Bella Turf Installation

Learn how to design and build your very own artificial grass landscape.

Recommended Installation Tools

Learn how to design and build your very own artificial grass landscape.

  • Flat Head Shovel(s)
  • Wheel Barrow
  • Asphalt/Landscape Rake
  • Utility Knife
  • Compactor (Plate tamper)
  • Glue Spreader
  • Rake
  • Hammer
  • Drop Spreader (not rotary style)
  • Power Broom (or stiff bristle push broom)
  • Leaf Blower (optional)
  • Carpet Dolly (recommended for larger rolls)

Materials Required

  • Bella Turf Artificial Grass
  • -¾” Road Base (3/4” rock down to dust)
  • ¾” Clear Crush (drain rock) for poor drainage areas
  • Seam Tape and Glue (if required)
  • 4” galvanized spiral turf spikes
  • Bagged infill of choice
close up shot of artificial grass rolls rolled up
Preparing your artificial grass installation plan

Preparing your Turf Plan

  • Measure your area and calculate the amount of Bella Turf needed for your project.
  • Create a turf plan based on 15’ widths and mark the area with marking paint.
  • Remove existing landscape (sod, dirt, etc) to a depth of 4-12” depending on drainage and geographic location.
  • Rake out the exposed sub base and slope the ground in the direction you want the water to drain off.
  • Give your sub base some compaction to settle any loose areas before bringing in your base materials.

Click here to download Bella Turf Design Plan.

Building your Base

  • Place 4-12” of -¾” road base throughout your entire install area.
  • Rake the road base out evenly to create your ideal base shape.
  • Water your base with the hose until the entire area is damp.
  • Run the plate compactor in a spiraling motion starting from the outside working in, overlapping your path to create a smooth surface.
  • Use the plate tamper in corners and to remove any lines left behind from the compactor, any imperfections in the base will show once you surface the area.
  • If your turf butts up against concrete walkways or pavers, keep your base height ½” below the surface of the walkway.
Building your artificial grass ground base
Surfacing Artificial Grass

Surfacing your Project

  • Place your first roll in position and carefully roll it out so that you don’t disrupt the base.
  • For the best aesthetic, position the turf with the fibers facing the house (backyard) or the street (front yard).
  • With a sharp blade in your utility knife, cut the perimeter of your turf in along edges or around objects (trees, garden beds, decks, etc).
  • Keep your gaps to a maximum of 1/4” for a flawless look to your edges.

Cut & Prep your Seam

  • Place the second roll of turf as close to its desired position as possible.
  • Flip the edges over and remove the last 3 tufts on each side of the seam, keeping the blade closest to the tuft on the main piece to minimize excess backing in your seam.
  • With the edges cut off, align your pieces so that the tufts land the same distance apart as they are throughout your turf (1/8”-1/4” gap between tufts with no excess backing on 3/8” tuft gauge products).
  • Spike both pieces in place and re-check your alignment. Be 100% satisfied with how your seam looks before glueing, you only get one shot once the glue is down.
  • Fold both pieces back 8-10” and lay seam tape centered on your seam.
  • Spread seam glue evenly with a spreader, removing all puddles and leaving behind no dry spots on the seam tape.
Cutting the seam while installing artificial grass
Layering a artificial grass seam

Laying your Seam

  • Starting at one end (extra hands recommended) bring your two pieces of turf together evenly like a zipper and lay them down together keeping the fibers upright and out of the glue.
  • Take your time and pay close attention to the seam spacing. Patience is VERY important in this step.
  • With each portion layed, press them down with firm pressure to ensure that the glue gets solid contact with the backing of the turf.
  • Rub your fingers down the seam and pick out any trapped fibers.

Spiking your Turf

  • Place a 4” galvanized spike every 3” on both sides of a seam and every 10-12” around the perimeter of your project area.
  • The spike should sit approximately ¼” – ½” away from the edge of a seam or perimeter for best results.
  • Use the tip of the spike to part the fibers. Using your fingers, keep the backing exposed and tap the spike down until it sits flat in the bottom of the turf.
  • Avoid hitting the spike too hard, this will leave indentations in your base that will be visible once your turf is infilled.
Spiking your artificial grass installation
Infilling Artificial Grass

Infilling your Turf

  • If your turf is laying flat, brush the fibers upright before dropping infill.
  • Empty infill bags into a drop spreader and spread it evenly across your install area to suggested infill recommendations.
  • Be cautious of high and low spots once the area is infilled. Add material to the low spots and broom over high spots.
  • Using a power broom (or stiff bristle push broom), work slowly against the direction of the fibers to allow the infill to drop all the way into the turf.
  • See product and infill recommendations for suggested lbs per sq ft.

The Final Touches

  • Walk all around on your finished install area to assure there are no high or low spots in your infill.
  • Use a leaf blower to clean up surrounding areas.
  • Using a hose, give your project a light watering to allow any dust from the infill to be removed from your turf giving you a nice, clean surface area to be proud of.
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