How to Install Artificial Grass
FOR DIY INSTALLATIONS
EXPERT GUIDE ON
HOW TO INSTALL
YOUR ARTIFICIAL LAWN
FOR ARTIFICIAL LAWN INSTALLATIONS
DIRECT FROM LAZYLAWN HEAD OFFICE
POPULAR SUPPLY ONLY ARTIFICIAL GRASS FOR DIY PROJECTS
HOW TO INSTALL YOUR ARTIFICIAL LAWN
1. PLAN YOUR AREA
Before starting your project, plan out the area to be covered. Ensure that cables and water pipes are below the digging depth.
Remove the turf to a depth of 2" using a turf cutter or spade and remove any large stones, bricks, or other obstructions. Lay down a type 1 stone if the area has drainage problems.
2. CREATE AN EDGE
If there are no perimeters for the product to butt up against, install an edging system. We recommend Everedge which we offer from our head office. Knock the edging into the soil with a hammer and piece of wood: leave around 3cm exposed.
Chamfer the outer perimeters to a drop of 40mm from edging height to allow for a more natural look.
3. LAY THE BASE
Apply around 6mm of granite dust, or sharp sand where granite is not an option. Use a piece of timber to drag the sand or dust across the application area to provide a smooth surface. If using sand, the depth should not be more than 20mm, use hardcore to level out larger imperfections (i.e. over 20mm) before applying sand.
4. APPLY WEED MEMBRANE
Once the base is compacted, apply weed membrane to the area. This will prevent weed growth whilst allowing water drainage. Trim off any waste membrane from the edges. If any joining is needed, overlap the edges then attach them with gaffer tape.
5. FIT THE LAZYLAWN
Unroll the artificial turf over the area, being careful to not move the weed membrane. Running the product toward the house will give the best look from the windows of the house. Once positioned, trim the excess artificial grass. Everedge gives you a useful edge to run your knife around. We recommend changing blades every 3-5 metres to ensure the blade stays sharp enough.
6. FINISHING TOUCHES
To finish, apply kiln sand to the turf. This can be done using a blower and stiff brush or a lawn fertiliser spreader. We recommend 6-8 kg of sand per square metre of product. This step is vital to ensure the most natural looking finish. For the best results we recommend brushing the pile before, during and after. This sand dressing should be done on a dry day and the same day as the lawn installation.
HOW TO COMPLETE A JOIN
If a join in the turf is required, butt both of the surfaces together ensuring the pile is running in the same direction. Fold back 30-40cm on each side along the length of the join and trim 20-30mm from each edge, cutting between tufts.
Unroll join tape shiny side down along the entire length of the join. Apply the adhesive along each edge of the backing in 2 lines. Fold one side of the turf onto the join tape. Then slowly fold over the other side of the join. A gap of 2-3mm between the sections generally gives the best results. Once joined, laying weighted planks along the join is a good idea to ensure an invisible joint. Allow 2-3 hours to dry.
DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIAL ACCESSORIES
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A DIY INSTALLATION
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- Leaf Blower
- Stiff Brush
- 4 Inch Nails
- Wheel Barrow
- Mastic Gun
- Sand Hopper (if available)
- Turf Cutter (if available)
- Compactor (if available)
- Mechanical Brush (if available)
FREE TECHNICAL SUPPORT
If you have any questions about fitting your own LazyLawn, our head office team are happy to help with any technical queries. Call us to talk through any tricky aspects on 0800 023 2343.
For more information on how to install artificial grass, please see our professional videos at www.youtube.com/LazyLawn or read this blog post containing important fitting advice about how to install artificial grass.