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Artificial Grass installation & maintenance

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Artificial grass is extremely low-maintenance and easy to install. Due to it’s modern design, it’s now virtually impossible to distinguish from natural grass and thanks to its many benefits, it’s becoming a popular choice.

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Getting the job done right

If you’re planning to install the turf yourself, there are a few things you will need and need to do to achieve the best results.

Edging

You will need to edge the area where required. Any type of edging can be used depending on the preferred finish.

The base

The depth of the base 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. One tonne will normally be fine for 20m2.

Landscape fabric

This heavy duty landscape fabric goes underneath your artificial grass, helping prevent any weeds poking through. You can secure it with some galvanized nails.

Kiln dried sand

To finish your grass off, we recommend you infill the grass with kiln dried sand (4-5 kg per m2).

Joining tape

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.

Adhesive

Namgrass artificial grass adhesive will ensure your artificial grass stays put and can be used on a variety of surfaces.

  • It’s easy to clean
  • It looks and feels like real grass
  • Ideal if you're allergic to grass pollen
  • No more fussing, digging or mowing
  • A beautiful lawn every day of the year
  • Kids and pets can play without making a muddy mess
  • Your garden is always ready for entertaining or relaxing

The right tools for the job

If you’re planning to install the turf yourself, there are a few things you will need and need to do to achieve the best results.


How to lay artificial grass

If you’re planning to install the turf yourself, there are a few things you will need and need to do to achieve the best results.

Ground make Up and Recess for grass
  1. Remove existing grass. A turf cutter makes this task much easier
  2. Edge the area where required. Any type of edging can be used
  3. The depth of the base 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 then pull the pile back on itself
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#WickesTips

  • To enhance the overall look of the lawn when viewed from the property, we recommend the grass not be installed with the pile pointing away from the property
  • We recommend infilling all artificial grass products. This adds stability and weight to the product and gives a nicer finish

How to join artificial grass

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.

  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 four stitch lines and use a sharp craft knife to cut in between the third and fourth stitch line. Make sure you’re 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
  5. Apply artificial grass 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 then manoeuvre the grass as required. The smallest movements make a big difference, so take your time
  8. Once satisfied, complete the cutting in and allow the adhesive to set (2-3 hours if +10°C)
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#WickesTips

  • Take your time. This is the key to creating an invisible join
  • Don’t apply too much adhesive. If it does get on the grass, use a light solvent and cloth to remove it
  • Try not to use the adhesive if it’s raining or if the grass or tape is very wet
  • Always ensure your knife is sharp. Swap the blades every few metres

Maintenance

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

Grass cleaner

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.

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. 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, rake or a vacuum with a leaf blower.

Tackling marks and stubborn stains

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

Perking up the pile

Use a stiff broom or rake to prevent the fibres from flattening. This is especially handy in areas that aren’t regularly used.