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How to lay artificial grass

By Adelaide Gray

Getting artificial grass professionally fitted can often cost as much as the grass itself. Below give our simple tips on how to lay artificial grass yourself.

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How should I prepare the ground for artificial grass?

The process of preparing your garden for artificial grass is very similar to laying grass turf. You’ll need to remove any existing turf, then create a firm, level surface topped with a 25-35mm layer of coarse sand. 

Some artificial grass manufacturers also recommend laying a weed-proof membrane, depending on how densely woven the artificial grass is. If you've had problems with tough weeds, such as brambles or ground elder, we would recommend you use a weed-proof membrane.

How do I cut and lay the artificial grass?

For larger areas, rolls are joined using special tape and adhesive. The material is cut with a heavy-duty craft knife and butted against a hard edge, tacked to wooden edging boards, or buried to keep it in place. With some types, dry sand is brushed into the pile. 

The lawn then needs to be pinned down firmly and brushed to restore the pile.

You can also lay some types of artificial grass onto a hard, even surface, such as concrete, by simply gluing it.

Does artificial grass need any maintenance?

You certainly don’t need to cut, weed, feed, edge or scarify a fake lawn, but you will need to blow or rake off autumn leaves, and hose off dirt or animal droppings.

Otherwise, an occasional quick brush to raise the pile should keep it looking good. Artificial turf laid with sand brushed into the pile will need an annual top-up, and we found the sand acted as a seedbed for weeds, which need to be removed, either by hand or using a weedkiller. Artificial lawns in shade may attract moss, but this can be controlled with a mosskiller.

Can I pay to get my artificial grass installed by a professional?

Yes. Many artificial grass manufacturers offer installation, and prices vary depending on the complexity of your garden. When we checked prices in 2016, the quotes we were given for fitting a 50sq m area ranged from £1,000 to £2,700 -double the price of the artificial grass alone. This is a convenient option, but if you’re on a budget and are good with your hands, you'll be better off laying the grass yourself. 

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