How is artificial grass installed on decking?

Thinking about investing in artificial grass, but aren’t sure if it can be installed on decking?

Perhaps you’re looking to replace your old, slippy decking for a more natural look. Or maybe you’re just sick of all the maintenance it required to keep it looking good.

The main issue with decking is that it tends to attract moss and has started to rot, or look very weathered. And especially if you’ve painted your decking, it will require a lot of upkeep to stop it from discolouring and the paint peeling.

But can artificial grass be installed on decking, or will it all have to be ripped out first?

The good news is that yes! Artificial grass can absolutely be installed on top of decking – with a few conditions.

As an artificial grass specialist, this is something I get asked about a lot. That’s why I’m going to take a moment to explain everything you need to know when getting artificial grass installed on top of your decking.

How is artificial grass installed on decking?

If your decking boards are in good condition, level, and without any rot, it’s likely artificial grass can be installed on top. However, this is something an artificial grass specialist will be able to advise on during a site visit.

A typical installation would involve applying a weed barrier, followed by a shock pad layer, and then the grass. No dig-out is required, but the area would need to be brushed and power blown to eliminate any moss or debris before the weed barrier is applied.

When installing artificial grass on decking, your installer should also tac or staple down the perimeter to ensure the installation is secure and won’t move.

Not sure your decking is in a great condition? If any remedial works did need to be carried out on your decking, this is something your installer may also be able to help you with before installation – for an extra charge.

An extra soft surface for children to play on

We would advise considering installing a shock pad layer with your artificial grass, as decking is quite a hard surface. However, it isn’t essential, and we especially wouldn’t advise this if your pets are going to use it often, as this layer can soak up urine and can smell.

However, a shock pad layer can offer extra peace of mind if children will be playing on the surface, as it comes in thicknesses of 10mm, 18mm or 25mm and can achieve a critical fall height of 2.6m.

If you’re looking to install your grass for pets and children, but don’t want to keep your pets from urinating on it (which can be tricky), we’d advise going for a normal garden installation instead. This would require removal of your decking so that we can install the appropriate sub-base and then the grass over the top.

No shock pad layer is required and allows pets to play as they please without any worry.

Advice from an artificial grass specialist

Most installers should be happy to install artificial grass on decking, assuming it’s in good condition. Even if your decking isn’t exactly looking great, there’s a chance it can be remedied so that installation can take place. An artificial grass specialist should also be able to check this, along with whether you have appropriate drainage for your decking.

It can take a drab decking area and transform it into a gorgeous green space that is much more aesthetically pleasing. We recently installed decking for one of our customers who wanted it for their kids to play on. Their decking wasn’t in bad condition, but they were just sick of the upkeep.

They were also worried one of their children might have an accident, as they were constantly getting told off for running on the decking when it was wet. Artificial grass, with a shock pad layer, turned out to be a great solution and created a much safer surface, which drained quickly after rain. No more telling off!


So, there we have it! Artificial grass CAN be installed on decking. As long as your decking is in good condition, you should be able to install artificial grass on top. However, this is something an artificial grass specialist can help advise on, and the area will still need to be brushed and power blown to get rid of any debris or moss.

Do you have any specific questions about installing artificial grass on decking? Let me know in the comments’ section. I’d be more than happy to help!


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Perfect combination of pool and artificial grass

Anyone who lives in Northern Territory knows that having a pool can improve the quality of your life. Installing artificial grass can improve the quality of your life, too. In fact, once you make the move to faux lawn, you’ll have a lot more time to enjoy your pool. And more money to invest in splashier pool toys for the kids, more towels to dry the dog, and that outdoor kitchen you’ve been contemplating.

Quite simply, pools and artificial grass are a match made in heaven.

Cooler and safer for people  

Most pools have a hardscape surface around their perimeters, such as concrete or brick. Regardless of the material, it can get so hot it burns your kids’ bare feet (yours, too). In fact, it heats up the entire surrounding area, taking the enjoyment out of sunbathing or simply relaxing.

Splashed water makes hardscape surfaces slippery, increasing the likelihood your kids will fall and hurt themselves while dancing around to avoid the hot surface. This is no fun! Artificial grass is soft underfoot and never slippery, no matter how many cannonballs your family can produce. It drains fast and dries fast.

