How To Attach Artificial Grass To Ground (Easy Tips)

Installing artificial grass is a great way to get the feel of real grass without having to deal with the hassle of maintenance. 

It’s also much less expensive than installing natural grass, and can be installed on surfaces that aren’t suitable for growing natural grasses. 

But how do you attach artificial grass to ground? There are several different options available from staples and nails, through to adhesive and sand infill but each has its own pros and cons. 

In this article we’ll explore these options in more detail so that you can decide which is best suited to your needs.

How to install artificial grass?

Sure, here’s the single column Takeaway table based on the title:

Artificial grass installation requires proper preparation and planning.
Adding sand infill and brushing the turf regularly can help maintain the lawn’s appearance.
Attaching artificial grass to concrete requires a specialized adhesive.
When choosing an artificial grass variety, consider the blade height, color, and backing.
Further reading can help you learn more about artificial grass installation and maintenance tips.
With proper care and maintenance, artificial grass can last up to 15-20 years.


Adhesive is a good option for small areas, as well as those that are not level or may have some slope to them. 

It’s also a great solution if you’re looking to attach artificial grass to ground that has already been laid with another type of surface like gravel or decking. As long as the area is flat enough and the glue can be applied without causing damage, this process could work for you.

If your lawn does need levelling first, then you’ll need to make sure any existing soil is removed by hand before laying down the adhesive. Once this has been done, follow these steps:

Make sure any loose material has been removed from around the area where you want artificial grass laid (you don’t want any stones sticking up when it’s finished).

When installing artificial grass, adding sand is an essential step to make your lawn look smoother. Check out our guide on how to add sand to artificial grass for some tips on how to do it correctly.


Once you’ve decided on the desired layout and have removed your artificial grass from the ground, it’s time to secure it back down. 

This can be done using nails or bolts. Nails are a great option if you’re only building a small lawn, but they won’t last long if your lawn is frequently used by people. 

It’s important that the nails are long enough to penetrate both the baseboard and ground so that there is no movement when someone walks on top of it.


Easy to install and removeMay cause the turf to shift or wrinkle over time
InexpensiveCan damage the artificial grass backing or fibers
Can be used on a variety of surfacesMay not be suitable for heavy foot traffic areas
Provide a secure holdMay rust or corrode over time
Available in different sizes and shapesMay be difficult to remove and repair if necessary

This table compares the pros and cons of using nails to secure artificial grass to the ground. While nails are a popular choice for their ease of installation and affordability, they also come with some potential downsides including damage to the turf and the risk of rust or corrosion over time. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons before deciding on a method to secure your artificial grass.


Now it’s time to lay down your artificial grass. You’ll want to use a staple gun for this step, as it will be much easier than using nails or tacks. 

As you’re stapling, remember that the staples should be 1/2″ – 3/4″ long and only go into the ground, not through the top layer of artificial grass (which can damage it). 

Once you have placed all of your staples into their designated spots in the ground, use a hammer to pound them down until they’re flush with the surface.

Brushing your artificial grass lawn will help keep the grass blades straight and prevent matting. Check out our guide on how to brush artificial grass for some tips on how to maintain your synthetic turf.

Sand Infill

Sand is a great infill for artificial grass, as it helps to retain moisture and prevent the turf from drying out too much. 

Sand can be bought from garden centres and should be washed before using to remove any dirt or grit that may be present. 

The sand should then be raked into a slope so that water can drain away from the surface; this will help keep the surface clean for longer.

Once you’ve laid your fake grass, you’ll need to level it and make sure there are no bumps or dips in any areas of your lawn, as these can cause problems later on down the line if left unchecked.

Sand Infill

Helps retain moisture and prevent drying outCan be heavy and difficult to install
Provides better support and stabilityMay cause weed growth if not properly maintained
Improves fire resistanceMay require additional infill or top-up over time
Enhances drainage and prevents poolingMay have an impact on the synthetic turf’s warranty
Helps prevent wrinkling or folding of the turfMay increase the installation costs

This table compares the advantages and disadvantages of using sand infill for artificial grass. While sand has several benefits, including improving stability, drainage, and fire resistance, it also presents some challenges such as being heavy and requiring extra maintenance for weed growth prevention. It’s important to consider these factors before deciding to use sand as an infill for your artificial grass installation.


Ballast is a material that’s installed under the artificial grass to help it stay in place and prevent it from bunching up. 

When you’ve put down your new turf, you need to add some ballast. Different types of artificial grass will require different amounts of ballast: some need more than others do, so make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions before proceeding with installation.

