Artificial Grass Installation Guide

Fitting Artificial Grass

Here at Cheshire Artificial Grass, we have been perfecting our installation technique for over 25 years. We even hired a civil engineer to help us develop the perfect way to install artificial grass. We believe we have cracked it and have one of the best methods for installing artificial grass, to ensure longevity and beauty for many years. Whether you are looking to install it yourself or get us to do it for you. Take a look below at how we install artificial grass the correct way. We hope this helps you understand how to install or what we will be doing in your garden. The full process is listed below in easy-to-follow steps.

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Artificial Grass Installation Guide

Step One - The preparation

To start, you will need to remove all the organic matter from your lawn, including the lawn itself. Digging down roughly 60mm - 70mm, to create space to build the base and fitting the grass. Our fitters use turf cutters to do this. You may be able to rent one to speed things up but a shovel will do just fine.

Additionally, if your garden is prone to flooding, you may want to add some drainage, making in a bit easier for the water to drain. Just search how to add drainage to your garden on YouTube, there is loads of content on there, and choose the best for your own situation.

Step Two - Edging the area

It is important not to skimp on the edging for your artificial grass installation. Nothing lets an installation down more than edges that are pulling away, jagged, or breaking down.

Timber edges are cheap, but if you have a curve timber won't be ideal. Concrete edges will crumble over time unless reinforced with steel. Gluing the grass to the concrete will also fail unless the concrete has been allowed to set for several days and then sealed as the glue needs to bond to a non-porous substrate.

We use flexible, 100% recycled, 100% recyclable composite edging. To secure the artificial grass, we screw it into the edging, using 38mm green decking screws. This allows for any adjustments to be made in the future, if needed.

When edging the area, place the edging where it needs to be, round the perimeter, 10mm down from your finished level. Then drive stakes into the ground and attach, as you can see on the image. We recommend using stakes no less to 15cm long. This allows for a good sturdy edging install.

Step Three - The Base

First, within the edged area, install a stone base layer, approximately 60mm deep, of MOT type 1 stone. This stone meets the Ministry of Transport’s criteria for use under highways. We then whacker the stone base to make sure it is compact, making this layer the bedrock of a stable and long lasting installation. You can usually rent these machines from somewhere local, or reach out to a landscaper to help with this step.
Next, blind the stone base layer with a 20mm - 30mm layer of grit sand or granno dust to even out the stone and create a smooth, flat finish. Again, we use the whacker plate to even out and compact the area. Our teams use a locally sourced, high quality crushed granite. Crushed granite is far superior to standard ‘sharp sands’ as it won’t wash away or dissolve in rainwater. Crushed granite has the best permeability rate of any construction sand, ensuring that rainwater can drain away from the surface quickly.

Step Four - Time to Stop the Weeds

The geotextile, weed-proof membrane in the final layer before the grass is fitted. This is an additional line of defence against any organic growth that may still occur under the formation. We are the UK's only suppliers of this special geotextile, weed membrane designed specifically to use with fake grass. At 130 grams per m2 it is 60% thicker than standard ‘weed suppressant’ membranes.

However, if you cant get hold of this, a normal landscapers black membrane will suffice.

To fit this is simple. Roll it out flush with the edging and screw it down. Make sure to leave around 20cm overlap between your pieces. Now you are ready to add your grass.

Step Five - Fitting The Artificial grass

We only have highest quality range of artificial grass, which is 100% UV stable, child & pet friendly and is permeable. This allows the rainwater to pass quickly through to the porous base we have prepared. Not only that, our grass has even passed tests to, FIFA standards, for its toughness and durability. Making it perfect for the whole family to spend hours making memories.

To fit the artificial turf, roll it out, cut to size and then screw into the edging. It's that simple (unless you have a join)! However for the joins, still roll out your grass, get the two pieces to line up as neatly as you can. Then see the next step for how to actually do the joining. Once the grass is in position, screw it down before you do the join. We do it this way as if you were to screw it in after you could disturb the lovely join you just did and mess up your install.

Step Six - Gluing & joining

We only use a two-part glue. The cheaper, single part glue is pre-mixed and can’t be laid thin enough, which means you can feel lumps of glue under the join. We use the superior ‘wet-fix’ glue which sets strong and sleek.

To glue the grass, fold up the edges and place the tape as evenly in the centre as possible. Then procced to evenly distribute your glue onto the tape. Now for the difficult part... You want to attach the grass to the glue as closely to each other and as neatly as you can to create the perfect join.

Poorly joined grass will, at best look awful and, at worst, fall apart. Now wait for 24 hours before you do anything else. This gives the glue enough time to set creating a strong and long lasting bong.

Step Seven - The Finishing Touches

Once the grass is fitted and the joins are set, power brush the surface. This removes any debris, stimulates the fibres and leaves the grass standing up and looking first class. The lawn installation is complete, now all that is left is for the team of installers to tidy up and make sure everything is back how it was... except with better grass, of course!

For the power brushing, you can often rent them from a local artificial grass company for relatively cheap. A stiff yard brush will suffice, but it just takes longer. For reference, here at Cheshire Artificial Grass we rent out our power brushes at a rate of £30 per day.

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