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How to Lay Artificial Grass
A DIY installation of artificial grass involves the following six stage procedure:
1. Ground Preparation
Excavation is the removal of any existing surface to a depth where the ground is reasonably solid. This would usually involve removal of natural grass using a sharp spade and removal of the top layer of soil. Depending on the size of your garden, you may need to hire a skip in order to dispose of this waste material.
2. Lawn Perimeters
Creating perimeters for your artificial lawn is the next step, achieved using small planks of tantalised wood secured by ground stakes – the planks are screwed to stakes, which are driven into the ground.
3. Application of Aggregate
Before laying the grass, you need to back fill with aggregate, which can be granite dust, limestone dust or grit sand. This should be applied evenly and compacted until solid. If you have excavated more than 3 inches, you need to apply a second tier of Type 1 aggregate (underneath the fore mentioned tier).
4. Laying the Artificial Grass
After the back fill aggregate is applied, you can lay the artificial grass, wrap and tack the edges around the perimeter you created and cut any excess using a sharp utility knife. Some artificial grass products are mono-directional / single-direction whilst other artificial grass products are multi-directional (this is referring to the natural direction of the grass blades). If you have a single-direction artificial grass then you must ensure each roll is laid in the same direction, otherwise the seams will become obvious.
5. Joining the Seams
After laying the artificial grass, pull back the seams and slide the seaming tape underneath, working your way down the full length of the seam, then apply glue and fold back over. Finally, you should apply weights to the grass to keep it in position whilst the glue dries.
6. Sand Dressing
Modern artificial grass tends not to require dressing but you should check with your supplier as some products require a light sand dressing. In this case, you would need to evenly spread seven kilograms of sand per square metre across your lawn. This provides extra weight and stability for the artificial grass.