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    Installing synthetic/artificial grass



    I'd like to make some improvements to my small garden but I am not sure what the best option is. Currently, my garden is covered with paving slabs; it suited my needs for a long while but now I'd like it to have a bit more of a natural look and feel. I'd very much like having real grass, but due to my age, I'd not be able to take care of it. Therefore synthetic/artifical grass is my only option.

    I did some research and I believe I have two options:

    1. Cover the paving slabs with underlay and place the synthetic grass on top of it
    2. Remove the paving slabs and place the synthetic grass.

    Options 1 appears to be the easiest, but the cost of grass and underlay is high and I'd assume it would not have the soft feel.

    Options 2 appears to be more labour consuming and possibly the cost would higher than option one.

    If the paving slabs are removed, is it necessary to lay Sub-Base and Laying Course?

    Thank you

    Asked by Eva on 6th Jun 2020
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    CR brickwork

    "Hi Chris from CR brickwork no when you lift the slabs up it will all already have a base. so you should only have two blend it over with some sharp sand to level it out. Then you can lay the grass"

    Answered on 7th Jun 2020 - Member since May 2020 - report
    Dgprojects Garden Maintenance

    "Options 1 could work but all depends what underlay you get and if the paving is level.

    Option too you can remove the paving membrane and level with sand makesure its compacted and then the underlay and astro

    Hope this helps"

    Answered on 7th Jun 2020 - Member since Jul 2017 - report

    "Option 2 would be considered the best way forward for you
    Yes you would need a sub base .
    Better to be looked at by myself first
    I could then quote the job for you if wanted."

    Answered on 7th Jun 2020 - Member since Jun 2020 - report

    You need to lovely the site or the turf wont sit lovely and the sub based is required or you will get weeds growing through the turf


    Answered on 7th Jun 2020 - Member since Mar 2020 - report
    Ry&Co Building Services

    "Hi there, if you lay directly on top of slabs you won’t get the same effect or the full effect of the artificial grass, in my opinion. Laying on natural surface is always best and although slightly more, you wouldn’t necessarily need underlay, just a good weed membrane on top of the sub base. Something I’m definitely able to help and provide a quote for.
    If you have any questions feel free to contact me Thanks"

    Answered on 7th Jun 2020 - Member since Jun 2020 - report
    Uk buildingcompany ltd

    "Hi Eva the slabs will have to be removed to make a level surface on the ground otherwise the grass will be loose and fitted and cause you problems in the future if you want we can offer you a quotation and doing the job that you want done we offer a free quotation no obligation."

    Answered on 7th Jun 2020 - Member since Mar 2020 - report

    "In any instance the base is critical to the area as you find over time this will end with a poor installation and not look good
    The thicker the base the better and do use a quality material"

    Answered on 7th Jun 2020 - Member since Mar 2020 - report
    Dream landscapes

    "Fake grass can be costly but would advise keeping some patio as many customers have regretted removing all slabs"

    Answered on 18th Aug 2020 - Member since Aug 2019 - report
    P.J.R Property Services

    "Your better option would be to remove the Slabs and there should be a sub base already there so all you would need to do is level off with sharp sand and then lay the membrane and then the artificial grass however you can (as long as ground is level enough) just lay the membrane over the slabbing and then your artificial grass over that however this is likely to give you the best of looks when finished."

    Answered on 13th Jul 2020 - Member since May 2020 - report

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