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"I want to change my lawn but I don't know how to lay artificial grass - I've never done it before".OK, so you've decided to convert and to lay artificial grass in your garden; congratulations! A very sensible choice for a number of reasons (which we have outlined in our blog posts). Laying astro turf (just another name for artificial grass) is not difficult so there's no reason to feel daunted; it is well within the ability of an average gardener or DIY person.
If the soil is heavy or clay and the area used to get very soggy when it was lawn (or it's a very high traffic area), you should take out about 6" of soil/ clay and cart away. Do not use this for the flower beds: it is too waterlogged and heavy. The idea here is make space for about 6" of screened, washed ballast as this will provide superb drainage as well as support. (You can have the sharp sand and ballast delivered in a 'dumpy bag' by your local builders' merchants.)
Laying Artificial Grass over Ordinary Soil Types.
Now you've cleared the old grass from the site, you can set about creating the boundaries for the new synthetic grass. We recommend using treated timber to form a frame around the site as this will contain the soil and give you something to fix the artificial grass onto in the final stage. Decking or 3" x 2" treated timber should be fine and this is available from your local builders' merchant or DIY store. If you happen to have a can of oil-based timber preserver/ creosote handy, I always think it's best to give it a dowsing for good measure.
Use site pegs (1" x 1" square timber) or roofing battens cut to length to peg your timber frame into place; hammer the pegs into the non-lawn side to contain the timber edging.
(For poorly drained areas/ clay soil only. Back-fill the area with the ballast leaving about 1"-2" before the desired finished height of the grass.)
Next, using your rake, spread the sharp sand over the area. Trample in well, jump up and down, use a garden roller - whatever takes your fancy - but make sure the aggregate has properly settled. Re-dress with sharp sand to fill in any small hollows that have developed from tamping down.
Your sharp sand should now be level with the top of your timber frame borders; if it isn't, keep adding more sand and leveling until it is.
How To Lay Your New Artificial Grass.
Position your roll of Touch of Grass artificial grass roughly over the site. Work out which way you want the 'pile' of the grass to run; I like to lay the grass so that from the house I look up the pile (the richer, darker direction). Leave the grass rolled out for 24 hours to relax.
Having decided which way you are laying/ fixing your astro turf lawn, you can now proceed to fix grass to the timber frame using a staple gun preferably; if you don't have staple gun, use galvanised 2" nails making sure the heads do not puncture the backing. Trim the excess grass that overhangs the frame with a sharp knife such as a Stanley knife. And that's how to lay artificial grass!
Stand back and admire your new lawn - which will never require cutting, fertilising or weedkiller. Artificial grass is very low maintenance, but it's not 'no maintenance' - to keep your new artificial lawn looking really smart use a moderately stiff broom and sweep off any debris such as fallen leaves, flowers etc.
We trust you have found this guide on how to lay artificial grass helpful, but should you have any questions at all we're here to help and advise. Please do not hesitate to ask us.
A Guide on How to Lay Artificial Grass by Touch of Grass, the UK's favourite online astro turf and synthetic grass supplier.