Now, this is the part of the turf installation process you can do with a little swagger. You’ve put in a lot of energy so far, preparing the ground and base layers, and have finally set the grass down on the lawn. So, you should go ahead and pat yourself on the back. Great work so far! There’s just one more thing you need to do before you can call it a day and sit back and enjoy your new yard – add turf infill. But, how do you do it?
The process of adding turf infill is relatively easy. After getting the infill material, all you need to do is disperse it around the lawn and use a rake or push broom to brush the infill, so it reaches every part of the new grass. Finally, water the turf to make everything settle.
Once you’ve finished reading through all the necessary steps, and breakdowns of such, you’ll be able to apply the turf infill with the same confidence we talked about earlier. So let’s get into it!
How to Add Turf Fill to Synthetic Grass
Once you’ve installed your synthetic grass, you might be tempted to just sit back and admire your new beautiful landscape; forgetting that you still have one hurdle to jump before you can officially declare that your DIY project is complete.
Adding infill may seem like an unnecessary part of grass installation, but you must trust us when we say this step is just as crucial as every other stage you’ve done so far. Check some of the reasons why below:
Reasons Why Turf Infill is Important for Synthetic Grass Installation
- Infill adds weight to the turf, making it look, and feel, more like natural grass than synthetic fiber
- Infill material helps artificial grass maintain its blade structure and appearance
- Infill helps to prolong the life span of your synthetic grass by protecting the grass’ backing system, which is the inbuilt internal structure of the turf. The infill protects it from being damaged by UV radiation and foot traffic
- After continuous movement across the synthetic grass, the fiber may look a little matted-down; dense and unattractive. This can be prevented by adding infill to the turf.
Now that you have a few reasons for why you shouldn’t skip this step, let’s move on to how you can successfully achieve this simple, and often demanding, part of the job.
Steps for How to Add Infill
1. Disperse the Infill Around the Lawn
Firstly, disperse the turf fill around the lawn. Before you do this, however, you should brush the entire surface of the artificial grass. While this isn’t compulsory, it will help straighten the grass blades as much as possible and open up the fiber materials so that the infill can reach every part of the turf.
Load your infill of choice onto a drop spreader or a shovel, to help you distribute the infill across the lawn eventually and thoroughly.
You should start at the edge of the lawn and work your way across the entire space. It’s also recommended to add a little more infill around the perimeter of the turf, to add some extra weight there.
2. Use a Rake or Broom to Spread the Infill
To make sure the infill isn’t more concentrated in some areas than others, use a rake or power broom to spread the turf infill even more. Doing this will distribute the infill across the synthetic grass more evenly, so no area is more weighed down than another.
The reason you need to use a rake or broom for this step is to get the infill to sink down into the grass blades, to the bottom of the synthetic material. We don’t want the infill to just be sitting on top of the grass.
The infill shouldn’t be visible, so if you can see and bundles or patches of the material on top of the grass, brush them down till you can’t see them anymore.
To ensure that you’ve covered the entire lawn, you could repeat the process and go over the yard again with the broom or rake. When you’re done, the turf blades should look vertical and consistent. If any part looks matted down or lower than other areas, add more infill to that section and brush again.
3. Water the Lawn
Once you’re 100% sure that there’s no more filling to be done, you should go ahead and water the lawn. This will help the infill material settle better into the grass.
If you’re worried about the quality of your effort, you can always check the final result the next day, once the grass has dried. If it looks like some sections aren’t bouncy enough, or the grass blades aren’t standing fully upright, simply add more infill and brush again.
Now it’s time to congratulate yourself on a job well done. You can go ahead and admire your masterpiece and even start beautifying your lawn with a few flower pots along the edges. Get creative and add some unique features in or around the area. You could even call friends over for a picnic so that they can all admire your hard work.
So you’re finally done installing your synthetic grass, and you can start enjoying the benefits almost immediately – you’ve definitely earned it. While you still have to maintain the turf, you don’t have to do nearly as much as you would have to do with natural grass.