Step 1: Remove your existing turf
Depending on the condition of your lawn, you may need to remove the existing grass and topsoil to a depth of approximately 40-80mm. This can be done manually using a spade or with the help of a mechanical turf cutter. Dispose of the waste in a skip and compact the ground using a wacker or roller.
Step 2: Edge the area (Optional)
If your planned artificial grass area is surrounded by fixed objects like a patio, fence, or wall, you may not need additional edging. In this case, you can use Luxigraze U Pins to hold the grass in place along the edge. However, if you're creating a new area, you'll need to install edging to keep the sub-base materials in place. You can use treated timber battens/sleepers, aluminium/metal edging, or concrete/brick edging for this purpose.
Step 3: Add aggregate
Once the edging is in place, fill the area with aggregate (MOT Type 1 Stone). Rake the surface level and compact the sub-base with a wacker or roller. To create a chamfered finish at the perimeter, set the level approximately 30-35mm below the edging. Use a rake to level the area to natural falls. We recommend using 1 tonne / 10 sq. meters of Luxigraze Artificial Grass.
Step 4: Add Sand/Grano Dust Top up
Fill the remaining area with a thin layer (approximately 10-20mm) of sharp sand/grano dust. Use a rake to level the area and create a crowned profile. This will give a natural appearance and accommodate any settlement over time. Compact the surface again to ensure a smooth base. Keep the base layer about 20mm below the top of your edging. Grano dust is a great option as it is stable, porous, holds less moisture, and provides excellent drainage. For pet owners, it is also less likely to hold the smell of urine. We recommend using 0.5 tonne / 10 sq. meters of Luxigraze Artificial Grass.
Step 5: Add a membrane layer
Lay a weed membrane immediately under the grass. This will prevent weed growth while allowing water drainage and stopping any seeds from finding their way into the sand/grano dust and germinating. Roll out the membrane and secure it with pegs. Make sure it covers the entire area and overlaps at the edges. Trim any excess membrane and secure it in place with galvanized nails.
Step 6: Roll out the artificial grass
Move the roll of Luxigraze Artificial Grass into position and carefully unroll it, taking care not to damage the grass when removing the packaging. Lay the grass on top of your prepared base, making sure not to move the weed membrane. Ensure that the grass pile is facing towards your home or main viewpoint for a full and natural look. If the pile is facing away from your home, it may appear shiny. For installations where the pile is horizontal to the home, the artificial grass will look great without any glare. It is recommended to let the grass settle for a minimum of 24 hours before installing it to allow any creasing, wrinkling, or pressure marks to fall out. This is because the grass has been tightly rolled up in storage.
** If you order more than one roll of Luxigraze at the same time (on the same order) and it is supplied directly from our warehouse, we will ensure that they match in colour to avoid any slight colour differences. Please note that if you order more artificial grass at a later date, there may be a colour difference due to batch variations. If you purchase from a stockist, please inform them if you need multiple pieces for the same area to ensure a colour match. Please do not install the Luxigraze if you are not happy with the product. Once installed, the product is deemed to have been accepted.