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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Low maintenance, highly versatile and reassuringly green all year round, artificial turf is fast gaining ground. Here are some stylish ideas for gardening with artificial grass PLUS we show you how to install and care for No Worries Turf.

“Having the correct gradient to allow for water run-off is critical,”

“Without that the water stagnates and the turf will start to perish.”



Artificial grass can be an instant pick-me-up for small-space gardens and courtyards. This obviates the need for noisy mowing and maintenance and is ideal for lock-up-and-go homes.

Here, a custom-cut piece of 40mm Summer Cool was placed directly onto an existing tiled courtyard under partial cover. Heavy-duty Velcro is sufficient to keep it in place, an intentionally temporary solution should the owners want to revert to tiles.

Under trees


A major benefit of artificial grass is that you can have perfect lawn beneath shady trees – no more patchy areas due to lack of sun.

Here a 40mm Premium Elite Green was placed at the edge of the chosen area and then cut to fit snugly around the trunks. To finish off, try adding a textural element such as white pebbles to the base of your trees.



1. Lay a flat concrete screed and allow it to dry thoroughly.
2. Add your pavers and allow the cement securing them to dry.
3. Cut the turf to size and glue it down around the outer edges and between the pavers.


  • Major benefits include no watering, mowing or fertilising, plus high UV resistance. The longevity of artificial grass is around 30 years.
  • Expect to pay Depending on your application. (This excludes delivery, installation and cutting to size.) Available in 4m-wide rolls, there’s a wide range of grass types and shades of green to choose from, with tuft heights ranging from 10–40mm. Ask your supplier to recommend the best type for your specific site, usage and overall look.
  • When applying artificial grass to hard surfaces such as concrete, tarmac and stone, it’s vital to ensure that you have the correct gradient for water run-off. The grass sheets are then loosely laid on top and secured with all-weather adhesive around the edges.
  • For garden applications, the existing grass must be removed to create a compacted recess. A mix of crusher dust and river sand is applied, plus a weed barrier to create a stable, porous base. Seaming tape is applied to the edges and the artificial turf is attached to pegs placed in the ground. Silica sand in-fills are then added to weigh the turf down, cool the surface and help keep the tufts vertical.
  • Keeping it clean: Artificial grass is made from tufted polyethylene; it contains fine holes to allow water to penetrate. To clean it, simply hose it down.

Use Artificial Grass

Why You Should Use Artificial Turf On Your Roof, Porch, Or Balcony @heavenlygreens

Artificial turf is a beautiful addition to any property, and today there are many durable styles that look and feel just like healthy grass. But did you know that artificial turf is ideal for surfaces above ground level too? The convenience and versatility of artificial turf makes it an excellent choice for almost any area, including roofs, patios, and balconies.

Why is artificial turf perfect for rooftops, porches, verandas, and more? There is no need to trim or water artificial grass so it can be placed virtually anywhere with very little maintenance. It can also be cut to size and formed to fit around obstacles. The unique construction of artificial lawn materials allows for adequate water drainage and heat distribution, so wherever it is placed, it remains comfortable and dry throughout the year. Because it is inorganic, there’s no need to worry about pests or keeping it trimmed. Consider how artificial turf can enhance the look of your home or business.

On the Roof

If you live on the top floor of an urban oasis or have a home with a flat roof, you can easily have a qualified contractor install artificial turf over regular roofing materials. This approach gives you a small area for recreation and privacy if you so choose. The benefits of installing artificial turf on your roof include:

  • Does not raise the temperature of the building
  • Manufactured grass is not damaged by hail, rain, snow or ice
  • Allows you to create a small oasis where you can relax and enjoy the sunshine
  • Enables you to use the extra space in a constructive fashion
  • Improves the street appeal and value of your property
  • Helps to insulate the building for a more energy friendly space

When installing artificial turf on a flat roof, the use of PDS tiles is recommended to prevent damage due to excessive amounts of water building up underneath the turf. These tiles create a drainage channel between the roof and turf allowing water to run off and drain away, preventing it from standing in areas for any length of time. Your roofing contractor can advise you on the best and most cost-effective way to include beautiful artificial grass to your roof that will last for many years and through every season.


