidewalks, curbs, or patios will be used to secure the base material. If those types of edges aren’t present, we’ll install poly board edging, a.k.a. bend-a-board. The installation of bend-a-board is important, as it provides a clean line and a barrier between plant beds and your turf.

In order to prevent weeds from growing through your artificial grass, the crew will roll out and install weed fabric to prevent the growth of weeds.

2. Install Edging & Weed Barrier

Step #3: Add Base Material (Sub-Base)

Because soil naturally expands and contracts with changes in temperature, it needs to be replaced with a solid base in order to avoid buckling, wrinkling, or uneven surfaces.

The sub-base consists of porous materials that will allow water and pet urine to percolate through the sub-base and into the soil below. We prefer to use 3 – 4” of a class II road base for regular turf installations like artificial grass lawns. For applications where maximum drainage is required, as in pet turf installations, decomposed granite works best.

The crew will bring the base material to the installation site using wheelbarrows and will spread it evenly using a rake.

3. Add Base Material

Step #4: Compact Base Material

Once the base material is evenly distributed we spray the base with water until the entire are is damp, as this will allow the base to properly settle.

Then, starting from the outside and working inwards in a spiraling motion a plate compactor is used to compact the base and create a smooth surface. This is known as “Compaction,” and it establishes a solid base in which to drive the nails when installing the turf. If the area requires more leveling or grading, it will be done at this time.

4. Compact Base Material

Step #5: Cutting, Fitting & Seaming

The crew will roll out the artificial grass and then cut it to fit the installation area. The turf will be secured around the edges using 6-inch landscape staples, while the seams will be secured using seaming tape, glue, and landscape staples.

Once the artificial turf is cut, fitted, seamed, and secured we use a power brush to help the turf fibers stand up in preparation for applying the infill.

5. Cutting-Fitting & Seaming

Step #6: Apply Infill Material

Infill consists of small sand-like particles distributed across the turf using a drop spreader. The infill acts as a ballast and helps weigh the turf down to prevent bucking or wrinkling, and helps the turf fibers stand up straight.

There are several infill options available, and the most common is Silica Sand Infill. We can also provide higher quality infill materials like T°Cool® Infill, which helps keep turf cooler through the process of evaporative cooling. Another popular infill option is Envirofill. Both the T°Cool® Infill and Evirofill have an antimicrobial coating that helps prevent the buildup of odors and bacteria.

6. Apply Infill Material

Step #7: Power Brush the Turf

After distributing the infill material, a crew member will go over the turf installation using a power brush to help the infill settle between the turf fibers and become more evenly distributed. The power brush also helps the turf fibers stand upright and gives the artificial grass a finished appearance.

7. Power-Brush the Turf

Step #8: Review Your Installation & Enjoy!

The project supervisor will walk the completed artificial grass installation with you to review your new artificial grass lawn and answer any questions you may have. Once finished, you, your friends, and your family can enjoy your lush, green, realistic, natural-looking fake grass lawn!

8. Review Installation & Enjoy

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