YOU WILL NEED
Rope or spray paint Shovel and rake
Hose or watering can and access to water Spirit level Crushed rock sub-base and crushed stone Synthetic turf
Sharp utility knife
(with spare blades)
Tuff Turf Joining Tape 100-150mm flat-head nails
Silica sand (10-15kg per sq m of turf) Stiff-bristled broom
STEP ONE Remove all loose vegetation and debris in the marked area where you’re laying the turf. Then, dig it out to a depth of 75-80mm and rake to level it out, ready for the sub-base.
STEP TWO Place and compact approx 60mm of crushed rock as a subbase. Sprinkle water over and compact until it’s firm (a vibrating plate gives the best result).
STEP THREE To give an even finish, add a fine 20mm layer of crushed
stone and level out again, following the same procedure. After this, the base should be approx 15mm below the height of the surrounding marked area.
STEP FOUR Lay out turf and leave for a few hours to remove creases and settle (always run in the same direction). Then, using a utility knife, cut along edges, and around trees and flowerbeds, to fit the area.
STEP FIVE Join the turf, making sure each joining
strip isn’t touching or overlapping, and never more than a 5mm gap.
STEP SIX Secure the edges of the turf with 100mm or 150mm flathead nails into the rock base as close to the edge as possible and continue every 200–300mm.
STEP SEVEN Fill in the gaps between each blade to give them support to stay upright. Use a stiff broom to brush the blades upwards; this makes it easier to distribute the sand infill evenly.