Over the last 5 years, the range of artificial grass or astroturf (as its commonly referred to in the UK) has been said to have been tribled. The astroturf has become a viable option as a permanent replacement for 'real' grass and turf. Many home owners and businesses are turning to astroturf. The internet has a vast choice of suppliers and installers and we intend to give you advice on how to get the best out of Purchasing your artificial grass online. artificial lawn installation has some good tips on this.

 

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DIY or call in the Professionals? 
One of the first thing you will need to address is that you can lay the grass yourself or are you going to need to call in professional help?

To give you an idea up to 80% of the total price of your artificial grass will be installation cost. 
A small garden area of ​​4m x 8m would cost £ 320 in artificial grass (£ 10 sqm) 
Cost of Labor to include the area and install up to £ 800 (£ 25 sqm) 
Total cost £ 1,120

Given these prices the benefits in DIY are clear though ....

With artificial grass at a price of £ 20 sqm, cut it wrong and you may have just wasted £ 800 !!!! 
Due to this we recommend that any artificial grass costing more than £ 20sqm be installed professionally

The DIY route
What's involved in preparing the ground for this type of grass? 
To fit artificial grass there are some basic work that will need to be done to prepare the area.

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Replacing Natural Lawn 
1. Remove the grass by hand or by using a turf cutter for larger areas. 
2. You should then level and compact the ground. This is usually done by adding or removing soil and compacting it down with something heavy; in most cases your foot will do a sufficient job. 
3. Lay a sloping layer of sharp sand to provide a level surface on which to lay the grass.

On top of even hard bases 
1. No preparation needed for artificial grass that goes directly to hard surfaces. A rubber Bubble Backing allows for the drainage of water. You may also want to invest in some decent drainage system as this will help the area concerned with flooding.

Laying the grass 
1. Unroll the artificial grass onto the base; this is best done by at least two people. 
2. Check for damage, tears, rips, stains caused during delivery. Do not proceed to install until you have contacted the retailer if damage is caused. 
3. Trim the artificial grass to size using a sharp Utility knife or scissors. Make sure you have accurate measurements before trimming. Ideally you will want to lay the grass down and trim around to remove the excess. 
4. Some grass needs infilling by brushing special sand as material into it. Your supplier will be able to advise you on this when purchasing.