Ballast comes in two main forms: crushed stone and sand. Crushed stone is often preferred because it provides more support for the artificial lawn than sand does (sand tends to pack down over time). 

The best way to figure out which type of ballast works best for you is by consulting an expert who has experience installing synthetic grass; this person will know what kind of material can provide enough stability for your specific product type.

Adding sand infill to your artificial grass lawn can help prevent wrinkling and extend its lifespan. Check out our guide on how to brush sand into artificial grass for some tips on how to do it properly.

Shock pad or Underlay

You can also use a shock pad or underlay to help secure your artificial grass. The shock pad provides cushioning for the turf, which will prevent it from shifting and helps reduce the impact of foot traffic on the surface. 

An underlay will protect your lawn from UV damage, while also acting as a barrier between your lawn and any moisture that may be present beneath it. Both materials are widely available in hardware stores and online retailers such as Amazon. 

It’s best to choose one that’s designed specifically for artificial grass installations so you know it’s going to work well with your design scheme.

Dry Shake

First, the artificial grass is laid out over the area you want to cover.

Next, use a broom to sweep the artificial grass into place and ensure it is in the correct position. 

Dry shake may be used on any type of ground surface such as concrete, soil or gravel because it does not require any adhesive products for installation but will still hold firmly once installed using this method

Attaching artificial grass to concrete requires a special kind of adhesive that is weather-resistant and durable. Check out our guide on how to attach artificial grass to concrete to learn more about the process.

Kiln Dried Silica Sand (KDSS)

The use of KDSS (Kiln Dried Silica Sand) is essential to the long term success of your artificial grass. KDSS is a fine silica sand that is used to fill the voids between the artificial grass fibres in order to prevent water from seeping through the backing. 

KDSS also helps provide additional grip for your children’s safety as they play. It can be found in most DIY superstores but we recommend you purchase online if you are looking for a better deal on bulk orders.

Concrete or Tarmac Base

When installing artificial grass on a concrete or tarmac base, you must ensure that:

The base is level and smooth. To check this, simply place a spirit level on top of the area where you intend to install your turf. If it’s not completely flat, you can use pieces of wood under areas with dips to raise them up before laying your turf down.

If your ground isn’t level or doesn’t have enough give in it (known as “slump”), then this is when interlocking tiles come in handy — they’re specially designed to provide stability and won’t slip around like traditional mats!

Your outdoor space meets all Health & Safety requirements: Make sure that any drains or water pipes within 1m of where you want to lay down the artificial lawn are protected by adequate protective barriers. 

When choosing an artificial grass variety, there are a few factors to consider such as blade height, color, and backing. Check out our guide on how to choose an artificial grass to learn more about what to look for when selecting your synthetic turf.

Concrete or Tarmac Edging

Concrete or tarmac edging is the most popular choice of many homeowners. This can be installed to provide a straight, neat finish that’s easy to maintain.

The concrete edging is usually about 1cm high and 5cm wide, with metal spikes protruding from the top to keep it in place.

It’s recommended that you use an adhesive when attaching artificial grass to concrete or tarmac as these materials may expand over time which can cause gaps between your lawn and concrete/tarmac edges.


I hope this article has helped you to make a decision about how to attach your artificial grass. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like some advice on the best way forward for your situation.

Further Reading

If you’re looking for more information on installing artificial grass, check out these helpful resources:

Buzz Grass’s guide on how to install artificial grass. This comprehensive guide covers everything from measuring and preparing your lawn to laying and fixing the artificial grass.

LazyLawn’s guide on how to fit artificial grass. This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to install artificial grass on various surfaces, including soil, concrete, and decking.

Install-It-Direct’s guide to DIY artificial grass installation. This guide covers the basics of DIY artificial grass installation, including measuring, preparing, and installing synthetic turf.


Can I install artificial grass myself?

Yes, you can install artificial grass yourself as long as you have the right tools and follow the proper installation process.

How do I prepare the area for artificial grass installation?

Preparing the area for artificial grass installation involves removing existing grass and debris, leveling the soil or base, and adding a layer of aggregate or sand.

Do I need to add an infill to my artificial grass?

Adding an infill to artificial grass can help the blades stand up straight, prevent wrinkles, and increase its longevity. However, it is not necessary for all types of artificial grass.

How do I maintain my artificial grass lawn?

Maintaining an artificial grass lawn involves regularly washing and brushing the surface to prevent dirt buildup and prevent the blades from matting. You should also remove any debris and inspect the lawn for damages.

How long does artificial grass last?

With proper maintenance and care, artificial grass can last up to 15-20 years.