Artificial Lawn Installations
Whether you are planning on laying artificial turf on decking, concrete or an existing natural surface, our guide on how to install artificial grass will help you complete the process.
Fitting artificial grass on existing grass or soil – Tools required:
- Utility knife
- Shovel and spade to remove old grass
- Heavy hammer
- Weed membrane
- Sharp builder’s sand
- Turf Cutter (For larger gardens or to save time.)
- Assess height and length: Work out the height and length that the artificial grass layer will sit at and ensure that the area in which you wish to work is clear.
- Remove the existing grass sod: This can be done by hand if it is a relatively small area being fitted with artificial grass. For larger areas, use a turf cutter. However, it must be taken into account to never build your base on top soil!
- Compact the ground: Confidently compact the ground by using a vibrating plate or roller. These can usually be hired from equipment hire centres for inexpensive prices.
- Prevent any weeds: Once your base has been compacted, add a weed killing membrane on the area to be covered with artificial grass. This will reduce the likeliness of weeds growing through the artificial grass. Make sure it overlaps joints by 300mm
- Lay your sand: Place down a minimum of 40mm of sharp and compacted sand. If the sand is too dry, add a little wet sand and compact using your vibrating plate or roller.
- Place grass edging down: Should you desire to use timber or other edging, place this down now. Ensure that edging is not higher than the final grass line, to allow the water to run-off the turf…Alternately you can pin grass using our special landscape nails (see point 11)
- Roll out your grass: Carefully roll out your artificial grass, being careful to not disturb the weed killing membrane as this will damage the levelling work on the base layer. If distributed evenly, your artificial turf can be laid in any direction.
- Let the grass settle: It is advisable to now let your fake grass settle for a minimum of three hours and if possible, overnight. This will stop the grass from wrinkling or creasing.
- Cut and trim the edges: After the settling process is complete, cut and trim the artificial grass, using a sharp Stanley knife, ensuring the grass is cut neatly around the edges.
- Join the grass together: In order to compose the joins of your grass, use our high-quality outdoor tape and glue, following the instructions on the products. Lay the tape and apply the adhesive, before pulling the grass edges together and applying some weight to them. This can be achieved with plant pots, stones or other heavy materials.
- Pin it down: When fitting our artificial turf, pin it down using our landscaping pins. Should you be using a timber frame, you will need to utilise flat-headed galvanised nails.
- Brush the grass up: Finally, the fibre may be relatively flat from being rolled up, so be sure to brush against the pile to bring the fibres of the artificial grass upright. Then sit back and enjoy your artificial grass lawn!
As your fake grass is going to be outdoors you may find that your grass starts to accumulate things like soil, leaves and general garden waste. Don’t worry this isn’t a problem and won’t affect it at all, but it’s best to remove these as if they are left for a long time you may find a few weeds start to grow in the fibres. Use a Stiff brush to remove them. If you have a leaf blower this will do the trick as well.
How to tackle marks and stubborn stains
To get rid of general marks use some washing up liquid and some warm water with a scrubbing brush. Do not use a jet wash or bleach. You can also use Artificial Grass Cleaner to reduce any build-up of odours and keeping it looking pristine condition.
How to lay artificial grass on concrete or paving slabs
The use of artificial grass on existing hard surfaces is becoming more popular. Follow this guide for fitting perfect artificial grass on concrete.
Laying artificial grass onto a permanent surface such as concrete or concrete paving is pretty simple as the surface has already been created for you. You will basically be measuring up and sticking it down. Before you do this you should give it a good sweep. If the level is not flat you can buy some self-levelling compound. This will insure that you have an even and flat surface.
- Stanley knife or utility knife
- Shock pad
- As per installing fake grass on a soil base, work out the height and length that the artificial grass layer will sit at.
- Make sure that the concrete surface is clean using a brush. If you have a jet wash you could also use this.
- When laying artificial grass on concrete, we recommend using one of our Performance Pads – particularly for larger areas as this will cushion the area. Roll this out onto the area to be covered and join with glue and tape.
- Roll out your turf onto the clean area you wish to cover. It is best practice to leave around 50mm of grass on either side of this to trim off. Leave your fake turf to settle for around three hours, which will prevent any wrinkling or creasing.
- After leaving to settle, cut your turf using a sharp Stanley knife-and make sure you take particular care to leave a perfect edge!
- Should you need to make any joins, use our quality tape and glue-which come with simple instructions. If you are fitting artificial grass on a wooden surface, such as decking, a combination of adhesive and carpet tacks will easily fix your turf down.
- Laying your fake grass onto a concrete area you are best to use adhesive to fix the artificial grass down by placing the glue on the perimeter leaving gaps for any water to run off through and placing some glue in the centre to keep the grass fixed down. Alternatively, for a more decorative look, you can loose-lay your grass and weigh it down with garden accessories, such as furniture or plant pots.
For any roof installation using a shock pad underneath artificial grass allows the artificial grass to be fixed to the underlay and not the roof surface. Not only that it will mean it is safer for children it will also so allow moisture to drain through and not impede the natural drainage of a flat roof.
Home and shopping centres
On smaller areas like in the house or small shopping centre areas, double sided tape can be applied around the perimeter, which provides a good firm fix to hold the artificial grass.
You might need a weed membrane, under felt, ground fixing pins, tubs or tubes of adhesive, joining tape, mastic gun tool, adhesive spreader and craft knife.
Reach out to us as we will point you in the right direction we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy answer your questions and help you to a perfect your installation.
Tips to success
- Take your time – You’re not looking for quantity your look for quality.
- Always ensure your knife is sharp – Blunt knifes make a messy cut.
- Measure and plan – This makes the job of installing a success.
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