How to put artificial turf on a deck

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How to put artificial turf on a deck
Tickle your barefeet instead of getting slivers. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

If you are tired of the look of your deck and want to add some greenery, consider lining it with artificial turf. Artificial turf will soften the deck's surface, providing a more comfortable surface to walk on. Today's leading artificial turfs are stain and UV resistant, and easy to clean with just a garden hose. Affixing turf to a wood deck is much like installing carpet on a wood subfloor. As long as the deck is sound, all it takes is a bit of measuring and a lot of glue.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Deck cleaner
  • Scrub brush
  • Utility knife
  • Turf adhesive
  • Trowel
  • Turf seam sealer
  • Lawn and garden roller

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  1. 1

    Scrub the deck clean with environmentally friendly deck cleaner. Rinse with fresh water and leave the deck to dry.

  2. 2

    Unroll and lay out the turf. Let it relax for at least at least an hour.

  3. 3

    Cut sections of turf to fit the dimensions of the deck, using a utility knife. Add at least two inches in each direction to have some wiggle room.

  4. 4

    Spread a layer of turf adhesive for the first section of turf. Spread the adhesive with a notched trowel, if the backing on the turf is smooth. Use a straight trowel if the backing is textured.

  5. 5

    Lay the first section of turf on top of the adhesive.

  6. 6

    Apply adhesive for the next section. Lay down the second section and butt it together with the first. Squeeze a bead of turf seam sealer along the seam.

  7. 7

    Trim excess turf along the edges of the deck with the utility knife.

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