How To Install Artificial Grass | Step By Step Guide
Artificial grass is considered the favourite flooring solution for lawns, balconies, patios, and gardens. Because of the unlimited benefits of synthetic grass, it has become a greatly popular flooring solution and real grass alternative over time.
If you have bought the artificial turf for your lawn and now want to install it unassisted, then you need a perfect DIY guide, so I am here to guide you about every step of the installation of your synthetic grass.
After reading this article, you should be able to install turf in your garden without the assistance of a professional. So, continue reading to learn about all the tools and techniques for the installation of fake grass.
Tools For The Installation Of Artificial Grass
First of all, you should know all about the tools and materials that you are going to require for the installation of artificial turf. So here are all the 10 tools that you should have while placing the grass on your lawn.
- Turf Cutter
- Flat Shovel
- Razor Knife
- Joining Adhesive
- Joining Tape
Steps to Install the Artificial Grass
After gathering all the tools, we should start the installation process of the artificial grass. Ahead are the steps that you need to follow.
1. Measure the garden
The very first step is to measure your garden. First, measure the length of the garden and then its width. Never ignore any corner of the garden because if you don’t buy the additional grass for that corner, it will appear odd and ruin the look of your garden.
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Always add 2 to 3 inches extra on the measurement because sometimes you measure very tightly and during the installation, the fake grass will not be enough for your garden. Some grass is also wasted during trimming.
2. Order the Artificial Grass
After measuring the garden or lawn, it’s now time to order the artificial grass. While ordering the grass, keep in mind many things, such as
- Always try to buy premium quality turf from a renowned provider so it can last for a long time.
- Check the pile height of the grass.
- Check the weight and the density of the grass.
- Read the precautionary measures for the grass.
- Ask the seller how much weight the turf can bear.
- Ask the seller about the maintenance of the grass.
After checking all of these things, place an order for your grass and you can, of course, proceed with the grass floor fitting, once you get to place your hands over the product.
3. Prepare the Surface
After ordering the grass, it’s time to prepare your lawn or garden surface for the installation of the Astroturf. For the preparation of the grass, spray the weed killers on the lawn for about two weeks before placing the grass.
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If your lawn or garden has some real grass, then remove it completely so the surface will be clean for the upcoming synthetic turf layer. You should also remove the upper soil from the lawn so it creates a space for the installation of artificial grass and for achieving a perfectly levelled flooring system all across your place.
4. Create a Solid Base
You must know that the installation of artificial turf requires a solid base, so the grass will never be unbalanced. Sand can mix with water and create a muddy surface, so you should use stone or boards on the surface of your floor to make a solid base for the fake grass.
If you are going to install the integrated underlay, then the surface of the solid base should be 10 to 20mm deeper than the surface.
5. Install Builder’s Sand
After making a solid base for the fake grass, it’s now time to spread builder’s sand on the floor. It is meant to increase the durability and comfort level of the fake grass.
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You’ll need to spread around one and a half inches of the Builder’s sand for creating a perfectly levelled space. For the even distribution of builder’s sand, it’s best that you make use of a landscaping rake. You can finish off this step by compacting the sand with either a piece of plywood (2×2).
6. Lay the grass
Finally, after completely preparing the ground, it’s time to install fake grass on the floor. Place the rolls of the grass on the floor where you have to install it. Spread the rolls over the surface in such a way that they completely cover the floor of your balcony or other outdoor space.
When the grass is thoroughly adjusted on the floor, it’s time to fix it with the underlay. But before this, make sure that you have covered all the nooks and corners of the floor. Cut the extra grass to fit it all the way around the corners. Now there are two methods for fixing the grass on the ground.
Glue Down Method
If the fake grass has built-in adhesion, then don’t use any other glue just install the grass carefully. If the grass doesn’t come with in-built adhesives, you have to use the artificial grass glue to fix it on the floor, but let me tell you one thing: when you install the grass using glue, there is no chance for you to remove it from this place and use it again because the grass completely adheres to the ground. This method is quite similar to the creation of floating floor systems with either laminate wood flooring or LVP flooring.
To apply the glue on the floor, fold the grass rolls from the corners and apply the rich amount of glue, then spread the roll again. Do it carefully so there are no folds or gathered clusters in the rolls. Repeat this process on all four corners of the grass.
7. Sand Infill
This is the final step for the installation of the artificial grass garden. The sand infill is necessary for your grass to provide it with some weight so it will easily remain on your existing flooring system. This will protect your artificial garden and will extend its life, as well.
Now spread the silica sand evenly on the fake grass floor. Try to keep the amount of sand even on the entire floor, so the level of your floor will never be imbalanced.
If you are confused about whether you have evenly spread the sand or not, then walk on the grass and feel if there is an area that is lower or higher, then retreat to this area. Now you can enjoy your fake grass in the form of a beautiful garden or outdoor decor with your family.
What are the Advantages of Installing Artificial Grass?
There are endless benefits to installing fake grass on lawns, gardens, balconies, and patios. Some of the most important benefits of installing an artificial lawn are:
- Low Maintenance: Artificial turf requires very little maintenance, as you can clean it once or twice a month. The cleaning process of the grass is also very simple.
- Does Not Need Fertilizers: An artificial lawn never requires fertilizers for its better growth as you have to use them for real grass.
- Safe For Children and Pets: Artificial grass is completely safe for children and pets because it has an underlay that protects the kids from injuries. It also never leaves grass spots on the children’s clothes when playing on it.
- No Need for Pesticides: Another benefit of this grass is that it does not need pesticides because there is no mould and mildew growth possible. There is also no chance for the growth of fungi and algae.
- Conserve Water: Fake grass is environmentally friendly because it doesn’t need as much water as real grass, so it can conserve water.
- Reduce Ground Pollution: As this grass doesn’t need fertilizers and pesticides, it can reduce ground pollution.
Now you know all the steps that you need to follow while installing the artificial grass in your garden. You can easily have the fitting done without any major inconvenience or without seeking professional help (and of course investing in it!) So enjoy this process and get yourself a dream garden. Best of luck with the installation of your fake lawn!
FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions
There are many benefits to artificial grass, such as that it is very easy to maintain as compared to real grass. Children and pets are safe on artificial turf because if they fall on it, they will not get hurt. Fake grass is also free from the growth of fungi and algae.
Yes, you can install your fake grass unassisted because it is a very easy method. You just need to prepare the ground, create a hard base, install an underlay, and then lay the grass rolls and fix them with glue or nails.
Preparing the ground for artificial turf is very easy because you just need to remove the previous real grass from the ground. Spray the weed killers two weeks before the installation of the grass. Create a hard base with stones, or boards. Place the underlay on the ground, and your ground is ready.