How to Install Artificial Grass on Your Deck or Balcony

Artificial grass, turf installation alongside decking.

Is the grass always greener on the other side?

It can be.

Especially with the new materials and designs found in artificial grasses today. The turfs available are more realistic than ever.

If you’re tired of the old wood, or unattractive concrete covering your deck or balcony area, it’s time to go green.

A faux grassy area with a natural green look brightens any space. Add to that low maintenance and durability . . . what are you waiting for?

Read on the find out how to install artificial grass. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is.

Preparation

Here are the tools you’ll need to complete your project:

  • Broom
  • Hose
  • Scrub brush
  • Utility knife, sharp scissors, or turf cutter
  • Turf adhesive
  • Trowel
  • Measuring tape
  • Pre-ordered Multiturf
  • Seam sealer
  • Weighted lawn roller or planks or bricks with sandbags for weighting down

How to Install Artificial Grass

Depending on the size of the area, installing your artificial grass should only take about a half a day. We recommend two people for the job.

Once you’ve gathered all the necessary supplies it’s time to get started.

Follow this easy step-by-step guide on how to install artificial grass. And watch friends and neighbors go “green” with envy!

1. Clean the Area

It’s very important to make sure the deck or balcony area is clean.

Use a broom to sweep away accumulated debris. Follow that by a good wash using a garden hose, if possible.

For extra dirty areas consider a deck cleaner and scrub brush. The cleaner you get the surface, the better the turf adhesive will work.

Note: It’s important to make sure the surface is completely dry before moving to the next step.

2. Lay Out the Turf

Bring the roll of artificial grass to the area.

Unroll the grass over the area and allow it settle for a couple hours.

You want the lawn material to relax and flatten before you begin attaching with adhesive.

Using your preferred tool, cut the turf to the desired shape.

3. Attach Your Grass

Begin at one end of the balcony or deck and spread the adhesive over a manageable area on the wood or concrete.

Spread the turf adhesive with your trowel. The adhesive should be spread in a thin, uniform layer.

Lay the Multiturf over the adhesive a section at a time.

If the bottom surface is wood with no spacing between slats or concrete we recommend creating drainage gaps. These are small sections with no adhesive. The gap should run all the way to the outer edges.

Repeat the process until the entire area is covered with grass.

Note: Adhesive prevents the grassy layer from flipping, folding over or buckling. If the artificial turf you choose is thicker and heavier, you may not need to use adhesive.

4. Covering Larger Areas

If your deck or balcony requires you to lay turf down in multiple sections complete the full length of the first section before starting on the next.

Take the next section and attach it as in Step 3. Make sure it is tight and flush against the first section.

Using seam sealer or join tape, apply along the joining edge of each section. Secure one side to the adhesive. Carefully fold over the second side keeping tufts of grass from being crushed under the join.

We suggest leaving a 2-3mm gap between the two sections.

5. Flatten

Once your grass is installed use a weighted lawn roller or another weighted device to ensure all the lawn adheres completely. If your area required multiple sections, it’s important to weigh down the joins. Use planks or bricks with sandbags along the seams.

To allow the glue to set effectively, stay off your new grass for at least 24 hours.

The Final Step: Enjoy!

Decorate your new open space with furniture, plants and bright colors. Then invite family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy it with you.

Since artificial turf is so durable it will withstand heavy foot traffic, allowing you years of enjoyment.

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