laying artificial grass

Hi, 
I'm new here...my question is about artificial grass, on sand, on stones, on membrane...

I have a garden which is laid with small stones on a weed membrane. The membrane is about 8 years old but still mostly good...the question is, can i throw sand over the whole lot then just lay the grass? will it settle between the stones? (they are not tiny - they are about 2cm) or once i put the sand on should I wait a certain amount of time for it to settle in or wet it? how deep do you think I should have the sand as I obviously dont want to feel the stones underneath when walking over it. Also there are so many different sands I am not sure which one I need.
Thank you!
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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 16,805
    Why artificial grass?


    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Because I don't want to have real grass! I don't have the time or inclination to maintain it...
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 16,805
    Well, it's more a DIY question than a gardening one.  Have a look here - https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/landscaping/how-to-lay-artificial-turf

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 20,999
    Because I don't want to have real grass! I don't have the time or inclination to maintain it...
    so you thought you'd ask gardeners?? , in a gardening forum???
    Maybe ask at the local builders' merchant?
    Devon.
  • Er Yeah, obviously I did think that. 
    I am planning my garden and thought gardeners may have done this and could offer some friendly advice. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 20,999
    friendly advice on gardening, we do in spades.  ;)
    Devon.
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 3,432
    Er Yeah, obviously I did think that. 
    I am planning my garden and thought gardeners may have done this and could offer some friendly advice. 

    You'll quickly discover that you will get some friendly advice along with some not so friendly.  Despite the fact that I have seen artificial grass discussed in gardening magazines some seem to consider it to be the devil's work.  Don't let that put you off asking questions here.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 16,805
    I do have to wonder about the wisdom of laying plastic.  It won't last forever and will need recycling eventually and, in the mean time, it will still need sweeping and cleaning regularly.  How big an area is it and may it not be better to consider paving or gravel or chipped slate?   At least you can grow things through those or set a table and chairs and a BBQ.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 54,535
    edited March 2018
    I do think we have to reconsider the use of plastic in many spheres of our lives ... the more we discover about how it breaks down into microscopic bits and is found in the guts of fish (and probably our own innards too). 

    However I also understand the need for some people to have more easily maintained outside spaces ... it's not an easy line to tread and requires thought ... as with so much in life, the simple solution is rarely the best one  ...  :/
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  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 878
    KT53 said:
    Er Yeah, obviously I did think that. 
    I am planning my garden and thought gardeners may have done this and could offer some friendly advice. 

    You'll quickly discover that you will get some friendly advice along with some not so friendly.  Despite the fact that I have seen artificial grass discussed in gardening magazines some seem to consider it to be the devil's work.  Don't let that put you off asking questions here.
    Agree. 'Gardening' is different things to different people and that includes hard landscaping. You Tube has a few videos that you might find helpful. 
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