How to lay artificial grass and how to clean artificial grass

Artificial grass has many appealing properties. One of the most important is how easy it is to keep it neat and fresh all year round.

Rolls of artificial grass stay green so you don’t have to mend with grass seeds or water in hot weather. It also stays the same length, so you don’t have to pull out the lawnmower all the time.

Jessica Fox from specialist artificial turf supplier Grass Direct says: “Artificial turf offers a wide range of benefits, including durability, low maintenance and great looks all year round.”

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Stephen Pitcher, Gardening and Seasonal Manager at Homebase agrees, adding that an artificial choice offers a “real grass look but with greater wear and tear and weather resistance”.

There is also no soil to worry about. Artificial grass is also a versatile option for those who cannot grow natural grass in their gardens.

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In this guide, we explain some of the most important things you need to know before buying artificial grass, as well as maintaining and installing artificial grass in clear, simple steps.

How much does artificial grass cost?

“There is a wide variety of artificial turf styles with prices starting at £ 8.99 per square meter for entry-level options,” said Jessica at Grass Direct. Prices can go up to over £ 50 depending on the brand and style.

Rolls are available in various lengths and widths as well as in square tile shape. As with any product, the cost of the weed will depend on the quality as well as the amount you need.

“At the top end, you can expect the artificial turf to be a variety of hues and have a thicker texture for a more realistic look,” says Jessica.

When choosing your artificial turf, you need to consider the pile height (how long the artificial turf sheets will be) and the pile density. The higher the pile density, the thicker and fuller the grass will look, and the more it will likely cost.

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Your cost also depends a lot on the size of the area you cover. Make sure you measure the space accurately so you don’t have to waste or order extra rolls.

You can also order samples from most retailers before making a final decision that shouldn’t cost more than a few pounds.

How to lay artificial grass

You can have a professional install your artificial turf, and there are a number of local artisans as well as larger retailers who can offer this service.

Grass Direct recommends Rated People and My Builder “for quality and safety as they are certified installers and you can review previous installations to ensure you are satisfied with their standard of work” before booking.

You can also lay artificial turf yourself at home. Depending on the size of your outdoor space, allow a day or two to complete the work. This is an easier task when two people are working together, especially if you have a large yard.

In the following we explain how to lay artificial turf.

You will need:

  • artificial grass
  • Weed membrane
  • Craft knife
  • Connecting tape
  • adhesive
  • Grounding pins
  • Pad (if desired)
  • Builders’ sand and spades (if they replace natural grass)

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    The first thing you need to do is make sure you have a clean work area. Move all patio furniture and items out of the way and brush the space clear so you have a prepared surface.

    If you need to remove existing lawn from your yard, you’ll need to dig to a depth of about 4 inches and add some extra materials first, as Homebase’s Stephen Pitcher explains.

    “Spread a layer of sharp construction sand as the base for your artificial turf. If you level and compact the sand evenly, you will get a firm base underneath,” he says.

    Don’t worry about the ground going perfectly flat as slight slopes and hills give it a more natural look.

    “Using a weed membrane on the sand helps keep weeds out,” advises Stephen. If you are laying on terraces or concrete paving, you should first use an underlay that offers gentle cushioning and smooths out any defects.

    With these steps done, you can unroll your artificial grass pieces side by side, making sure there are no gaps.

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    Lay the lawn rolls side by side and make sure that the pile is all facing the same direction.

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    It’s important to make sure that all of the roles are facing the same direction so that it looks as natural as possible.

    “Artificial turf isn’t perfectly straight, it has a slight angle,” explains Stephen. “Make sure you lay the grass so that the pile slopes toward the house so it looks completely natural when you look at it from your home.”

    When the area is completely covered, trim the edges with a craft knife. Place the tape (rough side up) between the rolls and apply the glue in a zigzag pattern. It should be positioned so that the edge of each roll is in the center of the tape and they can be securely joined together.

    “When two rolls combine, you curl the fibers of grass to disguise the seal,” Stephen adds.

    The final step is to place ground pins on the edges of your new artificial turf at regular intervals. This will ensure that it is completely safe.

    How to clean artificial turf

    Taking care of your artificial turf regularly will ensure that it will last in the best possible condition for as long as possible.

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    While some people use a household vacuum to quickly clean their artificial turf, the experts at Grass Direct say it is not recommended. Instead, they recommend keeping it clean by “sweeping with a soft-headed brush instead” to regularly remove dead leaves and debris.

    In general, you should avoid using excessive force when cleaning your artificial grass, as this can potentially cause damage.

    “To remove a liquid stain in your grass, use a damp cloth or paper towel and dab the stain directly before treating it with your detergent,” says Jessica Fox of Grass Direct.

    Snow and ice can also be harmful if left on your false grass over time. It pays to remove as much as you can with a plastic shovel instead of a metal shovel, as the metal could damage the grass in the process.

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