DIY Artificial Grass Installation
Lay your Artificial Grass Direct lawn yourself and you can save yourself some money.
Our artificial grass installation guide will help you plan how much artificial grass you’ll need and how much it will cost you. Download the Planning Tool by clicking on the link below. Here’s how to use the planner:
Work out the size of the area you want to replace. Calculate this in square metres.
Use the blank grid in the Planning Tool (PDF attached) to help you work out how many rolls of fake grass you’ll need. Position the rolls so that you have a minimum number of joints. Allow some extra lawn length for a small amount of wastage depending on the design of your garden and how the rolls are laid.
Our artificial grass is supplied in 2m (200cm) and 4m (400cm) widths (see drop down box for availability) and any lengths up to 25 metres. Remember, all rolls must be laid in the same direction to give the best finish and ideally so that you are looking into the pile.
Order the amount of grass, fixings, accessories and tools you require in our online shop.
Need some help?
We’re here to guide you every step of the way and make sure your lawn looks great. Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy answer your questions and help you with a perfect installation.
You might also need …
Some Artificial Grass Direct ranges require additional products. You might need a weed membrane, underfelt, ground fixing pins, tubs or tubes of adhesive, jointing tape, mastic gun tool, adhesive spreader and craft knife. Just visit our online shop. We can supply everything you need and tell you exactly what to do. Just ask.
With just a little preparation you can achieve some great results and massive savings by installing your new lawn yourself.
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Laying on soil or sand base
For best results, you should lay your turf on a 35mm layer of compacted sharp sand. To maintain levels it may be necessary to remove an equivalent amount of the topsoil. It is unwise to leave vegetable material under your new grass as this will rot down unevenly. The ground or sand should be compacted. For smaller areas you can do this with the back of a shovel or builders plank, or for larger areas use a vibrating plate compactor which can be hired at most equipment hire centres.
Should be laid immediately under the grass, this stops any seeds finding their way into the sand and germinating. Overlap the membrane by at least 100mm and take right to the edge of the area.
Lay the artificial grass on top of the membrane. Allow approximately 50mm of artificial grass to trim off to make that perfect edge. It’s a good idea to leave the grass for a day to settle. This helps to stop any creasing or wrinkling.
Butt any grass edges together, when you are satisfied with the result, peel the grass back and lay our fibreglass backing tape under the join. Using a spreader apply our Aqua Bond mastic adhesive or multi-purpose adhesive to the tape, then simply fold back the grass taking care not to squeeze the adhesive up on to the grass strands. See more on how to join artificial grass here
Cut and trim your artificial grass, using a sharp craft knife, making sure there are no gaps between walls and grass. Always use sharp blades and change the blade regularly. The grass sometimes has a material trim to one edge this is just from production and needs to be removed before laying, it is not for joining the edge, you will need to use joining tape and adhesive for all joins.
Use our ground pins, nailed into the ground at an angle every 200mm to secure the perimeter. Alternatively, you can create a small concrete haunch to glue to or bury lengths of treated timber to nail or tack to.
Laying on decking or for temporary use
Lay the artificial grass out and trim to size. It will stay flat under its own weight. Garden furniture or planters can be used to hold it down in areas that are exposed to strong winds.
To provide a softer more absorbent feel, loose lay under the grass a 12mm exterior underfelt, available from our store. Ensure that any joints are neatly butted together.
Use our Aqua Bond Adhesives to stick it to any smooth surface.
Use a staple gun or tack/nail to fix directly to the wood
To lay on concrete or a patio base
Firstly, make sure that the surface to be covered is clean and smooth. A self-levelling compound may be required to remove surface imperfections that may show through to the top surface especially on thinner pile height products.
This can be purchased from DIY stores.
To provide a softer more absorbent feel, loose lay under the grass a 12mm exterior under felt available from our store. Ensure that any joints are neatly butted together.
Lay, join and trim the artificial grass as above
Laying on flat roofs
It is important that the roof will weight bear and also important not to puncture the waterproof membrane. Loose laying will avoid this. Our Aqua Bond adhesive will provide a more permanent fix but you should take local professional advice prior to making any permanent fix to flat roofs.