A lot of Houston homeowners appreciate synthetic grass because of its ability to withstand extreme weather and come out of winter appearing beautiful. You won’t have to stress out about frost harming your grass, but there are a few steps to take throughout winter to make sure your synthetic grass is in its finest shape for spring. Read on to learn more.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Let’s get started with a few of the top questions we receive as we install artificial turf in Houston. Especially questions regarding caring for your grass in the winter season.
WHAT DOES ICE DO TO SYNTHETIC GRASS?
Snowfall will not have a major impact on your artificial turf. It is entirely okay to play or walk on it if there is a blanket of snow. The blades might mat down beneath the weight of the ice, but it usually springs back up on its own or, in a handful of cases, with a little extra help from a power broom. Snow won’t alter the color or impact the artificial lawn.
WILL FROST HURT MY SYNTHETIC TURF?
No, frost won’t hurt artificial grass. But each grass fiber blade does freeze in intense cold, walking on the turf during the winter would not cause any problems. Once spring comes and there’s no additional chance of frost, you can use a strong broom to get it back to life.
DO I NEED TO COVER MY ARTIFICIAL GRASS?
You do not need to cover your artificial turf, but you definitely can if an especially rough winter is expected in Houston. Just bear in mind that you won’t have to cover areas that are being used because snow will make tarps slippery and unsafe to walk on.
CAN I SHOVEL SNOW OFF ARTIFICIAL TURF?
No, you have to avoid shoveling snow off of your artificial grass except when absolutely necessary. If you must clean a path, go with a handheld blower to remove any debris or snow.
CAN I USE SALT OR ICE MELT ON MY GRASS?
You should never utilize any ice melt salt on your synthetic turf. Salt can plug up the holes in the backing system and adversely affect your yard’s drainage capabilities. The harsh salt and chemicals can also break down the backing system, leaving you with turf blades which start pulling away from the backing. We strongly recommend you to let snow melt naturally for the best results.
WILL SNOW MELT QUICKER ON SYNTHETIC GRASS?
Artificial grass surfaces can get warmer compared to organic grass, that means that 1-2 inches of snow will melt quicker than it would on natural grass. Because artificial grass is uniformly spread, it allows improved aeration to accelerate the snow-melting process.
DOES SYNTHETIC GRASS GET ICY?
Not necessarily, however, just like organic grass, some artificial surfaces can be slippery in freezing weather. Therefore, you should use the same caution you do stepping on any other wintery surface, especially if Houston has been experiencing freezing rain.
WHAT STEPS SHOULD I TAKE PRIOR TO SNOWFALL?
You should certainly do a nice autumn maintenance routine prior to any snowfall. Eliminating natural materials like leaves, branches, etc., are crucial. You can read through our full walkthrough for cleaning your artificial grass to get specifics on what to do. Performing Southwest Greens maintenance in the spring is always a good time, making sure your ground is ready for the warmer months to arrive.
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