Preparation: 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.
Weed 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.
Acclimatising: 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.
Trimming 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.
Fixing: 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.