How to Care for Your Artificial Grass in Winters!
Artificial grass is a resilient and more durable option as compared to a natural turf, but it still requires certain maintenance and care during winter season as the temperature dips and the weather turns harsh. One of main advantage of choosing pool area artificial grass is its year-round lush appeal and its durability towards any type of weather condition. Lack of surplus water supply or changing temperatures doesn’t have any effect on artificial grass hence won’t damage it. Artificial grass does not require much maintenance, but there are some tips that can help you in caring for your synthetic turf during winter season.
1.Tread Carefully :
Make sure to keep an eye on weather forecast, and look out for any possible snowy conditions. If the snow gets trodden onto your artificial turf, it can turn into ice which can lead into formation of packed layers that can be quite dangerous to walk on, while damaging your artificial grass fibers. You need to remove any packed ice and snow by hand.
2.Allow Soft Snow to Melt Naturally :
You can allow the snow to melt naturally if it’s not in a compacted form. If there’s a need to use salt, use it in moderation as any excess amount can cause build-up which can reduce the turf’s ability to drain away water. If the drainage system gets clogged it can lead into more problems when the ice and snow melts. Winter season usually brings heavy rain as well which can easily flood your natural grass, but with artificial grass it’s not a problem as long as it’s properly installed.
3.Wrap it Up :
If weather forecast indicates particularly bad weather spell in coming days, then prevention can be better than cure. You can add a waterproof ground sheet to protect your artificial turf, if the size of your lawn allows it. This will simply help by adding an extra layer of protection which can be left in place until the bad weather condition subsides.
4.Use a Plastic Shovel :
Although a sheet of snow on your lawn can look very appealing, but this now can turn into sludge in a very short time. If you want to clean up, make sure to use a plastic shovel as a metal one can harm the frozen fibers of your artificial grass underneath.
5.Clean Debris :
You can use a leaf blower/vacuum cleaner, a rake or a stiff brush to regularly remove organic material such as leaves, twigs, etc. Large objects like branches should be lifted away. In case of appearance of moss in absence of enough sunlight, you must use an anti-moss treatment, if possible during autumn and spring season. Make sure to use bio-degradable product for this, not an acidic solution or beach as they can cause damage to your turf’s fibers if applied in high concentration.