Although artificial grass installation is usually best left to the pros, it is possible to install your own fake lawn if you have basic DIY skills, time and a little bit of patience.
What tools will I need?
Of course, having the right tools for the job is essential. You’ll need the following basic tools:
- Stanley knife (along with lots of sharp blades).
If you’re installing an edging made either from timber, composite plastic timber, sleepers or some form of paving, you’ll also require additional tools, depending on the type of edging that you choose.
You may also need to borrow or visit your local tool hire shop in order to obtain the following:
- Vibrating plate compactor – usually around £50 for a day’s hire.
- Turf cutter. Although not essential, if you’ll be removing an existing lawn, a turf cutter will make this process a breeze – it’ll cut up your old lawn into strips which is then easily removed. This will save you the potentially back-breaking task of digging up the lawn with a spade. This can normally be hired for between £50-£80 per day.
What materials will I need?
Now that you have the correct tools to hand, you’ll need to source the aggregates required to install the sub-base and laying course. For a standard artificial lawn installation, this would mean bulk bags of MOT Type 1 and 0-6mm granite dust.
Your local builders’ merchant should be able to source these materials.
There’s a lot of variation in prices throughout the UK, but Type 1 is likely to cost you somewhere between £40 and £60 per bulk bag (a bulk bag is typically 850kg). Type 1 will need to be installed to a minimum depth of 50mm.
Granite dust is sometimes a little more difficult to source, but you should be looking at somewhere between £50 and £80 per bulk bag. Again, please check with your local suppliers as prices do vary depending on where in the UK you live.
You may also need a range of installation accessories including weed membrane, joining tape, artificial grass glue and u-pins.