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My DIY turf project.

Post by Shindoman » Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:40 pm

Our front yard has a small patch of lawn (approx. 250 sq. ft.). It's where our dogs go for their business
in between walks. So the lawn always looks terrible. Not up the TLF standards that's for sure. I did our boulevard with turf a few years ago and it has held up well so I decided to do the front yard.
It's not a hard job but it is manual labour that's for sure.
I started by hitting it with Roundup a couple months ago to kill the grass and make it easier to dig up.
Forgot to take some pics of how bad the lawn looked, sorry.
Next step was to rototill it to about 5" dp. to cut down on the grunt work.

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After I removed the soil. My neighbour had a nice spot for me to dump it so I saved having to haul it away.

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Then I brought in 3 yds. of road base to replace the soil and allow for good drainage. I used a plastic no dig edging to define the area and keep it all neat and tidy. Compacted it with a small plate compactor and left it for a week or so so some rain would help it pack and settle. Put a top 1" layer of sand to make it easier to fine tune things and make it dead flat.


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Next was to lay down the turf and prep and glue the seams.



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Once the seams were dry, I pegged it down around the perimeter with 6" galv. nails and trimmed it
to fit the edging. Then using a drop spreader, I spread a granular infill that is specific for pets as it neutralizes the odours and keeps the turf cooler in hot weather. That gets raked in to get it to the bottom and lift the blades upright.
Heres the finished project. Looks great, dogs seem to love it and NO MORE BROWN SPOTS!


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Now all that's left is to redesign the flower beds as we did these beds many years ago and they need a fresh look and something to hide the ugly fence the neighbour is too cheap to help pay replace.
That's a springtime project.

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Post by pennstater2005 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:07 pm

Nice work!! If my lawn turns to crap I'll be calling you @Shindoman to help me install artificial turf. It looks awesome.
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Post by Suburban Jungle Life » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:44 am

Wow. Looks so neat and clean!

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Post by ctrav » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:01 am

Nicely done and low maintenance...
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Post by TN Hawkeye » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:30 am

That really looks amazing. How difficult was gluing the seams and getting them to blend?
I may not have the best lawn and I may not have a clue what I’m doing but that’s pretty much all I have to say.

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Post by Shindoman » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:19 am

TN Hawkeye wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:30 am
That really looks amazing. How difficult was gluing the seams and getting them to blend?
It just takes a little patience. They give you a 12" wide strip of backing fabric to lay down. They sell a specific glue
but it is expensive and I've met professional turf installers on some of my jobsites and they just use a quality construction adhesive in caulking tubes such as PL Premium. You have to take care to lay the turf down with the pattern going in the same direction and make sure the pcs butt together tightly and do not overlap. Spread the glue, lay it down and make sure the blades of grass are not in the way. There are lots of DIY videos on You Tube.

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Post by TN Hawkeye » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:20 pm

Shindoman wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:19 am
TN Hawkeye wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:30 am
That really looks amazing. How difficult was gluing the seams and getting them to blend?
It just takes a little patience. They give you a 12" wide strip of backing fabric to lay down. They sell a specific glue
but it is expensive and I've met professional turf installers on some of my jobsites and they just use a quality construction adhesive in caulking tubes such as PL Premium. You have to take care to lay the turf down with the pattern going in the same direction and make sure the pcs butt together tightly and do not overlap. Spread the glue, lay it down and make sure the blades of grass are not in the way. There are lots of DIY videos on You Tube.
I tend to watch a lot of you tube videos that have nothing to do with anything I’m doing so I’ve watched a bunch of artificial turf installs and they always make the seems look easy. I was just curious from a diy guy how difficult they really are. Thanks for the reply.
I may not have the best lawn and I may not have a clue what I’m doing but that’s pretty much all I have to say.

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Post by dacoyne » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:56 pm

How often do you have to cut it? Congrats on LOTM!

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Post by Shindoman » Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:19 pm

dacoyne wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:56 pm
How often do you have to cut it? Congrats on LOTM!
I keep it doused with PGR. It never seems to grow? Thanks!

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Post by dacoyne » Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:26 pm

Shindoman wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:19 pm
Shindoman wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:18 pm
dacoyne wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:56 pm
How often do you have to cut it? Congrats on LOTM!
I keep it doused with PGR. It never seems to grow? Thanks!
That makes sense, I should have known

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Post by dfw_pilot » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:03 am

Looks awesome!
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Post by Mattsbay_18 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:56 am

Turf looks awesome, great job!

Before you go covering up your fence, it might be worth the money to blast it with a pressure washer and apply some fresh stain. While you're at it, blast those landscape rocks to remove the moss.

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Post by Shindoman » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:31 pm

I won't spend any time fixing that fence, it's 20 yrs old. Never use a pressure washer on cedar. It pushes out all the natural oils and makes the fence rot faster. I want to build a new fence to match what I did in the back yard a couple years ago.


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