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How to put artificial turf on a deck

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

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

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

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

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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Mason Howard is an artist and writer in Minneapolis. Howard's work has been published in the "Creative Quarterly Journal of Art & Design" and "New American Paintings." He has also written for art exhibition catalogs and publications. Howard's recent writing includes covering popular culture, home improvement, cooking, health and fitness. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.

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