On the Patio/Porch

Artificial turf can be used on patios and porches as either a solid cover, or formed into a design that can be used in conjunction with pavers, marble tile or other landscaping materials. Your porch or patio is often set aside as a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors without actually venturing too far away from the house. Artificial grass on your patio can give you the feeling of having the grass under your feet without the work of maintaining a large yard. If the area gets dirty, it can easily be hosed off. And there’s no need to worry about pests as the artificial turf is virtually indestructible and repels unwanted creatures. Imagine the hours of enjoyment you and your family can experience on your new and improved patio, with the addition of artificial turf. There are colors and grass styles to match any existing yard cover and home décor.


On the Balcony

If you live in an apartment or condominium you may not have much of a yard to speak of. Yet, you want to enjoy the outdoors and expand your already tiny space for entertaining guests. Installing artificial turf on your balcony gives you the look and feel of having a yard without the muss and fuss of mowing, trimming, raking and weeding. Depending on the size of the balcony, you can put turf on a portion of it and leave the other portion cement, providing you with the best of both worlds.

The nice thing about using artificial turf on a balcony is that it can be cut to fit almost any area. There are many designs to choose from, including the type of artificial turf colors and textures. Have an existing garden and want the artificial turf to blend in? The materials that artificial turf is made from are so natural looking, even your neighbors won’t know it’s not real. The best part of adding artificial turf to your balcony is that you can cut down on the heat that concrete gives off while making your home feel lush. Add a fountain, a pergola, and patio furnishings to create a fully functional outdoor living space that will bring you peace for years to come

Artificial turf can be used to accessorize your patios, porches, balconies and roofs. Just about any area around your home or office can look great with the addition of artificial turf. If you don’t want to install turf on the entire area, you can cut smaller pieces to fit under potted plants or make pads for underneath your lawn furniture. The fact is, artificial turf is so versatile that you can be as creative as you want to be. Let your imagination be your guide. You can create almost any type of area you want and decorate it in a variety of ways. You can turn a cement patio or balcony into a small garden getaway, just by using artificial turf and a few hanging plants. The opportunities are only limited by the boundaries of your imagination

Top 8 Mistakes DIY Installers Make

Top 8 Mistakes DIY Artificial Turf Installers Make #SyntheticGrass #DIY #InstallationTips

Installing your own artificial turf is easy…as long as you have detailed instructions, all the proper tools, and some real experience working with artificial turf. We can give you the installation guide, and recommend some tools, but since you can’t get experience off the internet, we can give you the next best thing: some common turf installation mistakes to avoid. Keep these in mind as you start your artificial turf installation project for a much smoother artificial turf installation process.

Mistake 1: Incorrect measurements

You’ve probably heard this before, but we can’t emphasize it enough: double-check your measurements! Measure your installation area at least twice, and from different directions. Make sure you’re getting the right amount of turf to cover your installation area most efficiently by going over your calculations with one of our turf consultants.

Mistake 2: Incorrect base material

We usually recommend ¼” to ¾” crushed drain rock as your base material. The coarseness of the base rock determines the amount of drainage your new lawn will have, so choose a coarser material if you have drainage issues. Also, never use rounded rocks like pea gravel because they will slide around as you try to compact them.

Mistake 3: Uneven base

An artificial turf lawn looks best when laid over a smooth surface. Any bumps or wrinkles stand out and make your lawn less attractive. When removing the existing landscaping, make sure you’ve also removed any roots or rocks that will cause unevenness. Then, we recommend using a sod roller or plate compactor to compact your base layer until it’s smooth.

Mistake 4: Flattening your base too much

Didn’t we just say you needed to compact your base until it’s completely smooth? Yes, make your base smooth, but shape it with a 1% incline towards the center. This will make your lawn look more natural, and allow water to drain away from the middle.