You can install artificial grass right over the top of that hard, hot, boring surface, creating a seamless transition from lawn to pool.

Safer for poolside landscaping

Splashed water can make a mess of nearby planted areas. Aside from mud, the chlorine and other chemicals in the water can damage many plants, including natural lawn grass. (And, by the way, natural grass gets really slippery when wet, adding to safety concerns for playing kids.)

Cleaner than natural grass

With artificial grass, you can skip the annoying clippings and other debris that inevitably makes its way into your pool. Not to mention mud. And you won’t have to worry about lawn maintenance chemicals making their way into the water, either.

Prettier than concrete or brick

Aside from all the practical considerations, why surround a beautiful, inviting pool with something essentially ugly? Artificial grass is the essence of pretty. Its lush texture and emerald color compliment your pool and enhance your entire landscape. Not only that, even in winter when the pool is not in use, that area will continue to look green and vibrant.

Artificial grass adds grace and beauty to more than swimming pools, too. Your yard may include a lovely pond with koi or a fountain as a water feature. A grassy surround or pathway will draw the eye to this special aspect of your landscaping.

No pool? No sweat

Just put a kids’ wading pool on your lawn. No reason to gasp, “OMG, it will wreck the grass!” Artificial doesn’t just look perfect, it’s tougher than natural grass. Leaving a pool on live grass in the sun all day can severely damage it, even roast it to death. When you empty it at the end of the day, you get a different kind of pool that can take forever to sink in. Faux grass will happily accommodate the pool and quickly drain away water when you dump it out at night.

What else makes pools and artificial grass a heavenly match?


Myths About Trees Around Your Artificial Turf @heavenlygreens

Trees add color and texture to your yard. They frame your property and give it a “horizon.” They provide a natural jungle gym for your kids and blessed shade for the entire family when it’s hot outside. Of course you want trees! But what if you want artificial turf, too? Maybe you’ve heard that trees and synthetic grass don’t mix. That’s a myth. And it’s not the only one.

Myth #1: Bulging tree roots will wreck your artificial turf

Generally speaking, roots grow downward, in search of moisture. That said, there are a few varieties of trees with very shallow roots that tend to push up the soil surface over time. It’s best to avoid these varieties in your yard where they will be surrounded by lawn. You don’t want to plant them next to your driveway or sidewalk or patio, either, because the roots will push up concrete or pavers.

But so what? Eliminating a few varieties still leaves you with hundreds of gorgeous, ideal tree options no matter the size of your space or your personal preferences. And if you have an existing tree with bulging roots, don’t despair. Read on.


Myth #2: Artificial turf will choke out your trees

There are dozens of synthetic grass products specifically engineered to ensure superior drainage. The barrier mesh keeps weeds from growing, but it doesn’t keep moisture from being absorbed by the soil where it can reach your trees.

Technically, you could install fake grass right up to the tree’s trunk because there is no worry about potential mower damage. This can give your yard a “naturalized” appearance, but your trees will be happier and healthier if you provide a well around their base instead. For one thing, trunks expand as trees grow, and you don’t want to have to adjust your artificial grass over later on to accommodate that.


Your “well” doesn’t have to be a hole or even a circle. Give it a more appealing free-form shape, and add some drought-resistant perennials, a ground cover, or a few spring bulbs to add color and soften the space. These provide a pretty contrast with your artificial grass, and the small plants won’t steal water from the tree.


This is also a great way to accommodate your existing, beloved tree that is prone to surface-breaking roots. Create an “island garden” effect that extends to include all visible roots. With ground cover or a natural mulch such as shredded bark, the roots won’t even be noticeable, let alone cause a problem. No artificial grass upheaval, no tripping hazards.

On hot, sunny days, fake grass can become warmer than natural grass. If you’re concerned about this over-warming the soil underneath, you can easily cool things off by rinsing the grass with a hose. (Your bare toes will love that cool, grassy feeling, too.)

Myth #3: You can’t rake artificial turf

In other words, you won’t be able to get rid of all the leaves your trees drop. This is ridiculous. You can use an air blower on fake grass, any number of rake types, or even a power broom. Leaves and debris no more!


