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Artificial grass can be installed on different surfaces, which is why it’s perfect for patios, verandas and balconies as well as lawns or sports areas.
Fitting an artificial lawn
1. Remove your existing lawn and apply weed-killer to the whole area.
2. Edge the area neatly with wood or timber and secure it firmly into the soil.
3. Compact the soil (you might need to hire a whacker or vibrating plate) and add a 50-75mm hardcore layer. If you need extra drainage, use limestone chip instead.
4. Add 15mm of sharp sand or dust granite before compacting again.
5. Pop a weed membrane over the compacted area and attach it to your wooded border.
6. Lay your new artificial grass over the top and trim to fit. Use galvanised nails to fix it to the timber.
7. Brush your grass to raise the pile, so it looks like the real thing.
8. Stand back and admire your handy work!
If your artificial grass is being laid on a harder surface, like concrete or tarmac, clear away any rubbish first so the area’s flat before you start. Then stretch the lawn out and roller it to get rid of any ripples. Once that’s done, use a specialist adhesive to stick it down. We’d also recommend brushing kiln-dried sand (8kgs per m2) into the pile before you start using it.
If you’re not confident about fitting your artificial grass yourself, you’ll be able to find people to do it for you