How to Lay Artificial Grass
- Fantastic Team
- Published: December 11, 2018
- 9min read
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Imagine sitting in your garden on a warm, sunny day, enjoying the look of a beautiful, green lawn. Sounds good, right? A lush and thriving lawn is something every homeowner would like to have. However, real grass needs its fair share of maintenance. It takes a lot of knowledge and time, something many of us simply don’t have. That’s why many turn to the affordable and quick solution that artificial grass provides. In this helpful guide, we share our tips and tricks on how to lay artificial turf.
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To ensure you get the best results, there are several steps you need to take before laying artificial grass. You’ve probably heard the old saying “measure twice and cut once”, right?
You may already have some of the tools necessary to do the work, but you will most likely need to buy some additional supplies and products, as well. Here is what’s required, in order to lay fake grass:
To ensure you buy the right amount of turf, you need to find out how much space you need to cover.
If you need a helping hand, you could have a friend over to assist you with the measurements.
After measuring your space, it’s time to pick what kind of fake grass to lay down. You can check around shops or online to see what options are available and compare prices and quality.
There are three main types of synthetic turf you can choose from:
So, take your time when choosing the right type of artificial grass. Keep in mind that the initial investment may seem costly, but it will pay off in the long run, especially if you have children or pets that will regularly put your lawn to the test.
Now that you have measured your garden and chosen the type of turf, you are ready to order. A roll of fake grass is usually 25m long and 1 to 4m wide. Take into account the amount of grass you need and buy accordingly.
One important pre-installation step is to determine what type of ground you have underneath. By determining the soil type, you will know how to prepare for laying fake grass. You will need to find out what level of drainage it has, in order to know what kind of stone aggregate or sand you will need. If you’re struggling to determine the kind of soil you have, you can find more detailed information right here.
Of course, this step is only necessary if you decide to lay the turf directly over soil. This may not be possible in all gardens, or you may have chosen to install it over a concrete surface. If this is the case, head over to our post, devoted to laying artificial grass on concrete.
Before you can roll out your new turf, you need to prepare the surface. Naturally, the first thing you need to do is make some room to work.
You will need to remove anything that is blocking access to the lawn area.
Usually, soil types are clay or sand-based. The base preparation method will differ, depending on which category yours falls under.
For best results when laying artificial turf, make sure your base is smooth and level. Even out the sand across the area, keeping in mind the possible depth difference in various parts of the garden, adding more sand where necessary. While having the occasional bump may help the surface look more natural, having a very uneven base will make the installation more difficult.
Many people rely on using an electric compaction plate to level the surface. If you don’t own one, relax! You can just use a flat, straight piece of timber. If you want to know more, in this article, we give you a detailed guide on how to level the surface before turfing.
If you want to protect your artificial lawn from weeds, fit a protective membrane underneath the turf. Not only will it prevent anything from growing in between the grass blades, it will also provide additional stability to the base. When placing the sheets, make sure they overlap by around 30 cm.
All the preparations are now done and your grass rolls have arrived. You can now move on to installing your artificial turf. But how exactly do you go about doing that? Well, the process is quite simple.
Yes, artificial turf more often than not comes in big rolls. When it is time to install them, you simply need to roll them out and secure them.
To keep your artificial grass in place, you need to glue the separate pieces together. As we pointed out earlier, you will need joining tape and an appropriate adhesive.
Usually, it is recommended to use a timber frame to create a solid edge around the area.
Something else you can do to pin the grass to the ground is use sand infill. This provides several advantages, such as increased durability, fire resistance, cost effectiveness and versatility. However, there are some drawbacks, as well. To get a better understanding, you can check out our post on the matter.
You may be tempted to use your lawn right away, let the kids or pets run around. Before you can fully enjoy your new turf, though, you need to make sure the glue has dried completely and all loose grass blades and debris have been removed. To do so, use a stiff brush to clean up the lawn.
Another optional but important step that we’ve mentioned above, is to spread evenly silica sand over your synthetic turf. Here is what it does for your lawn:
To be on the safe side, let the silica sand settle and cure for about 2 hours before using your new, evergreen lawn.
Caring for synthetic turf is far less time-consuming and cumbersome than watering, mowing and aerating a real lawn. However, you still need to provide it with some basic care and attention. So, follow these tips to keep your artificial grass looking fresh for longer:
Artificial turf may just be what you need. Not everyone is able to lay it themselves, however. If you don’t have the time or tools to tackle the installation yourself, why not leave the hard work to us?
Fantastic Services offers professional installation of artificial grass. You can choose between various types of turf, then sit back and relax while the skilled specialists lay your new grass. Enjoy an evergreen lawn with just a few clicks! Let us handle the hard work for you.
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