Artificial Grass Installation - Guide, Tips and Tricks

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Ask our team about installation! has Ireland's top grass installers on the team, contact us on (01) 2878405 to get your grass and installation quote together. Alternatively you can install it yourself with the following guidelines.

Instructions on how to lay your Artificial Grass

Self Install of Artificial Grass. Work out lengths and widths to be covered as you will need them when ordering the grass.

Ground Preparation
  • Remove all surface vegetation and rocks to a depth of 4 inches below the level you want to finish your garden.
  • You can lay down a wire mesh if subsidence is an issue in your garden or call us in the office for more information
  • A sub-base of 2.5 inches to 3 inches of 8-0-4 gravel is installed. This base should be porous, spread level and compacted with a roller or vibrating plate.
  • On top of this you place 1 inch of quarry dust / grit sand and compress. (We recommend this over building sand as sand can leave you with divots in your grass in the future)
  • During dry weather conditions the sub base should be watered the day before installation.
  • A geo-textile weed membrane should then be placed over the sub base and fixed securely.

Artificial grass on top of silica sand before installation

Garden Installation
  • The roll(s) of grass are laid out. As the rolls have a directional pile, please ensure that all rolls are laid out in the same direction (if joins have to be made).
  • The grass can be cut from the back using a sharp stanley knife.
  • Adjacent rolls should be laid together to ensure that straight cutting edges can be fitted close together.

Landscaper install artificial grass beside wooden fence

Seaming / Joining
  • The edges of the grass are folded back and the joining tape is fixed to the sub base along the centre of the seam to be joined.
  • The joining tape is to be laid green side down to the ground, white side up.
  • Follow the instructions and safety information on the packaging of the adhesive product you are using.
  • Apply the adhesive to the joining tape. (You may find it easiest to stick one side of the grass to the tape and then follow on with the other side).
  • Fold the edges together and press down firmly onto joining tape.
  • Please ensure when folding the grass back and pressing that the grass fibres do not get trapped in the joint.
  • We recommend fixing the grass to the sub base using 5 – 6 inch stainless steel or zinc coated nails, driven into the sub base every 6 – inches around the perimeter.

Installing artificial grass by wooden fence

After Grass Installation
  • Brush the grass against the grain in order to bring up the pile. Most of our grasses do not require a sand infill. However if infill is necessary (call us if you are unsure) you can use up to 10kg of silica sand per square metre as infill.

Brushing Artificial Grass of Leaves

Ground Preparation for Hard Surfaces
  • Remove all surface imperfections and thoroughly clean and dispose of dirt, paint, grease or any residue which will prevent good adhesion for fixing the grass to the surface.
  • For decking – attach the grass with screws so that the decking can be checked for damage or resealed after installation.
  • For concrete – attach the grass using glue or Hilti nails.
  • For cobble locking – we suggest just using glue along trip hazards and using sand infill to weigh down the grass to make sure the cobbles are left undamaged.

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