PREPARING YOUR LAWN
The very first step in the process is to measure your garden, you don't want to buy too little artificial grass, underlay, or any of the necessary extras, and buying too much is a waste of money. There are mobile apps that can do this with a pretty high degree of accuracy, but we don't think anything beats a tape measure.Download our artificial lawn project planner before laying artificial grass.
REMOVE YOUR EXISTING LAWN
This is one of the most manual aspects of the process, and it's something that is make much easier with the right tools. Unfortunately, most of us don't own the best tools for this job, and we have to make do with a spade and wheelbarrow.
We find it easiest to use the edge of your spade to cut small squares into the grass. Approximately two inches deep and ten inches long and wide. That way you should be able to remove most of the roots and the squares should be a good size to get your spade under and lift away from the soil.
Don't be misled, it's not quite as simple as lifting it away from the soil, this is a physical task and will be quite tiring, so take lots of breaks.
LAY A BASE OF GRANITE DUST
We lay a granite dust base (6mm Grano dust) to bind the top of your sub base, and it can’t just be laid randomly. Too much granite can result in a bumpy finish and too little won't be enough to bind the sub-base.
It's time to get a ruler out - aim for a depth of approximately 50mm. We'd suggest measuring the depth of the first patch, then trusting your eyes for the rest.
Again, our professional installers have useful tools to make this process easier, but you will need to flatten the granite base out as best you can. A plank of wood or long spirit level can do the job, but a lawn roller is best.
COVER WITH A GEOTEXTILE MEMBRANE
This isn't absolutely necessary, but if you want your lawn to last as long as possible, and why wouldn't you? It's best to lay a geotextile fabric layer on top of the sand to prevent any chance of weed growth.
Dare we say it, this is actually quite a simple step, it just involved rolling sheets of membrane over the sand. You can buy geotextile membrane here.
LAYING ARTIFICIAL GRASS
At this point we'd suggest taking a step back to congratulate yourself for what you've achieved, and have a nice cup of tea. But mainly because the next step requires a bit of planning.
You want to lay your carpet in a way that will minimise cutting too much, and if you're having to join two or more pieces of grass you need to make sure the grass is laid with the pile running in the same direction on each piece.
It's important not to rush this process, roll out our artificial grass and then leave for ideally 24 hours - this allows any creases to fall out.
Then stretch the grass to make sure it's nice and flat and anchor the lawn to the edged with fixing pins.
TRIM GRASS TO SHAPE
Cut the grass to shape using scissors or a Stanley knife for a perfect fit . Ensure that the artificial grass has been properly measured before cutting; otherwise, you run the risk of cutting too much off of your new lawn.
Take your time on this bit, measure twice cut once, and all the other cliches fit here, once you've cut a section of grass off it's rarely with trying to join it back on, it just won't look right.
JOIN PIECES TOGETHER
You've already make sure the piles on joining pieces of grass run in the same direction, so that's half the battle won.
- Cut off the manufacturing edge strip (if present) and butt the two edges together.
- Fold back the edges and position jointing tape (smooth side down) so that the edges of the carpet meet down the centre of the tape when joined.
- Apply adhesive in a zig-zag motion to the rougher side of the tape allowing one cartridge for approximately every three metres.
- Press carpet into wet adhesive.
- Weight the seam to ensure good contact with the glue until cured.
The more care is 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 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.