How To Lay Artificial Grass
With spring not too far around the corner and the promise of finer weather we can all start to think about fetching the garden furniture from the garage so we can enjoy spending some time in the garden. However, your lawn may have taken some damage from ‘The Beast From The East’, which means it could do with a serious overhaul!
But before you start searching for the best remedies to fix your winter damaged lawn, it might be worth considering replacing it all together with artificial grass. Now for some this may seem like a job that is beyond the capabilities of the average DIY-er, however, it may not be as difficult as you might expect. With the right preparation, tools and some simple DIY knowledge you could save yourself a lot of money and be proud of the transformation you could make to your outdoor space.
There are many advantages of laying artificial grass but the main one is it is lower maintenance compared to natural grass. Whilst there is still an element of maintenance with artificial turf, it does not require any watering, mowing, or fertilising. It replicates all the usual qualities of a natural lawn in terms of look and feel, and allows you to sit back and enjoy your outdoor space, rather than engaging in the never ending battle of weeding. Artificial grass is an especially attractive option if you live somewhere with acidic soil, or any other ground conditions that make it difficult for natural grass to thrive. It is also fairly easy to keep clean as any ‘unwanted presents’ from the family pets can be cleaned away with water and a light detergent if required.
Artificial grass also appears green and lush all year round, so weather dependant, you can enjoy it in all seasons.
Before choosing your grass, there are some key elements to consider:
- Pile Height
You should also order a sample of different types of grass to find which would suit you better.
Once you’ve chosen your grass and where you are going to lay it you can start to revamp your outdoor space.
Follow these easy steps and watch the video below on how to lay artificial grass to create the perfect outdoor space.
- Have the correct tools – such as tape measure, spade, shovel
- Wear appropriate safety clothing – gloves and safety boots
- Remove the old turf
- Dig out to 100mm depth around the edges of the area
- Dig out to 75mm for the rest of the area
- Leave the centre slightly crowned for a more natural look
- Place edging boards around the perimeter and knock in stakes to secure them
- Level the edging boards to the correct height
- Rake out the base and spray with weed killer
- Spread out some weed control membrane, leaving 150mm for any overlaps
- Fill the area with sharp sand and rake level
- Smooth out the sand with a plank
- Use a whacker plate to compress the sand – be careful!
- Roll out the grass and trim the edges
- For larger areas you may need to join the turf – see the video for instructions
- Fix the grass to the outside edging boards with clout nails approximately 300mm apart
- Brush the blades to give a natural look
Once the turf is laid some choose a sand infill. This means spreading a layer of sand over the artificial grass to:
- Give a more natural look
- Make the blades stand up better
- Weigh the turf down preventing creases or folds appearing
- Add protection
You are now ready to enjoy your outdoor space all year round!