Artificial grass is actually better with trees

Trees can create deep shade, acidic soil, etc. that make it impossible to grow natural grass. But you can plant artificial turf anywhere, regardless of soil or atmospheric conditions. That means you can have the yard you want instead of the yard you’re stuck with.

The bottom line? Both trees and Synthetic grass increase your home’s value. And that’s no myth.


Installing artificial turf in place of natural grass provides homeowners’ with numerous benefits. If you choose to use artificial lawn materials, you no longer have to spend an excessive amount of time or money to maintain your lawn.


Mowing is no longer an issue. When it comes to lawn care, mowing your lawn is probably the most costly factor to lawn maintenance. With artificial grass, you don’t have to worry about having the money to pay for additional expenses, such as:

  • The purchase of a new lawnmower
  • Gas and oil
  • Blade sharpening
  • Repairs

The time and money you save by not having to mow on a regular basis will more than cover the additional cost of the artificial turf over its lifetime.


Like mowing, trimming adds to the financial upkeep of the lawn. Having to repeatedly purchase oil, gas, trimmer line and pay for repairs can be a financial drain if you have a large yard. Mowing can be accomplished fairly quickly if you have the right size mower for your lawn. Trimming, on the other hand, can take several hours. Having to go around each ornament, tree, bush or around the boundaries can be quite time-consuming.


If you have a large yard, it is probably in your best interest to hire a lawn care company to come in and spray for weeds. If not, you may end up spending the majority of your time stooping over to pull weeds, only to have them reappear in a few short days. Artificial turf eliminates the need for either option and keeps your lawn looking green and clean 365 days a year.


Lawns need adequate water to remain green and lush. While some grass seeds are considered drought resistant, they may have to be watered occasionally, especially if you live in an area where high temperatures are common during the summer months.


Fertilizing your lawn will be a thing of the past once artificial grass is installed. In areas where extreme temperatures can affect the growth of grass and shrubs, applying fertilizer may be required if you expect to keep your lawn pristine. Artificial turf is ever-green and does not grow or die off. Extreme temperatures do not affect it. If you live in an area that can be arid during the summer months, watering and fertilizing can be done at the same time and whenever it is needed. Artificial grass eliminates the need for both, saving you time and money in the long run.


Most landfills no longer accept yard waste. A large majority of communities have started composting facilities where homeowners can take their bagged lawn clippings for disposal. It can take several hours to rake and bag grass clippings if you have a big yard. Even when you use a pull behind lawn rake/collector, the process can still use up a large portion of your day. With a lawn of artificial grass, you no longer have to worry about a lengthy clean up after you mow or trim.


Hot, dry seasons and high traffic ca where there is too much shade, not enough water or too many feet constantly treading to and fro. Pets can also cause brown areas to appear, especially in areas where they tend to “do their business”. Having to constantly apply grass seed to high traffic or damaged areas can be time-consuming as well as costly.

Having artificial turf saves your bank account. It also saves you time and prevents you from spending countless hours on maintaining your lawn. Instead of constantly working to keep your yard beautiful, artificial grass lets you spend your time outdoors enjoying yourself and your family


When trying to save money on your household bills you may come to a point when you feel like you cannot save anymore. Look again and think about trying to save on your water bill. There are many little tricks that you can do to help you save when you feel like there is no room for improvement. Try these helpful hints and come back in a month or two and let me know if your water bill has dropped.

In The Kitchen

  1. When cleaning fruits and veggies save your water and use to water your houseplants.
  2. Run the dishwasher only when it is completely full.
  3. Let your frozen foods defrost in the fridge overnight instead of using the running cold water method.
  4. When washing the dishes fill your first sink half full with hot soapy water and your second sink half full with hot rinse water. Do not stand there and leave the water running full blast the whole time you are washing dishes. This uses more water than you think.
  5. Keep a pitcher filled with water in your refrigerator for drinking water instead of running the tap every time you need a drink.
  6. Use the least amount of water when boiling something in the kitchen. Drain and reserve this water and use it to water your houseplants or outdoor potted plants.
  7. The garbage disposal in the kitchen can use a ton of water. Use it sparingly or better yet start composting!

