Laying artificial grass yourself is a great idea! You save on costs and learn some new skills too, and have the satisfaction of having completed a lasting project yourself!

So here is our DIY guide to installing our fake grass – but if you have any Made in Britainquestions, just give us a call – we are always very happy to help!

We’ve split our DIY instructions into three, depending upon the base on to which you are aiming to lay your artificial grass:

  • Temporary installation on a clean and smooth surface
  • Permanent installation onto a solid base
  • Permanent installation onto an existing lawn

Temporary installation

Ensure the surface you are covering is clean and smooth. You can apply a self-levelling compound which will remove surface imperfections, which is a particularly good idea if the pile of grass you are laying is very short like Lifestyle City or Lifestyle Multi.

Permanent installation onto a solid base

  1. Ensure the surface you are covering is clean and smooth. You can apply a self-levelling compound which will remove surface imperfections, which is a particularly good idea if the pile of grass you are laying is very short. If you are laying the artificial grass on decking, it’s a good idea to put down some board to prevent the grass forming ridges and falling into the gaps between the boards.
  2. Lay the grass onto the now clean and level area you are covering. Allow around 50mm of grass on each side of the area to trim off to ensure a perfect edge. Leave the grass for around two-to-three hours to settle, which will stop it wrinkling or creasing.
  3. Cut and trim your artificial grass, using a sharp Stanley knife, ensuring that you cut the grass neat to the edges of walls. Measuring plan
  4. To make the joins, use a high-quality outdoor tape and glue (you can purchase these from us too), following the instructions on the products. If you have a wooden surface, like decking or suspended floor boards, you can use a combination of adhesive and carpet tacks to fix the grass down.

Permanent installation onto an existing lawn – replaced with a new stone and sand base

  1. Work out the height at which you want your grass layer to be, and the height of the materials you will be installing (including layers of geotextile weed barrier, sub-base and so on).
  2. Take up the grass sod, either by hand for small areas or use a turf cutter if it is a large area, and possibly also take out some subsoil depending upon the height of your top soil. Never build your base on topsoil.
    Old turf removal
  3. Compact the ground using a vibrating plate or roller (you can hire these at a good equipment hire centre)
  4. Spray weed killer then put down a geo-textile weed barrier on to the area to be covered. weed barrier layer
  5. If you are planning on using timber edging, put this in place now. Ensure it isn’t higher than the final grass line so that you don’t hinder the water run-off.
  6. Put down a minimum of 75mm of reduced fine type-one stone aggregate. Compact this with the vibrating plate or roller.
  7. Using either a layer of a finer stone of between 6mm and 14mm aggregate or a coarse sand, lay your chosen material to a depth of between 20mm and 40mm. Compact with the vibrating plate or roller and top up as you need to, to achieve your desired level.
    Compact layer
  8. Lay the grass on top of the sand (rather than dragging it on, which will damage your levelling work on the base).
    Lay the grass
  9. Leave the grass for around two-to-three hours to settle, or if possible overnight, to stop it wrinkling or creasing.
  10. Cut and trim your artificial grass, using a sharp Stanley knife, ensuring that you cut the grass neat to the edges of walls.
  11. To make the joins, use a high-quality outdoor tape and glue (you can purchase these from us too), following the instructions on the products. If you have a wooden surface, like decking or suspended floor boards, you can use a combination of adhesive and carpet tacks to fix the grass down.Laying turf
  12. Lay glue tape
  13. Apply glue
  14. how to glue grass
  15. If you are using edgings, put natural stone, paving or logs against them. If you aren’t using edgings, knock in some landscaping nails every 50mm or so.