Decking can be a beautiful addition to your backyard. With a composite decking in your backyard, you can sit comfortably outdoors, prepare a meal and also use the decking as a dining area. You can install your decking on a flat or rough surface. Even if there is grass in your backyard, you can still lay your decking there. Keep reading to know how to install decking on the grass in your backyard.
Easy Steps to Install Decking on Grass
If you want to install decking on the grass in your backyard, you can do it yourself. Decking is easy to install, especially on the ground. You can install the decking directly on the ground or use a riser or a concrete pad. However, when installing decking on the grass, you don’t place the decking directly on the grass. A reason for this is that the decking material can absorb moisture which will require additional maintenance of the decking. Here are easy steps to follow if you want to install decking on the grass in your backyard.
Step One – Gather all the Equipment Needed
Before you start your decking project, you should have all the equipment you will need at hand. When you have all you need at hand, installing the decking will be easier and faster. The tools you will need include a pencil, a measuring tape, pegs, spirit level, a spade, screw, a handsaw, a drilling machine, and a string. You will also need a decking board, either wood or composite decking. In addition, you will need wood to make the deck frames, weed control fabric, and gravel.
Step Two – Prepare the Site
Before you start building the decking, measure the area you want to install the decking with a measuring tape. After you have finished taking the measurements, get a hammer and use it to drive pegs into each corner of the deck area. Then, outline the deck area by running a builder line on each of the pegs.
After you have done that, use a spade to remove the grass around the place you want to place the decking. You don’t want to install your decking directly on the grass. Remove the grass from the area and use a spirit level to check if the area is even. You can now proceed to spread a weed control fabric on the area to prevent grass from growing. Then, cover the site with about 40mm to 50mm of gravel. It is on the gravel that you will lay the decking frame.
Step Three – Install the Boards
Use a tape to measure and mark the deck board at the desired length. Then draw a line across the board with a combination square. Cut your deck boards to the desired length using a hand saw. It is advisable to use treated timber as your deck board. Treated timber has a longer lifespan; it will not rot or decay over time.
After you have finished cutting the boards, you can now start attaching the boards to form the decking frame.
Start by securing the outer boards, then attach more boards on the inside of the frame to create a strong framework. Then place the decking joist inside the frame. Ensure that you spaced the joist properly to prevent the decking from sagging.
Step Four – Install the Decking
After you have finished building the decking frame, start installing the decking on the joists. Fasten the composite decking boards to the joist with a screw. It is important to note that, when installing your composite decking boards, you should have gaps in between the boards. The gaps will allow the decking boards to expand without warping when there is a change in temperature. You should leave a space of 5 mm between the deckings and space of at least 15 mm between the decking and a wall.
Step Five – Finish the Decking
Finishing the decking means that you should cover the edges. If you are using wood decking, you can finish the edges by smoothing them with a sander before applying an end grain preserver on them. The preserver will protect the decking against rot. For composite decking, you can use a trim board for the edges. You can as well paint the edges with a matching colour as the decking.
How to install decking on the grass in your backyard is easy. You can start by gathering all the equipment needed and prepare the site before installing the joist. After that, you can now install the composite or wood decking.