How to install artificial grass
How much artificial Grass Costs
Artificial grass is Safe, hygienic and easy to clean – ideal if you have children or pets. It does come with an upfront cost of between £4 – £29 per square meter. The good news is that after the installation it is going to last for a good 10 to 15 years.
A working example can be seen bellow
A small garden measuring 4M by 4M using Loco Green 20mm Artificial Grass Would cost £160 including delivery weed membrane would cost around £30.
You can always get in touch with us to give you a quote for you situation free samples are available.
Professional Artificial Grass Installation
If you have a professional person fitting your grass costs will vary depending on where you are in the country
On average, costs will vary between £60 and £75 per square meter for installation but this depends very heavy on what part of the country you are from. London for example can be a lot more expensive starting at £85 per square meter.
Tools required outdoor on grass or soil
Artificial grass (you will want to measure this first and plan.)
Shovel and spade to remove old grass
Sharp builder’s sand
Turf Cutter (For larger gardens or to save time.)
Fitting artificial grass on existing grass or soil
1. Start by removing the existing turf on the ground. You can obviously skip this step if there is only soil. If you have large amounts of existing grass a turf cutter is going to speed the job up and make it a lot easier.
2. Spread out a layer of sharp builder’s sand to a depth of 35mm as a base to the artificial turf.
3. Level and compact the sand evenly across the area to ensure a firm base below the grass. You can use a builder’s plank and heavy hammer to compact the sand and then smooth the sand down. The ground doesn’t need to be entirely flat and can include gentle slopes or mounds.
4. Roll out a weed membrane over the top of the sand and make sure it overlaps joints by 300mm.
5. Fake grass doesn’t stand perfectly straight, it has a slight angle to it, and ideally you should lay the fake grass with the pile leaning towards the house. By doing this you ensure that the grass has a full, natural look when you’re viewing it from the house.
6. When using more than 1 roll it is important to make sure the grass rolls are laid in the same direction and that the blades of grass all point the same way. Try and lay artificial grass rolls directly next to each other with no blades caught in-between.
7. Once installed use a stiff brush on the pile of the grass to give a fuller look.
As your fake grass is going to be outdoors you may find that your grass starts to accumulate things like soil, leaves and general garden waste. Don’t worry this isn’t a problem and won’t affect it at all, but it’s best to remove these as if they are left for a long time you may find a few weeds start to grow in the fibres. Use a Stiff brush to remove them. If you have a leaf blower this will do the trick as well.
How to tackle marks and stubborn stains
To get rid of general marks use some washing up liquid and some warm water with a scrubbing brush. Do not use a jet wash or bleach. You can also use Artificial Grass Cleaner to reduce any build-up of odours and keeping it looking pristine condition.
Laying artificial grass on concrete
Q. Can we lay artificial grass on concrete?
Laying artificial grass onto a permanent surface such as concrete or concrete paving is pretty simple as the surface has already been created for you. You will basically be measuring up and sticking it down. Before you do this you should give it a good sweep. If the level is not flat you can buy some self-levelling compound. This will insure that you have an even and flat surface.
Stanley knife or utility knife
1. Start by measuring up planning is always going to save you time and money.
2. Make sure that the concrete surface is clean using a brush. If you have a jet wash you could also use this.
3. If the surface is not flat you can use some self-levelling compound
4. Cut your required size leaving no gaps between walls and grass. Always use sharp blades and change the blade regularly.
5. Laying your fake grass onto a concrete area you are best to use adhesive to fix the grass down by placing the glue on the perimeter leaving gaps for any water to run off through and placing some glue in the centre to keep the grass fixed down.
For any roof installation using a shock pad and drainage layer allows the artificial grass to be fixed to the underlay and not the roof surface. Not only that it will mean it is safer for children it will also so allow moisture to drain through and not impede the natural drainage of a flat roof.
Home and shopping centers
On smaller areas like in the house or small shopping center areas, double sided tape can be applied around the perimeter, which provides a good firm fix to hold the artificial grass.
You might need a weed membrane, under felt, ground fixing pins, tubs or tubes of adhesive, joining tape, mastic gun tool, adhesive spreader and craft knife. But reach out to us as we will point you in the right direction we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy answer your questions and help you to a perfect your installation.
Tips to success
Take your time – You’re not looking for quantity your look for quality.
Always ensure your knife is sharp – Blunt knifes make a messy cut.
Measure and plan – This makes the job of installing a success.
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