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How to create a new lawn from artificial turf


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For those who want a beautiful garden without the maintenance that comes with it, artificial grass is the perfect option. With a real-grass look but with greater wear and weather resistance, it's an excellent grass alternative for a low maintenance gardener. There's no need to water it in dry weather and the artificial turf is porous so won't have puddles in the rain: it's ideal for urban and small gardens.

With these perks, it’s no surprise that the artificial lawn is a popular garden choice. You’ll never again have to worry about watering and hosepipe bans.

Tools for the job:

Prepare the garden for your artificial grass

1. Remove existing turf

Start by removing the existing turf from your garden. For small areas you can do this with a spade, but if you have a large area to clear hiring a turf cutter can make this job a lot easier and faster. Ideally remove a depth of about 40mm.

2. Add a base layer of sand

Spread out a layer of sharp builder’s sand to a depth of 35mm as a base to the artificial turf.

3. Level the surface

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. Add a membrane layer

Roll out a weed membrane over the top of the sand and make sure it overlaps joints by 300mm.

How to lay artificial grass

5. Rolling out the artificial grass

Artificial grass doesn’t stand perfectly straight, it has a slight angle to it, and you should lay the 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.

Roll out your artificial grass to cover the area, but make sure that the ends of the grass rolls are staggered so they don't end in a line. Trim the edges of the artificial grass rolls with a craft knife.

6. Joining the artificial grass

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. Lay the rolls directly next to each other with no blades caught in-between.

How to fix down artificial grass

7. Fix rolls together

Once you have rolled out all of the artificial grass, the different rolls need to be glued together. Use the jointing tape - rough side up - and spread it along where the rolls would join. Add adhesive to the tape and place the edges onto the tape, making sure no blades touch the glue.

8. Create a seamless effect

Once two rolls are joined, ruffle up the grass fibres at the joints to disguise the seal.

9. Use pins to fix down roll edges

Fix down the edges of artificial grass rolls by using ground pins every 20cm, again ruffling the grass over the pin heads to disguise the fact that they are there.

10. Make your lawn look neat

Finish off by brushing the grass pile with a stiff brush to make it look fuller and more natural.

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