How to Look After Artificial Grass in Winter
One of the best aspects of artificial grass is that it looks the same year round. No matter the weather, rain or shine, the turf will retain its healthy, green appearance. As it is not organic, the artificial grass is able to resist even the harshest of conditions. Since the winter has hit all of us hard this year, many artificial grass owners have wondered if they need to take specific measures to look after their grass in snow and colder weather.
Well, you can rest assured that your artificial grass in winter can still be easily managed. The biggest thing you have to worry about is your grass in snow. Although the grass fibers themselves cannot be damaged by the snow, the presence of snow and ice can be dangerous for those who are walking on the artificial grass. Some people prefer to melt the grass snow before it has the chance to become ice. Melting the grass snow is easy, simply pour hot water on the area, but pay attention not to melt the turf fibers.
To prevent grass snow from gathering all together, some people have started to sprinkle salt on the area. The salt does successfully prevent any snow from accumulating on the turf, however, its reside can cause damage to your turf in the long run. Leftover salt can inhibit the artificial grass’s ability to properly drain, causing long term damage to the area.
A lot of people prefer to remove the snow from their turf all at once, but we must advise that you take great care when doing so. If the snow and ice are ripped off the turf, it can severely damage the grass fibers. As an alternative, turf shovels are great to maintain artificial grass snow. Make sure to use a plastic turf shovel, rather than a metal one. Metal turf shovels are more likely to pull up or damage the synthetic turf fibers than plastic ones.
If you are concerned about dirt and leaves accumulating on the grass snow during winter, regular cleaning is the best solution. Just remember to tread carefully on the ice. Once the weather begins to warm and you notice the grass snow dissipating, check the base of your artificial turf. Sometimes, the nails or material that is used to keep your turf in place can shift slightly during harsher seasons. If you do discover that your turf is loose, simply reinforce whatever was used to keep the base secured.
Although your artificial grass in winter might require some care, it is generally very minimal. After the snow has melted away and the sun begins to heat up the earth again, you’ll find that your turf is just as green and soft as ever!