If you are ready to install your new artificial lawn, then read our guide for the best tips! We will cover everything from choosing your lawn to the basics on how to fit artificial grass.
DIY has never been easier, with our complete, step-step guide showing you the way. You’re just one guide away from a new, professional looking lawn. The best part? You can have the satisfaction knowing that you did it by yourself.
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s examine a list of the things and the tools that you will need before you know how to fit artificial grass:
4 Inch Nails
Turf Cutter (or Stanley Knife)
Now that you have all your tools handy, let’s get down to the basic steps:
The number one mistake people make when they are installing their artificial lawns? Not planning their project. You can know all the basic steps for how to fit artificial grass, but if you don’t plan then you could run into some hurdles.
By setting out a plan and knowing exactly where and what you are doing, you can easily follow the steps.
Plan out the area you want covered by the artificial lawn. One very important thing to remember is that you need to make sure that any pipes or cables that you have are buried deep enough. You don’t want to be digging and then accidentally burst a pipe.
If you are laying the artificial lawn on existing natural grass, then dig the existing ground to a depth of approximately 2 inches. You can use a turf cutter, or even a spade. Make sure that you take away any large stones that could interfere get in the way.
Also, keep in mind that the artificial lawns are manufactured in 4x25m size. So it helps if, when you are measuring and planning your area, you measure grids for 2 or 4 metres.
Here’s a question to ask yourself: does the place where you are laying the new lawn have issues with drainage? If so, then it is advisable to lay down a Type 1 stone.
Always make sure that your artificial grass is installed in the same direction. This may seem obvious, but many people make this mistake because of simple oversight!
This one is for those of you who are installing their artificial lawn on earth.
Before you start to lay your new lawn, you need to make some preparations to the ground so that you have a quality, long lasting lawn.
For ground that is hard, it is best to soak the earth in water before you begin. Do this one day before, preferably at night, and begin work the next morning.
Again, ensure that any and all pipes, irrigation or cables are well out of the ‘danger zone’.
As mentioned in step 1, dig down about 2-4 inches. Make sure that there are no loose pebbles or leftover weeds. This is best done with a spade or any other appropriate gardening tool.
This is an important one: make sure that the soil is level!
3. Give your lawn an edge
Lay an edge. If your artificial grass has nothing up against it (eg, a wall) then it is advisable that you put in an edge.
This is called an ‘edging system’.
We have a range of different edging systems to choose from. You can choose a self-adhesive wood edging for indoor artificial grass or a aluminium edging system to withstand the outdoor elements. There are also wooden edges that are great for outdoor use as well. We have all types of edging for all types of needs.
If you are installing the artificial grass outside, then now it is time to grab your hammer.
Hammer the edging into the earth.
Allow approximately 3 cm to remain above the ground.
Looking for something that looks a little more natural? Then use your carpentry skills and chamfer the outer perimeters.
Allow it to have a drop of approximately 4 cm from the edging’s height.
4. Base Time
Lay a road base or MOT type stone. This ensures that you will not have any pesky weeds from growing. Use water over this base to ensure it becomes more compact. The more compact your base is, the better your drainage will be. It may make the base more difficult to work with, but if you live in a place that has a heavy rainy season then it is well worth it.
Also, you can use a base made up of granite dust. Even sharp sand will do the trick. Make sure that the base is approximately 2 cm.
Make sure that your base is level. This is easier if the dug-out, prepared soil area is levelled perfectly.
5. Lay Your Weed Mesh
Put your mesh weed fabric down over the prepared area. Do this only once your base is perfectly compact. The weed membrane mesh is your key to stopping weeds from pushing through and damaging your artificial lawn. If you have any leftovers peeking up over the edge then trim these waste edges off.
6. Laying the Artificial grass
If you haven’t already, now is definitely the time to select your artificial grass.
Assuming you have your grass already (which is advisable otherwise all your preparations could be wasted), unroll your chosen grass. Unroll the grass in the direction that you want to lay it.
Top tip: For the nicest window view, lay your artificial lawn with the grass facing towards your home. Naturally, you will have excess that lays over the edging. Trim these.
When cutting off excess grass, makes sure that your knife is razor sharp. This avoids messy cuttings. You can find spare blades on our site. You can also use a professional cutter that is sure to give a clean edge.
Use a good adhesive when laying your grass. This ensures that your grass will stay put.
7. Finishing off
Once you have finished laying you new artificial grass, then it is advisable to put in some extra effort. These finishing touches will help create a more natural and also more professional finish.
Apply a kiln dried sand over the artificial grass. Kiln dried sand is a type of sand that has been processed to remove all moisture. It is very fine and is also normally used in between paving. The kiln dried sand helps to soften fake lawn’s look and helps to make your new artificial lawn look natural.
How much kiln sand should i use?
Use approximately 6-8 kgs per sq m.
Apply the kiln sand the same day that you install your new lawn.
Extra tip: How to Fit a Join
Chances are, you will need to join a couple times throughout the process. This means that two differet squares of artificial grass will need to be joined, or you may even need a join when you are fitting your weed mesh.
Follow these quick tips on fitting a join:
Fold back each side that needs to be joined, about 30-40 cm.
Then, trim each edge by about 2 or 3 cm.
Unroll your join tape. Make sure that the shiny side is face down. Unroll the tape along the join length. Use the adhesive along the edge of the backing. Fold the sides of the artificial grass onto the join tape one by one. Do this slowly and carefully, allowing a slight gap of about 2 mm. Place a weight on the new join and let it stand for about 3 hours.