If you love the look of a green grass but don’t want the hassle of mowing or don’t have any space in the shed for a mower – then an artificial lawn could be the perfect maintenance-free solution for your garden. Unlike real grass, artificial turf won’t become patchy in dry weather, or muddy in wet weather, so it’s especially great for kids and pets! Children can enjoy playing out in the garden whatever the season and you won’t have to worry about any dirty paws traipsing through the house, either. Whether your backyard has concrete slabs or you have an existing lawn, artificial turf can transform the way you use your garden.
If you’re ready to say goodbye to the lawnmower and relax outdoors all year round, follow our easy step-by-step guide to laying artificial grass.
- Weedkiller – for clearing the area
- Spade – for digging up any existing lawn
- Fork – for removing plants and vegetation
- Craft knife – for trimming the edges into shape
- Heavy hammer – to compact the base
- Joint Tape – for joining the rolls of artificial grass together
- Ground pins – for anchoring it in place and preventing curling
- Artificial grass – can be laid on soil, tarmac, concrete or paving
Step 1: Clearing the area
If you already have an existing lawn, the first step is to clear the area of weeds and vegetation by spraying with weed killer.
Ideally, you should do this two weeks before you lay your new artificial lawn. This will make sure all the plant material is dead down to the roots.
Step 2: Removing the top-level soil
If you’re laying artificial grass over soil, then you’ll need to remove 3 or 4 inches from the top-level soil so there’s space for your the artificial lawn.
Top tip: To prevent slumping, let rain-soaked soil dry for a few days before you start digging
Step 3: Installing the border
If there’s no waterproofing on the perimeter or the lawn, you should install a border to keep the turf from separating or sagging.
You can do this by either installing a plastic bender board or a concrete curb around the perimeter.
Step 4: Adding the base
Spread out a layer of builder’s sand, gravel or crushed rock to a depth of 35mm as a base for the artificial grass.
Level it out and use a heavy hammer to compact the sand and then smooth it down.
If the base is lower than the level you need, you might need to pour another layer of material and compact it so the lawn and surrounding area are at the same level.
Moisten the base lightly, taking care not to over water.
Step 5: Keeping weeds out
Help control and suppress weed growth in your garden with our heavy duty weed guard.
It’s perfect for all garden areas including under gravel, decking and patios.
It’s easy to install and also prevents mulch disappearing into your soil.
Step 6: Lay out the grass roll
Now you’ve prepared the ground, it’s time to measure the area where the lawn will be laid out, as well as the width and length of the turf strips.
Stretch out each strip of the artificial turf and lay it down over the prepared base.
Avoid dragging the lawn over the base or you might disturb the smooth surface.
Top tip: To make the grass looks as natural as possible, lay the grass rolls directly next to each other and in the same direction.
Step 7: Trim the edges
After the artificial turf has been laid out, you’ll want to make sure it looks as neat as possible.
Use a craft knife to trim the edges.
Top tip: When making long cuts, cut a short distance at a time to make sure there are no significant gaps
Step 8: Join the turf together
Once the artificial grass has been laid out, you’ll need to join the turf strips together with adhesive or tape.
Lay the length of tape on the ground and then place the two strips of grass over the top of the tape.
Secure the strips with ground pins. The pins will anchor the grass in place and prevent it from curling.
To make sure the bristles are standing up properly and to keep your grass cushiony – add a thin layer of ballast or infill.
Smooth the layer using a rake and repeat the process until half of the blade length is covered.
After you’ve added the infill material, you should brush the lawn to clear all the debris from the lawn’s surface.
Step 10: Watering the lawn
Watering the lawn will help the infill to settle down.
If you notice the next day that your lawn is not cushiony, you can add another layer of infill and then brush it again to clear all the debris.
After you’ve finished these steps, you can sit back and enjoy your new lawn without having to worry about cutting the grass on hot summer days!