Want to save money on installation costs? Fancy your chances on your DIY skills? Laying artificial grass could not be easier if you follow our fitting guide. This quick guide to "How to fit artificial grass" will put you on the right path. However, for more in-depth instructions, please refer to our full Artificial Grass Fitting Guide.
Step 1 - Out with the old
Remove the existing lawn, paving, or decking and edge the anticipated perimeter with timber. Knock the timber down to ground level. Protect your new lawn from weeds by using weed killer over the area and adding a layer of weed membrane.
Step 2 - Prepare your subfloor
Apply an aggregate layer of sharp sand or crushed stone over the weed membrane. Compact until its firm yet porous. If you're using crushed stone, add a layer of sand over the top to level the surface.
Step 3 - Fitting artificial grass
To fit artificial grass, lay the artificial grass from the top corner of the timber across to the opposite corner. You may need additional pieces of grass to complete the install. If so, lay these out too so that the entire area is covered.
Step 4 - Cut to shape
Trim your artificial grass edges - any surplus grass can be disposed of.
If you have a join, see step 5. If not, jump straight to step 9.
Step 5 - Add your fixing tape
Fold back the artificial grass where it meets and place fixing tape centrally in between the two folds. Cut away any excess tape from the end so that the edge is parallel with the grass. This will stop any tape being seen from the side angle.
Step 6 - Adhesive layer
Place grass adhesive along the entire length of the tape and across the backing of the folded back grass.
Step 7 - Secure the join
To secure the join, keep the cuts flat and push them down firmly so that they line up with each other and create a firm bond.
Step 8 - Add the pressure
Using your body weight, step along the joining grass to enhance the adhesion between the grass and the tape. Ruffle the grass to disguise the join and allow time to dry. If you're unsure on how long to let it dry for, check the manufacturer's guidelines on your glue packaging.
No join? See below:
Step 9 - Secure the perimeter
Secure the perimeter using fixing nails or pins by tapping them into the wooden timber to keep the grass in place.
Step 10 - Finishing touches
Using a regular sweeping broom, bush back your artificial grass strands to enhance the overall appearance. You can even brush in opposite ways to create a striped effect. Sit back and admire you have now fit artificial grass!
*An optional surface layer of sand is often advised to keep your stands in the upright position.
Please note, that this is a quick guide to fit artificial grass only. For our fully comprehensive guide which includes specialist advice on how to fit over hard surfaces and perform professional standard joins, please refer to our Artificial Grass Fitting Guide.
Whilst we appreciate fitting artificial grass yourself isn’t ideal for everyone, we hope this guide has given you a sound understanding of the process. If you would prefer to use the services of a professional landscaper and need help finding a fitter in your area, speak to one of our artificial grass experts, who will point you in the right direction.