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To think I can just whack some fake grass straight on top of the patio?

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whyohwhy35 Sun 24-Feb-19 15:25:44

House is rented and we don't envisage being here for much beyond a year (we're looking to buy). Back garden is completely covered in patio squares. I have a 4yo and crawling baby and would like to let them play out this spring/summer.

WIBU to buy some cheapish fake grass and cover the patio? I've measured up and it'd be about £70.

whyohwhy35 Sun 24-Feb-19 15:34:46

Ok well nobody has objected yet, so I'm gonna order some...

Lovethetimeyouhave Sun 24-Feb-19 15:35:19

I'd do it! Why not

FlyingMonkeys Sun 24-Feb-19 15:36:50

So long as it can drain okay I guess?

RitaConnors Sun 24-Feb-19 15:44:16

Like a big rug?

We had some knocking about after we moved into a new build, in fact we still have it, and nowhere to store it so we decided to put it on the garage floor. It didn’t work at all as it was in 4m strips and they moved about, like a rug.

Also it would be hard still. Solid I mean, not difficult.

I’m a teacher and in quite a few reception and nursery outdoor areas they have rugs on the ground. Another idea is gymnastics mats or foam.

YequeTuZainti Sun 24-Feb-19 16:04:36

If you're happy that it won't last long, go for it. Not having a smooth surface underneath will shorten it's life. I'd put some foam rubber under to make it more comfy to sit on.

Hunter037 Sun 24-Feb-19 16:15:12

Yeah our friends did this and it was fine. They put an underlayer underneath to make it more comfortable and prolong the life of the grass

LaurieFairyCake Sun 24-Feb-19 16:19:50

Just to give you an alternative Ikea do huge outdoor rugs - water drains through them
and very low pile which is much easier to sweep or hoover (!) than fake grass

whyohwhy35 Sun 24-Feb-19 16:23:37

I reckon £70 isn't much to pay for a whole spring/summer of outdoor play. Garden is south facing too so we get lots of lovely light in it. I'm gonna do it!

BeanTownNancy Sun 24-Feb-19 16:23:55

To be honest, I'd pull the slabs up (and stack them carefully out of the way) and lay the turf on the sand. It'll be softer and have better drainage. Then when you leave put the slabs back down.

whyohwhy35 Sun 24-Feb-19 16:36:37

I'm not pulling slabs up. Noooooo way!

PrivacyPolicyYeahRight Sun 24-Feb-19 16:38:48

It will be rock hard! But hey, worth a punt.

ATBhinchers Sun 24-Feb-19 16:39:53

Get some underlay too and it'll be lovely. Also we have some big picnic blankets off eBay which are thick but waterproof backed and are great in the garden for crawling babies on top of the grass they'd be lovely for picnics too.

FuckItFriday Sun 24-Feb-19 16:41:41

It'll look and feel rubbish but... sounds like you're going for it!

danceyourselfsilly Sun 24-Feb-19 16:47:40

I did this in a rented property last year but it was on top of gravel. It was fine - my only slight concern would be your little DC might fall over and bang their head - but they could do that on slabs so not sure that is something to even worry about? interestingly my dog hated lying on fake grass! - he preferred to find a patch of gravel as uncomfortable as that must have been! Think it was cos it got really hot in the sun last summer and fake grass doesn’t give that cool feeling real grass does

zzzzz Sun 24-Feb-19 16:51:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

JonSlow Sun 24-Feb-19 17:04:10

Why bother posting on here, as after just 9 minutes you impatiently decided what to do.

whyohwhy35 Sun 24-Feb-19 18:12:31

We had the slabs last summer and they were rubbish. DS is more of a rolling around on the ground type.

danceyourselfsilly Sun 24-Feb-19 19:14:31

Oh and watch out for slugs while rolling around... for some reason slugs liked to go for a stroll across it - i suppose with real grass you don’t notice them !?

PlainSpeakingStraightTalking Sun 24-Feb-19 19:20:11

It's a rented house, the Op cannot go ripping up the garden and installing 'stuff' … laying a removable surface if fine, if that's what you fancy. Astro turf is hard, as is concrete. Much of a muchness.

Finfintytint Sun 24-Feb-19 19:20:16

No,why add more plastic? It’s a trend that looks a bit naff. I can see your need for something cheap, quick and easy but it is unbelievably crap and faddy.

danceyourselfsilly Sun 24-Feb-19 22:07:12

I know it’s childish but your comment just makes me want to buy loads of it! I love a fad

Shamoogren Sun 24-Feb-19 22:17:06

Dreadful idea! Sounds like you are going to do it! Hard, won't drain, lumpy, won't he any easier to play on, costly for something pointless and will look awful

InterstellarGlitterBalls Sun 24-Feb-19 22:23:56

Have your thought about play mats like these OP? Rubber play mats Outdoor rubber mats and grids

SweepTheHalls Sun 24-Feb-19 22:25:59

It'll cost a lot more than £70!

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