Throw your garden scissors and that cracked hosepipe away. Artificial grass has made a big, green comeback and because of the many years that has gone into its development, we now have a product of outstanding quality and amazing durability.

Installing artificial grass as a DIY project is a simple process and can be easily tackled over a weekend. Here's how:

1. Preparing the site
A level site is required for installation and you need to remove all existing grass, plants and stones from the area. Turn the top layer of soil with a garden fork to loosen any stones and then level it out with a garden rake, removing small stones in the process.

To finish off, this layer needs to be compacted, preferably with a vibration plate that you can hire for the day.

2. Laying the subsoil
According to the installation instructions on the www.GardenGrass.co.za website, the subsoil has to be flat, stable, well condensed and preferably porous. As a rule, fine gravel, compacted stone or sand, concrete tiles and/or stones are very good materials.  For this project we used building sand, which is readily available and affordable. Spread the sand evenly over the entire area.

                                           

3. Putting down your artificial lawn
Position the roll of artificial lawn at one end of the garden and slowly unroll. You will need an extra pair of hands with this step to ensure that the artificial lawn is unrolled evenly. Leave the grass to settle for approximately an hour. As it settles the grass will spring up and the carpet settle nicely on top of the sand.

Note: If the area is wider than the width of a single roll, joining is done by means of carpet tape and adhesive (both supplied) and a sharp Stanley or craft knife.  Full installation instructions are supplied on the www.GardenGrass.co.za website.

4. Cutting to fit
You can use a Stanley or craft knife to cut the artificial grass to fit in with existing areas.

5. Neaten up and finish off
At the edges bring the soil over the edge of the artificial grass. In this project we finished off with pebbles around the beds and paving, especially since I have 3 dogs that love to dig!  The pebbles prevent the dogs from uprooting any plants or digging into the soil.