How to replace natural turf with artificial grass
1. Manage your materials
2. Assess height, WIDTH and length
Work out the height, width and length of the area that the artificial grass will fill and ensure that the area in which you wish to work is clear.
3. Remove the existing SURFACE
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!
4. 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.
5. Prevent any weeds
Once your base his been compacted, add a weed killing membrane on the area to be covered with fake grass. This will not only reduce the likeliness of weeds growing through the artificial grass but will also allow vital drainage.
6. Lay your sand OR STONE BASE
Place down a minimum of 40mm of sharp and compacted sand or stone. If the sand is too dry, add a little wet sand and compact using your vibrating plate or roller.
7. 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.
8. 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. Remember, your grass has a directional pile, so it will all need to face the same way if you have any joins. We recommend laying the grass with the pile leaning towards your house or main area so that it looks more natural.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Brush the grass up and relax!
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!
How to lay artificial grass on concrete or paving slabs
1. Assess height and length
As per installing fake grass on a soil base, work out the height and length that the artificial grass layer will sit at.
2. Clear the area
When installing and laying artificial grass on concrete, ensure that the concrete area has been brushed and cleaned down thoroughly. It is important that all debris is removed, in order to assess whether the surface is level enough to lay the artificial grass on the concrete surface.
3. Roll out your Performance Pad
When laying artificial grass on concrete, we recommend using one of our 5mm or 10mm 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.
4. Lay your turf
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. We recommend laying the grass with the pile leaning towards your house or main area so that it looks more natural.
5. Cut your grass to size
After leaving to settle, cut your turf using a sharp Stanley knife-and make sure you take particular care to leave a perfect edge!
6. Make your joins
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.
7. Secure your grass
When coming to secure your artificial turf, you have two main options. You can dot and dab adhesive to the solid base and to the back of the grass. Alternatively, for a more decorative look, you can loose-lay your grass and weigh down with garden accessories, such as furniture or plant pots.
Only looking to install your grass on a temporary basis? Follow our simple guide to temporary artificial grass installation!