Maintenance Tips For Your Synthetic Grass
What you need to do to keep your lawn looking healthy when snow or frost hits this winter.
Artificial grass is perfect for the winter months. If you have pets or children hurtling around outside, then you won’t need to worry about your lawn becoming trampled or damaged if you’re using synthetic grass. With an artificial lawn, it’s no problem if someone falls over trying to kick a football, and there won’t be any muddy footprints at the backdoor or across your kitchen. Artificial grass stays clean and mostly dry no matter how harsh the weather conditions are. But you will need to carry out some basic maintenance tasks throughout the winter season.
Frost and Snow
Let’s get straight to the coldest part of winter, when snow, frost or ice hits the UK, often at the beginning of the year. Snow should not have a significant effect on the quality of your lawn; however, problems can occur if it’s cold enough that it freezes over. Not only is this potentially dangerous for anyone who walks on top of it, but the weight of walking across frozen synthetic grass can also cause some of the fibres to snap off, which is something you’ll definitely want to avoid.
When it comes to snow or ice, the best practice is to leave it to melt away. Your artificial lawn will be designed with an inbuilt drainage system, which allows rain or meltwater to seep through holes in the base of the synthetic lawn and into the ground beneath. Your artificial lawn will be able to handle the impact of snow and ice so long as you leave it to drain away naturally. However, for situations where you do need to remove a layer of snow from your lawn, it’s best to use a plastic shovel to do the job. Plastic is considered the safest material to use, as metal is more likely to damage the fibres of your grass during the process of shovelling. Don’t be tempted to use your hands either, as this is also considered riskier than using a simple, plastic shovel.
Leaf Clearing Maintenance
Artificial grass is reasonably low maintenance, but winter conditions do mean that you’ll need to have a sweep up every couple of weeks or so. This approach will ensure that by the time spring arrives, your lawn looks clean, clear and luscious. Leaves, twigs and other natural debris can encourage weed growth, so it’s important that you keep on top of this task. You can either use a leaf blower which is the easiest way to clear leaves, or else you can use a stiff synthetic broom or a plastic rake – always avoid metal rakes on your lawn.
Use a technique called cross-brushing, which basically requires you to brush against the pile of the fibres, to ensure that they’re plumped up and standing upright once again.
Quality artificial grass is built to withstand the harshest of conditions – from rain, to wind to snow, so long as you’re willing to put in a small amount of effort, you and your family will be able to enjoy your lawn throughout the long winter months!