Backyard Turf

Transforming your backyard with artificial turf is an excellent way to achieve a lush, green lawn year-round with minimal maintenance. This comprehensive guide will walk you through every step of the process, from planning to maintenance, ensuring you make informed decisions for a stunning outdoor space.

Step 1: Planning and Design

Backyard Before Turf Installation

Backyard Before Turf Installation

Before diving into the installation, careful planning and design are crucial to ensure the success of your project.

  • Evaluate Your Needs: Consider how you plan to use your yard (e.g., pet area, play space, entertainment zone) to determine the best type of turf for your needs.
  • Measure Your Space: Accurately measure your backyard to calculate how much turf you’ll need. Remember to factor in a little extra for cutting and fitting.
  • Choose Your Turf: Research the different types of artificial turf available, including their pile height, density, and material, to find the best fit for your backyard’s conditions and your personal preferences.
  • Design Your Layout: Plan the layout of your turf, considering the direction of the blades and any landscaping features or borders.

Step 2: Preparing the Site

Before Photo of Turf Installation

Before Photo of Turf Installation

Proper site preparation is key to a smooth installation and long-lasting turf.

  • Remove Existing Grass: Use a sod cutter or shovel to remove existing grass and vegetation, ensuring you clear the area down to the soil.
  • Ensure Proper Drainage: Assess and modify the area’s drainage if necessary. This may involve sloping the ground away from buildings or installing a drainage system.
  • Compact the Soil: Use a compactor to firm up the soil, creating a stable base for your turf.
  • Add a Sub-base Layer: Lay a 3-4 inch layer of crushed rock or gravel and compact it to provide a solid, drainable base.

Step 3: Installing the Turf

Paver Cuts After Photo

Paver Cuts After Photo

With your site prepared, it’s time to install your artificial turf.

  • Lay the Turf: Roll out your turf over the prepared area. Allow it to rest for a couple of hours to eliminate any creases or wrinkles.
  • Trim Edges: Use a sharp utility knife to trim the edges of your turf, ensuring it fits your space perfectly.
  • Secure the Turf: Fasten the turf down using landscaping anchors or nails, particularly around the edges and any seams.
  • Seam the Turf: If your project requires multiple pieces of turf, seam them together using seam tape and adhesive, making sure the blades of grass in adjacent pieces face the same direction.

Step 4: Adding Infill (If Necessary)

Infill helps to keep the turf blades upright and provides additional stability.

  • Choose Your Infill: Select an infill type suited to your turf and usage, such as silica sand, crumb rubber, or a pet-friendly option.
  • Apply the Infill: Evenly spread the infill across the turf using a drop spreader, then brush the turf to work the infill down to the base of the blades.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Backyard Putting Green Installation - After

Backyard Putting Green Installation – After

Final adjustments and clean-up will ensure your turf looks its best.

  • Brush the Turf: Use a stiff-bristled broom or a power broom to fluff up the turf, ensuring the blades stand upright.
  • Clean the Area: Remove any debris or leftover materials from the installation process.

Step 6: Maintenance

While artificial turf is low maintenance, regular care will keep it looking great for years to come.

  • Regular Cleaning: Rinse your turf periodically to remove dust and pollen. Use a mild detergent for any spills or stains.
  • Brush Regularly: Keep the blades upright and the infill evenly distributed by brushing your turf every few months.
  • Pet Clean-up: For pet owners, promptly remove waste and rinse the area to prevent odors and maintain hygiene.


Installing backyard artificial turf can significantly enhance your outdoor living space, providing a beautiful, durable, and low-maintenance lawn. By following these detailed steps, from planning and design to installation and maintenance, you can enjoy the countless benefits of artificial turf for years to come. Prime Design Turf installs in all of Dallas / Fort Worth, so give us a call today to customize your turfing project!

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