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How To Install My Own Turf: A Complete DIY Guide

How To Install My Own Turf: A Complete DIY Guide

Have you been dreaming of a lush green lawn but you can’t afford to break the bank? Then put your worries at bay. 

It is true that employing professional expertise to install your turf may cost you a fortune but who says you can’t adopt a cheaper option? 

Yes, do it yourself! 

With this DIY guide, you can archive that elegant turf without having to spend so much. And guess what, most of the tools to be used are in your storehouse. You are really going to be saving a great deal of money.

By installing your own turf, you get to put your money to other urgent needs and then there is the gratifying feeling that comes with renovating your outdoor space by yourself.


Tools & Materials

  • Garden spade
  • Builder’s sand
  • Landscape rake
  • Tamper
  • Weed barrier
  • Landscaping staples


Once the tools and materials have been secured, the next thing is to start the process of turf installation and with this friendly guide, you will have nothing to worry about.


Step 1: Peeling of Old Turf

Now it’s time to get down to work. The first step is to peel off the old turf that you want to replace. So, grab a spade or, if you want to feel like a professional, use a sod-cutting machine to pull it up. Yes, it would require some muscles but with the sheer determination to see your lawn look new again, you will get it out of place in no time. 

With the old turf out of place, what would you like to do with it? You have a few options to choose from. If your neighbors are nice and wouldn’t mind an old turf, you can decide to be generous and give it out.


However, in a case where that option is not on the table, you should then think of a proper disposal system. Getting rid of your old turf may require you to drop it off at a designated facility or have it picked up by a waste management authority.


Step 2: Placement of Level Base

Once the turf has been discarded, the next thing is to create a durable foundation for your new turf. This is what you need to do. Begin by spreading about 2-½ inches of the builder’s sand In the area you want to lay your new turf. The essence of this is to create a leveled surface. You might want to take your time with this process so as not to leave any bumps and lumps that would end up giving your final result a less-than-perfect look

To achieve this, you can use a landscaping rake to distribute it evenly. Subsequently, compact the sand with a tamper or 2×2 sturdy piece of plywood and rubber until it’s hard and level. This will give your turf a nice solid base to sit on


Step 3: Weed Barrier

Since the base has been leveled, now is the time to worry about those annoying weeds that may want to rear their heads after you lay the turf. You want to ensure that your turf stays beautiful as long as possible, right? That is where a weed barrier comes in. The simple job of a weed barrier is to ensure that no weed grows through the turf to damage it 

Now to do this, roll out the barrier to completely cover the area but don’t forget to allow the edge to overlap at the joints by considerable inches. Afterward, make use of a utility knife to trim off the excess, then secure it into place with landscaping staples at every three or four feet. The job of these states is to firmly anchor the barrier to the ground and make sure it doesn’t change positions 


Step 4: Laying of Turf

How about a little inside information, turf’s blades do not stand straight, they bend at an angle to give a natural look and feel. Or have you ever seen a straight-standing grass? 

To achieve a natural look, you will need to roll it out so that the blades bend toward your home.  This is to ensure you get that natural-looking lawn. Now to get a uniform look, be sure to lay all the pieces in the same direction. And once you have laid it properly, trim any strayed edges with a utility knife from the back side and be careful not to slash any of the turfs 


Step 5: Seaming of Turf

Turf is known to come in a width of 12 to 15 feet. If you find that the space you are covering is more than the width of the roll, then you will need to join some pieces together. To ensure a perfect job where the turf doesn’t overlap, make sure to trim carefully the edge of the needed pieces with a utility knife. Then bend the pieces back and lay jointing tape underneath where the turf seam is expected to be. 

That’s not the end. Apply synthetic turf adhesive to the jointing tape then lay the turf pieces together while taking care that the seam matches up together without overlapping 


Step 6: Nailing of Turf

After the desired size has been achieved through jointing, use a rubber hammer to nail the turf down with 7-inch lawn spikes. During this process, the spikes should be spaced about four feet apart. 

Also, care must be taken to spread the turf blades out and away from the base of the nail before you drive the spike in. 


Step 7: Brushing the Turf

The turf has been installed and now it’s time to give it a finishing touch. What do you need to do? Grab a hard-bristled broom to straighten the turf blades to give that perfect look you have always dreamed of.

With the broom, brush the whole lawn gently to straighten out any turf blades that may have become bent in the process of installation. If you like, you can think of it as a little makeover session for your turf


Finally, in case any sand finds its way into the turf during installation, this is no problem at all. Just get a hose and spray your new lawn to remove the unwanted particles.  And voila! Your dream turf is ready. 


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