Complete Guide to Laying Fake Grass

If you’re considering laying synthetic turf, you’ve come to the right place.

Synthetic turf is easy to lay and you can create an outdoor oasis in just a few days.

The benefits of synthetic turf include:

  • Easy to install
  • Much easier maintenance than real grass
  • Eco-friendly – no need for fertilizers or herbicides
  • Great for kids and pets

In this post, we’ll show you how to cut and secure the turf and then lay it out in your desired area.

Steps for laying synthetic turf

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Below, we’ve broken down the entire process into five easily digestible steps so that you can get right back to what you want to do most: run around on that lush lawn.

Step 1: Decide on your materials. Before you start, you’ll need to figure out which type of fake grass will work best for your yard. Your climate, what kind of foot traffic it’ll get, and how much time you want to spend maintaining it should all factor into which material you pick.

Step 2: Clear away any rocks, weeds, and plant roots from your yard. These may interfere with the installation of your fake grass later on and make it less effective in the long run.

Step 3: Mark out your boundaries with string and stakes so that you have a clear idea of where your new lawn will go. Take measurements of your space.

Step 4: Spread weed killer before moving forward with installing your fake grass. This will ensure that you don’t have to deal with pesky plants ruining your lawn later on.

Step 5: Compact the soil (if applicable) using a compressor or hand tamper, as this will provide an even surface for your new lawn.

Step 6: Put down a layer of weed control fabric. This will keep any weeds from growing up through your new lawn! If you need to, cut the fabric with a pair of scissors or a utility knife to make it fit. You can hold it in place with some stakes hammered into the ground around the edge of your yard.

Step 7: Now you can add a few inches of crushed stone to create drainage for your new lawn. Make sure it’s level. We recommend using something like two-inch thick crushed stone, but if you have a smaller installation, you could go with one-inch thick stone instead.

Step 8: Roll out your turf and trim it based on the measurements you took earlier.

Step 9: To fix the fake turf in place, you need to hammer in some pegs. Space the pegs evenly along the edges of your turf, around 30cm apart.

Step 10: Repeat the process if you are working with more than one piece of turf. You will need to join the pieces together using adhesive tape so they stay in place.

Benefits of fake grass

Fake grass has multiple benefits, including:

  • No lawn mowing or weeding
  • No fertilizers or pesticides (great for pets and small children)
  • Pets love it. They can play and poop without ruining the grass.
  • Save money on water (it’s fake, remember?)
  • You can install it anywhere
  • Looks good all year round

Tips and tricks for laying fake grass

  • Install the right underlay
  • Dig up the old grass and make sure the new ground is flat!
  • Make sure to use a roller to flatten the ground
  • Install a drainage system to avoid puddles after rainstorms
  • Don’t forget to also cut holes for sprinklers
  • Use the right adhesive. This landscaping tape can also come in handy when working around objects like trees.
  • Use a professional if needed
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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.


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