How To Install Artificial Grass
So, you’ve bought your artificial grass and you’re now slightly worried about how to install it. Fear not, as in this installation guide we aim to walk you through the complete process from start to finish! Before you begin your artificial grass installation, it is important that you have all of the following items to hand.
If there is no existing raised perimeter to the area that you plan to install artificial grass in, you will need to create one as the edges of the turf sheets need something to butt up against. We will go into more detail about making an edge later in the guide.
Step 1: Preparation
To begin, make sure any water pipes or underground cables are below the total depth you are planning to dig. When removing the existing natural grass, we would recommend digging to a depth of a minimum of 50mm.
Step 2: Ensure The Area Is Clear And Flat
Prior to laying anything down or creating any edges, you should make sure that the ground area that you are going to be laying your artificial grass on is as flat and clear of debris as can be. For domestic applications, this can be done with a broom or stiff brush, clearing any large stones, etc. For larger commercial applications, a lawn roller may be more appropriate to save time.
Step 3: Creating An Edge
For creating an edge, we recommend using timber as it is very cost-effective and can be cut to size easily. The edging should match up to the height of any already existing edges and be secured to the ground using timber stakes and a hammer.
Step 4: Lay The Infill
You should now spread and flatten a layer of sand infill or 6mm chipping across the entire area that the grass rolls are going to be laid on. The amount of sand and chipping that you should use will be dependant on the thickness of artificial grass you have chosen. For example, as we recommended to dig a total depth of 50mm, if you have chosen 35mm thick artificial grass, you should use 15mm of infill to make up the rest of the 50mm depth. This filling should be leveled with a sweeping brush as much as possible in order to help with the drainage of rainwater.
Step 5: Roll Out The Weed Membrane
Once you have created your flat sand base, you can lay down the weed membrane to fill the area, which will need to be secured to the ground by hammering in nails around the perimeter every 750mm. If separate membrane sheets need to be joined together, overlap the two edges, and stick them together using gaffer tape. Not only will this prevent weeds from growing through the artificial grass, but it will also improve water drainage. Any excess weed membrane can be trimmed off of the edges.
Step 6: Lay Down The Artificial Grass
Unroll the artificial grass towards the house while being mindful not to disturb the weed membrane. After all of the new grass is in position, trim off any excess at the edges. If the area you are covering is wider than 4 metres and you have used multiple rolls of grass, they will need to be joined together using self-adhesive tape. This can be done by lining up the edges of the two pieces of grass together and then folding the edges apart.
In the gap you have created in between the two pieces of grass, roll out self-adhesive tape along the length of the sheets with the sticky side facing up. From here you can unfold the edges of the grass rolls and lay them onto the tape, making sure that they line up as closely as possible.
Step 7: Hammer In Joining Staples
To finish the installation, you will need to hammer in joining staples all the way along the seam in order to complete the join. We recommend using a joining staple every 50-75mm. If you encounter a stone while trying to hammer a staple in, simply pull the staple out and find another spot along the seam.
After you have completed your artificial grass installation, we would recommend leaving it to settle for at least 24 hours before walking on it. This is so that the adhesive tape is allowed to set, and the grass isn’t shifted by footsteps.