How to Install Fake Grass

Updated February 21, 2017

Artificial or "fake" grass is useful flooring for areas where growing real grass is not an option. Artificial grass is most often installed in large concrete areas. If you have a cement patio that you want to make more welcoming and suitable for children, or if you just like the look of a grass lawn, you can install the fake grass panels directly to the patio. Find all of the items you need at larger home improvement and gardening stores.

Lay out all of the pieces of artificial grass in the installation area.

Trim with a utility knife pieces that overlap, as well as around corners and obstacles. Cut the pieces of grass so they are as close as possible together, leaving no gaps.

Pull back the first piece of grass along one side of the installation area.

Peel off the backing adhesive from a length of jointing tape and place it along the very edge of where the grass will be placed. Tape should run the entire length of the first side of the first piece of grass and the top and bottom lengths of the grass.

Cover the tape with artificial grass glue using a paintbrush. Apply a thick layer to bond with the grass. Pull back the grass onto the tape and glue. Press the grass into the glue.

Lift the loose side of the grass and apply tape and glue in the same manner. Press the grass panel back in place.

Pull back each piece of grass and apply the tape and glue in the same manner.

Set bags of gravel or other heavy items along each seam to weight the grass. Leave the weights on the grass overnight before removing them.


Use a decorative trim around the grassed area to give it a finished, tidy look.


Be careful when cutting into the grass because you can easily slip and hurt yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Artificial grass
  • Utility knife
  • Adhesive jointing tape
  • Artificial grass glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Bags of gravel or other heavy items
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Based in New York, Mary Gonzales has been writing computer- and technology-related articles since 1995. Her work has appeared in “Tech Trends” and “Mac Tips” magazines. Gonzales received the Lilly M. Fuchs Literary Award in 1999. She holds a Bachelor of Science in computer programming from New York University.