When laying artificial grass on soil there are a few considerations to be taken. Laying artificial turf correctly will ensure it lasts for years to come and stands up to the test of time, and provides you with an outdoor space that can be used all year round.
The vast majority of artificial lawn projects start with a soil base layer, however the ground must be prepared correctly for the perfect finish. Taking the time to complete the groundwork is essential to have desired finish.
Calling in the experts to prepare the ground is recommended, not only to save you time and effort but to ensure every step is correct. Artificial grass and the accompanying materials can be expensive, so you want to get the job done professionally.
The process to get a quote for laying astro turf in the garden is easy.
If you are feeling adventurous or would like to know our process for installing artificial grass on soil, we have put down the step by step process below.
Measuring the area and establishing how much artificial grass you need is crucial. At Unreal Lawns, our team will then calculate the amount of roll is required and base the costings of the materials upon this.
TOP TIP - Any experienced expert who is familiar with laying astro turf in gardens will also recommend that the directional pile (blades of grass lean one direction) faces towards the house or area where seating is, for a better finish.
An expert team of artificial lawn installers will have all the equipment they need to complete the job, whether installing fake grass on a hard-core base or soil. If undertaking the project yourself, you will need.
Materials vary depending on the job at hand, but if the area is soil based, you will need a range of materials. Unreal Lawns can factor these materials into any quote, and source them as part of any project for your convenience. Often building materials are difficult to source, especially since the outbreak of COVID-19, but we work with trusted suppliers to ensure we have access to everything we need to install artificial grass on soil.
To prepare the ground for the installation of artificial grass, the existing turf will need to be removed down to a depth of 60-100mm (dependent on ground conditions). This process can be done for small area with a shovel, but for a large garden, we advise using a turf cutter. These can be hired from a specialist provider.
Rather than laying artificial grass on to soil directly, a limestone base provides excellent drainage and helps provide a firm base. A wacker plate is then required to compact down the material.
A nice even spread of grit sand or granite dust is next, and this delivers a more permeable and level surface than soil. 15/25mm spread compacted down and 10/15mm below height of adjacent surroundings.
After this, it is time to put down the weed membrane to stop any dreaded weeds from ruining the look of new your artificial lawn. Again, this step is crucial and is another reason why laying direct onto soil should be avoided.
Get the grass lined up nicely and cut into place around the edges. Ensuring a tight fit at all times will prevent any creases or bumps.
Next, glue the joins and nail them until the glue dries, which will prevent any movement or pulling. Use a nail to pin the grass and make sure you are happy with the placement of the turf as you go.
A final good heavy sanding is required to ensure the grass settles right down. The sand weighs down the new grass and ought to be spread evenly across the entire area. This is also great in summer as it disperses the heat and stops grass from becoming too hot. Use a good brush to give it that final finish.
If you opt not use to a timber edge to pin the artificial grass to, pins can be used to pin the artificial lawn deep into the floor and prevent any movement.
In our experience, laying artificial grass on soil is not as effective as spending the time and effort preparing a solid foundation for it to sit upon. Common issues when you lay artificial grass directly on soil including problems with draining, movement of the artificial grass, weeds penetrating through and uneven finish.
Our advice would be to prepare the ground for artificial grass correctly and wherever possible, consult the assistance of a professional installer. We have a number of case studies that display some of our installations across the North West, and we can send samples of premium products and provide a free no obligation quote.