Artificial grass, lawn, astroturf or whatever you may call it isn’t always simple to install, which is why we recommend using a professional to lay artificial grass for you. However, if you find yourself scratching your head and thinking “How do I lay artificial grass?”, then this is the guide for you.
Unfortunately, laying artificial grass isn’t as simple as just laying the turf down. However, the following tools will make the installation of your artificial grass a whole lot easier:
To perfectly lay your artificial grass, we recommend installing a layer of lazy foam underlay pad underneath the artificial grass. Before you lay the foam pad down, be sure to clean the surface beneath it & proceed to glue it down to the surface. The foam underlay padding will provide extra cushioning and drainage to ensure your artificial grass is of a great standard all year round.
Unfortunately, it is not recommended that you lay your artificial grass down on a soil base. This is because soil can become a victim of weather induced wear and tear quite easily- leaving you with a base that is compromised. Ultimately, this will ruin your artificial grass, so it is recommended to lay your artificial grass on a stronger base (such as granite 6mm-dust).
Artificial grass can be laid on top of concrete as long as it is even and is able to drain water correctly. However, regardless of if the concrete is even or not, we recommend using an underlay to properly make sure your artificial grass is looked after in the best way possible.
The short answer is yes. However, as with concrete you need to take the right precautions before doing so. You must make sure the wood is strong and fresh- not weak and /or mouldy. You must also be sure use some sort of underlay and weed membrane to make sure your artificial grass remains in tip top shape!
1. Make sure to accommodate for drainage before doing anything
2. Remove any grass or weeds
3. Build the initial base with gravel
4. Soak the gravel with water after it is placed down
5. Compact the surface and remove any bigger rocks
6. Apply final base layer evenly without disrupting the initial base
7. Compact the base layers so that you are left with a smooth & even surface
8. Now you are ready to plan & clear the area
To keep things simple, you can lay artificial grass by using the required tools and by following our 6 easy steps below:
1. Plan & clear the area
2. Create an edge
3. Lay the base
4. Apply weed membrane
5. Lay the artificial grass and trim edges
6. Add finishing touches
Read on below for information on each step!
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 base.
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, leaving around 3cm exposed.
Apply around 6mm of granite dust. 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.
Once the base is compacted, apply weed membrane to the area and secure in position with 4″ galvanised steel nails every 0.75m around the perimeter. 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.
Unroll the artificial turf over the area, being careful to not move the weed membrane. Having the pile direction running 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.
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 6-8kg 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.
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 view our other installation guides or read this blog post containing important fitting advice about how to install artificial grass.