Artificial grass has come a long way in recent years and there are increasing numbers of homeowners and businesses who are making the most of its benefits. With minimal upkeep and a very realistic appearance, artificial grass can work on your lawn, outside your business or even at sports venues. But how do you install artificial grass in your garden?
Buying The Grass
To start with you need to work out what size your garden is and therefore how much artificial grass you will need. It’s best to measure in square meters as most companies supplying the grass will sell it in square meters. Once you know the size, you can use an online tool to see how many rolls or sections of grass you will need – always leave a little extra to help deal with shapes and odd spaces around the garden.
In addition to the grass, you may also need some additional products. Weed membrane is a good idea to place under the grass to prevent weeds growing through. Fixing pins or tubes of adhesive also help keep it in place while joining tape can help secure the pieces together.
Preparing The Lawn Area
Before you start laying the grass, it is best to have some preparation work done. Ideally, artificial grass should either be laid on turf or a compacted layer of sharp sand around 35mm in depth. The aim is to get it as level as possible and remove any vegetable matter as this will rot and leave uneven spots.
Next, apply the weed membrane to stop any weeds growing through. Overlap the area by at least 100mm. The grass can then be laid on top of this, allowing around 50mm to get a perfect edge. Once it is in place, it is ideal to leave it for at least a day before doing anything else to let it settle and to avoid creasing or wrinkling.
Once the grass has had a day to settle, you can peel it back and use the backing tape to join the pieces together. Then replace the grass. This is also the time to do any trimming to make sure the grass doesn’t have any gaps between walls or other elements in the garden. A sharp craft knife is best for this job to get an exact match.
Finally, you will want to add ground pins to secure the grass to the ground, usually at an angle every 200mm around the perimeter. Some suppliers recommend a small concrete haunch to glue it to or buried length of treated timber to pin it to, depending on the ground.
As well as creating an easy maintenance, stylish looking lawn, artificial grass can also be used for many other purposes. It can be laid temporarily for an event or party and garden furniture placed on it to keep it in place. It can also be laid on a concrete or patio base with the use of a special under felt to make it feel more like a lawn. You can even lay it on flat roofs to give them a natural, green look.