Lay your Artificial Grass yourself and you can save yourself some money.
With just a little preparation you can achieve some great results and massive savings by installing your new lawn yourself.
At Lawn Free, we supply the highest quality, affordable artificial grass. So buy now and you can transform your garden quickly and easily.
Laying on soil or sand base
For best results you should lay your turf on a 35mm layer of compacted sharp sand. To maintain levels it may be necessary to remove an equivalent amount of the top soil. It is un-wise to leave vegetable material under your new grass as this will rot down unevenly. The ground or sand should be compacted. For smaller areas you can do this with the back of a shovel or builders plank, or for larger areas use a vibrating plate compactor which can be hired at most equipment hire centres.
Laying the weed membrane
A weed membrane should be laid immediately under the grass, this stops any seeds finding their way into the sand and germinating. Overlap the membrane by at least 100mm and take right to the edge of the area.
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. This helps to stop any creasing or wrinkling.
When laying the artificail grass make sure that you lay it in the direction so you are looking into the pile, as this will give you the best results. Also remember if joining more that one piece together, make sure you lay the pile directions in the same way.
Joining two piecs together
If you have any joints in you artificial grass, this can be done quite easliy, just take your time to ensure that the grass edges butt together. Making sure you do this correctly will make the joint virtually invisible to the naked eye. When you are satisfied with the result, peel the grass back and lay your backing tape under the join.Using a spreader apply our Aqua Bond mastic adhesive or multi-purpose adhesive to the tape, then simply fold back the grass taking care not to squeeze the adhesive up on to the grass strands. It is always good idea to nail or peg the area near to the joints.
Cut and trim your artificial grass, using a sharp craft knife, making sure there are no gaps between walls and grass. Always use sharp blades and change the blade regularly. The grass sometimes has a material trim to one edge this is just from production and needs to be removed before laying, it is not for joining the edge, you will need to use joining tape and adhesive for all joins.
Use ground pins, nailed into the ground at an angle every 200mm to secure the perimeter. Alternatively you can create a small concrete haunch to glue to, or bury lengths of treated timber to nail or tack to.
Laying on decking or for temporary use
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.
To provide a softer more absorbent feel, loose lay under the grass a 12mm exterior under felt. Ensure that any joints are neatly butted together.
Use Aqua Bond Adhesives to stick it to any smooth surface.
Use a staple gun or tack/nail to fix directly to the wood
To lay on concrete or a patio base
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.
To provide a softer more absorbent 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 above
Laying on flat roofs
It is important that the roof will weight bear and also important not to puncture the waterproof membrane. Loose laying will avoid this. 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.
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