A lot of Greenwich property owners appreciate synthetic grass due to its ability to resist extreme weather and survive winter appearing perfect. You won’t have to worry about frost damaging your turf, but there are a handful of steps to take over the winter to make sure your artificial turf is in its finest condition for spring. Read further to discover more.
Let’s get started with a handful of the top questions we receive as we install artificial turf in Greenwich. Specifically, questions regarding caring for your grass in the freezing weather.
WHAT DOES ICE DO TO SYNTHETIC GRASS?
Snowfall will not have a significant impact on your artificial grass. It’s totally fine to play or walk on it if there is a blanket of snow. The blades may lay down beneath the weight of the snow, but it usually lifts back up naturally or, in some rare cases, with a little additional help from a power broom. Snow won’t alter the color or affect the artificial yard.
WILL FROST DAMAGE MY ARTIFICIAL GRASS?
No, frost won’t hurt artificial turf. The grass blades do experience freezing in severe cold, walking on the grass through the winter would not cause any problems. Once spring comes and there’s no additional forecast of frost, you can take a stiff broom to bring it back to life.
DO I HAVE TO COVER MY SYNTHETIC TURF?
You do not have to cover your synthetic grass, but you definitely can if an especially severe winter is forecasted in Greenwich. Just remember that you don’t want to cover sections that are being used because snow can make tarps slippery and tricky to walk on.
CAN I SHOVEL SNOW OFF ARTIFICIAL TURF?
No, you should avoid shoveling snow from your artificial grass unless totally necessary. If you do have to clean a path, go with a handheld blower to get rid of any debris or snow.
CAN I USE SALT OR ICE MELT ON MY GRASS?
You should under no circumstances use any ice melt salt on your turf. Salt can plug up the drains in the backing system and badly impact your lawn’s drainage ability. The harsh salt and chemicals can also break down the backing system, causing turf blades which start to pull away from the backing. We firmly suggest you to let snow melt by itself for the desired results.
WILL SNOW MELT QUICKER ON ARTIFICIAL GRASS?
Synthetic turf surfaces can get warmer than regular grass, that means that an inch or two of snow will melt more quickly than it would on natural turf. Because artificial grass is equally distributed, it allows better aeration to hasten the snow-melting process.
DOES SYNTHETIC TURF GET ICY?
Not really, however, much like organic grass, some synthetic surfaces can get slippery if ice forms. Thus, you should use the same care you do stepping on any other wintery surface, exceptionally if Greenwich has been experiencing freezing rain.
WHAT STEPS SHOULD I TAKE BEFORE SNOWFALL?
You should certainly do a rigorous fall maintenance routine before any snowfall. Getting rid of natural things like leaves, branches, etc., are essential. You can read through our complete walkthrough for cleaning your artificial yard to get specifics on what to do. Doing Southwest Greens maintenance in the spring is always a good time, ensuring your ground is prepared for the warmer months to arrive.
Ask our experts! We’re glad to reply any questions you might have regarding maintaining your wonderful yard. Call us today with your lingering questions.