HOW TO REPLACE YOUR LAWN WITH AN ARTIFICIAL LAWN
Installing artificial grass is a simple process but does require a few key tools to simplify the job and give the desired look. As with all DIY projects, the important thing is the preparation work before the artificial grass is installed. Spending a few hours extra on the groundwork gives a far superior finish and a perfect looking lawn for years.
- Using a turf cutter remove the turf to a depth of approximately 50mm.
- Where there is not an edge or a wall to butt grass up to, install the everedge edging system or fix tanalised timber battens around the perimeter using wooden stakes to secure and create a boundary.
- 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 the 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 plasterer’s float, cleanly chamfer the 6mm to dust stone or sand into the edging system.
- Compact the area using a compactor plate, and apply water mist across the 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 your chosen artificial grass product and ensure that it is level (no ripples) and cut into the boundary. If possible, it is advised that you run the surface towards the property (i.e. looking into the pile), so that 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.
- The installation should only be carried out during dry weather. Should the lawn get wet, this will cause problems when infilling with the sand. Use a stiff brush to apply sand.
If you’d rather have your lawn professionally installed, contact one of our local installers for a FREE no obligation quotation and site survey.
How to install artificial grass.
How to cut into a hard edge.
How to complete a join.
HOW TO JOIN ARTIFICIAL GRASS
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 that on each join edge the 4th tuft is at the edge. Care must be taken when cutting the backing, and remember 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.
HOW TO INSTALL ARTIFICIAL GREEN ROOFS
For any roof installation, we always recommend 12mm Lazy Foam or Lazy Pad to be laid over the current roofing system for domestic installations and the inclusion of a cuspated drainage layer for commercial projects. Both systems allow free drainage of rain water 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.
HOW TO INSTALL ONTO CONCRETE OR ASPHALT
- 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 artificial grass out of standing water.
- When installing on concrete or similar you may not always have an edge to finish the artificial grass up to. In most cases, you have two edge finishing options. Fix an aluminium bevel trim to the exposed edges that require finishing or cut a small channel into the concrete using a cutting disc into which the artificial grass can be tucked into and fixed with our LazyFix adhesive.
- Please note – it is not always necessary to glue the artificial surface to the concrete if using a sand-filled grass. However, we do recommend the perimeters are fixed down.
- If fixed down 100% with adhesive, we recommend the surface be fully rolled with a carpet roller or similar, periodically for an hour for good adhesion.
- We recommend sand-dressing the long pile surfaces while dry, with kiln dry sand. Use 5-8 kg per sqm as this will ensure that the pile does not flatten, prolonging the life of the product (outdoor only).
† 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. Click here to download the instructions.
HOW TO INSTALL ONTO CARPET OR CARPET TILES
During any 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 grass to ripple and crease, it can even happen on the lowest pile carpets and tiles.
- On smaller areas like exhibition booths, our cross-weave tape can be applied around the perimeter with a strong double-sided tape, which provides a good firm fix to hold the synthetic 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. This installation is usually completed by fitters from our head office as it requires specialist tools and materials to ensure a trouble free installation.
HOW TO INSTALL ON NATURAL WOOD
Please contact us directly to talk about the options available with natural wood floors and laminates, as using any kind of tape including low-tac tape can cause serious damage to the floor on removal.
HOW TO INSTALL IN EXHIBITION HALLS
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.
Due to this product’s low-tack nature, it does not stick well to all artificial grass surfaces, if this is the case, double-sided carpet floor tape can be applied over the top of the NEC tape. This 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.
We also have a Rubber Bevel Edge which can be used to give a clean finish to all exposed edges and ensure all edge trip hazards are protected