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How to lay Artificial Grass

1. Remove existing grass – a turf cutter makes much easier work of this.

2. Edge the area where required. Any type of edging can be used. We recommend Wickes Bamboo Edging Roll.

3. The depth of the base really depends on the existing ground conditions, but under normal circumstances we would recommend a 50mm layer of Kiln Dried Sand. This should be finely levelled and compacted.

4. Landscape Fabric should then be installed over the entire area and pinned into position.

5. The grass is then roughly positioned and rolled out over the area, making sure all sides overlap the edges.

6. Allow the grass to settle and ‘acclimatise’ for a couple of hours.

7. Once the grass has settled and acclimatised, slowly cut the edges in against the edging system using a Trimming Knife, making sure the grass then sits down into the recess between the edging and the base.

8. Once the area is completely cut in all the way round – brush up the pile to stimulate it with a Stiff Broom pull the pile back on itself.
 

9. We recommend infilling all Artificial Grass products. This adds stability and weight to the product, and gives a nicer finish.

10. Why not watch our full video guide featuring Sarah Beeny to see how it’s done.

Wickes tip

We recommend the grass not be installed with the pile pointing away from the property; this will enhance the overall look of the lawn when viewed from the property.

How to join Artificial Grass together

One of the most important details in order to achieve a successful and invisible join is the quality of the cut, and the consistency of the gap between the two pieces of grass being joined. To achieve a successful join, the following procedure should be followed.

1. Roughly line up the pieces of to be joined, making sure the pile direction of each piece is facing the same way.

2. Fold back both edges, which are to be joined. On the back of the grass count in 4 stitch lines and using a sharp craft knife cut in between the third and fourth stitch line making sure you are only cutting the latex backing, and not the grass fibres.

3. Remove the grass, and fold back over to enable the joint to be checked. Manoeuvre the two pieces until they are square with one another and with a little manipulation the joint disappears.

4. Once satisfied, fold the edges back again and roll out the joining tape between the two pieces – shiny/green side down.

5. Apply the adhesive to the tape, ensuring an even spread.

6. Carefully fold the grass back onto the tape/adhesive making sure everything remains aligned and no fibres get caught in the adhesive.

7. Compress the joint by walking along it and then manipulate the grass.

8. If yes, manoeuvre the grass as required – the smallest movements make a big difference, so take your time.

9. Once satisfied – complete the cutting in and allow the adhesive to set (2 – 3 hours if 10 degrees+).

Wickes tip


Tip 1 - Take your time – this is the key to creating an invisible join.

Tip 2 - Do not apply too much adhesive – if it does get on the grass, use a light solvent and cloth to remove it.

Tip 3 - Try not to use the adhesive if it’s raining or the grass/tape is very wet.

Tip 4 - Always ensure your knife is sharp - swap the blades every few metres.

Getting the job done right

If you are planning to install the turf yourself there are a few things you will need:

Edging

You will need to edge the area where required. Any type of edging can be used depending on the preferred finish. We suggest Wickes Bamboo Edging Roll.

The Base

The depth of the base really depends on the existing ground conditions, but under normal circumstances we would recommend a 50mm layer of Kiln Dried Sand or similar. This should be finely leveled and compacted. 1 tonne will normally be fine for 20m².

Landscape Fabric

Keep pesky weeds at bay. This heavy-duty Landscape Fabric goes underneath your Artificial Grass, helping prevent any nasty weeds poking through, you can secure this with some galvanized nails.

Kiln Dried Sand

To finish your grass off we recommend you infill the grass with Kiln Dried Sand, we recommend 4-5 kg per m²

Joining Tape

Bringing it all together. If your area is wider than 4m you will need some Joining Tape to provide a strong link for joining the two pieces of Artificial Grass together.

Namgrass Artificial Grass Adhesive

This will ensure your Artificial Grass stays put without a fuss. It can be used on a variety of surfaces and works brilliantly on Adhesive Tape.

Maintenance

Artificial Grass is extremely low maintenance and easy to install, and because of this Artificial Grass is becoming more popular in many UK gardens. Due to it’s modern design, it’s is now virtually impossible to distinguish from natural grass.

While Artificial Grass needs minimal maintenance, it does require some support to get the most from your lawn and keep it looking pristine.

Grass cleaner

Keep it fresh. Every now and then it’s a good idea to give your grass a quick clean to get rid of any odours, especially if you're a pet owner.

Wickes tip


Artificial Grass is great for pets, however use the Artificial Grass Cleaner to reduce any build-up of odours
and to freshen it up.

Keeping it clean

As your grass is going to be outdoors you may find that your grass starts to accumulate unwanted contaminants like soil, leaves and general garden waste. Don’t worry this isn’t a problem and won’t affect it at all, but it’s best to remove these as if they are left for a long time you may find a few weeds start to grow in the fibres. Use a Stiff Broom or rake or vacuum with a Leaf Blower.

Perking up the pile

Use a Stiff Broom or Plastic Rake to prevent the fibres from flattening. This is especially handy in areas that aren’t regularly used.

How to tackle marks and stubborn stains

To get rid of general marks use some washing up liquid and some warm water with a scrubbing brush.