The perception that replacing or installing artificial grass is a difficult chore cannot be further from the truth. If done properly, it can actually be a very simple process.
Suitable for installing on hard surfaces, replacing existing lawns or for performing joins on your grass, the artificial grass market is growing because of its versatility and the fact that it doesn't require much lawn care, as well as its relative low cost.
The following easy to digest steps and advice will put your mind at rest and allow for an easy installation process to get your garden or putting green fit for purpose.
Installing on hard surfaces and replacing existing lawns
Firstly, when installing on hard surfaces, it is vital to clear the area from any debris before stretching out your artificial grass, which will remove any ripples. Next, fix the grass around the perimeter using a waterproof outdoor adhesive or, alternatively, you can stick down the entire area using the same adhesive and ensure that the grass is secure before using a carpet roller to flatten the area.
Only in dry conditions and if you're happy with the results, dress your artificial lawn with kiln dried sand (around 8kgs per m2) and brush into the pile with a stiff brush to complete the process.
When replacing an existing lawn, you should ensure that the area drains suitably and, by using a turf cutter, remove your lawn to a depth of two inches before weed killing the area. Next, create a boundary around the perimeter, which can be done by using wooden battens or something similar.
The area needs to be porous, but firm, so apply 15mm of sharp sand or dust granite to the levelled area. As with any scenario for when applying artificial grass, ensure that any debris and unnecessary bumps aren’t lingering around the area.
When you’re happy with the perimeter, unroll the artificial lawn and stretch it to cover the area, before carefully cutting around the boundary. Anchor the lawn down with 4 inch galvanised nails before brushing kiln dried sand into the pile to complete the installation.
Performing joins on your grass
The most important thing to ensure when joining two or more pieces of artificial grass is that the pile runs in the same direction. Firstly, lay the two pieces of artificial grass beside each other, lining the edges up together. You need to remove the salvage edge by folding the edge of both pieces back approximately and carefully trimming along each joining edge. Once this is done, lay the joining cloth directly up the centre of the join and apply waterproof adhesive along the cloth.
To ensure a smooth process, apply the adhesive in a zig zag line on both the joining cloth and up the join. Always ensure that the two artificial grass pieces line up together along the joining seam, and ensure that the adhesive sticks correctly by firmly pressing along the seam.
Once it is dry, dress the artificial lawn with kiln dried sand, and then you’re all set to enjoy your new garden.
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