How To Lay Artificial Grass

In this section of the site, we will be demonstrating how to lay artificial grass. Below is the transformation that can be achieved with a simple one-day installation of fake grass. The step by step process is efficient and can be carried out by anyone possessing basic DIY skills.    

  • Step 1/9 Strip
    A typical, worn, muddy rear garden lawn. Use our measurement guide to help size the amount of artificial grass you require.

    Before

    A typical, worn, muddy rear garden lawn. Use our measurement guide to help size the amount of artificial grass you require.
  • Before Step 2/9 Lay sand base
    Strip all existing grass, weeds and vegetation. Grade out soil to approximate levels and firm thoroughly. Remove any large and protruding stones.

    Strip

    Strip all existing grass, weeds and vegetation. Grade out soil to approximate levels and firm thoroughly. Remove any large and protruding stones.
  • Strip Step 3/9 Geotextile
    Spread a thin layer of sharp sand to blind over soil. Screed out to final levels and consolidate.

    Lay sand base

    Spread a thin layer of sharp sand to blind over soil. Screed out to final levels and consolidate.
  • Lay sand base Step 4/9 Roll out artificial grass
    Although optional, it is recommended that you lay a Geotextile fabric layer to prevent any chance of weed growth through the artificial grass drainage holes.

    Geotextile

    Although optional, it is recommended that you lay a Geotextile fabric layer to prevent any chance of weed growth through the artificial grass drainage holes.
  • Geotextile Step 5/9 Trim grass to shape
    Roll out the artificial grass, working on the carpet and not the levelled base. 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.

    Roll out artificial grass

    Roll out the artificial grass, working on the carpet and not the levelled base. 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.
  • Roll out artificial grass Step 6/9 Joining
    Cut grass to shape using Stanley knife or scissors.

    Trim grass to shape

    Cut grass to shape using Stanley knife or scissors.
  • Trim grass to shape Step 7/9 Spread sand
    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.

    Joining

    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.
  • Joining Step 8/9 Brush in sand
    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 â 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, 4â or 6â galvanised nails, alternatively the grass can be fixed to wooden pegs or timber edging boards before sand filling the grass.

    Spread sand

    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.
  • Spread sand Step 9/9
    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.

    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.


Kiln Dried Sand Infill Required
Easy Lawn 
4kg/m2
Premier Curl 4kg/m2
True Lawn
6-8kg/m2
Tough Lawn
6-8kg/m2
Soft Lawn
6-8kg/m2
Luxury Lawn 8-10kg/m2
Prestige Lawn 8-10kg/m2


Step 1

Above is an example of a typical worn, muddy garden lawn. Using our measurement guide, you can determine the exact amount of artificial grass you will need.

Step 2

Next, you will need to strip all existing grass, weeds and vegetation to prepare the foundation for laying artificial grass. Grade out soil to approximate levels and firm thoroughly. If you have any large or protruding stones on the surface or in the ground, remove these.

Step 3

Spread a thin layer of sharp sand to blind over soil. Screed out to final levels and consolidate.

Step 4

This section is optional, though is recommended for the best possible results. Lay a Geotextile fabric layer on top of the sand base to prevent any weed growth that may occur through the artificial grass drainage holes.

Step 5

Roll out the artificial grass, working on the carpet and not on the levelled base. Make sure the grass carpet is correctly positioned to minimise cuts, joins and waste. If joining, ensure the grass is laid with the pile running in the same direction on each piece. Lastly, apply a small amount of kiln dried sand to hold the artificial grass carpet in position.

Step 6

Take care to cut the grass down to size using scissors or a Stanley knife.

Step 7

When joining the grass carpet strips, make sure the pile runs in the same direction. Cut off the manufacturing edge strip - if present - and butt two edges together. Fold back edges and position joining tape (smooth side down) so that the edges of the grass meet down the centre of the tape.

Apply the adhesive in a zigzag motion to the rough side of the tape, allowing one cartridge every three metres. Then, press the grass into the wet adhesive. After you have done so, weight the seam to ensure the joining process is successful.

The more care taken over this stage, the neater and less visible the join will be in the final result.

Step 8

Apply the remainder of the kiln dried sand, brushing as you go. It is important to build up the depth in layers. Avoid pouring all of the sand in one application.

Brush the sand into the pile - this should be done immediately after laying whilst both the grass and the weather remain dry. Using a stiff broom, brush vigorously against the carpet to encourage the tufts to stand upright.

Additional fixing may be used at the edge of the artificial grass, using broad-headed, 4" or 6" galvanised nails. Alternatively, the grass can be fixed to wooden pegs or timber edging boards before spreading the sand.

Step Nine is the same as step 8

Maintenance

To ensure your artificial grass is kept in adequate condition and looking pristine all year round, regular maintenance is required. The primary operation to carry out when taking care of your fake grass lawn is to brush it frequently to remove any soil, dirt or debris. You should also wash your grass to remove any dust. Do not jet or pressure wash as this will remove any present infill.

We recommend occasionally loosening the sand on the surface with a spring rake and to top up as required - do not use a powered scarifier as this may damage the grass fibre. Hot items such as barbeques should not be placed directly on the surface, and you should avoid stubbing out cigarettes on the grass.

Also, do not place heavy objects on the surface as this 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 a year. We recommend opting for a liquid-based solution that contains dichlorophen.

Additional Advice for Dog Owners: Do not let your dog dig up the surface or pull at the edges. It is advised to remove any dog faeces as soon as possible by hosing down the area and gently brushing if required. During dry periods, we recommend hosing the whole lawn in order to flush out residues. Lastly, unlike natural turf, disinfectant can be applied to artificial grass, if necessary.