Contrary to popular belief, anyone with basic DIY skills can install an artificial lawn for themselves. For those who need some extra guidance, here are our five basic steps on how to lay artificial grass of any size on any surface.
1. Remove all existing vegetation
It's key before you begin to lay down your artificial lawn that you remove any grass, weeds, flower or other vegetation, as well as stones as these will cause bumps in your new lawn. You can do this with a turf cutter or spade until your base is solid, before consolidating the ground with a flat tool, such as the back of a spade.
2. Set your perimeters
Install your border, which can be done using bender board, concrete curbing or your existing border to mark out where your artificial lawn will be contained. Make sure that your finished borders are both stable and strong.
3. Lay down some back fill
Spread a thin layer of sand or other lay base material, such as decomposed granite or limestone dust, all over the soil to cover. These materials needed for fake lawns can be purchased from most builders merchants or hardware stores. It's important to spread them evenly and that you spread enough to reach to the top of your perimeters to ensure your lawn is as even as possible. Once covered, be sure to spray the area with weedkiller or lay weed barrier materials like a Geotextile fabric layer if required to prevent plant growth.
4. Lay down the artificial grass
Once your base is secure and compact, roll out the artificial grass and allow for 20 centimetres over your perimeters. Position the grass to ensure minimum wastage before trimming to shape using a Stanley knife or pair of scissors. Its worth stretching turf before securing to prevent your artificial lawn from expanding when warm, which can be done using a carpet kicker. Secure the perimeter using staples or spikes, taking care when you seam any joints where two areas come together to ensure they are neat and less visible.
5. Finish by dressing
Finally, once your grass is secure, spread sand or whichever material you used for back fill earlier onto the grass evenly. Do this on a dry day before brushing the sand into the surface as soon as possible to encourage grass tufts to look their best.
If you'd prefer to have a professional artificial lawn installer do the job for you, contact our friendly team at Artificial Lawns who'll be able to offer a custom installation.