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Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Artificial Grass Yourself

So you’ve decided to invest in artificial grass but you want to install it yourself? If this is the case, then here are a few tips to ensure you have a stress-free installation that you get right the first time.

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Artificial grass installation can be a tricky process if you’re a beginner, as there are a number of different things that need to be right. Nobody wants to have to re do any work because they got it wrong the first time – it wastes both time and money. So here are a few tips to ensure you don’t go wrong when installing artificial grass…

1. Pick the Right Grass

Before you start anything, make sure you pick the right artificial grass to suit your needs. There are a range of pile heights to choose from which have different benefits. We stock 20mm, 30mm and 40mm pile heights. The 30mm pile heights are more suited for children, dogs and furniture as they are more durable and don’t flatten as easily. Whereas the 40mm pile heights are more suited for luxurious purposes, as they are longer and softer than the 30mm.

There is also cost to bear in mind. You’ll want a good quality grass that will last a long time, especially when you’ve put a lot of effort and time into laying it. At Eternal Lawns, we guarantee our artificial grass for 10 years. We can also help you decide on which artificial grass is best for you.

2. Make Sure the Surface is Even

One of the biggest mistakes that people make is laying artificial grass on an uneven surface. Whether you’re creating your own sub-base, laying it over paving stones or decking, the surface must be flat and even so that the grass doesn’t look or feel bumpy under foot.

3. Edging

Artificial grass should be secured to edging to ensure that it doesn’t curl. This ensures its longevity whilst also helping by creating the shape of the surface which the grass will be laid on to. Make sure you do your research and choose the right edging you want for your garden.  

4. Joining

Joining is essential if the area you wish to lay artificial grass on is wider than 4 meters. When joining together two rolls of artificial grass, ensure that both are rolled in the same pile direction and that there is no gaps between the two rolls. Make sure you’re careful when doing this, joining them as smoothly and tightly as possible, as it is difficult to fix once done.

5. Pile Direction

Pile direction is something a lot of beginners fail to consider. Once you’re ready to lay down your artificial grass, you need to decide in which direction (towards the house or away from the house) you want it to look at its best, this will determine which way you roll it out on the sub-base. If you’re joining together two rolls of artificial grass, then ensure both pieces are rolled out so their pile direction is the same way, otherwise they’ll look different shades of green.


DIY installation isn’t for everyone. If you’re not confident in installing the artificial grass yourself, then let us do it for you. To start the process, all you need to do is get in touch with us and we’ll book you in for a survey, where you can get a free, no obligation quotation.

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