Essentially the list of what you need to use breaks down into 3 groups:
Most commonly used starting tools
Usually found in most garden sheds; none are specialised and are all used for other purposes:
spade, tape measure, hammer, long spirit level, stanley knife, rake
Most commonly required materials
Usually available from most local garden centres or nurseries:
- Weed barrier
Easy to forget but you don't want plants pushing their way through your artificial grass!
- Wooden stakes and a wooden perimeter
This becomes the frame which the grass will sit within. The wooden frame is much better than relying upon any kind of concrete edging. Use galvanised nails to secure the grass to the frame and the edges will look much more professional.
- Crushed stone
If your garden suffers from poor drainage then you will need a crushed stone base.The normal specification is MOT type 1.
- Sharp sand
Great to produce an even flat base. Chose 15mm to 20mm sand and use a compactor wacker plate to compact. Good for drainage and gives a great flat surface. Also needed if you have chosen sand infill grass.
- Joining tape and a glue gun to secure adjacent rolls.
- Decorative edgings
It is worth mentioning that there is now a wide selection of decorative edgings available from all the main DIY stores.
- If the area is in excess of 30m2 a turf cutter is useful
- If preparing a crushed stone base then use a compactor wacker plate to compact it.
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We also have a Grass Chart with an overview of the differences between our products and with our many years of expertise as artificial grass manufacturers we can help with advice over the phone or by email. Just call us on 01900 811970. If you missed any of our previous DIY Artificial Grass blog posts here they are:
Laying Onto Concrete
Choosing Your Grass
Installation Mistakes To Avoid