Astroturfing 101: 4 Important Things to Keep In Mind When Installing

What You'll Need
Box cutter
Utility knife
Carpet roller
Tape measure
Seam adhesive
Outdoor adhesive
Permanent marker

Astroturfing refers to the installation of artificial grass as a flooring alternative in an outdoor area, such as a deck or patio. You can also install astroturf instead of an ordinary lawn. Remember that astroturf is often made from weather-resistant polypropylene, vinyl, plastic or nylon.

People often prefer astroturf because it is cheaper than natural turf. They use it for fields and stadiums as well, apart from patios and decks. Modern astroturf differs from older astroturf because in the past, it was only a short and synthetic type of turf, whereas now it is manufactured with an infill of rubber. You will need just a few things to help you cut and install astroturf properly.

Step 1 – Cleaning the Area

Before installing the astroturf, make sure you first clean the area properly. Use a broom to clean the area and remove any protruding nails with a hammer. Now unroll your astroturf and allow fibers to expand and wrinkles to dissipate for about 2 or 3 hours.

Leave an extra six inches on each edge in order to have some additional pieces in case you make a mistake when cutting the turf. Make sure that the astroturf is a bit larger than the area you want to cover with it.

Step 2 – Cutting the Astroturf

Place the astroturf in the area where the floor and the wall meet and then cut your turf with a utility knife. Use a tape measure as a guideline to help you cut the turf in a straight line. Use a permanent marker to mark exactly where you want to cut. If you do not have a utility knife, you can use a box cutter instead.

Confirm that you have cut the astroturf correctly and neatly. Remember that you should not find any difficulty if you are using the appropriate tool to cut the turf. Make sure that you check more than once whether there are any gaps between the floor’s surface and the astroturf.

Step 3 – Overlapping the Astroturf

You can now create some seams in the turf by making an overlap with two astroturf pieces. Check that each overlap is about 2 inches long. Cut again with a utility knife or box cutter if necessary. Fix the overlapping pieces together with seam adhesive and press so that the pieces will stick firmly to one another. Run a carpet roller on the seam to help them stick together better.

Step 4 – Finishing the Astroturf

Put some outdoor adhesive on the outer edges of the area which you have just covered with astroturf. Run a carpet roller again on the edges to help them stick better. Leave the astroturf for about 24 hours and keep some leftover astroturf pieces in case you need to repair any mistakes.