Just like most home projects, its relatively easy to lay artificial grass by yourself as long as you take time and due care. All of our artificial grass products have a latex backing that is easy to cut into shape and lay across the area. If you are inexperience in this type of work however, we would always recommend contacting an installer like Perfectly Green for some advice. You can call our office at any time on 01825 729 259 where we’ll be delighted to help.
As with any DIY project, laying artificial grass by yourself requires a good amount of honesty! Be realistic about your own experience and skill before you start – getting it wrong can get expensive quickly. Have a think about your project and decide if there are compromises you can live with to make the job easier. For example, an irregular shaped garden can still take a rectangle lawn, with flowerbeds, ponds or other features added to complement excess space whilst keeping your artificial grass nice and simple.
To get you started laying artificial grass by yourself, here are a few other top tips:
Your first consideration, along with the area you want to cover with artificial turf, should be the base that you’re laying onto. You want it to be as level as possible, with a slight gradient to allow water to run off when it rains. When replacing a natural lawn, our installation team will usually install a layer of Type 1 MOT, along with a fine layer of builders sand to create the perfect surface. If you’re laying onto an existing patio or driveway, you may be able to lay right onto it.
Ensure the base is solid and will not sink over time. Laying directly onto soil is not recommended for exactly that reason.
Under most circumstances the area you will be laying onto will require a surround of some sort that you can nail the artificial grass onto. The Perfectly Green installation team will usually use small wooden batons around the circumference of the area for this purpose, affixing the grass in place and eliminating the potential for movement.
Consider the angle of the grass when you’re laying it, and when you’re measuring the space. All artificial grass has an ever so slight lean to it because of the way it is manufactured, and because it is stored on a roll. Typically you’ll want to artificial grass blades to be pointing towards your house to create the most natural looking lawn from the inside. On the other hand, if you want your neighbours to be really jealous, point it towards their windows!
Always ask your artificial grass supplier for artificial turf from the same batch for each job that you do. Different batches of the same product can occasionally have ever so slight differences in colour. At Perfectly Green we will never mix two batches of grass on the same job, avoiding any chance of creating a ‘patchwork’ effect on a lawn. We doubt any other supplier would be so careless but it never hurts to make sure.
For more tips and advice on installing artificial grass by yourself, contacting us on 01825 729 259 or email to [email protected] We’re always happy to help whether you’re a customer of ours or not.