How to lay and maintain artificial grass

How to lay and maintain artificial grass

Posted 17th Aug 2016

Artificial grass is becoming an increasingly popular choice as its authentic appearance and easy-to-maintain nature make it the perfect alternative to its natural counterpart. Installing artificial grass is a simple process once you know how. Check out this easy to follow step-by-step guide from Carpetright on laying and maintaining an artificial turf.

Step 1 – measure and calculate

Before you purchase your rolls of faux turf, make sure you won’t be over spending by buying only what you need to cover your outdoor space. If your garden is a neat square or rectangular patch then this is pretty simple, but for those with less symmetrical spaces it can be trickier, so take care in your measurements. Calculate the size of the space in square metres and allow for a little extra depending on the design of your garden.

Step 2 – create your base

Remove the top layer of soil with a turf cutter or spade to get rid of the existing grass. Once this is complete, go around your garden removing any large debris such as stones or obstructions that could hinder an even surface. Afterwards, put down sand to create the foundation on which your new artificial turf will lay. Make it so that the sand is compact and even for a beautiful level lawn.

Step 3 (optional)

If you want to make the grass lay a little more natural, then remember to drop the outer perimeter of your garden below its edging. No perimeter? No problem. Install an edging system so your artificial grass can butt up against it.

Step 4 – lay down the membrane

Before you lay your grass put down a weed membrane to stop any seeds finding their way into the ground and germinating there, as this will cause lumps and bumps underneath. If you need to use a couple, then overlap them by a few centimetres so there is no possibility of seeds getting into the gaps.

Step 5 – lay your artificial grass

Unroll your turf on top of the membrane making sure that the pile runs in the same direction. Lay the grass so that the pile is pointing towards the house, so that the lawn looks full and natural when viewing it from the house.

Step 6 – join the seams

For a flawless seam, you will need to cut down the edges of the artificial grass so that they can butt up against each other perfectly. Roll out joining tape down the centre line of the join and fold the grass back down. Once it’s down, place an item of weight on top to ensure the join will hold. Trim off the excess artificial grass with a crafting knife so that your turf lays right up to your edging.

Step 7 – fix the grass in place

Fix the artificial grass in place by nailing in ground pins around the perimeter. Insert them at a slight angle and roughly 20cm apart. Ruffle the grass over the top of the pins to hide them from view.

How to maintain artificial grass

Follow these easy maintenance tips to keep it in good condition:

  • If your lawn begins to look unkempt, remove the leaves and debris with a plastic rake. If you have a leaf blower, this job becomes even easier.

  • If the blades start to look flat, groom the lawn with a broom to keep it looking full and bouncy.

  • Use a hose or a bucket of soapy water to remove any prominent stains or dirt marks.

Information courtesy of Carpetright

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