Mistake 5: Ignoring the grain

Blades of artificial turf have a natural “grain” or directionality. Pay attention to this grain, and always lay the turf in the same direction to avoid obvious seams in your lawn. For best results, we recommend facing the grain towards the viewer.

Mistake 6: Buying turf in batches

Different batches of artificial turf have slight color variations between them. If you order half your turf now, and half next month, you may get turf that looks a little different. For best results, buy all of your turf at once.

Mistake 7: Not installing a weed blocker

One of the benefits of artificial turf is that you no longer need to weed your lawn. However, for that to become reality, you need to apply a week blocker layer underneath your artificial turf to discourage weeds and other plants from growing through your lawn.

Mistake 8: Throwing away your scraps after your installation is done

Hand on to your leftover scraps of turf! They can be used for minor repairs or patches. Furthermore, you can use them as reference swatches if you need to buy more artificial turf in the future.


How To D.I.Y. Tips & Maintenance For Synthetic Grass Installation

No Worries Turf is affiliated and working in partnership with professional landscapers and gardeners who specialise in installation services. You are most welcome to utilise their expertise and services but if you decide to give it a go yourself then this is what you will need to do:


• The area for turf installation should be clearly defined and marked out as necessary.
• Pay special attention when you unroll your product.
• Always run the grain of the turf against any slope, if possible.
• Another useful forethought to have is on how you want the edges to look.

Recommended tools for the job:

1. Stanley Knife with a new blade. (Get a heavy duty tradies knife. Anything lesser in quality will cause hours of annoyance and potential injury)

2. U Shaped synthetic Grass Pins. These pins are used as anchors to pin and anchor the grass down to the crusher rock sub base to secure it in place.

3. Joining / Seaming Tape. You will find there are two types of joining tape for synthetic grass: Self Adhesive (no glue needed), more expensive but cleaner and faster to use and Non Self Adhesive Tape, cheaper and the bigger the project and the more join you will need to do the more economical it becomes (glue will be needed), 1L will glue down approx. 4sqm of turf or will be enough for approx.20 linear meters of non adhesive tape depending on its width. Now which one you will need for your project I suggest will be decided by the size of your project and budget you have allocated.

4. Infill Sand. From professional installation point of view we recommend Kiln Dried Silica Specialty Sand, because it comes nice and dry and that makes it an easier and faster sand to use, as well as because of its high density it takes a much longer time for it to get washed out by rain and that is good from the maintenance point of view. However, if for some reason you cannot get it than use the White washed sand or Play sand that’s OK as well. Now how much sand infill you will need will really depend on the type, style, pile height and density of the grass you have decided to get as well as the overall size of your project. (As a rule of thumb you want your infill level to be no higher than half the length of the grass fibers, for example, if your chosen grass strands are 4cm high than you want your infill to be about 2cm deep).

5. Flat Tip Shovel.

6. Garden Brush. A good stiff bristled plastic outdoor /garden brush. You will need it to brush the infill in to the grass and to give the grass a really good brushing as a finishing touch from all sides and I mean 360 degrees so it really looks good as well as you will need to use it in the future for maintenance to introduce more sand when needed and to give it a good brushing from time to time especially in the heavy traffic areas.

7. Synthetic grass glue; Only to be used if you have chosen to use the Non Adhesive Joining Tape or if you are installing on a hard solid base sub structure like decking, concrete or any other solid base as long as it is not dirt or sand based, think of it this way, glue will not stick to dust or dirt.

8. A plate compactor;
You will only need this tool if you are installing on a crushed rock / crushed dust sub structure. You will need to use this to compact the crushed dust and rock in to a stabilized hard smooth surfaced sub structure to install your synthetic grass. You can rent it from any equipment hire place.

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Synthetic turf should be installed on a compacted base of fine crushed rock at least 50mm thick (more if in a sandy area). All joins should be attached using Joining tapes and adhesives. Importantly the turf should be in filled with a mixture of SILICA sand (not washed sand or brickies sand) and/or rubber granules to at least HALF WAY. Once installed properly you should not be able to pick up the turf.

