Does Artificial Turf Need Winter Maintenance?

Property owners across the U.S. are coming around to the trend of artificial grass for their lawns, playgrounds, and commercial locations. The lower upkeep costs and requirements are some of the major causes they make the change. But a frequent question we receive is, “what do I need to do to safeguard my grass in the winter?” So we’re here to answer this question right now. Continue reading to find out about what to do with your artificial turf during the winter months.

Does Frost Destroy Artificial Grass?

No, frost will not harm your synthetic turf. The turf blades themselves might freeze as same as any other grass would and will turns crunchy when walked on. But you don’t need to stress over frost or walking on it to cause damage. In the spring, when the last frost is over, you can utilize a turf brush/broom to help bounce it back up.

Can Synthetic Turf Get Icy?

Not always, however every now and then in the ideal conditions, synthetic turf can develop an icy glaze. This is possible to happen in mixed winter weather, typically snow changing to sleet or freezing rain. Be cautious and watch out for ice prior to stepping on it — especially if you have been experiencing any rainfall while its lower than freezing temps.

Will Snow Harm My Synthetic Turf?

Snow itself won’t typically impact your artificial lawn. You can walk on it, your children can even play in the snow on it, and your pets are free to run over the snow, too. The individual grass blades may be compressed from the weight of the snow if it’s been lying on the surface for quite a bit of time, although they will bounce back. You can help expedite that procedure with a turf brush, but you should wait until spring, so you don’t accidentally hurt the turf blades in freezing weather.

Is it Okay to Apply Ice-Melt Products on My Synthetic Lawn?

No, you should never employ any sort of ice-melt salt or products on your fake grass. The salt and chemicals in these products are too harsh for synthetic turf. It can obstruct the drainage holes in your backing system and adversely affect your lawn’s drainage and overall turf performance and durability. It is highly recommended you let snow melt on its own to protect your artificial turf.

Can I Shovel Snow Off My Synthetic Grass?

No, you shouldn’t shovel any snow off your turf unless absolutely required. If you do have to clear a path on your synthetic turf for any reason, try to use a handheld leaf blower to blow a light covering of snow. If that doesn’t work, make sure you use a plastic shovel with no metal edging. Talk with your artificial turf installer for further tips, and make sure you don’t utilize any tools which can void your warranty.

Does Snow Melt Faster on Synthetic Turf?

Yes. Snow will melt a bit faster on synthetic lawns in most cases. Due to the fact that a synthetic yard is manufactured with inorganic materials, it can hold more heat than regular grass can. This can frequently result in one to two inches of snow melting faster on artificial grass since synthetic yards feature better drainage and aeration.

Should I Cover My Synthetic Lawn in Winter?

There isn’t a need to cover your synthetic grass in winter, but if you’re getting readygoing to experience a more-severe-than-usual season, you can. Some property owners choose to cover some parts that won’t be used. Simply make sure if you are going to cover any of your artificial turf which you do not cover parts that will be used because it can become very slippery.

How Should I Prep My Artificial Grass for Snow and Winter?

Before the first snowfall and freezing temperatures, you should do a solid autumn cleaning to protect your artificial lawn. You should remove organic materials like leaves, sticks, or other debris from your ground and carry out a complete maintenance. Check out our guide for cleaning synthetic grass to know more.


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