It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to lay your new artificial lawn on a natural surface, concreate or decking, our recommended step by step guide of how to install artificial grass will show you how we do it.
Following this process will ensure your new lawn looks amazing. Just imagine, no more muddy footprints in the house all year round!
1. Do You Have All the Materials?
Simple question really, but also necessary before getting started. You’ll need to make sure you have all the essentials to install the turf. This will include a cutter Stanley knife, geotextile membrane (to help stop the weeds), tape and glue.
2. Measure Up
Always make sure you work out the length, width and heights of the area you are going to install you grass in for each layer (sub-base, membrane and timber frame).
3. Out With The Old…
Depending on the size of the area you’re looking to remove, the likelihood is that you’ll need to use a turf cutter. If it’s only a very small portion of turf you’re removing, you might be able to do it by hand (and spade).
4. Make the Ground Compact
Compact the ground using a roller. This can usually be bought or hired at a relatively small cost.
Install a sub frame using pressure treated timber around the outside of the area where the artificial grass is to be installed.
6. All About The Base
We’d recommend you install a stone base, ideally crowning the area to allow for settlement and aesthetics.
Side Note: We use Type-1 MOT and crushed Granite Stone base to be applied to whole area.
7. Layer Up With Sand
Add a layer of sand on top, making sure that this is smoothed out so it is level and compact.
8. Prevent Any Weeds
Cover the base with a geotextile membrane to help reduce the likeliness of weeds growing through the turf. Don’t worry, about drainage, this will aide it.
9. Roll Out Your New Lawn
Roll out your artificial grass with care, trying not to disturb the weed suppressant membrane, as this will undo the work levelling out the base layer. You also need to remember that the grass “pile” will go in a certain direction, so it all needs to face the same way when you join it.
10. Cut and Trim
Cut and Trim the grass using a Stanley knife as neatly as possible around the edges.
11. Join The Grass
Get rid of those obvious lines in the grass where the width of the roll ends. To do this, lay a good quality tape and specialist adhesive on the base before pulling the grass edges together and pressing down with weight (i.e. mallet or plant pot)
12. Nail it Down
When using a timber frame, you need to use flat headed galvanised nails (so they don’t rust) to pin the artificial turf down.
13. Give it a Brush
More than likely there are going to be parts of the new surface that are flat from being rolled up. All you need to do is brush against the pile to bring the grass to life.
Pour yourself a drink, sit back and enjoy your new lawn.
Lots of people think they can do it themselves. We’ve installed grass for many clients over the years, so we know what it takes and how hard it is to do the job right. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, let the professionals handle it for you. Take a look our artificial grass installation video to see our professional team in action.