How to Care for Artificial Grass in Snowy Weather

Many homeowners throughout the US love artificial grass landscaping for its ability to withstand cold weather and come out of winter unscathed. Whereas natural grass will die off in extreme conditions, artificial turf won’t be damaged by frost or other winter weather such as heavy rain or hail. However, your synthetic grass does require proper care in order to ensure that it is in peak condition for spring and summer fun.

 

While artificial grass won’t get damaged on its own due to frost, the blades can become brittle if they freeze. If these brittle blades are walked on, damage can occur. While artificial grass blades are very resilient, they’re not completely indestructible. It’s best to allow all of the snow and frost to melt and drain naturally through the perforated backing before resuming backyard activities. If you do have to walk across your turf while it’s frozen, take extra care while walking in order to avoid breaking or damaging any blades.

 

A covering of snow, unlike complete freezing, won’t affect your ability to walk on the turf. You are able to walk and play on snowy artificial grass without worrying about fibers breaking. However, you shouldn’t allow the snow to pile up too much or the compacted snow will turn into ice and become dangerous. Remove packed snow either by hand or with a plastic shovel. After the snow has fallen and melted, your grass may be slightly matted from the weight of the snow. However, it should bounce back naturally over time. Help lift the pile by cross-brushing it as you would during any other time of year. This extra push will help return the appearance of your turf to normal more quickly. 

 

One way that many homeowners melt ice and snow is by using salt. However, when it comes to artificial grass, we advise against using salt; instead, let the snow melt naturally. Salt can clog up the holes in the backing of your turf and hinder your lawn’s full drainage capabilities. If you do need to use salt for any reason, use it sparingly and very occasionally. Your turf will be fine to use after snowy weather if you allow it to take care of itself and avoid the temptation to speed up the process. 

 

With winter rapidly approaching, it’s advisable that all homeowners with artificial grass know how to properly care for their lawn throughout the season. Artificial turf is an excellent landscaping solution for properties in areas with extreme weather due to its ability to withstand anything from the driest climate to arctic blasts. If you’re seeking a low-maintenance landscaping solution that will stay evergreen and pristine through anything, nothing beats SGW artificial grass. We have one of the biggest inventory selections in the industry, and all of our products come with an unbeatable 15-year warranty. If you’d like to speak to one of our representatives about the best synthetic turf for your next project, give us a call today and get started.