Many Atlanta property owners love artificial grass due to its ability to endure extreme weather and come out of winter looking perfect. You will not have to be concerned with frost destroying your turf, but there are a few steps to complete throughout winter to make sure your artificial turf is in its finest condition for spring. Read further to learn more.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Let’s kick it off with a few of the top questions we get as we install artificial grass in Atlanta. Especially questions about caring for your turf in the over the winter.
WHAT DOES ICE DO TO SYNTHETIC TURF?
Snow shouldn’t have a big impact on your artificial turf. It’s totally fine to play or walk on it if there is a covering of snow. The blades may lay flat with the weight of the snow, but it generally lifts back up naturally or, in some rare scenarios, with a tiny bit of extra help from a power broom. Snow won’t change the color or damage the artificial yard.
WILL FROST HURT MY SYNTHETIC GRASS?
No, frost will not damage synthetic grass. The turf fiber blade does freeze in extreme conditions, walking on the turf through the winter will not cause any concerns. When spring arrives and there’s no further forecast of frost, you can utilize a stiff broom to bring it back to life.
DO I HAVE TO COVER MY ARTIFICIAL TURF?
You don’t need to cover your synthetic grass, but you certainly can if a particularly harsh winter is forecasted in Atlanta. Just keep in mind that you don’t want to cover portions that are being used because snow can make tarps slippery and dangerous to walk on.
CAN I SHOVEL SNOW OFF SYNTHETIC TURF?
No, you must avoid shoveling snow off of your turf except when absolutely necessary. If you must clean a path, choose a handheld blower to get rid of any snow or debris.
CAN I USE SALT OR ICE MELT ON MY TURF?
You must not utilize any ice melt salt on your artificial grass. Salt can plug up the holes in the backing system and negatively impact your lawn’s drainage ability. The caustic salt and chemicals can also break down the backing system, leaving you with turf blades which start separating from the backing. We strongly recommend you to let ice melt by itself for the best results.
WILL SNOW MELT QUICKER ON ARTIFICIAL TURF?
Synthetic turf surfaces can get warmer than natural grass, that means that an inch or two of snow will melt faster than it would on regular grass. Because artificial grass is equally spread, it allows improved aeration to accelerate the snow-melting process.
DOES ARTIFICIAL GRASS GET ICY?
Not really, however, just like regular grass, some synthetic surfaces can be slippery in freezing weather. Thus, you must use the same caution you do walking on any other wintery surface, essentially if Atlanta has been experiencing freezing rain.
WHAT STEPS SHOULD I TAKE BEFORE SNOWFALL?
You should certainly do a rigorous fall maintenance routine prior to any snowfall. Removing natural things like branches, leaves, etc., are crucial. You can read through our full guide for cleaning your synthetic grass to get particulars on what to do. Performing Southwest Greens maintenance in the spring is always a great time, ensuring your turf is ready for the warmer months to come.
Ask our experts! We’re happy to respond any questions you might have about maintaining your luscious yard. Contact us today with your lingering questions.