How to install artificial grass

Most people are under the impression artificial grass can only be used to replace existing lawns on soil or similar surfaces. In fact, due to advances in adhesive over the years, artificial grass can be laid on a variety of surfaces including concrete, tarmac and patios.

 

Concrete/ Patio Base

  • Ensure your surface is clean, smooth and free of stones and any other obstacle that will make your lawn look uneven.
  • Lay your grass down before gluing to ensure it fits perfectly inside the edging (remember to leave 5-10cm for trimming). Once settled, cut and trim to size any excess turf using a Stanley knife, remembering to change the blade every 3-5 metres in order to ensure sharpness and get the best results.
  • Using our specialist adhesive, spread evenly over the hard surface using a trowel to cover the whole area you wish to lay your turf.
  • Almost immediately after the glue has been spread, gently unroll the artificial grass, starting at one side until the turf fits nicely into the edging.
  • Should you have any joints, carefully marry up the pieces ensuring that no fibres get trapped within the joints and gluing each piece using the same method as above.

To replace existing lawns

  • Remove any existing grass either manually or using a turf cutter(can be hired) and between 10-15cm of soil.
  •  Add a layer of MOT type 1 aggregate and compact using a vibrating whacker plate which can also be hired from a hire shop/centre .
  •  Add a layer of sharp sand and compact using whacker plate. Go over the area with a roller or hard brush to make the surface smooth.
  • We recommend that weed membrane is used  in order to prevent weeds coming through. If using membrane, lay and nail membrane over the prepared ground using 6” galvanised nails.
  • Unroll your artificial turf over the membrane and use a sharp Stanley knife to cut all excess turf around the edges. Nail down artificial grass every 50cm using 6” galvanised nails.
  • In cases where you have more than one piece and therefore have joints in your grass, fold back the two pieces of grass and lay our seaming tape between them. Nail this down either end into the sub-base. ENSURE THAT ALL PIECES HAVE THE PILE FACING THE SAME DIRECTION.
  • Use our Aquabond weather resistant tubes and zigzag the glue down the tape. (One tube covers approx 3m). Carefully marry up the joints ensuring no fibres get trapped. (Remember to use disposable gloves when handling the adhesives)
  • Nail 6 inch stainless steel pins or nails to secure the borders of your turf and joints and then ruffle the joints to blend the piles.
  • Avoid walking on grass until adhesive has cured. Once dry, brush against the pile using a hard brush. You can now enjoy your new, artificial lawn!

Loose Fitting

  • Single pieces of artificial grass can be laid loose onto flat surfaces as it will be kept down by its own weight. Should  you have any areas exposed to high winds, something heavy such as a plant pot should be placed there in order to keep it down. You can also glue the edges down using our specialist adhesives.
  • Artificial grass can also be laid onto decking, and stapled into the decking in order to prevent the edges from coming up.

Please note that this is only a guide and does not guarantee the work undertaken using this guide. Should you wish to have your artificial grass professionally installed by our team, please contact us for a quotation.