A solid compacted base is vital, but more importantly the correct amount of fill is vital. The fill not only helps keep the grass upright, but also protects it from UV. Sand fill on its own will compact over time and make the area very hard, and pure rubber will eventually wash away and leave no fill.

*Please note, a natural consequence of a roll of turf is the look of creases due to compression in packing and delivery. However, the creases will naturally straighten out after a few hot sunny days after laying the turf.

To make it easier for you to install the turf, it is recommended to unroll the rolls and leave them unrolled for a couple of days, which will help the turf relax and straighten out. Furthermore, infill helps to secure the integrity of the strand.

1) Mark off the area that you will install with an outdoor spray can marker. Consider the dimensions of your Turf to try to get as few seams as possible with your layout.

Installation 1

2) Remove sod, you will need to remove approximately 50mm-100mm of soil. Ideally, the sub base will be pitched slightly towards the best direction to allow for water drainage to run-off. Also, after the sub base and the Turf are installed, you will want to have the edges of the Turf at an even level with the natural landscape.

Installation 2

3) Cap Sprinklers. Turn off valves, compact existing ground to “firm it up fully” (you can rent a vibrating plate compactor at most rental centers). Spray weed/grass killer and place a weed barrier mesh down (not always necessary in all areas).

installation 3

4) Sub-Base: It is very important to ensure the sub-base is completely dry before laying any crushed rock to reduce settling and ensure proper compaction for the surface. Once you confirm that the sub-base is dry, add a top layer of crusher dust or a 5mm crushed rock (these types are best so you don’t feel any protruding rocks when you walk on your Turf) – ask your local garden supplier or nursery what material local landscapers use under paving bricks, etc. The purpose is to firm and level your base, 50mm -100mm of base is usually enough, although in some areas of the country where soil is especially unstable you may need up to 100-150mm of base material; just ask a local expert like a nursery, landscape center, or rock yard if you are not sure. *** Please note if more than 75mm of base material is used, you will also need to increase the amount of soil removal.

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5) Spread, and then compact the sub base material twice. Use the plate compactor again.

6) Finishing Sand layer (not always required if crushed rock is adequately smooth). Spread a fine layer of sand (approx. 2-5mm using just an ordinary seed drop spreader) on the surface to make it more level, bags of “play sand” are available at garden suppliers, some hardware stores. You may also use a water-filled sod roller for an even more level surface.

7) Check surface for depressions. Any depression areas 10mm-20mm or deeper should be filled-in and re-leveled. Although the turf also drains vertically through the drainage holes that are manufactured in the turf, it is still advisable to give the sub-base a slight slope, to avoid any pools of water (slope away from buildings).

8) Roll out Turf. Position the turf where it goes, be accurate (so you don’t cut off turf you actually need). Note: Try to avoid dragging the turf as this may dislodge some crushed rock or sand.

Installation 5

9) Cut the turf. Cut off excess material so it’s easier to work with. Always use a sharp blade in your utility knife! Make sure turf is still positioned where it goes. Now, trim turf more exactly with straight lines. For optimal performance and beauty, make sure the turf is installed exactly over the prepared base.

10) Seaming. Where two pieces of turf come together you will need to make a seam. You can always pay a local synthetic grass installer or carpet layer to help you for a few hours with this process if it makes you feel more comfortable although it usually isn’t necessary for most. The seams are simply glued together with outdoor turf adhesive and 150mm wide seaming tape.

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At the joining seam, a 150mm wide piece of seaming tape should be cut to the length of the seam. The turf is to be laid seam to seam the way that it should look to ensure it fits tightly together before it is glued. Note: The pattern of turf stitching on the underside must run in the same direction before the two pieces are adhered. Both sides of the turf at the seam must be pulled back in order to install the seam tape. Note: Before adhering both pieces ensure that both edges have been properly trimmed, straight, and will match up perfectly.
Lay the seam tape down on the base directly between the two pieces of turf that are to be joined. Apply gluing compound to the entire piece of seam tape with a notched trowel. Place one side of the turf in the middle of the tape (approximately 150mm) to the center of the tape. Lay the other side of the turf over the middle of the seam tape to match up exactly to the turf that has just been adhered to the tape. Mesh the fibers together with fingers or brush. Note: Allow 24 hours for glue to properly dry. The following procedures can be administered during the drying time, but turf may shift and require repositioning.

