When it comes to artificial turf, you can opt for a professional turf installation or install the synthetic grass yourself. But whether you are a “hire-a-guy” person, or DIY master, there are several things you need to do to make sure your yard is ready for artificial turf. It’s important that you remove your current lawn correctly, and then create a base for the turf. So before you schedule your turf installation, roll up your sleeves (or hire the professionals) to complete these steps to remove your current lawn.
1. Mark and Measure the Area
Like most landscaping projects, the removal process starts with marking and measuring the area to be covered with turf. You can use border materials such as curbing, edging, and many others to make sure your measurements are accurate and that the area that needs to be prepped is clearly marked.
2. Remove Existing Landscape
After marking and measuring the area is the fun part: demolition. This step involves breaking up and removing any material found on the landscape which includes soil, roots, weeds, rocks, and anything else that may prevent a smooth surface. Anything about four inches into the ground will need to be removed to make space for the installation. Use your classic hoes and shovels, or save some arm strength and rent a sod cutter to break up and loosen the soil, and then remove it from the area. After all of this is removed, do some rough grading over the soil to level the area.
3. Install Your Base
After removing your previous lawn and any extra weeds, rocks, or roots, you will need to make your base. If your lawn is prone to weeds or gophers, make sure to add a weed fabric and/or a gopher mesh on top of the natural soil so that these do not try to permeate and compromise your brand new turf. After adding weed and/or gopher protection, add about 3 inches of rock aggregate to the area to create a base for your artificial turf. Class-2 Road Base will do the trick. This ensures that your lawn will be able to drain water appropriately, and also have a smooth, level surface. After you spread the aggregate, wet it lightly and use a compactor to create a hard, smooth surface for your artificial turf.
You’re Ready to Roll
At this point, you are ready to roll out your turf! In order for you to get the most out of your new artificial turf, it is critical that the removal and preparation process is done correctly. It is a labor of love to prep a lawn for artificial turf, but well worth the efforts when your beautiful, low-maintenance lawn is installed properly. Whether you are installing your own turf or leaving it to the professionals, artificial turf is a worthwhile investment that pays for itself in the money you save on landscaping and water. Preparing and installing artificial turf well will set you up to enjoy a flawless, low-maintenance lawn for many, many years to come.