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How to Lay Artificial Grass – 5 Steps

To achieve the best and most long-lasting results with artificial grass installation, it’s important to follow best practice and ensure that the artificial grass product you have selected matches your requirements.

We are often asked about the process that we go through in order to lay artificial grass so we thought it might be helpful to write this all down so that you can fully understand how we achieve our perfect finish. Please note that gardens and soil types vary and so the below is just a guideline. During your initial assessment, we will survey your garden to give us more of an understanding of the forthcoming project.

  1. Fail to prepare….

…you know the saying. Preparation and scrupulous measuring is absolutely key with an artificial grass installation project. We will take time to measure your garden in order to understand how much artificial grass and membrane that you need. The aim here is minimise waste and keep your project as cost-effective as possible. We will then acquire everything and make sure it’s all ready to go in time for Day 1 of your project.

2. Removal of top layer of grass

Once the garden has been cleared of all toys, furniture and equipment, we conduct an assessment to determine how much of the top layer of your grass needs removing. This can vary from 20mm to 50mm depending on your garden and the state of your grass and soil. We will then either remove the grass by hand or use a turf cutter to do so. If you are doing this yourself, it can be quite physically demanding. We recommend using a spade to cut and dig your turf in squares. To dispose of your grass, we will have already arranged a skip or if you prefer, you can arrange the turf disposal yourself.

3. Edging System

We recommend to use a robust edging system on the area required. Railway sleepers are our preferred edging solution as they are solid and long lasting however any type of edging can be used – we will discuss this with you at the initial consultation. After we’ve removed the top layer of grass, we will put the edging into place if required and your garden will start to take shape.

4. So long, weeds!

Once the edging has been completed, we cover the area with a landscape membrane to minimise weeds and fill the area with 6mm to dust. We recommend a 20-50mm layer of granite dust which will then be finely levelled and compacted using a vibration / Wacker plate.

5. The exciting bit – laying the grass

Once the membrane has all been installed, we roll out the grass carefully over the area to make sure that all sides overlap the edges. Once we are certain that any creases have fallen out of the grass, we use a sharp trimming knife to cut the edges neatly against the edging system. If you have a wooden surface such as decking or a concrete surface, we would recommend an underlay with a combination of adhesive and carpet tacks to fix the grass down. Once the area has been completely cut and is settled, we use a Powerbrush Machine to pull the pile back on itself to give a perfect finish. And there you have it – a beautiful, low-maintenance garden that stays green come rain or shine! Contact us here for a free quote if you are based in Surrey or Sussex.