Many homeowners love artificial turf because of its ability to withstand extreme weather and emerge from winter looking beautiful. You won’t have to stress out about frost harming your turf, but there are some steps to take throughout winter to ensure your artificial turf is in its best shape for spring. Read further to learn more.
Let’s kick it off with some of the top questions we get as we install synthetic grass. Particularly, questions about caring for your turf in the freezing weather.
WHAT DOES SNOWFALL DO TO SYNTHETIC GRASS?
Ice should not have a major influence on your synthetic grass. It’s totally okay to play or walk on it if there is a layer of snow. The blades might mat down beneath the weight of the snow, but it typically springs back up naturally or, in some rare cases, with a bit of additional help from a power broom. Snow won’t alter the color or affect the synthetic lawn.
WILL FROST HURT MY ARTIFICIAL GRASS?
No, frost won’t damage artificial grass. But each turf blades do experience freezing in severe cold, walking on it through the winter would not cause any concerns. Once spring arrives and there’s no more forecast of frost, you can take a strong broom to help it back to life.
DO I NEED TO COVER MY ARTIFICIAL GRASS?
You do not need to cover your grass, but you absolutely can if an especially rough winter is expected for your region. Just remember that you will not have to cover sections that are being used because ice can make tarps slippery and dangerous to walk on.
CAN I SHOVEL SNOW OFF ARTIFICIAL TURF?
No, you have to avoid shoveling snow off of your turf except when completely necessary. If you do have to shovel a path, go with a handheld blower to get rid of any debris or snow.
CAN I USE SALT OR ICE MELT ON MY TURF?
You must under no circumstances utilize any ice melt salt on your synthetic turf. Salt can obstruct up the drains in the backing system and badly impact your yard’s drainage ability. The corrosive salt and chemicals can also degrade the backing system, resulting in turf blades which start to pull away from the backing. We firmly recommend you to let snow melt on its own for the desired results.
WILL SNOW MELT FASTER ON ARTIFICIAL GRASS?
Artificial grass surfaces can get warmer than regular grass, that means that 1-2 inches of snow will melt more quickly than it would on natural grass. Because synthetic turf is uniformly spread, it enables better aeration to hasten the snow-melting process.
DOES ARTIFICIAL GRASS GET ICY?
Not really, however, like regular grass, some artificial surfaces can get slippery in freezing weather. Thus, you must use the same care you do walking on any wintery surface, essentially if your region has been experiencing freezing rain.
WHAT STEPS SHOULD I TAKE BEFORE SNOWFALL?
You should definitely do a nice fall maintenance routine before any snowfall. Eliminating natural things like branches, leaves, etc., are essential. You can check out our full guide for cleaning your synthetic yard to get specifics on what to do. Performing Southwest Greens maintenance in the spring is always a good time, ensuring your ground is prepared for the warmer months to come.
Ask our professionals! We’re delighted to respond any questions you may have about maintaining your beautiful lawn. Call us today with your questions or concerns.