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Everything You Would Ever Need to Know About Rubber Grass Mats

Rubber grass mats are one of our most popular products. With a fantastic range of benefits and uses, our grass mats are used by a range of customers from commercial customers using hundreds of mats on large projects to domestic customers using one mat in their garden. In this blog we will be looking at what makes our rubber mats so popular, how to correctly install them, how customers have used them in the past and questions we are frequently asked.

Rubber Grass Mats & Their Benefits

Our rubber grass mats are made from 100% recycled rubber and are available in two thicknesses, 16mm mats and 23mm mats. Both mats are strong, durable and weather resistant so can be installed both indoors and outdoors. As well as those benefits, our grass mats also protect the root of the grass and promote grass growth whilst still allowing natural drainage thanks to the porous design of the mats. They are also wheelchair friendly and can be installed on either flat or contoured surfaces. So as you can see, our mats are an effective and versatile product that can be used for a huge number of applications.

How Can Your Grass Mats Be Used?

Rubber grass mats are incredibly versatile and can be used for a huge number of applications, we are still sometimes surprised to see that a customer has used the mats in a way we’d not yet thought of such as them being installed around sheep feeders and bee hives! For more examples of how our mats have been used, read all of our rubber grass mats blogs.

Grass Protection Mats

Grass protection is what grass mats are mainly known for, protecting the root of the grass below and making sure it can grow naturally. In this case study, a customers turf was almost entirely destroyed by his dogs so he decided to re-seed his turf before installing rubber grass mats all over his garden to allow the grass to grow naturally and to ensure it would be not be destroyed again.

Grass Protection Blogs

Rubber Grass Mats For Paths & Walkways

One very popular use for our rubber grass mats is to create paths, walkways and standing areas. An example of this is where our grass mats were used by St Werburghs City Farm at their allotment to create a solid, non-slip and wheelchair friendly path. Due to the terrain it was hard for some people to access the allotments so the farm’s team needed a suitable paving system that would allow access which is when they decided to try our mats.

A second example was when our mats were used on a regularly icy and slippery path. This customer struggled during wet and freezing weather as the entrance to her Ponies stable became almost impossible to walk on due to water running from the stable roof and sometimes freezing. The grass mats created a heightened path which the water cannot reach meaning a non-slip path was created for both customer and her ponies to use.

Paths, Tracks and Walkway Blogs

Equestrian Rubber Mats

Rubber grass mats are a very common product in the equestrian market, they are strong yet soft under foot and hoof, non-slip, easy to clean and are simple to replace. Here are two examples, the first being grass mats installed inside an equestrian yard by a horse owner who had struggled with a large amount of mud in the yard so needed a solution that would prevent the mud in the future but would be gentle for her horses. Second is Amate Animalia who used our rubber mats in horse paddocks, enclosures & recovery areas as they are soft under foot, easy to clean, relocatable and prevent mud patches.

Equestrian Blogs

Rubber Playground Mats

Rubber grass mats being used under play equipment is a common use too, with a critical fall height of up to 3.3 metres our mats are a great safety flooring solution. A domestic example of this is a joint case study where two customers used our grass mats under a playhouse and a climbing frame & swing set. A commercial example is from The Living Rainforest who used our grass mats under a large play area. Both examples show how simple our mats are to install under play equipment and how effective they are.

Playground & Play Area Surfacing Blogs

Temporary Event Mats

If hosting an event in a park or heavily grassed area, heavy foot traffic can destroy a large area of turf which is why a paving solution may be required to avoid this. An example of this is when Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens hosted a bonfire night event and they used a large amount of our rubber grass mats to protect the turf around the grounds from the heavy foot traffic and help keep guests away from any potential mud.

Event Blogs

Rubber Grass Mats For Golf Courses

As grass is quite an important part of a golf course, the golf clubs are always looking of ways to protect their precious turf. Constant foot, buggy and golf cart traffic can really take its toll on grass which is why a suitable product is needed to protect it. An example of this is when Lancaster Golf Club created pathways around their course using rubber grass mats to protect their turf and also keep golfers out of the mud on wet days.

Golf Course Blogs

How To Install Rubber Grass Mats

A step by step guide on how to correctly install your grass mats using plastic fixing pegs and cable ties.

1. Measure and mark out the site where the rubber grass mats will be installed. Cut the grass short before removing all left over clippings and debris

2. If you want a flat surface, level out uneven areas using good quality sandy topsoil if required. Then compact the surface well before seeding or turfing the area.

3. Lay out your rubber grass mats in the previously marked out area and if required cut the mats to fit around any obstacles.

4. Continue to lay your grass mats and ensure that neighbouring mats are touching. Then using cable ties, at every 150mm interval, fasten the edges of the neighbouring mats together and trim off the ends of the fixed cable ties and ensure the cut ends are not a hazard and exposed to the above surface.

5. Once all of the mats are fixed together, at intervals of 500mm, secure your grass mats into the ground by hammering or malleting the plastic fixing pegs to ensure the mats will not move when walked on.

6. Begin using your grass mats and wait for your grass to being growing through for a sturdy and natural looking grassed area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I drive or park on these rubber grass mats?

A: Occasional or temporary use may be fine, but long term vehicular use will severely reduce the lifespan of the product. We recommend looking at X-Grid which is a proven permanent driveway and parking solution.

Q: Are the grass mats easy to cut?

A: Yes, our mats can be cut using a pair of very strong scissors or a pair of secateurs.

Q: What fixings do I need for my rubber grass mats?

A: To install each of your grass mats you will require 10 cable ties and 5 fixing pegs.

