How to install artificial grass yourself

Attractive, affordable, and durable, artificial grass is a fantastic alternative to gravel, paving, or turf in your outside space. Ideal for use on roof terraces, dog runs, patios, and areas that are inhospitable to real grass thanks to excess water or low light levels, artificial grass can help you create the garden you’ve always wanted. As home design website Houzz says, “Synthetic turf requires no mowing, trimming, watering, fertilizing or pesticides. It reduces your water bill, looks great year-round and is widely available for installation in most metropolitan areas”.

What’s more, as you can install our artificial lawns yourself, it’s now easier than ever to transform your outside space into a garden that’s bright, bold, stylish and practical.

Step one

If you’re replacing turf, soil or gravel, you’ll need to strip the top surface down to a depth of 50mm, plus the height of the artificial grass you’ve chosen for your outside space.

Alternatively, if you’re covering up tarmac, tiles, or decking – or if you’re creating a roof garden – you can glue the artificial grass directly to an existing surface. Place a shock pad between the artificial grass and the flat surface to cushion your new lawn and solve any drainage issues before you renovate your outdoor space for best results.

Step two

Soil and gravel surfaces need to be treated with weed killer before you lay your grass to ensure no unwanted vegetation protrudes through your new lawn. It’s also a good idea to lay a weed membrane below the artificial surface. Beneath your new artificial grass lawn, you’ll need to create a stable surface using compacted stone and sharp sand. To ensure a smooth finish, top your new surface with a layer of flat screed.

Step three

You’re now ready to lay your new artificial grass surface. Always lay artificial turf with the pile direction facing the property. Trim off two rows of stiches from the back of the grass for a neat edge and use a stiff brush to lift the surface and create a realistic finish when you’re done. To create an eye-catching, professional look, build a perimeter using tanalised timber batons held in place using wooden stakes. You can then pin the grass to this solid frame to ensure your new lawn is smooth, flat and perfectly finished.

If you want to transform your outside space and create a garden to be proud of, an artificial lawn is a great way to do it. Explore our range of products today or get in touch with a member of our team to find out more.

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