An artificial grass lawn is a blessing- you get the beauty of a lawn and the soft feel of grass beneath your feet, without all the hassles concerning water and dirt. It is an ideal place to host a party, or to set up a play area when your kids have a sleepover. But, can I pitch a canopy tent on the fake grass?
Yes, you can pitch a canopy tent on artificial grass but avoid using traditional stakes. It can create damage to grass and it is not good enough to hold the canopy tent when pitched on artificial grass. Anchor the tent using canopy weights.
The fragile grass fibers of the fake grass could be damaged when you drive stakes into it. You can use customized pegs for this, which may not cause much damage to the expensive grass. These customized pegs could be elusive sometimes. In that case, use other canopy weights.
There is a simple process involved in pitching the tent on the fake grass. Just make sure to follow it to avoid creating any damages to the grass.
- Measure your tent’s expanse by spreading it out on the grass. This way, you know how far your tent will span, and you can drive in the pegs in the right places.
- Invest in a tent footprint. This helps to minimize the damage done to the artificial turf.
- If you do not have a footprint, use a tarp in emergency situations. But this is not a regular option, only a stop-gap one.
- Use anchors for your tent. Some easily available ones are bricks, sandbags, and rocks.
- For an extra layer of protection, use a tent mat as well.
If planned properly, you can set up a canopy tent in your backyard, on artificial turf. The best thing about pitching a canopy tent in artificial grass is – it can give you comfort that you can never get in any other materials.
What are the ideal stakes for canopy tents on fake grass?
Given how much you invest in your artificial lawn, you would want to take the best care of it. Pitching a tent can be fun but could also cause damage to the turf. That makes it crucial to have the right weights for your canopy tent.
The ideal stakes for canopy tents on fake grass are bricks, sandbags, and rocks. There are also some customized tents that do not require stakes at all.
Using a stake to fasten your tent could cause damage to the fake grass. The underneath layer of the fake grass is usually made up of recycled rubber from tires and other materials. Though this provides cushioning when walking on it, the material could be damaged when you drive pegs into it. Even if you are using a brick or a rock, use a tarp under it so that the grass is not damaged.
Can fake grass hold all-sized canopy tents?
Canopy tents generally come in various sizes. 10×10 is the most popular choice, and there are bigger sizes that go up to 20×20. Some custom tents can go even bigger. Securing the tent is critical, doesn’t matter how big it is.
Fake grass is not ideal for pitching large tents. Due to the increase in gravity, larger tents can inflict more damage to the grass. Moreover, even a mild wind can topple the tent if it’s placed on artificial grass.
If the large tent is placed perfectly and using good canopy weights to support it can help it hold for normal wind. And, this could avoid the damage that the pegs and stakes could cause to your turf.
Will fake grass hold a canopy tent in harsh weather?
Fake grass is soft and even. In harsh weather conditions like heavy rain and snow, fake grass can experience problems. Drainage problems could develop. The blades of grass can start drooping downwards when wet. When the grass gets wet or when frost settles in, it becomes hard to hold the stakes of a tent.
When setting a tent up on artificial grass, you use a tent footprint. This footprint could get soggy because of the moisture content of the grass. The stakes that hold the tent together could slip in the water that pools up, causing the tent to collapse.
Maintenance of fake grass is a problem in itself during harsh weather. Therefore, it would be ideal if you do not set up a canopy tent on fake grass in harsh weather. If your tent is set up during winter, then trying to dismantle it while there is snow or frost in the lawn could damage the artificial grass fibers.
Why you should avoid pitching a canopy tent on fake grass?
When you set up your canopy tent on artificial grass like AstroTurf, the turf sustains some damage. The key is to keep the damage to a minimum. Artificial grass cannot repair itself as natural grass does. Turfs of grass that are damaged or pulled out will have to be replaced by professionals. This could be expensive for you.
Fake grass also needs a different method of setting up. You cannot drive stakes into the grass. So, you need to depend on heavy objects to hold your tent in place. The bigger the size of the tent, the more the weight needs to be. Bigger tents could cause more damage to your expensive turf.
What are the alternatives to fake grass to pitch canopy tents?
If you want to pitch your tent inside or outside your house during a sleepover, and want to feel the softness of the grass, then turf or fake grass rugs are ideal. Turf rugs are a great choice even if you want to place them near the pool. It can dry easily and are mildew-resistant. This is a great alternative to using fake grass to pitch canopy tents.
Even during an event, you could use a turf rug or an outdoor turf carpet so it covers the area under the canopy tent, while the outside remains the same as before. This way, you can use the custom pegs that come with the canopy tent, outside the fake grass carpet, to pitch the tent. The ground will hold the tent properly, and you can still enjoy the soft feel of grass underfoot while you are under the canopy tent.