How to Install Playground Synthetic Turf

Turf surfaces are a great option for a playground area. They look beautiful in any setting and provide a fun, safe alternative to other kinds of surfaces. Installing turf is also much less difficult than it seems and there are only a few small steps that need to be followed in order to ensure that your turf area is properly installed.

  1. Remove all organic material from the area, like mulch and grass.
  2. Add a crushed stone aggregate up to the proper grade or fill level. Make sure the surface is level and maintains a 1% slope for drainage.
  3. Place padding around the area with the fabric side up. Use a utility knife or Sawzall to cut the padding to fit the space needed. Make sure the whole space is covered.
  4. Roll the turf onto the padding, and make sure the yarn on the turf is facing the same direction as you roll out each piece.
  5. Cut off the excess turf with a utility knife for an exact fit to the space.
  6. Edges can be nailed, stapled, or glued into place.
  7. Peel back the edges of each piece of turf at the seams and nail them down so that seaming tape can be added.
  8. Measure the length of the area that needs to be taped before cutting the seaming tape.
  9. Nail down the seaming tape into place.
  10. Add turf glue and use a trowel to spread it evenly over the seam tape.
  11. Fold both sides of the turf over the seaming tape and turf glue. Make sure they meet in the middle for a seamless edge. Make sure all of the glue and tape is covered by turf.
  12. Weigh the seam down with infill bags in order to cure the binder.
  13. After the seam is cured, spread the infill over the turfed area. Use a seed dropper to spread it evenly and then brush over the infill. Play sand is an acceptable form of infill.