Can You Install Artificial Grass on a Driveway?
We’re regularly asked a whole host of different questions relating to artificial grass and one that seems to keep cropping up is whether or not it is possible to install AstroTurf on a driveway.
It is certainly understandable that many of us would like to use artificial grass on our driveways, especially those who have used it to transform their lawns and so have experienced the many benefits having artificial turf can bring.
And, of course, the vast majority of us want a low-maintenance front garden and driveway that require minimal effort to keep them looking amazing – and that’s exactly what artificial grass can do for your property.
Artificial grass is also better for the environment than paving and concrete, as it allows water to drain directly through to the ground below, reducing surface water run-off.
So, on the face of it, installing artificial grass on a driveway sounds like a good idea.
But is it actually possible to install artificial grass on a driveway?
Can you install artificial grass on a driveway?
You may have heard that it’s possible to install fake turf on to existing hardscaped surfaces, such as concrete, paving or decking. And it is, very easily.
But can we lay it on our driveways?
Well, the answer is yes and no.
We would highly recommend that you avoid putting down fake grass on any part of your driveway that is likely to receive vehicular traffic.
This is because the weight of a car, coupled with the turning of rubber tyres, could potentially pull the yarn away from the backing material.
Good quality artificial grass products have an anchoring resistance of up to 30 newtons. This means that it takes a lot of force to pull the yarn from the latex backing.
But, even with a strength this great, it is not designed to withstand the weight and movement of a car. The turning of the rubber tyres especially could inflict a great deal of damage on your artificial turf.
Therefore, we highly recommend that you do not drive or park on fake turf.
So, how can you use it on a driveway?
Whilst it is not possible to install fake turf on areas that will receive vehicular traffic, that’s not to say that it cannot still be utilised on our driveways.
Rather than covering the whole driveway with artificial grass, you have two options.
Firstly, you can reduce the size of your existing driveway and create a separate artificial lawn area.
This will soften the look of your home, give it a far more natural appearance than concrete or paving, and increase the kerb appeal of your property.
Or, if you are short of space and need as much room to park your cars as possible, then you can just install the turf in areas that will not see any vehicular traffic.
This could be a pathway leading to your front door, or unused areas of your driveway. Fake turf can also be cut into small strips that can then be installed in vertical lines, up and down your driveway, avoiding the areas where your tyres will run.
This can have a big impact on the appearance of your driveway and it will certainly give it a softer, more natural appearance than concrete or paving.
Artificial grass can effectively be used on driveways, as long as it’s installed in areas that will not receive vehicular traffic.
What are the benefits of using fake grass on a driveway?
An important advantage of artificial grass is that, unlike real grass, it doesn’t need watering.
But, of course, neither does your driveway. It does waste water, though.
Installing artificial grass to part of your driveway will help prevent water wastage and be kinder to the environment.
It does this because, if installed using a permeable sub-base, the artificial grass is a completely permeable form of surfacing that will allow any water that hits the turf to drain through to the ground below.
This helps to reduce surface water run-off.
Surface water run-off is harmful to the environment as it can channel pollutants and toxic chemicals into our water system.
On a driveway, this could be oil that has been spilt and that is then washed away by the rain into a surface water drain and into our water system.
This can then find its way back into local watercourses, or may end up in a water treatment plant, where additional energy will need to be expended to remove the toxins from the water.
This makes installing artificial grass on a driveway far better than having a concrete or paved driveway – a big cause of surface water run-off.
But, of course, it’s not just for environmental reasons that installing artificial grass on a driveway is a good idea.
The quality of artificial grass is now so good that it looks just like the real thing. It would look amazing on your driveway, and far softer and more natural than paving or concrete.
This natural look can be achieved for very little maintenance, as it will not need mowing, feeding or watering.
It is possible to use artificial grass on your driveway, but you should certainly avoid areas where it’s likely that someone may drive over it.
This may mean converting part of your driveway into an artificial lawn, or you can use artificial grass ribbons to form strips of turf on areas that won’t receive vehicular traffic.
There are lots of advantages to doing this; not only will it look amazing, it will also be better for the environment than a concrete or paved driveway.
We hope that this answers the question of whether it is possible to install fake grass on a driveway; if you have any further questions then please leave them in the comments box below.
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