Enchance the beauty and value of your property
Installing your own synthetic grass is really easy. The instructions differ when installing synthetic grass on a solid base or on an existing lawn, please make sure to follow the correct steps!
1. CLEAR THE AREA
Remove all unwanted grass, weeds, tree roots and large rocks from the surface. Also remove the soil to a depth of 50mm for good drainage, which is important if your turf will come in contact with pets. Level and smooth out the area.
*It is worth hiring a turf-cutter or some extra labour for the initial cleaning as it will save you time and effort.
2. INSTALLING THE BASE
Installing a base is critical to maintaining the stability of the synthetic grass lawn. We recommend you compact the earth before you start to infill the area. A layer of gravel should be spread evenly over the area, you can use a rake and hand tamp to ensure a smooth and compact surface. Lightly wet the area to help compact the aggregate and show any areas where you need to add some more gravel.
* Do not rush this part as it is the difference between an average and professional installation.
3. WEED MEMBRANE
Depending on your conditions, you can spray weed killer before laying the weed membrane. This should be laid directly under the synthetic grass.
4. INSTALL THE SYNTHETIC GRASS
With the base properly prepared, position your pieces of synthetic grass and trim to desired shape with a sharp Stanley knife. If you are using several rolls or pieces, make sure the grain or pile of the grass point in the same direction as this will give your lawn a more professional touch.
5. SEAM TOGETHER
Seam the pieces together with strong outdoor adhesive and seam tape. You can use galvanized nails to nail it down on both sides of the seam to keep it from making wrinkles. For decks you can just place it down or use a indoor/outdoor tape on both sides of the seam if a seam is needed
The final step is to brush up your new artificial grass. The yarn is flat and needs to be raised. Having it sit in the sun will help bring most of the yarn upright with a direction to it. You can use a plastic rake or a push broom to bring your new artificial turf up. Keep free from all debris and enjoy your turf.
Your Royal Terrace ® turf represents a significant investment which needs to be handled correctly. By following these maintenance rules and guidelines, you can better protect your investment and extend the useful life of your Royal Terrace® brand turf.
The following procedures are important in helping to preserving your grass.
Dust, pollen and airborne pollutants
Rainfall is the best cleanser. In areas where rainfall is scarce, an occasional water flush is beneficial to cleanse the turf and a leaf blower. For lightly soiled areas, it may be necessary to sponge mop with a five (5) percent solution of low sudsing household detergent in hot water followed by a thorough rinsing with hot water and spray with the tap. For heavily soiled areas, repeat procedure for lightly soiled areas follow with sponge mopping using a three (3) percent solution of household ammonia in hot water followed by a thorough rinsing with hot water.
Stains and other blemishes
The first rule is promptness. It is always easier to clean up a fresh spill than one that has dried and hardened. Remove any solid or paste-like deposit with a spatula or table knife. Blot up excess liquids with paper towels, a clean cloth, or a dry absorbent, such as kitty litter or fuller’s earth. Dry absorbents can then be swept or vacuumed up afterwards.
Synthetic fibers have good resistance to staining. However, it is important to realize they are only one part of a sophisticated system of various components designed for overall performance. Some cleaning agents safe for the face fibers can be harmful to other components of the turf system. Therefore, cleaning agents are grouped into two sets, one of which can be used in liberal amounts directly on the turf surface, and the second of which should only be applied by rubbing a cloth soaked in the cleaner in order to minimize penetration of possible harmful agents below the turf surface. In the first group of cleaners which generally can be applied without any special precautions are the following:
• "Simple Green", a bio-friendly cleaner. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
• A warm, mild solution of granular household detergent or any low sudsing detergent for fine fabrics. Use approximately one teaspoon to 500ml water. This will handle most waterborne stains including:
• A three (3) percent solution of ammonia in water may be used in lieu of household detergent for more stubborn stains.
• Do not use cleaners that contain chlorine bleaches or caustic cleaners (ph above 9) or highly acidic cleanses (ph below 5)
• Rinse area thoroughly with clean cold water to remove any traces of soap or ammonia. • Blot up excessive liquid.
The second group of cleaners, where agent must be applied sparingly and care taken to avoid penetration beneath the turf are the following:
• Mineral spirits or a grease spot remover like perchlorethylene (dry cleaning solution) of the type sold by most variety stores and supermarkets. In general, cleansers in this category should handle most oil-based stains including:
Asphalt and tar
Motor oil & grease
Caution: mineral spirits and other petroleum based solvents are flammable. Do not smoke or permit open flames near where these are being used. Be sure the area is well ventilated where solvent cleaners are used.
Neutralize with mixture of white distilled vinegar in an equal amount of water. Flush thoroughly with water after application.
In addition to dry cleaning fluid, chewing gum can be removed by freezing. Aerosol packs of refrigerant are available from most carpet cleaning suppliers for this purpose, or dry ice can be used. After freezing, scrape with a knife.
Fungus or mold spots
A one (1) percent solution of hydrogen peroxide in water can be sponged on to the affected area. Flush thoroughly with clean water after application.
Oil paints and more difficult stains
Please consult your Royal Terrace® dealer as these may require a commercial carpet cleaner.
This is more of an installation issue. Ensure that you have thick enough subbase, and ensure that it has been compressed thoroughly to prevent molls under the turf. This is very important.
Matting of fibers may occur in areas of high foot traffic, especially if fibers have become soiled with dirt and other airborne pollutants.
Periodic “cross brushing” of the turf can help restore the aesthetic appearance of the turf . “Cross brushing” means all brushing activity takes place against the grain, nap, or sweep of the turf fibers. By brushing against the turf, the fibers are “fluffed up”. A brush with synthetic bristles should be used. Never use a brush with metal or wire bristles as these will change the turf fibers.
Although your Royal Terrace® brand turf is made of tough, durable fibers, certain precautions should be taken to prevent damage to the turf.
• Lighted cigarettes cannot ignite the turf, but they can damage the turf by fusing the tips of the fibers together. Cigarettes, fireworks, and open flames should be kept away from the turf.
• Furniture and equipment with sharp or jagged edges should not be placed on turf as this may puncture or tear the turf.
• Never leave a parked vehicle idling on the turf. Hot care engines can also damage the turf.
• Cap off or remove nearby sprinkler heads. Water from sprinkler systems can leave mineral deposits on turf that may cause discoloration.
• Make sure turf is not exposed to reflected sunlight windows as this may fuse the turf fibers together.
Minor problems can become major problems quickly if not corrected. Any problem should be reported promptly to your local Royal Terrace® dealer.
The proper care and maintenance program can enhance the aging, usefulness, and aesthetics of your Royal Terrace® brand turf. Ask your Royal Terrace® dealer about their low cost maintenance program.