In the Bathroom

  1. Take shorter showers…shortening them even by a few minutes can help you save on your water bill.
  2. Check your toilet for leaks by adding food coloring to the toilet tank. If a leak is present you should see it in the bowl within 30 minutes. Fixing these leaks is fairly simple; just ask your local hardware store for help.
  3. Don’t let your water run down the drain while waiting for the water to get hot. Put the stopper in immediately and adjust the hot water after it starts filling up a bit. Filling the bath up only 1/3 of the way will make a big difference when trying to save on your water bill.
  4. Partially fill the sink instead of letting the water run while shaving or washing your face.
  5. Cut down on the number of times that you flush the toilet. Use the trash can for toilet paper that is used for blowing your nose or wiping up spills instead of flushing them.

In the Laundry Room

  1. Consider buying a water-conserving front loading washing machine.
  2. Make sure you adjust the water level to the amount of clothes you have in the washing machine or better yet only wash clothes when you have a full load.
  3. Try re-using your towels when bathing. Keep a different color for each member of your household and have them hang it to dry in between uses.
  4. Keep your hot water heater on a little cooler setting. This may not save you in the water department but can drastically cut down on your energy bill.


  1. Collect rainwater to water your plants. Use a barrel or bucket under your downspout or gutter.
  2. Water your grass in the evening to cut down on evaporation from the hot sun.
  3. Use soaker hoses to water your flower gardens and plants. This gets the water directly on the spot where needed.
  4. Put mulch around your plants to help hold the moisture in and cut down on the number of times your plants will need watering.
  5. When the heat is high and your kids MUST play in water outside to keep cool. Try only filling there wading pool halfway and turning the hose down on low with the sprinkler to help save on your water bill.


Mint Attracts Beneficial Insects (& Repels the Bad Ones)

Let your mint go to flower and it will attract bees, beneficial wasps, hoverflies (aphid eaters), and tachinid flies (parasitic on nasty bugs).

The smell of the mint plant will also repel houseflies, cabbage moths, ants, aphids, squash bugs, fleas, mosquitoes, and even mice.  Not a bad deal, if you ask me!

Mint is Good for Your Pets

Chickens love fresh herbs and mint is no exception.  The best part is that it’s also great for them and their coop.  It keeps bugs, flies, and parasites at bay, as well as being an antioxidant and digestive aid for your flock.

Be sure to plant lots of mint (as well as other herbs) in and around the coop and run for chickens to nibble on daily.

cosmo mint

Mint is also great for cats and dogs.  Catnip is actually in the mint family and is a favorite herb for kitties as well as humans.

While cats and dogs probably shouldn’t eat a whole lot of mint in one sitting, a little bit is great for them.  It is a natural flea repellent, and I often see Cosmo the kitty rubbing up against the mint plant.

Mint is Good Food

Of course, mint is an awesome culinary herb!  Cut it from the garden without abandon to make all kinds of delicious treats.  I particularly like to make tea with it, hot or iced!

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Turn it into mint pesto or add it to your favorite homemade cookies, brownies, or this decadent sounding fresh mint cake with dark chocolate mint frosting.

Get creative and make mint infused honey, a gallon of mint wine, or chocolate mint extract.

This rhubarb mint jam sounds delicious, so does this traditional mint sauce for lamb. You can also just simply chop it up and add to salads or use it as a garnish.

Have a mint julep or mojito party, you deserve it!

Mint is Good Medicine

Mint is also an amazing medicinal herb.  It is well known as a digestive aid and breath freshener and is also good for an upset stomach.

Peppermint is especially great for headaches, and the essential oil can be rubbed on the temples for relief.  It can be helpful for seasonal allergies, and can also be added to body care products like salves and lip balms, soaps, shampoo bars, and lotions.

Top 10: Greatest Bonsai trees


(#1) An 800 year-old Bonsai tree at Shunkaen, by Kunio Kobayashi

Kunio Kobayashi Bonsai Shunkaen

A remarkable tree which is well known for its extremely high age; the tree is reported to be over 800 years old, one of the most expensive Bonsai trees! Its owner, master Kobayashi, is one of the most well known Bonsai artists in the world and has won the prestigious Prime Minister award in Japan 4 times.

