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DIY DO IT YOUSELF

Installation

Install Idealgrass by Yourself

Please see below our step by step guide to installation.  If you require clarification on the points below please contact our office, one of our team will happily assist you.

Preparation

Idealgrass can be installed indoors or outdoors over any smooth, hard surface. All you need are the right tools and a little care. Remember the appearance of the finished job depends almost entirely on your preparation of the base.

Choose a dry day with moderate temperature conditions. The adhesive requires 8 hours to dry and will cure after 48 hours of dry weather. While preparing the base it is a good idea to have your Idealgrass rolled out in the sun somewhere clean and flat, this will ‘relax’ the grass fibres and make it more pliable and easier to handle.

Trimming and Joining

First decide the most economical direction to lay your Idealgrass – across the area, or along the length.  Position the pieces as they will be installed. Trim slightly oversize (about 100mm) from the backing side and roll out into position. If possible cut between the rows of stitching.

On joins, make sure the nap (pile direction) is running in the same direction so that the colour does not vary. To get a straight line for edges or joins, use a chalk line or white pen and straight edge. Check all measurements again before cutting. Place your trimmed pieces face up in their correct positions.

Installation

There are two methods of installation. (a) Total glue down, used on short pile products which have no infill and can be installed over concrete, timber etc. (b) Loose lay, which is used for longer pile products which have sand or rubber infill and can be installed over natural ground, crusher dust, pavers,concrete, asphalt etc.

Glue Down Installation

Make sure surface is absolutely dry, clean and dust-free. Remove any protrusions that could make a bump under the finished surface. Fill any depressions or cracks. Seal any raw timber surfaces.

  • Step 1
    Having trimmed your Idealgrass, position pieces face up, as they will be installed. Mark a line on the base where a seam will appear, turn back the carpet, spread adhesive over an area about 600mm to 1000mm wide on either side of this line.
  • Step 2
    Lay one side of carpet on the adhesive up to the line, then lay the other side up to the line and butt the trimmed edges. Roll back the Idealgrass that has not been glued down and spread adhesive over the remaining surface, rolling the idealgrass down as you go until all carpet has been adhered. Press the carpet firmly into the adhesive and work out any air bubbles with hand pressure or the back of a push broom or roller
  • Step 3
    Trim off excess around perimeter. Should you require a neat finish around edges or across doorways, special plastic or metal strips are available from carpet stores.
Loose Lay Installation

If laying Idealgrass over pavers, concrete or asphalt make sure surface is clean with no protrusions.

Edging Treatment – Idealgrass can be secured at the perimeter by pins, metal/timber edging, abutting up to existing pathways or by tucking the grass into the ground and backfilling.

If laying Idealgrass over natural ground, prepare area by removing all vegetation. Dig out soil 50mm – 100mm below level of finished job. Identify any drainage requirements. Establish levels and falls using a string line and level

  • Step1
    Lay approx. 50mm of crushed rock over the area. 80% x 20mm, 20% x 5mm crusher dust.Screed the base off to the required level. Dampen base and compact by hand or with a vibrating plate compactor machine.
  • Step2
    Having trimmed your Idealgrass (see Trimming & Joining) to approx. 100mm oversize, roll out into position and trim to size and shape.
  • Step3
    To join, butt two pieces of Idealgrass together, fold back both pieces and lay joining tape. Use a notched trowel to spread adhesive onto joining tape. Carefully fold both pieces of Prograss together and press into adhesive, making sure no pile is tucked under.
  • Step4
    Cover entire area of Idealgrass using a ballast layer of clean sand and/or granulated rubber allowing extra around the edges and in the corners.
  • Step5
    Groom carefully into pile using a stiff bristle broom and making sure it falls to the base of the grass initially and that no pile is tucked under. Continue in layers to within 10mm to 20mm from the top, ensuring that the infill is evenly distributed, using the stiff bristled broom to remove creases or wrinkles as you go. Recheck the edges, trimming Idealgrass as necessary and adjusting to have Idealgrass level with edging.