It’s now almost impossible to spot the difference between a natural lawn and an artificial lawn.
Artificial grass is now available in a variety of pile lengths, colours and styles to suit the needs and budgets of everyone.
Preparing a Garden for Artificial Grass.
1. Remove the existing turf.
Begin by removing any existing turf from the area where you intend to install artificial grass. A spade can be used for smaller areas however, if the area is large we would recommend hiring a turf cutter as this will simplify the job and speed up the preparation process. Ideally, you will remove a depth of 40mm.
2. Adding a base layer of sand.
The depth of the base layer of sand will depend on the existing ground conditions however, 50mm is generally recommended. Level and compact the sand using a builder’s plank and hammer. Approximately one tonne of sand will cover 20sqm.
3. Add a membrane layer.
Place a heavy-duty membrane fabric on top of the layer of builder’s sand to prevent weeds growing. Ensure that any joints in the fabric are overlapped by 300mm and if required secure with galvanised nails.
4. Rolling out the artificial lawn.
Artificial grass should always be rolled out with the pile leaning towards the property – this will enhance the look of the lawn when viewed from the property. When rolling our the artificial grass, ensure the ends of the grass rolls are staggered to ensure they do not end in a line. Trim the edges using a craft knife.
5. Joining the artificial lawn.
If the area you are laying artificial grass on is larger than 4m, it is advised that joining tape is used to provide a strong link between each section of lawn. To join the lawn, butt the edges together and when happy with the placement spread the joining tape along where the rolls would join, add adhesive tape and place the edges onto the tape whilst ensuring no blades of grass touch the glue.
6. Create a seamless look.
Once the rolls are joined, ruffle up the grass fibres in order to disguise the joint. Secure the edges of the lawn by using ground pins every 20cm and once again ruffle the grass to ensure the ground pins are hidden.
7. Finishing touches.
Using a stiff brush spread a layer of sand on top of the artificial grass. This step is vital as it will ensure the most natural looking finish. Approximately 6-8kg of sand per square metre will be enough.
Maintaining Artificial Grass
An artificial grass requires a little bit of maintenance every now and again however, it’s still nowhere near the amount of maintenance required for a natural lawn.
Keeping it Clean
Artificial grass is stain resistant meaning, any accidental spillages should be straightforward to clean. Most spills can be removed using water, but tougher stains will require hot soapy water. Tougher oil-based stains will require removal using a cloth and mineral spirits.
Giving it a Good Brush Up
Every once in a while it’s a good idea to give your grass a brush using a brush that doesn’t have metal bristles or a plastic rake. This will perk up the pile and keep it looking neat and tidy.
De-debris the Lawn
As with a real lawn, debris such as soil, leaves and general garden waste can find it’s way onto the artificial grass. The odd bit of debris on an artificial lawn is not a major issue, however, if left for a long time you might find that a few weeds will begin to sprout.
Avoid using sharp objects on your grass.
Avoid using adhesives and other sticky substances like chewing gum near your lawn.
Do not use motor vehicles on an artificial lawn. Wheelbarrows, bicycles and wheelchairs can be used as these will not cause damage.
Do not keep or use sources of heat on the lawn. This includes smoking, BBQs, bonfires and fireworks.
Keep an eye on any damage that may be caused by pets or children.
Digging tool – A spade is recommended for removing old turf.
Builder’s Sand – Washed building sand is available for purchase in bulk loose form and 25kg bags.
Membrane Fabric – To be used on top of the base layer of sand to prevent weeds.
Craft Knife – Used to cut the artificial lawn once in place.
Joining Tape – Adhesive joining tape to join separate sections of lawn together.
Brush – Used for brushing the Builder’s Sand into place and for maintaining the pile.
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