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Laying artificial grass yourself is a great idea! You save on costs and learn some new skills too, and have the satisfaction of having completed a lasting project yourself!

Be sure to checkout our grass range too and order your samples to choose the right grass for you before you order.

So here is our DIY guide to installing our fake grass – but if you have any questions, just give us a call – we are always very happy to help!

We’ve split our DIY instructions into three, depending upon the base on to which you are aiming to lay your artificial grass:

  • Temporary installation on a clean and smooth surface
  • Permanent installation onto a solid base
  • Permanent installation onto an existing lawn

TEMPORARY INSTALLATION

Ensure the surface you are covering is clean and smooth. You can apply a self-levelling compound which will remove surface imperfections, which is a particularly good idea if the pile of grass you are laying is very short. Weigh the edges down with a suitable items, like pot plants.

PERMANENT INSTALLATION ONTO A SOLID BASE

  1. Ensure the surface you are covering is clean and smooth. You can apply a self-levelling compound which will remove surface imperfections, which is a particularly good idea if the pile of grass you are laying is very short. If you are laying the artificial grass on decking, it’s a good idea to put down some board to prevent the grass forming ridges and falling into the gaps between the boards.
  2. If you are laying our performance pad, roll out the pad and stick the pieces together with duct tape. You’re now ready to roll out the grass.
  3. Lay the grass onto the now clean and level area you are covering. Allow around 50mm of grass on each side of the area to trim off to ensure a perfect edge. Leave the grass for around two-to-three hours to settle, which will stop it wrinkling or creasing.
  4. Cut and trim your artificial grass, using a sharp Stanley knife, ensuring that you cut the grass neat to the edges of walls.
  5. To make the joins, use a high-quality outdoor tape and glue (you can purchase these from us too), following the instructions on the products. If you have a wooden surface, like decking or suspended floor boards, you can use a combination of adhesive and carpet tacks to fix the grass down.

Permanent installation onto an existing lawn – replaced with a new stone and sand base

  1. Work out the height at which you want your grass layer to be, and the height of the materials you will be installing (including layers of geotextile weed barrier, performance pad, sub-base and so on).
  2. Take up the grass sod, either by hand for small areas or use a turf cutter if it is a large area, and possibly also take out some subsoil depending upon the height of your top soil. Never build your base on topsoil.
  3. Compact the ground using a vibrating plate or roller (you can hire these at a good equipment hire centre)
  4. Spray weed killer to the area to be covered.
  5. If you are planning on using timber or other edging, put this in place now. Ensure it isn’t higher than the final grass line so that you don’t hinder the water run-off.
  6. Put down a minimum of 40mm of a sharp, compacted sand. Add wet sand if it is too dry. Compact this with the vibrating plate or roller.
  7. Roll out your performance pad layer and trim to size. Once the grass is rolled out, it will hold the pad in place, and any garden pins you put in to secure the grass will also secure the pad (you can buy your garden pins from BuzzGrass too).
  8. Lay the geotextile layer on top of the sand and then lay the grass on top of this (rather than dragging it on, which will damage your leveling work on the base) or on to the performance pad.
  9. Leave the grass for around two-to-three hours to settle, or if possible overnight, to stop it wrinkling or creasing.
  10. Cut and trim your artificial grass, using a sharp Stanley knife, ensuring that you cut the grass neat to the edges of walls.
  11. To make the joins, use a high-quality outdoor tape and glue (you can purchase these from us too), following the instructions on the products. If you have a wooden surface, like decking or suspended floor boards, you can use a combination of adhesive and carpet tacks to fix the grass down.
  12. If you are using edgings, put natural stone, paving or logs against them. If you aren’t using edgings, knock in some landscaping pins every 1m or so.
  13. The fibre may be flat from being rolled up, so brush against the pile to bring it upright, before you sit down and relax with a well-earned drink!
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