Adding artificial grass to your home is a big decision. You\u2019re spending your hard-earned money on improving what is probably your most expensive asset. It\u2019s only natural you\u2019ll want to know what\u2019s going on every step of the way. This step-by-step guide to artificial grass will help you keep on top of your installation. It covers everything from the initial consultation to the moment you first walk on your brand new lawn. Planning the dig for your artificial grass After we\u2019ve finalised your quote and your specific order, we\u2019ll send a production manager and installer to assess your yard. They\u2019ll double check all the initial measurements, as well as check what kind of access there is to the site. This is a really important step, as it allows us to make sure all the finer details are correct. Ideally, our team will use a Dingo, which is a sort of mini-digger, to prepare the ground for your new lawn. They\u2019ll measure the gap at the side of your house to see if there\u2019s enough room to bring the Dingo in. You\u2019ll need a width of at least 1200mm to fit a Dingo down there. If there isn\u2019t enough room, don\u2019t panic! There are other ways for the Dingo to access the site \u2013 for example, sometimes we can take a fence out. Our team will take everything into account and recommend the best course of action for your specific site. Adding artificial grass to your home is a great move. What if the Dingo can\u2019t get through? If there\u2019s no possible way to get a Dingo into your backyard, our team will improvise! We\u2019ll use shovels to dig the dirt, and we\u2019ll use a wheelbarrow to cart it away. Don\u2019t stress though, this is normal - we refer to it as a job with \u2018difficult access\u2019. Even though it may take the installer triple the amount of time, it\u2019ll still be done to your specifications. It may be the case that the space at the side of the house is too narrow even for a wheelbarrow. In this instance, we\u2019ll bring the wheelbarrow through the house. Obviously we\u2019ll want to avoid making a mess of your lovely home, so we\u2019ll lay mats down and put planks on top. If none of these options work for your home and yard, we\u2019ll use the classic method of carrying the sand out in buckets. Whatever the situation, we\u2019ll make it work. You don\u2019t have to worry if you don\u2019t have a lot of room. It\u2019s important to remember that some of these methods will obviously take longer than others. If we do run into access issues with your site, there may be a small price increase due to the extra time taken to dig the site. Our production manager and installer will perform all the measurements during their visit, and we\u2019ll finalise the details of the build from there. Installing your artificial grass The first step when installing your artificial grass is digging out the site. We\u2019ll take 80mm off the top \u2013 getting rid of the top layer of grass \u2013 and then we\u2019ll take another 80mm of dirt. Once we\u2019ve done that, we\u2019ll lay a dolomite base, usually measuring 50mm. You do have the option to request a thicker layer of dolomite, but the standard thickness is 50mm. We use dolomite due to its durability \u2013 if we were to use dirt or regular sand, your lawn would develop lumps after a couple of years. Dolomite is a much more durable substance, meaning your lawn will stay flatter for longer. After this stage has been completed, we\u2019ll compact it with a machine called a \u2018whacker\u2019. This will ensure the base stays nice and flat, ready for the lawn to be rolled out. Before we roll, we\u2019ll lay out what we call \u2018tape\u2019. It isn\u2019t sticky, but it gives us a nice layer over the dolomite for the grass to sit on. We\u2019ll put this in the corners of your lawn, and then put some outdoor adhesive on it to make sure it sticks. We\u2019ll also pin the pieces together using what we call \u2018u-pins\u2019. This will ensure you can\u2019t see the joins once the lawn is down. Once we've finished that, we\u2019ll place 220mm nails around the outside and through the middle of your artificial grass. This will hold down the edges and make it harder for dogs to rip it up and kids to trip over it. We\u2019ll also bolster it. This involves going around the entire lawn and tapping the edges. This is what makes the edges curve, rather than just sit on the pavers or concrete. We bolster the edges of your artificial lawn to make it harder for dogs to rip up. Final steps Finally, we\u2019ll sprinkle some sand on top. This will add weight to your artificial lawn, making it harder for dogs to lift it up. It\u2019ll also help your lawn stand upright, making it look neater. Once the lawn\u2019s been laid, we\u2019ll then go over it with what\u2019s called a \u2018defibrillator\u2019. It\u2019s designed to brush it up and help get the sand to the bottom. It\u2019ll also make your lawn look neat. Now all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your brand new patch of artificial grass! It's important to note that while your artificial grass should stop most weeds from growing through it, it's inevitable that some will poke their way through. You can still pull them out as normal, or even spray them with weed killer. Why should you choose Australian Outdoor Living? We manufacture our artificial grass to the highest of Australian standards. It\u2019s some of the highest quality artificial lawn around, and we\u2019re pretty confident that you\u2019ll feel the same way. On top of that, you\u2019ll find it difficult to get better service and guarantees from another company. Spending your money with a company of our size and reputation is a much safer bet than choosing a smaller company. We also offer a seven-year guarantee on our artificial grass, so if something does go wrong with your lawn, just give us a call - we'll happily take a look at it! Click here for more benefits of quality artificial grass from Australian Outdoor Living. Artificial grass will look great in both your front yard and your backyard. Australian Outdoor Living is passionate about helping people love their life outdoors. We offer a range of products, including: Outdoor blinds Artificial grass Roller shutters Concrete and fibreglass swimming pools Carports Timber decking Pergolas, verandah and patios Have you been thinking about renovating your home? Fill out the free measure and quote form at the top of this article and a member of our dedicated sales team will be in touch.