Installing artificial grass carpeting is a project that most Do-It-Yourselfers can easily accomplish. The product is fairly inexpensive and only requires a few basic tools for installation.

The tools and materials required for installation are:

  • Measuring tape ruler
  • 6 Inches more of artificial grass around the perimeter of the exact measurement
  • Flooring adhesive
  • Notched spreader
  • Utility knife with extra blades
  • and a lot of patience

In any carpeting project the first step is to measure the width of the area to determine how many 6 feet or 12 feet wide pieces of carpeting is needed.

Grass carpeting along with the installation tools can be found in home centers such as City Mill and is sold in 6 feet wide and 12 feet wide rolls. The quality of the artificial grass varies in their backing that ranges from a flexible marine back to a stiff back that looks like regular jute carpet. All types are waterproof and can be installed indoors or outdoors.

Grass carpeting can be laid over almost any surface as long as it is smooth and dry. If the carpet will go over wooden floors or decking material, all cracks and holes should be filled with wood putty. Holes in concrete floors should be filled in with a concrete patch.

When installing grass carpeting outdoors always do it on a clear sunny day and never in the rain. The adhesive under the carpet will need at least 24 hours drying time.

Just before you are ready to install the carpeting, the floor should be swept clean of all debris.

Unroll the pieces of carpeting to be installed over the floor area to be fitted. Allow about 6 inches of extra carpeting at each end of the roll for cutting and fitting. Now, trim all edges that will be joined using a straight edge and utility knife. Make sure to replace the blades on the utility knife when necessary.

When all trim cuts have been made and the patterns matched, you are ready to glue down the carpeting with the adhesive.

For easier installation, you should work with just one width of carpeting at a time. With a notched spreader, spread the adhesive for the first length and width of carpet, plus one foot extra. Now unroll the carpeting into the adhesive working it smooth with your hands. If the carpet bunches in the adhesive, lift it. Re trowel the adhesive and reset. You should take your time and have patience.

When matching up the next piece, make sure the naps match in the same direction. Hold one trimmed edge next to the edge of the strip that had been glued. You may need a helper to guide the second strip down so it is tightly butted against the installed strip. This second piece should be rolled up and set down on the floor. Then with the second piece of carpet still rolled, spread the adhesive for the second piece of carpeting plus one foot beyond for the next joining section. Continue the same procedures as you install the remaining carpeting. After the carpet has set into the adhesive, trim off the excess around the entire perimeter of the area with your utility knife.