Q: How long will the rubber grass mats last for?

A: There is currently no definitive answer to this question, as this depends greatly on volume of use, weather conditions and effective maintenance. However, as a rubber product, we expect these mats to last for a minimum of around 10 years.

Q: What is the critical fall height of the grass mats?

A: The critical fall heights for our mats are as follows, 1 metre for the 16mm mats and 3.3 metres for the 23mm mats.

Q: Can I still cut my grass with the grass mats installed?

A: Yes, it is still possible to cut your grass with grass mats installed. Simply change your lawn mowers blade height to a higher setting and begin cutting as normal.

Q: Can grass mats be laid on to an uneven surface?

A: Yes they can, our mats can be contoured and secured into the ground of an uneven surface. A great example of this when our grass mats were used to cover a steep soil banking.

How Can I Buy Rubber Grass Mats?

Both our 16mm rubber grass mats and 23mm rubber grass mats can be purchased online now. Simply add your required amount of mats to your basket and ensure you add enough cable ties and plastic fixing pegs to your basket so you can correctly install your mats. Follow the instructions at check out, buy your mats and wait for them to be delivered or come and collect them from our warehouse in Chesterfield!

If you have any more questions about our rubber grass mats or other products then you can speak to us via the live chat facility on our website or you can call and speak to us on 01246 589092.

22 Replies to “Everything You Would Ever Need to Know About Rubber Grass Mats

    1. Hi Christopher,

      Thank you for your comment. As long as the lawn mower blade height is raised so it will not touch the mats then it should be fine to use.

      Hope this helps.

      Kind Regards,

  1. I have grass Protection mesh down in my woods but it is very muddy and the mud and water comes through. Can I put rubber matting over it so the rubber mat doesn’t sink into the mud then drive over it 4-6 times a month?

    1. Hi Dave,

      Thank you for your comment, it seems the ground has some drainage issues which requires some ground work rather than simply applying a surfacing product. Also, grass mats are not suitable for driving on.

      A member of our customer service team will be able to talk you through some required work if you would like? You can call us on 01246 589092.


  2. Hi,
    I wonder if I can place a few mats underneath a garden furniture, what would they be like if one walked barefoot on them?

    1. Hi Silvia,

      Thank you for your question. You can do so yes, but you could end up with permanent impressions where the legs of the furniture sit on the rubber grass mats. As for walking barefoot on our mats, they are semi-soft rubber not a hard rubber so can be walked on but really it is down to an individuals preferences.

      Hope this helps.


  3. Hi,

    Hope you are well ? Can I please get a price for your rubber  black grass protector for an area of 5 metres in width and 4 meters in lenght. 

    Kindest regards 


    1. Hi Catherine,

      Yes, we can give you a price for the area you require. Please call us on 01246 589092 to speak with a member of the team.

      Kind Regards,

  4. I’m a childminder and I have a large area that is played on everyday and is now totally bare of grass.
    If I lay mats and grass seed at the same time will the grass grow through the mats while still being played on?

    1. Hi Rebecca,

      Thanks for your comment. Rubber Grass Mats can certainly help with this situation, you can see an example of how they have been used in the past in one of our blogs where Grass Mats were installed on a back garden which had been damaged by dogs.

      If you have any questions regarding your issue, please call us on 01246 589092 to speak with a member of our team.

    1. Hi Souad,

      Thanks for your comment. If your pool is inflatable then yes rubber grass mats could be suitable. If your pool is a more permanent structure then you may wish to look at X-Grid as an alternative.

      If you would like further advice, please do not hesitate to call us on 01246 589092 or LiveChat with a member of our team during office hours. You can leave us a message outside of these times.

    1. Hi Geraldine,

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, grass mats are suitable for supporting wheelchairs.

      If you would like further advice on your installation, please do not hesitate to call us on 01246 589092 or LiveChat via the website and a member of our team will be more than happy to help.

    1. Hi Darilyn,

      Thanks for your comment. We are based in the UK. We can ship to Australia but it may prove to be expensive. If you would like to discuss this further, please send us an email to sales@matsgrids.co.uk with your requirements.

  5. Hi.
    How is the thickness measured please? Does the thickness of the mat include the little studs on the back?
    What weight is the 16 mm compared to the 23mm mat please.
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Kate,

      Thanks for your question. Yes, the thickness is inclusive of the bobbles. One 16mm Rubber grass mat weighs 8kg, and One 23mm Rubber grass mat weighs 11kg.

      Hope this helps. If you have any more questions, please do give us a call us on 01246 589092 or LiveChat via the website.

  6. We have mats installed under our play swings. Is it better to lift them periodically so they kind of sit atop the grass, or to let them gradually be completely embedded down into the grass/turf?


    1. Hi Joseph,

      Thanks for your question. We would recommend letting your grass mats embed into the turf.

      Hope this helps, if you have any more questions please call us on 01246 589092 or LiveChat with us via the website.

  7. Hello, are these matts ok to install on a grassed bank? will they slip over time or will they stay securely in position?

    do the holding down pegs fit within the matts so that they do not protrude over the edges?

    thank you

    1. Hi David,

      Thanks for your question. Yes, our mats can be installed onto a grass bank but will need to be secured in place using plastic pegs and cable ties. To ensure that the mats are appropriate for your grass banking, you can contact us with details of the project and we can confirm the mats are suitable.

      The pegs fit within the mat holes so they will not protrude over the edges.

      Hope this helps, if you have any more questions please call us on 01246 589092 or LiveChat via the website.


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