11) Infill Preparation. Once glue has dried, trim off turf so your lawn fits as desired. Next, it is a good idea to nail the perimeter every 500mm-800mm with steel pegs (80-120mm length). In order to prepare to infill the turf, rake or power broom the turf in the opposite direction that the turf is laying on the roll. This will allow the infill material to infiltrate the turf rapidly and prevent turf blades from getting trapped in the infill. The infill process will now commence using a standard seed drop spreader with either sand or crumb rubber as an infill. The infill helps to weigh the turf down, and stabilize the fibers so as to help avoid “matting”.
Most use sand infill as it is the least expensive compared to rubber infill. Of course rubber is more shock absorbent than sand, so choose what you can afford and prefer, although it is advisable to have at least the top half in rubber infill. You want to calculate the amount of infill in advance, as you will want to leave around 15mm of grass blade exposed. As a general rule of thumb, approximately .75 of a kilogram of sand equals around 10mm of infill height. Spread the infill in several passes. As you spread the infill you should make one entire pass on the surface then sweep it down into the fibers, repeating the process until all of your infill has been spread.

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12) Optional Edging. Depending on your yard, you may want to install some type of edging material around your new lawn. Examples are natural stone, brick, rock borders, metal edging, plastic edging and timbers edging (similar to what is used around flower beds) are popular.

Congratulations!!! The installation is complete!

Synthetic Grass Maintenance
Compared to natural grass, artificial grass maintenance is a breeze. After installation has been completed, there are no more worries about mowing, weeding, fertilizing, or regular watering. Even still, synthetic grass is not entirely maintenance free.

Artificial Grass Maintenance: Remove Debris Regularly
Your synthetic grass should be kept as free from debris as possible. This includes leaves, animal waste, and smaller objects like discarded paper wrappers and branches. Inspect your lawn regularly for these objects. Remove them by hand or use a plastic garden rake. Never use a metal rake. It is also safe to use a leaf blower on synthetic grass.

Artificial Grass Cleaning
For homeowners who live in areas where it rains periodically, rainwater will usually be sufficient to remove dust and bits of soil from the synthetic grass. If desired, the area can also be hosed down periodically.

Clean up after your pets by removing solid waste as you normally would. Wash off any remaining debris with a hose. However, if there has been no rain for a long time we suggest you prevent pet odors and dirt by spraying the turf with Simple Green or a ?green? household cleaner and thoroughly wash down the area with a hose. If there are stains that cannot be removed with water alone, a mild detergent may be used. Gently wipe the surface until the stain is removed. Solvents or harsh chemicals should never be used to remove stains.

Artificial Grass Maintenance: Considerations for High Traffic Areas
Synthetic grass installed by a knowledgeable professional will be quite durable. However, it is important to keep a close eye on the areas of the lawn that receive the most traffic. Two problems in these areas are common. First, the fibers can become flattened over time. To remedy this, use a brush to return the fibers to their original position. Brush them in a number of different directions for a more natural look. Secondly, the infill under heavily-used sections can become compacted, resulting in noticeable depressions. To fix this, all that is needed is some infill and a stiff brush. Simply apply infill to the depression and work it in using the brush. Continue to add infill until the surface is once again uniform.

Professional Artificial Grass Maintenance
Removing debris, inspecting high traffic areas for depressions or flattened fibers, and artificial grass cleaning are all tasks that can quite easily be handled by the homeowner. However, there are times when it is advisable to call in a professional. If large portions of your synthetic grass lawn are flattened, it will likely be too time-consuming to fix this problem with a hand-held brush. Similarly, if your lawn requires major repairs, you would like to change its appearance, or you want additional synthetic grass installed, a professional is your best bet.