(#2) Goshin “protector of the spirits”, by John Naka

Goshin Bonsai by John Naka

Goshin (“protector of the spirit”) is a Bonsai created by John Y. Naka. It is a forest planting of eleven Foemina Junipers, the earliest of which Naka began training into Bonsai in 1948. Naka donated it to the National Bonsai Foundation in 1984, to be displayed at the United States National Arboretum; it has been there ever since.

(#3) Small Bonsai; a Shohin tree by Morten Albek

Shohin by Morten Albek

A gorgeous Rockspray Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horisontalis). This is a picture taken in spring; the tree flowers in summer and has small red berries in wintertime. The tree is only 9,5 cm (4 inches) high and is planted on a miniature rock. The pot is made by John Pitt, a famous potter. The tree is about 20 years old on the picture and has been in training for about a decade.

(#4) Pinus Silvestris, by Stefano Frisoni

Pinus Silvestris

This tree is remarkably realistic, a character highly valued for Bonsai trees. As you can see, the foliage pads are very dense, as if it were clouds in the sky.

(#5) Chinese styled trees; a Penjing landscape by Yee-sun Wu

Chinese penjing landscape

This wonderful Chinese landscape belongs to the Man Lung collection in Hong Kong. The trees are Chinese Bird Plums (Sageretia Theezans) and together make up a very realistic scenery. In the collection Ficus Bonsai are also popular. In this landscape, the trees, rock and miniature figurines are placed on a shallow rectangular pot (made of marble), which in turn is displayed on an antique table.


(#6) Flowering Bonsai, by Wolfgang Putz

Flowering bonsai tree

This tree is an Azalea species of only 14 cm (5 inches) high. The picture is taken in late spring / early summer, the moment when Azalea trees bloom (shortly, but very vividly!). The tree is planted in a Japanese pot.

(#7) Brazilian rain tree, by Budi Sulistyo

Pithecellobium, brazilian rain tree Bonsai

This tree is grown from a small cutting and the result above is a picture taken 12 years later. A native of Central- and South America the Brazilian Rain tree is considered one of the tropical world’s most beautiful and also one of the most popular Bonsai subjects.


(#8) Mame Bonsai display, by Morten Albek

Shohin display

A Bonsai display (or in this case, a Mame display) normally consist of a central tree, a scroll and an accent plant. Together these objects create a powerful image, often a celebration of the current season.

(#9) Famous Bonsai; a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum), by Walter Pall

Acer Bonsai by Walter Pall

One of the most famous Bonsai trees that belongs to the collection of an European Bonsai artist (Walter Pall), this tree is incredibly fine and realistic. The maple is big (almost a meter high, which is the maximum to be called a Bonsai tree) and over a hundred years old. A masterpiece without doubt, styled by an inspiring artist!

(#10) Bonsai master Kimura

Kimura Bonsai

Last but not least, Bonsai sensei Masahiko Kimura. His varied collection of Bonsai trees is world famous. Started at age 15, Kimura was an apprentice to master Hamano in Omiya Bonsai village. For more of his fascinating and sometimes unconventional work, visit Kimura’s Bonsai garden! Or read his Bonsai artist profile


Nothing beats fresh green foliage or bright sprays of flowers in the home, but the upkeep and expense of real house plants and flowers can put many people off displaying them. The greenery interior trend is only going from strength to strength and whilst there are many varieties that are easy to care for, many people are turning to artificial house plants and flowers to ensure their foliage is always looking fresh. Historically frowned upon for looking too fake, the interior industry has upped its artificial flower game in recent years and there are now wonderfully realistic options for those that want to welcome a touch of greenery into their home. But why should you opt for artificial house plants and flowers over the real thing?

1. They Stay Fresh All Year Round

The most obvious benefit of opting for artificial house plants and flowers in the home is that no matter the season, they will look as fresh as the day you bought them. Plants are not as susceptible to the climate and can be kept alive throughout the colder months, however, flowers are heavily dictated by the seasons so if you want to display your favorite blooms throughout the year, your only option is artificial versions. Fabulous finishing touches for any room, foliage and flowers add a vibrant and earthy feel wherever placed. Making sure these essential home accessories always look their best will ensure a cohesive look throughout the home.

