Artificial Grass Installation: How to Install Artificial Grass
Please find below useful DIY fitting instructions and videos, along with downloadable .pdf documents, detailed instructions and advice on artificial grass installation in various environments and surfaces.
We recommend you get in touch with us if you have any doubts on installing or have a specific project planned.
If you need information on how to install artificial grass for any commercial installation, we recommend you contact our technical department directly, as many of the methods below are not applicable for large-scale installs. In addition, you will find more detailed information and technical product data sheets on our commercial technical page.
How to install artificial grass.
How to cut into a hard edge.
How to complete a join.
Installation onto compact earth:
Using a turf cutter remove the turf to a depth of approximately 60mm.
Where there is not an edge or a wall to butt grass up to, install the everedge edging system or fix tanilised timber battens around perimeter using wooden stakes to secure, to create a boundary.
Before you carry out your artificial grass installation, prepare the ground, i.e. remove humps and bumps leaving natural falls. Should the area have drainage problems, we recommend a type 1 stone base and soak-always are installed. Chamfer the outer perimeters to a drop of 40mm from edging / slab height. This allows the grass to run neatly into the edging system or perimeter edge.
Once area has been levelled, install 10-15mm depth of 6mm to dust granite stone (damp) or alternatively sharp sand to max depth of 10mm. To level the area, use a 2″ x 4″ wooden bar. Using the bar slide left and right and pull towards you. This gives you a flat even surface. Once complete, using a plasterers float cleanly chamfer the 6mm to dust stone or sand into the edging system.
Compact area using a compactor plate, apply water mist across area before compacting to allow the 6mm to dust stone to bind together.
Cover the area with a Geotex material weed membrane to discourage weed growth. Stretch out taught and nail in position using 4″ galvanised nails approx every 0.75 metres. Trim excess to fit.
Unroll the artificial grass and ensure its level (no ripples) and cut into the boundary. If possible it is advisable you run the surface towards the property (i.e. looking into the pile), so when you look out the window of the property, it gives the most natural look.
When fully fixed the whole area should be sand dressed with a high quality kiln dry sand to a maximum weight of 5-8 kg’s p/sqm
Fake grass installation should only be carried out whilst weather is dry. Should the LazyLawn get wet, this will cause problems when infilling with the sand. Use a stiff brush to apply sand.
How to complete a join:
Knowing how to install artificial grass is imperative before undertaking a large project. If a join is required to cover your lawn area, unroll the two surfaces that require joining ensuring the pile runs in the same direction on both sections.
Pull the two pieces together, and then fold the synthetic grass over on itself by 30cm along the join edges.
Looking at the rear of the surface, you will see lines of tufts running along the join edges. You will need to remove 3 tufts away from each roll to provide a clean undamaged edge. You will also notice that between each row of tufts there is a gap, ideally when removing the 3 tufts you will want to remove the gap so on each join edge, the 4th tuft is at the edge. Care must be taken when cutting the backing, remembering not to push too hard and cut the grass tufts underneath the backing or this will result in a poor seam.
Lay the joining tape through the centre of the join, shiny side down ensuring equal tape under each roll, (nails can be used to hold this in place); then fold the grass back down and do any final positioning to ensure a good join (Ideally, 5-10mm between each join edge).
Fold back one section of grass along the join (ideally leave the roll down that has the pile leaning away from the join). Using a caulking gun, apply a bead of LazyFix adhesive, approximately 10mm wide under the section touching the join tape along the length of the join edge. Repeat with another bead approximately 10mm away from the edge of the first section. Fold the second section over onto joining tape being careful not to trap any of the tufts of grass under the edge of the carpet or contaminate with glue.
Once complete, firmly rub the join to ensure adhesive contact to the rear of the turf.
Permanent installation onto concrete, asphalt and similar surfaces:
The concrete should be clean, smooth and dry. It should ideally have a fall to help disperse rainwater. If there is no fall, it is recommended that a few drainage holes are made in the concrete or use our 12mm Lazy Foam or LazyPad under the surface. This helps reduce any imperfections in the sub-floor, acts as a shock pad, and keeps the grass out of standing water.
Fix the surface with a recommended adhesive, LazyFix or one of our specialist outdoor adhesives.
Please note – it is not always necessary to glue the artificial lawn to the concrete if using a sand filled grass. However, we do recommend the perimeters are fixed down.
If fixed, we recommend the surface be fully rolled with a carpet roller or similar, periodically for an hour for good adhesion.
We recommend to sand dress the long pile surfaces whilst dry, with kiln dry sand. Use 5-8KG per sqm as this will ensure that the pile does not flatten, prolonging the life of the product (outdoor only).
The surface can be double sided taped down or loose laid and kept down with garden furniture or flowerpots. Also on ply/MDF areas, it may be stapled down. Always ensure that the surface is fixed down adequately to guard against the wind.
NEC tape is to be used at the NEC Birmingham and many other event halls as this product has a low-tack, which will stick to the clean, well-maintained floors, without leaving marks or residue. Due to this products low-tack nature, it does not stick well to all artificial grass, or in this case, double sided carpet floor tape. It can be applied over the top of the NEC tape, which will then provide a low-tack tape to protect the floor. With the carpet tape firmly sticking to the rear of the artificial grass, ensure none of the double-sided tape touches the events floor.
Installing onto natural wood floors and some laminates:
Please contact us directly to talk about the options available to fix down your artificial grass as using any kind of tape including low-tac tape can cause damage to the floor on removal.
Installing onto carpets or carpet tiles:
During any artificial grass installation onto a carpeted surface, the effect of creeping has to be accounted for. This is caused by the pile of the carpet that you install over. This can cause the artificial grass to ripple and crease – it can even happen on the lowest pile carpet areas.
On smaller areas like exhibition booths our cross-weave tape can be applied around the perimeter with a strong double sided tape on that, this provides a good firm fix to hold the artificial grass.
On large areas like hotel ballrooms, office meeting rooms and large scale exhibitions areas with a carpeted floor, we have a unique system to lock the artificial grass to the carpet. This will allow very high traffic, trolleys and even cars to be moved over without the risk of the artificial turf moving or creasing but removed with no trace left behind.
Using this information, you will now have the knowledge of knowing how to install fake grass.
For any roof installation, we always recommend 12mm Lazy Foam or Lazy Pad to be laid over the current roofing system, as this allows free drainage and protects the roof membrane. Using a shockpad and drainage layer also allows the artificial grass to be fixed to the underlay and not the roof surface.
Due to the varied surfaces of roof areas, great care has to be taken before attempting to use adhesive on PVC membranes, as this can cause serious damage and invalidate roofing warranties. For this reason, we recommend you first contact our sales or technical team on 01572 768208 to ensure the correct fitting method is used.
† These instructions have been written to limit the amount of specialist equipment you would have to hire to complete the job on a DIY level. All of our installation teams use top quality installation equipment (including mechanical brushes, for example) to ensure the installation is to the very highest standard.