As much as we love our lawns, when it comes to placing garden furniture on grass, they’re not always the best of friends. Garden furniture is best placed on a solid, level surface such as stone pavers or a wooden deck. This will provide the stability that our tables and chairs need. No one likes to sit in a wobbly chair or set a drink on a rocky table.
In terms of the garden furniture itself, materials such as wood and plastic, it is best to never put it on the grass for too long. Wood has the potential to absorb moisture from the soil beneath and that can be a problem. However, the big problem with placing garden furniture on grass is that you can potentially damage your lawn… The legs of the garden table and chairs will leave indentations and damage the flat surface and the blade of the grass itself. How can you protect the grass when you want to put garden furniture on it?
If you have no other choice, and if you want to keep your yard healthy, move furniture regularly to different parts of the garden. And we would say no more than 2 to 3 days in one place during the hot summer months. Another reason why many people want to put their garden furniture on the grass is if they are having a garden party or to position themselves in a sunny spot. If so, there are steps you can take to help protect your page.
An established lawn can take a bit of punishment to be honest. Even if they do eventually turn yellow, a little TLC (good fodder, grain and drinking water) will often bring them back in no time. If on the other hand we are talking about grass or seeds that have just been laid, then it is probably best not to let anyone walk on them, much less place garden furniture on them. Of course, this is all moot if you’re not too busy with your lawn. That’s why we have walkways and patios in our gardens, so we can keep the yard looking tidy.
In the end, we invest a lot of time into our lawns and gardens, so it would be foolish to cancel all that by pampering them with lawn chairs. If you want to put garden furniture in your yard for a party or sunbathe during the day, then there are steps you can take to minimize the potential damage. Preparation is key if you want to put garden furniture on it. If you are already planning a garden party, then our advice is to give your page a little TLC 2 to 3 days before the party day. Mowing, weeding, feeding and watering… But don’t cut it too short and don’t be tempted to cut it on the actual day of the party.
The key to healthy grass is to mow little and often. Twice a week if you can at this time of year. This will encourage growth and keep the yard looking lush and green. Protect it with a Grass Protection Mat. Another option is to give your yard a little extra protection on party day with a protective net. And don’t forget it’s going to need a bit of TLC after the party too! Don’t leave trash, etc. in the yard, clean it up as soon as possible. Any furniture there, move it or to another part of the garden.