2. Cost Effective

artificial house plants & flowers

Keeping your home filled with fresh flowers can be an expensive habit as they will need changing at least each fortnight, if not every week. Houseplants have more longevity but even these can be costly to replace if they aren’t looked after carefully. High-quality artificial house plants and flowers can be pricey to first buy, however, they are an investment which will see you through many years if cared for, therefore proving much more cost effective in the long run.

3. Hypoallergenic

artificial house plants & flowers

Hay fever is rife during the summer months, however many people suffer from plant allergies all year round which can put a damper on any indoor foliage plans. The only choice for plant allergy sufferers, artificial flowers will also ensure that any guests with allergies won’t get the sniffles when visiting.

4. Non-toxic to pets

artificial house plants & flowers

Another troublesome aspect of indoor plant keeping is that many varieties can be toxic to pets. From lilies to aloe vera plants, there is a large list of plants and flowers which can be harmful if consumed by animals and we all know a curious cat, dog or rabbit that will happily take a bite out of anything left unattended. Artificial flowers and house plants are the easiest and safest options for homeowners with pets and you also have less risk of arriving home to a destroyed bouquet.

5. Can Be Placed Anywhere in the Home

artificial house plants & flowers

The foliage trend has spread across every room of the home from bedrooms to bathrooms, however, many spaces in the home can be lacking in the key aspect which keeps plants thriving, sunlight. For darker or even windowless rooms as many bathrooms now are, artificial varieties are a must and the heat and steam from showers or cooking (if in the kitchen), has no effect on the stems. Artificial flowers and plants in bathrooms also give a beautifully fresh, clean and calming feel which make for a serene spa-like bathroom space.

6. Extremely Low Maintenance

artificial house plants & flowers

The key benefit of artificial house plants and flowers for the home is of course how low maintenance they are. Whilst real plants require constant care through careful watering schedules and direct or perfectly placed ‘indirect’ sunlight, faux plants are fabulously hassle-free. They can be easily styled with chic pots and vases and placed at will around the home to brighten any space. The only care required is light dusting and a wipe with a damp cloth if they are displayed in a particularly steamy environment to keep them looking fresh and full of life.

Artificial Synthetic Putting Greens

Got the urge to hone your golf skills? Do you want to teach your kids putt? Rather than having to head out to the local course, range or putting green, why not grab your putter and head out into your own backyard? NO WORRIES TURF can make a home putting green a reality for you.

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Your next landscaping project can include the home putting green of your dreams. Not only will your yard be fresh and lush all year round – you can head out the door at a moment’s notice to practice your swing, or when your children want to spend some quality time with you.

Why No Worries Turf?

Simply put, we do it best. We are the professionals’ number one synthetic green choice. No Worries regularly installs Signature Series Golf Greens, the top-of-the-line, FieldTurf brand artificial turf at golf courses. Lucky for you, our expertise is not reserved only for the professional golf course.

Bring it to your own backyard!

No Worries Turf design and installation team help you design the perfect synthetic putting green for your backyard. We install custom elevations, swales, and bunkers for the ultimate home golf experience. Our synthetic putting greens are of the highest quality, providing unparalleled realism in terms of surface quality and aesthetics.

We also have options: are you a competitive golfer? You may want to try the Professional Golf Green. Are you more leisurely golfer? We recommend the True Roll Putting Green.


The garden bed is a low-maintenance way to grow vegetables, fruits, and plants in your garden. In addition, to prevent the weeds, prevent soil compaction, provide good drainage, it also decorates your landscape.

Vegetable Garden Design

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Raised garden beds are great for growing small plots of veggies and flowers. They keep pathway weeds from your garden soil, prevent soil compaction, provide good drainage, and serve as a barrier to pests such as slugs and snails. The sides of the beds keep your valuable garden soil from eroding or washing away during heavy rains. In many regions, gardeners are able to plant earlier in the season because the soil is warmer and better drained when it is above ground level.

Veggie Garden without digging

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 Log Garden Bed

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Brick Garden Bed

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Raised beds are not the same as garden planters. Planters are elevated containers which have bottoms to prevent the soil from falling out. Planter bottoms usually are slatted, with some type of semi-permeable cloth barrier which permits drainage. Raised beds, however, do not have bottoms; they are open to the ground, which offers the benefit of permitting plant roots to go further into the ground for available nutrients.