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HOW TO INSTALL ARTIFICIAL GRASS

Whether you are planning to lay synthetic grass on decking, concrete or an existing natural surface, our easy-to-follow installation guide will walk you through the steps to complete the process.

Whether you are planning to lay synthetic grass on decking, concrete or an existing natural surface, our easy-to-follow installation guide will walk you through the steps to complete the process.

In all cases it is essential to ensure that the sub-base on which the synthetic grass is to be laid is of good standard. Being a flexible product synthetic grass will reflect any deficiencies in the sub-base. Bumps, lumps and depressions in the sub-base will be visible in the synthetic grass surface.

Our aim is to provide you with everything you need to ensure your artificial grass is installed properly and completed to the highest standard.

1. MANAGE YOUR MATERIALS

MATERIALS


HAND TOOLS

HIRE EQUIPMENT

  • Mortised turf cutter
  • Lawn roller or Motorised plate compactor
  • Fertiliser spreader
  • Lawn Easy Level Rake

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2. BASE PREPARATION

Measure out the length, width and height of the area that the artificial turf will fill and ensure that your work area is clear of hazards.


BASE PREPARATION | REMOVE NATURAL TURF


Remember to remove grass no less than several days after rain or irrigation. Water-logged grass and its dirt substrate are far heavier to move when wet than when dry.


Understand that you will be digging up complete layers of turf. You will not be removing just the grass but the attached dirt as well. It is far easier to pull out the grass with the underlying soil attached. In fact, the more dirt that is attached, the easier the project is. Generally, the entire thickness of the turf removed will be from 75 – 150mm. If the area being fitted with artificial grass is relatively small, removal of the existing surface can be done by hand. For larger areas, a turf cutter can be used. Keep in mind, we strongly advise against building your base on topsoil.


Spray the select herbicide or vinegar over the earth, being careful to target the excavated area only.


Firmly compact the ground within the active area by using a vibrating plate or roller. These tools can usually be hired from equipment hire centres for a reasonable price.


Once you’re done compacting the base layer, cover the excavated area with geotextile weed mat by overlapping joints 300mm.


Import and spread Crusher dust to the required depth using a levelling bar to evenly spread the material. Wet the material as you go to reduce the amount of dust in the air and to get a firmer compaction rate. Once you have the levels right, give the layer a good soaking and further compact the particles together. Next, if you planned to use timber or any other edging material, place this down now. Make sure the edging does not exceed the final grass line height to ensure water runs off the turf properly.


BASE PREPARATION | HARD SURFACES


Crack Repairs


Small hairline cracks are generally not troublesome.


Larger, dormant cracks (5mm+) should be thoroughly cleaned out and loose pieces of concrete removed before repairing. Any cement patching product can be used to repair these larger cracks. Be sure to push the repair compound completely down into the crack, and always allow the patched area to dry thoroughly before proceeding to apply a covering of any kind.


If the cracks are still alive, there is a structural problem existing that must be addressed before proceeding to repair the crack(s). Consult a professional engineer or contractor if you find this to be the case.


Holes and Depression Repairs



  1. Chip away and remove any loose concrete being careful not to break up any concrete that's in good condition. Sweep the thoroughly with a broom to collect all dust and debris. Apply a SEALING coat of diluted Bondcrete and allow to dry. [Bondcrete 1 : Water 4]

  2. Lay a straightedge to visualise and measure how much levelling compound you need to fill the hole/depression.

  3. Prepare enough patching mixture [clean sand 2 : cement 1] into a workable consistency with Bondcrete admixture [Bondcrete 1 : Water 10] in place of normal water. The mixture should be stiff enough to remain on your trowel without running off.

  4. Apply a BONDCOAT of diluted Bondcrete [Bondcrete 1 : Water 1] and while the Bondcrete is wet or tacky carry out patching. Trowel patching mix it into the depression, level and spread it with the trowel feathering out the edges.

  5. Let the patch set for 48 hours before walking over it.

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3. ROLL OUT YOUR GRASS

Now, carefully roll out your artificial grass, making sure not to disturb the levelling work you’ve completed on the base layer. Remember, your artificial grass has a directional pile so it will all have to face the same way if installing multiple pieces of grass. We advise laying the grass with the pile leaning towards your house or main area to maximise that natural look.

The next step is to allow your freshly laid fake grass to settle for at least 3 hours, but we strongly recommend leaving it to set overnight if possible. This step will prevent the grass from wrinkling or creasing.

Once you’ve given your fake grass time to settle, you can then proceed with cutting and trimming the artificial turf around the edges. It is easier to cut the grass rolls from underneath therefore we recommend folding the turf back and trim to fit using your sharp Stanley Knife.

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4. JOIN YOUR GRASS TOGETHER

Next, use our high-quality outdoor tape and glue to connect the joins of your grass. For reference, the instructions are conveniently located on the products. Simply lay the tape and apply the adhesive before pulling the grass edges together. Then apply weight using heavy materials such as plant pots or stones.

If joining grass is required, ensure grass rolls are butted together making sure no fibres are caught underneath. Fold back the turf edges on both sides of the join to expose the base.

Self-adhesive joining system – Simply place joining tape adhesive side up through the middle of the join, peel off protective layer and place roll edge onto the tape making sure the fibres do not touch the tape, ensure to ruffle the pile to disguise the join on completion.

Joining tape & adhesive system – Roll out the joining tape through the middle of the join and apply the adhesive using your notched trowel, allow for the adhesive to tack a little and place roll edge onto the tape making sure the fibres do not touch the adhesive, ensure to ruffle the pile to disguise the join on completion.

Both methods require weight or rolling with heavy material or water drum roller to aid in the adhesive to secure the backing of the artificial grass.

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5. PIN IT DOWN

When finishing your installation of our artificial turf, pin down the edges using our landscaping pins for added durability. If you installed a timber frame, you will need to use flat-head galvanised nails in place of the pins. If you have installed over a hard surface like concrete or patio then apply a 200mm wide line of glue along all edges.

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6. BRUSH THE GRASS UP

Due to being rolled up for transport, your turf fibres may be relatively flat. To fix this, simply use an outdoor broom and brush your newly installed artificial grass against the pile to bring the fibres upright. Using a fertiliser spreader or wheelbarrow and shovel, broadcast the recommended sand infill over the synthetic grass and broom into the pile so as to act as a ballast to the base.

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7. AND RELAX!

Finally, you can sit back and enjoy your brand-new synthetic grass lawn!

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