Grading of imported compacted drainage soils
When installing synthetic turf ribbons make sure there is proper drainage. Installing turf ribbons within flat or level hardscapes that have minimum or no positive drainage can lead to flooding and an unhappy client. When placing the imported drainage fill, make sure it is of good quality that will allow water penetration.
The elevation of the drainage fill must be no more than 1/2 inch below all hardscape after compaction. This will prevent any trip hazards or toe stubbing after years of foot traffic.
When compacting the imported drainage fill, I recommend using a hand tamper to compact properly. If the drainage fill is not compacted at least 80% the turf ribbons will settle over time and you will have to remove and replace and start all over again. Be careful when compacting with the hand tamper so you don’t chip or damage the hardscape. When the compaction is complete make sure the imported drainage fill is dry and tight. This will allow for the proper securing of the turf ribbons.
When installing the synthetic turf I recommend using large sections of turf instead of strips. Depending on the size of the project you can actually save days of labor and materials by using large sections instead of seam tape and gluing sections and pieces together.