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DIY Home Owner
It is certainly possible to install artificial grass yourself.
Most people get the experts to complete some or all of the job, so the joins are hidden, the sand infill is level, and the finished result looks like real grass. That said, if you’ve done a bit of landscaping around home before you will find our simple DIY guide super easy to follow.
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The installation process
Depending on what your project involves, there are a few steps to installing your lawn.
- For replacing existing lawns, you will need to complete all five steps below.
- For new builds, you will need to do steps 2-5
- To cover concrete, patios, butanol and decks, you won’t need any base preparation. You can skip to steps 4 and 5.
The secret to a great installation is in the base preparation. This takes most of the time and effort, and is a similar process to the base preparation required for pavers & concrete.
If you’re not sure exactly what your project requires, give our friendly turf experts a call.
The existing lawn, garden or stone is removed, typically to 70-100mm below the finished level. This leaves the hard ground below exposed.
2. Stabilisation & Drainage
The ground is compacted. A geocloth is laid which helps prevent undulation of the lawn as well as weeds. Drainage coil is laid in poor draining areas.
3. Base Construction
A timber or concrete edge is installed. The base is then built up to the finished level using crushed rock. This gets compacted and laser levelled.
4. Turf Installation
SmartGrass is laid on the crushed rock surface. This process involves cutting and joining the rolls of turf, then fastening it to the boxing and ground.
5. Infill & Grooming
The turf is groomed and a layer of sand is spread on top. The sand hides below the surface and helps the blades stand up.
How do I get started?
Choose your level of service (see options below)
Download our DIY guide which explains how to measure the amount that you need.
Call or email SmartGrass to place an order. We’ll ask a few questions about your project and ensure you have all the materials you need.
How much does SmartGrass cost?
SmartGrass itself costs between $35-60/m2 for the product, depending on the quantity, product and length of pile. It is sold per lineal metre (like carpet), in rolls either 1.87m or 3.75m wide.
You may also need sand infill, seam tape and turf pins.
Installation and base preparation is straightforward to do yourself.
A professional installation under 100m2 typically costs:
- From $70/m2 for direct installation to a prepared base, concrete, patios, decks and balconies.
- $120-$200/m2 (similar to the cost of decorative concrete or pavers). This includes the excavation, base construction, supply and installation of artificial grass.
The cost depends on factors such as site access, shape of the area, the existing ground substrate, and the product you choose.