• In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains how to lay artificial turf.


    1. Dig out 6 inches of topsoil from the area.
    2. Mixture together sand and pea stone.
    3. Fill the area with 6 inches of the sand-and-stone mixture.
    4. Tamp down the sand and stone using a gas-powered plate compactor.
    5. Roll out the artificial turf across the compacted base.
    6. Secure the turf with steel pins.
    • Difficulty: Moderate to hard
      Prepping the site is hard work and requires a lot of manual labor
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      • square shovel
      • hand rake
      • plate compactor
        Plate compactor, used to tamp down sand-and-stone bed
      • wheelbarrow

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      1. Artificial turf

      2. Steel pins
      used to hold down the turf

      3. Sand and pea stone
      mixed together to create bed for turf