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How to lay artificial grass: The essential guide

Artificial grass is ideal for anyone who wants a low maintenance garden without compromising on the overall natural aesthetic. It is weather resistant, long lasting and durable meaning it is suitable for any climate and can withstand regular impact. Here is our step by step guide to laying your own.

1. Clear the area

Decide what area you would like to cover and prepare it by removing any rubble, stones and turf. If the space is relatively small you can clear turf using a spade, alternatively it might be useful to make use of a lawn cutter.

2.  Prepare base layer

Add a layer of builders sand to a depth of 40mm to the area and compact evenly using a builders plank and hammer. Take your time over this as a strong foundation will result in a smoother finish to your lawn.

3. Lay down edging

Put down edging along the perimeter of your chosen area ensuring that the top is lower than the desired final grass line to allow for easy drainage.

4. Apply weed membrane

Roll a layer of weed membrane over the top of the sand to prevent weed growth underneath your lawn. Make sure that each length of membrane overlaps by 300mm on either side so that their are no gaps and trim around the edges.

5. Roll out artificial grass

One at a time, lay down each strip of your artificial grass rolling towards the house to make it look fuller and more natural when you admire it from inside. Ensure every roll is laid in the same direction, that they sit directly next to each other and leave some overhang past the edging. Allow this to settle overnight.

6. Trim edges

Use a sharp stanley knife to carefully trim around your lawn to get rid of any overhang, using the edging you laid in step 3 as a guide. It might be useful to change the knife blade every 5m so that it remains sharp and gives a neater finish.

7. Join grass strips

Roll a length of jointing tape underneath the edge of each lawn strip directly on to the weed membrane and apply adhesive. Stick artificial grass down on top and ruffle the grass fibres of the two strips together to conceal the join.

8. Secure edges

Push ground pins in every 20cm around the perimeter of the lawn to keep it secure.

9. Brush grass pile

Finally, as the grass will likely have been flattened whilst rolled up, gently work your way across using a brush to fluff up the fibres and create a more natural and fuller look to your lawn. Now sit back and enjoy!

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