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Planning Advice and Guide for Artificial Grass Installations

Gladiator artificial grassWe take pride in supplying DIY'ers and the trade with the highest quality artificial turf and other superb landscape products. We've been doing so since 2007 and our commitment is to quality, value for money, and excellent service.
Planning and installing a fake grass lawn, roof garden, terrace, and other projects is pretty straightforward and can provide a wide variety of benefits and advantages. Before you get into the detail of the actual synthetic truf requifed it's worth thinking about some key points for selecting your artificial grass.
Getting it right is obviously important to ensure that the project is completed to your satisfaction and there are some keys issues to consider.
We can provide free advice and assistance without any obligation or cost.
  • Roll plans
  • Preparation advice
  • Installation advice
  • Aftercare

Attach your sketch here. We'll then review the information and submit a sketch showing the recommended roll layout as shown here.

Roll plans

Artificial grass roll plan

Get the roll or rolls correct!

Planning the position and direction of the artificial grass roll or rolls is absolutely critical for any project involving synthetic turf. If the grass is not facing the right way the grass will not look as authentic as it is design to be. Some key points:

  • Fake grass is generally produced in 2m, 4m, 5m wide rolls. Maximum length 25m. You should always plan your project so the width of the roll(s) is facing the property or location from which the grass is most viewed from
  • If using multiple rolls consider the number of joins required, keeping them to a minimum
  • Reduce the amount of waste and use 'cut off' where possible

Send us your sketch plan. Be sure to include:

  • An accurate representation of the area with dimensions
  • Position of house in relation to the area
  • Any other features

Attach your sketch here. We'll then review the information and submit a sketch showing the recommended roll layout as shown here.

Preparation advice

Garden and putting areaPreparation tips for fake grass

Some helpful hints to ensure your planning covers everything!

  • Access - can you get materials in and out of the project location? If there is no outside access to the synthetic grass site location you'll need to consider using a route through the house. Not always ideal!
  • Soil type - is your area free draining or does it hold water, draining slowly. This will influence the depth of the sub base you need to prepare for the artificial grass
  • Use - what do you intend to use the grass for? Conventional garden use? Sports and play? Putting green?
  • Pets - all of our artificial grasses are pet friendly but some of them are specifically produced for artificial grass owners who are also dog owners.
  • Maintenance - artificial turf is low maintenance not zero maintenance. Allow for some regular, simple, low level work to keep the grass at it's best.
  • Front garden project? - decide if you want the pile to face your property or the road. From which location do you want the grass to look most natural?

Review our artificial grass preparation and installation guide

Installation advice

Grass installation

Installation of artificial turf

Don't cut corners and remember to plan for the key steps:

  • Existing area - if you're replacing a natural grass area you'll need to remove the top layer down to around 2-4 inches depending on the drainage of the soil in your area. If installing on a hard surface, or decking, you'll need to clean it up and consider an underlay
  • Sub base - be sure to install a solid, stable, and porous sub base. If you don't do this you'll compromise the life span of the lawn and its appearance.
  • Grass installation - select your fake grass and remember that you'll need a weed membrane, tape and glue if using multiple rolls, securing pins. If you have a dog you should consider Envirofill and an enzyme cleaner for regular cleaning.
  • Aftercare - allow for some regular, simple maintenance

Review our artificial grass preparation and installation guide


Dog sitting on grass

Look after your synthetic grass

You won't need to mow, water, or treat your lawn so that will give you more time to enjoy your garden! Some simple care for your lawn:

  • Lift the pile - use a power brush or strong leaf blower.
  • Weeds - some seeds can settle in the pile so pick up weeds and treat if needed
  • Leaves - pick up or clear leaves when required.
  • Clean - if you have a dog make sure you wash/clean the grass where the dog does it's business!
  • Move furniture - this prevents compressing the blades over a long period of time

More artificial grass aftercare information here

    Why Good Planning is Essential for Your DIY Artificial Grass Garden Installation

    Planning to transform your garden with artificial grass? At Perfectly Green, we understand the excitement of creating a beautiful, low-maintenance outdoor space. However, good planning is crucial for a successful DIY fake grass garden installation. Here’s why thorough preparation and planning are important and how it can make your project easier and more efficient.

