Start by removing the existing turf from your garden. This is hard, back-breaking work!
How to lay ‘Artificial Grass’ tutorial continued…
For small areas, you can do this with a sharp spade, but if you have a large area to clear hiring a turf cutter… (This can be expensive) as this can make this job a lot easier and faster. Remove to a depth of at least 40mm of soil and take up any stones and roots. This could equate to several tonnes of soil from your average sized lawn! Dispose of the soil and debris. You may need to hire a large skip or two even! Ensure all is perfectly level and clear.
Spread out a layer of sharp builder’s sand to a depth of 50mm as a base to the artificial turf. Be aware, you will probably need several tonnes delivered to do this job, may have to wait in all day for it to be delivered and you will have to barrow it to the right spot your garden. This may take a few hours.
Level and compact the sand perfectly evenly across the area to ensure a firm base below the grass.
Now go and chose a good quality artificial grass is you want your new lawn to look good and last. Measure accurately as good quality artificial grass can be expensive and you don’t want to waste any! Transport it home. Easier if you have a van.
You will need a good quality thick weed membrane now. Transport the membrane home. Roll out a weed membrane over the top of the sand and make sure it overlaps the joints by 300mm.
Roll out the artificial grass to cover the area, but make sure the ends of the grass rolls are staggered so they don’t end in a line as this looks awful.
Artificial grass doesn’t stand perfectly straight – it has a slight angle to it so lay the grass with the pile leaning towards the house so it has a full, natural look when you’re viewing it from your house. It’s vitally important to make sure the grass rolls are laid in the same direction and that the blades of grass all point the same way. Experience is helpful here but if this is your first time laying artificial grass, good luck!
Use a scalpel carefully or sharp knife to trim the edges of the artificial grass rolls.
Once you’ve rolled out all of the artificial grass, you’ll need to fix the different rolls together. Use jointing tape – rough side up – and spread it along where the rolls will join. Add adhesive to the tape and place the edges onto the tape, making sure no blades touch the glue.
Once two rolls are joined, ruffle up the grass fibres at the joints to disguise the seal. Then you will need to use ground pins to fix down the edges of the artificial grass rolls every 10cm, ruffling the grass over the pinheads to try to disguise them. Not an easy thing to do if you’ve never done it before!
Or, you could just get a quote from MH Construction Folkestone and let us do all the hard work for you to ensure a perfect finish!