You know what they say; fail to prepare, prepare to fail! With artificial grass, that couldn’t ring more true. Installing artificial turf yourself can by time-consuming and physical work, but it is possible to get a decent result if you follow all the right steps to prepare your area effectively. If you prepare your surface well, you’ll certainly be pleased once the job is done as your lawn’s appearance will be optimum plus you will increase its longevity.
Choose your artificial grass
There are a range of artificial grass styles available and these vary significantly in cost and quality. If you’d like to buy with Kewlee’s, take a look at the artificial grass options that we have available. A budget option is Sherwood with a neat clipped short pile and light brown thatch providing a realistic very recently mown look, Clumber is a mid-price option, recently improved and tri-coloured with a strong pile restoration, which means that it springs back quickly when walked on. If you’re willing to spend a little more, Rufford is one of our premium artificial grass options which combines luxury with a very natural look for your garden.
Measure, and measure again.
Obviously, the accuracy of this measurement is really important when you are preparing to lay artificial grass. Make sure that once you have measured and checked again, you add up to the nearest meter (for example 4.7m would be 5m). How you lay your turf will depend on the shape of your area, but ideally, you will want to aim for the fewest number of joints possible.
Remove existing grass
Depending on the size of your space, it’s a near impossible task to remove unwanted turf manually. We suggest that you hire a professional or a turf cutter to extract the existing layer of grass. You are looking to cut off at a depth of around 40mm for maximum effectiveness – the depth does depend on your specific area. If you live in Surrey, West Sussex or East Sussex, request an artificial grass quote here. If you’d like to install artificial grass on concrete, there will be some alternative steps such as putting down a foam underlay.
Remove weeds and place down a weed barrier
It’s important to remove any existing weeds and clear your area of any debris that may then appear bumpy once you have laid your artificial grass. To stop future weed growth, it’s important to lay down a weed barrier or weed membrane that covers your entire area which will sit under your artificial grass, fixed down with nails. We recommend that you lay a weed membrane on the earth below your levelling material. With membrane, ideally, you need to overlap each joint with around 8cm.
Level Your Area
This is a really important stage to get right in order to ensure the longevity of your final look. You need to add a layer of granite or limestone dust to a compacted thickness of around 3cm. Granite or limestone are the most effective options for levelling material and to ensure the longevity of your garden. We recommend that your material is levelled meticulously using a vibration plate (wacker plate).
Once you have completed all of these steps, you are ready to lay your artificial grass!