DIY Installation Guidelines

You can lay your new Artificial Grass – London lawn yourself and save money.

Step 1

Work out the size of the area you want to replace. Calculate this in square metres.

Step 2

Position the rolls so that you have a minimum number of joints. Allow some extra lawn length for a small amount of wastage depending on the design of your garden and how the rolls are laid.

We supply artificial grass in two widths; 2m (200cm) and 4m (400cm) and can supply any length up to 25m. When multiple pieces of any of our products, it is important that all lengths are laid in the same direction this will ensure the best finish and wherever possible, if it can be laid so that you are looking into the pile it will look stunning.

Step 3

Order your grass, fixings and any accessories required on-line at www.artificialgrass-london.com or by calling our sales department on 0203 002 2250

Need help?
We’re happy to advise you every step of the way to ensure your finished lawn looks great. Get in touch with us, we’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you to a perfect installation.Fitting some grasses in the AGL range may require additional products. You may need a weed membrane, or opt to use underfelt, ground fixing pins, tubs or tubes of adhesive, jointing tape, we can supply all that you will need and advise you exactly what to do. Just ask.

Fitting guide

With just a little preparation you can achieve great results and make substantial savings by installing your new lawn yourself.

Laying on soil or sand base

03-Prepare-the-groundPreparation: For the best long term result, lay your turf on a 35mm layer of compacted sharp sand. To maintain existing ground levels, it may of course mean it’s necessary to remove the equivalent amount of the existing top soil. We always stress that it’s not advisable to leave plant matter under your new grass as this will rot down unevenly, and may quickly spoil the look of your new lawn. The ground or sand should be compacted. For smaller areas you can do this with the back of a shovel, plank or scaffold board, or for larger areas use a vibrating plate compactor which can be hired from most equipment hire centres.


07-Lay-out-the-weed-membraneWeed membrane:
We recommend a weed membrane be laid immediately under the grass. It isn’t critical but is a very cheap way to stop any seeds that have found their way into the sand or are dormant just below the soil surface from germinating. Overlap the membrane by at least 100mm and ensure you take it right to the edge of the new lawn area.

 

 

 

10-Position-out-your-new-lawnAcclimatising: If possible we recommend you unroll and lay the artificial grass on top of the membrane. Allow approximately 50mm of artificial grass to trim off to make that perfect edge. It’s a good idea to leave the grass for a day to settle if it’s at all possible. Again, it isn’t essential but does help remove any creasing or wrinkling.

 

 

 

Joining: The grass carpet may sometimes be supplied with a material trim at one edge (just like the selvedge on most woven fabrics) It cannot be used for joining adjacent pieces of artificial grass. This is from the manufacturing process and must be removed before laying your lawn. We supply a purpose designed jointing tape and adhesive for joins. Grass edges should be butted together and adjusted as necessary and once you are satisfied with the fit, just fold the artificial grass back enough to lay the 30cm wide fibreglass jointing tape along the line of the join. Apply our adhesive to the jointing tape and use a spreader to evenly distribute it*, then simply fold back the grass and press the backing to the tape.

*Take care to spread the adhesive evenly, you will get a great fix and it ensures you won’t squeeze any excess adhesive through the join and on to the grass pile.

12-Trim-excessTrimming or cutting in: Simply using a sharp craft knife and a straight edge when required, cut and trim your artificial grass to fit*. Try to ensure there are no gaps between walls / paving / hardscaping and your grass edge, or if the lawn is laid to a raw edge such as a curved flowerbed then measure twice, cut once!

*Always use a sharp blade and change the blade regularly.

 

 

13-Fix-your-perimeterFixing: Use our ground pins, nailed into the ground at an angle every 200mm to secure the perimeter. Alternatively, you can create a small concrete haunch (10cm x 10cm) to glue to, or you could bury lengths of treated timber to nail or tack to.

Laying on decking or for temporary use

Loose lay: Lay the artificial grass out and trim to size. It will stay flat under its own weight. Garden furniture or planters can be used to hold it down in areas that are exposed to strong winds.

Underfelt: To provide a softer springier feel, loose lay under the grass a 12mm exterior under felt, available from our store. Ensure that any joints are neatly butted together.

Adhesive Fix: Use our Aqua Bond Adhesives to stick it to any smooth surface.

Mechanical Fix: Use a staple gun or tack/nail to fix directly to the wood

To lay on concrete or a patio base

Preparation: Firstly, make sure that the surface to be covered is clean and smooth. A self-leveling compound may be required to remove surface imperfections that may show through to the top surface especially on thinner pile height products. This can be purchased from DIY stores.

Underfelt: To provide a softer springier feel, loose lay under the grass a 12mm exterior under felt available from our store. Ensure that any joints are neatly butted together. Lay, join and trim the artificial grass as per the guidelines above

Laying on flat roofs: Whether you are just improving the view from an upper window or considering using a flat roof as an outdoor space, it is important to check that the roof will bear weight, and imperative not to puncture the waterproof membrane – Loose laying your grass will avoid this risk. Our Aqua Bond adhesive will provide a more permanent fix but you should take local professional advice prior to making any permanent fix to flat roofs.

Request a Free Sample

Complete the sample request form and we will send your free sample pack. If you prefer you can call 0203 002 2250 to speak to our team for friendly help and advice.