To begin, you must remove any existing grass as this will make your job smoother and quicker – It is recommended if you have a larger area that you use a turf cutter, which you can hire from us!
Go over to our Tool and Plant Hire and see how we can help.
Next step is to fit an edge around your area to ensure your lawn lasts! The edging should be neat but hard-wearing, i.e. sleepers, and metal or brick edging depending on how you the finish you want.
Remember – Namgrass comes in pile heights from 16mm to 38mm, so you should keep that in mind when laying the height of your edge.
Now that your edge is securely in place you need to lay down the base.
The area of choice needs to be covered with a Type1 aggregate and although the depths can vary due to the condition and use of the area, a typical base will consist of approximately 50-70mm of the Type1 aggregate.
On top of this you’ll need approximately a 30mm layer of compacted and levelled granite dust, also known as ‘Fine Type 1’.
You can use sand as an alternative to granite dust however it is recommended if you go down that route, you use 80mm of Type1 and a 20mm layer of compacted and levelled sand.
Once you’ve done that, the next step involves needing to get yourself a compacter – Which you can also hire from us, just go over to our Tool and Plant Hire and we’ll be able to help you with this!
This will compress the material and provide a firm base, which is dependent on the Namgrass you choose, but always try to keep the base layer around 20mm below the top of your edging.
It is recommended you spray the area with some water to help keep dust down and will help with binding your aggregate.
Then you’ll need to cover your base layer entirely with a weed membrane, pinning it close to the edging.
After this part, the grass should be laid and positioned over the area, making sure all the sides are overlapping the edges as you want to give yourself enough material to trim for a close finish.
Then you can go get yourself a cuppa and sit down for some lunch whilst you allow the grass to settle and ‘acclimatise’ for a couple of hours.
Once you’ve let your grass settle, you’ll need to cut the overlapping edges in against the edging system with a sharp knife or trimming knife so it then sits perfectly up to your edging. You can Glue or Nail the grass into the relevant edging if required.
After you’ve cut the edging all the way round brush up the pile with a stiff broom and pull the pile back on itself to help stimulate it.
Then you’re done! You can sit back and relax, and look at your new beautiful artificial grass.
The above article was published on 20th July 2020, and is subject to change and further guidance.