Artificial Grass Prep Guide

Artificial grass is a fantastic alternative to the real thing and provides a hard wearing surface for high traffic areas, families with pets, or for under play equipment. However, serious thought needs to be given to whether artificial grass is the right choice for you as it may not be the best option for all spaces.

If you do decide to go for artificial grass, there are steps which should be taken before buying and also before installation to ensure that you have a lawn which looks its best for many years to come.

Pros of Artificial Grass

  • Instant lawn
  • Low maintenance, requiring occasional and seasonal cleaning/tidying
  • It doesn't grow, so you don't need to mow
  • No need to worry about watering or seeding
  • Doesn't get patchy – ideal for families with pets!

Ground preparation

Your first move should be to remove any existing grass that may be in place. While this may seem obvious, it is a really vital step that should be carried out with plenty of care and attention, because any blades of grass left behind can grow and spread, making your ground unstable and even causing your artificial grass to lift.

To make things as easy as possible for installers, it would be good to clip back any overgrown bushes and remove any long shards of real grass left behind to make sure the designated area where your new lawn is being fitted is clear. Toys, rubbish, rocks etc should also be cleared away beforehand and any plants or flower pots should be stored away appropriately.

The next step is to insert timber edging and add your first base layer. The timber edging is needed to secure your artificial lawn once it has been laid. For standard perimeter edged we recommend 19mm x 38mm and for flower bed edged 19mm x 97mm. Once this is completed you’ll need to add the type 1 crushed limestone base. This assists with drainage and helps to form a firm base.

For best results, the type 1 sub-base should be laid to 30/40 mm in thickness.

Once your old turf is removed, the area has been cleared, a timber edge added and your first base laid – the next part of the process is to lay out a batch of sharp sand. This effectively acts as the base for your artificial grass. Make sure it’s levelled by using a heavy hammer, builder’s plank or whacker plate – so it’s compacted and smooth. The smoother the better so the rolls of artificial grass will lay better.

For best results, the sand sub-base should be laid to 10/15mm in thickness.

Before you lay your new lawn it’s vital it is protected against any weeds and other plants, which may grow up from beneath it. Adding a protective layer of the membrane will stop against any wildflowers growing up through the new turf and damaging it.


You are now ready to lay your artificial grass. While this can be done yourself, in order to get it looking perfect, and to give you extra peace of mind for the future, it could be worth using professionals to install your new artificial lawn.


Next steps

Ready to purchase your new turf? Our general purpose turf can be purchased directly from our website, by calling or emailing our friendly team, or by visiting our farm near Inverurie.

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