    Benefits of Proper Planning for Artificial Grass Installation

    Accurate Measurements and Materials:
    Proper planning starts with accurate measurements of your garden area. This ensures you order the right amount of synthetic grass, adhesive, and other necessary materials. Avoiding over-ordering or under-ordering saves time and money.
    Artificial grass installationSite Preparation:
    Effective site preparation is key to a smooth and long-lasting artificial grass installation. Planning helps you understand the steps required to clear the area, remove existing grass, and create a stable base. This foundation is essential for preventing issues like uneven surfaces or poor drainage.
    Choosing the Right Artificial Grass:
    Planning allows you to research and select the best type of artificial grass for your needs. Consider factors like traffic levels, aesthetics, and durability. With Perfectly Green, you can find a wide range of high-quality artificial grass options tailored to UK gardens. If you have a pet dog make sure you consider the best artificial grass for dogs.
    Tools and Equipment:
    Knowing what tools and equipment you need in advance is a major part of planning. Ensure you have all the necessary tools for cutting, laying, and securing the artificial grass. This preparation avoids delays and ensures a smooth installation process.
    Understanding Installation Steps:
    A detailed plan helps you understand each step of the installation process. From laying the base to securing the edges, having a clear plan ensures you don’t miss any critical steps, resulting in a professional-looking finish.
    Budget Management:
    Planning your artificial grass installation helps manage your budget effectively. By understanding all the costs involved, from materials to tools, you can avoid unexpected expenses and stay within your budget.
    Avoiding Common Mistakes:
    Thorough planning helps you avoid common mistakes that DIYers often encounter. Issues like improper drainage, uneven surfaces, and poor seam placement can be mitigated with a well-thought-out plan.

    Steps for Planning Your DIY Artificial Grass Installation

    Measure Your Garden Area:
    Use a tape measure to accurately measure the length and width of your garden. Calculate the total square metres to determine how much artificial grass you need.
    Cutting in artificial grassPrepare the Site:
    Remove any existing grass, weeds, and debris. Level the ground and install a sub-base of crushed stone and suitable top surface to ensure proper drainage and stability.
    Select Your Artificial Grass:
    Choose the right type of artificial grass from Perfectly Green. Consider factors such as pile height, colour, and texture to suit your garden’s needs. Artificial grass for dogs can help to avoid unnecessary smells. Recyclable synthetic turf is also now available.
    Gather Tools and Materials:
    Ensure you have all the necessary tools, including a utility knife, tape measure, turf adhesive, joining tape, and a compactor.
    Plan the Installation Process:
    Outline each step of the fake grass installation, from laying the base and fitting the grass to securing the edges and adding infill if necessary.
    Set a Budget:
    Estimate the total cost of your project, including materials, tools, and any additional features like edging or infill.

    Why Choose Perfectly Green?

    At Perfectly Green, we are committed to providing the best artificial grass solutions for DIY enthusiasts in the UK. Our high-quality products and expert advice ensure you achieve professional results with your garden transformation.
    • High-Quality Products: Our artificial grass is designed for durability, realism, and low maintenance, making it the perfect choice for any garden.
    • Expert Guidance: We offer detailed guides and tips to help you plan and execute your DIY installation successfully.
    • Competitive Prices: Our products are competitively priced, ensuring you get excellent value for your investment
    • Superb Service - great customer service is our objective and we'll always strive to make every customer very happy

    Got a sketch plan?

    Just email us your sketch, showing layout, dimensions, location of house, any other feature, and we'll review it and return a roll plan with a supply quote

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