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Landscaping - Installation

Before the installation:

Maintenance Before the installation

Conditions:
For installations that need to be done on the ground, it is important that a good quality sub-base is prepared (undertaken by the FieldTurf team). While the installation team prepares a good sub-base (usually to a depth of 2 inches to 6 inches depending on site conditions) wherein after compaction (and geo-textile), layers of graded stone are compacted (20mm, 12mm, and stone chips / stone dust).

Need for sub-base:
Apart from providing a firm, true and relatively flat surface for the ideal installation of FieldTurf, the nature of the sub-base preparation (firm, but porous) allows for rainwater (or any water) to drain into the ground very quickly. This ensures that there is no stagnant water which in turn could lead to unhygienic conditions (fungus, foul smell, mosquitoes breeding etc).

Sub-base preparation in progress Sub-base Almost completed

Where sub-base is NOT needed:
FieldTurf is very popular choice for installation on hard surfaces (concrete, tiles, marble, granite etc) and therefore a lot of rooftops, balconies, atriums etc., are landscaped with FieldTurf. In these instances, there is no sub-base preparation required as described above. However, for the rain water (that has passed through the porous FieldTurf) to flow, a contoured HDPE mesh is installed on the hard surface first. The turf is installed on this mesh and due to the special design, there is a clearance of 4mm to 6mm under the mesh for the rain water to flow along the normal slope towards the rain water gutters.



HDPE Mesh before turf is laid on a rooftop / balcony

Turf Preperation:
When the raw turf (factory output) is brought in, FieldTurf will look quite different from a sample or installation that you may have seen. The fibers are bunched up together and are lying in one direction. A critical part of the installation process is the brushing (fibrillation) of the fibers to split them up and also stand them up. This is done using a specialized brushing machine.

Joints:
Where joints are required, such joints are made underneath the FieldTurf backing, using specialized cloth-paper / seaming tape and industrial strength glue. Once done, they are hardly visible.

Infill:
An infill of silica sand and rubber granules in carefully calibrated ratios and layers are brushed between the fibers. The infill serves the dual purpose of providing support to the fibers as well as a cushioning effect similar to soft earth, when the FieldTurf lawn is walked upon.

The FieldTurf lawn is now ready for years and years of enjoyment!

Maintenance
FieldTurf Scape should always be kept free from debris and removal of materials or foodstuffs should be done as soon as possible to avoid grinding particles into the infill and effecting the drainage capacity.

General Maintenance:

  • Depending on the extent is usage (from an installation that is purely for aesthetic looks to a playground that may be used daily) the frequency of light brushing may vary. Such brushing could be needed as rarely as once in a few months to once in a couple of weeks.
  • A portable leaf blower held 10-12 inches above the surface can be used to blow leaves, papers etc. off the surface. Or these can be manually swept / brushed away.
  • It is quite difficult to have a permanent stain on the fibers, but should debris fall on the surface leaving a temporary stain the remedy to such stains is to use a non-film forming detergent (FieldTurf Scrub) and water. Just adequately soak the affected area and either sponge off or use a rag or soft brush and scrub gently.
  • Contaminated or stained infill can be easily replaced with new infill as required.
  • To remove chewing gum spots you may use FieldTurf Gum Remover.

Prohibitions:

  • In as much as possible your FieldTurf surface must be kept free from broken glassware. In cases, where a glass or a dish etc is accidentally shattered then the best procedure is to vacuum up the pieces and the contaminated infill and then replace the infill with clean proper infill material which can be procured from your FieldTurf representative.
  • FieldTurf surfaces should ideally be non-smoking areas at all times, however the blade fibers will not sustain a flame, but will melt if ignited mistakenly.
  • An enzyme based cleaner such as FieldTurf Scrub can be used to remove bodily fluids from the field surface. Enzyme-based products differ from germicidal cleaners in that they digest the host thus eliminating the source. It is important to thoroughly flush the cleaning detergent from the affected area to avoid the surface from becoming slippery. This product can be purchased directly from FieldTurf, It will disinfect and sanitize the surface.

Vehicle Usage:

  • Electric carts or any service vehicle may be used only with pneumatic, wide rimmed tires. FieldTurf is a very resistant and durable product, however, maintenance vehicles circulating on FieldTurf surface should comply with the following regulations:
  • Turning should be done in a wide radius, no sharp turns. No turning of the vehicle unless the vehicle is in motion.
  • Rotating (steering) tires at a standstill is not recommended as the friction from the tires can cause burning of the fibers unless the vehicle is in motion.
  • Driving slowly is always recommended.
  • Abrupt and sudden braking should be avoided.
  • Sudden acceleration (spinning of wheels), especially on wet surfaces should be avoided.
  • All vehicles in direct contact with FieldTurf surfaces should be inspected for possible leakage of oil or hydraulic fluids prior to circulating on FieldTurf.
  • Vehicle circulation on wet saturated fields is not recommended. Saturated FieldTurf should be allowed to dry so as to avoid displacement (rutting) of the infill under vehicle loads.

Maintaining Uniformity of Infill:

Routine grooming of the FieldTurf Scape will ensure that the infill is maintained in a uniform state at all times. In high traffic areas infill material may be displaced. Uniformity of the infill can be easily rejuvenated by replacing the mixed infill by following these steps:

  • Before proceeding with the infill replacement ensure the grass and the infill are completely dry, if possible.
  • Brush the area needing infill using a medium stiff bristle brush and or a garden rake with metal tines in order to agitate the grass fibers into a vertical position.
  • Brush the infill into the grass by lightly agitating the fibers again using the same tools as recommended. At this point you are trying to get the infill to “drop” into the grass. If you over-brush the grass, the infill will have a tendency to come out of the grass and the process will be at a standstill.

Repeat until the grass is properly infilled to a level within (between ½ to 3/4 the inch) from the tips of the exposed grass fibers. Once the grass has been infilled to this recommended level, gently agitate the area to assure that the infill settles below the exposed tips of the grass fibers. If the area is blackened, a small mist of water over the area should eliminate any static that may have been caused by the brushing action on the grass or a liquid anti-static conditioner may be purchased from FieldTurf.

Should you need to infill these areas in wet conditions, you would need to agitate the grass as described above but you would also need to wet the infill after placing where needed. This should be done with either a watering can or a hose so that the infill would flow into the grass and settle in.

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