Artificial Grass Installation Guide

How To Replace Your Existing Lawn

Step 1: Excavate down approximately 75mm and line with our Quickgrass weed barrier Mypex The geotextile has a strong tear resistance and is an ideal stabilising membrane. This will not only prevent weeds but will also stabilise the sub-base prior to artificial grass being laid. Add 50mm of type 1 mot limestone (slightly larger crushed stone) and whack flat with an automated whacker plate. Then construct your Quickgrass plastic edging frame. ( As a guide, 1 jumbo sack of type 1 mot limestone will fill a depth of 50mm and cover 10m2)
Step 2: Use our Quickgrass edging system® (50mm x 25mm x 3m) with Quickgrass stakes as part of the edging system to create a framed boundary around the perimeter of the area you are planning to install Quickgrass artificial grass. The benefit of using our plastic edging system is it can be curved and bent into the shape of the edge of your lawn, even bent into a complete circle to go around trees or objects you don’t want to remove in your garden.

Step 3: Apply a further 25mm layer of 6mm to dust or 6mm – 4mm Granno stone or Grit over the MOT, compacted using an automated whacker plate (This can be hired from your local hire shop) and level flat so the top of your sub-base is level with the top of your edging frame. Ideally, avoid using sand as part of your sub-base as this will wash away over the years with rain and cause dips in your new Quickgrass lawn, as well as acting as a catchment area for dog wee, if you have a dog, so please avoid!

As an approximate guide:
1 tonne of 6mm to dust Granno stone or Grit jumbo sack filling a depth of 25mm will cover 20 square metres.

Step 4: Unroll your new Quickgrass artificial lawn over your sub-base area and leave rolled out flat for ideally 24 hours. This will allow the pre-rolled grass time to settle with any creases time to come out and the pile to settle after being rolled. The warmer and sunnier the weather the quicker this process will take. Once settled carefully cut the boundary of the grass with a sharp Stanley knife.

Creases – Due to the molecular structure of the material artificial grass does sometimes crease when rolled. Creases will fall out. The grass is not classed as faulty if delivered or installed with creases. The grass will decrease quite noticeably on a daily basis, especially in warmer weather conditions. Sometimes this can take a number of days.

Step 5: Always make sure you check the pile direction of your artificial lawn. Try laying your lawn in the opposite direction to check the shade from one angle to the next. You may find you like the way your new artificial lawn lays when you turn it around. Always check this before making those final close-fitting edge cuts. For the best natural look of the grass try laying the grass with the pile facing towards you where you look at it most so a typical rear garden has the pile facing towards the house. Our range of grasses are so realistic you can lay it across your garden from left to right or right to left and it will still look great as a secondary option.

Artificial Grass Installation Guide Important Tip: We do not recommend laying your grass with the pile face away from you as this won’t give the best realistic look.

Step 6: Using an automated stapler, staple your grass with 13mm/14mm galvanised staples into the top of the Quickgrass edging frame.

Step 7: Once you’re happy with the results, brush pile with a stiff broom. Some of our grasses we recommend kiln-dried silica sand to be added to the surface of the grass after laying. This is especially recommended where there is high footfall and regular play activity. See individual grasses for manufacturer’s recommendations. If kiln dried sand is recommended, usually 5kg per metre square, simply disperse over the total surface area then brush in with a stiff broom.


How To Join Your Quick Grass

Step 1: The most important thing to ensure when joining two or more pieces of artificial grass, is that the pile runs in the same direction.
Step 2: Lay the two artificial grass pieces beside each other with the pile facing up, and line the edges up together. One side will have the pile overhanging the edge of the grass, ‘THE OUTER’, the other side will have no overhang from the pile ‘THE INNER’.
Step 3: Fold the edge of both pieces of grass back on themselves about a 25cm / a foot each side so you show the back of the grass and see the stitch lines running at the back of the grass on the black latex backing. Carefully trim back 2 stitch lines down each edge and depending on which grass within our range you have installed will depend on whether you cut as close to both stitch lines as possible or as far away from the stitch lines. We can advise on this when you order your grass the best technical process dependent on which of our grasses you have selected.
We recommend you see what the 2 sections look like when they are brought back together before any glue is applied to make sure the join will look good.
Bring back the ‘INNER’ section first followed by the ‘OUTER’ section so that the grass pile on the ‘OUTER’ section overhangs over the ‘INNER’ section side.
Brush it up with your hand and the join on our grass will be heavily disguised.
Step 4: Lay the EnviroStik Joining Tape green side down with white side up to apply adhesive to, on the ground between where the 2 edges of grass are folded back and pin tape down in position using a couple of nails.
Step 5: Apply a bead of EnviroStik Adhesive along the tape in a zig-zag line, onto the tape. Approximately 1 tube of our adhesive dispensed will zig-zag coverage of about 3 metres. This will then give an excellent raised coverage for the artificial grass to adhere to.
Step 6: Unfold one side of the Artificial Grass ‘THE INNER’ onto half of the joining tape, then fold the other side ‘THE OUTER’ onto the joining tape. Ensure that your two Artificial Grass pieces butt up together all the way up the joining seam.
Step 7: Firmly press, brush with hands and fingers along the length of the seam to ensure the adhesive sticks correctly and leave to dry. You will need to allow 24 hours for this to dry and cure properly. Do not use the grass ie. play on it or brush it until this drying/curing process has passed.
Step 8: Once you’re happy with the results, brush pile with a stiff broom.

Videos – Showing how to join Quickgrass

How To Install On Hard Surfaces

Step 1: Your Artificial Grass can easily be installed onto any existing concrete or hard and smooth surface, as long as it drains well including previously decked areas.
Step 2: Remove any debris from the area you wish to cover.
Step 3: Lay your Artificial Grass onto the area.
Step 4: Stretch out your Artificial Lawn to remove any ripples and fix around the perimeter using the EnviroStik Aqua-Bond Adhesive trimming each edge with a Stanley Knife.
Step 5: Once you’re happy with the results, brush pile with a stiff broom.

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