Base Preparation

Prepare Your Artificial Grass Base

  1. Begin by removing 3-4 inches of existing dirt and/or sod. Clear off any obstructions from the work area such as sprinklers by either capping or moving them. Make sure that the base surface is clear and level, with a grade of 2% for drainage.
  2. Install wire mesh on top of your soil and before you add the base rock. This will ensure that your garden has a barrier so that gophers can’t get in and start digging up.
  3. It’s recommended to use bender board or metal edging so that you can frame and protect your turf from soil and loose debris.
  4. Lay 2 ½ -3 inches of base rock.
  5. Compact base rock to 90% by hosing down. Use the vibrating plate compactor to remove any remaining debris, creating a smooth surface.
  6. Lay 1-1 ½ inches of ¾” decomposed granite.
  7. Hose down and compact this second base layer to 90% as well.
  8. Install a weed barrier over the road base or decomposed granite. This weed fabric is recommended if weeds have been a recurring problem in the soil underneath the artificial grass. 

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