This is the transformation that can be achieved with a simple one day installation of artificial lawn in the garden. The step by step process can be followed by anyone with basic DIY skills.
Use our measurement guide to help size the amount of artificial grass you require.
Markout a perimeter at least 150mm less than the material size e.g easy lawn artificial grass size 10m x 6m perimeter markings set at 9.85m x 5.85m
Strip all existing grass, weeds and vegetation. Grade out soil to approximate levels and firm thoroughly. Remove any large and protruding stones.
Follow the marked out perimeter with 50mm x 25mm 2×1 tanalised timber stakes usually every 1 metre these need malleting into the ground enough to leave a string line level to work to.
It is better to leave higher than the final level and then cut off later, make a fixing frame to all of the stakes at the correct level using 50x25mm tanalised timber or larger sized timber or upvc plastic can be used for curved areas.
Lay a geotex or woven fabric membrane pour in loose 20mm stone rake out and wacker.
Spread a thin layer of sharp sand to blind over the stone Screed out to final levels and consolidate.
Although optional, it is recommended that you lay another layer of Geotex Membrane fabric layer, this keeps the backing of the grass clean from sand and prevents any risk of weed growth from possible breaks or seams in the underlying membrane
Roll out artificial grass:
Ideal conditions for laying the grass should be laid out flat and left to acclimatise in temperatures 10 degrees or above for at least an hour,
start the fixing of the grass to the timber or plastic perimeter across the edge of the grass with the pile smooth side towards you then pull tight from the opposite edge and fix repeat this to the opposite sides in the width
Roll out the artificial grass, Ensure grass carpet is positioned to minimise cuts, joins and wastage. If joining make sure that the grass is laid with the pile running in the same direction on each piece. Apply a small amount of kiln dried sand to hold grass in position.
Trim grass to shape:
Cut grass to shape using Stanley knife or scissors.
When joining the carpet strips ensure the pile runs in the same direction. Cut off manufacturing edge strip (if present) and butt two edges together. Fold back edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) so that the edges of carpet meet down the centre of tape when joined. Apply adhesive in a zig zag motion to the rougher side of the tape allowing one cartridge for approx 3 metres. Press carpet into wet adhesive. Weight the seam to ensure good contact with the glue until cured. The more care taken over this operation the neater and less visible the join will be.
Apply the remainder of the kiln dried sand brushing as you go, building up the depth in layers. Do not apply all of the sand in one application. Brush sand into the pile – this should be done immediately after laying, while the artificial grass and weather are dry. Brush vigorously against the lay of the pile of carpet to encourage the tufts to stand upright, a stiff broom should be used. Additional fixing may be used at the edge of the carpet using broad headed, 4” or 6” galvanised nails, alternatively the grass can be fixed to wooden pegs or timber edging boards before sand filling the grass.
Brush in sand:
Brush sand into the pile – this should be done immediately after laying, while the artificial grass and weather are dry. Brush vigorously against the lay of the pile of carpet to encourage the tufts to stand upright, a stiff broom should be used.
To ensure your artificial grass is kept looking its best and maximise its life regular maintenance is required.
The key operation is regular brushing with a stiff broom.
Remove any soil, dirt or debris as soon as possible and vigorously brush with a stiff broom. Wash off to remove dust using a standard hose, do not jet or pressure as this will remove the infill (if present).
We recommend that occasionally the sand is lightly loosened with a spring rake and topped up as required. (Do not use a powered scarifier as this may damage the grass fibre).
Hot items such as barbecues should not be placed directly onto the surface, or damage may occur. Do not stub out cigarettes on the surface.
Avoid placing or moving heavy objects on the surface, which may cause rutting of the underlying soil.
Snow should be left to melt and chemical de-icers should not be used on the surface. In damp areas it may be necessary to treat the surface with a moss-killer once per year. We recommend you use a liquid form containing dichlorophen. Additional Advice for Dog Owners: Discourage your dog from digging the surface and pulling at the edges. Remove any dog faeces as soon as possible. If necessary, hose down and lightly brush the local area.
We would recommend that during dry periods the whole lawn is sprayed by hose to flush out residues. Unlike natural turf, disinfectant can be applied to artificial grass.