Step 1. REMOVE SOD & PREPARE GROUND

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The goal is to have the area where synthetic grass is to be installed dug down six inches below grade.  A gas powered sod cutter works best.  Roll up the grass and discard (contact your local dump prior to loading your truck, as many local dumps do not accept sod). 
It is very important that all grass roots, weeds and roots are removed.
Remove any high spots and ensure you dig out the edges of the perimeter areas. Cap off all sprinkler heads and install bender board or wood around lower fence support beams.

Step 2. INSTALL FOUNDATION

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PURCHASE CRUSHER DUST.  USE A SOIL CALCULATOR TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH CRUSHER FINES YOU WILL REQUIRE.  FOR EVERY 100 SQUARE FEET, BUDGET ONE AND A HALF YARDS OF CRUSHER DUST.
DO NOT USE ROAD BASE, NAVY JACK OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF COMPACTION AGGREGATE. 
ENSURE ALL EDGES ARE ONCE INCH BELOW GRADE. THIS MEANS ANYWHERE THERE IS CONCRETE, A DECK OR BENDER BOARD, ENSURE THAT THE CRUSHER FINES SIT ONE INCH BELOW THE STRUCTURE.  IF AREA IS HEAVILY SLOPED USE DISCRETION AS YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO KEEP CRUSHER FINES AT ONE INCH BELOW GRADE.
USE A GAS POWERED TAMPER TO DO MOST OF THE WORK. USE A 10LB HAND TAMPER AROUND THE EDGES (WHERE THE POWER TAMPER WILL NOT GO) THEN FINISH WITH A ROLLER.
THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF THE INSTALLATION.  YOU SHOULD SPEND 40% OF YOUR INSTALLATION TIME ON FOUNDATION.

Step 3. INSTALL SYNTHETIC GRASS

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THERE ARE A VARIETY OF WAYS TO INSTALL GRASS.  THIS WAY WORKS FOR OUR SYNTHETIC INSTALLATION TEAM.  USE IT AND OTHER SYSTEMS TO PERFECT YOUR OWN SYSTEM.
DECIDE WHICH WAY THE “FIBERS/GRAIN” OF THE GRASS WILL GO. YOU WILL WANT THE FIBERS EITHER FACING AWAY OR TOWARDS THE HOUSE.
BACKYARDS USUALLY HAVE THE FIBERS FACING THE BACK DOOR OR PATIO. FRONT YARDS HAVE THE GRASS FIBERS FACING THE STREET. DECIDE WHERE YOUR SEAMS WILL GO PRIOR TO MAKING ANY CUTS.
CUTTING THE SEAM:  THE HARDEST SEAM TO PRODUCE IS A HEAD SEAM, THE EASIEST SEAM TO PRODUCT IS A PARALLEL SEAM.  WITH THAT SAID, MAKE YOUR LAYOUT SO YOU EITHER HAVE NO SEAMS, OR PARALLEL SEAMS. 
HEAD SEAMS
A HEAD SEAM IS WHEN TWO PIECES OF GRASS ARE GOING TO BE CONNECTED ON TOP OF ONE ANOTHER.  THERE ARE TWO OPTIONS WHEN COMPLETING A HEAD SEAM:
  1. CUT THE BACK SIDE OF BOTH PIECES THAT ARE TO BE SEAMED USING A STRAIGHT EDGE.  LAY THE PIECE DOWN WHEREBY THE GRASS FIBERS ARE FACING AWAY FROM THE SECOND PIECE OF GRASS THAT IS TO BE SEAMED TOGETHER.  SHIMMY THE OTHER PIECE OF GRASS INTO PLACE.  THIS METHOD USUALLY WORKS, THE DOWNSIDE IS WHEN USING A STRAIGHT EDGE YOU CAN DAMAGE FIBERS, THIS WILL RESULT IN A NOTICEABLE SEAM.
  2. CUT ACROSS AND BETWEEN EACH STITCH ON BOTH PIECES OF GRASS.  THIS ENSURES THAT THE GRASS FIBERS WILL NOT BE DAMAGED.  THIS IS TIME CONSUMING, BUT RESULTS IN THE BEST SEAM.
PARALLEL SEAMS
A PARALLEL SEAM IS MUCH EASIER TO COMPLETE.  ON PIECE ONE OF THE SYNTHETIC GRASS CUT AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE TO THE STITCH ROW.  ON PIECE TWO OF THE SYNTHETIC GRASS CUT AS FAR AWAY AS YOU CAN TO THE STITCH ROW.  PUT THE TWO PIECES TOGETHER SO YOU CANNOT SEE ANY OF THE FOUNDATION BELOW, DO NOT OVER LAP THEM.  THIS RESEMBLES WHAT THE FABRIC WOULD BE LIKE IF IT WERE TO COME OUT OF THE FACTORY.   THE SAME DISTANCE BETWEEN THE STITCH ROWS WILL BE ACHIEVED, THUS AN UNNOTICEABLE SEAM SHOULD BE CREATED.

Step 4. GLUE SEAMS

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ONCE THE SEAM IS PERFECT, NAIL EACH SIDE OF THE SEAM 3’ BACK FROM THE CENTRE OF THE SEAM, HAVE NAILS TWO FEET APART.  PULL OVER AND BACK THE SYNTHETIC GRASS.  LAY SEAM TAPE, LAY A THIN LAYER OF GLUE.  IT IS CRITICAL THAT THIS IS A THIN LAYER AS MOST SYNTHETIC GRASS GLUES RISE WHEN DRYING.  THIS CAN MAKE A SEAM RISE AND LOOK AWFUL. 
LAY THE TWO PIECES OF SYNTHETIC GRASS TOGETHER BY USING A ZIPPER LIKE METHOD TO CONNECT THEM.  ENSURE NO FIBERS ARE STUCK OR CAUGHT IN THE GLUE.  USE A CARPET SEAM ROLLER BRUSH TO HELP STAND UP THE GRASS FIBERS.
SPIKE WITH EIGHT INCH NAILS ON BOTH SIDE OF THE SEAM.  SPIKE EVERY EIGHTEEN INCHES.
SPIKE THE PERIMETER OF THE SYNTHETIC GRASS.  SPIKE APPROXIMATELY ONE INCH BACK FROM THE EDGE OF THE SYNTHETIC GRASS EVERY TWELVE INCHES.

Step 5. INSTALL INFILL

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PICK YOUR INFILL.  IF YOU HAVE NO PETS USE SILICA SAND.  IF YOU HAVE PETS USE ZEOLITE, THIS PRODUCT WILL HELP REDUCE PET ODOURS.
INSTALL INFILL AT A RATE OF ONE POUND TO ONE AND A HALF POUNDS PER SQUARE FOOT.  USE A DROP SPREADER TO INSTALL THE INFILL.  USE A BLOWER OR BROOM TO PUSH THE INFILL INTO THE LOWER FIBERS OF THE SYNTHETIC GRASS.  USE A BOWER BROOM TO SWEEP THE GRASS SO IT IS STANDING UPRIGHT.