Can you put Artificial Grass on Decking?
As specialist suppliers of artificial grass in the UK, we hear a lot of questions around the topic of laying artificial grass on decking, and whether it is even possible.
The short answer to that question is yes! The long answer is that it requires a slightly different artificial grass installation technique to other projects. Don’t worry, though– it’s not complicated. You may have installed decking a few years ago when garden makeover shows were all the rage, and they couldn’t wait to get the two-by-fours out. Now, it’s a little bit dated, (and perhaps in some cases even looking a bit worse for wear), or maybe you just want to transform your garden quickly and easily, and laying artificial grass on decking is a great way to do this. Read on to find out how.
Benefits of Laying Artificial Grass on Decking:
- Laying artificial grass on decking is easy, and can completely change the look of your garden
- You don’t have to worry about drainage because the water will drain however it drains normally
- Namgrass supplies quality artificial grass in the UK that’s durable and practically maintenance free!
How to Lay Artificial Grass on Decking
Laying artificial grass on decking is actually very similar to attaching carpet to a wooden floor. Taking care to follow these steps will ensure that your artificial grass installation is a breeze:
- Clear the area of debris and furniture
- Clean the decking with a pressurised hose or a scrubbing brush
- Apply a damp-proofing treatment (optional)
- Allow to dry for 48 hours
- Apply marine plywood or a shock pad over the decking. This helps to smooth the surface if you have deep grooves in the decking
- Lay the grass out for at least an hour so it can settle
- Secure the corners by spot gluing or using screws
Artificial Grass on Decking: Things to Note
Make sure that your decking is in good condition before starting. If your decking is rotten or particularly uneven, then it may not be the best candidate for artificial grass installation. You may need to replace or repair your decking. Alternatively, you could dig out the entire area instead, and install the artificial grass on the cleared area. If you’re worried about drainage, you can drill through both the ply and the decking to add extra holes.
Bonus: Artificial Grass on Paving Slabs
Laying artificial grass on paving slabs is very similar to installing synthetic grass on decking. The only difference is that you can’t screw into your patio, and should use glue. As above, you could remove the patio completely and instead use timber edging to secure the turf for your new artificial lawn installation.