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Old 05-09-2010, 03:33 PM   #1
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Synthetic Lawn - is it a DIY project? Have you done it?

We have a small area in our back patio that we're thinking of laying down a synthetic grass. It's about 20'x8' - not quite that rectangular - more wedge like.

I can't seem to find any links or references to how to buy synthetic grass and the process required to put it down so that it actually lasts.

Anyone have any info on this type of project?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-09-2010, 03:56 PM   #2
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Hi Cody- I run two businesses, one of which specializes in synthetic turf installation. Here is what you need to do this type of project:

Excavate to 8-10" and install geo-textile soil separation fabric and 6" of compacted crushed stone (don't skimp on the stone, you need the drainage). Install 1-2" of fines/quarry screenings over the crushed stone to create a smooth surface for installing the turf. Nail the turf using 3" nails right into the stone. Infill the turf with #00 silica sand +/- 2 lbs per square foot. You'll need a drop spreader for this and a stiff broom to sweep the sand into the fibers, a little bit at a time. The weight of the sand and the turf will hold the turf in place. If you have dogs or rambunctious kids, consider adding a nailer to the perimeter for more security. The turf is usually sold in 15' widths, so consider this when laying out the job.

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