In this article I shall be explaining how you install artifical grass! I will cover from choosing a base and then on to cutting to trimming, joining to glueing and offering to weighting and then onto completion!
Where to purchase from?
There are many artifical grass suppliers, amongst some of the best is Verde Sports, they offer a large range of different types of artifical grass, from residential appearance grasses to low wear and high strength sports grasses, it is best to speak to a supplier and find out the best grass for your needs and requirements.
Should I get an Installer?
Maybe... Installing your own artifical grass can be a daunting task but it isnt rocket science. I suggest ensuring you plan how you are going to install the grass before deciding to do it yourself to ensure you have all the required skills and tools to complete the job - You dont want to get half way through and then find out that you cant finish the job. It would be a waste of your time, money and effort and also you risk damaging the lawn or base.
If your target area is a small area then you may wish to use the grass as a temporary solution or you may just be using it for cosmetic purposes. There are three standard methods for installation:
1. Lay the grass out, cutting it to the correct size as you go around and ensuring the grass is flat. You can use garden furniture and objects to weight the grass down just ensure there is enough support on it to protect it from being blown around in the wind - this can cause the grass to be ripped up or damage the edging depending on the circumstances.
2. Lay as above but instead of using ornaments and furniture to wiegh it down use double-sided adhesive tape, remembering to ensure the ground surface is resilient enough to hold the grass down during high winds to avoid damaging your artifical grass.
3. If the above two methods are not working or you want a more secure installation, consider tacking or stapling into a medium density fibreboard or plywood, just ensure it has adequate water protection.
Install onto a permament base (Concrete):
1. Make sure the area you are coving is clean and free of any debris and is as level as possible. Imperfections can be seen with any small objects under the artifical grass and it can also damage the grass over time.
2. Lay the grass down in the required area and alow upto a 50mm trim around the edge for extra runaway when laid.
3. Weigh the grass down and leave for 3-6 hours to reduce the roll effects and creases from within the grass.
4. Cut and trim the grass edges with a blade or knife making sure there are no gaps around the edge.
5. Make the joins using the suggested tape or glue by the manufacturer of your artifical grass.
6. Apply any infil if required - sand is suggested for outside installations or raised adhesive for internal applications. Consider the application of a final layer after the infil has been compacted.